Patrickswell and Ballybrown National Schools will be beginning a new Parish Sacramental Preparation Programme for 2020/2021 as we are unable to follow the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme, attending monthly Masses with the necessary preparation, given the current situation with the Covid 19 pandemic and the restrictions with no public Masses and with the limited number of people who can attend public Masses when they return.

Online Home-Based Preparation Programme.

We are very fortunate to have found an ONLINE programme of preparation that can be done at home.  You will find the Programme here;https://my

MyFaith is an innovative parish-based programme of preparation that allows the children to journey towards the celebration of the Sacraments in the company of their families, supported by their parishes. Designed to support children preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation for the first time, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Knowledge alone is not enough

Between the Grow in Love school-based programme and the My Faith home based programme we are satisfied that the children should have a good age appropriate appreciation regarding the knowledge of their faith.  However, knowledge alone will never help faith to grow.

We would ask that parents would build into their family weekend schedule, a time to join us online for one of the weekend Masses at Masses are streamed as per the Mass Times  Menu page.

There will be an opportunity for one or two parents to become Leaders from each class to monitor the progress of those preparing.

As soon as all children are registered for the online programme, we can work together to ensure that your child’s faith develo9pment will not be in any way neglected during these challenging times.

Patrickswell: To be advised

Ballybrown:  To be advised

Usually the First Eucharist Masses take place in the Parish at 11.00am on two consecutive Saturdays in May each year.

Sadly in 2020 due to Covid 19 and Church closures during May the First Holy Communion dates had to be cancelled.

For 2021 see provisional dates below, however these dates are subject to change and also to NPHET/HSE and Government Guidelines at the time.

Ballybrown – St. Joseph’s Church:

Saturday 15th May 2021 at 11.00am

Patrickswell – Blessed Virgin Mary Church:

Saturday 8th May 2021 at 11.00am.

For 2020, numbers in the church were restricted to 50 in accordance with current Government and HSE Guidelines at the time.  We were delighted that the Mass could be streamed live via our newly installed Webcams in Patrickswell & Ballybrown Churches.