For this week have the focus of your conversations and activities be about the Mass. This is a great place to start because if you have not been to Mass since the pandemic started you might need to re-introduce your children to some of the things we say and do before you do come back to worship. In addition, we want to teach our children that our participation in Mass is the primary reason we come to the Church. There is nothing more important that we can do. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.” (CCC#1324 Emphasis added) The Church teaches that the Eucharist is the most important way to feed our spiritual lives. All that we are outside of the celebration of the Eucharist should point us toward it, because in this most Blessed Sacrament we encounter Christ Himself. Never stop growing in your understanding of the Mass and continue to develop your child’s understanding of it.
A great way to prepare for the Mass whether you are at home watching a live-stream or in person is to read the readings and talk about them before Mass. Check out this great Mass preparation guide from Sophia Press to give you some activities. https://www.stnicholasvb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/September_2020_TLY_Full_Lesson.pdf
Note: You will have to scroll to the bottom of this document to get to the activities for this weekend (September 27).
Another fun diagram to make the live-stream Mass more meaningful comes from the Diocese of Sioux Falls: http://www.sfcatholic.org/familylife/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/03/How-to-Pray-the-TV-Mass-from-Home.pdf
Here is a good video that will lend to conversation about the Mass and you and your child’s perception of it: Mass Introduction Video
To learn more about the different parts of the Mass, the vestments, books, and prayers check out this video: The Mass Explained
The great things about this is that you can pause and rewind parts that were missed, overlooked, or need further explanation. For some fun crafts to use after watching this video check out this great site: https://www.massexplained.com/explaining-mass-to-children/
To finish up (or to start) listen and watch this song from our Vacation Bible School this summer: Your Power Will Pull Us Through
I think that this might be a good start for this week. We as families need to learn how Catholic worship (Mass) is unique to us and it is the most meaningful things we can do each week. So I encourage you to take the time to pray the Mass with your family, ask them questions, and answer their questions. Come back to these resources too and I hope that will continue to be of assistance to you and your family’s understanding of the Mass.
Let me know if this was helpful, too much, too little, etc. I appreciate your feedback!