Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 29, 2022 Ascension Sunday C


Feast of the Ascension Cycle C

**Some dioceses replace the 7th Sunday of Easter with this feast instead of celebrating on Thursday***
Welcome children to their worship space.

Explain:  Today is the Feast of the Ascension, the day we celebrate Jesus going back into heaven.  We will hear how that happened from the Apostles.
Ask:  Does anyone remember what Pentecost is?  (the day we celebrate the birthday of the church, the time that the Holy Spirit came down from heaven to help all of us since Jesus is not here on earth as a human like us)
Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last week?  <a heart>  And what did it symbolize?  <love>
Explain:  We have heard about several things from the Apostles in the last few weeks that would help them (and us!) to build the church that Jesus wants for us.  Can anyone remember what those things are? <Peace between each other, leaders who care for us,  remembering that our strength comes from Jesus, reading the bible to understand his message of love, and we have learned about the love that Jesus wants us to have for each other>

Introduce symbol
Say:   Today’s symbol is a cross with a globe on it.  What do you think that this symbol might mean?  <discuss>  Let’s take it apart.  What would the cross represent?  <Jesus>  And what about the globe?  <a globe is the world – that represents all of us>
 
Say:  Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were for us.  His message of love is for everyone in the world.  We will learn today what Jesus told everyone to do.

Say:  Let’s look at today’s poster.  What does it say? <God mounts the throne to shouts of joy.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

Introduce readings

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the New Testament book of the Acts of the Apostles. (Acts 1:8-11)  This reading tells about what happened to Jesus!  Jesus promised something to the Apostles.  Listen carefully and see if you can hear what that promise was.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  What is the promise that Jesus made to the Apostles?  <He promised that the Holy Spirit would come to them and give them strength>  Then what happened?  <Jesus rose up into heaven>  Do you think that the Holy Spirit will come and give you strength too? 

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
God mounts the throne to shouts of joy.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Mark.  (Mark 16:15-20).  Does anyone remember the names of the four men who wrote the Gospels?  <Matthew, Mark, Luke and John>  The reading today tells us what St. Mark wrote about what Jesus said to his friends before he rose into heaven.  Pretend that you are one of the Apostles.  Your friend, Jesus, that you saw murdered on the cross, has been appearing to you and your other friends for a few weeks.  You all believe that he is really God.  Now he tells you that he is going into heaven for good, that he won’t be back.  Listen to what Jesus tells you before he leave.

Say:  Now we will stand and get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card)  Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Say:  Let’s give each other the sign of peace that shows our love for each other.
Give each other the sign of peace and sit back down.

Ask:  What did Jesus say to his friends?  What did he tell them to do?  <to go tell everyone about him>  He said that everyone who believed would be saved.  He told us all to go tell people about him.

Hand out the poster cut-outs of a cross so that the children can write their names on them for the poster.

Hand out the symbols to color. (The symbol is a heart with a globe).  Have the older children write one thing they can do this week to tell someone about the love of Jesus.
 
Explain: Color this symbol of a heart with a globe and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about what Jesus told us to do before he went up into heaven.

If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.



Parent Letter

Feast of the Ascension  C




Dear Parents,



              Today is the Feast of the Ascension.  The children listened to a simplified version of the same readings you heard:  Acts 1:8-11 and Mark 16:15-20.

To reinforce at home:
Today we talked about Jesus leaving the earth for the last time and ascending into heaven.  We talked about how the Apostles must have felt throughout the whole time from Christ’s passion through his ascension into heaven.  We talked about the feast of Pentecost that will be celebrated next week and how the Holy Spirit came to give us the wisdom and strength to continue Jesus’ work.

Activities to do at home:
*Find an appropriate moment during the week to share with your child a time when the Holy Spirit helped you to do something you didn’t think you could do.

*Choose a time to pray together before a time of decision-making (like before school or work) and make a commitment to do this every day this week.  Help your child use his or her own words to ask the Holy Spirit to guide their actions.

Thank you for sharing your children!

 


Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 22, 2022 6th Sunday Easter C



6th  Sunday in Easter   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Explain: Today is the Sixth Sunday of the Easter season.   
Ask: Does anyone know what the next major feast is? <Pentecost>   Does anyone remember what we did to prepare for the feast of Easter?  (what was the season before Easter and what did we do?)  <it was Lent and we spent time trying to get closer to God and understand more about Jesus>  What’s going on now?  What are we doing to get ready for Pentecost?  <we are happy because we know that Jesus rose from the dead – but we are working on learning about how to keep Jesus’ work growing>  We are learning about the church, what it is and what it needs to grow.

Introduce symbol
Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a dove.  What do you think of when you see a dove?  <usually peace, sometimes new beginnings>  “Peace be with you”  was the first thing that Jesus said to his friends that first night when he appeared to them.  Remember the night when he saw Thomas?  Tell me what happened.  <let them retell the story of “believing without seeing” > 
Ask:  What does it mean…”to have peace”.  <to be happy, content, not sad, secure, feeling like everything is all right>   What is it like when you are not peaceful?  <confused, upset, feel sick inside, irritated>  We often talk of peace also as forgiveness – and not fighting.  When we offer each other the sign of peace at Mass, we are not only expressing forgiveness between ourselves and others, we are also wishing happiness for them.

Ask:  Can you think of one more thing a dove can represent?  <the Holy Spirit>  The Holy Spirit came to the apostles on Pentecost.  During this whole time between Easter and Pentecost, Jesus kept trying to get the message across that he had to leave – but that the Holy Spirit would come and be with us so that we will not be alone.
Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? < O God, let all the nations praise you!> This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

Introduce readings

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Words of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the New Testament book of Revelations. (Rev 21:10-14, 22–23) Remember to listen to the words in Revelations.  While this book is hard to understand, it is beautiful.  And if you listen to the words, you will have wonderful pictures in your mind.  Today’s reading talks about the city of Jerusalem after it changed.  Remember last week, we talked a little about the city of Jerusalem?  See if you can pick out a few more details.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask: What kind of picture did you create in your mind?   <standing on the top of the mountain with an angel, looking down on the bright and beautiful city, 12 gates, 3 on each side, with the names of the 12 apostles on them, very light-filled and bright, etc.>  

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
O God, let all the nations praise you!

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of John.  (Jn 14:23-26)   This reading tells us about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card)  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  What happened?  <discuss>  What did Jesus say?  <let the children retell what they heard>  Jesus is very clear the Holy Spirit will come after Jesus is gone and remind us of everything that Jesus said.

Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (dove) provided.  Remind the children that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.

Hand out the symbols to color. (The symbol is a dove).
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the dove and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Remind the children that on Thursday of this week, we will celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven with a Mass.

If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.






Parent Letter

Sixth Sunday of Easter  C


Dear Parents,

              Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter.  The children listened to the same readings you did:  Revelations 21:10-14 and John 14:23-26.

To reinforce at home:
Today we discussed the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus promised the Apostles that they would not be left alone when he went back to his home in heaven.  He promised that the Holy Spirit would come to be with them, to guide them and to remind them of the things that Jesus had taught them.

Activities to do at home:
*Help your child understand the feelings of loneliness and fear that the Apostles must have felt when they understood that Jesus was really going to leave them on their own.  Your child will understand the feeling from times when you have left them alone.

*Experience the Feast of the Ascension liturgy together.

Thank you for sharing your children!