Our kids know about belonging. Sunday’s lesson created that opening for the children to call out the different communities in which they belong: Family! Soccer team! Scouts! Neighborhood! School! Church! All these communities are significant and inform their faith formation. The one community we focused on in particular was belonging to a CHURCH, our St. Nicholas parish community. Through the heart and experience of a child, what does it mean to belong to a parish community?
The children actively participated in a lively discussion on the sacramental life of the church. Each child received a “My Book of the Seven Sacraments.” The format of the booklet gives an overview of the 7 Sacraments. The prompts guided the discussion with the children. It was delight to observe the interaction between adults, and junior catechists. My intent for designing the booklet is to enable a heart-felt faith sharing between you and your child. 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.
As we accompany our children during this year of faith formation, we are invited to reflect on our own faith journey. 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.