First Holy Communion

The year of your child’s First Holy Communion is not only important in the life of your child, but also for their class, their teachers, and you the parents. It is also a special time for your parish and local community.

Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. Now, your child has grown and are about to take the next step in their journey as they prepare for First Holy Communion.

Preparation

St Patricks Church Skerries First Holy Communion
St Patricks Church Skerries First Holy Communion
St Patricks Church Skerries First Holy Communion

Your home is the primary learning place, and as such, each parent will take on a special role to journey with your child as they prepare to receive the sacraments. 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 hear.

As part of our preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion, we run a parish programme, ‘Do this in Memory’.  This programme provides pre-sacramental resources which will give parents, children and the parish community the opportunity to prepare for First Confession and First Eucharist.  It also complements the schools preparations for these Sacraments.

Do this in Memory

The Programme provides children with the good habit of going to Mass on Sunday, which will provide a solid foundation for the celebration’s First Eucharist. The programme starts in September and continues throughout the year, with 10 monthly Masses.  The children get involved and participate in these Masses.  A procession on the Feast of Corpus Christi  concludes the programme.

Parents of children taking their First Holy Communion are invited to become members of the Programme Planning Group. The group meet once a month to plan and prepare the Masses.

This Programme gives children a wonderful experience as they continue their journey as members of the Christian Community.