(if you would like to listen to the children sing A Mhuire Mhathair click here: amhuire)
Saturday morning was so beautiful and it was filled with expectation and excitement for the great events that were to follow. It was First Communion Day for the 108 Second Class girls and boys from St. Oliver Plunkett School and, after months of very intense preparation, all the children were up early as they eagerly awaited their trip to St. Sylvester’s Church and their opportunity to meet their friend, Jesus, for the very first time. This year was different for many reasons but mainly because the school would be divided and two classes would attend 10 o’clock Mass and two more at 12.00 due to the renovations in the church.
The two ceremonies went off without a hitch with Fr. Peter officiating at the 10 ‘clock mass and Fr. Gary at 12. Fr. O’Connor con-celebrated both masses also. The church was beautifully decorated and the Parents Association helped the parents find their seats. The choirs at both masses were amazing and the children who read or played or sang were such a joy to behold and a great credit to their families and the school. The two celebrants were loud in their praise of the Do This in Memory of Me Group, the Parish Team and the School Team who worked so hard to prepare the church and the children and all the hard work certainly paid off as the children participated so fully but in a very relaxed way.
Parents found it hard to contain themselves when the mums read the poem of reflection: LITTLE CHILDREN
God made the world with its towering trees,
Its beautiful mountains and deep blue seas.
Then He paused and said, “It needs one more thing,
Someone to laugh and dance and sing,
To walk in the woods and gather flowers”,
So He made little children with bouncing curls.
With joyful hearts, laughing eyes so wide,
And infectious smiles that fill us with pride.
And when He completed the task He’d begun.
He was pleased and proud of the job He’d done.
For He knew when seen through children’s eyes
The world He created was like paradise.
So thank you God for these children we treasure,
To us as parents, they are such a pleasure.
The congregation size was limited as always but an added feature this year was the streaming of the two Masses to the web. This was a unique experience and hard to gauge how it was being received and how many were on line. We know that there were over 400 on during the 2nd Mass. It was lovely to get the messages which were posted by Grannies and Grandads and extended family both at home and overseas. One from a Nana read “thank you for making it possible to be part of our grandchild’s day…..”, another from an aunt in Australia read “It’s like as if we were there, the church looks great and the singing was amazing “ – and from a sister in Canada “I’d love to be at home but the broadcast made it possible for me to be at home with my sister for her First Communion – even the Ads for Barry’s Tea and Cadbury’s at the beginning were so nostalgic…love to all in Malahide”. Our thanks to all who took the time to tune in.
As always the children went to the school for their Breakfast Party to devour tons of buns and cakes and crisps and and and… We hope they left a little room for their lunch and that there will be no injuries from Bouncy Castles or whatever. Our thanks to Patricia and her team who worked so hard to feed the multitudes and to the first class parents who supplied all the goodies.
Congratulations to all the girls and boys who received their First Communion and thanks to everyone who was involved in any way with the preparation and on the day.
Visit Our First Communion Day to see the full gallery of Pictures from this beautiful First Communion Day. This is a great opportunity for parents who did not have an opportunity to see the display in the school hall and who may wish to order a photo.