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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.

Dates to be Advised in 2019


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 2019. 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:-

Sunday, 5 May 2019 - Ms Hodgin's & Ms Purtell's Classes of St Lorcan's BNS

Friday, 10 May 2019 - Stewarts School

Sunday, 12 May 2019 - Mr Egan's Class of St Lorcan's BNS

Sunday, 26 May 2019 - St Brigids' GNS


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:-

Monday 17 September 2018
in St Philomena’s Church
at 7.30 pm

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, together with the Enrolment Registration Form. Please note that requirement for a registration form 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 registration 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 Registration Form and Baptismal certificate are provided to the parish by 28 September 2018.

This meetings/prayer service 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.

Parents will be asked at the initial preparation meeting to submit their names and contact details so that they may be involved in the core group that will work with the parish through this year’s preparation. Please note that all parents are welcome to share in these meetings and process at any stage when you are free to attend. The meetings will take place in Le Chéile House which is behind the church at the right hand side from 8pm – 8.45pm. The Core Group Meetings dates are as follows:

Monday, 8 October 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018.

We look forward to these great parish celebrations.

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