Teaching the
Sacred Liturgy
to Children
Liturgical Catechesis
and Formation
Information and Preparation
Celebration and Pa...
Our Game Plan
• Some Challenges in teaching
Children about the Sacred Liturgy.
• Why is the Sacred Liturgy so
important?
•...
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• How did you learn about
the Sacred Liturgy?
• Who taught you?
• How did they learn?
• Who taught them?
• How did they le...
The First Christians
Saint Justin Martyr
Apology I, 67
155-57, AD
To the Emperor Titus Ælius Adrianus
Antoninus Pius Augustus Cæsar,
and to his son Verissimus the
Philosopher, and to Luciu...
On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in
the country gather together to one place, and the
memoirs of the ap...
Then we all rise together and pray, and, as
we before said, when our prayer is ended,
bread and wine and water are brought...
Common Mistakes
The Cheerio Solution
Sometimes …
We ignore children completely.
• We see the Liturgy as an Adult
Experience
• If they are ignored in and by the...
A Reality and a Goal
• Children are baptized Christians.
• Children have a right to pray and
worship with the assembly.
• ...
Challenges to Teaching Children
about the Sacred Liturgy
So how do we teach children
about the Liturgy?
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It takes attention. Liturgy means work!
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Liturgical Education
Liturgical Catechesis
Liturgical Formation
Environmental (Indirect)
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GUIDING PRINCIPLE
Lex Orandi
Lex Credendi
Lex Vivendi
Prayer, Belief, Life
Worship, Faith, Witness
How you pray reflects w...
Sacrosanctum Concilium
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

Why is the Sacred Liturgy
so Important?
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
• Increases vigor in the Christian life of the
faithful (CSL1)
• Help us manifest t...
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
• Strengthens our power to preach Christ and
show the Church to all the nations. (C...
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
• Is a sacred action surpassing all others; no other
action of the Church can equal...
Why is the Liturgical Catechesis
so Important?
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
11. … Pastors of souls must therefore realize that,
when the liturgy is celebrated,...
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
14. Mother Church earnestly desires that all the
faithful should be led to that ful...
THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
In the restoration and promotion of the sacred
liturgy, this full and active partic...
THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS
85. Christ is always present in his Church, especially
in liturgical celebrations. Co...
THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS
General Directory for Catechesis, 85
85. For this reason, catechesis, along with
prom...
CATECHESI TRADENDAE
23. Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the
whole of liturgical and sacramental activity,
for it i...
CATECHESI TRADENDAE
23. Catechesis always has reference to the sacraments.
On the one hand, the catechesis that prepares f...
The Directory for
Masses with Children
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
8. A fully Christian life is inconceivable without
participation in the liturgical ...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
The Church baptizes children and therefore, relying
on the gifts conferred by this ...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
9. For this reason all who have a part in the
formation of children should consult ...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
These values include
– the community activity,
– exchange of greetings,
– capacity ...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
10. The Christian family has the greatest role in
instilling these Christian and hu...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
11. The Christian communities to which the
individual families belong or in which t...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
12. Even in the case of children, the Liturgy itself
always exerts its own inherent...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
13. Various kinds of celebrations may also play a
major role in the liturgical form...
THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN
15. While all that has been said remains true,
the final purpose of all Liturgical ...
So how does this all happen?
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Foreign Language Class
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The vocabulary and grammar. (Formal)
The Oversea...
Liturgical Formation
Lex Credendi
Preparation and Information
Environmental Catechesis
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Lex Orandi
Celebr...
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3. Experiential Catechesis
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• What does celebration mean?
observe, commemorate, make known
publicly, proclaim...
MUSIC IN CATHOLIC WORSHIP
6. Faith grows when it is well expressed in
celebration. Good celebrations foster and
nourish fa...
Reverend
Johannes Höfinger, SJ
“Here is the last and most decisive
reason why teaching through
worship is superior to all ...
