Jennifer Anthony and her grandson Olu at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando, yesterday.

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After children experience the jolliness of opening Christmas presents, Roman Catholic priests would usually bless their toys. However, COVID-19 has altered yet another religious tradition with children not being allowed to bring their toys to the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

There was a sparse gathering at the Pro-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help along Harris Promenade, San Fernando where Fr David Khan called on parents to recognise the importance of children.

In his message yesterday, Khan said that regardless of a person’s age, they are all children to their parents. Likewise, believers are all children of God. He urged them to always strive to do what is right, good and pleasing in the eyes of almighty God.

“For the parent, we say children are the future. They are also the present and what you do will shape the future. Parents, grand, what is the future that you are shaping? Parents are the first teachers, so teach them what is right and good.

This year has been a difficult year for many people, especially children.

“Children did not have an opportunity to socialise, play and attend school. Many of them were isolated. In spite of all the difficulties, we will always have Christmas. Christmas will never be cancelled because God is ever-present to his people. This feast reminds us to thank God for his lessons and life,” Khan said.

As he prayed for children, he told adults the greatest gift you can give is to be like Jesus. While people cannot do the things they usually do, he reminded all that God is there in good and bad times.