Being catholic…a way of life!
WK 3 Reflections – 09/23
Your child’s Reconciliation and Eucharist are months away, Saturday, January 26, 2013, and Saturday, May 4, 2013, respectively. Though these celebrations are off in the distant future, we have already begun the preparation. How? SCORE is about creating a meaningful sacramental process for your child, and for you, the parents.
- Jesus grew in grace, wisdom and knowledge as he lived with Mary, and Joseph.
- Jesus was both God and Man.
- Jesus taught there is one God.
- There are three Persons in the One God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Establish a ROUTINE — to share faith with your child. Discuss with them what they did in SCORE. The acitivities that we do in class are planned to offer a springboard for faith sharng. We Believe Family Book, pp 8-10 offers suggestions for deepening the faith of the family.
- Practice with your child the SIGN of the CROSS, and the OUR Father. In class we pray the prayers of Jesus. Throughout the year we will create other prayer experiences for them as well.
- Our call is nurtured through our active participation at Mass. This year especially, we are reminded of the importance of our presence, with our children, at Sunday Mass, or, if you attend the Saturday evening 4:30 Mass. These are the teachable, grace-filled moments for our children, and for all of us. Help your child with the songs, and talk with them about meaning of the prayers. Let me know if you need prompts.
- Sometimes it’s hard for the little ones to sit through the Liturgy of the Word, the three Scripture Readings and Homily. For families who attend the 9:00 a.m Sunday Mass, encourage your son or daughter to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Sometimes they just need a gentle nudge when the priest invites, after the opening prayer, all the children to come forward. When they return, asking them about what they heard or the activity helps them to grow as little disciples of Jesus.
Encourage your child to approach the Eucharistic Minister for a blessing. Being part of communion helps them to see that they are part of the Mass.