Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How Can You Keep Your Child Occupied During Mass?





You are in church and your child is having a hard time keeping still and being quiet. What can you do?

Behavior Expectations- Does your child know how he/she is expected to behave during Mass? When establishing rules you should identify behavioral expectations for your children. Tips and examples posted that can be used for one child or several.

Visual Schedules- Having a chart or visual schedule displayed of what they are going to do and activities in advance can provide security and keep inappropriate behavior down to a minimum.

Behavior Contracts and Behavior Charts- Steps for Developing, Implementing, and Monitoring

Good Behavior Classroom Strategies & Games- These suggestions can be used with one child or with a group.

Social Stories For Church- Social stories are an effective method of providing both guidance and direction to promote self-awareness, self-calming, and self-management in responding to social situations. The technique involves creating a short story that describes the situation and includes appropriate actions and expressions. By creating a short story, the situation is described in terms of relevant social cues, anticipated actions and information on what is occurring and why. The stories are written according to specific guidelines based on Gray’s extensive use of this technique. The story is also customized for the individual and their circumstance.

Children at Mass- Suggestions and tips

DIY Mass Bag- Do you have problems getting your kids to behave during Mass? Well, Alicia at through-my-is.blogspot.com came up with a great idea for this problem that might help you.

Free Religious Coloring Pages- Free and printable

Free Children’s Worship Bulletins- Have your child do these activities that correlate with the day’s Gospel Reading.

Free Catholic Printables- Worksheets, Games, Bulletins, Puzzles, Booklets, etc.

Behavior at Mass Worksheet- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Activities, Crafts, Coloring, Games, Puzzles, Worksheets for Prayers or Scripture






nashvilleras.com- More than 100 Missions Bible Memory Games and Other Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- Bible Memory Verse Activities

sundayschoolsources.com- Memory Activities to use for Prayers (some great ideas here)

Memory Activities and Games for Prayers- Here are some memory activities that you can use for prayers or scripture.

catholicicing.com- Printable Prayer Starters for Kids- Teaching Independent Prayer

craftingthewordofgod.com- I can pray . . . (prayer spinner craft that reminds children that they can pray at any time)

handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com- Memory Verse Reward/Tracker

christiancrafters.com- What’s Wrong
A fun game to that you could have the students learn prayers or scripture.

Bedtime At Our House/Prayers- How we learn prayers at our house.

Prayer Memorization Ideas- to use in your classroom or home

*Write the prayer on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the prayer in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the prayer. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.

Worksheets for Prayers- for all ages

Act of Contrition Activities- activities, games, puzzle, worksheet

Apostles Creed Activities- lessons, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

Glory Be Activities- coloring, craft, games, puzzles, worksheets

Grace Before Meals Activities- crafts, games, worksheets

Guardian Angel Prayer Activities- activities, crafts, coloring, etc.

Hail Mary Activities- coloring, games, mini book, posters, puzzles, worksheets

The Catholic Toolbox- Name That Prayer File Folder Game (scroll down for this)
The objective of the game is to get to FINISH first by answering questions about prayers.

Nicene Creed Activities- crafts, games, lesson, puzzles, worksheets

Our Father/Lord’s Prayer Activities- coloring, crafts, games, lessons, puzzles, worksheets

Sign of the Cross- crafts, coloring, worksheets





Friday, September 15, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 10/15/17- Matthew 22:1-14








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 22:1-14



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

sundayschoollessons.com- A King Gives A Wedding Banquet lesson

word-sunday.com- Equal Dignity for All lesson

pinterest.com- Parable of the Great Banquet Activities

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 22:9

supercoloring.com- Parable of the Wedding Feast

4catholiceducators.com- Clip art



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited (group activities) crafts

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) crafts


Have the children find their favorite verse in today’s Gospel and make a banner of it.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner



Games

sermons4kids.com- You Are Invited (group activities) games

sermons4kids.com- Excuses! Excuses! (group activities) games


How worthy are you to sit at the table? Play Musical chairs.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Maze

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Special Events for October







*This month’s special events are: Respect Life Sunday, Our Lady of the Rosary, World Mission Sunday, and I have quite a number of activities for you to check out.



Respect Life Sunday

Pro Life Activities- Stumped for activities concerning Pro Life? Here are a few that your students might enjoy.







