Dear Friends of Holy Child Academy,
I am still on cloud 9 after Saturday’s Communion Celebration! The 2nd grade class seemed a little bit taller and more mature on Monday!
They have taken a huge step in their faith formation and my wife Melinda and I feel very lucky to have been a part of it. We celebrated their achievement during this week’s school-wide Monday Morning Assembly and the children did a beautiful encore presentation of “In His Time.” We have it posted on our Facebook page if you want to see it!
During Assembly, I took the opportunity to talk to the children about the adult responsibilities that now lie ahead of them. I explained that they have graduated from the “kids table” and God has invited them to the adult table. Now, more than before, they must walk in God’s path and remember to treat each other with kindness and respect. I also reminded all the students of the importance of Reconciliation and how blessed we are that God is merciful and forgiving. Now that they are in communion with Jesus, they too must be merciful and forgiving. We talked about how, sometimes, forgiveness is very difficult, but we must remember the example that Christ sets for us. We ask God to forgive our sins and are thankful that he does so and loves us unconditionally. We too must forgive those that have “trespassed against us”.
As a symbol to remind the 2nd graders of their special day, we distributed little Cornelia Connolly clip-on pins. These pins not only serve to remind them of their First Holy Communion, but also briefly tell the story of Cornelia Connelly, our founder. It stresses her commitment to treat every person with respect and reverence. We must remember her vow and employ it in our own lives each and every day with each and every person we meet.
Again, it was a great pleasure to share this day with our 2nd grade children and families and I look forward to many more memorable experiences in the years to come.
With Grace and Blessings,