Preparing for Our First Confession.

When we were preparing for our 1st Confession,

we took a look at the confession boxes in our church.


We heard that long ago our grandparents and some of our parents

would have been to confession in the confession box.


We saw where the priest would sit.

Then we went back in time and went into the confession box.

We liked it. It was quiet and peaceful in there.

Teacher told us about the story of

‘The First Confession’ by Frank O’Connor,

where the little boy in the story knelt up

on the arm rest in the box at his First Confession.


“It must have been then that I noticed the shelf

at about one height with my head.

It was really a place for grown-up people to rest their elbows,

but in my distracted state I thought it was probably

the place you were supposed to kneel.”


This made us laugh.

We thought that was a funny thing to do!

The Good Shepherd

We are very fortunate to have

beautiful stained glass windows in our church.


Two of them are by the famous artist Evie Hone.

Here is the one called: ‘The Good Shepherd’


Today, Paul from the parish came to talk to us

about ‘The Good Shepherd’ and ‘The Lost Sheep’.


This was part of our preparation for our First Confession

which is taking place on the first Saturday in March.


We told Paul what we knew about the story.

Cian said that the Good Shepherd is

God our Father in Heaven

and the sheep are

all the people in the whole world.


How God takes care of each one of us

was something that we found

amazing and impressive.


Paul made a sacred space.

In it he placed some tiny sheep

and a shepherd,

a candle

and the singing bowl.

Paul lit the candle. 

He struck the singing bowl three times.  

We closed our eyes and listened

to Paul’s voice and the music he played.


Nicole said that she hadn’t felt so relaxed since

Paul came in the last time.


Senan said he hadn’t felt so quiet since the night before

when he was going to sleep.


We think Mark actually fell asleep.

He said he hadn’t felt as relaxed since

he was in a jacuzzi on holidays.


Niamh said she hadn’t felt as peaceful,

since going on a walk

one evening in Spain

when she heard the crickets chirping.


Paul has asked for some feedback on the meditation.

Well the only bad thing was that the quietness

was interrupted by intercom bell.


When asked how things could have been improved,

there was silence and then Cian said:

‘By Paul coming in more often,’

with which we all agreed.


Thank you again Paul!

A Visitor and a Singing Bowl

Today at midday, we had a surprise that we liked a lot.

Paul our Parish Worker knocked at our door.

This was great.

We had said earlier in the week that we would like Paul to visit.

There he was.


He came to thank us for sending him cards before Christmas.

He liked our cards and he wanted to thank us.

So Paul brought a singing bowl with him and some music and we listened.

The song told us that we are precious to God.

The room was very quiet and still.


Afterwards Tadhg said


‘It feels like a new day’.


If you don’t know what a singing bowl looks like,

we found you a photo.
singing bowl
Singing Bowl by Rosmary on Flickr

You hit it with a wooden stick and it sings like a bell!

This is a beautiful sound.

You listen to the sound and it helps you to relax

and get ready to meditate.


Click on this link to read more about our Communion Preparation.

Look! We are on the Parish Website

Saying Thanks

The children’s contributions to the parish website was updated

with a podcast of thank you prayers.

Quite sensibly Grannies, Grandads and chocolate all get a mention 🙂

Well done 2nd Class Room 6, you sound great on the Parish Website.

Click on the link below to hear the class singing ‘Away in a Manger’.

Greetings from 2nd Class, Room 6 this Christmas

First Communion In Our Parish… And Around The World

We are preparing for our First Holy Communion in May.

Fiona’s Dad, Dale, very kindly created a slide show for us. It shows children from all over the world celebrating their First Communion:

In ways these children are the same as us and in ways they are different, but we are all on the same ‘faith journey’.

Remember our next ‘Do It In Memory of Me’ Mass is on Sunday 28th October 2012.

In other news 2nd Class Room 6 has become just a little bit famous:

Share the experience of our faith journey on the Parish Website

We will be making more contributions to this website as our ‘faith journey’ progresses.

There is lots of information about the ‘Do It In Memory of Me’ Programme on the parish website also.
This includes the dates of the masses.

‘Do This In Memory of Me’ Programme

For those who have children making their 1st Holy Communion


As parents we want the best for our children. We try our very best to help the whole child to grow. Spiritual growth is part of this.

