© Oughterard Parish 2017

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The Parish of Oughterard

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Welcome to the parish sacrament preparation programmes The parish is most happy to welcome your children to our sacrament preparation programme. This is a year for all of your family, not just the child making their Communion or Confirmation. As the ongoing pandemic seems to be abating enough to allow planning (as of September 2021) a detailed mass and worksheet plan has been laid out for FHC. Confirmation details will follow in November. The organisation of a sacramental programme in Oughterard involving 3 schools is complex, and our volunteer core is quite small. Please, for a start, read the appropriate details below to help us get off to a good start. Then, click on the appropriate link below, Communion of Confirmation. Don’t be put off by the direct and legal-type language used. This is to help matters get off to a good start so everyone can enjoy this special year for you and your family. Please note the following requirements for full participation in the Confirmation and First Holy Communion Programmes 1.Fr   Michael   will   need   to   see   your   child’s   baptism   cert.   If   your   child   was   baptised   in   Oughterard,   unfortunately   you may   not   have   been   given   a   cert.   This   should   not   have   been   the   case,   and   in   recent   years   has   been   rectified. Please   email   the   parish   office,   with   subject   info   “FHC2022”   of   “CONF2022”,   with   the   month   and   year   of   your child’s   baptism.   I   will   then   confirm   with   parish   records.   If   your   child   was   baptised   in   Killannin   or   Moycullen,   an email    from    these    parishes    will    suffice    for    proof.    If    otherwise,    an    official    copy    of    the    baptism    certificate    is ESSENTIAL.   A   PHOTOGRAPH   IS   NOT   SUFFICIENT   PROOF.   The   DEADLINE   for   receipt   is   15th   January   2022 otherwise your child may not be admitted to the final parts of the preparation programme. 2.The   parents   and   the   sacrament   children   are   required   to   download,   fill   out,   then   sign   a   parental   commitment   form (electronically   if   possible),   from   the   parish   website   at   the   bottom   of   the   Confirmation   &   Holy   Communion   page (select   link   below). These   will   then   be   delivered   by   the   parents   to   the   parish   office   letterbox   or   better   emailed   back. These   commitment   forms   will   “make   official”   the   required   commitments   that   will   be   expected   to   faithfully   complete the   sacrament   preparations.   Of   great   importance   are   the   Child   Protection   forms   (named   the   parental   consent forms), which must be filled out and returned to the parish office. These have been printed for your convenience. 3.The   parish   requires   the   short-term   retention   of   personal   data   for   the   running   of   the   sacrament   programmes. Firstly,   names   and   addresses   of   parents/guardians,   which   are   required   for   child   protection   forms   and   as   a correspondence   database   for   the   running   of   the   programme.   this   data   will   be   deleted   at   the   end   of   the   programme. Secondly,   email   addresses,   for   group   communications   requiring   the   use   of   streaming   media   and   other   material.   It is   asked   that   this   data   be   kept   for   2-3   years   after   the   end   of   the   sacrament   programme,   as   follow-on   material   will be   sent   to   families   to   build   on   what   was   undertaken   this   year.   This   is   a   requirement   of   enrolling   in   the   programme, as   the   sacrament   is   a   new   chapter   in   a   young   person’s   life,   not   an   end   in   itself.   Thirdly,   your   mobile   number,   for on-the-spot   communications,   quick   organising   of   bits-and-pieces   and   also   for   sub-groups   dedicated   to   particular elements of running the programme. This data will be deleted at the end of the programme. 4.There   will   be   a   roll   book   for   the   children   to   sign   before/after   all   masses.   This   is   important,   please   bring   your   own biro.   the   roll   book   will   be   found   at   the   back   of   the   church.   If   a   child   has   not   signed   in   for   a   number   of   masses, clarification will be sought from the parents/guardians. 5.The   sacramental   preparation   programme   needs   sufficient   volunteers   to   run.   Please   come   forward   to   June Threlfal if you are able. Thank you. 6.The   cost   of   the   programmes   is   kept   to   a   bare   minimum,   but   we   seek   €20   per   child,   to   be   paid   before   Easter 2022. As   one   suggestion,   the   parents   may   loan   this   money   to   their   child   and   it   may   be   repaid   from   Confirmation   or Communion   money   received   by   them. This   however   is   up   to   the   parents   to   decide   yes   or   otherwise. Thank   you   for your support.
© Oughterard Parish 2017

