Children posing with Opus Dei Fr Joe Lopez after receiving their first Holy Communion at the Church of St Bernadette.
Twenty-three children from the Spanish-speaking community received their first Holy Communion on May 17 at the Church of St Bernadette.

Fr Joe Lopez, chaplain of the community in Singapore, celebrated a special Mass at the parish, in front of at least 100 Spanish speakers from 19 different countries.

In his homily, Fr Joe urged the parents to continue setting a good example for their kids.

“This is not a graduation ceremony,” he said.

“Today, a new chapter in the faith journey of your children starts. Now they will be energised with the power of the Eucharist.”

At the end of the Mass, two parents, on behalf of all the parents present, made a pledge to commit themselves to continue to be the spiritual formators of their children.

This was followed by a traditional song to Our Lady, which was sung by the children as they offered up flowers to her.

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