The Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish (OLPH), San Fernando hosted its Children’s Mass December 10 entitled ‘Children of the King’. The day also marked the second Sunday in Advent, celebrating the virtue of love, a value that was inexorably echoed throughout the morning by parish priest, Fr Martin Sirju.
Approximately 80 children from both the OLPH Sunday School and First Communion classes were in full attendance and solely responsible for all aspects of the liturgy. Mass began with the lighting of the second Advent candle by one of the children followed by a prayer for all children and people who are victims of bullying in schools and within their relationships.
“And so John the Baptist came out of the wilderness preaching a Baptism of Repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mk 1:4). The second and third week in Advent focuses on John the Baptist and his call for change: a change of mind and heart. Using the popular line from one of Bob Marley’s classics “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”, Fr Sirju reiterated John the Baptist’s mission to encourage us to change our mentality and perception of others.