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April 24th, 2022

Here's a quick reminder from Miss Debbie for the activities and reviews to do in your First Communion workbooks!

  • 🙏🏻 Jesus Keeps His Promise:  pg 52-53 - read again and do the sticker activity

  • 🙏🏻 What Happens Next:  pg 57 - complete the activity

  • 🙏🏻 Living My Faith - pg 60 - read as a review (the main points of Chapter 6)

Review:

  • 🙏🏻 I Know These Words:  pg 100-103(Chapter 6)

  •  🙏🏻 I Pray These Prayers:  pg 96

March 27th 2022

At-home activities 

 

I Know These Words

Review the words and meanings for Chapters 1-5, pages 100-102

 

I Pray These Prayers

Page 96 

 

Chapter 5 - Preparing

Activity in Eucharist workbook: My Gift pg. 47

For Sunday April 3rd
Prepare (How did you show your love to someone this week?) and bring your cheerful giver envelope to the gathering this Sunday, April 3rd at St . Willibrord’s

This will be your offering, your gift to God, to be placed in the collection basket at Mass.

 

For Sunday April 10th: Activity sheet in the folder given on Sunday

I CAN BE A CHEERFUL GIVER (left pocket of the folder):

How will you show you are a cheerful giver?

- write a sentence or draw a picture on each leaf

- colour the leaves and cut them out

- bring them to the gathering on Sunday, April 10th to be placed on our Cheerful Giver Tree in our gathering space at St Thomas More

February 19th 2022

Recording:  Only families who are enrolled in the Family Faith Formation program have access to the recordings of the Zoom sessions.  If you are enrolled, please contact Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) if you require the link again.

Parents' Reflections:  

  • Having difficulty focusing on the Word of God can be a challenge, no matter how old we are or how accustomed we are to go going to Mass – and is especially challenging when we have children with us! What are some strategies that you’ve used in the pew to help yourself and your family stay focused on the Mass? 

  • What do you think are some ways that the church community around you could help make Mass a better experience for families?  

Children's Reflections

  • What was your favourite part about today’s Gathering?

  • What part of the Mass is it the easiest for you to listen to?  What part is more challenging?

  • Think of kindness, honesty, helpfulness, joy, faith, hope, and love as seven seeds that God has given you to plant.  What are one or two ways that you can nurture any of those seeds and help them grow in your heart?

Other Resources:

- Slides from today's Gathering:

- Video links

 

At Home Activities for the Week (choose one, or two, or do them all!):

Vocabulary List and Worksheet

Print out a copy of the vocabulary list here, or copy it out by hand.  You can turn the vocabulary list into flash cards if that is a helpful way for you to learn the words and their meanings.

 

You can also use the vocabulary list to complete this worksheet!

 

God’s Word Takes Root in Us

You can print out a copy of this worksheet, or use it as inspiration to draw your own flower or favourite plant (or even your mom or dad’s favourite plant, if they have one).  There are 6 roots on this flower, and you can write down six (or more!) different ways that you can help God’s Word grow in you. 

 

This activity can also be used to respond to the third question in the Children’s Reflections for this week.

 

Planting Seeds

Follow the directions on this sheet here to grow your own little crop of beans! 

 

This activity pairs with pages 32-33 of the Eucharist workbook.

February 12th 2022

Recording:  Only families who are enrolled in the Family Faith Formation program have access to the recordings of the Zoom sessions.  If you are enrolled, please contact Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) if you require the link again.

Parents' Reflections:  

  • In today’s lesson we spoke about how our churches are our holy ground – places where we are meant to meet God and be in His presence.  As Catholic parents, we are also called to bring God into our homes and model the faith for our children.  What are one or two small ways that we can make our homes holy ground?   

Children's Reflections

  • What was your favourite part about today’s Gathering?

  •  Why do you think God appeared to Moses as a burning bush?  If you were Moses, how would you have felt? 

  •  How do you think God reminds us today that He is in our lives? 

Other Resources:

- Slides from today's Gathering:

- Video links

 

At Home Activities for the Week (choose one, or two, or do them all!):

Holy Ground Bookmarks

Print out the Holy Ground Bookmark coloring page, or use it as inspiration to draw your own.  When you’re done, you can cut out the pieces and glue them back-to-back to make one bookmark, or glue them separately to construction paper to make two. 

 

You cann pair this activity with pages 22-23 in the Eucharist workbook.

 

God is in Our Home!
On this printable, cross out the words that are not actions of praising God.  Using the remaining words as inspiration, draw yourself and your family members inside the house together.

 

A to Z Prayer of Praise
You can print out this page to keep track of all the words as you take turns going through the alphabet naming things in creation that are signs of God’s goodness.  For example, one person can start by saying, “We praise you, God, for apples!” and the next person will choose something that starts with B.  When you get to the end of the alphabet, say, “Glory to God in the highest!” and thank God for all these wonderful things.

 

You can pair this activity with pages 26-27 in the Eucharist workbook.

God's Mercy

This word search contains words from the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, which we watched in this lesson.

February 5th 2022

Recording:  Only families who are enrolled in the Family Faith Formation program have access to the recordings of the Zoom sessions.  If you are enrolled, please contact Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) if you require the link again.

Parents' Reflections:  

  • Are there special traditions in your family for the Sacraments of Baptism and First Communion in your family?  What are they? 

  •  Why do you think some traditions, especially those for family gatherings, are important to do and pass down?

Children's Reflections

  • What was your favourite part about today’s Gathering?

  • Although we don’t make a lot of noise or dance in church, what are some ways that you can show your joy in God’s presence at Mass? 

  • What are two things that your parents always do for you on special occasions, that they don’t do at any other time?  Do you think there is a reason why these two things only happen on special days?

Other Resources:

- Slides from today's Gathering:

- Video links

  • The Ark of the Covenant

  • We are currently working on getting a copy of the Brother Francis video clip that we can share!

At Home Activities for the Week (choose one, or two, or do them all!):

How We Celebrate – Crossword Puzzle

Today we were introduced to some people we see when we go to Mass, and some things that we do there too!  This crossword puzzle will help you remember who they are, and how we celebrate together.

I Can Still Picture It!
Print (or draw your own by hand) a copy of the picture frame here.  Draw a picture inside it that shows a time that your family celebrated at church, and then write down who was there, what you were celebrating, and how you feel when you remember this time.

Kingdom Bells
In this activity, you can match the numbers on the bells to the blank spaces, and decode a message from the Bible passage Exodus 20:8 that has a very important commandment for us!

10 Commandments
Although the words might be different than what your parents learned, this copy of the 10 Commandments will still help you understand what all those commandments mean and what you can do to follow them.  Print out a copy, or copy it out by hand and decorate it, so that you can have it in your room or on the fridge during your First Communion preparation!

Colouring Sheets

Grab your favourite ways to colour – these printable sheets are a fun and creative way to remember what we learned today about the Eucharist, the Mass, and King David!

January 29th 2022 

Recording:  Only families who are enrolled in the Family Faith Formation program have access to the recordings of the Zoom sessions.  If you are enrolled, please contact Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) if you require the link again.

Parents' Reflections:  

  • When you were preparing for your own First Communion, what questions did you have about the Sacrament?  Did your catechist, teacher, or parish priest answer your biggest questions?  If not, did you eventually get the answers you were looking for, or are you still looking for those answers?

  • As your own child is now preparing for their First Communion, what questions do you think they have?

  • What do you want them to learn or take away from this experience?

Children's Reflections

  • What was your favourite part about today’s Gathering?

  • Think about how Baptism helps you belong to the Church and to Jesus.  How does it make you feel? 

  • Do you have any questions about First Communion?

Other Resources:

- Slides from today's Gathering:

- Video links

At Home Activities for the Week (choose one, or two, or do them all!):

Sign of the Cross
We make the Sign of the Cross by saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit - Amen!" to remind ourselves of our Baptism.  While we say these words, we use our right hands to touch our foreheads (Father), the middle of our chests (Son), our left shoulders (Holy), and our right shoulders (Spirit), before bringing our hands together in front (Amen). 

 

If you’re not already doing so, try to get into the habit this week of saying a simple prayer together, such as at the beginning of the day and before bed, and include the Sign of the Cross at the start and end of your prayer.  

Children can also fill in the blanks with the words to the Sign of the Cross on this activity sheet.

Mix’n’Match
Print out or copy by hand a copy of these vocabulary cards here – one set of words, and a separate set of definitions.  Shuffle them when you’re done, and lay them out to match the word to the definition.

You can also make them into traditional flash cards if that works better for you and you child, with the word on one side of a card and the definition on the other. 

This was your Baptism!
If you have any, show your child photos or videos of their Baptism.  You can even show them a photos or videos of your own Baptism if you’d like.  You can also watch this video on the Sacrament of Baptism together (05:05).

 

Good News of God’s Love!
Materials:  Paper, your child’s preferred method of colouring, stickers or other decorations, scissors, tape or stapler

Directions:  Print out or copy the megaphone template here.  After they've coloured it and decorated it to their liking, help your child roll it into a cone and secure the edges with tape or staples.  Then encourage them to use it to tell the good news of their Baptism and preparing for First Communion to other family members!  They can also have it with them for next week’s Gathering to show the rest of the group if they want to!