Sacrament of First Holy Communion 2023
21st September 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I write to you at the beginning of this school year in relation to the Application and Request of your child for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in 2023. The Home, the School / Catechist, and the Parish, have a vital role to play in the faith formation of your child. Only children baptised as Roman Catholic can make the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
With First Reconciliation (First Confession) and First Holy Communion your child will come to know Jesus in a new way. As Roman Catholic parents you presented your child for Baptism. On that day your child was welcomed into the Faith Community of the Roman Catholic Church and the life of grace. The Rite of Baptism emphasises how parents are the first teachers / educators of their children in the ways of faith. A child’s faith grows where there is an atmosphere of faith expressed in prayer and good works.
Your child’s preparation with the ‘Grow in Love’ Catechetical Programme has been ongoing and I wish to acknowledge the work of the teachers in our parish school of Scoil Carmel and Claire the catechist for those in Firhouse Educate Together National School who wish to receive these two sacraments.
All Applications and Requests for First Reconciliation (Confession) and Frist Holy Communion are now made online by means of a Google Form directly to the parish. I wish to thank Scoil Carmel, and Claire (Catechist re FETNS), for sending this email and letter to you, with the link to the Google Form. In some family situations, both parents / guardians may wish to ‘Submit’ an Application / Request Form with your contact details.
Please ‘Submit’ this Google Form immediately or at the very latest by 14th October 2022.
Your child’s Baptismal Certificate from the Parish of Baptism will be needed, as evidence of a Roman Catholic Baptism. If you do not have a copy of the Baptismal Certificate, please contact the parish of your child’s baptism for a Baptismal Certificate immediately. For children baptised in the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Firhouse, we will once again check the baptismal details of all children baptised in Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Firhouse. If by any chance your child has not receive the Sacrament of Baptism, you should contact immediately the parish you are living in to arrange their baptism.
I am aware that at one time you would have given the class teacher the Baptismal Certificates in Scoil Carmel or to Claire re FETNS. Please do not give the Baptismal Certificate to the class teacher or Claire but directly to me by email attachment or drop it into the Parish Office between 9.30 am – 4 pm. If you wish to email me the Baptismal Certificate, use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to send a scanned copy or a photo of the Baptismal Certificate to me directly. As the Google Form requires you to give me a contact email address, I will be able to contact you by email if I need to.
In our parish school of Scoil Carmel the class teacher will be covering the catechetical material in the ‘Grow in Love’ Catechetical Programme, as will Claire for those preparing from Firhouse Educate Together National School, and I encourage you as parents / guardians to journey with your child in this ‘Grow in Love’ Catechetical Programme, and whatever else you may be able to do in helping your child to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
With this in mind you are invited to attend a Preparation Meeting for all parents / guardians of those preparing to make their First Holy Communion in 2023 on Wednesday 9th November 2022 at 7.30 pm in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Firhouse. A short Enrolment & Commitment Prayer Service for the parents / guardians of those preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will take place at the end of the meeting.
I encourage you, either in your own parish or another parish, to partake in Saturday Evening or Sunday Mass as your family with your child prepare to celebrate First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
With every good wish and stay safe.
Peter J Reilly
Fr Peter Reilly