Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 29, 2016 Feast of Christ's Body and Blood Cycle C


Feast of Christ’s Body and Blood   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Introduce

              Ask:  Does anyone remember what we celebrated last Sunday? <Trinity Sunday>  And what was is the Trinity, what does it mean?  <the Trinity is three persons in one God>
              Explain:  On Trinity Sunday, we celebrated our belief in three persons in our one God… God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Ask:  Does anyone know what feast we celebrate today?  <the feast of Christ’s Body and Blood>  Why is Christ’s Body and Blood important to us? <discuss – affirm the children>
Explain:  Every week, we celebrate the Mass.  And at every Mass in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we do exactly what Christ did at the Last Supper.  Do you remember what He said?  “Do this in memory of me…”  By sharing the Eucharist, we celebrate the Father who sent Jesus to us, we celebrate Jesus who taught us how to love, and we celebrate the Holy Spirit who remains with us and guides us today.  Every week in the Eucharist, we remember the God who loves us.     

Introduce symbol
Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a host and chalice.   The host and chalice is what we use in our Eucharistic celebration.  Does everyone use the same kind of host and chalice for the Eucharist?  <no…. some churches use bread instead of hosts>  But we always use some sort of bread to eat and cup to drink from.

Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. 
Explain:  Melchizedek was the high priest in the time of Abraham.

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 Hebrew Scriptures, the Book of Genesis. (Gen 14:18-20)   Do you think that Jesus was the first person to offer bread and wine to God?  <get the children to respond>  Let’s listen to this reading from the days of Abraham and find out.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  What did you learn here?  <give the children a chance to respond  (appropriate answers will be anything that actually shows that they listened)

Say: Abraham lived hundreds of years before Jesus during the time of the pharoahs in Egypt.  Melchizedek was offering bread and wine way back then.  When Jesus lived among the Jewish people, he was always respectful of their traditions – remember, Jesus was a Jew.  He came to us people to help us better understand the message of God’s love.  So, when he could, he used existing traditions to help people understand.

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of St. Luke.  (Lk 9:11b-17)  Today’s reading is a story that many of you will remember.  It is about a miracle where Jesus did something to take care of a lot of people.  Let’s see how many of you have heard this one before.

Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel.  Please stand up.
Say together: Alleluia, Alleluia.

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

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  What happened?  What exactly did Jesus do?  <discuss>  Can anyone tell me what hunger is? <response>  Does hunger have to be for food?

Say:    Being hungry means that a person really needs something, something very important.  Sometimes a person might be hungry for a friend…. Or a hug…. Can you think of something else a person might really need… that they might be hungry for?  <discuss>  If we let him, Jesus satisfies our hunger for love.
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Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color  (The symbol is a host and chalice).  Ask the children to write their names on the small poster symbol.
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the host and chalice and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

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.

 
Use this graphic for the poster
 
Use this graphic for the banner symbol and the Offertory symbols



Parent Letter

Feast of Christ’s Body and Blood  C


Dear Parents,

            Today is the Feast of Christ’s Body and Blood.  The children listened to the same readings you did:  Genesis 14:18-20 and Luke 9:11b-17

To reinforce at home:
Today we are reminded about how Jesus gives us life through the signs of bread and wine.  We talked about different types of hunger that one might experience and how Jesus can satisfy our hunger.

Activities to do at home:

Go over the concept that without body or blood, there can be no life.  By the same token, the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood ensured our eternal life.

Bake or buy a loaf of bread to share at your meal together.  By physically sharing bread with you at a meal, your child will have a better understanding of the significance of sharing the life-giving gift of Eucharist each Sunday.

Try getting some different types of bread from different countries to show that bread is an important food item in all cultures.  The concept of bread as a staple life-giving food is universal.

 

Thank you for sharing your children!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 22, 2016 Feast of the Trinity Cycle C


Trinity  Sunday   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Introduce

              Explain: Today is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost.  Does anyone remember what we celebrated last week on the feast of Pentecost?  What happened? <the Holy Spirit came to them just like Jesus had promised>
Ask: How do you think the Holy Spirit reveals himself to us today? <guidance to do the right thing>

Introduce symbol
Ask:  To share what we celebrate today, on Trinity Sunday, we are going to open with a prayer that you may know. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.
Does this prayer tell us that we have 3 Gods?  <no- 3 persons in 1 God>
Explain:  We believe that there is 1 God, but that there are 3 persons in this 1 God.  Can you name the 3 persons?  <Father, Son and Holy Spirit>
Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a shamrock to help us understand the Trinity.  One plant, three parts. 
Explain:  This idea of 1 God and 3 persons is a very confusing one.  We believe it even though most of us can’t really understand it.  During our readings today, we will talk about the Blessed Trinity and see how the different persons of our God are shown to us in Scripture.
Explain: During our celebrations in the church year, we focus on the different persons.  Last week – and during the next few months, which person did we focus on?  <the Holy Spirit and how he helps us understand God and how God wants us to live>  What about the season of Lent?  Which person did we talk about the most?  <Jesus>  And the season of Advent?  What was that all about?  <the coming of Jesus – the focus was God the Father who would send his son to us> 

Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today, a psalm of praise.

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 Old Testament book of Proverbs. (Prov 8:22 –31)  Proverbs is a book that contains a lot of types of teaching. This particular poem is a poem that teaches us about a virtue or character trait called Wisdom.  Wisdom is used as a character that speaks to us about one of the persons or our God.  Listen to the words of this reading and see if you can hear which person Wisdom is talking about.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask: Who do you think it is?  <God the Father>  Why?  <Because God the Father created the earth> Here’s something to think about.  We believe that Jesus was the Son of God and he came to earth to help us understand more about God.  Our understanding of the trinity comes from Jesus in the New Testament. 
When you think about Wisdom as a character in the Old Testament, does it remind you of one of the persons of God that Jesus taught about?  <Teaching note: there is a parallel between the Old Testament understanding of Wisdom and the Holy Spirit as revealed on Pentecost>

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say the words of praise nice and loud:
O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of John.  (Jn 16:12-15)  Do you remember who the Gospel writers were?  <Matthew, Mark, Luke and John>  In today’s reading Jesus tells us about the Blessed Trinity.


Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel.  Please stand up.
Say together: Alleluia, Alleluia.

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

Read:  Read the Gospel

Say: Jesus himself said, “I have much more to say to you, but right now it would be more than you can understand.”  It’s okay not to understand everything about God.  Truthfully, no one understands it all.  We are all learning…. Which person of the Trinity helps us learn and understand?  <the Holy Spirit>

Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a shamrock). 
Ask children to add their names to the shamrock cutouts for the poster. 
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the shamrock and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about the Holy Trinity.

If there is time, review the prayer:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

 
poster

 
banner


Offertory


Parent Letter

Feast of the Holy Trinity C


Dear Parents,

            Today is the Feast of the Blessed Trinity.  The children listened to two of the same readings you did:  Proverbs 8:22-31  and  John 16: 12-15

To reinforce at home:
The teaching of the Holy Trinity is very difficult for any of us to understand.  We are much better at accepting it than actually understanding.  We talked today about the Trinity, the 3 persons in 1 God.  We talked about how we understand each person – God the Father as Creator, God the Son who became man and died to save us, and God the Holy Spirit who remains with us helping us to understand and grow. 
During the church year, we celebrate the different persons of God – during Advent we focus on Yahweh, God the Father, who will send his son to live among us, during Lent, we focus on God the Son, who would die and rise again for us, and after Easter, we focus on the Holy Spirit who guides God’s people, Christ’s Body on earth.

Activities to do at home:

Teach and pray the prayer that glorifies the Trinity:
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

Read your favorite Scripture passage with your children and decide which person of our God is reflected there.

Thank you for sharing your children!