© Oughterard Parish 2017

First Communion

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

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Do This in Memory of Me Mass dates and times:

Please read the information below and if you have understood then download the forms at the

bottom of the page.

What the programme entails:

Parents commitment form HERE

Children’s commitment form HERE

Parents consent form HERE

Enrolment mass: 30th September 2018 at 11:30 am - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? To show our commitment to preparing for our First Holy Communion. We think about what this is about, how important we believe it to be. We promise to give it a good go! What to bring? commitment form, signed, for both child and adult. Parents consent form. Child’s baptism candle. What will happen? At the beginning, before mass starts but after opening hymn, parent with child will be called to altar rails by name. The baptismal candles are lit from the pascal candle and will be handed to the children to hold. Verbal commitment will be made, then blowing out of candles and return to seat for start of mass. Sprinkling of Holy Water at penitential rite. Introduction to what programme entails at homily, renewal of baptismal promises Parents with child will bring commitment and consent forms to altar at the end of mass, after closing hymn. Children will receive their First Holy Communion Preparation packs. Help Needed? 2 parents to organise full list of names to be called 2 parents to help with lighting of baptismal candles 6-8 prayers of the faithful written and read by the children (with help at home) 1 Parent for reflection 2-4 parents to ensure orderly distribution of “Do this in memory material” after mass ends October 27th 2018 at 5:00pm - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? What to bring? What will happen? Help Needed? November 24th 2018 at 7:00 pm - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? What to bring? What will happen? Help Needed? December 4th 2018 at 8:00pm - Parish Office First of three parents meetings, focusing on family life. A presentation taken from pope Francis and the World meeting of Families will be given, focusing on the blessings and challenges of family life now in our day. There will be ample discussion time, in groups and together, with a focus on listening on the part of the parish priest. Tea / coffee and a few bits ‘n bites will be on offer half way through. Christmas Eve 2018 mass: 24th December at 5 pm Entrance procession, 4-6 children carrying candles before priest to place baby Jesus in the crib. One child to give a welcome (2 minutes long) Two adult readers; readings are found HERE Gospel mime with Mary, Joseph, 3 Shepherds and two angles 4-8 children with prayers of faithful; themes are family, parish and catholic church, civic leaders, poor (especially children), 4 more Two parents and two children bringing gifts Santa’s helpers, 3-4 children at each door Dad’s (5-7) are needed as ushers and basket collectors, and perhaps to help with traffic… The details for 2019 will follow closer to Christmas January 2019 TBC February 2019 TBC The theme of this mass will be Baptism. Holy water for all the parish will be blessed at the start of mass, there will be a sprinkling with the newly blessed water for the penitential rite (“Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy…”). The chosen parents will read the scripture readings for this Sunday found HERE. After the Gospel and before the homily the first communion children will each receive a candle which will then be lit. 4 parents are required to co-ordinate this. Parts of the Baptism rite will be read out that were said during your child’s baptism. At the end of the homily the candles will be blown out are returned to the baskets. The mass precedes as normal. At the Eucharist, the 1st communion children will come up in a line with their arms crossed to receive a blessing. 4 parents will required to organise the children’s procession. When they go back to their seats Holy Communion will be distributed to all able to receive. At the end of mass 4 more parents will be required to fill holy water bottles that the children will bring home for the use of the whole family. Please remember the honour system of covering the 18 euro cost per child for the 1st communion programme by putting some extra money in the baskets. Thank you.   