Tuam Parish
First Holy Communion 2022

The following are the arrangements for the celebration of First Holy Communion in 2022

There will be three First Holy Communion ceremonies in the Cathedral: Saturday May 7th at 11.30 for the students from Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha and Gardenfield N.S.

Saturday May 28th at 11.30 am for the students from Trinity Primary School Campus 2.

Saturday May 28th 2.00 pm for the students from Trinity Primary School Campus 3 and Educate Together N.S.

The students from Brownesgrove N.S. and Lavally N.S. will make their First Holy Communion in Cortoon Church at 12.00 on Saturday April 30th 2022

Please note that all the arrangements outlined here are provisional and subject to whatever Covid – 19 restrictions in place during April & May 2022.

Arrangements for the 2022 celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation cannot be confirmed until Archbishop Francis is installed and publishes his confirmation schedule.


Dear Parishioners,

Ireland lost one of its great contemporary poets in October with the passing of Brendan Kennelly.  Brendan was born in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry in 1936.  He spent much of his working life in Dublin, where he taught at Trinity College.  He was predeceased by his daughter Kristen who died in April of this year.  Among Brendan’s numerous poems “Begin” is a favourite of many people. 

“Though we live in a world that dreams of ending that always seems about to give in, something that will not acknowledge conclusion insists that we forever begin.”

As we near the end of November the liturgy invites us to begin again this weekend.   It seems strange to begin again at a time when the light is growing weaker, the days shorter and the nights longer.  It is difficult to make a new beginning as we are wearied by the fourth wave of Covid 19. 

Yet, over the coming four weeks the readings from the poet-prophet Isaiah, the preaching of John the Baptiser about preparing a way in the wilderness and Mary’s immediate preparations for the birth of her child, as told by Luke, will nudge us all to begin again.

Tuam’s Christmas lights will be blessed and turned on this Saturday evening.  The Advent Wreath will be light for the first time and it will help us mark the passing of the days between now and Christmas.

Lord our God, we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ; he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples, he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the saviour of every nation.  Let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles on the Advent Wreath.  May the wreath and it's light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.  May he come quickly and not delay. Amen  

Fr. Pat Farragher Adm.

The Cathedral of the Assumption



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