Tag Archives: Mass

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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The Spirituality of Children – We are Sent!

The last of the four part lesson on the Mass -The children worked in small communities; their task: design a poster to illustrate the post Communion Rite – We are Sent Forth… to love and serve God. The kids presented both their masterpieces and “theological interpretation.” Their artistic expressions captured the heart of Jesus’ Gospel message. Comments were enduring…a couple of posters included dialogue

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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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Liturgy of the Eucharist…through the experience of children

Eucharist, so central to our Catholic Faith, means THANKSGIVING.  At the heart, we gather as a community to celebrate, to remember the life, death and resurrection of Jesus manifested in our Church, our world and our Parish Community. In this post, rather than present theological underpinnings of Eucharist, I intend to share meaningful ways  to enhance our children’s participation at Mass. 

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Liturgy of the Word…through the experience of children

God enters deeply into our human experience with such profound simplicity in ways that catch us by surprise.  Often, I marvel at the insights children share of their understanding of God’s Word.  Our conversations of “breaking open” the Scriptures have provided many teachable moments of God’s presence in our lives. Whether it’s in the SCORE classroom, in the car driving

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