Weekly Resources: April 14, 2020

For Adults / Youth: Cabin Fever Faith, Roll Away the Stone

For discussion

  • What idea or image stood out to you in Fr. LeRoy’s sharing?
  • Do you agree that fear of the unknown is actually fear of letting go of our old understanding of something? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to let go of our old understanding to embrace [God’s] transformation? What does it look like to embrace transformation in a way that requires new understanding?
  • What stone needs to be rolled away from your tomb for you to find new understanding about the Risen Lord? How can you personally ponder Jesus, and let your whole life be transformed?

Parent Video

Key Points

  • When we prepare children to receive sacraments, we discuss how the life of your family affects your child’s understanding of God. You teach them about love and trust before they can speak in the way you anticipate and meet their needs.
  • Parenting during a pandemic is difficult, and it’s something we haven’t done before. My goal is to give you tools to process your experiences as you have them, promoting family unity and health with an emphasis on support.
  • Use the resources that make the most sense for your family. Each week I will provide a parent video, family greeting video and other activities and resources.
  • Summary of resources.

Family Greeting

Video Summary

  • Right now is still Easter! Easter is one of the feasts that Catholics celebrate for an octave, meaning for eight days: the day of the feast plus the seven days after. We treat all seven days as one day.
  • Sunday is the last day of the octave of Easter, but we’ll still be in the Easter Season until Pentecost, a feast fifty days after Easter.
  • Sunday we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. Today we’re going to learn about Mercy, but we’ll start our time with a song.
  • Some of our younger kids know this song already. It can be sung in a round, and has actions. I’ve chosen it because it reminds us that love is something that multiplies as we share it.

Sharing a Song

Lyrics: Love grows one by one, two by two, and four by four.
Love grows round in a circle and comes back a knockin’ at your front door.

Try singing it in a round! Once the first person sings “Love grows” the next person starts.

Goal One: Processing Our Current Reality Together

Use this parody video to get the discussion started.

Discussion Questions

  • What did you see or hear in the video? Did you agree with Ariel at any point? Did you disagree? Why?
  • What’s going in in your household now that’s different than normal? What things are the same?
  • Are there things you like more about what’s going on now? What are they, and why?
  • What things are harder now? Why?
  • Are there any decisions you can make as a family to help the difficult things be easier? Make a plan now, or write the idea down to revisit later.

Reassuring Language for Positive Parenting

Here are some ideas to help you respond to your children’s responses.

  • We all get impatient sometimes. God loves us anyway. I always love you.
  • Spending time together is fun! I loved when we…
  • Even parents make mistakes. I’m sorry you were hurt. I’ll try to do better.
  • Distance learning is hard. We’re learning together. We’ll get better at it over time. In our family, we do hard things.
  • I noticed.. when.. how did that make you feel?
  • I’m here to help if you need me.

Goal Two: Understanding Mercy

Activity: Sticky Note Mercy

Adapted from “Sticky Note Mercy” from Kids’ Sunday School Place. Accessed 14 April 2020.

Items needed: Sticky notes, or small pieces of paper; printout, below 1 per student; 1 Marker/crayon per student.

This activity is appropriate for most ages. Read aloud for younger kids, and instead of writing words, have them explain the consequences verbally while drawing a sad face. Have them make smiley faces in place of the word “Mercy.”

Directions:

  1. Ask your children to come up with expected consequences for each box on the handout, have them write these consequences on sticky notes and stick them to the corresponding boxes.
  2. Once they’ve finished writing, share: Mercy is when we are kind or forgiving, even when we believe the other person doesn’t deserve it. To be merciful is to be ready to help anyone in need, especially if their need is to be forgiven (and we don’t think they are sorry.) We describe God as merciful because He shows us love, kindness, and forgiveness no matter what. The ultimate act of God’s mercy was to send Jesus to die for our sins, so that even though we have sinned, we will gain eternal life.
  3. Instruct them to take off the sticky notes and write “MERCY’ in each box.
  4. Share: God’s love in the form of mercy is what helps us know reconciliation with God and with others.
  5. Optional: Invite their sharing about a time they’ve experienced mercy in their lives, or share a time you experienced mercy.

Learning about Divine Mercy Sunday

We celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday because of St. Faustina, whose visions of Jesus taught us that Divine Mercy means receiving mercy and being merciful ourselves. More information on St. Faustina here.

