2 nd grade Eucharist Lesson Summary and Family Enrichment Activities

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1 2 nd grade Eucharist Lesson Summary and Family Enrichment Activities Week & Chapter Week 13: (1/10-1/14 Chapter 1 Week 14: 1/17-21 Chapter 2 Or Brother Francis DVD The Mass Week 15: Lesson Summary The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Baptism washes away our sins and gives us new life, and Confirmation helps us to live as Jesus followers. The the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, is the most important Sacrament of the Church In the Mass the gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ (body, blood, soul and divinity) Jesus Christ gave us the Eucharist to make us one with him and save us from sin. The Mass has four parts: Introductory Rites, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the and Concluding Rite. The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are the two main parts of the Mass. Jesus came so that we all may be saved from sin. During the celebration of the Jesus Suggested Family Activities and Enrichment As a family, talk about a way you can show Jesus that you want to be his followers. Talk as a family about the Baptism of each family member. Topics may include identifying the godparents and telling why they were chosen, anything memorable about the event, and why it was important to be baptized. On a calendar in your home, mark days when you will spend time preparing for First Eucharist as a family, even if it involves something as simple as practicing a prayer. With your family share and discuss a specific prayer or action that you recall from the Mass. Plan a family event, such as a special meal, to follow the next Sunday Mass. Think of ways to make your next family meal warmer and more inviting to everyone in the family

2 1/24-28 Chapter 3 Week 16: 1/31-2/4 Chapter 4 sacrifice is made present again. Serious since, or mortal sins, must be confessed in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation before we can receive the Eucharist. God created us in his image. Sunday is the Lord s Day. It is a day to honor and worship God. In the Mass, we praise and thank God through our words and actions for all the blessings he has given us. Pray the Confiteor as a family. Name the part of the Mass in which it is prayed. Encourage family members to forgive each other for any past hurts What are the gifts from God that you and your family are thankful for? Take turns naming these gifts. Conclude with a family prayer of thanks to God. As a family, practice singing or praying the Gloria together. Week 17: 2/7-2/11 NO CLASS on 2/10 (Ash Wednesday) Week 18: 2/14-2/18 Chapter 5 In class, your child made Good Deed Beads or Sacrifice Beads to keep track of good deeds and sacrifices they can make every day to grow closer to Christ The Bible contains the Word of God and teaches us how to live according to God s laws. Hearing God s Word in the Liturgy of the Word helps prepare us to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. The Gospels have a special place in the Liturgy of the Word because they tell us about Jesus and because Christ is their center Review as a family the concept of sacrifice. Think of ways you can make small sacrifices as a family to grow closer to Christ (giving up your turn on the TV or video game to a sibling, doing chores without being asked that were not assigned to you, etc.) Together read a short prophecy of Isaiah s from the Old Testament (see Isaiah 50:6 or 53:5). Talk about how the prophecy was accomplished in the life of Jesus. Together, find out the names of the 27 books of the New Testament Look up the Scripture readings for this Sunday s Mass. Select one of the readings to read as a family.

3 Week 19: 2/21-2/25 Chapter 6 Week 20: 2/28-3/3 Chapter 7 We express our faith publicly by praying the Creed either the Apostles Creed or the Nicene Creed. In this prayer, we state that we believe in the Blessed Trinity. The Blessed Trinity is one God in three Divine Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper Jesus himself is truly present (body, blood, soul, and divinity) in the Eucharist It is through the power of the Holy Spirit, acting through the priest, that the bread and wine become wholly and entirely the Body and Blood of Christ. Read aloud Mark 10:46-52, with each family member reading the part of a different person. Pray the Nicene or Apostles Creed as a family. As a family, tell stories about the Baptisms of family members. Read 2 different accounts of the Last Supper: Luke 22:14-20 and John 13:1-15. (Also Mark 14:22-24 and Matthew 26:18-28). What details are mentioned in one account that are not mentioned in the other? As a family, talk about what it means to have Christ truly present within you. Talk about a relative or a friend of the family whom you all agree is a good example of the presence of Christ. ***No Class March 8-20: Spring Break*** ***Mandatory Eucharist Learning Centers in place of class March 13-17*** ***No Class March 20-March 31: Holy Week and Easter Week*** Classes resume April 3-7, 2016 Week 21 4/3-4/7 Chapter 8 The Kingdom of God is the power of God s love ruling over the world. The Lord s Prayer sums up all that Jesus taught us. When we pray the Lord s Prayer at Mass, we are preparing our hearts to receive Jesus in the Try to make the Lord s Prayer a daily prayer for the family. For example, include it in your bedtime prayers. Together design a prayer card with the Lord s Prayer on it. Have a different family member keep

4 Eucharist. the card each week to remind him or her to pray the Lord s Prayer daily. Week 22: 4/10-4/14 Chapter 9 Week 23: 4/17-4/21 Chapter 10 Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ. Receiving the Eucharist strengthens our unity with Jesus Christ and the Church. We call Jesus the Lamb of God because he sacrificed himself for our sins. The Sacraments nourish us so we can live as God calls us to. Celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist helps us to be more like Jesus. At the end of Mass, the priest blesses us and sends us to be Christ to the world. As a family, read Luke 24:13-32 and Luke 24: These readings describe appearances of the Risen Jesus. After reading both stories, take turns identifying a favorite part and explain the reason for the choice. Talk about any prayers that people in your family pray as they prepare to receive Holy Communion, such as the Act of Contrition or the Act of Faith. Find where the breaking of the bread occurs in Acts 2:41-47 and Luke 24: As a family, discuss the following: What does the breaking of the bread in these stories remind you of? When do we break bread? Together come up with ideas of how your family can be Christ for the world. Have each family member name one person with whom they can share the love of Jesus.

5 Week 24 4/24-4/28 Review Your child s class held a review session and may have As a family, review the rules for receiving Holy Communion. practiced receiving unconsecrated hosts in the church or chapel (space permitting) Rules for Receiving Holy Communion: As part of the review, your child s class watched The We may receive Holy Communion only if we are a Bread of Life DVD from the Brother Francis baptized Catholic collection We must be in the state of grace. This means that we have not committed any mortal sins. If we have committed any mortal sins, we must first confess them and receive absolution in the Sacrament of Reconciliation We are obligated to fast for one hour before the time we receive Holy Communion. This means not drinking or eating anything except water or medicine. We are obligated to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and are encouraged to receive Holy Communion as often as possible. ***Please discuss with your child on whether he/she will be receiving the Precious Blood. It is not necessary for them to receive both the Body and Blood of Christ at First Communion. If your child chooses to receive the Precious Blood of Christ, it will taste like wine and not grape juice! Many students are not prepared for the taste of the Precious Blood of Christ since we cannot practice this in class. If you wish for your child to receive the Eucharist under both species, please prepare your child for this at home.

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