Look Who’s Growing Dominos- A fun way to educate young students that babies grow into adults to help promote Pro Life (4 pages of dominos).






Look Who’s Growing- This game provides an entertaining way to educate students about pregnancy and fetal development to help promote Pro Life.




Our Lady of the Rosary

The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.


catholicculture.org- Catholic Activity: Our Lady of the Rosary

catechistjourney.loyolapress.com- Free Rosary Powerpoint

americancatholic.org- Our Lady of the Rosary

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Our Lady of the Rosary (coloring)

catechist.com- Mary’s Many Titles- We know, of course, that Our Lady of the Rosary is Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Mary is known by many other titles as well. Beneath each statement below, write the title of Mary to which the statement refers. Select the title from the column on the right. Correct answers are listed below.

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the feast of Mary




World Mission Sunday

childrensministry.com- Teaching Kids About Missions: Object Lesson

dba.net- Mission Games & Activities

lds.org- Mini Mission

wycliffe.org- These activities are related to "Around the World with Kate & Mack" and are easy to download and print.

propfaith.net- A Program for Mission Awareness for World Mission Sunday and Mission Month (Grades K – 12)

cms.org- Mission Activities for Kids

truthforkids.com- Mission Awareness Booklet
A 12-page activity booklet to make children aware of the important role of a missionary. Downloadable and easy to make.

desiringgod.org- 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson about Missions

sandiegomissionoffice.org- Mission Activity Ideas
This resource will assist leaders to bridge games and activities into helping children discover the needs of people around the world and in responding to those needs. This resource will also encourage children in a commitment to Christ as well as their growth as Christians.





National World Youth Day (U.S.)

nfcym.org- Preparing for the National Celebration of the 29th World Youth Day from the Center for Ministry Development





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Classroom Newsletters






Classroom newsletters are an excellent way to keep in touch with parents and help them be a part of their child's education. Parent’s love to know what is going on in their child’s classroom. Frequent and regular class newsletters enable parents to sense the feeling and momentum of the class and gain insight into what their child is learning.

A weekly or monthly newsletter is a great way of keeping parents informed and it strengthens parent/teacher communication. Put together a newsletter for your students to take home to their parents. Include in it what you have covered in class in the previous few weeks, what’s coming up, and your contact information. You can also post student’s birthdays, important reminders, list of things that are needed for class projects, perfect attendance, volunteer information, missing assignments, Student of the Week/Month, homework assignments, individual student behavior, samples of student's work, classroom pictures, etc., whatever you feel that needs to be in your newsletter. Try to get the students involved in making the newsletter by having them write articles, draw pictures, etc. and be a reporter for the classroom. You could also ask the students to tell you one fun thing they did in CCD each time you prepare to write new newsletters. It's a great way to incorporate kids' opinions while at the same time sharing with parents the many fabulous things you do in the classroom that their child may not be telling about at home. You can even include a place at the bottom of the newsletter for the parents to sign saying they read the newsletter - they tear that off and return it to the teacher.

During CCD Open House ask the parents if they are interested in having the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. Have a Class Contact List at the door for the parents to sign their name and their contact information (email address). Most parents prefer the Classroom Newsletter emailed to them. The most common comment from parents is usually "Most of the time, Johnny doesn't even get home with the newsletters!”


Tips:

corkboardconnections.blogspot.com- Why No One Reads Your Classroom Newsletter

scholastic.com- Teaching Tip: Newsletters Made Easy



Make your own newsletter template or use the ones below:

kellyskindergarten.com- Each newsletter document is designed as a template so that you can easily modify it for your classroom. Simply type your information in the boxes. You can change the "headlines" by highlighting them and then typing your own headlines. Two newsletter documents are provided for each month. You can choose to use one or both depending on how long you want your newsletters to be. The graphics used for each month coordinate so that you can use both formats together.

educationworld.com- 2 regular newsletter templates as well as a back to school, and monthly templates with themes.

readingrockets.org- Editable weekly newsletter template

k6edu.com- Monthly newsletter with: Teacher, Student's Name (to make each newsletter personal), This Month’s News, Looking Ahead, Reminders, Something Special, and Behavior Box (Respect, Effort, Attitude, Preparation. A rating scale is provided as well.)

preschoolprintables.com- Using the menu on the left you can chose between monthly, weekly and blank classroom news. We have classroom news for several holidays and seasons.

