Preparation for Holy Communion

communionWithout the Holy Eucharist there would be no happiness in this world; life would be insupportable.

When we receive Holy Communion, we receive our joy and our happiness,

The good God,

Wishing to give Himself to us in the Sacrament of His love,

Gave us a vast and great desire,

which He alone can satisfy.

                                             St John Mary Vianney

Children begin the preparation for First Holy Communion in the Autumn when in 2nd class in primary schools in Bandon parish. There are 4 schools under the Patronage of the Bishop in the parish of Bandon.

Scoil Pádraig Naofa (boys school)

Presentation Primary (girls school)

Scoil Bhríd Crossmahon (mixed school)

                                                             Scoil Naomh Sheosamh Laragh (mixed school)

There are 2 other schools who have pupils prepare for the sacrament as well Gael Scoil Droichead na Banndan (mixed school) and Bandon Bridge Church of Ireland (mixed school). Bandon parish combines 2 programmes of preparation – “Do this in Memory” and “The Bridge”. These programmes compliment the schools “Grow in love” programme and works alongside the work of the teachers. Children should be baptised by the time the enrolment for Sacramental preparation begins. At the enrolment the parents and children promise to make an effort to attend the masses and evenings of the programme. (Please call to the sacristy for more information)