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First holy communion for the children

Atasa Moceituba
Monday, July 07, 2014

PARENTS should take this time to lay the foundation on values they want their children to have.

This was the message of the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, during the children's first Holy Communion at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday.

The event is part of the first initiation process of one's inclusion into the Christian community.

Archbishop Chong said children partake in the Lord's Supper when they reach the ages of 9 to 11 and receive the sacraments of confirmation when they reach the ages of 12 to 15 years.

"We are trying to tell and teach these little children what this means. At this stage young children at this age 9, 10, 11 they have not developed in their minds, the ability to be able to make decisions on their own so at this time their faith relies on people in authority on what the laws say and what mum and dad say."

Archbishop Chong said parents needed to be open-minded and allow children to express and develop their own ideas.

"When their children grow older, hopefully the values and the teachings that was laid at an early stage of life will help them in making correct and right decisions."








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