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Confirmation Class 2016

On April 21st, the boys and girls in Newmarket parish received their Confirmation. Bishop William Crean was in attendance, along with our parish priest Fr. Manning and Fr. Jackie Corcoran.

We researched our Saint’s name for our Confirmation in school and wrote a short report on our chosen Saint.

Saint Andrew

Andrew was the first disciple of Christ. Andrew’s trade was a fisherman. He was first recognised as an official patron saint of Scotland. He is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Romania and Barbados. His patronage extends to fishmongers, gout, singers, sore throats, spinsters, maidens, old maids and women wishing to become mothers. The name Andrew means strong and someone who also had good social skills.

                                               By Michael Lane

Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony was born in 1195. He was a Portuguese, Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal and died on 13/6/1213 in Padua, Italy aged 35. Noted by contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge on scripture, he was the second most quickly canonised Saint after Peter of Verona. He was proclaimed doctor of the church on the 16/1/1946. He is also the patriot Saint of finding things or lost people.

                                                        By Ben O Doherty

Saint Cian

Saint Cian was a Celtic saint who lived in Wales in the sixth  century. He ended his life as a hermit. Saint Cian is sometimes described as a servant of Saint Perris. Finally there is a church dedicated to him in Llangian.  His feast day is the 11th of December

By Jerry Daly

Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic in Spanish is Santo Domingo, also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruoga. He was born in 1170. From 1170 to August 6th 1221 Dominic was a Spanish priest and founder of the Paminicon Order. Dominic is the Saint of astronomers.

By Kieran Angland

Saint Jamie

Saint Jamie Hulario was born in 1898 to 1937. Saint Jaime’s Feast day is January 18th. Saint Jamie was raised near the Pyrenees mountains and he joined the seminary at the age of 12. When his hearing began to fail in his teens he was sent home. He joined the brothers of the Christian schools at the age of 19, entering the novrate in 1917 at Irun, Spain taking the name Jaime Hilario. Jaime was imprisoned in July 1936. He was convicted in 1937 for being a Christian brother. Two rounds of bullets from a firing went straight at his chest but they did not kill him. The commander then murdered Jaime with five shots at close range.

By Darren Murphy

Saint James

James is the English form of the Latin name Lacomus. The meaning of the name James is supplanter. James was son of Zebedee and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is considered to be the first apostle who was martyred. He died on 44AD in Jerusalem, Israel.

By Ryan O Flaherty


Saint Joseph

I am choosing this name because my brother’s name was Cody and his middle name was Joseph. I want to remember him by choosing St Joseph as my Confirmation name.

Joseph was born in 90 BC in Bethlehem and sources believe he died in July 20th AD 18 in Nazareth.

Joseph, Mary’s husband, was a great man and he worked as a carpenter. He loved and cared for his family, Mary and Jesus. During Joseph’s life an Angel came to him in his dreams and asked him to do many things, which he always did.

Joseph is the patron Saint of dying, of the Universal Church, families, fathers, pregnant women, travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers and working people in general. We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19th, for Joseph the Husband of Mary, and May 1st for Joseph the worker.

By Ethan Hourigan

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph is a figure in the Gospel, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was the mother of Jesus. Christians place Joseph as the foster father of Jesus. During his life an angel appeared to him, telling him to do many things and he did them. He was a very caring person that loved his family. He is the patron saint of dying, of the universal church, families, fathers, pregnant women, travellers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers and working people in general. He was born in 90 B.C and died in A.D 18.

                                                                            By Pete Goggin

Saint Mark

The feast day of Saint Mark is celebrated on April 25th. St Mark was born into a Jewish family. Mark was the man who brought water to the house where the Last Supper took place. It is believed that St Mark was present at the wedding at Cana. He was born on the 1st century AD and died on the 8th of May 68 AD. He is the patron Saint of barristers, Egypt, Venice and Mainar.

