What is the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist?


holy-euchHoly Eucharist is the Sacrament in which Jesus Christ gives His Body and Blood- Himself- for us, so that we too might give ourselves to Him in love and be united with Him in Holy Communion.  In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church’  Catechism of the Catholic Church – Reference [1322,1324,1409,1413]

The historic sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is made present during the words of consecration in a hidden manner.  Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is the “Source and Summit of the Christian Life”  Jesus gave Himself to the disciples under the signs of bread and wine and commanded them from now on, even after His death, to celebrate the Eucharist.
“Do this in memory of Me” (1 Corinthians 11:24)


We are pleased to announce the dates for the First Holy Communions for the Sandyford Parish Schools.

Please click ‘Read More’ and then click on link to access the dates.





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.



On Enrollment Sunday the parents are presented to the community, invited to make a commitment to participate in the programme, renew their Baptismal Promises with the Faith Community and presented with a candle for use in family prayer.

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 regularly 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, that all parents would read the THUMB Resource Book and the Grapevine Newsletter with your child
4) To reflect seriously about the celebration of this Sacrament

Praying-Hands-e1309176091120‘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)





Eucharistic Adoration – New Times Added

Come and ‘watch one hour’ with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament  at St. Mary’s Church during the following times

Tuesday from 10.30am to 9pm.  We conclude with a guided Holy Hour which starts at 8 p.m. and finishes with Benediction at 9 p.m.

Thursdays immediately after the 10 am Mass there are a few moments prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


Visits to the Sick – Holy Communion and Confessionsacredheart1-lr

Parishioners are asked to inform family, neighbours and friends, who may be confined to home, of this celebration and to ensure that they have assistance in participating.

For those who are seriously ill and who are unable to leave home, we ask that a relative would please contact the Parish Office to arrange for a Priest to call to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick. Monthly visits are made to those who are housebound on the First Friday’s of the Month, please contact the Parish Office if you would like to add your name or that of a loved one to the list of those who are visited.