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Do This in Memory

Do This in Memory has three main programme resources:


 - THUMB: That’s His/Her Useful Mass Book

 - a set of nine Grapevine Newsletters

 - the Coordinator’s Manual.


THUMB contains a variety of ways in which parents and children can engage with the programmebefore, during and after Mass. The content of THUMB will be as follows:

 - Introduction to the Do This in Memory programme including a guide for parents that suggestsways they might use the programme most effectively

 - What Happens at Mass?: An explanation of the Mass in ten parts. Twocharacters, Kath and Qumen, who are also preparing for their First Eucharist,help the children and their parents learn more about the Sunday celebration

 - The Rite of Mass: This will help parents and children to participate morefully each time they attend Mass

 - KidStuff: Activity sheets to be completed at home after each Sunday of the programme.


There are nine Grapevine Newsletters to be distributed after each Do This in Memory Mass. TheGrapevine helps parents to engage more fully with the programme at home. There is also a poster tobe distibuted on the tenth and final Sunday of the programme.


The Coordinator’s Manual includes:


 - Liturgical guidelines for each Sunday of the programme

 - Homily notes

 - Text of Sunday readings

 - Communion reflections

 - Liturgical guidelines for the celebration of First Eucharist

 - PowerPoint presentation and notes for the initial meeting with parents




Enrolment Sunday

26th/27th/28th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, 30 October 2016

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Feast of Christ the King


Sunday, 11 December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent


Sunday, 22 January 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, 12 February 2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, 19 March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Palm Sunday


Sunday, 30 April 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)



Five Steps to setting up Do This in Memory in your Parish:




Find out how many children will be celebrating FirstEucharist in your parish next year so that you canorder the necessary materials, programmes andcandles in plenty of time.




The priest responsible for First Eucharist convenes ameeting of key people, e.g. priests, parish teammembers, pastoral workers, sacramentalcoordinators, teachers of First Eucharist andprincipals. The purpose of this meeting is to:

 - Ensure that all are familiar with the programmeand its rationale. This information can be found inthe Introduction of the Coordinator’s Manual. Youmay need to supply a copy of the programme fornew teachers and members of staff

 - Decide on a date for the First Sunday of the DoThis in Memory programme. We suggest that oneof the following Sundays be chosen: 26th, 27th or28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 - Confirm a date and venue for the initial meeting withparents. Ensure that teachers and principals knowthat they are very welcome to attend this meetingand that their presence would be appreciated

 - Organise dates for First Penance and FirstEucharist so that parents can be informed at theirinitial meeting




 - Consider how best to invite parents. There is asample letter in the Coordinator’s Manual

 - The CD-ROM supplied with the resource manualcontains a PowerPoint presentation for use at thismeeting. If you do not have the facility to usePowerPoint there is a copy of the presentationwith notes in the Appendix of the Coordinator’sManual

 - Decide who will facilitate the meeting

 - Consider asking one of last year’s parents orsomeone from a neighbouring parish who hasexperience of the programme to speak brieflyabout the role of the Programme Planning Group

 - Ensure you have the necessary material todistribute at this meeting:

 - A copy of THUMB for each child preparing forthe sacraments

 - A copy of the dates of the Sundays of theprogramme for each family. This can be foundat the beginning of the Coordinator’s Manual

 - Bring a sample of a Do This in Memory candle tothe meeting, and decide whether the parish orparents will pay for the candle

 - Assign a member of the parish team to take anattendance list on the night• Is hospitality on the night possible?




 - Introduce the programme

 - Look for volunteer parents to be members of theProgramme Planning Group and arrange your firstmeeting with this group. This meeting should takeplace as soon as possible

 - To facilitate communication with parents duringthe year, ask those present to give their contactdetails including names and telephone numbers. Itwill also be necessary to get similar informationfrom those parents who cannot be present

 - Distribute THUMB and dates for the Sundays onwhich the programme will take place




The agenda for this meeting is in the Coordinator’sManual.


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