Fostering a culture of Eucharist and Reconciliation

WK 4 Reflections – 09/30

We carry in our hearts the need to belong, and to be a part of something larger than ourselves.  Sunday’s lesson, We Celebrate God’s Love,  grounded us in the experience of belonging to a vibrant faith community. The sacramental life of St. Nick’s, our parish faith community, became our talking point.

Using images depicting the sacramental life at St. Nick’s and a set of 7 Sacrament flash cards, the children engaged in a lively conversation connecting images with the flash cards. The children expressed their creativity by illustrating the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist; before we realized it was time to go home. I encouraged them to finish illustrating the remaining sacraments with you. Though they were introduced to all 7 Sacraments, I expect our children to be able to identify and describe the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist.

A couple of weeks ago I introduced this year’s arching theme: fostering a culture of “Eucharist and Reconciliation” beyond SUNDAY SCORE.  As we continue to craft our sacramental process, the pastoral team  commits to provide meaningful activities to cultivate faith sharing with your child. This week’s lesson echoes the teachable moments for sharing faith with your child. For example, did  your child share with you their work?

Check out FAMILY ACTIVITIES for more ideas…video gaming and the Sacraments, that is one activity you will want to check out with your child.

Let’s take a closer look at the 7 Sacraments. Do you remember the time when you were first introduced to the seven sacraments? How has your understanding grown from the time you were first introduced to the sacrament? My understanding of the sacraments continues to grow each year. For me, the sacramental life of our church ignites the belief that the God of Jesus is present through signs, symbols, rituals, and in the reality of my daily life. It is through this experience that God is ever-present in each moment of my life.

Next Sunday, October 7, we discuss the Sacrament of Baptism. This is one of those “teachable” grace-filled moments to talk with your son or  daughter about baptism. Share pictures, and recall the very special  grace-filled moment. Do you have the white baptism garment he or she  wore at baptism? the candle?

Many thanks to Rose, mom of Rita and Jacob; and our teen leaders, Violette and Sophia. 

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