March Playlists

Sacraments of Initiation

Welcome to our March 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: "The Sacraments on Initiation." 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, March 16th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM or, in the parish office anytime after Tuesday, March 16th. 

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

                        Sunday, March 21st 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: Baptism

Read

"Baptism of Jesus"​

Watch the video below to learn more about the story of Jesus' baptism. 

 

You can watch by clicking on the "Read" icon below, or by looking in a Bible at home. 

The story of Jesus' baptism can be found: 

*Matthew 3:13-17

*Mark 1:9-11

*Luke 3:21-22

Watch

Just as Jesus was baptized with water into the family of God by his cousin John, we too have been baptized with water into our community of faith. 

We are grateful for the new life we have in Jesus through our baptism. 

Watch this video to see a model baptism at the font in St. Michael Parish. 

Do

Find the soap clay, wax paper, and yarn in your kit. 

Lay your wax paper on your surface to keep your work area clean. 

Mold your clay into the shape of a dove (remember Jesus' baptism?). 

Take the piece of yarn, fold it in half, and knot it together. 

Gently push the knotted end into the top of your soap dove. Let your dove dry overnight. 

Remember that Baptism washes our sins away! 

Pray

Put some water into a bowl at your house. 

Gather around the bowl with your family and mark each other with the sign of the cross using the water. 

As you mark each other with the sign of the cross, pray: 

"Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

Additional K-1 Resources:

The Baptism of Jesus in video form:

First Eucharist Preparation:

Read

This month, we will be reading about a special prayer that Jesus gave to us called "The Lord's Prayer." 

Each week at Mass, we say this prayer from Jesus together as a community. 

You can find the story by clicking the "read" icon below or by looking at Matthew 6:5-13 in a Bible.

 

Watch

This month we learned about "The Lord's Prayer," the very special prayer that Jesus gave to us.

Let's learn more about what we are asking for when we say these special words together.

Click the "Watch" link below to learn more!

Do

Find the bag of bracelet supplies in your kit. Follow the directions included to put the beads in order to help you remember The Lord's Prayer. 

Find the glossy white paper in your kit that says "One Family in Christ." Draw a picture of your family on this paper. Then, have a grown-up e-mail it to Miss Nicky to be a part of a special 1st Eucharist project. 

Pray

Spend extra time this month practicing "The Lord's Prayer."

Our Father,

who art in heaven

hallowed be thy name

thy kingdom come,

they will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us. 

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

Grades 3-5:

Read

Jesus was baptized into God's family by his cousin, John the Baptist. 

Each of you have also been baptized into God's family when you celebrated your baptism. 

Read the story of Jesus' baptism found in your kit, or by clicking the "Read" link below. 

Ask your parents to see pictures of your baptism day.

Watch

After Baptism, the next sacrament of initiation is First Eucharist, or First Communion. 

When we receive Eucharist, we are receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ! What an amazing gift!

Let's learn more about Eucharist together. Click the "Watch" icon below.

Do

Our third and final sacrament of initiation is the sacrament of Confirmation. 

At Confirmation, we confirm what our parents promised for us at Baptism.  

The Holy Spirit is strengthened in us and we receive the gifts of they Holy Spirit. 

Find the paper plate craft in your kit. Assemble the dove. Click the "Do" below to see a picture of the completed project.

 

Write the gifts of the Holy Spirit on one side of the fire. Then, write what each gift means on the back.

Pray

Loving God, 

Thank you for calling me to faith. Thank you for the gift of Jesus who walks with me, whether I "see" him or not. Help my faith to deepen and when I have doubts, help me to believe that Jesus understands and perhaps even smiles on me. Keep your guiding hand on me this day. 

Amen.

John 20:19-31

 

 


 

Additional Resources:

A Guided Meditation on the Lord's Prayer:

Additional 3-5 Resources:

Watch this video adaptation of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist.

Grades 6-8:

Read

At baptism, our parents make promises on our behalf. 

At Confirmation, we confirm that these promises are now ours. We take ownership of them. 

Take a moment to read the baptismal promises that were made for you.

Watch

This past February, our 8th graders celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. 

Fr. Terry gave a homily about the meaning of Confirmation during our celebration. 

Click the "Watch" icon below to watch his reflection on the sacrament of Confirmation. 

Do

Let's talk about some symbols of the Holy Spirit. 

Find the bag with the 10 cards in your kit. 

Answer the questions on the back of each card with a partner. 

See how each of the symbols connects to the Holy Spirit and to Confirmation.

Pray

Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful

and enkindle in them

the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirt

and they shall be created.

And you shall renew the face of the earth. 

Adults

Read

Check out this Busted Halo article with their Sacraments 1010 videos embedded. It gives a great overview into our Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church:

Baptism

Eucharist

Confirmation

You can read the article and watch the videos by clicking the "Read" icon below.

Watch

This fun video is of a Grandpa telling his grandkids about the Sacraments of Initiation. 

Watch by clicking the "Watch" icon below. 

Do

Spend some time thinking about your Church community this month. 

What are some reasons you are thankful to be a part of this community?

What are some ways you can give back to this community?

Pray

This month, simply take time to thank God for being a part of his family here on earth. 

Additional 6-8 Resources:

Listen to this special message from Bishop Bonnar about the gifts received at Confirmation.

Additional Adult Resources:

In this song, "The Body of Christ" Sarah Hart reflects on the power of Eucharist. 
We are one in the body of Christ. 

Praying Together

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!  

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!