coloringcolorado.org- Create your own classroom newsletter by having the students do it. Suggestions and links provided.

worddraw.com- Editable Preschool Newsletter Template (2 provided)

2care2teach4kids.com- Several preschool templates are posted

brighthub.com- Ten Places to Find Great Microsoft Word Church Templates

amazingclassroom.com- Create your own custom classroom newsletter

templatform.com- Classroom Newsletter Template

teacherspayteachers.com- This is a set of free editable newsletter templates for use in your classroom. All documents were created with Microsoft Word and include Microsoft Office clip art.

worddraw.com- Free class newsletter templates that teachers download and use to create a classroom newsletter in micro soft word format.

doctemplates.net- Free newsletter templates

teacherspayteachers.com- FREE Editable Newsletter Templates

inewslettertemplates.com- School Templates

abcteach.com- Newsletter Forms

sampletemplates.com- 7 Sample Classroom Newsletter Templates to Download

My Monthly Newsletter- Here is my simple newsletter for my 1st grade students that I send home every month.





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bible Memory Verse Crafts






It is important to learn verses from the Bible and apply it to our lives. One of the most important things for our children to learn are Bible verses. The verses your child memorize will help guide our children throughout their lives.

These crafts below will help your children memorize Bible verses that will teach them about God and what He expects from them.



*I add to this list when I find new activities. Be sure to check this post often.



Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Crafts

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the Old Testament

mssscrafts.com- Memory Verse Activities for the New Testament

mssscrafts.com- The following templates can be used for creating your own memory verse activities or mini-crafts.

books.google.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (limited preview)

dedicatedteacher.com- Bible Memory Verse Crafts by Mary Tucker (sample)

orientaltrading.com- Bible Verse Crafts (scroll down for this)

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Crafts

pinterest.com- Bible Verse Craft Ideas




Banners

Make a banner saying “____” or your favorite verse from today’s lesson out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner




Bookmarks & Door Hangers

Make a bookmark or doorhanger of your favorite verse.

dltk-cards.com- Make your own bookmark from your favorite passage from today’s lesson.

mssscrafts.com- Laced bookmarks with templates

meaningfulmamma.com- Bible Bookmark Craft

freekidscraft.com- Several different kinds of bookmarks to make

activitiesforkids.com- Make your own bookmarks and print them out.

dltk-cards.com- Custom printable doorknob hanger

*Or Google door knob hanger templates and use ideas from above.



Printable Bible Verse Material

kidprintables.com- Scroll down to boy cards and girl cards

hubbardscupboard.org- Free Printable Bible Verse Materials

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Cards

akidsheart.com- Printable Bible Verse Cards (Matthew 5:3-10)
English or Spanish

lambsongs.co.nz- Cute Bible Verses For Today’s Young Children

sundayschoolprintables.com- Bible Verse Memorization Card Maker (scroll down to this)
Make several different kinds of cards.

mcscott.org- Verse Card Maker

ministry-to-children.com- Printable “Bible Verses Memory Cards” For Kids

icanteachmychild.com- ABC Printable Scripture Cards

biblestoryprintables.com- Bible Verses for Children (theme pockets, verse visuals, etc.)

wildflowerramblings.com- 10 Best Bible Verses for Children {free printable!}

catholicicing.com- Scripture Memory Cards For Catholics- Printable

catholicicing.com- Printable ABC Scripture Cards For Catholics- FREE!





Friday, September 8, 2017

Gospel for the Mass: 10/8/17- Matthew 21:33-43








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year A page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Matthew 21:33-43



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son object lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- The Parable of the Evil Vinedresser lesson #223 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoollessons.com- Wicked Tenants Steal from the Owner lesson

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- The Parable of the Evil Vine Dressers

sermons4kids.com- Matthew 21:33-43

theclipartwizard.com- Parable of the Tenants coloring pages



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son (group activities) crafts


Make a banner proclaiming the Lord or your favorite verse from the Gospel today out of felt, construction paper or foam sheets.

crayola.com- Mosaic Mini Banner



Games

sermons4kids.com- Last of All, He Sent His Son (group activities) games


Throw Away Your Sins Game

Need: scrap paper, pencils, trashcan, 2 chairs

Introduction: When we do something wrong, we are sorry for what we have done. If we are truly sorry for our sins we ask God to forgive us. When God forgives us, he doesn’t remember what we have done. He throws all our sins away when we ask for him to forgive us.