Relationships are important in all our lives. A relationship with our friend and brother Jesus, God Our Father, Mary Our Mother will stand to our children in their future, perhaps in stressful times, that may be ahead of them, (worries, disappointments, difficult decisions they may have to make) when we might not be around.

A one-to-one trust in the Lord and the support of our friends in the parish does help in difficult times.

Our Church
The church can be a very quiet and peaceful space where we can go to have time to get away from it all, – to think and to talk to God. In our busy lives, a quiet place to go to think is important.

Jesus is our friend! I say to the children supposing you had a friend you never saw or never talked to or never went to visit. What would happen to that friendship?

At other times, say on a Sunday the church is a busy place – where we gather together with our friends and family and neighbours to honour God. Going to church can be there for us all our lives – when we need a quiet place or we need our friends around us.

Religion observances in school and at home can provide your child with something similar – quiet times – and celebrations and a feeling of togetherness.

Some suggestions as to how you might prepare your child for their Communion

Ideally this is something that has already been happening in your house with perhaps

– an evening prayer as part of the ‘wind down’ at bedtime,

– visits to the church, and lighting a candle.

And if it hasn’t – not to worry – now is as good a time as any to start!

If your child has a particular interest – say in a football team, books, magazines, maybe the strip is bought. Children become absolute experts on the team members, who the manager is, what their home ground is, place in league table etc. etc.

So perhaps you could encourage your child in their faith in a similar way. Talk to them about it. Why not read your child some bible stories at bedtime!

I find in class that the children love the Old Testament Stories and the Miracles of Jesus. Often you will find simple inexpensive books for children for sale at the back of our church. For example Veritas on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin and Scripture Union Bookshop on George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire have a great supply of books and cds.

It’s not just a matter of stocking up but taking the time to sit with your child to read with them or to talk God.

Preparing a ‘sacred’ or ‘prayer’ space could be part of this too.

A Word about First Confession

Your children model their behaviour on yours, so talk to them about forgiveness. This prepares them for their own First Confession.

It is often suggested that First Confession be followed with some small celebration to mark the day – a meal perhaps.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion is presented as a special meal in God’s house to which your children are invited. Your child’s spiritual growth, their relationship with the Father and with Jesus doesn’t stop once the Communion is over.

It’s a milestone in their journey, begun when you presented them at Baptism and Confirmation is the next stop!

Calling into the Church
A Man United Supporter in the house and parents bend over backwards to bring them to Old Trafford! Preparing for Communion then – Bring them to the hallowed ground. Our church is just next door! You could visit on the way into school or on the way home.

Show your child how to bless themselves, – and bless themselves with holy water, – Can they genuflect? In this way they are not unfamiliar with this when we go there as a class.

Being Actively Involved
Children like to be active and be involved, going to Church on a Sunday they appreciate a mass that involves them. The Family Mass, the Folk Group and Gospel Choir all give opportunities for the children to sing and to be involved.

So I would say keep looking until you find the one that your family is most happy with. Or join a Family Mass group. You will be given the opportunity for you and your child to be involved in the parish ‘Do it in memory of me’ programme. I have seen the benefits of children being involved in this.

In Conclusion
I hope you can see that helping your child’s spiritual growth gives them a gift for life that will provide them with
a friend in Jesus,
a heavenly Father,
a star to be guided by
and a port in a storm.
I’m sure you will agree this is important.

A Reminder: 1st Holy Communion Meetings for parents:
Wednesday, September 19th or Wednesday September 26th at 8.15pm in the Kilian House Family Centre.

Enrolments for parish programme of preparation for Communion at the following masses:
Saturday, 29th September at 6pm in Holy Rosary Church
Sunday, 30th September at 10am in St. Kilian’s Church, Blacklion
Sunday 30th 12.15pm in Holy Rosary

May Is The Month Of Mary – Prayer Service for The Month Of May

Good morning & welcome to this prayer service for May.

May is the month when we remember how much Mary our mother in heaven loves us.

Sign of the Cross x3 (God came down…In the name of the Father… As Gaeilge)

Candle Prayer; ‘Chase away the darkness. Fill the world with light, be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

Why do we light a candle? To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

Song; If I go climbing … on the highest mountain

rowing … on the widest river

swimming … to the bottom of the ocean

driving … far away flying … on the biggest aeroplane sleeping … on the darkest night

Mary, our mother in heaven is always with us too.