St. Faustina left us the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a prayer that is prayed using rosary beads. The chaplet can be read or sung. Consider praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy as a family this week. Instructions are here. Search for “Divine Mercy Chaplet” on YouTube to find a recording to follow, if you prefer.

Craft Activity: Puzzle Cube of Love

Items needed: Puzzle cube pattern, printed on cardstock, one per person. Markers or crayons, scissors, glue or glue stick.

Directions:

  1. Print one cube pattern per person or per family (you decide).
  2. Color the drawings or cube sides with words.
  3. Optional: if you didn’t have cardstock, glue the print onto some harder paper, like construction paper.
  4. Cut around all the borders.
  5. Fold short flaps and glue them to form a cube.
  6. Roll the cube.

What is the Cube of Love?

From the Focolare Movement website, used with permission:

The Cube, a program to help children concretely live the Gospel message of love, is an expression of the Gospel-based “art of loving.”

On each face of the Cube there is a brief message that focuses the child’s efforts on caring for others. These 6 points include:

  • Love everyone
  • Be the first to love
  • Love Jesus in the other
  • Share the other’s hurt or joy
  • Love your enemy
  • We love one another

The Cube allows students, as well as teachers and parents, to respond with very real and tangible experiences of love.

This program, created by Focolare founder Chiara Lubich, not only helps to prevent conflict and violence but contributes to a growth in faith, to the building of a more Christian community, and to an ever greater awareness of the universal family and the needy worldwide.

Learn more about Cubes of Love here.

Using Your Cubes of Love

Consider rolling your cubes each day during one of the times you are praying together as a way to assign each member of the family a “loving” task for the day.

Supplemental Materials

Online Catholic Youth Group

Project YM live allows teens to log in for games, teachings and music from top Catholic Youth speakers across the country. Sessions go live from 7-8pm on Wednesday nights. More information here.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Resources

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Lesson of the week.

Easter Sunday Resources

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Resources

Gospel Background and age-appropriate home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics —  Easter Sunday Lesson, This week’s lesson uses the Legend of the Sand Dollar by Chris Auer, Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. If you don’t own it, there is a kindle version available.

Activities

#HolyWeekAtHome

Put a while cloth on your door as a way to symbolize that Jesus has risen. Hallelujah! Add #taocatholic to your #HolyWeekAtHome post to be featured in the next Community Sharing video!

The Easter Story

Remember the story of Easter together by watching “The Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible — The Easter Story.”

Other Resources

Downloads

Coloring and Activity Sheets

Use the activity sheets and coloring pages as printables to have children color while watching/listening to the recorded liturgy.

Empty Tomb coloring sheet.

He’s Alive! coloring sheet.

Free from Teaching Heart Colleen Gallagher on Teachers Pay Teachers: Activity Sheets, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Free from Charlotte’s Clips on Teachers Pay Teachers: Holy Week & Easter Sequencing Cards

Free from The WOLFe PACK: Holy Week and Easter Coloring Pages Pack with Traceable Text

Craft Activity: Eggshell Butterfly

Materials:

Begin by coloring the butterfly’s body. Paint glue onto the wings. Sprinkle crushed eggshells over the wings to decorate. As you work, talk about the butterfly and egg as symbols of new life. If you do not have crushed eggshells available, use colored salt, tissue twists, or colorful paper scraps to decorate the butterfly wings.

3-Minute Retreat: Easter Sunday

Start Your Retreat Here.

Diocese of St. Cloud Lesson

The Diocese of St. Cloud is releasing daily family lessons/rituals. Lessons here.

Online Events for Teens

The Road to Easter Learning Activity

Match the key events from Palm Sunday to Easter that children should know.

Find this activity here.

Image Sharing, Symbolism and Ritual

Other ideas for image sharing, symbolism and ritual. Tag #taocatholic when you share your public images and we’ll share them with the community!

Holy Saturday Resources

We’re going to use a free resource from “Holy Week at Home,” a free PDF from the Liturgical Press to help us walk through Holy Week this year.

This resource was written so that families can celebrate home rituals even though they cannot attend Mass. There won’t be a recording for the Easter Vigil, so the Easter Vigil at home resource is not annotated. Use as written. Suggestions are given for bringing the Word alive for children/youth.

You will need the Liturgical Press’ Celebrating the Eucharist Missalette for Holy Week for today’s Home Ritual.

For Children and Families

Liturgy of the Word Resources

Young people’s attention spans invite a response of creativity from parents and leaders during this at-home Holy Week. Use Liturgy of the Word Resources to encourage engagement with the readings.

