CHILDREN’S MINISTRY


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Monday’s Mystery

Each week we discover a “new mystery” of the Holy Rosary together!  The mysteries of the Rosary are based on the incidents in the life of Our Lord and His Mother that are celebrated in the Liturgy. There is a parallel between the main feasts honoring our Lord and his Mother in the liturgical year, and the twenty mysteries of the Rosary. Consequently, one who recites the twenty mysteries of the Rosary in one day reflects on the whole liturgical cycle that the Church commemorates during the course of each year. That is why some of the Popes have referred to the Rosary as a compendium of the Gospel.

 

This week’s Mystery – The Institution of the Eucharist

Jesus wants to be with you so much that He did a fantastic thing!  As we learn in this Mystery of the Rosary, Jesus gave us a farewell gift at the Last Supper:  the Eucharist.  Now, at every Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit, bread and wine become Jesus’ Body and Blood.  They are really, truly Jesus.  He comes as food so that He can enter us and be one with us.  When we receive Holy Communion, we receive Jesus into our heart.  We grow closer to Him and to one another.  Jesus’ Body and Blood give us strength to follow Him more closely.
(The Catholic Children’s Bible; St. Mary’s Press)
Announce “The Fifth Luminous Mystery – The Institution of the Eucharist” and then say the Our Father.
Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.
  1. The Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called the Passover, drew near. Lk. 22:1
  2. Jesus sends His disciples to make preparations for the Passover. Mt. 26:17-18
  3. When evening arrives, Jesus reclines at table with them. Mt. 26:19-20
  4. Jesus tells the disciples that He will not share in the Passover again until all is fulfilled. Lk. 22:16
  5. Our Lord washes the feet of His disciples.  Jn. 13:5-6
  6. Jesus took the bread, broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying “This is My Body.” Lk. 22:19
  7. In a similar way, He took the chalice and said, “This is My Blood.” Lk. 22:20
  8. “Amen, amen, I say unto you: Except that you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you.” Jn. 6:53
  9. For the chalice and bread is a communion in the blood and body of the Lord. 1 Cor. 10:16
  10. When we eat this bread, and drink this cup, we proclaim His death, until He comes. 1 Cor. 11:26
Spiritual Fruit:  Love of Our Eucharistic Lord

Click to Watch Animated Video – Brother Francis – Eucharist

Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Oh My Jesus
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.
Closing Prayers
Hail Holy Queen 
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our hope. To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us, the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
Final Prayer
Let us pray. O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Make the Sign of the Cross.

 

Prayer Can Be Fun!

What does the Bible Mystery teach us?

1.  Jesus gave us the Eucharist at the Last Supper.
2.  Jesus gave His life on the cross to save us.
3. Jesus calls us to serve one another.
4.  When we celebrate Mass, we keep the command that Jesus gave us at the Last Supper. “Do this is remberance of Me.”
5.  The bread and wine at Mass become Jesus’ body and blood and are offered to God in praise and thanksgiving.
6.  Jesus is with us in a wonderful and mysterious new way that we call the Eucharist, and He lives in us.
If you’d like to see the other Bible Studies of the Mysteries of the Rosary, contact Cindy McKinley    cmckinley@stalbert.org

Catholic dad Jerry Windley-Daoust says that a lot of Catholic parents would love to say the rosary with their kids if the experience wasn’t quite so fraught.At our house, we barely make it out of the preliminaries before the littles are swinging their beads around like lassos which inevitably become airborne missiles and if you have ever been whacked in the face by a rosary mid-Hail Mary, you know it kind of ruins the mood. Our older kids are better, but I personally remember doing some groaning and eye-rolling as a teen when it came time for the rosary. Fortunately, we’ve come up with a couple insights that help us to pray the rosary as a family in a more sane and meaningful way. Find 12 ways to help kids with the Rosary.

RCIA FOR CHILDREN:

Formation for children who have never been baptized.

Children who have reached the age of 7 (age of reason) and have not been baptized are invited into the process of Christian initiation based on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA.) This process will prepare young people and their families for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist – after an appropriate time of formation.

The Christian initiation of children is similar to that of adults but provides for adapted language, catechetical process, and ritual celebrations that are more appropriate for children.
Formation for children baptized in a non-Catholic faith tradition.

Children who have reached the age of 7 (age of reason) and have been baptized in a non-Catholic tradition, are also invited into a process of Christian Formation which will prepare them to join the Catholic Church and celebrate the sacraments.  This formation includes enrollment in our Parish School, or Parish Religious Education program, along with some additional formation.

Contact:  Director of Children’s Ministry, Cindy McKinley cmckinley@stalbert.org  502-425-3940

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