During these days, we have been very focused on preparing our young people to receive their First Penance and Holy Communion. They have been meeting a few times a week, learning the scriptures and teachings of the Church. They will finish this intense time with a three-day retreat, during which they will receive for the first time the Sacrament of Reconciliation. After that, they will recieve their First Holy Communion. All this will take place next week, June 4-6. We thank Fr. Elicien, Madam Omanie, and James Pierre for their assistance in preparing our young people. James, is hoping to enter the seminary next September. He has been working with our young people for the past two years.
Thursday is catechesis day here in the Felician Mission. We now have 14 young children in our program, ranging from 6-10 years old. Today we had the story of Bartimeas, the man born blind. First we read the story from Mark 10: 46-52. Then the children shared what they heard and colored a picture of the story. They even had an experience of what it might be like if they were unable to see. We prayed to be able to see Jesus in everyone and prayed for healing for those who are sick and suffering. At the end of the session, we always give thanks and praise to God in song.