The catechesis given by parents with the family ‘precedes, accompanies and enriches all other forms of catechesis.’ When children are baptized, parents accept the responsibility to bring up their children in the practice of faith and to see to it that the divine life that God gives them is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in their hearts.” -National Directory for Catechesis, pages 234-235
Worship Aids serve as a valuable resource as children prepare for their first experience of Eucharist. Parents and grandparents are the BEST worship aid when learning and participating in the Mass. Find a place in the church where your child can see what is going on. Encourage them to sing, and pray the prayers. Invite them to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Resources Used in the Classroom
Finding God / Encontrando a Dios Loyola’s Press bi-lingual edition is the textbook used in class this year. The text compliments our prayer and activities for each class.
The most important resource and the primary catechists are the parents of our children. My ministry, is to support and engage parents in this process. Listed below are some of the resources available to parents.
Catholic Kids – Resources from Loyola Press – Child-friendly activities designed to help kids experience their faith as a Catholic in today’s world.
Catholic Family – Catholic family life is a wonderful opportunity to recognize God’s grace. In this section you will find ideas on how to integrate God into daily family life through prayer and other activities.
Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs –How Catholic Parents and Their Kids with Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life.
Catholic Basics – A quick overview of our Catholic Faith.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Daily Bible Reading from the Scruptures used at Mass.
Catholic APPS – for iPhone or Android – called Catholic APPtitude is a Testament to Catholic Literacy. In addition to provide a list of user-friendly Catholic APPs, this website is also a BLOG on interesting topics related to living the faith in a digital world. The website is consistently updated.
Laudate – #1 Catholic APP, it states The most comprehensive Catholic App . Available in English, Español, You get Daily Mass Readings, New American Bible, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy (on Rosary screen), Stations of the Cross, various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation. Podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations. Launcher for iCatholicRadio. Ability to bookmark prayers and create own categorized prayers. Export/Import for prayers. My Prayers lets you store your own prayers.
New American Bible – There are a number of Bible apps available. Check them out!