Sacramental Preparation Classes for Children
Children who are to receive the sacraments of the Catholic Church – Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation – must receive 2 academic years of preparation instruction (hereafter called religion classes) prior to receiving the sacraments.
These classes are provided by the Catholic Parents Group to children attending Belmayne Educate Together National School. Classes are held on a Wednesday afternoon in rooms supplied in Holy Trinity Parish in Donaghmede. They no longer take place in the school facility. Exact class times, usually 3:20 to 4:20 for children preparing for Reconciliation and First Communion, and 4:20 to 5:20 for those preparing for Confirmation, will be given upon enrolling. (These times are subject to change.) The Catholic Parents Group employs two catechists to teach these classes. These are Edel Kelly and Joe Kavanagh.
Children usually receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion at the end of 2nd class, so the norm is that they would attend the religion classes from the September of 1st class through to the May of 2nd class. Likewise, the sacrament of confirmation is normally received at the end of 6th class so the children would attend the religion classes from the September of 5th class through to the March/April of 6th class. Children from other classes or who move from areas/countries where different age norms apply are welcome to attend the classes, once the 2 year minimum preparation is maintained. Please contact the Catholic Parents Group for more information.
Children from non-Catholic traditions are welcome to attend the classes. However, only baptised children can go on to receive the sacraments.
The reception of the sacraments is facilitated through Holy Trinity Parish in Donaghmede. Children must be registered with the parish separately to their enrolment for classes. Information regarding this registration will be given to families as required by the parish.
There is a cost for these classes and this is kept to the minimum required to cover the outgoings each year. The cost is spread among all those attending classes so can vary slightly from year to year. (For example, the cost has ranged in the past few years from €100 to €120 per child, per year.) The cost covers tuition and all costs associated with the ceremonies – booklets, flowers for the church, musicians etc. If a family needs to spread their payments or make special arrangements due to financial pressure they should engage, in total confidence, with the committee as soon as possible. There is a discount for 2 or more children from the same family attending any of the classes in the one year.