The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participatewith the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist.

At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of hisdeath and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'

The inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is expressed in the different names we give it. Each name evokes certain aspects of it. It is called: Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper, The Breaking of Bread,The Holy Sacrifice, The Holy and Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion, Holy Mass.

Catechism of the Catholic Church §1322-1332


Dates for the celebration of First Holy Communion for each school are listed below:

Clintyclay PS     Saturday 29 April 2017 at 11.00am in Sacred Heart Clonmore

Edendork PS     Saturday 13 May 2017at 11,00 am in St Malachy's Edendork

Gaelscoil Aodha Rua   Saturday 13 May 2017 at 12 noon in St Patrick's Dungannon

St Patrick's PS    Saturday 20 May 2017 at 11.00am in St Patrick's Dungannon

Laghey PS     Saturday 20 May 2017 at 11.00am in St Brigid's Killyman

County PS & Windmill IPS  Saturday 27 May 2017 at 11.00 am in St Patrick's Dungannon

Sacramental preparation

Preparation for First Holy Communion is usually done through the schools in conjunction with teachers, parents and the school chaplains.