Covid has halted and postponed so many celebrations and events – but now, we are delighted to announce, children of the Parish are about to celebrate their First Holy Communion. This great celebration would normally have taken place in May of this year, but COVID – 19 put paid to that idea…but even COVID could not stop this great celebration from taking place, albeit at a later time than usual, and under different circumstances from usual.

First Communions will take place over 4 Saturdays this year, beginning on 19 September, and being spread over four celebrations because of the restrictions and demands of social distancing.

BUT we have a great way this year to celebrate in a never to be repeated way for St. Matthew’s Parish…

Our First Communions will be the first ever celebrations in the newly reopened St. Matthew’s!

Once the First communions have bee completed, we will begin to use the church for all our liturgical functions, although again, social distancing will be the order of the day

So, although we cannot attend this year’s First Communions in anything other than small numbers of family, I am sure we will all keep in our prayers the children, their families, teachers, catechists,and all who have and still are working so hard to ensure the church is ready for this major highlight of any year, but will be a landmark in the history of St. Matthew’s!


St. Matthew’s Parish – First Communions 2020

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