Yesterday, 13 October Bishop Dermot Farrell launched a new interactive website to help prepare children for the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. The parish-based programme now available at myfaith.ie.

Underlining the need for effective preparation Bishop Farrell noted that “much has changed in our parishes and Church life and yet much remains the same. One of the key elements of a really fruitful and joyful celebration of the Sacraments is an effective programme of preparation. I am delighted, then, to support a programme of preparation, developed here in the Diocese of Ossory, as a means to ensure that children can be well prepared to celebrate these Sacraments in our parishes later in this school year”.

The team behind this innovative programme sought to develop a parish-based preparation programme that would permit children and their families to journey together towards the celebration of the Sacraments within their parish communities.

Commenting on the programme, development team leader Father Dermot Ryan said, “this online and interactive programme ‘walks’ children though the steps necessary to understand, appreciate, celebrate effectively, and then live the Sacraments. We introduce them to Ich Thus, a most important fish, who will guide those preparing for Communion and Confirmation, in different ways, to the same result.

“Online video modules, online interactive games/challenges and quizzes to reinforce learning, downloadable resources; moments of prayer; an appreciation of the journey towards celebrating the Sacraments are the key elements of what we hope will be a significant support to parishes in their efforts to help children on their faith journey”.

Students are lead through the programme by teachers, as they complete modules which are released as the year progresses. This programme aims to initiate the life-long journey towards a nourishing and fruitful engagement with Sacraments.

Bishop Dermot Farrell is Bishop of Ossory, which covers most of County Kilkenny and portions of Counties Laois and Offaly.

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