Look for the printables below, to engage children’s hands while they’re listening to readings. At our house, we set up card tables with markers, colored pencils, crayons and coloring sheets facing the screen.

The Easter Vigil includes several readings and Psalm Responses. Psalms are not included here but can be found in the Misallette.

Loyola Press Sunday Connection also has helps for walking through this liturgy with children. Check here.

Reading I: GN 1:1-2:2

Reading II: GN 22:1-18, start at 1:26 – end at 8:56

Reading III: EX 14:15-15:1

Reading IV: IS 54:5-14

Find Reading in the Misallette.

Reading V: Isaiah 55:1-11

Epistle: ROM 6:3-11

Gospel Reading: MT 28:1-10, stop at :53

Ritual at Home

Follow the ritual outlined in “Easter Vigil at Home.”

Conversation

For Adults and Youth

Utilize the questions in “Easter Vigil at Home” for conversations with adults and youth. Read or summarize the section called “Continuing the Conversation.”

For Families with Children

Substitute or add these questions:

  1. Which Bible story did you like the best? Why?
  2. We started in darkness then shared our light with each other. How did that feel?
  3. What do you think it was like to be Mary or Martha on Eater morning? Do you think people would have believed that Jesus had risen from the dead? Why or why not?

Activities

#HolyWeekAtHome

Turn on your front light, or create a paper lantern to put on your door as a way to symbolize that Jesus overcomes all evil and sin. Add #taocatholic to your #HolyWeekAtHome post to be featured in the next Community Sharing video!

The Easter Story

Remember the story of Easter together by watching “The Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible — The Easter Story.”

Other Resources

Downloads

Coloring and Activity Sheets

Use the activity sheets and coloring pages as printables to have children color while watching/listening to the recorded liturgy.

Creation coloring sheet.

Abraham and Isaac coloring sheet.

Moses and the parting of the Red Sea coloring sheet.

Empty Tomb coloring sheet.

He’s Alive! coloring sheet.

Free from Teaching Heart Colleen Gallagher on Teachers Pay Teachers: Activity Sheets, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Free from Charlotte’s Clips on Teachers Pay Teachers: Holy Week & Easter Sequencing Cards

Free from The WOLFe PACK: Holy Week and Easter Coloring Pages Pack with Traceable Text

Just for fun!

Free from Project Based Learning with Ellie Madison: Lent Mini Cookbook

3-Minute Retreat: Easter Vigil

Start Your Retreat Here.

Diocese of St. Cloud Lesson

The Diocese of St. Cloud is releasing daily family lessons/rituals. Lessons here.

Online Events for Teens

The Road to Easter Learning Activity

Match the key events from Palm Sunday to Easter that children should know.

Find this activity here.

Holy Week in Handprints

A printable book that tells the story of Holy Week for children. The story is adapted from the book of Matthew, and the story is illustrated by your child and his or her handprints. Costs $8.

Find it at Catholic Icing.

Image Sharing, Symbolism and Ritual

Other ideas for image sharing, symbolism and ritual. Tag #taocatholic when you share your public images and we’ll share them with the community!

Weekly Resources: Holy Week

Community Sharing

#worldofhearts

Palm Sunday Connection

Parent Video

Key Points

  • This week is different – materials will be available for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at least a day in advance
  • Options are presented to utilize the Mass recordings or celebrate on your own (i.e. you have little kids who need to go to bed before the release time of recordings).
  • Relevant education strikes a balance between presentation and participation. Your job this week will be to judge your family’s limits, choosing elements from the options presented.
  • Be patient with yourself, and with your kids! Participating in Holy Week from home requires different answers to old questions. Not everything will “work.” Focus on creating and environment that speaks of the love and sacrifice of Christ.
  • Announcement: our Confirmation celebration will be delayed. More information will be available soon.

Holy Thursday Resources

Want to start your preparations now? Holy Thursday Resources will be published as a post tomorrow, but are available now here.

Weekly Resources: March 31, 2020

Parent Video

Key Points

  • Faith Formation from home right now is about family togetherness, focus on prayer and conversation first!
  • Weekly resources will be provided for the purpose of supporting you, please don’t let them stress you out.
  • Right now is a difficult time to parent: working too much, working not enough, working at home, worrying about economics and health and … plus coaching home learning for kids and social distancing = hard stuff!
  • Take breaks! Give yourself a pat on the back! Take a nap on the couch (or in a locked room). Trust in God.

