St. Ursula’s Primary School has a great history of liturgy and takes great pride in its strong connections with the local parish ‘The Sacred Heart’. All the priests of the parish are welcome visitors to the school. Fr G. Chestnutt is the chairperson of our Board of Management and is an almost daily visitor to the school where he is warmly received by both staff and pupils alike.
St. Ursula’s Primary School places great importance on the preparation of our pupils for the Sacraments. During their time in our school, children are prepared for the Sacrament of First Penance (First Confession), First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Our dedicated staff and in particular the teachers of these classes (2nd class for First Penance and First Holy Communion and 6th class for Confirmation) put great time and effort into making these Sacraments very special experiences for the pupils.
Children celebrating their First Communion take part in the very successful Grapevine programme. This is a parish based programme of preparation for First Communion centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme is designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes’ active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament. It complements and supports the work of sacramental preparation in the school.
First Holy Communion takes place in May each year.
Confirmation is a parish celebration and we share the celebration of this Sacrament with the boys’ school in our parish, Scoil Lorcáin . Confirmation takes place in May each year.
Children celebrating their Confirmation also take part in a very successful parish based programme of preparation called Dovetails. This too is centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme is designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes’ active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament. It complements and supports the work of sacramental preparation in the school.
Each year on the Friday before the October mid-term break, pupils from First to Sixth Class attend the St. Ursula’s day mass in the Church. This is a beautiful liturgy to celebrate the anniversary of our patron saint St. Ursula and includes singing, instrumental pieces and the traditional school ‘Peace Dance’
St. Ursula’s play a significant role in the annual parish Carol Service with pupils from third to sixth re-enacting the birth of Jesus through drama, song and dance.
Pupils also visit the church throughout the year for penance services, church visits, enrolment ceremonies and lots of other celebrations.
Visit the Parish website on sacredheartparishwaterford.com