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First Communion at Carapichaima

‘This little light of mine’ was the song the 20 First Communion candidates sang as they exited the Our Lady of Mt Carmel RC Church, Carapichaima holding lights in their hands to symbolise and action out what they had just experienced—the physical reception of Jesus for the first time!

The journey began in October 2017 and ended in June. For me it was really different having a class with children so young. For the past ten years or so, I have been teaching the post-Communion/Pre- Confirmation class and I was now treading on dangerously new ground.

I was ably assisted by four catechists and it took all of us to get the notes in the book right, organise games around the theme we were teaching, help with the related art and craft, teach songs and generally be there to keep an eye on this gypsy age group.

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