over the past two Saturdays we’ve had the joy of welcoming our young parishioners to receive Holy communion for the very first time. As always the young people have been wonderful as they showed how seriously they were taking their First Communion. Congratulations to the 1st Communicants and to their families, and a huge thanks to the staff of St. Matthew’s Primary school for preparing the children for their 1st Communion.

First Communions are always a highlight of the Parish Year, and it has been sad that for the second year running that COVID has meant that numbers attending each First Communion Mass have had to be limited to seven children and a few family members. however, many people have commented on how focussed and devout the children were as they received Holy Communion for the 1st time. Perhaps smaller groups and smaller numbers of Communicants at a time is something we should consider for future celebrations of the sacrament.

Many thanks go to the staff – teaching and non-teaching – of St. Matthew’s Primary school for preparing the children so well, and for those who provided music.

Many thanks also go to those who prepared the church for the sacrament, stewards who ensured all necessary checks and records of attendance were carried out as required by the Scottish government, to ensure the safety of all, and ordered proceedings.

Above all, a huge thank you to the young people and their families for allowing us to be part of your special day – for us all that was a great privilege!

A few weeks after First Communion we will celebrate Confirmation with the p 7 young people. This will be one of the final activities they will take part in as pupils of St. Matthew’s Primary School. What a wonderful way to end their Primary School Careers, by receiving the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit at the very end of their time in St. Matthew’s. Please remember these young people in your prayers too. Again, numbers are strictly limited to immediate family as outlined by the school.


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