Directions: Discuss with the students sins that they have done in the past. Did they ask God to forgive them? How did they feel after they asked God to forgive them? Have the students write past sins down on the scrap paper or draw pictures of their sins if they cannot write and ball up each piece of paper when they are finished. Divide the class into 2 teams. Put a trashcan against a wall. Have students line up in two teams behind a chair (to keep them from getting too close to basket). Students then play Horse Basketball, but spells FORGIVE. The first team that spells FORGIVE wins.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- The Stone Rejected crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Matching





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mass Etiquette



When people think of Mass etiquette, probably what comes to mind most are the obvious: having cell phones turned off, no chewing gum, keeping quiet etc. While these are valid points to remember, Mass etiquette is not only a listing of “do's and dont’s” but an invitation to all who come to church to remember where they are and to act accordingly.


Here are a few links about proper etiquette in Mass that might be useful that you can use in your classroom or home.

marysaggies.blogspot.com- 20 Tips for Proper Etiquette In Mass

saintmonicaparish.com- Mass Etiquette

saintcatherineparishnh.com- Etiquette for Holy Mass

catholic.org- Church Etiquette Review

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions- Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.

catholic365.com- Forgotten Mass Etiquette

quizlet.com- Mass Etiquette Flash Cards

quizlet.com- Catholic Mass and Etiquette Flash Cards

Church & Respect- lesson on why and how to act in church and what it means to respect others (parents, teachers, etc.). Lesson consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



Coloring

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color)



Games

These games below are free, however they are only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.



The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions.

Cube Signs- (To use with The Holy Mass Game). Print, cut out, and glue on die.








What ever happened to good manners in church?- Find out if you know how to behave in church. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).






Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

dltk-bible.com- Church and Respect Puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color and circle)



These worksheets below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


The Church is God’s House- for younger students

Behavior In Mass- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.

Mass Etiquette Worksheet- Write True or False in the spaces provided.





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions





Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.



1- Are Catholics supposed to hold hands during Our Father?

catholic.com- “The Holy See has not ruled directly on this issue. In a response to a query, however, the Holy See stated that holding hands “is a liturgical gesture introduced spontaneously but on personal initiative; it is not in the rubrics” (Notitiae 11 [1975] 226, DOL 1502 n. R29). For this reason, no one can be required to hold hands during the Our Father.”

The U.S. Status: People hold hands during the Our Father (p. 161)—Discouraged (Mass Confusion Appendix Three pg. 234) In the new General Instruction of the Roman Missal the only posture specified during the Our Father is standing. GIRM: (paragraphs 43 and 160)



2- Are Catholics supposed to shake hands during the sign of peace?

vatican.va.- General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 82: "As for the sign of peace to be given, the manner is to be established by Conferences of Bishops in accordance with the culture and customs of the peoples. It is, however, appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner."

As for the sign of peace, you are not required to render it in any particular form. The bishops conference has the authority to establish a particular sign as the official form of the rite in the US, but have never done so, leaving the unofficial custom of the handshake in place. You are certainly free to bow to your neighbor and wish him peace, instead, or some other gesture.



3- Do Catholics have to go to Confession first before they receive Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Both the theology of the Church and her law oblige Confession ONLY when there is mortal sin.



4- How long must a Catholic fast before Holy Communion? Are there any exceptions?

ewtn.com- One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion. Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.



5- Does chewing gum and eating candies, breath mints, lozenges break the fast before Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Chewing gum does not break the fast, but it is disrespectful of the Sacred Liturgy and once the juice is swallowed the fast is broken. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, candies, breath mints, lozenges and anything that is put into the mouth to be dissolved or chewed meets these conditions once the dissolved contents are swallowed.



6- Can Non-Catholic Christians be admitted to sacramental communion in the Roman Catholic Church?

ewtn.com- Answer



7- Can the Eucharist be carried on their person, in a pocket or purse or even reserved in the home?

ewtn.com- Answer



8- Is talking in Church when not demanded by necessity wrong?

ewtn.com- Answer



9- If people arrive to Mass late due to culpable negligence, and especially if they do so habitually, is it considered a sin?

ewtn.com- Answer



10- What should one do if they drop the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ? What should one do if they spill the Blood of Christ on their clothes?

buchholzins.com- Answer



11- Does the Body of Christ need to be consumed immediately?

catholiceducation.org- Communion should not be received on the run, as you’re walking back to your place; it should be consumed before you leave the area below the altar.



