‘Do this in Memory’ is a parish-based sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist. Read more about it and see the dates for the coming year.

Dates for Do This in Memory 3

Click on link to download poster with DTIM dates 2009/10

This year parishes will be using �Do This in Memory 3�. The programme begins with an Enrolment Mass in late September or early October on a date to be decided by the parish. In choosing the Sunday for the Enrolment Ceremony, it might be wise to look at the Gospel reading and determine its suitability for use with children. This year the following options may be useful in helping you to make your decision.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 20th)
Mark 9:30-37 Who is the greatest?

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (September 27th)
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 Anyone who is not against us is for us.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (October 4th)
Mark 2-16 Jesus� teaching on marriage and divorce. The Gospel concludes with the blessing of children.

Dates for 2009/10

Dates for Do This in Memory 3

2009/2010 Liturgical Year B/C


The timing of Enrolment Sunday is a parish decision. The material for use on this Sunday is not connected to any particular Gospel and so there is some flexibility around the date. It is recommended that there be at least three weeks between the first and second Sundays of the programme.

2: MISSION SUNDAY October 18th*


4: 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT December 13th


6: 6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME February 14th**

7: 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT March 7th

8: HOLY THURSDAY April 1st

9: 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER April 18th


*Please use the readings given for Mission Sunday 2009

**When the programme was first used it took place on the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In 2010 the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time becomes the 1st Sunday of Lent. We recommend that this year the programme take place on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel for this Sunday is in Appendix 5 of the Coordinator�s Manual and the homily notes can be used with very little adaptation.


There has been a reprint of the Coordinator�s Manual and in these books the material for the correct Sunday for this year will be available in the main body of the book.

For parishes in Kildare and Leighlin the programme can be ordered through Faith Development Services, contact Christine at 059 9164084 or e-mail fds@kandle.ie. Order forms have already been sent out to all parishes. The programme is also available from Veritas stores.


A Parish-based Programme of Preparation for First Eucharist

Authors - Maeve Mahon and Martin Delaney

At the beginning of the 21st century one of the main challenges of religious education in general and sacramental preparation in particular is the meaningful involvement of the home and the wider parish community. There may be a perception that parents and parish leadership are only too happy to abdicate this responsibility to the teacher in the Catholic school or the DRE in the parish. This is certainly widely held in the Irish context.

As a response to this situation we developed a parish-based sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist called �Do This in Memory’. This program has now been in use for four years and last year more than 35 000 children and their families participated in it. The programme will be used next year in Scotland and in some parishes in the USA.

Experience has shown that when provided with accessible resources and invited to take an active role parents and those involved in parish leadership are only too willing to accept the invitation. Over the last four years we have learned that there is a tremendous amount of goodwill and enthusiasm among parents/guardians, priests and parish teams for such work. The invitation to parents to become members of the Coordinating Group is generally well received and it is this group that is key to the successful implementation of the programme.

There have also been positive reactions from teachers who found that it was easier for them to teach the Alive-O Primary Religious Education Programme because of the children’s familiarity with the church and the celebration of the Eucharist. We are told that the Sunday community has benefited from the infusion of life and energy which the children bring.

We have been further encouraged in this direction by Pope Benedict’s XVI’s recent writing in �Sacramentum Caritatis’

In pastoral work it is always important to make Christian families part of the process of initiation. Receiving Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion are key moments not only for the individuals receiving them but also for the entire family, which should be supported in its educational role by the various elements of the ecclesial community. Here I would emphasize the importance of First Holy Communion……..Parish pastoral programmes should make the most of this highly significant moment.
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