Wow! I had to rush home from my VIRTUAL Pilgrimage to Italy to get ready for my class tonight! Thankfully, cyberspace was pretty clear so I made good time!
This evening will be my 2nd class with the 6th graders at St. Cajetan. One new feature that the parish is trying this year is to bring the young people to church once per month for Mass. This is a wonderful way to initiate young people into the liturgy and to build their love of the Eucharist. We purchased pew cards so that the young people can follow along with all of the Mass parts. I’ll be eager to see how the children behave in church…that’s always interesting!
Mass begins 15 minutes into class so I won’t have time to do much before we head to church but I do plan on having a “show and tell” about the faith symbols they brought in for our prayer center. It will also be interesting to see how many bring in their symbol!
When we get back from Mass, my guess is that we’ll have about 40 minutes left. We’ll do our prayer ritual and then it’s into BIBLE BASICS! I have 4 Learning Stations set up for my 6th graders and they will move from one to the other in groups of 3s, filling in worksheets with information about the following 4 topics:
- Bible Basics Learning Station – How to Find Things in the Bible
- Bible Basics Learning Station – Bible Timeline
- Bible Basics Learning Station – How Catholics Understand the Bible
- Bible Basics Learning Station – The Bible at Mass
The Learning Stations consist of Display Boards I created last year:
Here are the fill-in sheets the students will use…they will have 5-7 minutes at each of the 4 stations.
Because of Mass, I will not lead a guided reflection this evening. We will work on the Learning Stations right up until “closing time” before I gather them to send back home. For homework, I’m asking their parents to help them prioritize their goals for this year…this is the first time I’m trying this.
As always, you are free to use any of the materials above!
After class, I have to take a virtual red-eye flight back to Rome to meet up with my fellow pilgrims!