Tag Archives: Mass participation

Children discover the Lectionary

Parents play a significant role preparing their child for their first experience of Eucharist. As catechist, one of my roles is to support parents during this time of faith formation. This past Sunday at SCORE class, the energy and enthusiasm of the children during class was liken to a mini-Pentecost experience. Their responses and engagement revealed God’s Spirit gently stirring within their hearts.

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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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Readiness for First Communion…What are the signs?

We are approaching the final stretch of class time dedicated to First Communion preparation. Yes, there are four (4) more SCORE classes left before St. Nick’s Parish Community welcomes our children to the Table of the Lord.  For the three (3) remaining Sundays of March, and the Sunday class after we return from Spring break (4/27) we are planning meaningful

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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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