Thursday, July 24, 2014

Special Events for August

*This month’s special events are: The Transfiguration of the Lord and The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Luke 9:28b-36
activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, quizzes, etc.

Matthew 17: 1-9
March 16, 2014

Mark 9: 2-10

Activities Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities On The Mountain with Jesus lesson Transfiguration lesson Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

Puzzles Word Search (Mark 9: 2-10) Crossword Crossword Crossword (Mark 9: 2-10)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary The fact and feast of the assumption Prayers, history, etc. Readings, resources, etc. Scroll down to Proclaiming Faith Activities Tons of info. Just click on what you want.

Coloring Mary is Assumed Into Heaven The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumption of Mary

Crafts Assumption of Mary Triptych Craft The Assumption of the Blessed Mother: Craft

Game Memory game on the Feast of Mary

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Planning Ahead For CCD

Another year of CCD is behind us and now is the time to think about what you will do next year. Preparation is necessary prior to CCD starting and during the summer it is the right time for the catechist to begin. With thorough planning before hand, the catechist will have an easier time and the students will learn to their fullest potential.

Time To Think- Since CCD is over for most it is time to think of what will be needed for the next school year. What will you be doing? What will you need? What worked, what didn’t? Did you learn from your mistakes? These questions and more will inundate the catechist the next few weeks. Before you know it, classes will be starting again and you need to be prepared. This overwhelming task is examined and planning should be done way before so you can be ready and prepared.

CCD Program Parent/Student Handbook- To establish what the responsibilities are for the CCD student and the parent(s) it is a good idea to have a CCD Program Parent/Student Handbook. The handbook can specify the rules and regulations that the students and parent(s) must follow so there will be no misunderstandings. Having a handbook allows the CCD program to run smoothly and without any problems. It can also inform how the CCD program plans to educate your child and answer many questions that the parents might have.

CCD Registration Form- Before a student can attend CCD, the parents must fill out a registration form. The form differs from parish to parish, but most are relatively the same. Posted are what registration forms may consist of as well as some tips and suggestions.

CCD Volunteer Form- Before a person can volunteer to help in the religious education at your parish, they must fill out and sign a Volunteer Form. By having prospective volunteers fill out this form it will let them know what help is needed and what the responsibilities are for that particular job. It can also inform them what is required to be able volunteer at the parish. Tips and suggestions of what can be included in this form are posted.

Catechist Handbook- It is a good idea to have a Catechist Handbook to acquaint volunteer catechists with the policies and procedures in the Religious Formation Program. The Catechist Handbook will clearly define what the responsibilities are for the catechist and the procedures that they are to follow.

Catechist Training- Most dioceses and/or parishes require some kind of catechist training before they can teach a class each year. By providing assistance and training to all catechists before CCD starts it will prepare the catechist so they can be an effective teacher. Certified catechist should also participate in the training because no catechist can know everything and they could also benefit from new ideas and activities. Suggestions of what can be in the catechist training is posted.

CCD Open House- Before CCD starts it is a good idea to have an Open House. The ideas posted should be helpful and allow you to have a great CCD Open House.

Parent Volunteers in Your Classroom- Volunteers in your CCD classroom can be a blessing IF done correctly and IF it is planned ahead. Nothing is worse than having a volunteer not know what to do or be in the way. Here are tips that should be done to have a good volunteer program in your classroom.

Classroom Newsletters- Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom and frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.

Parent Involvement in CCD- Since parents and guardians are the primary teachers of the Faith their involvement in CCD is vital. Without it the child will not learn to their fullest potential. Tips are posted on how to get parents involved in CCD.

Classroom Assignment Sheets- An organized student stays current on assignments and will achieve success in CCD. Assignment Sheets help students develop sound organization skills that will teach them a successful lifelong journey through school and CCD. Parents and students like having assignments written down so they can keep track of them and a good way of doing it is having a Classroom Assignment Sheet.

