FIRST COMMUNION CEREMONIES: will be celebrated on the dates below. Each child will be allowed to have their parents, siblings, and grandparents in the church. All ceremonies will be live streamed. The ceremonies, which have been prepared in co-operation with the teachers, will be shorter and simpler. We encourage all families to show due care and caution regarding household gatherings.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATES 2021:
Listellick: Saturday September 18th at 11am
Balloonagh: Saturday September 25th at 10.30am/12pm/1.30pm

 

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.