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Lex Vivendi
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From Mystery to Mission
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In the 4th Century, Saint John Chrysostom
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showed toward the church altar.
That ...
The Witness of the Catechist
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Important Liturgical Components
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• We best teach Liturgy to children if we are
people of the Liturgy in our own lives.
• Make ritual a part of every class/...
Visible Signs
• Incarnational
• reaches out to the whole person (body
and soul)
• The senses.
• The body is included by ac...
Go into the Church!
• The Church building itself!
• Dome, symbolizing the dome of
heaven;
• pointed arches pointing upward...
In the Classroom…
• Use a Crucifix, ad crucem
• A prayer table, center, place, or
“classroom altar”.
• Candles
• A beautif...
Catechize from and for
the Whole Treasury
of the Liturgy
• Its not only the Holy Mass
• The Liturgical Life that flows
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Getting Ready for Sunday
Indirect and Direct
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Reflecting on Thanksgiving Dinner
Breaking Open the Word
Getting Ready for Sunday
Penance Service
Holy Thursday Morning Pr...
Thanksgiving Dinner
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Breaking Open the Word
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Eighth Graders
Small Group
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Social Media Blast
Get Ready for Sunday
October 20, 2013
This Sunday’s Gospel will encourage us
to be persistent. We know ...
Penance Service
• The Rite of Rite of
Reconciliation of Several
Penitents with Individual
Confession and Absolution
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Holy
Thursday
Morning
Prayer
• The Liturgy
of the Hours
• Don’t have to
invent
something!
Sacrosanctum
Concilium
Promulgated by Pope Paul VI

December 4, 2013
•Celebrate what you are already
doing. It is more than you think!
•Use the 4 elements of catechesis
each week. Its not tha...
Reverend
Johannes Höfinger, SJ
“Here is the last and most decisive
reason why teaching through
worship is superior to all ...
Catechetical Methodology Liturgical Catechesis
by Marianne Cuthbertson and Caroline Farey
http://www.thesowerreview.com/Su...
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  1. 1. Teaching the Sacred Liturgy to Children Liturgical Catechesis and Formation Information and Preparation Celebration and Participation Vocation and Transformation Reverend Neil S. Sullivan, M.Div., M.A., KHS November 9, 2013
  2. 2. Our Game Plan • Some Challenges in teaching Children about the Sacred Liturgy. • Why is the Sacred Liturgy so important? • Why is teaching about the Sacred Liturgy so important? • Focus on four catechetical ways to teach about the Sacred Liturgy. • Share some ideas that seem to be working.
  3. 3. www.sclhbg.org http://www.slideshare.net/sclhbg/ teaching-the-sacred-liturgy-tochildren frnsullivan@sclhbg.org
  4. 4. • How did you learn about the Sacred Liturgy? • Who taught you? • How did they learn? • Who taught them? • How did they learn? • Who taught them? • How did they learn? • Who taught them? • How did they learn? • Who taught them?
  5. 5. The First Christians
  6. 6. Saint Justin Martyr Apology I, 67 155-57, AD
  7. 7. To the Emperor Titus Ælius Adrianus Antoninus Pius Augustus Cæsar, and to his son Verissimus the Philosopher, and to Lucius the Philosopher, the natural son of Cæsar, and the adopted son of Pius, a lover of learning, and to the sacred Senate, with the whole People of the Romans, I, Justin, the son of Priscus and grandson of Bacchius, natives of Flavia Neapolis in Palestine, present this address and petition in behalf of those of all nations who are unjustly hated and wantonly abused, myself being one of them.
  8. 8. On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Saint Justin Martyr 155-57, AD
  9. 9. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons Saint Justin Martyr 155-57, AD
  10. 10. Common Mistakes The Cheerio Solution
  11. 11. Sometimes … We ignore children completely. • We see the Liturgy as an Adult Experience • If they are ignored in and by the Liturgy, why would the want to be interested in it. We infantilize the Liturgy. • We create “liturgies” that are childlike or even childish. • The Liturgy celebrated with children should always be modeled after, flow from, and return to the Communal Celebration of the Holy Mass on the Lord’s Day.
