First Communion Programme 2017
Balloonagh Primary School


Enrolment Ceremony (School Uniform): Sunday September 25th 2016 St Brendan’s Church at 10am

Baptism Certs by Wednesday October 19th 2016 (For those that don’t have them in the school records already)

“Do this in Memory” Sunday Masses
1. Sunday October 30th 2016 St Brendan’s Church at 10am
2. Sunday November 20th 2016 St Brendan’s Church at 10am
3. Sunday January 22nd 2017 St Brendan’s Church at 10am

First Confession (School Uniform) Wednesday February 8th 2017 St Brendan’s Church at 7.30pm

“Do this in Memory” Sunday Masses
4. Sunday February 12th 2017 St Brendan’s Church at 10am
5. Sunday March 19th 2017 St Brendan’s Church at 10am

First Holy Communion
Saturday May 13th 2017 St Brendan’s Church at 11.00am

Corpus Christi (June 18th 2017)
Procession from St Brendan’s Church after the 12.30pm Mass

Eucharist – First Holy Communion

Preparation for First Holy Communion

Not only is it an important year in the life of your child, it is also an important year for their class, their teachers, and also for you the parents/guardians. It is also a special time too for the parish community. Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play.

While the Home is the primary learning place, each parent/guardian will be asked to take on a special role over the next few months, to journey with your child as they prepare to receive the sacraments, as there is only so much that can be taught in school. Our teachers do a wonderful job in preparing the children for their special day, but ‘home is where the heart is’. And the home is the domestic Church, where our children are influenced by what they see and learn.

As part of our preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion, we run in tandem a parish based programme, ‘Do this in Memory’.

This programme is a continuous programme, connecting the classroom with the home and the parish.

As part of the programme, there is:

  1. An Information Night, (where we meet the parents),

  2. An Enrolment Ceremony for you and your child.

  3. There are designated Sundays set aside where you and your child will be expected to attend the Sunday Mass.

  4. It is also hoped that you and your child will frequent mass regularly as your child prepares for this special day.