Patrickswell and Ballybrown National Schools began a new Parish Sacramental Preparation Programme for 2020/2021 as it was not possible to follow the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme of 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 do return.
Online Home-Based Preparation Programme.
We are very fortunate to have sourced the My Faith online programme of preparation that can be done at home. You will find information about the programme HERE
My Faith 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. The programme is 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. Mass times can be checked HERE. Masses are streamed on our parish website through the Live Stream page.
We would like to thank the following parents who volunteered to become Class Leaders to monitor the progress of those preparing.
Patrickswell: Louise O’Donnell and Annette Harmon
Ballybrown: Shirley Goodwin and Suzane Hayes – Mr Sheehy’s Class; Róisin Clancy – Mr Tuohy’s Class
As soon as all children are registered for the online programme, we can work together to ensure that your child’s faith development will not be in any way neglected during these challenging times.
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 and then rescheduled to August and September. Numbers attending in the church were restricted to 50 in accordance with Government and HSE Guidelines current at the time. We were delighted that the Mass for Patrickswell First Eucharist could be streamed live via our newly installed webcam, and were most grateful to Ballybrown GAA who very kindly streamed all three First Eucharist Masses from Ballybrown through their Facebook page, as Ballybrown church did not at that time have a webcam.
Regrettably, the 2021 First Communion Ceremonies planned for July 2-3 and July 9-11 for Ballybrown National School, following public health advice directly to the Catholic Church from the Taoiseach’s Department 29th June and the previous week’s recommendation from the HSE, it is necessary to heed this advice and defer First Holy Communion ceremonies until further notice.
From September 6th:
Religious services and ceremonies (for example Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings & Funerals) can proceed with 50% of venue capacity, regardless of immunity status of attendees.
(Subject to appropriate protective measures including social distancing as much as possible, hand sanitising, face masks etc).
All other measures designed to minimise necessary physical interaction during services should be maintained.
Patrickswell – Blessed Virgin Mary Church: Saturday 18th September at 11:00am.
Ballybrown – St. Joseph’s Church: Saturday 02nd October at 10.30am and 2.00pm.
We pray that the parents will support the children in their faith journey.