  12. 12. A Reality and a Goal • Children are baptized Christians. • Children have a right to pray and worship with the assembly. • This right implies a responsibility of the Church to help them pray and worship with the assembly. • Children should learn more and more of what it means to be a member of the worshipping assembly as appropriate for their age and development.
  13. 13. Challenges to Teaching Children about the Sacred Liturgy
  14. 14. So how do we teach children about the Liturgy? • • • • • • • It takes attention. Liturgy means work! We can’t rely completely on osmosis. Be intentional. Start early … or wherever they are! The process is ongoing. It bears repeating. Spiral, rather than linear. There is no "graduation" from liturgical catechesis. There may be ebb and flow. • Balance between the different stages, expressions, and experiences of Catechesis.
  15. 15. • • • • • • • Liturgical Education Liturgical Catechesis Liturgical Formation Environmental (Indirect) Formal (Direct) Experiential Mystagogical • Preparation and Information • Celebration and Participation • Vocation and Transformation
  16. 16. GUIDING PRINCIPLE Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Lex Vivendi Prayer, Belief, Life Worship, Faith, Witness How you pray reflects what you believe. What you believe calls you to a certain way of living.
  17. 17. Sacrosanctum Concilium Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Why is the Sacred Liturgy so Important?
  18. 18. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY • Increases vigor in the Christian life of the faithful (CSL1) • Help us manifest the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.(CSL2) • Builds us up into a holy temple of the Lord, the dwelling place for God in the Spirit (CSL2) • Brings us to mature measure of the fullness of Christ. (CSL2) Second Vatican Council 1963
  19. 19. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY • Strengthens our power to preach Christ and show the Church to all the nations. (CSL2) • Gather the scattered children of God together until there is one sheepfold and one shepherd. (CSL2) • Encounter the presence of Christ who is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. (CSL7) • God is perfectly glorified and we are sanctified. (CSL7) Second Vatican Council 1963
  20. 20. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY • Is a sacred action surpassing all others; no other action of the Church can equal its efficacy. (CSL7) • Is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed and at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. (CSL7) • Gives us a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy. (CSL8) • Moves the faithful, filled with "the paschal sacraments," to be "one in holiness" (CSL10) • Draws the faithful into the compelling love of Christ and sets them on fire. (CSL10) Second Vatican Council 1963
  21. 21. Why is the Liturgical Catechesis so Important?
  22. 22. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY 11. … Pastors of souls must therefore realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration; it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects. Second Vatican Council 1963
  23. 23. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY 14. Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people, is their right and duty by reason of their baptism. Second Vatican Council 1963
  24. 24. THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit; and therefore pastors of souls must zealously strive to achieve it, by means of the necessary instruction, in all their pastoral work. Second Vatican Council 1963
  25. 25. THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS 85. Christ is always present in his Church, especially in liturgical celebrations. Communion with Jesus Christ leads to the celebration of his salvific presence in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist. The Church ardently desires that all the Christian faithful be brought to that full, conscious and active participation which is required by the very nature of the liturgy and the dignity of the baptismal priesthood. Vatican Congregation for Clergy 1997
  26. 26. THE GENERAL DIRECTORY FOR CATECHESIS General Directory for Catechesis, 85 85. For this reason, catechesis, along with promoting a knowledge of the meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments, must also educate the disciples of Jesus Christ "for prayer, for thanksgiving, for repentance, for praying with confidence, for community spirit, for understanding correctly the meaning of the creeds...", as is all of this is necessary for a true liturgical life Vatican Congregation for Clergy 1997
  27. 27. CATECHESI TRADENDAE 23. Catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity, for it is in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, that Christ Jesus works in fullness for the transformation of human beings. Blessed Pope John Paul II 1979
