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 your child is  in Second Class they will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion for the first time in 2019.
If you wish your child to celebrate the sacraments, he/she must be baptised and you are invited  to attend on the following two dates:

  • Wednesday 10th OctoberRegistration Meeting in O’Growney National School at 7.30pm for parents of children in Second Class in the parish schools. Please bring the Enrolment form to this meeting.  The meeting is for parents only.
  • Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th October – children who wish to receive Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion for the first time, are invited with their parents, to an Enrolment Ceremony at weekend Masses in Athboy & Rathmore & Rathcairn (6.15pm & 11.30am Athboy, 9am Rathmore, 10.15am Rathcairn).

DATES FOR 2018-2019

Enrolment Saturday & Sunday 13/14th October

Saturday & Sunday 10/11th November

Saturday & Sunday 15/16th December

Saturday &  Sunday 12/13th January

Saturday & Sunday 2/3rd March

Sacrament of Penance 12/13th March

Saturday & Sunday 6/7th April

Holy Communion for the First Time

Athboy Saturday 25th May

Rathmore & Rathcairn Sunday 26th May

Please bring Do This in Memory Candle to Mass.

Candle will be lit at beginning of Mass, extinguished during Holy Communion and should be collected AFTER Mass along with worksheet.

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