The family is so significant in the faith formation of our children. It is in the family that children learn and experience the reconcilation and eucharist. The many times kids get into quarrels with siblings there is the moment when it’s time to say “I am sorry”. When can help our kids be “the instruments of peace.”
The family meal strengthens a child’s understanding of Eucharist. Throughout this year, be mindful as your family gathers around the table to share a meal, on the micro-level, it is eucharist; a time to nourish our bodies, our minds and hearts.
Read Gospel stories with our children and talk with them about the lessons of the story. Ask your child to listen with you for the message that Jesus wants you to hear, and share with each other. Be open to wonder and surprise at the insights of your child.
When you go to Mass sit up on front so your children can see. Be mindful that we our their greatest role models preparing for their first Eucharist. Let us pray for the grace to live out our faith, and to animate the Spirit of Jesus so when our children…
- see us receive Eucharist with reverence, and see that it is an important part of our life, they will also desire Eucharist.
- experience our love of God and our involvement in the sacramental life of the Church, they too will grow in their relationship with Jesus the Christ.
- participate actively in the Mass with us by learning the songs and prayers, the words and gestures we help them be as comfortable at the Eucharistic meal as they are when they come to the family table.
- see us living the gospel mandate to “love one another” we witness to them that Eucharist nourishes our life every day of the week.
adapted from First Communion Preparation: A Parent’s Guide, The Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life, Albany Diocese.
Together we prayed for our children and families
as we begin this year anew.
Loving God, as we begin anew this SCORE year
we ask for an ever deepening awareness of Your Presence in our lives.
May our lives mirror your love, and may our faith become deeply rooted in the sacramental life of the Church.
We pray for our children as they prepare their hearts and minds to come to your table. Fill us with your grace so that we radiate your love, peace and healing presence in our family, our neighborhood, our workplace and the world.
In your name we proclaim—AMEN!