CHILDREN’S MINISTRY


Have a blessed, sacred Holy Week and a Happy Easter!

**Because of the length and complexity of the Passion narrative, young children have difficulty remaining attentive when it is proclaimed in its entirety. Families can choose to read a portion of the Passion Gospel each day of Holy Week, providing ample opportunity for children to ask questions and respond to the events described there. In this way, the entire week can become a “way of the cross.”

Each day during Holy Week, the family can gather in a prayerful space with a crucifix as the focal point. The Passion as found in Matthew’s Gospel might be read as follows throughout the week:

Sunday:Matthew 21:1-11 (Gospel at the Procession with Palms)

Monday:Matthew 26:14-25

Tuesday:Matthew 26:26-35

Wednesday:Matthew 26:36-56

Thursday:Matthew 26:57—27:14

Friday:Matthew 27:15-54

Click Button Above for a whole week’s worth of Holy Week/Easter Activities – Crafts, Kids Stations of the Cross, Create a Crown of Thorns Bracelet, etc….Grown-ups will enjoy the Easter Story Cookies Recipe, too! 

 

Prayer Can Be Fun!

Explore This Fun Upside-Down Experiment with a Devotion!

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