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Eucharist, page 22To help children understand the phrase “the sacri ce of the Mass,” talk about the idea of sacri ce. Give children examples of sacri ce found in their daily lives. For example, ask what kinds of sacri ces parents make for the good of their children. What sacri ces did Jesus make to save us?Help children make connections between the Last Supper and the Mass. Read aloud Luke 22:17-20. Tell children that we celebrate Mass because Jesus told us: “Do this in remembrance of me.”You might want to bring out those church supply catalogs again. Have each child use pictures from the catalogs to make an illus- trated chart of the items used for Mass: chalice, paten, ciborium, cruets, communion cups, decanter, wine, hosts.Review Mass responses and parts of the Mass. Make cards with the greetings and the responses. Have the children match them up. Make cards with the names of parts of the Mass and simple descrip- tions. Have children match the names with the descriptions. Finally, give each child one card with the name of a part of the Mass and help children to line up in the order of the Mass.Penance and Reconciliation, page 23Demonstrate the e ects of sin and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on our relationship with Jesus. Ask for two volunteers. Have them hold the opposite ends of a three-foot length of rope. Explain that one person represents Jesus and the other represents all of us.  e rope represents the friendship that Jesus shares with us.Provide an example of a venial sin, like being late for Mass. What does a venial sin do to the friendship with Jesus? Cut into the rope with a scissors, but not all the way through. Ask children if the friendship can be repaired. Tie a big knot where the cut is.  en provide an example of a mortal sin, like intentionally missing Mass. Cut the rope all the way through. Ask children if the friendship can still be repaired. Tie the rope back together.Explain that the Sacrament of Reconciliation repairs our relationship with Jesus when we sin.  e sacrament can make the relationship stronger than before and bring us closer to Jesus. Review the steps of Reconciliation on page 23 and the Act of Contrition on page 47.Talk about the importance of forgiveness in daily life. What isthe mood like at home when you are not getting along with your brother or sister? How do you go about making things right again?Liturgy, page 24Ask children to share some activity that their whole family does together. Explain that liturgy is like that in some ways.  e Church is the family of God. Jesus is the Head of the Church and we are all members. Together, Jesus the Head and we the members, celebrate liturgy.Help children make a list on the chalkboard or on newsprint of all the reasons they have to praise and thank God. Challenge them to keep thinking until you have a good, long list, without repetitions.  en, on a sheet of poster board, outline the letters PRAISE and THANKS in wide, chunky letters. Give children scraps of construc-tion paper in a variety of colors. Direct them to cut small irregular pieces, about 1⁄2 to 1 inch. (To save time, you could have the pieces already cut.) Let children  t and then glue the pieces of colored paper into the letters to make a mosaic.  en divide up the listof reasons to praise and thank God. Let each child use a colored marker to print one reason on the poster surrounding the words Praise and  anks. Display the poster board where other children and parishioners can see and enjoy it.The Church Year, page 25 e celebrations that are on the same date every year are: •  eAssumptionofMary—August15•  eFeastofSt.FrancisofAssisi—October4• ChristmasDay—December25•  eBirthdayofMary—September8• Yourbirthday e celebrations that are on di erent dates from year to year are:•  eFirstSundayofAdvent(fourSundaysbeforeChristmas)• Epiphany(usuallycelebratedonthe2ndSundayafterChristmas) • AshWednesday• Easter• PentecostThe Sacraments of Initiation, page 26•  esignofBaptismiswater.•  esignofCon rmationis re.•  esignsofEucharistarebreadandachalice,orcup,ofwine.FOLLOW JESUSMaking Choices, page 27Give each child an index card, and ask children to write their own endings to the story. Have the children form groups of two or three to share their endings.  en have each group choose an ending to act out for the whole class.Discuss the story.• WhydidSabrinacutonepieceofcakebiggerthantheother?• WhydidMollysaythatSamcouldchoosethepiecehewanted? • WhatwouldyoudoifyouwereSam?You Can Choose, page 28Review the di erence between sin, mistakes, and accidents.• Accident—whensomethinghappensthatwedidn’tintend.• Mistake—whenwemakeawrongchoiceorgiveawronganswerbecause we didn’t know the right choice or right answer.• Sin—whenwedosomethingthatweknowgoesagainstGod’swill.Ask children to decide whether these situations involve an accident, mistake, or sin.• Yousayyouwillpushyourfriendontheswing.Butyou’renot paying attention as your friend gets on the swing. Before your friend is settled on the seat, you give the swing a big push. Your friend is knocked to the ground. Accident, mistake, or sin?• Yourteacherasksyoutocollectthepicturesyourclassmateshave drawn. You drop one and step on it. It gets all messed up. Acci- dent, mistake, or sin?11

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