Each year the children of 2nd Class in our primary Schools receive First Holy Communion. In addition to their School preparation with the Alive-O Program our parish runs the Parish based 'Do This in Memory Programme'.
This excellent programme was devised in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin and involves the Parish, the parents and the Children. Based around 10 special liturgies the program seeks to engage the children at their own level. Each child accompanied by Parent(s) or Guardians is invited to attend special Sunday Masses during the year. At the first Do This in Memory Mass Parents/Guardians are invited to enroll their children in the programme of preparation which will lead to their children receiving the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion.
We have a group of volunteer parents who form an ad hoc committee to oversee the smooth running of the program.
Do This in Memory 2017–2018. All Masses Sunday 10.30am
First Penance and First Holy Communion 2018: All parents who intend to present their children for First Penance and First Holy Communion in the year ahead are invited to the first Do This In Memory meeting in the Church on Thursday 5th October at 7.30pm. Enrolment by parents of Children for these Sacraments will be on Sunday 8h October at 10.30am Mass. In accord with Diocesan policy, only children who are presented and enrolled by their Parents or Guardians and who follow both the school and parish preparations can be admitted to the Sacraments. It is vitally important that your child is represented at the meeting and enrolled at the Sunday Mass. Each child in 2nd class in our Primary Schools has received a letter to bring home alerting Parents to the upcoming meeting and Enrolment Mass. Please register your child for reception of the Sacraments and present a copy of your child’s Baptism Cert if baptised outside the Parish to the the Parish Office before enrolment. Only children who have been baptised in the Catholic church can be admitted to the other Sacraments. See you on 5th Oct.
'DO THIS IN MEMORY' 2017–2018
All 'Do This In Memory' Masses on Sundays at 10.30am Family Mass.
THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER 7.30PM MEETING FOR ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS IN THE CHURCH.
Sunday, 8 October 2017 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Enrolment of All Children by their Parents / Guardians
Sunday, 22 October 2017, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sunday, 26 November 2017, Feast of Christ the King.
Sunday, 17 December 2017 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Sunday, 21 January 2018, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Sunday 4th March 2018, 3rd Sunday of Lent.
FIRST PENANCE/CONFESSION THURSDAY 15TH MARCH 2018 7.30PM IN THE CHURCH.
Sunday, 25 March 2018 Palm Sunday
Sunday, 15 April 2018 3rd Sunday of Easter
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 11AM.
Sunday, 3 June 2018 Feast of Corpus Christi
It’s that time of year when the parish begins its preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist. Much of the work of preparation is done in school but the parish and the home have an important role to play in helping our children to prepare to receive Jesus, the Bread of Life for the first time.
We use the parish program of preparation, Do This in Memory, to help our children and their families as they prepare for these sacraments. This program aims to help parents and parish become more actively involved in the sacramental preparation for First Penance and First Eucharist.
There will be an initial meeting for all Parents/Guardians of children preparing for First Penance, First Eucharist and Confirmation this year on Thursday 5th October at 7.30pm in the church Pastorl Space. This meeting is intended for Parents/Guardians only. The children should not attend.
Your attendance at this meeting is essential. Prior to the meeting please register your child’s details with the Parish Office on the Request Form accompanying this letter. If your child was Baptised in a Parish other than Mourne Road please bring a copy of your child’s Baptism Cert with you to the Parish Office which opens Monday – Friday 9.15am –1.00pm and Monday – Wednesday 2pm – 5pm.
Once you have requested their admittance to the Sacraments your children will be enrolled at our Enrolment Sunday Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 8th October. Only those children who are enrolled by their parents/guardians and participate in the Do This in Memory program can be admitted to the Sacraments. You will also receive a calendar of Do This in Memory Masses for the year ahead at the meeting.
The time of preparation for the sacraments is an opportunity for us all to be renewed and nourished in our own faith. You will be invited at the meeting to become part of a Parents team which will help organize the children’s preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you on the night and we pray every blessing on you and your family.
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Fr. John Flaherty, Sr.Bonaventure Fr. Dave Brannigan
Chaplain GNS Catechist Chaplain BNS