School Sacraments

The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Welcome to the parish sacrament preparation programmes The parish is most happy to welcome your children to our sacrament preparation programme. This is a year for all of your family, not just the child making their Communion or Confirmation. As the ongoing pandemic has made planning almost impossible, broad guidelines will be given on a regular basis. We will however make this year as special as possible. The organisation of a programme involving 3 schools is complex, and our volunteer core is quite small. Please, for a start, read the appropriate details below to help us get off to a good start. Then, click on the appropriate link below, Communion of Confirmation. Don’t be put off by the direct and legal-type language used. This is to help matters get off to a good start so everyone can enjoy this special year for you and your family. Please    note    the    following    requirements    for    full participation    in    the    Confirmation    and    First    Holy Communion Programmes 1.Fr   Michael   will   need   to   see   your   child’s   baptism cert.    If    your    child    was    baptised    in    Oughterard, unfortunately   you   may   not   have   been   given   a   cert. This   should   not   have   been   the   case,   and   in   recent years    has    been    rectified.    If    you    do    not    have    a baptism    cert    please    download    a    cert    issue    form, found   HERE,    fill   in   the   information   electronically,   and email   it   back   to   oughterparish@gmail.com.   It   may take   a   few   months   to   process   all   requests,   please be   patient.   Only   a   baptised   child   may   make   their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 2.The    parents    and    the    sacrament    children    are required     to     download,     fill     out,     then     sign     two commitment   forms   (electronically   if   possible),   from the   parish   website   at   the   bottom   of   the   Confirmation &   Holy   Communion   page   (select   link   below).   These will   then   be   delivered   by   the   parents   to   the   parish office    letterbox    or    better    emailed    back.    These commitment   forms   will   “make   official”   the   required commitments    that    will    be    expected    to    faithfully complete    the    sacrament    preparations.    Of    great importance    are    the    Child    Protection    forms,    which also   must   be   downloaded/printed   out,   filled   out   and returned   to   the   parish   office   in   the   same   way.   The link   is   found   at   the   bottom   of   the   sacrament   page you select below. 3.The    parish    requires    the    short-term    retention    of personal    data    for    the    running    of    the    sacrament programmes.     Firstly,     names     and     addresses     of parents/guardians,    which    are    required    for    child protection   forms   and   as   a   correspondence   database for   the   running   of   the   programme.   this   data   will   be deleted    at    the    end    of    the    programme.    Secondly, email      addresses,      for      group      communications requiring    the    use    of    streaming    media    and    other material.   It   is   asked   that   this   data   be   kept   for   2-3 years   after   the   end   of   the   sacrament   programme,   as follow-on   material   will   be   sent   to   families   to   build   on what     was     undertaken     this     year.     This     is     a requirement   of   enrolling   in   the   programme,   as   the sacrament   is   a   new   chapter   in   a   young   person’s   life, not   an   end   in   itself.   Thirdly,   your   mobile   number,   for on-the-spot    communications,    quick    organising    of bits-and-pieces   and   also   for   sub-groups   dedicated to   particular   elements   of   running   the   programme. This     data     will     be     deleted     at     the     end     of     the programme. 4.Should   we   be   able   to   meet   in   person   in   the   church for   masses,   there   will   be   a   roll   book   for   the   children to   sign   before   all   masses.   It   will   be   found   at   the   back of    the    church.    If    a    child    has    not    signed    in    for    a number   of   masses,   clarification   will   be   sought   from the parents/guardians. 5.The    sacramental    preparation    programme    needs sufficient   volunteers   to   run.   If   the   programme   does not   run   the   parish   will   not   be   in   a   position   to   offer neither   Confirmation   nor   First   Holy   Communion   to the   6th   and   2nd   class   children.      Please   indicate   your willingness   to   get   involved   by   emailing   Fr   Michael directly. 6.The    cost    of    the    programmes    is    kept    to    a    bare minimum,   but   we   seek   €15   per   child,   to   be   paid before   Easter.   As   one   suggestion,   the   parents   may loan   this   money   to   their   child   and   it   may   be   repaid from   Confirmation   or   Communion   money   received by   them. This   however   is   up   to   the   parents   to   decide yes or otherwise. Thank you for your support.