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Lesson Notes: Liturgy of the Eucharist

October 14, 2017

Liturgy of the Eucharist

This week, we’re going to continue our study of the Holy Mass using the lesson and your Mass booklet and I just want to add a couple things:

This is the ideal time to share why you receive the Eucharist in your hand or on your tongue. Both are acceptable, but whichever you choose should be done with highest reverence, being mindful of just Who you are receiving. Share your personal devotion with your kids by taking advantage of this teachable moment.

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Also, once your kids have finished going through their My Holy Mass Book, encourage them to bring it with to Mass! Older kids can keep track through the words and younger ones can do it by looking at the pictures – either way, keeping track of what’s going on in the liturgy by using a missal like this can be a very effective way to focus on the Mass in a new light.

Lesson Notes: The Liturgy of the Word

October 11, 2017

Liturgy of the Word

This month, we’re really focusing on the Mass, a topic that is foundational to what it means to be Catholic.  We all got an overview in our October classroom lessons and now we’re breaking it down at home throughout the rest of the month.

We are beginning with the Liturgy of the Word and I love this quote about beginnings at the beginning at the book of John:

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

We tend to think of a Bible as the Word of God, and that’s absolutely true, but John is telling us that Jesus himself is the Word of God.  When we get to know the Bible better, we’ll get to know Jesus better and that is the goal of EVERYTHING!

Mass bookletThis lesson works together with next week’s lesson on the Liturgy of the Eucharist to create a missal for your children to use.  Start with the last page in the booklet, where you’ll find a list of interactive ways to use it for all ages.  Write, draw, reflect, and practice along with the booklet as you teach about each section of the Mass.

Of course, the best way to bring this lesson to life is to actually go to Mass.  We know that’s hard!  There are seasons in every family’s life and every child’s life, where even just getting ready for Mass is daunting, but we encourage you to persist!  Making Sunday Mass that “always, always, always” thing your family does will help your children develop that holy habit as well and will help them tremendously as they move into adult life.  (Don’t ever get to the place where you are deciding on Saturday IF you should go to Mass the next day!)

We offer some helps for that in the lesson.  Starting on page 6, the Pauline family works through some situations that will likely mirror some things you experience.  Their choices are filled with practical ideas for all ages.

And finally, don’t miss the Parent Pages that are filled with Q & A about all sorts of things that aren’t covered in the lesson.

  • I’m on vacation this weekend.  Can I just go to Mass during the week to make up for missing on Sunday?
  • I’m allergic to wheat.  Can I get a rice host?
  • Last weekend the priest was running low on hosts and had to break them in half.  Am I getting half of Jesus?
  • Why can’t my Protestant friend receive communion?  He believes in Jesus too!

And lots more!

Lesson Notes: Virtues

May 30, 2017

Virtues

This “lesson” is easy if you simply consider it to be a Summer Activity Packet, all on the theme of the cardinal virtues and the theological virtues.  Your assignment, parents, is to flip through it all to get an overview of what’s available.

It’ll be a little while, but at some point, the novelty of summer vacation will wear off and your kids will be looking for something to do, and that’s when you bring out this packet.  There are activities for indoors and out, rainy days, and car rides.  Things to do when your kids are alone, or in neighborhood-sized groups.  Become familiar with the choices, pull together any materials you might need and then be ready for the opportunities to keep growing in faith throughout the summer!

Lesson Notes: Pentecost

May 20, 2017

Pentecost

This lesson has lots of information about Pentecost, consecration, Mary as the New Eve, etc. but what I would start with is the spreading of the light activity on page 9.

You’ll need cupcakes and candles, a dark room, and a storyteller to explain how the light of faith started with Jesus, the Great Light and now spreads everywhere through the actions of the Holy Spirit, working through us,

This is a great activity to do with another family and, conveniently, you’ll already have cake and candles to celebrate the birthday of the Church!

From this core of the lesson, go ahead do the other stuff with your older kids, but starting with this foundation of celebration is the perfect way to both teach and say thanks to the Holy Spirit for His role in our lives!

cupcake

 

Lesson Notes: The Ascension of Jesus Into Heaven

May 16, 2017

Ascension

Did you listen last Sunday?

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

That’s the nutshell of this lesson: Jesus is in heaven so it’s our goal to be with Him there someday too.  So how do we get there?

This lesson uses the device of planning a trip as we think about our journey to heaven.  You have all the pieces you need – a ticket, itinerary, passport, travel tips, etc.

mailPARENTS: It’s important to read the Preparation Instructions on page 3.  You’ll need to assemble a few pieces and mail some things to your kids in advance.  Don’t skip this step, especially if it’s your family’s first time doing this lesson!  Kids love to get real mail and this will be a perfect lesson opener!

The rest of the lesson is basically going through these travel pieces to learn more about the topic:

  1. Who is the pilot of your flight?
  2. What meals will be served?
  3. How will your passport stamps help you get to heaven?
  4. Who is your travel agent?

All this is fun for all ages, but (as we typically offer), there is a little additional bit for your older kids on just what it means to know, love and serve God in this world to help us attain the happiness of heaven in the next.

Have fun!

Lesson Notes: Mary and the Eucharist

April 29, 2017

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Do you want to love Jesus more?  If your answer is yes, this lessons suggests you ask Mary to be your tutor in how to do so because only she loved Him perfectly, and she is very motivated to help you!

The activity for this lesson will lead you through various points in Scripture where the lives of Jesus and Mary intersect so we can better learn from her example.  For your youngest kids, you may want to just do the puzzle and talk about these beautiful Bible stories.

For your older kids, go through the body of the lesson along with the puzzle, and for your oldest ones (teens and adults included), spend a little additional time with the litany on page 7.  Lex orandi, lex credendi is a foundational truth of the Catholic Faith teaching that we pray what we believe, and in this case, there is so much to be learned from meditating on these beautiful titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

One more thing – make sure everyone understands the invitation Mary is always extending to pray for us!  Her “job” now is to bring all of us closer to Jesus, and any way we can place our trust in that mission is to our eternal benefit.

  • Virgin most powerful
  • Seat of wisdom
  • Cause of our joy
  • Help of Christians
  • Queen of families

PRAY FOR US!

Home Lesson Notes: Adoring Jesus in the Eucharist

April 22, 2017

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This lesson starts by connecting your family back a bit to Holy Thursday when the Eucharist was first established, but what does all that mean going forward?

Well, pretty much everything for Catholics!  It is our firmly held belief that the Eucharist is the center.  Thanksgiving, sacrifice, grace, community – it all (and more) centers on the Eucharist and this lesson will help us explore some of that.

If your kids are small, you might want to just focus on the first part of the lesson, the story of little Jacinta Marto of Fatima and how she longed to receive Holy Communion.  Certainly use the word “Eucharist” now and then, but you might find it’s more relevant to refer to it as the bread that becomes Jesus (or something similar).  Little kids have open hearts and will often take what you tell them at face value.  So by simply, and confidently, referring to a consecrated host as Jesus, you are laying a foundation of faith that will follow them throughout their lives.

For the rest of the family, use the whole lesson, perhaps focusing on the SOURCE booklet activity.  And for your oldest kids (and you grownups), be sure to read the Q & A About Receiving Holy Communion.  There seems to be lots of confusion about it these days, and we think you’ll appreciate the clear guidelines in this section.


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