March 2019 TBC The theme of this mass is of Holy Week, with the start being today at the Palm Sunday (rightly called Passion Sunday) procession led by the First Holy Communion Children. We are asking that each child bring about 1 small shopping bag full of palm branches, from 250mm to 400mm in length. These will be blessed outside the church, at the rear entrance, where parent helpers and the children will congregate After the palms are blessed, the children lead the procession to the altar, waving the palms in the air as the process up the aisle. The palms not carried by the children are brought to the altar in the baskets they were blessed in. They are brought up by parent helpers who follow at the rear of the procession. The mass begins as normal, with the exception being the reading of the Passion, which is a very long gospel account of the passion and death of our Lord. At the end of the Passion gospel there is a time of silent reflection, followed by a very short homily about living Holy Week. Next comes the intercession prayers, between 6-10 children pray for family, school, community, clubs and associations, and preparation for receiving the sacraments. The offertory procession follows where one family is chosen to bring the bread and wine to the altar, for the Eucharist. At =holy Communion time, the children for First communion come to the priest with their arms crossed, silently and respectfully, to receive a blessing. Their follows an after communion reflection read by one of the parents, and just before the final blessing three groups of 4 children, with 3-6 adult helpers, go to the three church exits with the baskets of blessed palm. The children themselves distribute the blessed palm to the parishoneers as they exit. April 2019 TBC The last preparation mass before the First Holy Communions has the theme of Easter, new life. The children are asked to bring in several daffodils each (up to 5 or 6 if possible) to the church. With these they will process up the main church aisle at the beginning of mass. placing all but one in two large basins near the altar. The children will hold on to one daffodil, which they will place in a large vase after saying a short “thank you” prayer. This will happen as follows; before mass begins, a quiet time of reflection will be held to think of something that you want to give thanks for. With this thank you prayer in mind the children process until reaching near the altar where all but 1 daffodil are deposited in 2 basins. These daffodils are for other children to come to the altar with their thank you prayer. The first communion children will show the other children what to do; approach inside the sanctuary, genuflect, say the very short thank you prayer, give the daffodil as a gift to Jesus (by putting in in one of the vases) , and then  return to their families. The mass proceeds as normal, with two parent readers, readings are found HERE, 6-10 children to pray for intentions, one family for the offeratory, and one parent to speak loudly into the microphone for the after communion reflection. Examination of conscience for children is found HERE, for married couples HERE (courtesy of US bishops conference) First Holy Communion Saturday May 18th 11:00am Corpus Christi Procession 2019 TBC The First Holy Communion Children will come together to celebrate ‘journeying on’ in their faith. We thank God for the journey so far, which began at Baptism and continues to Confirmation with the support and prayers of home, parish and school. On Sunday the children and parents will take an active part in the mass, beginning with explanation of certain symbols which represent their journey this year. The children will read the Prayers of the Faithful and then one one family will bring forward the Offertory gifts. A parent will read an ‘After Communion Reflection’ just before the end of mass. As mass finishes, the children will process around the outside of church, weather permitting! At the end of mass the children will lead the congregation in the Corpus Christi procession, which proceeds out of the East door (Main st) and goes around the church anti-clockwise. Simple Taize chants will be sung. They are as follows: Ubi caritas, et amore ubi caritas Deus tibi est ~ also ~ Laudate Dominus Laudate Dominus onmes Gentes Alleluia The children and congregation will enter the church again at the rear entrance, where they will go to their seats, while the blessed sacrament will go directly to the altar. From here, benediction will be given. when the Blessed Sacrament is reposed, the families are free to go to a small party (if it is happening) or else go home. Please could you be in church at 11.00am in order to give your child/children time to practise before mass begins
© Oughterard Parish 2017

