Page 4, 15th April 1955

15th April 1955
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Page 4, 15th April 1955 — First Communion

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Fr. Kelly's alternative in ten points : (I) First Confession a month before First Communion (helps instruction; makes possible two or three confessions; gets rid of idea that it is no use going to Confession, without Communion afterwards: (2) Month previous to First Confession, all sermons on marriage, family, Confession, Communion; (3) Visiting parents often to show that all this preparation was for a " family occasion "; (4) Parents told no orphan-like drill; children to be accompanied to altar by parents and relations: even non-Catholic parents 1.,) be at Mass; (5) No teacher-drill for confessions; children to come with parents at normal time, with parent warning confessor that a " learner " was on the way in; (6) The great day would be a Sunday; criminal to have it on a weekday: (7) First Communion Breakfast " a family feast held in the home." The night before. each first communicant given a blessed candle to light at the breakfast table as symbol of Light of the World come to the home: financial help to ensure a good breakfast; (8) Tea-party later with teachers, the parents bringing the eatables; (9) Blessed Sacrament procession on the eve of the Day with First Communicents in the place of honour: (10) Encouragement for continuity of Family Communions afterwards.

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