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Communion Reflection -- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Maple Shade
As I watched the children come to The Table for the first time I thought of how they have grown and matured since the beginning of the school year.  As the year progressed More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion reflection -- Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton
I have always felt it is an honor and a privilege to teach this sacrament to the children.  It can also be a stressor if you forget to focus on what is most important about the Sacrament which is that the children receive the Body and Blood of Christ with an open heart and feel God’s real presence in their lives. More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
First Communion a time of transformation, community
“I stood in purposeful position on the side of the sanctuary … I watched each and every face of these little innocents receive the Eucharist for the first time, pressing the memory into my heart. Inspired by their pure hearts, overcome with humility, I thought, ‘Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.’” More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection -- St. James Parish, Red Bank
I stood in purposeful position on the side of the sanctuary. In the warmth of our beloved St James Church I watched each and every face of these little innocents receive the Eucharist for the first time, pressing the memory into my heart.   Inspired by their pure hearts, overcome with humility, I thought, “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God.” More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion reflection -- Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Hamilton
Preparing seven and eight year old children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist is very special.  You are trying to make them understand about sine and the importance of forgiveness and the importance of receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection from Holy Family Parish, Keyport
"The journey towards helping the children prepare for their First Holy Communion is a difficult one. I look at it as a butterfly. They come to me as a caterpillar eager to learn yet nervous as to the vast information they will need to learn in such a short time.  More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection -- St. Pius X Parish, Forked River
I've been a CRE for 12 years and it never fails to humble me to watch these children we bring to the table for the first time. When they come into our programs, many of them have very limited "faith" experiences. More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection -- St. Joseph Parish, Keyport
My daughter is enrolled in the religious education classes (as well as my other children) and she made her Communion this year.  I have to say that I am so pleased with how intimate and personal St. Joseph's makes the ceremony for the childre More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection -- St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson
I have been preparing second grade students for First Holy Communion for six years and it is one of the most gratifying aspects of my job.  The children enter the year with very little knowledge of what is going to take place and there is truly a transformation over the preparation time. More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection -- St. Benedict Parish and School, Holmdel
The sacramental preparation process is full of grace throughout the entire year of preparation.  We become a parish family by bringing the parents and children of the St. Benedict School and Religious Education together for parent meetings and a retreat for the children.  More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Communion Reflection from St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square
I have been a catechist for many years and started out teaching First grade at my home parish in Brooklyn when I was 21.  I began teaching second grade in 2004 when my son was preparing to receive his First Eucharist.  More ...
Friday, May 23, 2014



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