Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tuismitheoirí páistí ag déanamh An Chéad Chomaoineach / Parents of children making First Holy Communion

Please forward the message below to the parents of children preparing for First Communion.

The dates and times for the next Do this in Memory masses are:
Saturday at 6.30pm - Gaelscoil and Dunderrow
Sunday at 10.00am  - Summercove and Scoil Naoimh Eltin.

Dear Parents,
On Saturday April 12th 2014 at 6.30pm (or Sunday April 13th 2014 at 10am) the next 'Do This in Memory Mass' will take place in St. John the Baptist Church.  This Mass also marks the beginning of Holy Week and Palm Sunday.

The Church community very much welcomes the children as active participants in the celebration of the Mass.  You might like to discuss with your child the support and feeling of belonging that you experience when you attend Mass, and the ways in which praying together in thanks and for support can enrich our lives.

On this occasion the children will be asked to remain in their seats, with their family, for the duration of the Gospel and a Children's version of the Passion will be read.  To help the children to understand the meaning of the  Passion and to help them to participate in the Mass, a copy of the Gospel will be distributed in school and discussed in class with their teacher.  Please remind your child to bring their copy with them to Mass.

After Communion the children will be invited to stand at the altar and read together with the Priest, the prayer after Communion taken from their Alive O textbook. A typed copy of this prayer will be given to the children at mass, and they will be prepared by their teacher in school, to recite the prayer together.

You might like to encourage your child to take the blessed palm home with them for their sacred space and to please collect their copy of the grapevine at the altar after Mass.

We look forward to seeing you all there,
The Parent Representatives Group
Fr. Robert Young