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.
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)”.
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.
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.
Have you visited your cathedral yet?
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:
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)
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.