Ecumenism – Young Family Lesson 2018-2019
Lesson Focus – Ecumenism means unity among Christians. As a Christian, we respect each other’s choice to live our faith.
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
- To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) as indicated.
- After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.
Begin your lesson with prayer –
- Begin with the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
- Say the following prayer as a family.
‘Good and gracious God, We thank you for gathering us all together. Each with our own unique characteristics that make us who we are. Help us to open our hearts and minds to your word, as we learn to be unified as Christians in our Catholic faith. Amen’
- End prayer with the Sign of the Cross
- There are several different denominations of Christian faith (Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, to name a few).
- All Christian faiths believe in Jesus as the Savior.
- All Christians receive a baptism into faith.
- We, as Catholic Christians, believe in all that Jesus taught us through His life, passion, death and resurrection. We remember this in the Pascal mystery and celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Mass.
- Read John 17:20-21, 23 (CCB pg. 1696) together as a family followed by Understand it! (CCB pg. 1697). Discuss how your family can share God’s message of love to everyone you meet.
- The Catholic faith is the only Christian faith that believes fully in the Holy Eucharist as the true presence of Jesus. Complete these activity sheets (We Share at Mass and True Presence of Jesus) and discuss this as a family.
- Read Luke 10:38-42 (CCB pg. 1606) about Martha and Mary who demonstrate spending time with Jesus. Ask your children to name the two actions Mary did at the feet of Jesus (sat & listened). Discuss with your children ways that your family can spend time with Jesus throughout the day. Sometimes the best way to spend time with Jesus is just to sit quietly and listen just as Mary did in this Gospel passage.
- One of the ways that Catholic Christians honor the true presence of Jesus is through Adoration. This is a special time that we can spend with Jesus.
- Parents, watch one or both of these videos to help understand the importance of adoration (1. What is the point of Eucharistic Adoration? and/or 2. Eucharistic Adoration) and discuss this with your children.
- Take your family to adoration. St Mary’s (new) Church has an Adoration Chapel behind the altar (behind the gates) where the Tabernacle and Sanctuary lamp (red lamp) are located. All are welcome to spend time with Jesus here. At certain times, Eucharistic Adoration will be added to the Church calendar. You may use this Adoration book to help guide you when you attend adoration with your family. St. Mary’s also offers Adoration on the first Friday of each month following 9am Mass until 12noon (including over the summer) when the monstrance (containing the presence of Jesus) is displayed on the altar. You are welcome to bring your family to spend time with Jesus during this special time as well.
End your lesson with prayer –
- Begin with the Sign of the Cross
- Pray the Live it! prayer on CCB pg. 1697 as a family.
- Pray the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer) CCB pg. 1992 (which is prayed by many Christian faiths)
- End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross