Monday 04/08/14 19:57 PM - Bài: Thanh Nguyên & Ảnh: Tấn Phát

After the completion of the two-year long diocesan catechetical program named Grace, on the morning of August 3rd, 2014 at 7:30am, Father Daminh solemnly celebrated the Holy Mass for the Declaration and Promise of Bao Dong, also known as the Holy Communion for 43 children at the parish Tan Quy.

Before Mass, the children lined up along the rear of the church to proceed with the Father Celebrant toward the altar, to dedicate their lives to God and to ask God to sanctify them and accompany them in their lives.

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In his homily, the Father Celebrant invited the children to live worthy of God's grace and to reflect their active faith lives as witnesses of the Lord. The Celebrant also commended the children who had attended the entire catechetical program from the Initiation of Confession to the completion of Bao Dong which lasted 8 years. This was a challenging journey of faith for many children. There were children who for reasons of schooling, or family could not continue their religious education after the completion of Confirmation.

After the homily was the Declaration and Promise of Bao Dong. The Religious Education director read their names one by one as they moved toward the sanctuary to profess their faith. Father then gave each child a book called The Daily Words of God, to remind them to actively live the Word of God daily in their lives. Afterwards, the children received the candles from their Godparents. When the children were baptized, the Godparents accepted the candles on their behalf. And now that they have grown up, they would accept the sacred candles on their own. Holding the lighted candles in their hands, the children read the declaration of their faith, determined to follow Christ every day of their lives and to become mature Catholics in their faith lives.

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After the Rite of Promise was the Gift Offering when the children offered their gratitude and their fruits of labor to God in His grace.

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After the Communion Prayer, a child representative acknowledged their gratitude to Pastor, Assistant Pastor, the catechetical teachers, parents, godparents and the community present at Mass. The Associate Pastor congratulated them and shared words of encouragement for an active faith life.

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Mass ended at 8:45am, after which the children took photos with the priests and their families.

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Lord, we offer You all the children as they entered the world. Please grant them Your Holy Spirit. Grant them Trust in You so with fortitude in You, they can overcome difficulties in their lives.

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