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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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!
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:
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.
Spend extra time this month practicing "The Lord's Prayer."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Guided Meditation on the Lord's Prayer:
Additional 3-5 Resources:
Watch this video adaptation of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist.
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.
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?
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.
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!