home.comcast.net- Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin, Mother of Divine Love
The Church’s teachings in Mary’s role, title, immaculate conception, assumption, etc.
ewtn.com- Overview of Church Teachings, Doctrines Explained, Apologetics, Devotions, Excerpts from Church Doctrines, etc.
harvestingthefruit.com- Exploring the mystery of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mother of our Lord, Mother of the Church, Mother to all who call themselves Christian lesson with study questions, reflections, and action plan (for older students).
Lesson for Younger Students:
Introduction: Who takes care of you by fixing your meals, helping you dress, and nursing you when you are sick? (Mother)
Who may take the place of your mother in caring for you?
To what large family do you belong? (The Church)
When did you become a member? (At baptism)
Who leads the Church? (The pope)
Who is the pope? (Pope Francis I) (write Pope Francis I on the board)
The Church has a mother too. Do you know who she is? (Mary)
What did Mary say when God wanted her to be the mother of Jesus? (Yes)
Mary’s yes made her the mother of Jesus and of God’s family, the Church.
When did Jesus give us Mary to be our mother? (When he was dying on the cross.)
After Jesus went to heaven, Mary stayed on Earth to take care of the Christian family.
One day Mary went to heaven to live with Jesus. He did something special for his mother. Jesus took Mary bodily to heaven. When we die, our bodies will be buried in a grave. We will rise on the last day. The last day is when Jesus comes back to Earth to judge the living and the dead.
Mary has been holy all her life. So Mary was taken up, body and soul, into heaven. This is called the Assumption (write it on the board).
Mary takes care of us. She prays for us and asks Jesus to bless us. She helps us be like Jesus so that we can live forever with Him.
There are special times when Catholics honor Mary. The month of May is Mary’s month. (Print Mary and May on the board.) The names even look alike.
Mary has special feast days during the year. What do you think we should do on these days? (Try and honor her in a special way.)
How can we honor Mary? (By trying to be like her; by praying to her, by singing songs to her.)
Next Sunday, our church is celebrating the Crowning of Mary (write this on the board). A statue of Mary will be brought into the church and she will be crowned with a wreath of flowers. We call Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. We will be able to give gifts of flowers to be laid at Mary’s feet during the celebration. Her special shrine with fresh flowers will be kept going all through May. We will pray and sing songs as well. One special and famous song will be sung, “Ave Maria” (write this on the board) which means Hail Mary.
Mary likes us to ask her for help. We should pray to Mary often. What might we pray to her?
Do you know any prayers to Mary? (Hail Mary)
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Discussion: It is important for us to honor our mom’s every chance we get. Our government thought it was important enough to give mom’s their own holiday. What day is this? (Mother’s Day)
Should Mother’s Day be the only day we take time out to thank mom though? Why or why not?
Introduce story: Who will always love you? Here is a story about a mother’s love for her son. Read story- “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
Ask the following questions after reading the story:
1. Did his mother always like his behavior? No.
2. What would she do when he was really asleep? She would pick him up and hold him. She would rock back and forth and sing that she would love him forever as long as she was living.
3. What would she do when he was all grown up? She would drive over to his house and do the same thing when he was really asleep.
4. When she was too old to do that any more, what did her son do? He picked her up and rocked her back and forth. He sang that he would love her forever as long as he was living.
5. What did the son do when he came home after doing that to his mother? He went into his baby daughter’s room when she was sleeping. He picked her up and rocked her back and forth. He then sang the same song that his mother used to sing to him.
6. Who will always love you? Your mother.
Introduce activity: What are the special prayers to the Blessed Virgin which are said with the use of beads consisting of the Apostles' Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be to the Father (Doxology)? (The Holy Rosary)
Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.
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
Need: Craft foam cut into the shape of a heart with oval cut out of the center for child’s picture, sticky magnets, glue, glitter, items to glue onto frame, colored construction paper, stapler, crayons, magic markers
Directions: Stick sticky magnet on back of heart frame. Have students decorate their frames for their Mom’s. Show students how to make a simple envelope with the colored construction paper and staple. 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. Have students get help from their father or someone from home to find a picture of them to glue to the back of their frame so you can see their picture on the front side.
Introduce art craft: What do we need to make to go with the gift that we are making for our Mom’s? A card.
dltk-holidays.com- Mother’s Day Printable Poems and Cards
Print out cards and have students color and tape to their gift envelopes/bags after they have put their gift inside.
Introduce craft: Can you name a prayer to Mary? (Hail Mary)
emmausroad.org- Annunciation Craft
This craft will produce a decorative prayer book that when opened will present the “Hail Mary” (page 7 & 8). You can add other prayers from the Rosary to the book.
Directions: Cut the sponge into a large heart. Have the students sit in a circle. The teacher turns her back to the students and she says, "Pass, pass, pass." The students then pass the heart to their right around the circle. When the teacher says, "Stop," the child holding the heart has to say a reason why they love their Mom or whomever is taking care of them.
The following games are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
Introduce game: Who is the Mother of our Church? Mary
Name That Prayer (file folder game)- The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers. Review prayers in the rosary.(Only use the question cards for prayers of the rosary.)
Introduce snack: What would be a nice thing for you to do for you Mom on Mother’s Day? Discuss. Then talk about making breakfast for their mother and what they could make for her. Make a breakfast that they could make for their mother for Mother’s Day.
These puzzles are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.
Hail Mary puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag.
Hail Mary Puzzle #2- All you need is some card stock and a copy machine. Print puzzle on card stock and have the students cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the students put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag.
The 2 worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.
Hail Mary worksheet- To find out how well the students know The Hail Mary, have the students fill out the worksheet using the word bank.
Rosary (worksheet)- multiple choice and fill in the blanks
The following worksheets are from: 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini
The Rosary, Part I- In the left column, are the names of the fifteen mysteries. The right column contains brief descriptions of each mystery. Write the letter of the description next to the name of the correct mystery. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 77).
The Rosary, Part II- Connect the letters from the previous activity in their final order to solve the dot-to-dot puzzle. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 78).
The Hail Mary- Use the words in the word bank to complete the sentences. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 79).
Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet- (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)
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