There was not a single empty seat to be found at St. Michael Church today at the two Masses celebrated for the parish’s 174 First Communicants. The students had all been studying diligently all year long under the tutelage of the Workers of the Vineyard, the Seminarians from Mar Abba the Great, and other selfless volunteers, and their hard work paid off today as each of them was able to approach the Blessed Sacrament and recieve it for the first time.
Mar Bawai Soro presided at both Masses, quizzing the children during his homily, and speaking in turn to the parents and family assembled as well regarding the children’s futures and their responsibilities regarding them.
Through the whole of the Mass, the children with the highest test scores throughout the year were given parts, and allowed to participate in the Mass by either leading the congregation in song, prayer, or the like.
“Everything was so well organized,” said a bystander. “The parents, teachers — everyone — must be so proud.”
After the Mass, and a few words given by Father Peter, the newly initiated members of the Catholic Church took a group photo with the Bishop, and filed out to meet the crowd of loved ones, waiting eagerly to congratulate them.
St. Michael Church and the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle happily congratulate the First Communicants and pray that the graces they recieved today is only the beginning of a spiritually fulfilling participation in the future Church.