Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tuismitheoirí Rang 2, An Chéad Chomaoineach - Parents of 2nd Class, First Holy Communion

Dear Parents,

Our November ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass will be held on:

Sunday, 22nd November 2015 at 10:00 a.m, for Dunderrow and the Gaelscoil.

This weekend is the Feast of Christ the King, the end of the Church year.

I will explain to the children that the Church year (Advent – Ordinary Time – Lent – Ordinary Time – Feast of Christ the King) is different to the calendar, or even the school year. It’s a time to think about endings and beginnings.

I will also talk about the different ways that we refer to Jesus. Very soon, the children will be singing about ‘baby Jesus’, but this month, we refer to Jesus as ‘King’. When we refer to Him as King, we mean that he is a leader who stands for forgiveness, fairness, and truthfulness.

I will draw the children’s attention to the Paschal candle. I will explain that it symbolises the Light of Christ, and has two special purposes. It is lit at the beginning of our life in the Church, at our Baptism. And it is lit at the end of our life, at our Funeral Mass. The hope and light that the Paschal candle symbolises, reminds us that God is with us to lead us in all our endings and our beginnings.

I would like all the children to do the colouring on pages 42 and 43 of the THUMB book before coming to Mass. Page 43 uses the image of a leaf that has fallen in Autumn to remember a loved one who has died. I would like the children to bring a few beautiful leaves that have fallen to Mass. They can place the leaves in the baskets held by the Parent Leaders at the entrance to the Church.

We have a ‘Faith Friends’ scheme in the Parish whereby older members of the Church include a particular child and their family in their prayers, throughout the Communion year. I invite families that would like to participate to get their child to write their first name on a card and place it in the designated basket at the entrance to the Church. There is no obligation to participate and the card with the first name is the only contact between the family and the older member of the Church.

And finally, for anyone who didn’t get their Rosary Beads blessed last month, you can bring them along again this month.

Yours sincerely,

Fr. Robert and the Parents Coordinating Group