First Communion

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Please read the information below and if you have

understood then download the forms at the

bottom of the page.

What the programme entails:

Do This in Memory of Me Mass dates and times:

Enrolment mass: 30th September 2018 at 11:30 am - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? To show our commitment to preparing for our First Holy Communion. We think about what this is about, how important we believe it to be. We promise to give it a good go! What to bring? commitment form, signed, for both child and adult. Parents consent form. Child’s baptism candle. What will happen? At the beginning, before mass starts but after opening hymn, parent with child will be called to altar rails by name. The baptismal candles are lit from the pascal candle and will be handed to the children to hold. Verbal commitment will be made, then blowing out of candles and return to seat for start of mass. Sprinkling of Holy Water at penitential rite. Introduction to what programme entails at homily, renewal of baptismal promises Parents with child will bring commitment and consent forms to altar at the end of mass, after closing hymn. Children will receive their First Holy Communion Preparation packs. Help Needed? 2 parents to organise full list of names to be called 2 parents to help with lighting of baptismal candles 6-8 prayers of the faithful written and read by the children (with help at home) 1 Parent for reflection 2-4 parents to ensure orderly distribution of “Do this in memory material” after mass ends October 27th 2018 at 5:00pm - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? What to bring? What will happen? Help Needed? November 24th 2018 at 7:00 pm - Oughterard What is the theme for the mass? What to bring? What will happen? Help Needed? December 4th 2018 at 8:00pm - Parish Office First of three parents meetings, focusing on family life. A presentation taken from pope Francis and the World meeting of Families will be given, focusing on the blessings and challenges of family life now in our day. There will be ample discussion time, in groups and together, with a focus on listening on the part of the parish priest. Tea / coffee and a few bits ‘n bites will be on offer half way through. Christmas Eve 2018 mass: 24th December at 5 pm Entrance procession, 4-6 children carrying candles before priest to place baby Jesus in the crib. One child to give a welcome (2 minutes long) Two adult readers; readings are found HERE Gospel mime with Mary, Joseph, 3 shepherds and two angles 4-8 children with prayers of faithful; themes are family, parish and catholic church, civic leaders, poor (especially children), 4 more Two parents and two children bringing gifts Santa’s helpers, 3-4 children at each door Dad’s (5-7) are needed as ushers and basket collectors, and perhaps to help with traffic… The details for 2019 will follow closer to Christmas February 24th 2018 at 5:00 pm The theme of this mass will be Baptism. Holy water for all the parish will be blessed at the start of mass, there will be a sprinkling with the newly blessed water for the penitential rite (“Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy…”). The chosen parents will read the scripture readings for this Sunday found HERE. After the Gospel and before the homily the first communion children will each receive a candle which will then be lit. 4 parents are required to co-ordinate this. Parts of the Baptism rite will be read out that were said during your child’s baptism. At the end of the homily the candles will be blown out are returned to the baskets. The mass precedes as normal. At the Eucharist, the 1st communion children will come up in a line with their arms crossed to receive a blessing. 4 parents will required to organise the children’s procession. When they go back to their seats Holy Communion will be distributed to all able to receive. At the end of mass 4 more parents will be required to fill holy water bottles that the children will bring home for the use of the whole family. Please remember the honour system of covering the 18 euro cost per child for the 1st communion programme by putting some extra money in the baskets. Thank you.     March 24th 2018 at 7:00pm The theme of this mass is of Holy Week, with the start being today at the Palm Sunday (rightly called Passion Sunday) procession led by the First Holy Communion Children. We are asking that each child bring about 1 small shopping bag full of palm branches, from 250mm to 400mm in length. These will be blessed outside the church, at the rear entrance, where parent helpers and the children will congregate After the palms are blessed, the children lead the procession to the altar, waving the palms in the air as the process up the aisle. The palms not carried by the children are brought to the altar in the baskets they were blessed in. They are brought up by parent helpers who follow at the rear of the procession. The mass begins as normal, with the exception being the reading of the Passion, which is a very long gospel account of the passion and death of our Lord. At the end of the Passion gospel there is a time of silent reflection, followed by a very short homily about living Holy Week. Next comes the intercession prayers, between 6-10 children pray for family, school, community, clubs and associations, and preparation for receiving the sacraments. The offertory procession follows where one family is chosen to bring the bread and wine to the altar, for the Eucharist. At =holy Communion time, the children for First communion come to the priest with their arms crossed, silently and respectfully, to receive a blessing. Their follows an after communion reflection read by one of the parents, and just before the final blessing three groups of 4 children, with 3-6 adult helpers, go to the three church exits with the baskets of blessed palm. The children themselves distribute the blessed palm to the parishioners as they exit. April 14th 2018 at 5:00 pm The last preparation mass before the First Holy Communions has the theme of Easter, new life. The children are asked to bring in several daffodils each (up to 5 or 6 if possible) to the church. With these they will process up the main church aisle at the beginning of mass. placing all but one in two large basins near the altar. The children will hold on to one daffodil, which they will place in a large vase after saying a short “thank you” prayer. This will happen as follows; before mass begins, a quiet time of reflection will be held to think of something that you want to give thanks for. With this thank you prayer in mind the children process until reaching near the altar where all but 1 daffodil are deposited in 2 basins. These daffodils are for other children to come to the altar with their thank you prayer. The first communion children will show the other children what to do; approach inside the sanctuary, genuflect, say the very short thank you prayer, give the daffodil as a gift to Jesus (by putting in in one of the vases) , and then  return to their families. The mass proceeds as normal, with two parent readers, readings are found HERE, 6-10 children to pray for intentions, one family for the offertory, and one parent to speak loudly into the microphone for the after communion reflection. May 28th at 11:30pm (Corpus Christi Procession) More to follow after First Holy Communions. There will be a party afterwards in the parish meeting rooms, and enclosed garden. A sub-committee could be formed now to organise. I will leave this in your hands.

Parents commitment form HERE

Childrens commitment form HERE

Parents consent form HERE