19 July, 2019
-Mrs. Christina Mascarenhas

The Christian students of Std X spent their “Day with God” from 9 am to 1 pm on 18 July 2019. The animators were Fr Savio D’Souza, Fr Valerian Pereira, and Fr Vinod Mascarenhas. The theme was “Discovering my Identity in Christ”.

Fr Vinod Mascarenhas introduced the day to the students. He explained the rationale-time to recharge our relationship with God; and gave the students an overview of the theme and the three sessions-My Identity, the Eucharist, and Reconciliation.
Fr. Vinod took the session on “My Identity”. He emphasized that my core identity is that I am a child of God, who loves me. It is this relationship that gives me my value. Today we tend to emphasize what we have/do over who we are.
Fr Savio D’Souza animated the session on the Eucharist. He presented the Eucharist as a celebration with four aspects: gathering, listening (to God’s word), eating, and thanksgiving.
Fr Valerian Pereira conducted the session on Reconciliation. He stated that sin is a break in relationship with God, others, and oneself. The sacrament of Reconciliation helps us restore these broken relationships.
After an opportunity to approach the sacrament of Reconciliation, the students participated in the Eucharist in the Crypt. Fr Savio was the main celebrant. Fr Valerian preached the homily in which he summed up the three sessions of the day.
The animators helped us prepare ourselves for a meaningful Eucharist through a practical celebration of the penitential rite, the offertory, and the post-communion thanksgiving. We had prepared for these parts of the Eucharist during the sessions.

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