  28. 28. CATECHESI TRADENDAE 23. Catechesis always has reference to the sacraments. On the one hand, the catechesis that prepares for the sacraments is an eminent kind, and every form of catechesis necessarily leads to the sacraments of faith. On the other hand, authentic practice of the sacraments is bound to have a catechetical aspect. In other words, sacramental life is impoverished and very soon turns into hollow ritualism if it is not based on serious knowledge of the meaning of the sacraments, and catechesis becomes intellectualized if it fails to come alive in the sacramental practice. Blessed Pope John Paul II 1979
  29. 29. The Directory for Masses with Children
  30. 30. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 8. A fully Christian life is inconceivable without participation in the liturgical services in which the faithful, gathered into a single assembly, celebrate the paschal mystery. Therefore, the religious initiation of children must be in harmony with this purpose. Congregation for Divine Worship 1973
  31. 31. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN The Church baptizes children and therefore, relying on the gifts conferred by this sacrament, it must be concerned that once baptized they grow in communion with Christ and each other. The sign and pledge of that communion is participation in the Eucharistic table, for which children are being prepared or led to a deeper realization of its meaning. This Liturgical and Eucharistic formation may not be separated from their general education, both human and Christian; indeed it would be harmful if their liturgical formation lacked such a basis. Congregation for Divine Worship 1973
  32. 32. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 9. For this reason all who have a part in the formation of children should consult and work together toward one objective: that even if children already have some feeling for God and the things of God, they may also experience in proportion to their age and personal development the human values that are present in the Eucharistic Celebration. Congregation for Divine Worship 1973
  33. 33. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN These values include – the community activity, – exchange of greetings, – capacity to listen; – to seek and grant pardon, – expression of gratitude, – experience of symbolic actions, – a meal of friendship, – and festive celebration. Eucharistic catechesis … should develop such human values. Congregation for Divine Worship 1973
  34. 34. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 10. The Christian family has the greatest role in instilling these Christian and human values. Thus Christian education, provided by parents and other educators, should be strongly encouraged in relation to the liturgical formation of children as well. By reason of the duty in conscience freely accepted at the baptism of their children, parents are bound to teach them gradually how to pray. This they do by praying with them each day and by introducing them to prayers said privately.
  35. 35. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 11. The Christian communities to which the individual families belong or in which the children live also have a responsibility toward children baptized in the Church. By giving witness to the Gospel, living communal charity, and actively celebrating the mysteries of Christ, the Christian community is an excellent school of Christian and liturgical formation for the children who live in it.
  36. 36. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 12. Even in the case of children, the Liturgy itself always exerts its own inherent power to instruct. Yet within religious-education programs in the schools and parishes the necessary importance should be given to catechesis on the Mass. This catechesis should be directed to the child's active, conscious, and authentic participation. Suited to children's age and capabilities, it should by means of the main rites and prayers of the Mass, aim at conveying its meaning, including what relates to taking part in the Church's life.
  37. 37. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 13. Various kinds of celebrations may also play a major role in the liturgical formation of children and in their preparation for the Church's liturgical life. By the very fact of such celebrations children easily come to appreciate some liturgical elements, for example, greetings, silence, and common praise (especially when this is sung together). But care must be taken that the instructive element does not become dominant in these celebrations.
  38. 38. THE DIRECTORY FOR MASSES WITH CHILDREN 15. While all that has been said remains true, the final purpose of all Liturgical and Eucharistic Formation must be a greater conformity to the Gospel in the daily life of the children.
