Mealtime Prompt: The Year of the Lord-Making Your Household Calendar Christ-Centered

Best Use:
As a family activity early in the new year.

Nutritional Value:
Creating memorable teaching moments about the Church’s calendar and making your household calendar Christ-centered.

Mealtime Prompts: Planning Your 2020 Christmas

Best Use:
To guide a discussion with your household on your expectations and plans this Christmas.

Nutritional Value:
Helps you celebrate your favorite holiday memories, identify your expectations for this year and plan for a memorable joy-filled Christmas.

Managing Family Finances

Managing Family Finances

The Bible has a lot to say about money and much that is specifically of value for someone trying to be intentional about family relationships. A financial treadmill of working and consuming can dominate your energy and thoughts to the degree that your good intentions for family relationships get squeezed out.

How can you master your money in order to be intentional in other areas? How can you manage your money in such a way that it can aid rather than undermine your spiritual and relational goals?

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Single Parent

Raising Children Alone

One of life’s greatest blessings and sources of joy is being called somebody’s parent. But if you find yourself raising children alone, you know better than anyone else that parenting is a job meant for two. That’s why Dr. James Dobson calls single parenting “the toughest job in the universe.” Few understand the loneliness and emotional hurt many single parents carry or how exhausting the role can be.

So, how can you be hopeful and experience joyful success as a parent despite more challenging circumstances?

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Discovering the Mass

Children are introduced to the Last Supper with a presentation that brings the scriptures of Luke and Mark to life. As the catechist reads the scripture, figures of Jesus and the twelve apostles celebrate the feast of Passover where Jesus proclaims, “this is my body” and “this is my blood.” As the figures leave the upper room, a crucifix and the Eucharist are left behind, as a sign to the children that we too are invited to the Last Supper at every Mass. 

Children as young as 3 years old begin learning how to set our model altar and identify the items used at Mass. Children are then invited to stop and pray as long as they wish. An adult is always nearby to watch when candles are lit. From left to right the items here are: candles, a crucifix, a paten, a chalice and an altar cloth underneath. Once the children can identify these items by name, they are introduced to more. 

Children learn to identify many items that we use at Mass. From left to right: our model tabernacle holds a model ciborium and has a sanctuary lamp on top. The model altar holds a white altar cloth, a book stand with a roman missal, candles, a crucifix, a corporal, a paten, a chalice with a pall on top, and a purificator. The model ambo holds a lectionary. Our model altar, tabernacle and ambo were all hand crafted by Tim McEnroe. 

Children learn about the liturgical colors of our Church year by working with model chasubles in different colors. White for the feasts of the Church year, purple for before the feasts, green for growing after the feasts and red for feasts of great love.

Children are shown the vestments that a priest wears at Mass. For children who can read, flashcards help them remember the names of the vestments. The white alb reminds him of his baptism, the cincture reminds him that he is tied to God, the stole around his shoulders reminds him that he is doing God’s work, and the chasuble reminds him of the cloak of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

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The 3-6 year old child enters the mystery of the Eucharist by first learning the names of the articles used on the altar and then through the most important gestures… Through the experience of seeing these gestures, presented one by one, the Mass emerges as the Sacrament of the Gift. The child becomes acquainted with the historical character of the liturgy through the events of the Last Supper, Christ’s death, and His resurrection.

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When Jesus Was Born

As the children listen to the Gospel narrative from Luke 1:26-38, they ponder the great gift of Jesus’ incarnation and the example of Mary who said yes to being the mother of Jesus. The children then work with materials as a form of meditation, helping them internalize the narrative of the annunciation and ponder questions like what Mary might have done after the annunciation, how it felt to receive a message from an angel and how the Holy Spirit was present in Mary’s life.

Children hear the Gospel narrative from Luke: 2:1-20 – when shepherds in the field, hear the good news of Jesus’ birth from a heavenly messenger, and go to meet the new born king. As the children work with these materials, they ponder the great gift of Jesus’ birth and are encouraged to approach Jesus with their own words, songs and prayers. 

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Where Jesus Lived

Children as young as 3 years old work with a globe and the raised surface map of Israel. They learn about the small land of Israel where Jesus was born. Then they learn about three important cities: the town of Nazareth where Mary was asked to be the mother of God (represented by a fire shaped flag), Bethlehem where Jesus was born (represented by a comet shaped flag), and Jerusalem, where Jesus died and rose again outside the walls (represented by a cross). Once children learn to identify these 3 cities, they will be shown a more detailed map and learn to identify the regions and waterways of Israel. These geography presentations help the children discover the reality of Jesus’ incarnation. 

Stories from the Atrium

After showing a three year old child this presentation, I stepped away so that he could work with the map. He held up the fire flag and repeated, “Mary said yes. Here Mary said yes!” When his mom arrived at the end of the session he grabbed the small globe and ran to her. He pointed to Israel and said, “this is where Jesus lived!”

Shannon Ausloos, 2020

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(920) 231-9782
435 High Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54902
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