Eucharist – Receiving Holy Communion for the First Time


The Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life. It is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. The Mass is a most sacred time when through the laying of hands, invocation of the Holy Spirit and the words of the Consecration the bread and wine becomes for us the body and blood of Christ.

The parish of Athboy hosts a programme of preparation for children for First Holy Communion.

If you wish your child to celebrate the sacraments, he/she must be baptised.

Do this In Memory – Dates for 2019-2020

Enrolment Saturday & Sunday 12/13th October
Saturday/Sunday 9/10th November
Saturday/Sunday 7/8th December
Saturday/Sunday 11/12th January
Sacrament of Penance 10th/11th March
Saturday/Sunday 28/29th March

Please bring Do This In Memory Candle to Mass on these dates.
Candle will be lit at beginning of Mass, extinguished during Holy Communion and should be collected AFTER Mass along with a work sheet.

Holy Communion for the First Time 2020
Athboy: Saturday 10am 23rd May 2020
Rathmore: Sunday 9am 24th May 2020
Rathcairn: Sunday 10.15am 24th May 2020.

We look forward to working with you to help prepare the children for these important moments on their faith journey.