First Communion Guidelines 2021
As you know due to the pandemic a lot of restrictions are in place.Notwithstanding that restrictions are lifting on October 22nd , we are continuing to take a prudent approach. In order to ensure that everyone coming for the celebration of the Sacrament of the first Holy Communion is safe, we have put in place some guidelines. Please take your time to read through the details below and if you have any question or concerns our parish contact details are at the end of this page.
It is important that we continue to protect ourselves and others by continuing to take protective measures, by self isolating if symptomatic, by wearing masks, sanitising our hands and so on
If your child or any family member is feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of COVID- 19 please do nat attend the ceremony. Arrangements will be made by the Parish to have the sacrament take place at a later date
How can we help prepare our child?
Download / print out the First Holy Communion booklet below and go through the responses with your child.
Link to :First Communion Booklet Kilmacanogue National School
How many people can we bring along?
The First Communion child and immediate family members only .
We will provide families with a link to follow the ceremony and this will also be available on the Parish website enniskerryparish.ie on the day. Please sign and return the Photography and Filming Consent forms to the school before 15th October 2021.
What time will the ceremony start ?
The ceremony will start at either 10am, 11am or 12 Noon depending on which ceremony your child is scheduled to attend.
- Kilmacanogue National School -Saturday, 23rd Oct 10 am(Orange) and 12noon(Green) – St Mochonog’s Church Kilmacanogue
- St. Mary’s & St. Gerard’s N.S. -Saturday, 6th Nov. 11.00am —St. Mary’s, Church Enniskerry
- Curtlestown National School -Saturday, 13th Nov. 11.00am—St. Patrick’s Church Curtlestown
Will the First Holy Communion children be singing at the ceremony?
Unfortunately, there will be no group singing but music will be played.
Will First Holy Communion children be bringing up symbols or offertory gifts?
There will be no bringing up of symbols for the ceremony and due to the pandemic we will not have offertory procession either. Symbols will already be placed in the sacred space before we start the celebration. This is to limit surfaces being touched by multiple people.
Do we bring anything on the day?
No, just be early so we can start at the exact time schedule for the ceremony.
How long will the ceremony last?
We hope it will not be more than 45mins. We encourage you to be on time. We also encourage you not to stay back to chat in the church at the end of the ceremony because we will be cleaning and airing the church in preparation for the next liturgy.
What will happen during the reception of the Holy Communion?
Each child will be called by name to the altar for the reception of the Holy communion. Please if your child is wearing gloves, please assist him or her by taking them off during the reception of Communion.
Can we take pictures during the ceremony?
No. Please due to GDPR and to avoid distractions, we ask you not to take pictures during the ceremony. You can however take pictures after the ceremony, but we request you do not climb the altar for this purpose.
What safety measures will be put in place?
- Doors will be held open to reduce the need for people to touch surfaces such as door handles.
- The clergy, sacristan, stewards and parish team will be wearing masks.
- We recommend everyone coming into the church should wear a mask.
- Everyone will have to use the provided hand sanitizers as they enter the Church.
- There will be a one -way system and social distancing in operation in the Church, assisted by our stewards.
- All seat assignments will be spaced.
- During the celebration front and back doors will remain open (weather permitting) to allow for better ventilation.
- Surfaces which may have been touched will be sanitised afterwards.
Can I still use the toilet facilities at the Church?
Yes, there will be access to the toilets in the Church.
Where can I find more information on guidelines in place in the parish?
Please refer to our parish website for additional information on the policies which are currently in place in the Church in response to Covid-19.
What are the contact details for the parish office?
Please if you have any question or concern do not hesitate to email us:
Kilmacanogue : firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us: 01 2021882
Enniskerry :email@example.com or phone us :01 2760030
Preparation for First Holy Communion
Not only is it an important day in the life of your child, but it is also an important day for their class, their teachers, and also for you the parents/guardians. It is also a special time too for the parish community. The sacrament of communion is an initiation of your child into the parish faith community,a faith community that believes in Jesus and the love of Jesus.Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that your child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play.While the Home is the primary learning place, each parent/guardian will be asked to take on a special role, to journey with your child as they prepare to receive the sacraments, as there is only so much that can be taught in school. Our teachers do a wonderful job in preparing the children for their special day, but ‘home is where the heart is’. And the home is the domestic Church, where our children are influenced by what they see and learn.
The following public health advice regarding “Other Religious Ceremonies” has now been published on gov.ie
-Please read the section below “Do This In Memory”.
EUCHARIST (Greek Eucharistia = Thanksgiving)
The preparation for First Holy Communion is an important year in the life of your child, it is also an important year for their class, their teachers, and also for you the parents/guardians. It is a special time too for the parish community. Your child’s faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play.
While the Home is the primary learning place, each parent/guardian will be asked to take on a special role over the next few months, to journey with your child as they prepare to receive the sacraments. Our teachers and sacramental coordinators do a wonderful job in preparing the children for their special day, but ‘Home is where the Heart is’. And the home is the domestic Church, where our children are influenced by what they see and learn.
“DO THIS IN MEMORY” First Communion Programme
As part of our preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion, we run in tandem a parish based programme, ‘Do this in Memory’. This programme is a continuous programme, connecting the classroom with the home and the parish. As part of the programme, there is an Information Night, (where we meet the parents), and there are eight Sundays set aside before First Eucharist (Holy Communion Day) where you and your child will have some participation in the Sunday Mass. The programme concludes during the parish celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. It is also hoped that you and your child will frequent mass regularly as your child prepares for this special day.
Are you Registering your child for 1st Holy Communion this year? Then please read the following (and download)
Please print off and fill out the registration form and return to the Parish Office