  39. 39. So how does this all happen? • • • • Environmental Catechesis (Indirect) Formal Catechesis (Direct) Experiential Catechesis Mystagogical Catechesis
  40. 40. Foreign Language Class • • • • The learning environment. (Environmental) The vocabulary and grammar. (Formal) The Overseas Trip: Immersion! (Experiential) Using the language. (Mystagogical)
  41. 41. Liturgical Formation Lex Credendi Preparation and Information Environmental Catechesis Formal Catechesis Lex Orandi Celebration and Participation Experiential Catechesis Lex Vivendi Vocation and Transformation Mystagogical Catechesis
  42. 42. 1. Environmental Catechesis: • • • • • • • • • • Indirect Situation/Location We are products of our environment. Being out in the sun … Basic Signs and Symbols Liturgical Year Liturgical Colors Solemnity and Feast vs. Weekday Ritual experiences. How do we celebrate birthdays in the classroom? • What are we doing for November? • The Word
  43. 43. 2. Formal Catechesis • • • • • • • • • • • Direct Information Curriculum Study Meaning and Mystery Words and Vocabulary Postures and Gestures Texts and Responses Whys and Wherefores Theology History
  44. 44. 3. Experiential Catechesis • Celebration • What does celebration mean? observe, commemorate, make known publicly, proclaim, praise widely, present widespread and favorable public notice, perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies, solemnize • Full, Conscious, Active Participation • Getting their Attention • If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. • Liturgical Ministries • Use the Rites and Liturgical Prayers in the Classroom, too.
  45. 45. MUSIC IN CATHOLIC WORSHIP 6. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good celebrations foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken and destroy it. United States Catholic Bishops 1972
  46. 46. Reverend Johannes Höfinger, SJ “Here is the last and most decisive reason why teaching through worship is superior to all other forms of Christian teaching: the liturgy gives what it teaches, it not only presents the mystery of Christ concretely: it also lets us immediately participate in this mystery.”
  47. 47. 4. Mystagogical Catechesis • • • • • • • • • • Transformation and Vocation Lex Vivendi Mystagogy: Unpacking the Mystery What just happened? What does it mean? To them? What did you see, hear, say, feel, etc.? Don’t explain it away before hand. It’s not just another experience and then moving on to the next experience. How are we different or supposed to be different from what we experienced? Example: Sacrament of Penance and Rite of Reconciliation How do we use it, apply it, live it?
  48. 48. From Mystery to Mission Greco-Roman writers of the ancient world remarked on the striking manner in which that Christians assumed responsibility for the poor and suffering. What motivated the Church to become so distinctive and prominent in this fundamental obligation of any civil society?
  49. 49. In the 4th Century, Saint John Chrysostom commended his flock for the reverence they showed toward the church altar. That altar is worthy of such veneration, he explains, “Because it receives Christ’s body.” But this is not the only altar to be found. Chrysostom challenged his flock that whenever they encountered the poor in the streets outside of Mass, “Imagine that you behold an altar. Whenever you meet a beggar, don’t insult him, but reverence him.” The correlation of the Mass and works of mercy towards the poor was and is fundamental to Gospel catechesis.
  50. 50. The Witness of the Catechist • • • • • • • • To Echo Our Mystagogy Prayerfulness Full, Active, Conscious Participation Enthusiasm Authentic Testimony Our own expression of Faith, Worship, and Witness Faithful, not perfect.
  51. 51. Important Liturgical Components • • • • The Liturgical Year Signs and Symbols The Word Formal Prayer Texts • • • • Intercessory Prayer Song Posture Gesture
  52. 52. • We best teach Liturgy to children if we are people of the Liturgy in our own lives. • Make ritual a part of every class/gathering. • Do as little explanation about its meaning as possible before. Unpack following • Temporarily leave the role of teacher and be participant. For instance, don’t discipline children during the Liturgy unless it is absolutely necessary. • Assign children and teenagers, as appropriate, to be readers, candle bearers, cantors, etc. • Develop parish-wide or school-wide rituals.
  53. 53. Visible Signs • Incarnational • reaches out to the whole person (body and soul) • The senses. • The body is included by actually doing things: – going to the Church, – genuflecting, – kneeling to pray, – standing for a Gospel – using holy water – and making the sign of the cross
  54. 54. Go into the Church! • The Church building itself! • Dome, symbolizing the dome of heaven; • pointed arches pointing upwards like hands in prayer; • The centrality of the altar • Stained glass windows. • Images • Font • What else?
