As part of their Catholic and Claretian formation, 146 Grade 3 students and a number of Grades 4 and 5 students celebrated their First Holy Communion last February 8, 2020 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Church.

These young Claretians were accompanied by their parents during the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Mauricio T. Ulep, CMF, the School Director. They were especially reminded of Jesus’ words “I am the Bread of Life”—that amidst the many fears in society today, Jesus is ever-present in their lives as He nourishes and leads them to the fullness of life.

Before receiving Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the students were prepared days ahead through a recollection and the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All the preparations were spearheaded by their advisers, level teachers and the staff of the Faith Education and Enrichment Department (FEED). The parents, being the primary sources of inspiration in the students’ spiritual life, also had their own Recollection and Orientation seminar.

The celebration was indeed a very significant moment along the life journey of the students in Catholic faith. The entire school community, especially the Grade School Unit, was one with the first communicants in giving thanks to God for the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist.