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Ask for a volunteer to serve as the model for a human body that you are about to draw. Have the volunteer lie down on a long piece of butcher paper. Trace the volunteer’s body and cut out the human form. On the head, print Jesus. Have each of the children writehis or her name somewhere else on the body.  en have children brainstorm for the names of everyone they know who belongs to the Body of Christ. Let them write the names of parents and god- parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, other relatives, your pastor, the pope, friends, neighbors—anyone they can think of who is Catholic....the communion of saints, page 13Tell children that November 1 is the feast of All Saints.  is includes the canonized saints, the people that the Church has declared are saints.But All Saints’ Day also celebrates all of those holy people who loved God and followed Jesus, who are in Heaven now, but have not been declared saints. Tell them that God wants us all to be saints.After reading the description of a saint, ask children to think about how they could become a saint. Have children imagine themselves as saints. Ask each to draw a self-portrait and print their name underneath with the title Saint.  en ask them to write two or three sentences about how they follow Jesus.Share the stories of some of the saints of the month or some of the saints for whom children in the class are named. Strive to present a variety of stories to make the point that there are many ways to serve God and to build up the Body of Christ. e children may be interested in the connection between Hal- loween and All Saints’ Day. Point out that Halloween (October 31) is the day before All Saints’ Day (November 1).  e original name of Halloween was All Hallows’ Eve. Hallow means “holy.” In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “hallowed be thy name.” We mean, “May your name be made holy, or kept holy.” So All Hallows were “all holy ones,” or all saints. Eve is used as in Christmas Eve. It is the evening before a big day. So Halloween means “All Saints’ Day Eve.”...the forgiveness of sins, page 13Invite children to talk about their Baptism. Remind them that this sacrament is the  rst sacrament for the forgiveness of sins.Children are preparing for or have recently experienced the Sacra- ment of Reconciliation for the  rst time. In the Sacrament of Pen- ance or Reconciliation, sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.Review with children the steps of the Rite of Reconciliation on page 23 of their books and the Act of Contrition on page 47....the resurrection of the body, page 14After reading this section, invite children to use their imaginations to paint pictures of what their resurrected bodies will look like....and life everlasting, page 14Give children an opportunity to talk about their experiences with death. Many of them will have experienced the death of a pet. Some will have experienced the death of family members or friends. What is it like when a friend or family member dies? Let them know that itis okay to talk about how they feel and how much they miss a loved one. We (the Church) support one another in times of loss and sorrow. Introduce All Souls’ Day, which is November 2. On this day we remember and pray for our friends and family who have died. You may celebrate with the Hispanic tradition of Día de los Muertos, with the altar, decorations, and food to enjoy.Be sure to discuss eternal life.  is is our hope and consolation in the face of death.  is is one of the truths of our faith. Jesus told us that he came to bring us eternal life. Assure children that God wants all of us to return to our real home—heaven—where we will be happy forever, and where we will join our loved ones who have died before us.Someone will likely raise the question about whether pets go to heaven. One approach that is appropriate for children is to say that they (the children) will be perfectly happy in heaven. If they need their pets to be perfectly happy, then their pets will be there.Amen, page 14Talk about the meaning of the word Amen. Why is it a good word to say after prayers? Before Holy Communion?  e Great Amen ends the Eucharistic prayer. When we sing that Amen, it means that we are not just listening to the priest pray, we are praying, too.I Believe, page 15 e solution: I believe in God the Father, and in Jesus, the Son of God, and in the Holy Spirit.The Good News Bulletin, page 16 e Good K.I.D. Award is activity should help the children see that they have the capacity to be heroic in the area of being kind to others.Today’s Word SearchFAITHCLQL CREEDHLHA XYRNKRBEN NLPIQIWAG ROIVASEVE FHCIVTCEL FTRDFHANH TIRIPSRKC NKAMENGMKHelp Wanted is activity should help the children understand that they are called to be disciples now, and to recognize that they have opportu- nities to do so.9

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