  55. 55. In the Classroom… • Use a Crucifix, ad crucem • A prayer table, center, place, or “classroom altar”. • Candles • A beautiful book copy of the Sacred Scriptures. • A clean white cloth represents Christ’s shroud at death and his swaddling clothes at birth. • Liturgical colors for the seasons. • The Saint of the Day • Advent Wreath, Easter Water, etc. • Sacred images and icons.
  56. 56. Catechize from and for the Whole Treasury of the Liturgy • Its not only the Holy Mass • The Liturgical Life that flows from the Mass. • Adoration and Benediction • Divine Office • Sacrament of Penance • Example: Blessing of Animals
  57. 57. Family Catechesis • • • • • • • • Parent Meetings PTO Social Media Getting Ready for Sunday Indirect and Direct Environmental Experiential Put resources in their hands.
  58. 58. Reflecting on Thanksgiving Dinner Breaking Open the Word Getting Ready for Sunday Penance Service Holy Thursday Morning Prayer SOME PRACTICAL IDEAS
  59. 59. Thanksgiving Dinner • Where is it? • What happens to get ready for dinner? • Who is there? • Who isn’t there? • Who sits where? • What do you eat? • Who does the talking? • What do you talk about? • What happens when dinner is over?
  60. 60. Breaking Open the Word aka Lunch with Father • • • • • • • • Eighth Graders Small Group Lunch or Snack Readings Questions for Reflection Ideas and Images What would you say in the homily? What should I say in the homily?
  61. 61. Social Media Blast Get Ready for Sunday October 20, 2013 This Sunday’s Gospel will encourage us to be persistent. We know we get results when we are persistent in our exercise regimen, athletic training, and practice of a musical instrument. It’s the same way in our relationship with God. When we are persistent in our prayer and participation in the Mass and the Sacraments, we get a very special result: grace, strength, and courage. Let us be persistent! Masses or the Lord’s Day at Saint Catherine Laboure Church are Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. See you in Church!
  62. 62. Penance Service • The Rite of Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution • Communal Proclamation of Praise • Environment
  63. 63. Holy Thursday Morning Prayer • The Liturgy of the Hours • Don’t have to invent something!
  64. 64. Sacrosanctum Concilium Promulgated by Pope Paul VI December 4, 2013
  65. 65. •Celebrate what you are already doing. It is more than you think! •Use the 4 elements of catechesis each week. Its not that hard! Try it during Advent. For example … •Keep it simple! •Make the connection between prayer, belief, and life (the lexes) •Fall in love with the Liturgy! •Enter into the mystery! •Mystagogy: Let the Liturgy change your life! •Remember the importance and the power of what you are teaching.
  66. 66. Reverend Johannes Höfinger, SJ “Here is the last and most decisive reason why teaching through worship is superior to all other forms of Christian teaching: the liturgy gives what it teaches, it not only presents the mystery of Christ concretely: it also lets us immediately participate in this mystery.”
  67. 67. Catechetical Methodology Liturgical Catechesis by Marianne Cuthbertson and Caroline Farey http://www.thesowerreview.com/Subscribers/Files/File/pp14-16_Catechetical_methodology.pdf Liturgy, Catechesis, and Conversion by Barbara Morgan http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/bmorgan_catech1_oct05.asp
  68. 68. Questions | Insights | Comments
  69. 69. www.sclhbg.org http://www.slideshare.net/sclhbg/ teaching-the-sacred-liturgy-tochildren frnsullivan@sclhbg.org
  70. 70. Teaching the Sacred Liturgy to Children Liturgical Catechesis and Formation Information and Preparation Celebration and Participation Vocation and Transformation Reverend Neil S. Sullivan, M.Div., M.A., KHS November 9, 2013

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