Looking for a little rainy day fun?

Posted June 23, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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EWTN has an online game dedicated to help kids learn a little bit more about saints, prayer, the Bible, (church insides) and even the value of life.

Start with Daphnie’s great overview article at EpicPew and then click over to EWTN for the fun!

It’s like he reads our Home Lessons …

Posted May 22, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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In Pope Francis’ latest document, Amoris Laetitia, he says something that fits in perfectly with this week’s Home Lesson on our place in the Church:

86. “With inner joy and deep comfort, the Church looks to the families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel, encouraging them and thanking them for the testimony they offer. For they bear witness, in a credible way, to the beauty of marriage as indissoluble and perpetually faithful. Within the family ‘which could
be called a domestic church’ (Lumen Gentium, 11), individuals enter upon an ecclesial experience of communion among persons, which reflects, through grace, the mystery of the Holy Trinity. ‘Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous – even repeated – forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1657)”.

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Lesson Notes: Church ‘R’ Us

Posted May 20, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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In a general sense, the goal of this lesson is to teach each of us about our place in the Universal Church and that can be a big, anonymous topic (certainly hard for your 1st grader to grasp), so we want to bring it down to a personal level.

  1. To do that, the lesson starts with the smallest unit, the individual. You’ll find a little paper doll for each of your family members.  Cut them out, and draw yourself on the outside.  While it may look like you, the secret is inside.  Flip it open to see Jesus who has been present there since your Baptism!  At this level of “church,” the lesson to be learned is that he is always, always, always standing outside the door to your heart waiting for you to let Him in, in deeper ways.
  2. The next level is the family, where the Faith is transmitted in a unique way.  It’s through family life that we get lessons about love, virtues, sharing, forgiveness, encouraging, being a good citizen, and lots more.  Your kids will be interested to hear you remind them that Jesus also grew up in a family and learned these same things.
  3. The third layer of “church” is our local parish where some unique things happen.  It’s here where we typically receive the Sacraments.  We receive good teaching in all sorts of ways and meet other families who are also following Jesus.  We can join our efforts to do greater things for Him there than we could do alone.
  4. Our next layer happens at our diocese.  It’s here that parishes are gathered and organized under the care of a shepherd, chosen specifically for us.  Our bishop is one of the successors of the Apostles (lesson tie-in!) and has been sent by God to guide and lead us.
  5. Finally, the Universal Church covers all of this with a blanket of protection, guidance, assurance, sound teaching, and lots more.  It is here that we are part of this huge, wonderful thing, and are invited to enter in as individual by Jesus standing outside the door knocking and waiting to be let in, in deeper ways.

I do have a practical tip on this lesson as well.  First of all, your youngest students will likely not be able to cut and assemble the manipulatives, but don’t let that be an excuse to skip this part.  It is this youngest group who will benefit most by the lessons the various pieces teach.  If your kids are little, simply assemble the pieces ahead of time and let them play with them as you teach.

Lesson Notes: A Trip to the Cathedral

Posted May 17, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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Have you visited your cathedral yet?

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This lesson is the perfect follow-up to May’s Classroom Lesson on the popes and we hope doing it helps you continue to increase your family’s connection to the Universal Church.

In this case, the activity is the lesson and we hope that will lead you to an even more meaningful lesson!  A Trip to the Cathedral is the story of a family that is going to Mass at their cathedral for the first time and how the parents prepare their kids for the experience.  There are lots of good reasons for our story family to visit:

  • That connection to the Universal Church mentioned above
  • Your cathedral is probably a beautiful building, lovingly built by craftsmen with pride in their skills, pleased for the opportunity to offer glory to God.*  (At least I know that’s the case with our cathedral.)
  • Your cathedral is full of symbolism which teaches meaningful truths of the Faith.  It can be a delightful treasure hunt to find and interpret it all!

Of course, all of this holds true for your family as well so we hope that part of this lesson will be a family field trip to visit your cathedral!  (If not immediately, please make time for it this summer!)

If you’re in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, our Visit Our Cathedral handout may be a helpful aid in planning your trip.  Either way though, your cathedral certainly has a website with lots of useful information on Mass times, tours, history, etc.  Do a little homework before your trip and make the experience even more effective.

 

*Prosper the work of our hands, O Lord.  Prosper the work of our hands.  (Psalm 90:17)

Posted May 16, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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How precious is the family

Aren’t all churches the same?

Posted May 13, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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This week, as we’re learning more about the origins of the Church, you may want to share this piece by Fr. Mike Schmitz with your older kids.

This Month’s Memory Verses

Posted May 8, 2016 by Sue Klejeski
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Spring, spring, beautiful spring!  By now you certainly know what to do, but I know you’re busy at this time of year and may forget.  Just click on the Memory Verses link on the sidebar, okay?

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