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PRAISE AND CELEBRATECelebrate What You Believe, page 17Give each child a ballot with the following days listed: Valentine’s Day, Easter,  anksgiving, Christmas, My Birthday. If possible, put a little icon or illustration beside each to help with identi cation.Have children cast their secret votes for their favorite day of the year. Count the votes. Ask children who voted for the “winner” to tell why they voted for that day. Invite others to defend their choice. See if they can tell you what we celebrate on each of these days. Help children understand what makes some days special.Finally, show the children a year-at-a-glance calendar, where all twelve months are shown. With their help, circle the holidays listed on this page, as well as all of their birthdays.The Church Celebrates Special Days and Seasons,pages 18 and 19Direct children’s attention to the liturgical calendar on the inside back cover of their books. Explain that this is a di erent kind of calendar. Ask children to look for di erences.• Itdoesn’tstartwithJanuaryandendwithDecember • Itisn’tarrangedinmonths.• Itisovalorroundinsteadofsquare.Tell children that this is a liturgical calendar—the calendar of the Church year. It is arranged in seasons and lists feasts. Ask them to  gure out which days from the list on page 17 are also on this calen- dar. (Christmas and Easter)Be sure children understand that the liturgical year helps us to remember and celebrate the times and events in Jesus’ life. Ask them to point to the correct section on the liturgical calendar as you read the names of the seasons and feasts in order.Identify the current liturgical season. Read the description for that season. Ask children if they remember what color the priest’s vest- ments were last Sunday. Help children learn the liturgical colors that change with the feasts and seasons.Explain that each liturgical season and feast has its own color. Advent’s color is violet. Christmas is white. Ordinary Time is green. Lent is violet. Easter is white. Pentecost is red. Brie y explain why these colors are used.• White is a color that shows joy and celebration.• VioletIn Advent, violet is for waiting and hoping.In Lent, violet is for penance and sacri ce.• Green is the color for life and growth. In OrdinaryTime, God’s grace and love grows in our hearts andin our world.• Redisthecolorofthe reoftheHolySpirit.Redisalso worn on the feasts of martyrs, saints who died for their faith.Gather church supply catalogs from your parish o ce or pastor. Have each child make an illustrated chart of the liturgical year by cutting out chasubles of di erent colors and labeling each with the appropriate liturgical season.Return to these pages throughout the year as the liturgical seasons change. Relate the information of Church seasons and feasts to what is happening in the children’s lives. Help them look for the reasons behind familiar traditions and activities: lighting an Advent wreath, decorating with candles and Christmas lights, giving Christ- mas presents, setting up a nativity set, being signed with ashes on Ash Wednesday, giving up something for Lent,  nding Easter eggs, and so on.Sunday, page 20Draw from children’s life experience what makes Sunday a special day for their families. What special things do children and their families do on Sunday?Be sure children understand that the most important way to observe Sunday is by gathering to celebrate the Eucharist, or Mass. We remember what Jesus did for us at every Mass—his Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension.Talk about how the Mass really doesn’t end when we leave church. We have received the Body of Christ. We take Jesus out into the whole world. We have become the Body of Christ. Now we do the work of Jesus in the world. Ask the children for ideas about how they could do Christ’s work on Sunday and every day of the week.Many families have a special meal together on Sunday. Talk about how a family meal re ects the Mass.SacramentsBaptism, page 21Encourage children to  nd out more about their own Baptismand to share that information with the class. Mark the children’s baptismal days on a classroom calendar and recognize them as they occur.Talk about why water is a good sign of what happens in Baptism—it cleanses and gives life. Tell children that we remember our Baptism when we go into church and bless ourselves with holy water.Discuss what it means to be a member of a particular community. Help children list the communities to which they belong—family, class at school, class at church, Church, teams, clubs, and so on. List the communities on the chalkboard or on newsprint as they are mentioned. When the list is complete, ask these questions about several of the communities.• Howdidyoubecomeamemberofthiscommunity? • Whatdoesitmeantobelongtothiscommunity?• Whatarethebene ts?• Whataretheresponsibilities?10

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