Parish First Holy Communions 2019

Starts: Saturday, May 11th 2019 at 11:00 am
Ends: Saturday, May 11th 2019 at 12:15 pm

The girls and boys in Ms Ryan and Mr Kirby’s 2nd classes in Scoil Niocláis will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 11th May 2019.

The best preparation for the Eucharist is taking your child to Mass regularly and helping your child understand what it is all about. In First Holy Communion the children will prepare to meet the Lord in this very special sacrament.

The First Holy Communion ritual celebrates the Catholic child’s second step toward full initiation into the Church. After preparing through study in catechism classes, the Catholic child is ready to receive Communion for the first time, which is a wafer of bread that represents the body of Jesus Christ (in reference to the Last Supper). The Communion wafer is also known as the Eucharist.

At your child’s Baptism you, the parents, were told that you ‘ would be the first and best teachers of your children in the way of faith’. Your involvement in the preparation of your children for First Holy Communion is paramount. The parish ‘helps’, but does not replace your part in the process of leading your children in the development of their faith, through the development and example of your own.

The Eucharist is the greatest gift that Jesus gave to us – the gift of himself. The Eucharist is a gift that takes a whole lifetime to open; it is a gift that requires a response from us. That is why it is so special and why we must take such care that our children are well-prepared.

Following their First Holy Communion children need to be encouraged to accompany their parents to Mass on a regular basis to enable them to make a genuine commitment to their faith at the Sacrament of Confirmation in 6th class.

Children who receive their First Holy Communion are eligible to become altar servers and we would ask parents to encourage their child/children to serve on the altar till their reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.