*Give them a clue such as saying out loud the first syllable of the word.
*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the person(s) and say what they are called. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.
Who are the boys and girls that help at Mass? (Altar Servers)
Who are the group of singers? (Choir)
Who is the person who sings solo (alone) and leads special parts of the Mass? (Cantor)
What do you call the people who play musical instruments? (Musicians)
Who helps the priest administer (give out) the Body and Blood of Christ? (Eucharistic Ministers)
Who reads the first and second readings? (Lector)
Who says hello and make us feel welcome in the church? Who guides us to our seats and helps collect our offerings? Who hands out the church bulletins? (Greeters/Ushers)
Who leads us to celebrate Mass? (Priest) What is his name? (Father _______)
• Review- Liturgical Objects at Mass (pew, stoup, altar, chalice, ciborium, Body of Christ, Blood of Christ, tabernacle, bells, Book of the Gospels, lectern, ambo, Lectionary) 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.
*You can lay all the pictures out and ask a question from below. Have the students point to the object and say the word. Have them repeat the word after you say it if necessary.
What is the name of the wooden bench you sit on at church? (Pew)
What is another name for the holy water fountains or fonts at the entrances of the church? (Stoup)
What is the name of the table of the Lord in the sanctuary? (Altar)
What is the name of the cup used by the priest/Eucharistic ministers for the Blood of Christ? (Chalice)
What is the name of the cup with a lid for the Body of Christ in the Tabernacle? (Ciborium)
What is the name of the wine that has been consecrated by the priest at Mass? (Blood of Christ)
What is the name of the bread that has been consecrated by the priest as Mass? (Body of Christ or Blessed Sacrament)
What is the name of the ornate receptacle used to place the Body of Christ? (Tabernacle)
What is rung during the Consecration of the Mass? (Bells)
What is the name of the book used by the priest or deacon to read the Gospel of the day during the Mass? (Book of the Gospels)
What is the name of the podium where the lector reads the Lectionary at Mass? (Lectern)
What is the name of the large podium? (Ambo)
Which book is read during the Liturgy of the Word and read by the lector? (Lectionary)
Gospel means “good news” (write this on the board) and the reading is taken from the New Testament. What is the New Testament about? (It is about how Jesus lived, taught, and how God loves us. It also is about the spread of Christianity around the world.) During the Gospel we stand and listen to the priest read from the Book of the Gospels.
The Priest stands at the ambo and says: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to N.
*At the same time, the priest makes the Sign of the Cross on the book and on his forehead, lips, and breast. The people make a fist with their right hand and with our thumb we make a small Sign of the Cross on our forehead, on our lips and over our heart and silently pray, “God be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart.” (Have the students do this and practice.)
People: Glory to you, O Lord.
Then the priest reads the Gospel.
At the end of the Gospel the Priest, says: The Gospel of the Lord.
All reply: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Then he kisses the book, saying quietly: Through the words of the Gospel may our sins be wiped away.
Then follows the homily, which is to be preached by a priest or deacon. During the homily the people sit. This is when the priest shares special thoughts and ideas with us to help us connect the gospel to our own life experiences.
After the homily a brief period of silence is observed.
*Then ask students questions from the lesson.
Celebrating the Mass Activities-
Stand Up, Sit Down Game- Have the students stand in front of their chairs with plenty of room in front of them. Say to the students: Let’s review what you should do during the Liturgy of the Word Sequence. When I say a part of the Liturgy of the Word, you must stand or sit like you would do in Mass.
Lesson 11: Preparing for the Gospel- Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doefler Dall
An inventive way to help children learn to make the Sign of the Cross on our forehead, on our lips and over our heart and silently pray, “God be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart.” (Craft/Activity directions and template on pages 59 – 60).
Samson and go over vocabulary words with students. Read story: “Samson” The Usborne Children's Bible by Heather Amery and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today. 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: What did Delilah do to Samson to lose his strength? Cut his hair. We are going to help Samson grow back his hair.
Have students read the mini book out loud in class by taking turns (each read a page) and take home to read to their parents. Students can also color mini book.
Game- Introduce game: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)
Samson (file folder game)- Answer questions about Samson as you work your way around the board. Try to be the first player to remove all of your pillar while other players attempt to add to it. (You can use Lego blocks that snap together to make the pillars.)
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.
More 365 Activities for Kids- Spot the Difference on April 28
Homework- Give each student a Samson Take Home Sheet for their parents to go over with them to review what we have done in class. Parents need to help their child fill this out and bring back to class the following week. Students that complete their homework and bring it back to class will be able to play Homeworkopoly. Each Sunday the students make a mini story book and/or story wheel in class. Students need to read these to their parents (or the parents read to them) the mini book and/or story wheel for homework.
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