© 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

Childrens commitment form HERE

Parents consent form HERE

Enrolment mass: 22nd October 2017 at 11:30 am - Oughterard What to bring? commitment form, signed, for both child and adult. Child’s baptism candle What will happen? Introduction to what programme entails After homily, gifts are brought (bread and wine alone) then a procession of parent with child who will bring commitment forms to altar. Prayer candle will be lit, to be collected by each child at end of mass. Children will receive their First Holy Communion Preparation packs. After mass there may be a social gathering with tea etc. for all the families involved, in the parish meeting rooms. This must be organised in advance by a parent group, with parish assistance. Please put yourself forward!!! November 25th 2017 at 7:00 pm - Oughterard Leaf with names of deceased loved ones belonging to childrens family are brought forward and placed on a special tree. Name badges are to be displayed on a special display board in the church all year. Parent to give an after communion reflection. Christmas Eve 2017 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 sheppards 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… 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 penetential rite (“Lord have mercy, Chrits 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 childs baptism. At the end of the homily the candles will be blown out are returned to the baskets. The mass preceeds as normal. At the Eucharist, the 1st communion children will come up in a line with their arms crossed to recieve a blessing. 4 parents will required to organise the childrens 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 offeratory 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 respecffully, to receive a blessing. Ther 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 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 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) 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.
© Oughterard Parish 2017

First Communion

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Do This in Memory of Me Mass dates and times:

(only 2017 dates set so far)

Enrolment mass: 22nd October 2017 at 11:30 am - Oughterard What to bring? commitment form, signed, for both child and adult. Child’s baptism candle What will happen? Introduction to what programme entails After homily, gifts are brought (bread and wine alone) then a procession of parent with child who will bring commitment forms to altar. Prayer candle will be lit, to be collected by each child at end of mass. Children will receive their First Holy Communion Preparation packs. After mass there may be a social gathering with tea etc. for all the families involved, in the parish meeting rooms. This must be organised in advance by a parent group, with parish assistance. Please put yourself forward!!! November 25th 2017 at 7:00 pm - Oughterard Leaf with names of deceased loved ones belonging to childrens family are brought forward and placed on a special tree. Name badges are to be displayed on a special display board in the church all year. Parent to give an after communion reflection. Christmas Eve 2017 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 sheppards 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… 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 penetential rite (“Lord have mercy, Chrits 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 childs baptism. At the end of the homily the candles will be blown out are returned to the baskets. The mass preceeds as normal. At the Eucharist, the 1st communion children will come up in a line with their arms crossed to recieve a blessing. 4 parents will required to organise the childrens 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 offeratory 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 respecffully, to receive a blessing. Ther 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 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 offeratory, 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