First Communion 2020
The First Confession / First Communion sacraments for all the parish schools will take place after the start of the school year.
Our first priority is to ensuring the safety of everyone who attends our Church. We have a team in place helping to work out how to celebrate the ceremonies safely for all involved and while it may end up being different to Communions from other years it will be the same Sacrament that is bestowed on each child.
We sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding during these very unusual times.
As you know due to pandemic a lot of restrictions are in place. In order to ensure that everyone coming for the celebration of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is safe, we have put in place some guidelines. Please take your time to read through the details below and if you have any question or concern our parish contact details are at the end of this page.
What will my child wear on the day of their First Holy Communion?
We do not have special dress code for this ceremony but we recommend you dress nicely for the occasion and appropriate for the Church setting.
Will First Holy Communion children take part in reading and prayers of the faithful?
No the First Holy Communion children will not take part in readings or prayers of the faithful. Our parish regular readers will look after this just to minimize number of people using the microphone.
Will the First Holy Communion children be singing for the confirmation
Unfortunately, there will be no singing but music will be played.
Will First Holy Communion children be bringing up symbols or offertory gifts
There will be no bringing up of symbols for the ceremony and due to the pandemic we will not have offertory procession either. Symbols will already be placed in the scared space before we start the celebration. This is to limit surfaces being touched by multiple people.
Are we going to bring a Candle?
No need as we will only use the Paschal candle. We want to minimize risk associated with hand sanitizer which can be flammable.
Will there be a Mass?
Yes, there will be Mass.
Do we bring anything on the day?
No, just be early so we can start at the exact time schedule for the ceremony.
How many people can we bring along?
The First Communion child and two parents/guardians. So in total TWO people only with each child. Everyone over the age of 13 years should wear a face covering in the Church. We are restricted with numbers allowed in the Church so we encourage others to follow the ceremony via our parish Live Stream on our website or Facebook page.
How long will the ceremony last?
We hope it will not be more than 45mins. We encourage you to be on time. We also encourage you not to stay back to chat in the church at the end of the ceremony because we will be cleaning and airing the church in preparation for next ceremony.
Do I need to assist my child during the Ceremony?
Yes, you will need to help those wearing hand gloves take it off before coming to receive Holy Communion. Please remind your child that the Communion will be given on at hand. He/she should place right-hand on top of left hand. When the priest says ‘Body of Christ’ your child will respond ‘Amen’ and consume the Eucharist then make sign of the cross and walk back to his or her seat.
Do we need to do anything before the day?
Yes, you need to fill out form online on our parish website to let us know you are coming for the ceremony.
You need to have discussion with your child about the sacrament of Eucharist and what it means.
There will be no practise but we hope to explain how the ceremony will go before it starts.
When is my child’s First Holy Communion ceremony?
You can click on this link which will bring you to the search page to find out the date and time your child is due to make their First Holy Communion.
What safety measures will be put in place?
- Doors will be held open to reduce the need for people to touch surfaces such as door handles.
- The clergy, sacristan, stewards and parish team will be wearing masks.
- We recommend everyone coming into the church over the age of 13 should wear a mask.
- Everyone will have to use the provided hand sanitizers as they enter the Church.
- There will be a one way system and social distancing in operation in the Church, assisted by our stewards.
- All seat assignments will be 2 metres apart.
- During the celebration front and back doors will remain open (weather permitting) to allow for better ventilation.
- Surfaces which may have been touched will be sanitised afterwards.
Can I still use the toilet facilities at the Church?
Unfortunately, due to the risk of infection, there will be no access to the toilets in the Church and they will be locked.
Will my child receive the Sacrament of Penance (First Confession) before their First Holy Communion?
Yes, First confessions have been organized for the following schools that have not yet done it.
- Lucan East ETNS: Tuesday 22nd September @ 7pm
- Lucan CNS: Wednesday 23rd September @ 7pm
- Griffeen Valley ETNS: Thursday 24th September @ 7pm
How can I prepare my child for First Confession?
Please click this link to download a booklet with all the information and guidelines on how you can prepare your child for first confession. Please go through it and help your child to prepare for this day.
What will happen on the day of first Confession?
The first Confession will be in the church and our stewards will direct you as enter the church. We require ONLY ONE parent/guardian accompany the child to this ceremony.
Where can I find more information on guidelines in place in the parish?
Please refer to Return to Mass guidelines for additional information on the policies which are currently in place in the Church in response to Covid-19.
What are the contact details for the parish office?
Please if you have any question or concern do not hesitate to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us: 01 4572900
Preparation for First Holy Communion
Not only is it an important year in the life of your child, but 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.
The preparation of the children and their families for this special occasion is organised and run in conjunction with our local primary schools and takes place at the 10.30 a.m. Family Mass each Sunday.