February 26, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned about John the Baptist. (I hope they gave you the quiz they took to see how much you know!) John the Baptist was the last of the prophets who prepared the way for the Lord Jesus. John prepared the way of the Lord by his preaching and his baptizing. He pointed to Jesus as the Savior of the world. As John the Baptist did, all Christians are to make Jesus known to others and invite them to become followers of Jesus.
John the Baptist was different from most other people of his time. Talk about how every person is different and unique. Each person is a wonderful work of God’s creation. Reading Bible stories helps us listen to God. Read the story about John the Baptist as a family one more time. Draw a picture of what you heard. Talk about what John the Baptist told people about Jesus. Invite each family member to share what they would tell others about Jesus.
February 19, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned that Jesus is the Savior of all people. Our salvation flows from God’s initiative of love and mercy. Because God loves us, He sent the Son of God who freely died to free all people from sin. We call this saving event the Crucifixion. God raised Jesus from the dead to a new and glorified life. We call this event the Resurrection. We too shall live after we die. God invites us to live an eternal life of happiness with Him and with Mary and all the saints.
The crucifix reminds us of God’s love for us. Talk about how your family reminds each other about God’s love. When you go to Mass this week, pay close attention to the Memorial Acclamation. Use the acclamation you sang at Mass for family prayer at home. Have a great week!
February 12, 2017
This past Sunday, your child learned about the Mass. The Mass is the most important celebration of the Church. We lift up our hearts to God the Father, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit. We listen and respond to the word of God. We are made sharers in the life, suffering and death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus. The Mass begins with the Introductory Rites during which the the worshipping assembly prepares itself for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. During the Liturgy of the Word, we listen to God’s word and make it part of our lives. We profess our faith and pray for the living and the dead.
Sunday is called the Lord’s Day. It is a day that Catholics take part in the celebration of Mass. We also spend time with members of our family. Talk about how your family keeps Sunday, the Lord’s Day, holy. Talk about the ways your family joins with the assembly and participates in the Mass. As First Communion comes closer, try to take your child to mass regularly so he/she can truly learn the responses and how to participate in the celebration of the Mass.
February 5, 2017
This week your child listened to the scripture story of Jesus teaching the disciples to pray. The disciples learned to pray from watching Jesus pray. When they asked Him to teach them to pray, Jesus taught the disciples the Our Father. The Our Father is also called the Lord’s Prayer. It is the prayer of the whole Church, of all Christians. The Church prays the Our Father every day. We pray it as a Church community at every Mass.
Perhaps this week you would enjoy making a puzzle to help your child become more familiar with the Our Father. Write the Our Father on a piece of paper. Cut the paper into smaller puzzle pieces. Next assemble the puzzle to help your child learn the Our Father.
We can pray anytime and anywhere. Talk about your family prayer. Use these and similar questions: What do we pray for? Who do we pray for? What do we tell God about?
When you take part in Mass this week and pray the Our Father, remember that Catholics all over the world pray the Our Father with you.