What should a catechist do when they are absent?- From time to time a catechist must be absent for various reasons. When this happens a substitute must take over your classroom and be able to teach your students. Here are some tips and suggestions that every catechist should do if they are absent so your class can run smoothly and your students will learn to their fullest potential.

What makes a good catechist?- Tips on how to be a good catechist.

What do students like to do in CCD?- The key to being a good catechist is knowing what your students like to do in CCD. Here are some tips and suggestions for activities to do in the classroom that are age appropriate.

Teacher Tools- A teacher’s time is limited and to be an effective teacher you must be prepared for any situation. Here are some of my favorite free teacher tools that just might come in handy in your classroom.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Special Events for July

July 3- St. Thomas

July 11- St. Benedict

July 25- St. James

July 26- Sts. Joachim and Anne

July 31- St. Ignatius of Loyola

Saints- references, activities, crafts, coloring, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Crafty Crafters: Pentecost

So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for Pentecost?

Here is a craft I make with my students using card stock:

Introduce craft- What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? (Fiery flames.)

Tongues of Fire Headbands Craft- Use card stock paper or cardboard to cut out flame shapes. Have the children paint them with water colors or glue red and orange pieces of tissue paper on it to make it look like flames. Use a strip of paper for the headband, fitting it to each child’s head and using a stapler to secure the headband. Attach the flames to the headband using the stapler as well.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

What seemed to be the most difficult problem in your CCD class this year?

Catechists can find themselves overwhelmed at times with numerous problems that they face in the classroom. It can change from year to year, but sometimes it is the same problem over and over again.

What seemed to be the most difficult problem in your CCD class this year?

After conducting a poll on this subject the results were:

Discipline: 4 %

Students frequently absent: 36 %

Students not turning in their homework: 0 %

No classroom to conduct class in: 0 %

Not enough materials for students (books, craft supplies, paper, etc.): 0 %

Student’s not paying attention: 13 %

Not enough help (co-teacher, helpers, etc.): 9 %

Lack of parent involvement: 0 %

Poor curriculum: 13 %

Lack of enthusiasm from students: 4 %

Co-teacher, helpers, etc. frequently absent: 4 %

Teacher burn-out: 3 %

No help and/or back-up from DRE: 0 %

So how do we address these problems? What should a catechist do?

Discipline- All catechists want calm and controlled behavior exhibited in their classroom. Having a well behaved classroom is critical for proper learning. For the students to learn to their fullest potential they need an environment that is quiet, without distractions, and organized.

*Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

*Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. Proverbs 12:1

Discipline in the Classroom- what every catechist should do

How To Keep Disruptive Behavior Down To A Minimum- tips & suggestions

Good Behavior Classroom Strategies & Games- is an approach to help manage classrooms behaviors with rewards to children for displaying appropriate on-task behaviors during instructional times.

Behavior Contracts & Behavior Charts- When behaviors become a problem in a classroom an effective strategy is to implement a behavior contract. Steps for Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring a Behavior Contract, Samples, etc. are posted.

Classroom Behavior Expectations- Every classroom needs rules so that everyone can learn to their fullest potential and the class can run smoothly and effectively.

Students frequently absent- When students are frequently absent they will fall behind and will not understand what is going on in class when they finally come to class. Missed classes mean missed information and the results are not being able to comprehend what they should know.

*Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day. Exodus 20:8

*We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25

*Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Before CCD starts there should be a parent meeting with the priest and the DRE. This will allow parents to meet the DRE and it gives your priest and DRE the opportunity to express how much parent involvement is needed for their child’s faith education. They can also emphasize how important coming to CCD each week is for their child so they will be able to learn about our faith and understand it.

Have a classroom newsletter and in it have a section “Perfect Attendance” and list the students who have perfect attendance for the month.

Have a “Perfect Attendance Chart” posted in your room or on the outside of the classroom door and the students that have perfect attendance for the month get to pick a prize.

Have it made known in the church bulletin or in the announcements during Mass the students with perfect attendance in your class for the month.

Call the student’s home and speak with the parent. Tell them “We missed _____ in CCD today. We hope they will be there next week.” You could also say, “Is there anything we can do to help?”

