Welcome to our special webpages for those who are preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and First Holy Communion in the coming months. As you know, many things at school, at home and in our community are different this year but we very much want these very big occasions in your life to be joy-filled and special. We also want our parish to play its full part in helping you prepare for your special day.
As part of these preparations, we will upload a series of short videos on this page. These will be directed at the young people in Second Class in each of our four primary schools who are preparing for their First Holy Communion. These might also be helpful to the pupils now in Third-Class in Scoil Iósaif Naofa and in Maree National School who, unfortunately, had their ceremonies postponed last Spring because of Covid 19.
Each video will include an invitation to come visit either Oranmore or Maree Church in your own time – with an adult in your family. In each church we have set aside a space just for you. You can put your artwork here and there will be various other things to bring or to collect.
Oranmore Resource Area
Maree Resource Area
There will also be four Masses during the next few months which will help you prepare as well. We can unite our minds and hearts in prayer even though we may be apart. You can watch the Mass through our parish website and clicking the livestream button. You will find the dates of the Masses at the bottom.
The word ‘sacred’ means ‘belonging to God’. As you prepare to celebrate a new, very big step in your life, we invite you, as well as visiting the church, to create a small Sacred Space in your home – maybe in a room that is usually quiet, so that you can pray or do some thinking there.
Maybe use a large tray or a small table. Put down a little white cloth. Have a little Cross – maybe a St. Brigid’s Cross that you have made yourself or maybe one from a set of Rosary Beads? And maybe you have a small statue of Our Mother, Mary or a holy medal? Or you could draw her? Maybe a very little vase of flowers too? Then, in the coming weeks, we will have some other things for you to add.
In the middle of a busy, noisy life, spending time at this Sacred Space will help you remember God and help you realize how much you are loved. The space will also help you to speak to God as you pray and will help you listen to God in your heart.
And we will continue to speak to God about you in our own prayers and listen to God about you in our hearts. You are our priority – that means that, for us, YOU are very important people and, like your families too, we want the very best for you.
So we invite you to enjoy the videos (please take a break half way through if any one is too long), to make your own Sacred Space at home, to visit Oranmore or Maree Church (or both!), to bring art, to take the things from there that are made for you and to give your very generous hearts to getting ready for the sacraments that lay ahead.
Looking forward to seeing you soon !
Diarmuid – Daniel – Louise
Reconciliation: to repair a relationship that has gone wrong.
Sacrament: a powerful way for God to give us strength, ability, power and healing.
Priority: the person or thing that is number one or is the most important.
Session release dates
Session 1: Family – Friday 5th February
Session 2: Our Church – Friday 5th March
Session 3: What God gives us – Friday 2nd April (Good Friday)
Session 4: What we give God – Friday 17th April
Mass 1: Saturday 20th Feb 6pm
Mass 2: Saturday 13th March 6pm
Mass 3: Saturday 10th April 6pm
Mass 4: Saturday 1st May 6pm
Session One – Family
Bring: Picture of your family
Do: Writing a prayer of thanksgiving
Take: Prayer card of family prayer
Bible story: Jesus lost in the temple
- Each family is unique
- Role of the family
- Bible Story- Jesus lost in the temple
- Then concentrate on their role of handing on the faith
- The role of the family this year in preparing you for First Communion
Bible Story of Jesus Lost in the Temple
We invite you to watch the following video and then you will find below the text for the story.
Text of Bible Story – Jesus Lost in the Temple
When Jesus was twelve he travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover with his family and friends. After Passover his parents left, but they did not know that Jesus had stayed on in the city. They went a whole day before they realised he was missing. They went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple listening to the teachers. When his parents found him, they were amazed. His mother said “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been very worried and we have been searching for you!”
Jesus answered “why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I would be in my Father’s house?”. But they did not understand what he meant.
Thanksgiving Prayer Card
Please print out this prayer card and write you our prayer of thanksgiving.
Prayer for Family – English
Our Father in Heaven,
Keep me and all my family safe.
Fill each of us with love, laughter, light and life.
Feed us when we are hungry,
Find us when we are lost,
Fix us when we are broken,
Comfort us when we are sad,
Protect us when we are in danger,
Be with us when we are lonely.
Bless and mind our homes.
Bless and mind all those we love.
Bless and mind all those that love us,
and help us to serve you and serve each other
In joy and peace always.
Prayer for Family – Irish ‘Paidir don gClann’
Ár nAthair atá ar neamh,
Coinnigh mé féin agus mo chlann slán sábháilte sláintiúil.
Lionn muid le grá, aoibhneas, solas agus beocht.
Tug beathú duinn nuair atá ocras orainn.
Tabhair aire duinn nuair atá muid ar strae
Deisigh muid nuair atá muid briste.
Cosain muid nuair atá muid i mbaol
Tabhair sólás duinn nuair atá muid i isle brí.
Bí linn nuair atá muid uaigneach.
Beannaigh muid agus consain ár dteaghlach.
Beannnaigh agus sabháil ár gclánn.
Agus tabhair cúnamh duinn chun seirbhís a thabhairt duit
agus dhá chéile le misneach agus suíocháin i gcónaí.