First Communion Programme



Saturday May 13th       Newcastle First Communion                                12.30p.m.

Sunday May 14th     Ceád  Chomaoineach Naofa- Gaelscoil Riada            12.30p.m.

                                      (Aifreann/Searmanas as Gaeilge)

Saturday May 21st     Carnaun Coldwood & Lisheenkyle Schools            12.30p.m.

Sunday May   28th     Athenry Boys' School and Scoil Chroí Naofa          12.30p.m.

Sunday June 18th      DO THIS IN MEMORY MASS & Corpus Christi        11.00a.m.


The Do This In Memory Programme is a parish-based preparation programme for First Holy Communion.  The programme compliments the children’s school-based work and takes place outside of the school classroom.  The programme does not replace the religious teaching in the schools.  The programme is designed to facilitate the active involvement of parents, guardians and children in the preparation for First Holy Communion. 

 The Do This In memory co-ordinating group is newly formed every year and is made up of parents/guardians of children who will be making their First Holy Communion.  The programme revolves around the children and their families’ attendance at a number of special monthly Masses, the children’s attendance at one of the activity workshops and finally culminating in their participation at their First Holy Communion Mass.

 Participation in the co-ordinating group is voluntary and all parents/guardians are invited to join.  The co-ordinating group usually consists of approximately 8/10 parents who offer their services throughout the programme.  Ideally the programme has at least two volunteers from each of the schools involved.  The programme commences in September and concludes in June and involves the following national schools in the parish of Athenry:  Boys School, Coldwood, Carnaun, Gaelscoil Riada, Lisheenkyle, Newcastle and Scoil Chroi Naofa.


The co-ordinating group :

·       maintains ongoing contact with parents and guardians via text or letter each month.

·       maintains the KIDZONE in the church (a space dedicated to the First Holy Communion children.  This space changes from month to month with the children’s art work and reflects the theme of the special masses)

·       the group co-ordinates the special monthly Masses

·       the group co-ordinates and supervises the children’s activity workshops

 Throughout the programme parents/guardians are encouraged to:

·       be at mass with their child each sunday of the programme

·       pray with their children at home

·       read the monthly grapevine with their child each month.

·       talk to their children about the programme

·       reflect seriously about the celebration of this sacrament with their children


 To conclude, it is hoped that the participation of the parents/guardians and the children in the     Do This in Memory Programme will form a lasting memory. 

We hope that the children’s First Holy Communion year will be a special and happy time in their lives.

All parents/guardians and participants should familiarise themselves with the Safeguarding Children Policy.

Contact person:  Patricia O Farrell Mobile number: 0862525679

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