Gratitude: Living Life as a Gift
Welcome to our February 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: "Gratitude: Living Life as a Gift" 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, February 9th or Wednesday, February 10th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM or, in the parish office anytime after Tuesday, February 9th.
Don't forget to join us LIVE for an introduction to this month's theme on Facebook:
Sunday, February 14th at 12:30 PM
The live presentation video will be uploaded to our website 24 hours after it occurs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to me on our Remind app. It will be a great way for us to stay connected!
"Saint Therese of the Child Jesus"
Find the paper in your kit and fold it into a storybook for this month.
Learn all about St. Therese and how she did little things to show her love for God.
What little things can you do?
Find the green craft sticks, the cut out flowers, foam circles and foam triangle in your kit.
Today, we are going to make a spiritual bouquet. As we assemble each flower, let's write one little thing we can do to show God's love to others on our flower.
Then, we can look at our bouquet to remember all the little things we can do to show God's love.
Click below for a picture of the completed project.
Additional K-1 Resources:
Learn more about St. Therese here:
First Eucharist Preparation:
After receiving Communion, you can talk to Jesus heart to heart.
Write a short prayer you can say when you receive Communion.
You can write your prayer on the heart inside your pamphlet for this month.
Find the paper with the brick wall on it in your kit.
St. Francis taught us that living a life simply and giving back to others is a way of saying "thank you" to God for all he has done.
Build a wall of gratitude this month by writing things you are thankful for on each brick.
Our story in video form:
Additional 3-5 Resources:
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Bl. Solanus Casey was often said to be saying, "if we would only appreciate..."
He called for us to "Thank God ahead of time." Bl. Solanus Casey believed that if we took to really appreciate each other the world would be different.
How do we find the strength and courage to find grace and show gratitude during a pandemic?
When we are stressed out and worrying about day-to-day activities it can be hard to stop and "thank you."
Read this article for a reminder of how grace surrounds us during these times.
Additional 6-8 Resources:
Blessed Solanus Casey is on his way to sainthood. But, how does one become a saint? Check out the video below to learn more:
Additional Adult Resources:
Is gratitude connected to your overall happiness?
For closing prayer, listen to the video below as it leads you through a guided meditation on gratefulness and gratitude. While they don't explicitly mention that God is the reason for the planet and our life, we know God is!
Don't forget to send a picture of yourself working on our projects for the month of October to: email@example.com or on Remind. Thanks!