Celebrating the sacraments is at the core of our parish life. Our big moments in life are marked in a solemn way from womb to tomb.
On this page we will provide all the details for the celebration of the sacraments and there is a link to more information on each sacrament.
Baptisms are held once a month on Sundays after the 11.30am Mass in Athboy and on Saturday afternoons in Rathmore and Rathcairn on the same weekend –
In this diocese, church weddings can take place on any day other than Sundays and major feast days –
Eucharist and First Communion
First Holy Communion takes place each year in the parish of Athboy. First Holy Communion 2018 takes place on Saturday June 2nd in Athboy at 10am, and on Sunday 3rd June in Rathmore and Rathcairn. The Enrolment Ceremony for First Holy Communion takes place on Sunday 28/29th April.
» Read more about the Sacrament of Eucharist
First Confessions take place this year in Athboy on Monday 19th February at 7pm, on Tuesday 20th February at 6pm in Rathcairn and on Thursday 22nd February in Rathmore.
The Enrolment Ceremony for First Penance takes place on Wednesday 17th at 7pm in Athboy, on Thursday 18th January in Rathmore and on Friday 19th January at 7pm in Rathcairn.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation(Confession) takes place each Saturday in St. James’ Church, Athboy from 2pm to 3pm in the Adoration Room. (On the right as you enter the Church) –
Confirmation 2018 takes place on 23rd February at 3pm in St. James’ Church, Athboy. The Commitment Ceremony for Confirmation takes place on 13th/14th January at all Masses. The practice for Confirmation takes place on Wed 21st February at 7.30pm in Athboy Church.
Confirmation celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. It incorporates us more deeply into Christ and “seals” us with the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is held once a year in our parish. The ceremony takes place in St. James’ Church, Athboy.
Funeral arrangements are to be made with the priest. The usualtimes are: Remains to arrive at the church at 7pm. Funeral Mass at 11am. Should a funeral occur on a Sunday in Athboy, the 11.30am Mass will be the Funeral Mass. In Rathmore and Rathcairn, the Funeral Mass will be at 2pm.
Housebound and Sacrament of the Sick
Every First Friday of the month, the priests visit the housebound with Holy Communion. Ministers of the Eucharist are also available to distribute Holy Communion to the sick by arrangement.They also visit the sick on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday with Holy Communion.Many sick people also like to receive the sacrament of the sick and are strengthened and affirmed.
If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to receive the sacraments in your home, please contact the Parochial House on +353 46 943 2184.
The ongoing life of the church depends on vocations to the priesthood. Our diocese has a director of vocations and we’d be delighted to make an introduction for any interested candidates. Talk to any of the priests to get more information. The Diocesan website may also have useful information about Vocations in our diocese –