St. Thomas Catholic Church of Turlock California celebrated the First Communion of 21 of its sons and daughters during the weekend of June 23, 2012. His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo celebrated the Mass for the First Communicants, along with Fr. Auraha Mansoor, Fr. Peter Sulaqa and Fr. Michael Barota from St. Matthew’s Parish in Ceres, CA. Some of the children receiving their First Communion were from St. Matthew’s Parish.
During his sermon, Mar Sarhad urged the community to be faithful in educating their children about their faith as taught by the Catholic Church. He also encouraged the children to be involved in their parishes and take part in the Church activities. Finally, he thanked the Sisters who were present for all their hard work and dedication in preparing the children to receive the Sacrament.
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