ASP Sta. Rosa organized First Communion for Special Needs Individuals in partnership with the St. John Bosco Parish, Sta Rosa Laguna. The activity was organized in response to the requests of some of the chapter officers. As parents prepare their children’s social, emotional and intellectual needs, their spiritual needs should not be forgotten.
When this was announced through social media, the chapter got positive response and was able to get participants not only from Sta. Rosa; but also from Cavite, Pasig, Parañaque and San Pablo. There were twelve communicants who participated in the event.
Prior to the actual First Communion, ASP Sta. Rosa provided a one-week modified catechism and training to the communicants to help them adapt to the environment and the process of communion. Unconsecrated hosts were provided as some children initially disliked the taste of the host.
On 26 April 2014, Fr. Bobby Mac Roxas SDB, St. John Bosco Parish priest, officiated the mass and gladly accepted his new title as Autism Angel. During the homily, Fr. Bobby advised the crowd that individuals with special needs have no sins and they were given a general absolution prior to receiving communion instead of them going through confession.
In her thanksgiving message, Olive Medina, president of ASP Sta. Rosa reminded parents never to underestimate the ability of their children to understand the language of God, which is love. The duty of parents is, first and foremost, to bring their children closer to God and will impact their lives as much, if not more, than all interventions possible combined.
ASP Sta. Rosa is very thankful to the families of the communicants, to the volunteers who included PWAs, Fr. Bobby and the rest of the St John Bosco Sta Rosa Parish staff.
This article contributed by Olive Del Rosario-Medina, Chapter President of Sta. Rosa Laguna.