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First Holy Communion

Parish, parents and schools work together to prepare the children to receive their first Holy Communion. Home is the most important place to pass on faith while school and parish build on the work already begun by parents. When you present your child for the Sacrament of the Eucharist you make the choice to provide them with full membership in the parish family, following initial commitment made at Baptism.

Children should be baptised in the Catholic Church, usually for at least two years, before receiving their First Holy Communion. The preparation period for First Holy Communion is a two year programme, in keeping with the first class Grow In Love programme. Your child should be baptised before entering this period of preparation for First Holy Communion.

The dates for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are decided at the beginning of September and will be posted here, and through the school.

First Communion Preparation Programme
The First Communion Parish Preparation programme has been running successfully in the parish. This is a parish-based programme of preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion which involves parish and parents working together in order to help the children to play an active part in the community. The parents of the children, along with some members of the family Mass team, take responsibility for organising Sunday Masses during the year when a particular focus is placed on the on-going preparation for First Holy Communion. All families are invited to be actively involved at Mass on Sundays as part of the parish/family preparation.


St Brigids' GNS: 7.30pm on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 in St Philomena's Church . . . . .CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

St Lorcan's BNS: 7.30pm on Wednesday, 26 March 2020 in St Philomena's Church . . . .CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Please see below letter which was circulated to all parents dated 30 January 2020.


We wish to confirm that First Holy Communion will be celebrated at 12 noon Sunday Mass in St Philomena’s Parish during the month of May 2020. This has been the practice in parishes in other Irish Dioceses for many years and was first implemented into our parish in 2014. It means that the celebration of the children’s First Holy Communion will be centred at the heart of the parish community. The dates for the communions are as follows:-

In response to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has sent out the following communication on 15 April 2020:

“We can only begin to speak of timetables for these Sacraments (in the case of this parish, it is in respect of the First Holy Communions) when it will be possible once again to hold large gatherings of people, especially children and this is unlikely for some months.”

For more information on this, please check out the Archdiocese website via the following link:

Sunday, 03 May 2020, St Brigid's Girls National School
Sunday, 10 May 2020, St Brigid's Girls National School
Sunday, 17 May 2020, St Lorcan's Boys National School
Sunday, 24 May 2020, St Lorcan's Boys National School


A series of preparation meetings & prayer services for parents/guardians who intend to present their child for the further commitment to faith in God through the Catholic Church takes place from the beginning of the school year. The first preparation meeting is scheduled to take place on:

Wednesday, 25th September 2019
in St Philomena’s Church
at 7.30 p.m.

A letter advising of this meeting has been circulated to the Second Class Students in both St Bridget’s and St Lorcan’s schools. A copy of this letter can be downloaded using the link below.

Please note there a requirement for an enrolment form to be completed by Parents/Guardians at the initial meeting. This arises from GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679) which came into effect in May 2018. The parish must now depend solely on parent’s/guardian’s enrolment form to inform us that it is your intention to present your child for the sacraments and to provide us with relevant contact details. In order that your child may receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion for the first time in summer 2019 it is essential that a completed Enrolment Form and Baptismal certificate are provided to the parish. A copy of this Enrolment Form can be downloaded using the link below.

This meetings/prayer services will be facilitated by members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Liturgy Group. This meeting is for parents and guardians, not for the children. It will take approximately three quarters of an hour. We look forward to meeting with you and to discussing the practicalities of the year of preparation for the Sacraments at these meetings.

We look forward to these great parish celebrations.

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