Finally, the much-awaited day arrived! It was the First Holy Communion Mass in Xavier School Nuvali.
October 25, 2013 was the momentous day for twenty-nine grades three and four students as they marched down the aisle of the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier. Donned in their best smiles, the parents accompanied their children as they received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion.
Fr. Arturo Borja S.J. celebrated this mass for the first holy communicants. He conveyed a very significant homily about the story of St. Tarcisius, a martyr of the Catholic Church in Rome during its early years, and the patron saint of First Communicants.
In the mass, the parents vowed to help keep Jesus in their children’s hearts by bringing them to mass regularly. A touching moment followed at the end of the mass. The communicants personally offered special handmade boxes to their parents. Parents and relatives smiled and cried while reading the children’s letters of love and gratitude. The special box also contained a customized rosary, a rosary guide, a small book entitled “My First Communion,” and a handwritten letter from the parents to their child.
During their homeroom period, the communicants were asked to share their insights from this experience. Having received Jesus as their friend, they promised to pray more, hear mass regularly and be like Jesus. In loving others just as Jesus has loved, the communicants promised to be more obedient to their parents, be more behaved in school, and be more generous in sharing their blessings to those who are needy. They even gave specific answers like washing the dishes, listening to the teachers and donating to the earthquake and flood victims.
This batch of communicants not only sang the song “Jesus, My Friend” from the heart, but have also accepted Jesus in their hearts and pledged to nurture this exceptional friendship with Him.