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Faith formation outside school hours for primary students.

What faith formation should my child receive?

The Diocese recommends that children have continuous faith formation for six years in primary school. That is two years leading to Holy Communion, two years continuing faith formation, and two years leading to Confirmation.

The Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and First Holy Communion, and the Sacrament of Confirmation, both require completion of two years preparation.

What happens if they are not in a Catholic school?

In the St Colmcille Partnership of Parishes, where a child is attending a school which does not provide Catholic faith formation, children are prepared in the Partnership Religious formation classes with children from all the parishes of the Partnership, and when their studies are completed they make their Sacraments in their own parish.
Parents with children in full time home education should contact the Director of Religious Education directly.

What Parish will my child receive the Sacraments in?

Children should be registered for Sacraments in the Parish where you live, or where your child attends school, or where you usually attend Sunday Mass. Each Parish has its own formation program for all families, including those attending Catholic schools, which you will be asked to complete. When you have registered with your Parish, they will communicate directly with you in regard to this preparation and other details about the Sacraments.

If your child is not attending a Catholic school, your parish will check that your child is attending the Partnership Religious Formation, and will receive your child’s Certificate of Completed Preparation from the Partnership Class.

Who teaches the class?

The Director of Religious Education, and the class catechists are appointed by the Partnership. The classes are also accompanied by the parents who take turns on a rota, according to the Diocesan Child Protection policy.

Parents with children in 3rd and 4th class who wish to receive continuing faith formation should speak with the Director of Religious Education directly.

Where are the classes?

Holy Communion Year 1 and 2 are held in St Annes Parish Centre, Shankill.

Confirmation Year 1 and 2 are held in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Centre, Johnstown.

Continuing Faith (3rd and 4th class ) is in development, and you should talk directly to the Director of Religious Education.

When are classes held?

Class run throughout the school year with the same holidays and midterms as school. Children must attend for the full year. Absence for serious family reasons should be discussed with the DRE. Out of respect for the child and their faith journey, reception of Sacraments depends on adequate preparation.

Class dates:

Preparation class for reception of Holy Communion at weekly Sunday Mass starts 14th September 2024;

Preparation class for the Sacrament of Confirmation starts 21 September 2024

Class cost.

Class cost will be advised soon.

Apply for class.

Application for class now open.

For more information contact

Rosemary Swords (DRE) 089 433 597 or email [email protected]

Year 2 students must also register for Holy Communion or Confirmation at their own Parish