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''And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19
Message to First Holy Communion Children
First Holy Communion St Mary's Parish Athlone


To receive Holy Communion one must be fully incorporated into the Catholic Church. In addition, you must be in the state of grace, that is, not conscious of being in mortal sin. Anyone who is conscious of having committed a grave sin must first receive the sacrament of Reconciliation.

 A spirit of recollection and prayer is also important for those receiving Holy Communion. Moreover, observance of the fast prescribed by the Church, and an appropriate disposition of the body (gestures and dress) as a sign of respect for Christ.

What’s Involved?

In St. Mary’s Parish, First Communion is celebrated when children are in Second Class. Preparation for First Communion is shared by the parish, the school and the family. In school children follow the Alive-O Religious Education programme. Additionally, the parish preparation programme offers parents and family the opportunity to be involved in their children’s preparation. Parents and children are asked to attend Mass every Sunday.

First holy communion St. Mary's Church St. Mary's Parish Athlone