She is a very special person.

She was chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, Jesus.

Mary is our ‘mother’ too because Jesus shared her with us.

She loves us just like our own Mums love us.


Now it is time for us to say sorry.

If we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.


So let’s say our Sorry Prayer

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins, for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.


Song; Forgive and forget


And now it is time for us to say thanks to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning, please send your light.



What do Mums do?

Cook, clean, work at home, go to work, shop, care for you. The list is almost endless.

Did Mary our mother in heaven do such things? Yes of course…

Mothers are much more than people who look after us and do all this work!

They fill our lives with love

They make us laugh and smile

They listen to us and answer our questions

They have time for us

They make us feel wanted.

So we should thank Mums too

Thank you Song; If I were a butterfly


Mary did all these things for her little boy, Jesus

Mums do all these things for us.

And when children are bold do Mums and Dads stop loving their children?

No. Mums and Dads don’t like the bold things children sometimes do, but they ALWAYS love their children.

Mary our mother in heaven may not like the things we do sometimes, but she ALWAYS loves us.

God our father in heaven may not like the things we do sometimes but He ALWAYS loves us.


I have a story here about a Mother and  her children.

They loved her and she loved them very much.

This story is called ‘Owl Babies’


Before we sing our final hymn:

Repeat after me;

Mary our mother tells us

Do not be afraid,

God will always love you

Whatever you have done

God will always love you

As a father loves his child

He will always love you

Come back to home and know

God’s love last forever

Finish with one of the hymns about Mary that the children know.

Prayer Service – Stations of the Cross

Christian wallpaper background stylized cross
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: David Gunter via Compfight


We are here today, to follow Jesus, our friend

and the One who saved us, along the road to Calvary.

On our way we will learn a little more about His love for us

and what he did to save us.

We will learn a little more about what Jesus was like,

so we can be more like Jesus.


Jesus will be with us if we watch very quietly

Jesus will be with us if we listen very carefully

Jesus will be with us if we sing and pray with all our hearts.



Pontius Pilate was the governor appointed by the emperor in Rome.

The leaders of the Jews said to Pilate,

“This man Jesus says he is a king.

This makes him an enemy of the Roman emperor.

If you let this man go, you will be an enemy of the Roman emperor too.”

He knew Jesus had done nothing wrong.

But Pilate was afraid and ordered that Jesus be crucified.



The cross was big and heavy.

He was hardly able to carry the cross

but he took it because he loved us.



The cross was too heavy.

Jesus fell.

He got up and took the cross again



When Mary saw Jesus she may have thought of all the happy days

they had in their home in Nazareth

She may have remembered too all the kind things he had done for others.

When Jesus grew to be a man

He was both good and kind

He healed those who were ill and sad

And gave sight to the blind.

Mary  knew better than anyone else

that Jesus did not deserve what was happening to him now.



Jesus was not able to carry his cross by himself.

He needed help.

Simon had come up to the city of Jerusalem for the day.

The soldiers made him carry the cross with Jesus.

The people who had been jeering Jesus started jeering Simon now.

Poor Simon!



One person at least, Veronica,

did not care about the people

who are jeering and shouting.

She knows that they will jeer her as well

but she does what she knows to be right. S

he steps out from the crowd.

She goes over to Jesus and wipes the blood from his face.



The cross seemed to get heavier with every step.

Jesus fell again.

But he got up, and took the cross again.



Jesus was always gentle and kind.

He put other people before himself.

He had time to stop and listen to others and to help them.

The road to Calvary did not change him.

Even there, he stopped to listen to the women and children,

and to talk to them



His strength was gone.

He was not able to carry the cross but he still wanted to go on.

It was what His Father wanted Him to do,

and He was doing it for us.

Nothing could change that.



The soldiers take Jesus’s clothes.

Jesus is left with nothing but His Love for us.

They could not take that away.



Jesus is nailed to the cross.

The soldiers fixed a sign above his head saying

‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’.

They were right though they didn’t know.



The sky grew dark: it might have seemed that only bad would live.

But Jesus looked upon the world and said to God, ‘Forgive’.



