St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington


Saturday Vigil: 6.15pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 12:15pm
Monday to Friday: 10.00am
Holy Days: 10.00am & 7.30pm

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St. Paul’s Church, Emo


Saturday Vigil:- 7.30p.m.
Sunday:- 11.00a.m.
First Friday: 9.30am
Holy Days: 7.30pm

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St. John’s Church, Killenard


Sunday: 10:30am
First Fridays: 7.30pm

Holy Day: 10.30am

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Church of the Sacred Heart, Rath


Sunday:- 9.00am
Eve of First Friday (Thursday):- 7.30pm
Holy Days: 9.00am

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Eucharist – First Holy Communion

Preparation for First Holy Communion

Not only is it 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 also 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, 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.

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), an Enrolment Ceremony for you and your child, and there are four Sundays set aside where you and your child will have some participation in the Sunday Mass. It is also hoped that you and your child will attend mass regularly as your child prepares for this special day.


“Do This in Memory” Programme Dates 2011 -2012

October -Enrolment Sunday
October 16th – Ordinary Sunday
November 2oth – Christ the King
December 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent
January 15th – Ordinary Sunday
February 12th – Ordinary Sunday
March 11th – 3rd Sunday of Lent
April 1st April – Palm Sunday
April 22nd – 3rd Sunday of Easter
June 10th – Feast of Corpus Christi

First Penance dates

St. Patrick’s N.S.     Monday 5th March @ 7.30pm

Cloneyhurke N.S.  Monday 5th March @ 7.30pm

Presentation Primary School  Tuesday 6th March @ 7.30pm

Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard Wednesday 7th March @ 7.30pm

Sacred Heart N.S. Rath  Thursday 8th March @ 8.15pm

St. Paul’s N.S. Emo  Thursday 8th March @ 7pm

First Eucharist Dates

St. Patrick’s N.S.   Saturday 5th May @ 11.30am

Cloneyhurke N.S.  Saturday 5th May @ 11.30am

Presentation Primary School  Saturday 26th May 11.30am

Scoil Naomh Eoin Killenard  Saturday 12th May @ 11.30am

Sacred Heart N.S. Rath  Saturday 19th May  @ 11.30am

St. Paul’s N.S. Emo  Sunday 20th May @ 11am