Some parishes have an absenteeism policy requiring students to attend their CCD classes when scheduled unless sickness prevents them from doing so. Usually it states that only ___ absences are allowed per year or face consequences that may include appearing before an attendance committee to justify absences and/or repeating the year’s material (this is especially for sacramental classes). This policy is written up and signed by both the parent(s) and child before CCD starts. This could be part of the CCD Program Parent/Student Handbook that specifies the responsibilities of the CCD student and the parent(s) and the rules and regulations that they must follow. The handbook could also include when a student is absent, parents must call and notify the DRE. A note must also be brought to the next class explaining the reason for the absence and that it will be the responsibility of the student and the parents to make up class work. If the student does not notify the DRE prior to being absent or bring a note to the following class, the DRE will contact the parents to discuss the problem.

Students not paying attention- When students do not pay attention they are not learning and behavior problems could also result.

*My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Proverbs 4:20-23 How Can I Get My Students To Pay Attention? How To Keep Kids Engaged In Class How To Get Students To Participate In Class Discussions Reading from the Textbook: Breaking Up the Routine

Not enough help (co-teachers, helpers, etc.)- Catechists can be overwhelmed with conducting a class and help is sometimes be necessary to support instruction and improve students’ learning.

*So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, find; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10

Ask for volunteers to help in your class. Ask teens, parents of students, etc. Have it posted in the church bulletin or have it in the announcements at Mass that you need help. Have a volunteer sign up sheet available on the first day of class, or better yet for CCD Open House. You might be surprised how much some want to help, but thought you didn’t need any.

Poor curriculum- No curriculum is perfect and teachers need to from time to time supplement with activities to help teach their students. Using various resources provides your students with a variety of activities that helps enhance the lesson and allows them to understand more and have a lot of fun in the process.

*Proverbs 22:6, the Bible says, "Train a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it." Training a child involves multiple lessons in which a person teaches a child all about God.

*Deuteronomy 11:19, the Bible says to teach children about God's laws in numerous ways, such as talking about God's laws "speaking of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest." In Deuteronomy 11:20, the Bible even says to write God's laws "on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates."

Reading Comprehension & Assessment Activities- ideas to enhance lessons so students will learn

Lack of enthusiasm from students- Students tend to be bored when they have to engage in dull and repetitious activities in the classroom day in and day out. Discipline problems could also result if catechists do not break from their normal mundane routine. When teaching students, catechists must remember to do a variety of activities that lets students manipulate the information physically and mentally. Keeping students involved and engaged in activities that have them moving, working in groups, and discovering information for themselves allows students to become excited about their learning and they are motivated to pay attention in class.

*Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you realize that we will be judged more strictly for we all fall short in many respects. James 3:1-2

*Anything you can turn your hand to, do with what power you have. Ecclesiastes 9:10

*Whatever you do, do from the heart. Colossians 3:23 Tips: How To Involve and Engage Students Engaging Students in Learning - Tips and Ideas Tips for Engaging Students in Learning: Alternatives to Lecture How to Hold a Class Debate that Gets Kids Excited

Co-teachers, helpers, etc. frequently absent- Co-teachers and volunteers who are absent repeatedly cause unwanted disorder in the classroom making it hard for the teacher to conduct class properly.

*If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. Numbers 30:2

*Be eager to present yourself as acceptable to God, a workman who causes no disgrace, imparting the word of truth without deviation. 2 Timothy 2:15

*Let honesty and virtue preserve me. Psalms 25:21

*Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

*Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. Matthew 7:12

Have a training meeting for your co-teacher and volunteers that will help you in your classroom. Show them exactly what you want them to do in the classroom and how to do it. You should also teach them how to run the copier machine, where to find various activities and supplies, etc. Be very clear and specific in your expectations. During the meeting emphasize to them that when they volunteered it says they will be responsible for that class for the year and you and the students are counting on them to be there and do their job well. Communicate your concerns about absenteeism directly to the co-teachers and helpers. Tell them if they plan to be absent to contact you and the DRE well in advance so a replacement can be found for that day or time. Frequent absenteeism can be frustrating and cannot be tolerated. If absenteeism becomes a problem the DRE can let them know that their help is no longer needed and he/she will find someone to take their place that can be there when they are scheduled who is ready to help.