Jesus does not have to suffer any more.

It is finished.

The friends of Jesus take him down from the cross.



Then Jesus’ friends, all weeping laid his body in a tomb.

They rolled the stone door closed and spent the next day deep in gloom.




Another day: the friends returned to say a last good bye,

but who had rolled the stone door back before dawn had lit the sky.


And  then they saw them; angels bright, who said,

‘You must not cry. For Jesus is alive again -God’s love can never die.’


So celebrate glad Easter news: all bad things are forgiven.

God’s gentle love fills all the world.


Sing, because all badness is beaten. Alleluia

Sing, because God’s love is so strong. Alleluia

Sing, because Jesus as brought the world joy. Alleluia


And Jesus Christ is risen

A Prayer Service for Lent

Good morning & welcome to this prayer service for Lent.

Jesus came to bring Good News to help us to know God Our Father love for us. Jesus loves us.

Jesus loves us so much He was prepared to give up his own life. That is GREAT love.

We are going to sing a song about Jesus our brother and our friend.

Song: Jesus I love you and I know that you love me too.

Now we are going to bless ourselves, the three ways we know how:

Sign of the Cross x3
1. In the name of the Father…
2. As Gaeilge
3. The special way we say it here:
God came down from heaven to earth,
To remind us to love everyone on this side
and this side
And not to forget ourselves.

Candle Prayer; ‘Chase away the darkness.
Fill the world with light,
be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

Song; This little light of mine

Why do we light a candle?
To remind us God our Father in Heaven is always with us.
We know a song about that…

If I go climbing…

And it is time to say Good Morning to our Father in Heaven.
Father in Heaven, you love me.
You are with me night and day.
I want to love you always
in all I do and say.
I’ll try to praise you Father,
Please help me during the day.

I’ll try to please you Father.
That is not easy.
But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,
then our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

So let’s say sorry to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.
I am sorry for all my sins,
for not loving others and not loving you.
Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.

Let us ask God in song to forgive us
if there were times we have not shown love
and help us be good

Song: Forgive and Forget

Repeat after me…

Father in Heaven I give you this day,

All that I think & do & say.

Fill me with love & make me strong.

With you by my side I won’t go wrong

God our Father in Heaven will make us strong.
God our Father in Heaven is strong.
There’s nothing that he cannot do.

And now it is time to say thanks to God

God our Father I come to say, thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning, please send your light. Amen.

And now we are going to sing our thanks to God;
‘If I were a butterfly’

When we were saying our sorry prayer we said;
‘Help me to live like Jesus’.
Jesus is our brother,
our friend and our teacher

This time in the Church’s Year is Lent.

Lent is a time for getting ready for Easter.

At Easter we celebrate when Jesus came back to life.

Easter is a time when we celebrate New Life.

Spring is here now and it is a great time for New Life

Green buds appear on the trees

The spring flowers start to grow

Baby lambs are born

Frogspawn turn into ……………………..tadpoles.

Tadpoles turn into ………………………..frogs.

Caterpillars turn into ……………………butterflies


God through your goodness we have these little seeds to plant.
God we ask you to care for these flower seeds and help them to grow.
God with the work of our hands we have planted these seeds.
Keep these seeds safe.
Watch over them in the dark earth of the pot,
until they grow into beautiful flowers. Amen

Song: The Flowers of the Field

Now try this one; The little seeds are now fast asleep safe in the earth they lie

The children have covered them over and said little brown seeds goodbye

The seeds are asleep, but the sunshine and rain will help them wake up to new life again

New Life is Good News, so we are going to finish up with a happy song;

Final Hymn: I’ve got that Joy, joy, joy

Prayer Service for St. Brigid’s Day

St. Brigid’s Day 1st February

Prayer Service for the Infant Classes -Third



Good morning & welcome.


We are all here today in the school hall with new friends

and old friends and our kind teachers and helpers.

We know that Jesus is our friend too and so we sing our first song; 



Yes Jesus is our friend.

He has lots of friends.

Saints are very special friends of Jesus indeed.


Do you know any saints?

Lots of us are called after holy people in the bible

like Sarah or Hannah or Rebecca, Aaron, Stephen, Daniel.


Lots of people are called after saints like

Patrick, Kevin, James, and Elizabeth, Bernadette and Brigid.


