Holy Communion

"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 participate with 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 Saviour 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 his death 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:






Sperrinview (FHC & C)


Sat 27 April 2.00pm


St Patrick’s

St Patrick’s PS


Sat 11 May 1.00pm

Sat 11 May 3.00pm

St Patrick’s

Edendork PS


Sat 18 May 2.00pm

St Patrick’s

Clintyclay PS


Sat 25 May 12.00 noon

Sacred Heart, Clonmore

Laghey PS


Sat 25 May 2.00pm

St Brigid’s, Killyman

Dungannon PS &

Windmill Integrated PS

Sat 25 May 2.00pm

St Patrick’s

Gael Scoil Aodha Rua


Sat 8 June 2.00pm

St Patrick’s

In order to keep the attendance at First Holy Communion ceremonies to a reasonable number - we strongly suggest that just the immediate family of the child making their First Holy Communion attends the ceremony.  That is - mother, father brothers and sisters only.




Sacramental preparation

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