The children with their parents before Mass at the Church of St Anthony.The children with their parents before Mass at the Church of St Anthony.

It was a day to remember for seven children from the Syro-Malabar rite community as they received the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30.

The Mass, held at the Church of Anthony, was celebrated by Franciscan Fr Salim Joseph, chaplain of the Archdiocesan Commission for Malayalam Apostolate.

The Mass was celebrated in Malayalam.

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is one of the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome. It traces its origins back to India along with the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community has been in existence in Singapore since 2000.

Franciscan Fr Salim Joseph posing with the seven children who received the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30.Franciscan Fr Salim Joseph posing with the seven children who received the Sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation on Jan 30.About 200 people attended the recent celebration, including the children’s parents, friends and members of the Syro-Malabar Catholic community. 

The seven children, aged seven and eight years old, had been preparing to receive the sacraments for about three months.

For example, they learnt about the mystery of transubstantiation, which is the changing of the substance of ordinary bread and wine into the substance of Christ’s body and blood.

The children also had to learn the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit along with some basic Christian prayers.

Parents of the children were also involved in preparing for the special occasion. They prepared the offering of gifts for the Eucharistic celebration and accompanied their children to the church at the start of Mass.

They also had a part in decorating the church.

After Mass, those gathered enjoyed food and fellowship.

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