Marriage Preparation will take place at Immaculate Conception Parish House, Harbour Grace on Sunday, May 27, 2007 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Please Remember that you must complete this course before marriage. Please call the parish office at 596 5232 to register for course.
We congratulate those who were confirmed by Bishop W. Currie at St. Patrick's Church on June 17, 2006
John BARRON, Jordan BISHOP, Dylan BUTT, Gerard BUTT, Samantha BUTT, Brendan CARPENTER, David CARPENTER, Carl CLARKE, Kayla GOFF, Erica HORWOOD, Emily HURLEY, Patrick KING, Kelli LANGER, Kimberly LANGER, Dwayne MALONEY, Christopher MURRAY, Alisha O'KEEFE, Justin PIKE, Erik POWER, Jenesta POWER, Tyler SLADE-CLARKE, Alexis SMITH, Crystal ST. GEORGE, Linda ST. GEORGE, Gregory TAYLOR & Jo-Annah YETMAN
Sharing the Meaning of the Eucharist with a Child through Instruction and Preparation in order to Receive his First Holy Communion
Dr. John Tamale, wife Jackie, and their three children, Edward, Robert and Angela, and Candida Tamale (Dr. Tamale's mother) came from South Africa to Carbonear, N.L. to reside in 2003. The family settled in the town and became parishioners of St. Patrick Parish. They were very good practicing Catholics and attended weekly mass.
After the first year, Edward, the older boy, was of age to receive the first Eucharist. Because of the language barrier with the home instruction program, the grandmother and parents were very concerned and saddened that Edward would have to wait another year to make his first Holy Communion and would not be ready to receive with his classmates. Edward was very anxious to learn and wanted desperately to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
Candida, a member of St. Patrick CWL Parish Council, explained as best she could to Margaret Butt (Spiritual Development Chairperson) the situation and asked for help. Margaret brought the concerns to Msgr. E.T. Bromley, Parish Council Spiritual Advisor, and asked his advice. After being out of school for 40 years, Margaret had a lot of anxiety and doubt about getting involved but, with the Monsignor's blessing and assurance, she took on the rewarding task of instructing Edward. Together, they worked diligently to prepare for this special occasion.
Margaret arranged to have Edward go to her home for one hour a day for six weeks. During these six weeks, she instructed Edward from the beginning of creation to the death of Jesus on the cross, including everything she had ever learned from the Presentation Sisters and the Butler's Catechism. Edward learned his prayers, developed an understanding of the bible and, most of all, the meaning of the Eucharist and its importance in the life of a Catholic.
Each session began and ended with a prayer beseeching the Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Good Counsel to direct, enlighten and guide us through our sessions. Margaret and Edward's prayers were certainly heard and answered because after the sixth week, he was well prepared and had gained deep love for Jesus in the Eucharist.
At the end of Edward's instruction, Margaret had a party for him and his friends to celebrate the very momentous event.
What a wonderful experience it was! On the day of Edward's First Communion, Margaret sat in the church with Edward and his family and watched the glow on their faces as they walked together toward the altar to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.
The most gratifying moment for Margaret was when she was given the opportunity to share the Body of Christ with Edward as a Eucharist minister. Afterward, Margaret shared that, "I can honestly say it was one of the most spiritual and rewarding acts of love that I could possibly have given to a child. The Gift of the Eucharist is, for me, a light and strength for my daily life through the attendance of daily mass. I ask God to pass on this light and strength for daily living to Edward and all children in the world."
Pictured below (from left to right): Spiritual Development Chairperson Margaret Butt, Edward Tamale, Spiritual Advisor Msgr. E.T. Bromley