Every child you encounter is a divine appointment

June 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of a little girl in prayer, dressed in her First Holy Communion dressHoly CommunionTurn your eyes upon Jesus

Jesus called a little child to stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me.…

I photographed children and families following First Holy Communion celebrations at St Colman's Church in Dromore, Co Down.

I love working with the staff and pupils at the church's small primary school. Going into classes, having a coffee with the teachers and talking with the children is like being part of a big, loving family. The children are always well turned out, pleasant, courteous, and enjoy a bit of craic like they've known you a lifetime.

As a former primary school teacher and principal, I know a wee bit about what to look out for in a school and I always praise St Colman's staff and parents for the care and support sprinkled richly on their children.

What an honour, privilege and responsibility to prepare a child for their First Communion.

First Holy Communion is a wonderful moment in a child’s life and represents a sign of growth in the knowledge and love of God for each and every child.

Parents who bring their child or children for First Holy Communion are fulfilling the vow they made publicly at their child’s baptism some years before to be the “first and best teachers of their child in the ways of faith”. Now they are more actively fulfilling this vow. (Source: St Joseph's Roman Catholic Parish)

molly-mcanarney-1b-sqFirst Holy Communion girl and her dress

"Every child you encounter is a divine appointment." 
 - Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.