By Ronan O Driscoll

Saint Mark

Saint Mark is the confirmation name I have chosen. I choose Mark because it is the name of my first cousin. Saint Mark was an author. His feast day is on the 25th of April. He is a patron of notaries. He wrote the second Gospel. He was one of the twelve apostles chosen by Jesus. There is a church in his honour in Dublin.

By Dylan o Shea


Saint Martin

Saint Martin was born in Lima, Viceroylta of Peru on the 9th of December 1579. He is the patron Saint of mixed-race people, barbers, innkeepers, public health workers, and all those seeking racial harmony. He died at the age of 59 on November the 3rd 1639.

By William Cronin

Saint Nelius

Neluis’s feast day is September 16th. Saint Nelius was badly treated at a young age. He became a Roman priest and then became Pope in the third century. I picked the name Saint Nelius because I wanted to remember my Grandfathers by having their names as part of my own. My full name will now be Daniel Patrick Nelius O Leary.

By Daniel O Leary

Saint Patrick                                                                                      

Saint Patrick was a fifty century Ramano, British, Christian Missionary and Bishop in Ireland. Known as the Apostle of Ireland, he is the primary patron saint of Ireland, along with Brigit of Kildare and Columbia. The reason that I picked the name Saint Patrick was because I have an uncle called Patrick.

By Adam Murphy

Saint Patrick

St Patrick was born in England but lived in Ireland. St Patrick’s Day is the 17th March. He drove the snakes out of Ireland. He died in Saul, County Down. There are a lot of places and statues named after him. He worked in Wales for a time and he minded sheep in Ireland. When he was 16 he was captured by Irish pirates.

By Jack O Connor

Saint Timothy

Timothy was a timid, affectionate, young man and a faithful follower of St. Paul. He was a  part of the early church. His feast day is January 26th.

He died a martyr in the year 97 AD. Because of his frail health he is the patron of those with stomach disorders. I chose the name Timothy after my uncle who is my Godfather.

                                                  By Aaron Walsh

St Christopher

One of the reasons I am picking the name Christopher for my confirmation name is because originally I was supposed to be called Christopher and I really like the name. He was killed under the emperor Deicus in 251 A.D.

By Stephen Murphy McAree

St. James the Greater

St. James was born in Bethsaidia. The name James means a supplanter. James’s father was Zebedee and his brother was John the Evangelist, who baptised Jesus. James and John were both part of the apostles. James was the first apostle to be martyred. He is now saint of all pharmacists, equestrians and vets. He is also the patron saint of Spain. James died in 44AD.

By Hugh O Connor

St John

St John is a patron of love, loyalty, friendships and authors. St John was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and was the son of Zebedee and Salome. I picked John as my Confirmation name because that was my granddads name that died.

By Kalem Browne

St Martin

Saint Martin de Pores was born on December 9th 1597. Martin was the son of a Spanish gentlemen. When Martin was 15 he asked for admission into the Dominic by the prior Rose Lima and was moved up to church officer, who is in charge of giving money to the  poor. In January 1639, when Martin was 60yrs old, he became very ill with fevers and tremors causing him a lot of pain. He passed away on November 3 1639.

By Troy O Donoghue

St. Thomas

I picked the name St Thomas because my grandfather’s name is Thomas and he is a great grandfather. St Thomas was born a Jew and his feast day is the 3rd of July. He was born before the establishment of the Catholic Church. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas was killed when a fowler shot at a peacock but accidentally hit Thomas.

By Brian Hubbard


Thomas was born a Jew and was one of the Twelve Apostles. He is the patron Saint of architects. His birth and death dates are unknown and his feast day is on July the 3rd. At the Last Supper Jesus told Thomas and the Disciples that he would make them priests.

                                                                                  By Matthew O’Connor


The Meaning of Saint Christopher.

Saint Christopher is one of the most popular yet most enigmatic Catholic figures. The name Christopher means Christ- bearer and may allude to the legend of the man carrying the Christ Child across the river. Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and of children. His feast day is July 25th.

