Loughgilly Parish
Bridge Program 2019-2020

Overview

The programme is designed to facilitate the active involvement of parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in the preparation for First Eucharist.

The celebration of First Eucharist is a sacred and important moment on a long journey of faith development. Together with Baptism and Confirmation, it opens the door to full membership of the Christian community.

There are 4 main commitments parents undertake to assist their children leading up to First Eucharist as part of the Programme

1)To be at Mass weekly with your child and particularly on the Sundays of the programme
2) To foster prayer at home with the children and individually
3) To enhance your participation in the programme and deepen your own understanding of the Mass.
4) To reflect seriously about the celebration of this Sacrament

‘Experience tells us that the faith of children is best nourished when home, school and parish work together in partnership. Firstly and most importantly, children learn about faith in the home. Their faith is supported in school by the hard work of teachers and chaplains, and by both priests and people in the wider parish community.’ (Nurturing our Children’s Faith, 2006)

Enrolment Masses
Enrolment Ceremony – 20th October – Mission Sunday

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in
St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in
St Malachy’s Church at 11.30am

The Bridge Preparation Program Masses

17th November – World day of the Poor

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 7.00pm (Vigil)

15th December

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 11.30am

12th January – Baptism of the Lord

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 7.00pm (Vigil)

16th February

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Brigid’s Church at 7.00pm (Vigil)

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 11.30am

15th March

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in Brigid’s Church at 7pm (Vigil)
St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 11.30am

19th April – Divine Mercy Sunday

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Malachy’s Church at 7.00pm (Vigil)

17th May – Thanksgiving Ceremony

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Teresa’s Church at 11.30am

14th June – Corpus Christi

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am

St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s in St Teresa’s Church at 11.30am

Please note Pupils from St Teresa’s and St Malachy’s School should attend the Bridge Mass in either:
St Teresa’s or St Malachy’s Churches.
Pupils from St Brigid’s and St Laurence O’Toole’s Schools should attend the Bridge Mass in either:
St Laurence O’Toole’s Church or St Brigid’s Church.

First Penance Dates

St Laurence O’Toole’s Primary School
3rd March 2020 in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 10am
St Brigid’s Primary School
4th March 2020 in St Brigid’s Church at 10am
St Malachy’s Primary School & St Teresa’s Primary School
5th March 2020 in St Malachy’s Church at 10am

First Holy Communion Dates

St Laurence O’Toole’s & St Brigid’s Primary Schools
26th April 2020 in St Laurence O’Toole’s Church at 11.30am
St Malachy’s & St Teresa’s Primary Schools
3rd May 2020 in St Teresa’s Church at 11.30am

Reflections and Resources for the Bridge Mass can be found by clicking the links below.

Bridge Prayers Sheet

Reflections