January Playlists

Catholic Social Teaching

Welcome to our January 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: "Catholic Social Teaching" 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, January 5th or Wednesday, January 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM or, in the parish office anytime after Tuesday, January 5th. 

Don't forget to join us LIVE for an introduction to this month's theme on Facebook:

                        Sunday, January  10th 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 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:


"The Creation Story"

When we talk about caring for others, it is important for us to remember that God made everything, and everything that God made is GOOD! 


Read the story of creation with an adult or older sibling to learn more about what God all created. 

The Creation Story


Let's talk more about all the things that God made! 

Watch the video below! 

K-1 Video Lesson


Find the craft sticks in your kit and use them to design the members of your family. 

Then, find the picture of people from around thee world. What do you notice is the same about all people? What is different? 

On the construction paper, draw what you think one of their families might be doing. 

Remember, God made us all GOOD! 


This month, we are going to pray through song! 

Here are the words to our new song - you can click the link below to watch a video and learn along too !

God loves you;

God loves me,

God gave us a family:

on the earth we have brothers and sisters too

everywhere under one sky of blue.

First Eucharist Preparation:


This month, we will be learning about how Jesus loves and cares for us. 

We will read a story from the Bible about Jesus feeding 5,000 people! 

Click below or find the paper in your packet to read the story.


You read a story about Jesus feeding a lot of people.

Now, watch a video to learn a little more about what that means.

"Jesus Loves and Cares for Us"


Spend some time this month looking over the "My St. Michael's Mass booklet from your kit. You can follow along next time you celebrate Mass with us in person or online.

We'll dive more into the parts of the Mass next month. 


A special prayer from St. Richard of Chichester reminds us that Jesus is our friend: 

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know you more clearly, Love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Grades 3-5:


God wants us to treat everyone, no matter where they come from or what they look like with respect and dignity. 

Let's read more about the Holt family and how they learned to see the holiness in some special children in "Operation: New Home for Orphans." 


Watch the video below after you have read about the Holt family to learn more about Catholic Social Teaching, a special part of our Catholic faith that helps us live out Jesus' Gospel message of Love. 


Find the star papers in your kit. 

This month, we have focused on how each person is made in the image of God and therefore has dignity and deserves respect. 

We can practice seeing this specialness in those all around us. This month, we'll begin with our family. Cut out a star for each member of your family. Write down the gifts, talents, abilities and qualities that each member has. Then share the star with them. 


Pray this prayer to help us remember to respect all people: 

Loving Father,

Thank you for the many beautiful colors and languages of the world and for making all your children unique. Thank you for creating me in your image. Thank you for loving me and making me wonderful. Help me love like you. Help me share your love with all the children you have made, for they are unique and wonderful.


Additional K-1 Resources:

Learn more about creation by watching the video below:

Additional Resources:

Our story in video form:

Additional 3-5 Resources:

Whirl Kids Celebrate Advent: 

Grades 6-8:


Catholic Social Teaching calls us to live out the values of the Gospel in every day life. 

It uses 7 different principles to talk about how we can do this (see sheet in your kit). 

Today we will focus on the "Dignity and Respect for Every Human." 

This principle is rooted in scripture - check out the passage below: 

Genesis 1:26-27


Now that you have read about how God created each person in God's own image, take time to watch the video below and learn more about how we should treat one another. 

"Life & Dignity of the Human Person"


Take a moment to read the following passages, one from St. John Paul II and one from Pope Francis on the dignity of human beings. 

Then answer two questions on the google form by clicking on the scissors icon below. 

St. John Paul II passage

Pope Francis passage


Creator God,

help us honor the dignity

of all people,

especially those

in whom God’s face

may be difficult to recognize. Inspire us to help

protect human life

in all its stages,

at home

and around the world.



Take time each week this month to reflect on the above prayer.



Are you familiar with the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching? 

Check out this resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that briefly describes each principle. 

"7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching"


Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, began Homeboys Ministry where he works in gang rehabilitation and intervention. 

Listen to his talk below and hear why he says everything valuable he knows he learned from gang members. 


Now that you have read about Catholic Social teaching, check out the infographic below for different ways to live out each of the principles. 

Consider trying one a week this month, or incorporating them into your New Year's Resolutions. 

Catholic Social Teaching



Consider taking time this month to pray for peace in our world. 

This song from Reba McEntire, "Pray for Peace" might be one way you can ask God for peace in our world. 

"Pray for Peace"

Additional 6-8 Resources:

Overview of the 7 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: 

Additional Adult Resources:

A brief overview of Catholic Social Teaching:

Praying Together

For closing prayer, watch the video below about how we can all be the body of Christ. I hope this month, we will be challenged to live the Gospel value of love by serving others. 

Sharing Together

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