A Very Special Meal

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Street children to receive first communion

A total of 56 individuals – composed of 45 children, 10 teenagers, and one adult – will be receiving first communion this Sunday 07 December 2014 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. His Excellency, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, will be main celebrant. Most of these first communicants call the streets their home in Sitio Mahayahay, Carreta, Barangay Talamban, Fuente Osmena, and Barangay Luz. A mother and her daughter and son are among the first communicants.

Three organizations – the Most Holy Name of Jesus Missionaries, the SOS Children’s Village, and the Dilaab Foundation Inc. – have come together for this very special affair for 29 females and 27 males. This is the second batch organized by the Solidarity and Communion Committee of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. The first communicants would have already undergone eight catechetical sessions of an hour each within the context of a gathering which includes hygiene, feeding, tutorials, and other activities meant to integrate these children into the larger society.

Archbishop slices cake for communicants

This is a happy response to Pope Francis’ challenge that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care…Our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care” (Evangelii Gaudium 200).

Children receiving first communion

A third batch is being planned for March 2015 with the heightened expectation of the involvement of more partner-organizations. During the January 2016 International Eucharistic Congress, a total of 500 children from very poor families are expected to be among the first communicants.A total of 75 individuals – composed of 59 children, 15 teenagers, and one adult – will be receiving first communion this Sunday 07 December 2014 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. His Excellency, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, will be main celebrant. Most of these first communicants call the streets their home in Sitio Mahayahay, Carreta, Barangay Talamban, Dump Site Umapad, Fuente Osmena, and Barangay Luz.

Four organizations – the Most Holy Name of Jesus Missionaries, the SOS Children’s Village, the Oasis of Love, and the Dilaab Foundation Inc. – have come together for this very special affair for 42 females and 33 males. This is the second batch organized by the Solidarity and Communion Committee of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. The first communicants would have already undergone eight catechetical sessions of an hour each within the context of a gathering which includes hygiene, feeding, tutorials, and other activities meant to integrate these children into the larger society.

This is a happy response to Pope Francis’s challenge that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care…Our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care” (Evangelii Gaudium 200).

A third batch is being planned for March 2015 with the heightened expectation of the involvement of more partner-organizations. During the January 2016 International Eucharistic Congress, a total of 500 children from very poor families are expected to be among the first communicants.A total of 75 individuals – composed of 59 children, 15 teenagers, and one adult – will be receiving first communion this Sunday 07 December 2014 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. His Excellency, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, will be main celebrant. Most of these first communicants call the streets their home in Sitio Mahayahay, Carreta, Barangay Talamban, Dump Site Umapad, Fuente Osmena, and Barangay Luz.

Four organizations – the Most Holy Name of Jesus Missionaries, the SOS Children’s Village, the Oasis of Love, and the Dilaab Foundation Inc. – have come together for this very special affair for 42 females and 33 males. This is the second batch organized by the Solidarity and Communion Committee of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. The first communicants would have already undergone eight catechetical sessions of an hour each within the context of a gathering which includes hygiene, feeding, tutorials, and other activities meant to integrate these children into the larger society.

This is a happy response to Pope Francis’s challenge that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care…Our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care” (Evangelii Gaudium 200).

A third batch is being planned for March 2015 with the heightened expectation of the involvement of more partner-organizations. During the January 2016 International Eucharistic Congress, a total of 500 children from very poor families are expected to be among the first communicants.A total of 75 individuals – composed of 59 children, 15 teenagers, and one adult – will be receiving first communion this Sunday 07 December 2014 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. His Excellency, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, will be main celebrant. Most of these first communicants call the streets their home in Sitio Mahayahay, Carreta, Barangay Talamban, Dump Site Umapad, Fuente Osmena, and Barangay Luz.

Four organizations – the Most Holy Name of Jesus Missionaries, the SOS Children’s Village, the Oasis of Love, and the Dilaab Foundation Inc. – have come together for this very special affair for 42 females and 33 males. This is the second batch organized by the Solidarity and Communion Committee of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. The first communicants would have already undergone eight catechetical sessions of an hour each within the context of a gathering which includes hygiene, feeding, tutorials, and other activities meant to integrate these children into the larger society.

This is a happy response to Pope Francis’s challenge that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care…Our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care” (Evangelii Gaudium 200).

A third batch is being planned for March 2015 with the heightened expectation of the involvement of more partner-organizations. During the January 2016 International Eucharistic Congress, a total of 500 children from very poor families are expected to be among the first communicants.A total of 75 individuals – composed of 59 children, 15 teenagers, and one adult – will be receiving first communion this Sunday 07 December 2014 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. His Excellency, Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu, will be main celebrant. Most of these first communicants call the streets their home in Sitio Mahayahay, Carreta, Barangay Talamban, Dump Site Umapad, Fuente Osmena, and Barangay Luz.

Four organizations – the Most Holy Name of Jesus Missionaries, the SOS Children’s Village, the Oasis of Love, and the Dilaab Foundation Inc. – have come together for this very special affair for 42 females and 33 males. This is the second batch organized by the Solidarity and Communion Committee of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. The first communicants would have already undergone eight catechetical sessions of an hour each within the context of a gathering which includes hygiene, feeding, tutorials, and other activities meant to integrate these children into the larger society.

This is a happy response to Pope Francis’s challenge that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care…Our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care” (Evangelii Gaudium 200).

A third batch is being planned for March 2015 with the heightened expectation of the involvement of more partner-organizations. During the January 2016 International Eucharistic Congress, a total of 500 children from very poor families are expected to be among the first communicants.

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