12- Is it a sin to leave Mass right after receiving communion before the closing prayers?

fathercarroll2009.blogspot.com- Answer

courageouspriest.com- Answer



13- If a Catholic comes late to Mass can they receive Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Answer



14- Why must we kneel on our knees during Mass without leaning back on the pew? Are there any exceptions?

catholic.org- Respect for the Eucharist demands that we kneel on our knees without leaning back on the pew. If you are ill or disabled, it is acceptable to sit instead of kneeling.



15- Is it considered a sin if we do not go to Mass?

scborromeo.org- The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin (CCC 2181).



16- Do I commit a mortal sin if I do not attend Mass on Holy Days of obligation?

catholichome.webs.com- Yes. On Holy Days of obligation Catholics are obliged to go to Mass as on Sundays. The Holy Days of obligation which fall on days other than Sunday are Christmas, New Years, The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) the Ascension Thursday (though many Bishops have transferred it to Sunday), the Assumption of Mary into heaven (Aug. 15).

Given how precious the Mass is plus the Old Testament precedent which was rightly adapted by the Church, the Code of Canon Law (#1246) proscribes, "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church." Moreover, "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass..." (#1247). Therefore, the Catechism teaches, "Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin" (#2181), and grave sin is indeed mortal sin. Recently, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, repeated this precept in his apostolic letter Dies Domini (Observing and Celebrating the Day of the Lord, #47, 1998).


Are there any other questions that you can think of that I could add to this list?





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Bell Work




Bell Work is class work that students are doing when the bell rings. It is always the first task the students do. Many teachers use Bell Work to keep students busy and occupied when they first come into the classroom. It can also be used when students have finished their regular work a little early. It will help these students not to rush through their work when they have a challenging activity.


Rules of Bell Work:

• Keep Bell Work simple.

• Make sure it serves a purpose in getting the day's instruction started. Use it as a warm-up activity.

• You should not have to write more than a simple instruction on the board to have the students get busy.

• Bell Work is done every day. When you describe Bell Work to your students on the first day of class, instruct them never to ask you whether there is Bell Work today. There is Bell Work every day.

• Bell Work will always be posted in the same place in the classroom.




What To Do For Bell Work:

• Review previously learned material. (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc.)

• Review today’s Gospel Reading (Use questions, worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, etc. You can get ideas from FREE Children's Worship Bulletins and/or Mass Worksheets

Journal Writing

Mass Journals

• Silent reading.

• Word games or mind benders.

• Give them a situation and ask them “What would Jesus do?”

• Have a passage reference that relates to today’s lesson on the board. Students must summarize the passage in their own words.

• Have the students write the connection between the First Reading and the Gospel Reading from today’s Mass.

• Have the students do Spelling and Vocabulary Worksheets for review or to help the students with new spelling and vocabulary words from today's lesson.

thereligionteacher.com- Bell Work Activities



*Early in the year, your students may not be able to read, but you can point them to an activity as they enter the classroom.

• Activity Tubs: Have tubs of any kind of material for them to sort. Let each student decide if they are sorting by color, by shape, etc. They can work as individuals or in groups.

• Coloring Tubs: Coloring sheets or students can “Draw a picture of _______” (make it specific).

• Activity areas: Most Pre K and Kindergarten teachers have activity areas such as a block areas, fine motor, book, etc. or a play kitchen that you already use for activities, letting the children chose the area they want to explore. Use these same areas and activities for Bell Work.

• Handwriting Sheets/Copy Work: Have the students do manuscript handwriting sheets pertaining to today’s lesson or review previously learned material. Here is a list of Bible Alphabet Handwriting Sheets you can print out for FREE for your classroom or home. To learn various prayers, liturgical objects used in Mass, and other church activities, having the students write it down is a good way for them to remember. Here are a few of my favorite Handwriting/Copy Work Worksheet Makers that are FREE so you can make personalized handwriting worksheets for your students.



What kind of Bell Work do you do in your classroom?