Helping Children participate at Mass
The children are fully immersed in preparation for their First Communion. As catechists, our main goal: To help our children develop a relationship with Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist; and, to live Eucharist in their daily lives. WE ARE SENT into our WORLD to live the promises of the Resurrected Jesus – I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS! It is also a time of grace for all of us who accompany our children on this journey towards their first Communion.
Now we turn our attention to “how to” participate in the Liturgy. [The etymology of Liturgy comes from the Greek meaning public service or the work of the people.] This week we begin learning the meaning of the four parts of the Mass:
- The Gathering Rite
- The Liturgy of the Word
- The Liturgy of the Eucharist
- The Closing Rite.
The Gathering Rite The opening song calls us to worship. After the song number is announced, share the song book with your child, and sing together.
Would you like to be involved in the Entrance Procession? Stop by the sacristy before Mass, and volunteer to carry the cross. Your child can accompany you in the entrance procession. The sacristan will give instructions on carrying the Cross. Before Mass take a look around, and invite your child to pray for those present.
The Penitential Rite – We are continually in need of the grace to forgive others. Here we pause as a community mindful of the times we have not been the best-version of ourselves. Remind your child to think about someone they would like say to: “I am sorry.”
The Gloria – Encourage your child to sing with the angels and tell God how happy they are to be blessed to be able to give God praise for the gift of Jesus. [During the Season of Lent we do not sing the Gloria. As we fast and pray during this holy Season, so too does the Church fast from singing the Gloria and the Alleluia. These are JOYFUL songs will be resurrected at EASTER.]
The Gathering Rite concludes with the Opening Prayer, also called the Collect – The presider intones “Let us Pray.” For a few moments we pause to pray. The presider collects and gives all of our prayers to God. As we listen closely to the Opening Prayer, encourage your child to say Amen!
LITURGY OF THE WORD. – Encourage your child to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Also, Help your child to listen to the words of the Gospel. God speaks to us through the Readings. What might God be saying to our children and to us in the readings. Tomorrow’s Gospel is about the Transfiguration of Jesus – what might God be asking of you this Lent? Where in your life do you need God’s grace to be transformed?
The Creed – When we are saying the Creed together point out in the worship aid were we pray: I believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Communion of Saints…
General Intercessions – Invite your child to remember someone they would like to prayer for.
The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the General Intercessions.
Let us Pray: Loving God, guide us as we accompany your children during this special time in their lives. Help us to open our hearts and minds to deepen our love of the Eucharist. May the Eucharist strengthen our resolve to radiate your love and compassion in our families, our neighborhoods, our work places and our schools. We ask this in your name, AMEN!