The Saint Christopher medal is worn by members of the Catholic Church as an appeal to Saint Christopher. Catholics believe he will bless them and protect them from storms and other hardships they may encounter.


By Dylan O Flynn



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First Communion 2014


On Saturday the 17th of May 2014, second class celebrated their First Holy Communion. This amazing sacrament is a milestone of their time in the Boys School. It was an honour to witness them receiving the Eucharist for the first time, and then praying earnestly afterwards. Fr. Herlihy did a beautiful job preparing these children for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion and I would like to thank him for the wonderful ceremony.
Everyone involved took the process very seriously, and the fruits of their labour were witnessed on Saturday as 21 young children reverently and prayerfully received the sacrament for the first time.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank Múinteoir Christine, the parents of the children, the choir who sang so beautifully, Carmel Fehin, Mrs. Norma Stritch, Teresa for the stunning flowers, the sacristan Kathleen and the altar servers.
Every successful occasion and achievement depends on a community of persons working together and this was no exception.
The boys who received Communion were:
Rory Lynn
Oran Moynihan
Kevin Daly
Joe McAuliffe
Jack Moynihan
Graham Cottrell
Daniel O’Sullivan
Ben Walsh
Congratulations everyone!!

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Service of Light 2014

Final EH uploadService of LightService of Light 22Jesus once said, “You are the light of the world. Your light must shine in the sight of all people, so that, seeing your good works, they may praise your Father in heaven”.
Service of Light
When children are baptised, their parents take a light from the Pascal Candle as a sign of the faith that they are going to hand on to their children. It is also a sign of the help and support they are going to give their children as they try to live out the faith in their lives.

During the Service of Light, the children took this light from their parents. This is a sign that they are taking on the responsibility for their own faith and parents were asked to continue to help and support their children in taking on this responsibility.
Gospel of Matthew
You are a light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No-one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lamp stand where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people so that they will see the good things you do and praise your father in heaven.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Herlihy for giving of his time to prepare the children for the sacrament of Confirmation. The ceremony was steeped in poignant symbolism. It reinforced and consolidated the message of ‘passing on the faith’ to a new generation and made it very special for all in attendance. It is through ceremonies such as this that we are fed with knowledge and understanding of God.



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St. Patrick

St Patrick was captured by Niall of the Nine Hostages in Wales when he was six years old. He was sold to a farmer called Milchu in Antrim. He had to be a slave and mind pigs.

One night, God came to him in a vision. God said there was a boat waiting for him in Waterford. He escaped and went to find the ship. The captain of the potato ship said ‘This boat isn’t for slaves, it’s for spuds’. The captain tried to leave but a storm kept stopping him. God made the storm happen so that Patrick could escape. The captain let him on the ship and they sailed to France. He sometimes had to eat the pigs’ food because he was hungry. He had to sleep with the pigs and sheep but he couldn’t sleep because they made too much noise.

Patrick became a priest and then a bishop. He returned to Ireland to tell them all about God. He was able to speak Irish. When St. Patrick came to Ireland, he lit a fire and the King of Ireland didn’t like it. He was meant to light the fire.  They were pagans and they didn’t understand that God was the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. He used shamrock to explain. He is said to have gotten rid of the snakes from Ireland.

St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. We have parades and festivals to celebrate St. Patrick every year. In Dublin, American marching bands fly over to take part in the parade. The festival is on the 17th of March, as that is the day he died.

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St. Brigid’s Crosses

St. Brigid’s Day, 1st February

St. Brigid’s Day is celebrated as part of Primary Catholic Schools Week. We usually go to mass and celebrate Grandparents’ Day. Cian’s, Ben’s and Dara’s Nana, Nora O’Doherty, comes every year to help make St. Brigid’s Crosses with the boys. We are extremely grateful to her. There’s no limit to her patience, kind-heartedness and generosity-of-help towards the boys, each of whom goes home with a treasured St. Brigid’s Cross.

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