Donore Avenue Parish uses a parish-based programme of preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion called Do This In Memory. The programme is designed as a means of helping the child, their parents/guardians and family and the wider parish community to become actively involved in the preparation for these sacraments.
Do This In Memory is centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The preparation programme consists of a number of Masses, typically one per month, starting with an enrolment Mass. The purpose of the enrolment Mass is to introduce the children and families who have registered for the sacraments to the wider community. The remaining Masses of the programme focus on different aspects of the faith journey that the families are engaged in while preparing for the sacraments.
The programme complements and supports the work of sacramental preparation in the parish school or the religious education programme in the parish.
The programme takes place once a month for eight months during Special Masses before First Eucharist and concludes during the parish celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
The parents/guardians and families of the children preparing for First Eucharist are invited to actively participate during the Masses. A group of parents/guardians meet once a month to plan and coordinate the next Mass of the programme.
DATES OF THE SPECIAL MASSES IN PREPARATION FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2014-2015
Enrolment Mass Saturday 18th October 2014 at 6.30pm
Feast of Christ the King Saturday 22nd November 2014 at 6.30pm
4th Sunday Advent Saturday 20th December 2014 at 6.30pm
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Saturday 17th January 2015 at 6.30pm
6th Sunday in ordinary Time Saturday 14th February 2015 at 6.30pm
3rd Sunday of Lent Saturday 7th March 2015 at 6.30pm
Passion (Palm) Sunday Saturday 28th March 2015 at 6.30pm
3rd Sunday of Easter Saturday 18th April 2015 at 6.30pm
Feast of Body and Blood of Christ Saturday 6th June 2015 at 6.30pm
Families are asked to bring their child to the Family Mass each Saturday evening at 6.30pm. If your child enjoys singing, please support him/her in taking part in the Children’s Choir. The Choir practices in the Church each Saturday at 5.30pm.