Canon John writes…

First Confession and First Communion Applications for 2022;  Analysis of  Applications “What Needs to be Done Now”

Dear Parents/Guardians

First of all, may I wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas.

Of course, it is always such a special time for the children, they help us retain the wonder and magic of Christmas.

Applications Forms Returned 5th December 2021/Analysis.

1 Many of them were returned complete with all the documents returned. 

Thank you, this was so helpful especially as our catechetics team is minimal due to illness both now and sadly into the coming year.

Your cooperation now is really helpful and necessary.

2 For others there was a partial return; We did not get the following documents in some cases.

1 Baptism certificates – if you are one of the two families who did not return these, please do so ASAP to St Josephs’s presbytery with the Name of the candidate marked First Confession/Communion 2021.

2 Childs Letter to Fr John – if you are one of the twelve families who did not return a Childs letter to Fr John, please do so again ASAP by the above means.

3 Parents Promise Letter to Fr John – if you are one 0f the six families who did not make this return, please return to Fr John ASAP  (see above)

4 Parish Registration; 11 families appear not to have registered with our parish, again this needs to be done via Fr Johns surgery which takes place on Saturday mornings at St Josephs’s church 1000h – 1130h. If you are unclear about the matter of parish registration, then email Fr John at the email address (see below)

7 Payment for Course. Seven families have not returned remittance to cover the cost of course, again can this be done ASAP by cheque payable to St Joseph and St Clare Parish.

8 On the evening of registration on Wednesday 5th January at St Clare’s, we hope to have all the above paperwork in place which will enable us to deal with the programme for the coming year.

Again on the evening, we will have only one catechist present along with Fr John to deal with the business of the meeting and to organize liturgical enrolment for the following weekend.

Should you have any queries regarding the above please do email me at

Currently, with the loss of key catechetics staff due to illness, I am doing the administration of the course myself with all the other duties attached to Parish and Christmas.

I will respond to your queries as soon as I can.

With every good wish for a peaceful and safe Christmas.

Canon John P Beirne PP

22nd December 2021