May Playlists

From Easter to Pentecost

Welcome to our May Generations session! I'm so glad you made time for some faith experiences with your family today. Remember that all things we do together as families are sacred. 

Start by checking out this intro video which will explain what's in your family kit for this month: "From Easter to Pentecost." As always, I'm looking forward to #learningfaithtogether. 

Kits for this month's session can be picked up at St. Michael Parish at the GOF doors on: Tuesday, May 11th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM or, in the parish office anytime after. 

Opening Prayer & What's in the Kit?

Exploring Faith Together

Welcome to our playlists! Each list is geared with activities, games and more for different ages of kids.

 

Feel free to have older siblings help younger siblings - we learn from teaching and doing together too. :D

 

Feel free to work through the playlist at your own pace, you do not need to complete it all at once.

 

Take a picture or two along the way and e-mail them to Nicky at nuerling@stmichaelcanfield.org or send them to me on our Remind app. It will be a great way for us to stay connected! 

Grades K-1: 

Read

Mary Magdelene at the Tomb​

Watch the video below to learn more about the story of Mary at Jesus' tomb on Easter Morning.

 

You can watch by clicking on the "Read" icon below, or by looking for the story in your kit. 

Watch

We just heard the story of Easter Morning, and of Mary meeting Jesus at the tomb. 

This video reminds us of the whole Easter story, Jesus' death and resurrection. 

Click "watch" below to watch the story. 

Do

Find the bag with a butterfly kit in your bag. 

We often use the symbol of a butterfly to remind us of new life (think of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly). 

There are instructions in the bag. You can click the "Do" button below to see a color picture of a completed craft. 

Pray

Risen Lord Jesus, 

Thank you for showing yourself to Mary Magdalene. Help me to love you and serve you with my whole heart, just like she did.

 

Amen.  

First Eucharist Preparation:

Read

Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist helps us become more like Jesus.

 

In today's story, we are going to hear how Jesus loved and served his disciples. 

Just like Jesus is always helping other people, we are called to love and serve those around us too. 

Let's read about how Jesus served his disciples. 

Watch

This month we read the story of Jesus washing his disciples feet at the Last Supper. 

Let's learn more about how we are called to love and serve others too!

Click the "Watch" link below to learn more!

Do

Find the yellow sheet of paper in your kit that has a hand print on it. 

We learned this week that when we serve others we are serving God and living like Jesus taught us too. 

On the fingers of the hands, write ways that you can serve others to live as Jesus has taught us. 

Pray

Lord,

 

Thank you for letting us work with you to share your joy with the world.

Help us not take for granted the gift it is to share you gospel to the nations, and to our neighbors.

Help us have eyes to see the needs around us and to respond to those needs in joy and hope.

Amen.

Grades 3-5:

Read

The Easter season ends with the celebration of Pentecost when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit. 

At Baptism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. At Confirmation, this gift is strengthened. 

They Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus calls us to live. Learn more about courage (a gift of the Holy Spirit) by reading the magazine in your kit. 

Watch

We spend some time reading about courage, a gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Do you know the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit? We celebrate this coming each year at Pentecost. 

Let's look at how LEGO has envisioned this story.

Do

Find the wooden token and twine in your kit. 

Today, we will be making a token bracelet (or necklace if you want) to help us remember who we are called to be. 

On your token, write a word (maybe courage) the reminds you of who God has called you to be. 

Wear your bracelet whenever you need a reminder of who you are.

Pray

Lord,

I am praying for your strength and courage.

Your promise is that you are always here with me and I should not fear anything,

even if I walk through the shadows of the valley of the dead.

Grant me the peace to stop worrying and courageously live the way you want me to live.

 

Amen.

Grades 6-8:

Read

In our Catholic tradition, we spend 50 days celebrating the joy of Easter Resurrection. 

Let's read a story of two men as they encounter Jesus after he is resurrected. You'll notice they don't recognize him immediately. Why is that? 

How does resurrection change us? 

Click the "read" icon below to access the story.

Watch

Resurrection is not resuscitation. It is not a return to life as it was. We read in the story of the Road to Emmaus that the two disciples did not recognize Jesus. Something was different. 

Let's dig in and talk a little bit more about resurrection. 

Do

Find the sheet that says "Resurrection Moments" on the top in your kit. 

Take a few moments each week this month to document places where you see new life emerging. 

If you want to choose a different way to document (take a picture...) that is ok to, but look for moments of grace and hope in new life this month.

Pray

Almighty God,

who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Adults

Read

In the Catholic Church, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus for a full season of 50 days. 

But what does it really mean to live the resurrection? 

Check out this short article to reflect more on living the resurrection in a post-pandemic world. 

Watch

Fr. James Martin, SJ says the three best words in the English language are "Christ is Risen." 

He also reminds us of the significance of these words in our lives. 

Take a few minutes to watch this Easter reflection. 

Do

Jesus' wounds remind us of who Jesus is. They remind us of his suffering and death that happened before his resurrection. 

The risen Christ carries the mark of his human life. 

This month, take a few moments to reflect on where suffering has led to resurrection in your life. 

Pray

Almighty God,

who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:

Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Additional K-1 Resources:

Sing along with this Easter hymn!

Additional Resources:

This song by Matthew West reminds us that we are called to "Do Something."

Additional 3-5 Resources:

This songs helps to remind me to be brave - what reminds you to be brave? 

Additional 6-8 Resources:

Let us remember that Christ has conqured death:

Additional Adult Resources:

"Risen" reminds us that through Jesus' death and resurrection, we are able to join him for all eternity in heaven. 

Praying Together

For closing prayer, listen to the video below as it leads us through the Pentecost Sequence. This is a special prayer (think of it as poetry) used during the Pentecost celebration. The words are included in the video.

Sharing Together

Don't forget to send a picture of yourself working on our projects for the month of May to: nuerling@stmichaelcanfield.org or on Remind. Thanks!