CEREMONIES AT AKAROA.
An interesting ceremony took place in the Catholic Church, Akaroa, on Thursday morning, the 12th inst., consisting in the administration of their iirst communion to a number of children. Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Donovan, who made a short and appropriate address to those present. After the conclusion of the holy sacrifice, an adjournment was made to the front of the Presbytery, where the following address was presented to Miss do Malmanche, who has been £" /ndefatigable in her endeavours to assist in every good work, especially the training of the young. The address was tastefully written, and accompanied by a purse of sovereigns. Miss Cullen made the presentation, reading the address as follows :—: — Miss De Malmanche, — On this joyful and auspicious occasion which presents us with a fresh instance of your untiring zeal and love for the children of Holy Mother Church, we are veiy happy at having to couple with its other pleasant associations, a small memento of our high appreciation of your past and present pious exertions for the spiritual welfare of the youthful members of our congregation. We could not allow so appropriate an occasion to pass without this public expression of our grateful feelings, and we truly believe that the presentation, which wo are now makinsr. will be as kindly received as it is offered, that you will regard the affectionate spirit which prompts our action and will derive a just happiness from this expression of our gratitude, although your efforts ha\e been made for a higher reward than any we could offer. It is, indeed, of all delightful sights the most delightful to witness a generous saorilice of self and time, and needful repose in the holiest causes of humanity — the cause of youth, of religion, of God ; and it is not without its counterpart pleasure to find efforts so piously made, gratefully appreciated. In presenting you with this purse and its modest contents, we do so as a mark of personal esteem, and as a small but hearty acknowledgement of services long and freely bestowed, and we affectionately trust, that both in this world and in the better land, those zealous efforts will meet from the Divine Being, for whose honor they have been primarily undertaken a better and more proportionate reward. Wishing you, Miss de Malmauche, health, long years, and every happiness. Signed on behalf of the Catholic congregation, Catherine Julia Cullen, Akaroa, 12th December, 1878. Miss de Malmanche was greatly affected, she endeavoured to express her thanks suitably, but her emotion was too great to allow her to say much, she did, however, succeed with some difficulty in thanking her friends for their entirely unexpected presentation. In the evening Vespers and Benediction of the Holy Sacrament took place. After vespers, the Rev. Father Donovan delivered a most impressive discourse, in which he urged upon the children the duty of perseverance in the paths of piety and virtue. Those who had received holy communion in the morning were presented with cards, bearing their names and the date of their reception of the sacrament. After Benediction, the children first, and the adults afterwards, made a solemn renewal of their baptismal vows. Altogether the ceremony was most impressive.
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