Now it is a long time since there was any little girl called Brigid in the school,

but this year we are in luck and have a new girl here called Brigid.


Does anyone have a friend or a Mum or an Auntie or Granny called Brigid?

And of course our school is called St. Brigid’s.


A new month started today – what month is it.

Yes it is the 1st day of February.

The day many people say is the first day of Spring.

And it is St.Brigid’s Day!


So let us sing ‘We’ll sing a song to Brigid!’

Now we will say the Sign of the Cross

in the three ways we know how

(In the name of the Father… As Gaeilge …

and finally;

God came down from heaven to earth,

to remind us to love people

on this side and this side

and not to forget ourselves. Amen … )


Candle Prayer;

‘Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame

and shine out bright’.


Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven

is always with us.


*Song; This little light of mine


Now it is time to say GOOD MORNING

to God our Father in Heaven.

Father in Heaven, you love me,

You are with me night and day

I want to love you always,

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you Father,

Please help me during the day



I’ll try to please you Father.

That is not easy.

But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.


So let’s say SORRY to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again.



Yes today celebrating St. Brigid’s Day.

She loved the poor, the sick and the old.


Because it is St. Brigid’s Day

Sister says there is to be no homework

for good children to celebrate 🙂


Now I know some of your teachers

have been talking to you about St. Brigid.

What do you know about St. Brigid?


Legend has it that when Brigid was born,

angels sang in the sky over the place she was born.


St. Brigid – father was a pagan chief.

He didn’t believe in God. Brigid’s mother was a servant

who knew about God and believed in God.


Brigid was born near Faughart,

a village a few miles north of Dundalk.


Brigid was minded by a foster mother

because her mother worked

in Connaught, far away from where Brigid lived


When Brigid was about your age,

she helped her foster mother around the house.


Any free time she had was spent in the nearby forest

with the wild animals living there.


Just like Saint Francis of Assisi,

she was very fond of animals.

Legends tell us she tamed a wild boar (pig)

and she loved nature and the beautiful world

God has made for us to live in:




She was very kind to the poor people

that called to the door

and was always giving away her father’s things.


When she was about twelve,  

Brigid was waiting outside

the King of Leinster’s fort

for her Dad when she met a poor man.


He was covered in rags and mud.

What do you think St. Brigid did?

Yes she just had to help him. 


There was nothing else in the chariot,

so she took her Dad’s sword

and gave it to the poor man.

How do you think her Dad felt about that?


He was furious.

Luckily the King of Leinster was there

and he believed in God like Brigid did

and understood why Brigid had done what she had done,

so the King gave her Dad an even better sword

and told her Dad to forgive her.


St. Brigid was told she couldn’t visit

her Mum in Connaught,

so do you know what she did?

Yes that’s right!


She visited her Mum in Connaught!

Her Mum had a job looking after

the druid’s cows at the druid’s farm.


*Time for a song


St Brigid worked with her Mum helping her,

making cheese and butter. 


And guess what happened

when poor people called to the door?


Yes, you are right,

she gave away food at the door.


How do you think the Druid felt about that?


Well a very surprising thing happened.

No matter how much food Brigid gave away

there always seemed to be more food there.

The Druid realised that

there was something special about Brigid,

so he tried to give her all his cows.


She said she didn’t want that.

What do you think she wanted.

Yes for her Mum to come home with her!


Brigid believed in God, Our Father in Heaven.

She saw God in everyone and in everything.

She saw God everywhere.

So this story has a happy ending.

Brigid’s family was back together again.



Now we are going to say a special prayer

to keep us and our families safe:


Repeat after me!

St. Brigid’s Blessing

May no fire, no flame burn us.

May no lake, no sea drown us

May no sword, no spear wound us.

May no king, no chief insult us.

May all the birds sing for us

May all the cattle low for us

May all the insects buzz for us

May the angels of God always protect us


And we are going to sing a song to Brigid, one last time!

We’ll Sing A Song To Brigid

St. Brigid is the patron saint of our school.

Every year as St. Brigid’s Feastday

(1st February) approaches

we practice singing

‘We’ll Sing A Song To Brigid’.

We have been singing this song since we were in

Junior Infants, so we know it well 😉

Legend says that angels sang over the place Brigid was born.