Family Greeting

Video Summary

  • Lisa, Fr. LeRoy, Fr. Timothy, the parish staffs and your catechists miss you and are praying for you!
  • We’re safe at home, but there are still ways to stay connected to your church and your faith!
    • Pray (and sing!) together.
    • Talk about God in your life, and show love.
    • Pray, create, and explore using our website.
  • One of my favorite Bible verses is John 3:17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him. (NABRE)
  • God sent Jesus into the world because he LOVES YOU. Live loved!

Sharing a Song

Refrain: Fully Rely on God, Fully Rely on God! F R O G Faithfully, Fully Rely on God!

Verse: Open my eyes, so I might see you. Open my ears to hear your voice. Open my heart, that I might come to know … the Way the Truth and the Life!

Our theme song: Fully Rely on God

Want to make a remix of our Theme song? You can find it on BandLab. I’d love to hear your work! Or, record yourself doing the actions and send in your video to me, make sure your parents have given you permission!

Family Video

Holy Week in Three Minutes

Discussion Questions

What did you see? What did you hear? What special things does your family do for Holy Week?

Content Review

See what people remember from the video. What is Holy Week? What season is Holy Week the end of? What happens on Palm Sunday? What does Triduum mean? What do we celebrate on Holy Thursday? What does it mean to venerate the cross? What do we remember on Holy Saturday? What is the name of the longest Mass of the year? What word do we use on Easter that we haven’t said all Lent? What is the “Good News”?

  • Holy Week is the last week of the season of Lent and a time of prayer and preparation for Easter.
  • On Palm Sunday we remember when Jesus entered Jerusalem, and people rejoiced saying “Hosanna” while they waved palms. We read the Passion Story of Jesus’ last days and death.
  • The Triduum is Latin for “the great three days” and begins on Holy Thursday.
  • We celebrate the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, reenacting how Jesus washed the feet of the apostles.
    • We hear Jesus’ words, “As I have done for you, you should also do.” Love means serving others.
    • We celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist and the Institution of the Priesthood.
    • We are reminded that we are all part of the Body of Christ through the gift of the Eucharist.
    • We end with silent prayer and adoration of Jesus’ Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • On Good Friday we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death by reading the Passion and venerating the cross.
    • Veneration means reverently kneeling, kissing or touching the wood of the cross.
    • We venerate the cross because this object of death is also the instrument of our Salvation.
  • Holy Saturday includes reflection, contemplation and waiting…
    • We stand between the sorrow of Christ’s death, and
    • The Hope of the Resurrection.
    • On Holy Saturday we celebrate the longest Mass of the year, the Easter Vigil.
      • Fire and candles bring light into the darkness.
      • Scripture readings tell us the whole story of our salvation.
      • We initiate new adult Catholics into the church through Baptism, Confirmation and their first Holy Communion.
  • On Easter Sunday, we sing Alleluia! Jesus Christ, our Hope and Salvation, has Risen!
    • Good has triumphed over evil! Love has conquered death! We are filled with Joy!
    • Renewed by the resurrection, we go out to share this Good News!
  • We are challenged to live out the Holy Week lessons all year, because Jesus’ sacrifice and love are always present to us.
  • As Catholics it is our duty to bring the hope and joy of the risen Jesus to everyone!

Family Activities

Print Palms

On Palm Sunday we’d usually be bringing home Palms from church. Hop on over to Catholic Icing to print some palms to cut out. If you’re crafty, use her idea to design your own palms to paint or color. Use your palms when you watch the recorded Mass on Sunday, waiving them as you sing “Hosanna!”

#worldofhearts

Spreading hope is one of the things Christians do, because we know about God’s love. Consider contributing to the #worldofhearts project where families are creating dioramas of hearts and sharing them on social media. See some examples here. Tag your submission with #taocatholic to also share your art with our faith community!

Online Catholic Youth Group

Project YM live allows teens to log in for games, teachings and music from top Catholic Youth speakers across the country. Sessions go live from 7-8pm on Wednesday nights. More information here.

Supplemental Materials

Gospel Background and home lessons at Loyola Sunday Connection

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics — Build. Plant. Grow. is a free faith formation program for schools, parishes, and families. Engaging lesson plans pair scriptural readings with children’s literature and experiential education. Build. Plant. Grow. aims to promote the spiritual and character development of children ages 5 to 13 years. Palm Sunday Lesson

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