Teachers and volunteers need to follow and sign the guidelines and rules set forth by the diocese and/or DRE. If there are not any, the DRE should write up some guidelines for them to sign to verify that they understood what their responsibilities are and the rules that they must follow. Be sure to have in it an absenteeism policy and what they are supposed to do when they are absent. Include that frequent absenteeism cannot be tolerated and they can be dismissed if this becomes a problem.

Teacher burnout- is when a teacher cannot perform the day-to-day duties of teaching due to a sense of tiredness, frustration, exhaustion, and/or hopelessness. The teacher either leaves the situation or stays in the same position and, in general, is unsuccessful or ineffective as a teacher.

*For God gave us a spirit not of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Teaching can be a very stressful job which can sometimes lead to teacher burnout. What can a catechist do to combat teacher burnout? Avoiding Teacher Burnout Top 10 to Deal With Teacher Burnout Dealing With End of the Year Stress

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Special Events for June

*This month’s special events are Pentecost Sunday, The Holy Trinity, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pentecost Sunday

Holy Spirit- activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, etc.

Holy Spirit/Pentecost- (Pre K – K) lesson plan with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles

Pentecost- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

The Holy Spirit File Folder Game- Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.

Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Catholic)- Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.

Fruit of the Holy Spirit Bean Bag Toss (Catholic)- Here is a fun way to learn the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit from CCC1832.

The Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity- activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, etc.

Holy Trinity File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Holy Trinity.

Game Board #1

Game Board #2

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Doctrinal explanations Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, what it is, rituals involved, etc. Information and Mass The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (devotionals) The Sacred Heart of Jesus (prayers, devotions, readings, etc.) information and activities Sacred Heart of Jesus (lesson plan)

Coloring Jesus sacred heart coloring page Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacred Heart coloring pages

Crafts Sacred Heart of Jesus Craft Sacred Heart of Jesus Craft Solemnity of the Sacred Heart Craft
Prayer Cards (scroll down for download) Sacred Heart Craft Sacred Heart Wood Burning Craft (scroll down for this) Sacred and Immaculate Heart Rosaries- A Fun Catholic Craft! Sacred and Immaculate Heart Dolls Tie Dye Catholic Shirts- Sacred Heart, Immaculate Heart, & Divine Mercy

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (devotionals) Nature and history of the devotion Information, readings, etc.

Coloring Immaculate Heart Stained Glass Color Page

Game Memory game on the Feast of Mary

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crafty Crafters: Ascension

So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for Ascension?

Here is a craft you can make using a blue plastic solo cup:

Ascension of Jesus Craft from Oriental Trading Company. Ascension of Jesus Craft for Kids

Lacy adapted this craft to suit her needs and also provides us with a printable Jesus to disappear into the clouds.

*I printed out Lacy's Jesus (I made it a little smaller so it would fit inside the cup) and glued it to cardboard. I then cut it out for the students and put a hole in the top to string yarn through prior to class. I also put a hole in the bottom of all the cups for the yarn to be pulled through. During class the students colored Jesus and glued cotton balls on the blue Solo cup for clouds. I attached Jesus to the yarn and helped the students string the yarn through the cup and tied a big knot on the end so it would not fall out.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Catechist Self Examination

It is generally conceded that much of a teacher’s expertise- some would say most- comes from real classroom experiences. However, although experience is a necessary condition for teacher expertise it is not a sufficient one (Lambert & Clark, 1990). If teacher experience heightens a teachers expertise and understanding then it must be reflected on, analyzed, and used to improve practice. It is the constant cycle of experience, reflection, and improvement that marks a teacher’s growth and development; teachers do learn by doing, but only if they reflect upon, critique, and base future actions on knowledge gained by past experiences (Airasian & Gullickson, 1994).

