FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020

Published on July 12, 2020

FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST COMMUNION 2020
I acknowledge the widespread disappointment that these ceremonies could not be
held yet. While we have resumed having public Masses and ceremonies (like
Baptism) in our Churches with limited numbers present, we are still very restricted
in the light of the COVID-19 public health guidelines. I understand the concerns of
parents who fear that special clothes for the Communion celebration may be
somewhat outgrown by the wearers.
While August dates are planned for Confirmation ceremonies (four different dates
for our parish), I prefer to delay the Communion class until School resumes in
September. That will allow the teacher of Third Class to have an input in their
preparation. At the earliest time possible I hope to announce the dates for both First
Confession (Penance) and First Eucharist (Communion).
This applies to the children of both Rathvilly and Rathmore Schools. Fr J McEvoy