Sharing good ideas for Family Catechesis
Baptism Preparation Session booklets
Enrolment Mass ideas at the start of year
Here is an example from St Teresa's, Upholland. It is possible to edit this Word Document for your own needs.
Some ideas for structuring an enrolment Mass include:
With thanks to St Teresa's, Upholland.
Celebration for the end of the year - a prayer service
Please feel free to use it or adapt it to celebrate in your own parish community.
Refreshments followed the short service.
Discovery Boxes for tactile learners
Here is a list of particular objects you may wish to use during the sessions.
MP3 and Polish language resources
An MP3 With You Always version recorded for any child who learns best by listening, including children with visual impairments or learning difficulties. This recording is available to all schools and parishes, and through Nugent Care.
A Polish edition for parents and children.This is a trial year for our Polish With You Always edition. We hope it will be used widely through schools and parishes.
To order these new resources, please contact Eleanor Lalley at email@example.com. They are available free of charge and by email to Archdiocesan schools and parishes.
Youth Reconciliation resources
New review materials from Penwortham
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based catechesis for young children.
The Missionaries of Charity on Seel Street, Liverpool 1, have set up an atrium and are working with children age 3-6. Areas not pictured below include:
- A practical life skills area and toys to aid small motor skills
- The life of Mary
- Seasonal vestments
- bibles in various languages
- a tiny tabernacle
- a last supper set (and altar)
- glass cruets. sponge and towels
- The Annunciation
- the Good Shepherd
Other resources from St John the Evangelist, Liverpool
There were four elements to the activities this year:
‘Stations on the Path of Faith’
Christmas Invitations/Star Tree
There were also a symbols, one from each ‘With You Always’ session, which were used on one of the Stations.
Here is a description of their projects.
Here is a link to photographs, invitations and an illustration of what the activities look like.
Other resources from St Margaret Mary, Liverpool
St Margaret Mary parish have found that while some families struggle to finish the With You Always resource during the Sacramental Preparation time, other families can race ahead and finish too quickly!
They have made available a few extra puzzles and activities for families that finish early:
Sessions 2 & 3
Year 5 Mass the following year after Family Catechesis
Here is a link to a Year 5 Mass from St Teresa, Penwortham.
It is a class Mass that reminds children and families of all they learned about the Eucharist and prayer. It has been graciously shared in order to be a help to other schools and parishes seeking to continue to engage families and to strengthen their faith
Stations of the Cross with Children
The children and parents in St Teresa, Penwortham found it a meaningful part of preparation for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. It is a mixture of traditional devotions and family-friendly language. Even little brothers and sisters managed to stay focused thanks to the movement of the Stations of the Cross around the church. Thanks to St Teresa, Penwortham, for sharing it with us!
A great idea!
Crafts for Sacramental Preparation
Session 2 craft: 'I will make you fishers of people'
Cut a kitchen sponge into a boat shape and add a sail on a toothpick made from felt to make a little boat. This craft was very popular!
First Reconciliation craft
Make miniature people out of pipe cleaners beforehand - one for each child making their First Reconciliation. 'Dress' the figure in a simple tunic and belt. Let the child use the little person to help make his or her First Confession. 'What does the little person/you want to confess to Jesus'? Leave the little person at a focal point or icon after Confession. The children were pleased to take their little people home with them afterwards.
Do you have any other craft ideas to share? They may be included in the final edition of the Family Catechesis catechist guide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 522 1047
Messy Church in Liverpool
All are welcome!
The first Saturday of every month at 2:30. Please see the website newsletters for more information.
A report about the very first Catholic Messy Church:
Parent - Toddler groups
These events usually include Mass, food, drink, child-friendly activities and even a bouncy castle.
Meeting up after Mass
Family coffee meetings after Mass can be easily expanded to include crafts that appeal to children, and simple drinks and snacks.