Category Archives: Mass participation

The Mystery of our Faith: We become what we believe. . .

First Communion preparation extends beyond the actual day of First Communion. Yes, it is important that children know what to do and to expect.  Faith formation during this time speaks to cultivating a sense of wonder, as well as encouraging our children  to actively participate at Sunday Mass.  At SCORE, the children continued to learn about, and discuss the many

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An emerging theology of eucharist – according to children

The prompt “AT SUNDAY MASS WE GATHER” sparked  lively conversations  among the children as they  worked  in small communities illustrating posters with words and symbols. Their responses:  At Sunday Mass we pray, and listen. We sing and we say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. At Sunday Mass we gather to remember Jesus died on the cross, and we

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Lenten Practices and preparing children for first communion

This week marked the beginning of Lent. We’re quite familiar with the routine, 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. On Ash Wednesday, our foreheads were signed with the cross, that powdery residue from burnt palms. Lent is one of my favorite liturgical seasons; it’s that time of year when I need to shake off the doldrums of winter. The

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The “big picture” of preparing for the first of many Holy Communions

The whole parish community plays an integral role when preparing our children for their first experience of coming to the Table of the Lord.  It begins when we gather each Sunday to worship and praise our God.  St. Paul eloquently expresses this reality in his letters to the early Christian communities of Rome and Corinth   “The human body has many parts, but the many parts

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Kids tell it all – Heaven and Earth are filled with God’s glory.

Bread…wine…the work of our hands and hearts…wheat husked and threshed, grapes smashed and stomped upon, the fruit of the earth shared with all of humanity, blessed, broken, shared and gathered…Jesus said, “Take and eat this is My Body, take and drink, this is My Blood. Whenever you do this remember me.” The Liturgy of the Eucharist our prayer of Thanksgiving!

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The Gathering Rite – Increasing your child’s participation at Mass

Originally posted on Parents and Catechists together::
We continue our “mini-series” fostering active participation with our children at Mass. When you enter the gathering space, find a seat where your child can see what is going on at Mass. The Gathering Rite .  Singing calls us to worship. After the song number is announced, share the song book with your child,…

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