For your Christian Formation at home this week a great place to start is with Mass. As a review from what you talked about, watched, and any activities you might have done last week you can watch our live-stream Mass at 11 am www.facebook.com/stnicholasvb
Or come back to Mass this weekend if you are able to! This action of coming back to the Church can show the strong emphasis of how being present is preferred to watching it on a screen. By comparison, it is one thing to watch a sporting event on TV, but it is whole different experience watching the same game in person! And the beautiful thing about the Mass is that we are not spectators like at the sporting event; we participate in the Mass as if were on the field and playing in the sporting event. So if you can make it back to Mass in person that would be a great learning experience for your family.
Either way, make the celebration of the Eucharist a focal point of your family’s formation. The Mass is a beautiful ritual that should not become a habit of “what we do on Sunday”. The more we make the Mass the focal point of our faith, the more it will make sense to them and the more it will become vital in their spiritual lives.
Here is a document that you can refer to each week that gives you actives and talking points for the Mass readings each week: https://www.stnicholasvb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/October_2020_TLY_Full_Lesson-1.pdf
Next, spend some time this week talking about one of the most known Saints in the Catholic Church: Saint Francis! His feast day is celebrated on October 4. Here is your one stop shop for crafts, videos, and other resources for Saint Francis: Saint Francis Feast Day Ideas
Also if you can, join Father Jun at 12:30 pm this Sunday for the “Blessing of the Animals”. This is done outdoors and people will be asked to be socially distant as he walks around blessing parishioner’s animals. So bring your dog, cat, hamster, goldfish, chicken, etc. for this special event.
Saint Francis’ Feast Day is also a good place to transition to revelation. In other words, how God makes Himself known to us. First, Jesus is God’s greatest gift! We learn a lot about God through Jesus. We also learn a lot about God through the inspired words of scared scripture. Still even more, we can learn about God through other things He has created such as: us (humanity), the plants and animals, and all of creation!
To help you with some of these topics check out Our Sunday Visitor’s Alive in Christ page for the most age appropriate topics, games, and activities for your child(ren). https://aliveinchrist.osv.com/family