We congratulate the two Second Classes, their families and their teachers, Ms McNulty and Mr Ó Brádaigh, as the children made their First Holy Communion on May 9th at 11:00 am in our Parish Church.
Go In Peace To Live Like Jesus
The boys and girls had been practicing their prayers, their hymns and their movements for this big day. The children were all turned out beautifully and we are delighted to report that everything went perfectly.
Following a few well-chosen words of welcome from our Principal, Mr Dónal Ó hÓbáin, our School Chaplain and Parish Priest, Father Derek Darby celebrated the Mass at which our boys and girls received Holy Communion for the very first time. The sermon was very inspiring.
We thank Fourth Class who were the choir on Holy Communion Day. Under the watchful eye of their teachers, Ms Flaherty and Mr Gallagher, who conducted, they had been rehearsing tirelessly to make sure their singing enhanced the occasion. We were really looking forward to their selection of hymns and we weren’t disappointed. Thanks to Beatrice Uiuiu for playing the violin so beautifully at communion. Bravo!
The whole school community was delighted to welcome back Ms Lila Dunne, our dynamic accompanist, who has been with us for many years. Lila’s spirit and her natural talent really added to this important ceremony. Thanks!
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Thanks also, to our Special Needs Assistants, Frances, Annette, Trish and Dairíona who worked so hard on the lovely individual posters, above, which adorn the hall. Every child is represented and it takes a LOT of work and time to make the display as beautiful as it always is.
A special word of appreciation for our school Secretary, Ms Ruth Casey, who tirelessly supports the staff in the administration of the school. In particular, we thank Ruth for producing the Holy Communion Booklet. It is a beautiful memento of the big day. Thank you!
It is important to say that without our dedicated care-taking staff, Maurice and Brendan and our housekeeping staff, led by Sandra, the school wouldn’t be looking as beautiful as it does, inside and out. We salute you, Maurice, Brendan, Sandra and the cleaning team for all your hard work in this regard. Well done!
Thanks to Annie and Pamela Gibney for this display.
After the ceremony, everyone was invited back to the school for the traditional party in honour of the First Communicants, held in Room 1. Tea and coffee was provided for everyone else in the School Assembly Hall.
We were thrilled that so many of you were able to join us at the reception in the school. This long-standing Saint Mary’s tradition afforded us the chance to meet for a chat on this important day in the lives of our pupils and their families. Thanks to those who prepared and served the refreshments.
Finally, to you, the parents/guardians of our First Communicants, to the children’s grand-parents, god-parents and wider family, we wish to express our respect and admiration for the wonderful care and love we see you show for your children day in and day out.
We hope that YOU too had a wonderful time on Holy Communion Day and that your children continue to thrive and grow in our school community.
Beannacht Dé Oraibh Go Léir!