Tuam Parish

Dear Parishioners,

The Gospel this week (Matthew 14) reflects the great moment of Jesus walking on water.  Down through the ages, this image has often been associated with people of great character, of wonderful deeds, our heroes.  We all have those we admire, look up to, are inspired by.  Heroes are sometimes at a distance – sporting or historic.  Importantly, the most valued ones are typically closer to home. 

Over recent months, we have singled out many heroes on the front lines – from healthcare teams, to supermarket staff and delivery workers.  In the same Gospel passage, another familiar phrase is used ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’.  On that windy night, the disciples were unsure of Jesus’ ability to also enable Peter to walk on water.  He reassured them. 

During these on-going challenging times, we too should seek comfort in Jesus’ words ‘Take courage… do not be afraid.’  We must have trust and faith in our everyday heroes.  Remember to thank them, pray for them and their bravery as they work tirelessly on our behalf.

We have much to be grateful for – our loved ones who in our eyes ‘walk on water’, our larger parish family for parishioners’ support and our broader community for its collective good will and resilience.  We ask Our Lady and St. Jarlath to pray for us all.

Fr. Pat Farragher, Adm.

Tuam Parish Rescheduled First Holy Communion Ceremonies 2020

It has been a long wait for the boys and girls who are preparing for their First Confession and First Holy Communion.  We now look forward to the rescheduled Holy Communion Ceremonies as outlined below. 

Given the requirements for social distancing and the large numbers of students receiving Holy Communion for the first time, it will only be possible for the the child and his/her parents to attend the cermony. 

The liturgies will be simplified with students reading prayers of the faithful and the Mass readings.  Choirs are not recommended at this time and there will be no offertory or symbols so as to minimise the possiblity of contagion. 

First Confession will take place in the days leading up to the First Holy Communion Ceremonies. 

These arrangements for First Confession and First Holy Communion are in place as long as the current Government Road Map for reopening society continues.  If there is a resurgence in cases and further lockdowns, these plans will need to be revised accordingly.

Saturday 12th September 11.30 am

Students from Gardenfield N.S. and Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha 

Saturday 12th September 2.30 pm

Students from Trinity Primary School Campus 1 & 2

Sunday 13th September 2.30 pm

Students from Trinity Primary School Campus 3 & Educate Together N.S.

Saturday 19th September

Students from Brownesgrove N.S. and Lavally N.S. in St. Patrick’s Church Cortoon at 11.00 am  



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