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very much what all families should be.  ey loved one another, took care of one another in many ways every day, and helped relatives and neighbors during good and bad times.• Role-playscenesfromdailylifeoftheHolyFamily,usingimagi- nation and simple costumes.• Helpchildrenresearchlifein rst-centuryGalilee.Ifyourparish has put on a vacation Bible school program on life in Bible times, those materials could be very helpful. Have each child give a short report on topics such as: how people dressed, what they ate, what their houses were like, what a carpenter made, common occupations, how children learned, games children played, their religious and community ered under Pontius Pilate, was cruci ed, died, and was buried, page 10Take children to your parish church to look at the Stations of the Cross.  ey can  nd descriptions of the stations on pages 41 and 42.Talk about why Jesus was willing to su er and die for us. Point out that details in the story, such as the heavy stone that was put in the entrance of the tomb, are included to prove that Jesus was really dead.He descended into hell, page 10Ask children to name some of the good people who died before Jesus did. Answers include Old Testament  gures such as Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Joseph, David, and Dan- iel, as well as Joseph, Jesus’ foster father, and John the Baptist, his cousin. Point out that their long time of waiting for salvation is part of what we remember during the season of Advent, when we are waiting for Jesus to come again.On the third day he rose again from the dead, page 11 Be sure children know that Jesus’ rising from the dead is known as the Resurrection. We celebrate the Resurrection at Easter.He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty, page 11Jesus’ return to his Father is known as the Ascension.  is took place forty days after the Resurrection.  is event can be celebrated on Ascension  ursday or on the following Sunday.From there he will come to judge the living and the dead, page 11 e Church teaches that each person will encounter Christ soon after death and experience particular, or individual, judgment. Depending on how we have lived our lives, we will be ready for Heaven, Purgatory, or hell.At the end of the world, there will be a general or  nal judgment, when the deeds of all people will be revealed.Present this information not to instill fear in the children, but as a reality check. Our good deeds and thoughts will not go unnoticed and unrewarded. But we will need to repent for bad deeds and thoughts so that we can be forgiven.Present Heaven as everlasting and perfect happiness with God, hell as everlasting separation from God, Purgatory as making up for sinin order to enter Heaven. If a person is in Purgatory, he or she is guaranteed Heaven eventually. Our prayers and sacri ces can help persons in Purgatory attain Heaven.Give children Mass books. Help them  nd the part in the Eucharis- tic Prayer when we pray for people who have died.I believe in the Holy Spirit, page 12Review the concept of the Holy Trinity on page 7. Have children make the Sign of the Cross to reinforce the names of the  ree Per- sons in the Holy Trinity.Ask children to consider this scenario. Suppose your parents are going away for a weekend. Your parents would make plans to have someone take care of you. Perhaps Grandma would come to stay with you. Let children share their experiences of being left in some- one’s care. Stress that their parents would choose the best person possible to care for them.Remind children that before Jesus returned to the Father in Heaven, he made a promise to his friends. He promised that the Holy Spirit would come to stay with them.  e Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church.Ask, How does the Holy Spirit help the Church? As you mention these answers, write them on the chalkboard or on newsprint.  e Holy Spirit guides, teaches the truth, gives strength and courage, keeps the Church holy....the holy catholic Church, page 12Remind the children that during his time on earth, Jesus taught in many ways—through his words and actions, and through his stories and miracles. Talk about how the Church continues the work of Jesus. Give children two or three issues of your church bulletin. Help them  nd examples of how your parish does the work of Jesus.Show children some materials from Maryknoll, Columban Fathers, Glenmary, or another missionary organization. Help the children to realize that the Church is not just their parish or diocese. It is worldwide.If you have a priest or priests in your parish or diocese from foreign countries, point out that these priests are missionaries.  ey have come here to help Catholics in the United States celebrate Eucharist and other sacraments.If a foreign priest is serving in your parish, invite him to talk to the children about his country, what it was like for him when he was their age, and when and how he decided to become a mission priest. Or, you may send a thank-you card from your group to a mis- sion priest who is serving in a parish in your diocese.Tell the story of a Catholic missionary, if possible a person who is presently working in the missions. Invite children to write postcards to the missionary, asking about their work, and promising to pray and make a small sacri ce for them. Bundle the cards and send them to the missionary.Tell the stories of saints from a variety of countries.8

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