23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
I want to say a few words about the first communion preparation this year.
This year there are only nine classes and each of these will be repeated to make it easier to attend. This year more emphasis is being placed on the importance of being part of the parish community, in particular by attending Holy Mass on Sundays (or Saturday evenings) for those who wish to receive Holy Communion.
Once a child has attended all 9 classes and attended Sunday or Saturday evening Mass 25 times their parents are free to ask Father Farrell to decide if he thinks their child is ready to begin receiving Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion will normally be at the 11am Mass on 17th & 24th June and 1st & 8th July, however parents are free to ask Father Farrell about a different Sunday.
3rd Sunday of Easter
Disastrous are the opinions of those who assert that little importance should be given to the frequent confession of venial sins. Such sins can be forgiven by that general confession which the Church, surrounded by her children in the Lord, makes each day by the mouth of the priest at the beginning of Mass. As you well know, Venerable Brethren, it is true that venial sins may be forgiven in many ways. But to ensure more rapid progress day by day in the path of virtue, the pious practice of frequent confession...
(quote from Pope Pius XII Encyclical Mystici Corporis)