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Preparing for First Communion: Do Try this at Home!

At St. Nicholas Religious Education (SCORE) in Evanston preparation for first Communion draws together parents, catechists, and the entire parish community.   Earlier this month we celebrated First Reconciliation. To accompany parents and children throughout this sacramental process has been for me, a profound experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Parents so faithfully and lovingly prepared their child for his/her first

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Refreshing waters of Baptism on a hot Sunday morning.

Sunday’s temperatures peeked in the upper 80’s as we gathered around the baptismal font at St. Nick’s Church.  The children gleefully dipped and splashed their little hands in the pool. They easily identified with the cool and refreshing water of the font, several children enthusiastically talked about being at the beach the day before. One little girl said, “Our bodies

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Why we need a King. . .

Parents and catechists play a significant role in the faith formation of children – it’s all about relationships. Each Sunday, when they drop off their children for religious education (SCORE) I look for many opportunities to engage in conversation. In addition, I send out weekly musings to the parents which gives them an opportunity to talk with their children about what happened

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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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