It is that time of the year again, time for you as a catechist to do a self-examination to see how well you are teaching. To find out whether or not you are a good teacher, researchers say that one of the best ways is to use evaluative questions that force catechists to evaluate themselves. In doing this catechists can assess what they know, do not know, and what they would like to know so they can become better teachers. After they self-evaluate they will be able to set goals that they feel they can attain with the new knowledge they have about themselves.

Self Evaluation: Are You A Good Teacher?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gospel for the Mass: 5/25/14- John 14:15-21

*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.

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John 14:15-21

Resources Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit: Basic Doctrine, Reflections, Prayers, Church Documents, etc. The Holy Spirit

The Catholic Toolbox- The Holy Spirit

Activities Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass. Resources on the Sunday Readings Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families The Comforter object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin The Early Church/The Holy Spirit with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs. A Heart for Jesus
The Holy Spirit can reach our heart no matter how much we may have sinned. Jesus Tells His Disciples What To Do lesson We Live Because Jesus Lives lesson Teen Bible Discussion Guides
Religious Study: The Holy Spirit Resources on the Sunday Readings

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit Pre K – K lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Pentecost 1st Grade On Up lesson with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc. Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

Coloring Dove coloring page and handwriting sheet Peace Dove coloring page Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit John 14:15-21

Crafts The Comforter group activities (crafts) Pentecost Windsock

The Catholic Toolbox- Tongues of Fire Headband (a fun craft to remind children what flickered around the disciple’s heads, but did not burn them) The Day of Pentecost Craft Dove Crafts Dove Peace Sunday School Craft (scroll down to Peace) Peace Dove craft

Taking Flight- A bird that can be a dove that you make out of white paper and using the child's handprints. (From the Hands of a Child by Anthony Flores, page 41).

Peaceful Dove Ornament- A cute dove made out of a peanut. (Christian Crafts for Christmastime by Kathy Ross, page 44 & 45).

The Holy Spirit moves us to do God’s will (Holy Spirit mobile)
Here is a mobile that will encourage children to look further around for God’s presence n their life. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 224.) Whirly Bottles
Watch the wind take a spin through your backyard with a homemade whirligig. Wind Twirlers
An easy craft made out of fun foam (scroll down to this).

Games The Comforter group activities (games) Tongues of Fire Bible Verse Review Game and Wind and Fire Relay

Who Has The Fire?

Introduce game: What flickered around the disciple’s heads, but didn’t burn them? Fiery flames.

Need: Orange construction paper balled up to be the fire.

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while the fire is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding the fire hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has the fire. The child who had the fire is now “It”. Listen Up
This game will help kids remember to listen for the Holy Spirit. (The Encyclopedia of bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 105). Guided in Truth
Children have fun trying to duplicate a pattern of blocks hearing only verbal commands. The unseen Holy Spirit guides us in truth, if only we listen.

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruit of the Holy Spirit Bean Bag Toss

The Catholic Toolbox- Fruits of the Holy Spirit (file folder game)
Spin the spinner and follow the directions. If you spin “Leader’s Space” you may change places with the leader and put his marker where you were. Make your way around the board answering questions about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The first player to FINISH wins.

The Catholic Toolbox- Holy Spirit File Folder Game
Work your way around the board and answer questions about the Holy Spirit. For 2nd grade on up. There are a lot of choices and possibilities for this game.

Puzzles Word Search Pentecost and the Early Church (word search) Word Search Word Jumble Crossword Crossword

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Class 4/27/14

What are you doing in your classroom or home? I think it would be great to see what others are doing to exchange some ideas. I am constantly looking for new activities to do and I know others are too.

This is what I plan on doing with my first grade CCD class:


• Review - Sign of the Cross, Grace Before Meals, Glory Be, Lord’s Prayer/Our Father, Hail Mary

Prayer Activity-

 photo HailMaryPuzzleSheetsmall.jpg

Hail Mary Puzzle Sheet- Cut out strips and glue strips of the Hail Mary in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Hail Mary. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

• Review- Last week’s Take Home Sheet

• Review- People at Mass using People at Church Cards.

• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, lectern, ambo, Lectionary, missal, Book of the Gospels, Processional Cross, cruets, Sacramentary, Sanctuary Lamp, Presider’s/Celebrant’s Chair, missal, hymnal) using Liturgical Objects Used at Mass Cards.

If the students need help:

*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word or the definition.

Celebrating the Mass Lesson-

Final Blessing & Concluding Rite

Standing at the altar or at the chair and facing the people, with hands joined, the priest says:

Let us pray.

We all stand and pray in silence with the priest for a while, unless silence has just been observed. Then the priest, with hands extended, says the Prayer after Communion, at the end of which the people acclaim:


If there are announcements to be made they are made at this time. If there is any other parish business to be taken care of, it usually will happen at this time as well.

Then the dismissal takes place. The priest, facing the people and extending his hands, says:

The Lord be with you.

People: And with your spirit.

The priest blesses the people, saying:

May almighty God bless you:
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (The people make the Sign of the Cross when the priest says this.)

People: Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.


Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.


Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.


Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

Then the Priest venerates the altar as usual with a kiss, as at the beginning. After this he is joined by the other ministers in front of the altar, and after a brief moment they all bow toward the altar. While this is happening the congregation sings the final hymn. The ministers of the liturgy, minus the Book of the Gospels, now exit the church. The congregation should remain in their places until the end of the closing hymn.

When you leave your pew, be sure to genuflect and do the Sign of the Cross. Just before you leave the church bless yourself with Holy Water at the water font or stoup, making the Sign of the Cross.

*Then ask students questions from the lesson.

Celebrating the Mass Activity-

The activity below is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.

Lesson Plan-

Mary is the Mother of Our Church and go over vocabulary words with students. Follow lesson for younger children.

Read story: “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and ask students questions from lesson. Note: When I read the story to the students I usually sit in the chair in the corner by the board and have the students sit on the floor in front of me. After the students have answered the questions about the story, I have them go back to their seats to continue with what is on the lesson plan (activity, craft, game, puzzles/worksheets, etc.).

Craft- Introduce craft: Who is the mother of Jesus? Who does your mother love? Mother’s Day is coming soon so we are going to make something special for her. Heart Picture Fame Craft

Make frame according to directions. To make into a magnet put a sticky magnet on back of heart frame. Show students how to make a simple envelope with the colored construction paper and staples. Students can decorate their envelope with crayons and magic markers and put their frame inside as a present for Mom. You can also use paper lunch bags to put present inside that the students decorate.

Introduce craft: What do we need to make to go with the gift that we are making for our Mom’s? (A card.) Click on Mother’s Day Four Fold Cards
Have students decorate lunch bag for their Mom. Print out cards and have students color and tape to their gift bags after they have put their gift inside.

Mini Book- (Mother’s Day) Have students read the Mini Book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a section) and later take home to read to their parents. Students need to trace the words in the book, draw a picture of their mother, say something nice about their mother, and learn what God says about Mothers. Students may also color Mini Book.

Games- Introduce game: Who is the mother of our Church? (Mary)

Mary is the Mother of Our Church (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.


Mary Basketball

Need: Trashcan and 2 balled up pieces of paper for balls.

Directions: Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spell Mary. The first team that spells MARY wins.


Introduce game: Do you know the prayer Hail Mary? Let’s find out.

Hail Mary (file folder game)- A fun way to practice and see how well you know the Hail Mary prayer.

Puzzles & Worksheets- While students are doing puzzles/worksheets, etc. they may say a prayer. Students are asked to recite 5 prayers by the end of the year. A “We Know Our Prayers” chart is on the bulletin board. If the student can recite the prayer correctly, write the date on the chart, and they get to pick a prize from the prize bag.

Mary is the Mother of Our Church- (word search)

What will you do in your classroom or home? Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!