First Holy Communion

The 2023-2024 preparation meeting with Parents/Guardians will be held on Tuesday 26th September at 7:30pm in Holy Trinity Church for both parishes of Ayrfield & Donaghmede.

Kirsten Mahon, our Faith Development Co-ordinator in the area will reflect on the importance of preparation for this celebration over the coming months.


Grow In Love is a Parish-based programme for First Holy Communion. In designing this programme the authors of this programme have designed this to be in unison with what the children are learning in their Grow In Love programme in the school. The Sacramental preparation of children is the responsibility of the home, school and parish working together in partnership. The work of Sacramental preparation begins long before the First Holy Communion celebration.
The celebration of First Holy Communion is a Sacred and important moment on a long journey of Faith development. Together with Baptism and Confirmation, it opens the door to full membership of the Christian community. It is not an end in itself. The Sacramental preparation of our children must always be seen as one element of the broader task of whole-community catechesis.

Here in St Paul’s the ‘Grow In Love Team’ works closely with the teachers and the parents in preparing for First Holy Community. The Programme starts with a combined meeting with the parish priest, the teachers the parents and the Team. At this meeting the aims of the programme are explained and questions taken. Parents are invited to participate in the preparation of the Liturgy of the Mass which we organise each Month during the preparation for Holy Communion, starting with the Enrollment Mass.

For more information, please watch the short videos below:

Grow in Love in the Parish – Part 1 from Veritas Ireland on Vimeo.

Grow in love in the Parish - Part 2 from Veritas Ireland on Vimeo.

Please note: We would encourage children preparing for First Holy Communion this year to attend mass at the weekends.

Form : First Communion Registration 2023

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Mass Times

Saturday Evening Vigil:


Tuesday and Thursday

Service of Word with Communion :
Monday 10:00am

Live Stream Links:

~   St. Paul's Church,
~  Holy Trinity Church,
~  St. Monica's Church,
~  St. Benedict's Church, 
      Grange Park 
~  Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace Church, 
~  St. Brendan's Church,
~ Knock Shrine

Contact Us

Parish Office:
St. Paul's Church,
Dublin 13
Tel: 01 8160984
Office Email:

Sacristy Tel: 01-8160981

Parish Priest:
Fr. Declan Blake
28 Glentworth Park
Ard na Gréine
Dublin 13, D13 C4A0
Tel: 01 8160 984

St. Paul's Church
Dublin 13
D13 N407

Tel: 01 8160984

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