Eucharist – First Communion
First Holy Communion Ceremony 2014
The First Holy Communion Ceremony for Good Shepherd Parish will take place on Sunday 18th May at 12.00 noon
Not only is this an important year in the life of your child, it is also an important year for their class, their teachers, and also for you the parents/guardians. It is also a special time too for the parish community. Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play.
While the Home is the primary learning place, each parent/guardian will be asked to take on a special role over the next few months, to journey with your child as they prepare to receive the sacraments, as there is only so much that can be taught in school. 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 learn.
As part of our preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion, we run in tandem a parish based programme, ‘Do this in Memory’. This programme is a continuous programme, connecting the classroom with the home and the parish. As part of the programme, there is an Information Night, (where we meet the parents), an Enrolment Ceremony for you and your child, and there are ten Sundays set aside where you and your child will have some participation in the Sunday Mass. It is also hoped that you and your child will attend mass regularly as your child prepares for First Penance adn First Communion.
Preparation for First Holy Communion
All children and parents will participate in the “Do this in Memory” programme prior to receiving their First Holy Communion. A significant part of the programme will take place at the 12.00 Sunday masses during the year. The Do This in Memory dates are available from the parish office and are listed under forthcoming dates on this website