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The Eucharist

The Eucharist is at the very heart of Christian life. We welcome you to join with the community in our celebration of the Eucharist, especially on Sundays. At Sunday Mass, Christians relive the experience of the Apostles on the evening of Easter when the Risen Lord appeared to them as they were gathered together.

“The close connection between the appearance of the Risen Lord and the Eucharist is suggested in the gospel of Luke in the story of the two disciples of Emmaus, whom Christ approached and led to understand the scriptures and then sat with them at table. They recognised Him when he “ took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them” (24:30)”
(Dies Domini)

Details of Mass times are available here.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration takes place in the family room every Wednesday from 10am – 10pm.

First Holy Communion

During the Month of May over 200 boys and girls receive their First Holy Communion. First Communion Days are major events in this parish with five ceremonies over three weekends in which all in the Parish participate.

The boys and girls spend the year preparing, with the help of the teachers at school, their parents at home and the parish with the special preparation programme - Do This In Memory Of Me. The children spend many hours at school learning about Jesus their good Shepherd and their friend.

Preparation for First Holy Communion

The home should be the first church which children should know, and in which they are reminded of God and helped to pray by what they see around them. Religion begins at home. Parents are the first religion teachers and the most important of all teachers of religion.

Our Parish programme is designed to facilitate the involvement of parents and the wider parish community in the preparation of children for First Eucharist. We believe that the sacramental preparation of children is the responsibility of the home, school and parish working together in partnership.

The work of sacramental preparation begins long before the First Eucharist Celebration It is a sacred and important moment on a long journey of faith development. Together with Baptism and Confirmation it opens the door to full membership of the Christian community. It is not an end in itself. The sacramental preparation of our children is an opportunity for the whole parish to deepen our faith.

Our Parish Preparation Programme is a set of four Sunday Masses, in which the children preparing to receive their First Holy Communion are involved in a special way. These special Masses support the work being done in the schools by our dedicated teachers and complement the Alive-0 4 school religion programme.

During the Masses the Children will gather around the Ambo to listen to the Gospel, they will be involved the preparation of the Altar and they will receive a blessing at Communion time.

First Sunday

Parents / Guardians present their Children to community. They are invited to promise to participate in the Programme and the parish community promise to pray for them. The children will present their enrolment certificates at this Mass.

Second Sunday

On this Sunday we remember our Baptism. Parents and children are asked to renew their baptismal promises. Baptismal candles are lit. Families are presented with the Holy Water.

Third Sunday

This ceremony usually takes place during the Lenten season. It highlights the childrens' preparation for First Confessions. Each class will design posters on the theme of penance and these will be brought to the Altar during the Mass.

Fourth Sunday

On this Sunday, we invite the children to focus on the Altar. During the Mass they will dress the Altar. At the Our Father the Children will gather around the Altar.

 

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