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Sacraments – Young Family Lesson 2018-2019

Lesson Focus – The Sacrament of Eucharist – Jesus is present at the Mass!
Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) and the Celebrating Eucharist Mass Book for Children (CE) 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 familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross
  • Read Mark 14:22-25 (CCB pg 1562)
  • Turn to CCB pg. 1560 and re-read the passage with your children. Circle the words ‘piece of bread’ and ‘this is my body’ and ‘he took a cup’ and ‘this is my blood’. Explain to your children that we receive the presence of Jesus when we receive Communion at Mass. We do this because Jesus told us to do this at the ‘Last Supper’.
  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

Discover!

  • Remind your children that there are 7 Sacraments (watch this video for a quick review of the 7 Sacraments), however, we will focus on the Sacrament of Eucharist for this lesson.
  • Read the ‘Understand It!’ section on CCB pg. 1561 to your children.
  • Print out the *Remembering and Sharing Activity Sheet and *Celebrating the Eucharist activity sheets and complete them as a family. (*NOTE: answers for the fill in the blank Remembering and Sharing activity sheet – click Remembering and Sharing Answer Sheet . Answers for the Celebrating the Eucharist activity sheet – word scramble MASS, MEMORY, MEAL; Signs of Celebration HOST-#3, ALTAR-#5, SACRAMENTARY-#4, CHALICE-#1, PATEN-#2)

Live!

  • Refer to CE pgs.21-34. This is the second part of Mass called Liturgy of the Eucharist where the priest changes the ordinary bread and wine into the ‘Real Presence’ of Jesus and we receive Jesus’ body and blood during communion.
  • Review CE pgs. 25-27 and 28-32 and have your family act out the parts of the ‘priest’ and the ‘people’. Parents, you may have to take a part in this re-enactment if there are not enough family members to take all the parts. Suggestions: you can use a cookie/candy for the bread and grape juice (or water) for the wine. You can get fancy and create the different materials used during Mass (chalice/paten/vestments) or just use a regular cup and plate and regular clothes for vestments. This is a fun way for your family to remember this important part of our Mass. Watch the video ‘Isaiah Saying Mass‘ for an example of how you can do this at home.
  • Practice receiving Communion with your children. Parents, preview these videos as a reminder of the correct way to receive –
    Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive)
  • Read the ‘Live It!’ section on CCB pg. 1561 and encourage your children to do this activity each time they receive Communion until this practice becomes a part of their normal routine.

Pray!

End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross
  • Say the prayer found in CE pg. 31 which begins with ‘Lord, I am not worthy…’
  • Follow this by saying:

Thank you, Jesus, for giving us new life through your body and blood. Amen’

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross