Catechist Resources

April: Holy Orders and Marriage (under construction)

  • key concepts this month: 
  • Vocation: what is God calling you to do? Don't ask, what do you want to be when you grow up, but what does God want you to be?
  • 3 levels of vocation
    • 1. everyone is called to holiness; to get to heaven!
    • 2. marriage, priesthood, religious brother/monk or sister/nun, or consecrated single life (right now all the kids are single and this is a vocation!)
    • 3. career, job, or contributions to the world (this is school for them now probably)
  • Marriage and Holy orders are two sacraments that confirm us in our vocations and give us extra grace
  • Power Point 

Prayer

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Story

Activites

  • Have a mock wedding and ordination. 

HW

  • car conversations
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Independent Family Small Group

March: Anointing of the Sick

  • key concepts this month: 
  • we will always experience suffering in this world, but it has meaning
    • it unites us to Christ on the cross and we can offer it up for the redemption of others
  • 5 effects of anointing of the sick
    • sick person united to Christ on the cross
    • gives strength, peace, and courage to endure the sufferings
    • forgiveness of sins if the person was unable to celebrate Reconciliation
    • heals your health if that will help your soul get to heaven
    • prepares you to die and enter heaven
  • Ways to help the sick and suffering
    • visit them
    • pray for them
    • write them cards
  • Holy Week and Easter are coming up!
  • Power Point 

Prayer

Story

Activites

HW

  • car conversations
  • 3 anointing of the sick activities
  • 2 weeks before Easter the Church veils all crucifixes, statues, and images. Use a cloth or towel to cover all your crucifixes, statues, and images on your altar or in your house until Easter!

Independent Family Small Group

February: Reconciliation

  • key concepts this month: 
  • Sacraments of healing
  • When we sin, we turn away from God. Reconciliation means "eyelash to eyelash." When we go to Reconciliation, we turn back to God and again become closer to Him.
  • We can never undo our sins, but Jesus forgives them! He died on the cross to take away all our sins.
  • Jesus heals our bodies and souls
  • Mortal vs. venial sin
  • We must go to Reconciliation at least once a year, but monthly is recommended!
  • Power Point 

Prayer

Story

Activites

HW

  • car conversations
  • 1 sacraments of healing activity
  • 4 Reconciliation activities
  • We celebrate Candlemas on February 2nd. Get a candle blessed- or ask for used ones from your church, and add your candle to your prayer table. It can be real or fake - it can be a fire safety lesson too! Light it everytime you pray as a family.

Independent Family Small Group

January: Eucharist and Mass

  • key concepts this month: 
  • The Eucharist is truly the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the living Jesus
  • The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith
  • The Eucharist was prefigured in the Old Testament with the Manna from heaven with Moses
  • The Mass is the highest form of prayer 
  • Power Point for this month

Prayer

Story

Activites

HW

  • choose 2 Eucharist activities
  • choose 1 Mass activity
  • put a statue of Mary on your home altar and learn a Marian hymn. Some are very easy (I suggest Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly; Hail Holy Queen; Immaculate Mary; Gentle Woman; My Soul is Filled with Joy). For those who want a challenge, learn one in latin! Click here for Latin
  • car conversations 

Independent Family Small Group

December: Confirmation

  • this month's supplement sheet
  • key concepts this month: 
  • Confirmation is the sacrament that Confirms, or completes the grace of Baptism
  • In Confirmation we receive the final portion of the Holy Spirit
  • Confirmation gives us gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • St. Stephen Martyr - the first martyr
  • Advent
  • We are all called to be missionaries. Confirmation enables us to be effective missionaries. 

Prayer

Story

Activites

  • Acquire a map and have children research or discuss where they would want to be a missionary. Where they would want to be sent with the Holy Spirit.
  • Chocolate Milk Activity - Make chocolate milk. The milk is us. Pour the syrup in, but do not stir. That is us receiving the Holy Spirit in Baptism. Now stir it up. This is the stirring up and extra graces of the Holy Spirit we receive in Confirmation. Now drink and enjoy!
  • Soap in the microwave activity - Put a bar of soap in the microwave Ivory works best. The soap is us. The air inside the soap is the Holy Spirit. When we "ignite" (heat up) this Holy Spirit, it cannot be contained! No flames are involved.

HW

  • choose 3 Confirmation Activities
  • Pick a patron saint as a family. This will be your saint for the year. Put a picture of your patron saint on your home altar and ask for his/her intercession. 
  • Put up an Advent wreath. It can be on your altar or maybe your kitchen table. Light the candles while eating supper or praying together. 
  • Car conversation

Independent Family Small Group

  • Feel free to use ideas from the activities column too
  • Bonfire - a coal is really hot, but if you take it out of the heat, it will cool down quickly. The same are true of Christians. If a Christian has no one around pushing them to grow, pushing them to be holier, they will cool off quickly and lose the flame of the Holy Spirit. If you have some good hot coals together, a huge fire can be created, sometimes it can not even be contained - like all the wildfires out west this year. We need to be Christians like that. 
  • It's on a Monday, but come to our interactive Youth Advent Vigil Service. December 14 at 6pm at St. William Church. The pamphlet gives you an idea of what we will be doing. 

November: Baptism & Initiation

  • this month's supplement sheet
  • key concepts this month: 
  • initiation means we are adopted and belong in God's family, the Church
  • vocation means we all have a unique calling only we can fill
  • evangelization means we should try to bring as many people to heaven with us
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria
  • Baptism
  • Holy Water

Prayer

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Activites

HW

Independent Family Small Group

October: Sacrament

  • feel free to use resources from previous months
  • key concepts this month: 
  • humans are both body & soul
  • we are created very good
  • Sacraments are signs instituted by Christ to give grace
  • St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Circle of Grace Safe Environment Training

Prayer

Story

Activites

  • Charades pg 35-37 in the parent book: charades uses signs to convey a meaning. This is what God does with Sacraments. The signs are effective. They have action, a reality, attached to them.
  • Circle of Grace individual lessons with parents

HW

  • 2 lessons in the parent book
  • 3 out of 5 activities in the activity book
  • create a gratitude journal to write one thing you are thankful for everyday: St. Therese said, "Whenever I ceased being grateful, graces stopped flowing." Keep your gratitude journal on your prayer table. 
  • car conversations 
  • Circle of Grace Safe Environment Training

Independent Family Small Group

September: Domestic Church

Additional

HW

  • 2 Lessons in the parent book
  • Choose 2 activities from the children's book
  • Set up a home altar 
  • Choose prayers to practice

Independent Family Small Group