PREPARATION OF THE CHILDREN FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022
18th September 2021
The date for First Holy Communion 2022 will be in June or July. It will be fixed after the first meeting with the parents.
You will need to register your child for First Holy Communion no later than the 1st of November 2021.
To register your child you will need to come and meet me and I will let you know what is needed before you commit to the preparation.
I am available to meet families for registration of their children on Fridays between 4.00pm and 8.00pm at the Presbytery.
Both parents will be required to attend the parent meetings. These will take place monthly on Saturday evenings for no more than 1 hour from 7.30pm. On parent evening days there will be no children’s catechism.
The children will be required to attend catechism sessions on Saturday afternoons from 4.00pm to 5.30pm.
The children will be prepared for two great Sacraments:
Firstly, The Sacrament of God’s Love in his Forgiveness of Sins.
Then, The Sacrament of Holy Communion – the gift of his Body and Blood.
Before you register your child, please read the following instructions and consider it carefully.
HOLY COMMUNION – CELEBRATION
“The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.” 1 Cor 10:15-18
- The celebration of First Holy Communion should take place within the community where the children and their family’s worship.
- The celebration of this sacrament should focus on the person of Christ and his loving gift. This requires careful liturgical preparation with the families to enhance their appreciation of this great mystery.
- It is good to encourage the First Communicants and their families to be actively involved in the liturgy, e.g., Preparation of the Gifts, Readers, Bidding Prayers.
- The celebration should be well prepared, accessible to the children, prayerful and joyful, expressing a noble simplicity.
- Many members of the extended family, and friends, who join the celebration may not be entirely familiar with the liturgy. This celebration offers an opportunity for welcome, evangelisation and an experience of the praying and celebrating Christian community.
- Celebration of First Communion should not be seen as a one-off event. Every Sunday is a celebration of this wonderful gift.
- Parishes might celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving some weeks after the First Communion with the children and their families thereby reinforcing the importance of the sacrament.
- Where there is a Catholic primary school, they may also celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for children from local parishes who have recently made their First Communion.
- A teacher or representative from the local schools could attend the celebration of First Communion in order to provide a link between the school and parish for the communicants and their families.
HOLY COMMUNION – FOLLOW UP
“These remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.” Acts 2:42
- The Church is the sacrament of God’s love for the world. By its life and witness the Church points towards, by its sharing and worship it anticipates, and through its mission it is an instrument of the ultimate reality of the Kingdom of God actualised in Jesus Christ.
- The Eucharist gives us the strength we need both as individuals and as a community to witness to God’s love in the world.
- The parish provides on-going support by balancing the ministries of Word, Worship, Welfare and Witness.
- The Prayer after Communion is often an invitation and a reminder to all people that the Eucharist is to have its effect in their lives as they are strengthened in working towards making God’s Kingdom come more fully. We are then sent out to go and witness to the Kingdom through our good works, service to each other and the community, and our praise of the Lord.
Let us remember the children in our prayers as we help them to see and know Jesus clearly and to love Him dearly.
FIRST COMMUNION SEPTEMBER 2021
You have received the Sacrament of God’s Mercy when you came to confession recently. That was a special moment for you and me because I knew that you wanted to be honest with God. Please try to go often to confession because it is wonderful to meet God it that sacrament.
Now you can look forward to meeting God again in the Sacrament of Communion and I look forward to welcoming you.
May Jesus whom you love draw you to the Feast of Communion.
From the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus makes friends with the fishermen by the shores of the Lake
Now he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch”. “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets”. And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, “Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man”. For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch”. Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.
“The Fisher of Men”
You, came to the shore
You have not sought the wise or rich;
you just want me to follow you.
Lord, you looked into my eyes,
smiling, you said my name:
In the sand I left my boat,
With you I will find another sea.
Verse 2 – 4
2. You know well what I have;
in my boat, no gold or swords,
Only nets and my work.
3. You, need my hands,
My fatigue when others rest,
love that wants to continue loving.
4. You, fished other oceans,
with Eternal thirst for souls waiting,
Good friend, so I call.
In Spanish: “Pescado de Hombres”
1. Tú, has venido a la orilla,
no has buscado ni a sabios ni a ricos;
tan sólo quieres que yo te siga.
Señor, me has mirado a los ojos,
sonriendo has dicho mi nombre,
en la arena he dejado mi barca,
junto a ti buscaré otro mar.
2. Tú, sabes bien lo que tengo;
en mi barca, no hay oro ni espadas,
Tan sólo redes y mi trabajo.
3. Tú, necesitas mis manos,
mi cansancio que a otros descanse,
Amor que quiera seguir amando.
4. Tú, pescador de otros lagos,
ansia eterna de almas que esperan,
amigo bueno, que así me llamas.