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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 20, 2019
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Easter

The sound of Alleluias fills the 50 days of Easter Sunday to Pentecost as we give thanks for the gift of our salvation. The Easter Triduum recalls the passion and resurrection of Christ in the sacred journey from Holy Thursday to Easter Vigil. "Dying he destroyed our death. Rising he restored our life."

Activity of the Week

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Have a family discussion about prayer. Invite everyone to put their names in a basket and to pull a prayer partner for this week. Throughout the week, pray for your prayer partner. Do not reveal prayer partners. At the end of the week, go out as a family for an ice cream treat or share a special family meal and reveal whose name each member had for the week.
  • We pray when we ask God for something or thank God for the many gifts we have been given. Create a family prayer box with your family. Use a shoe box and cut a small opening on top. Give each family member a small piece of note paper. Invite family members to write down what they would like to ask of God. Place the prayers in the prayer box. Thank God for hearing your prayers.
  • Prayer is our communication with God and our awareness of God all around us. Nature places us in communication with God because in nature we experience the awesome wonder of God’s goodness. Take a family nature walk or nature trip near your home. Experience the wonder of spring, the newness of life, and the sounds of God’s creation.
  • Take time this week to help the younger members of the family memorize the traditional prayers Catholics pray such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Sign of the Cross, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory to the Father. It would also be a good time to check on whether the older children remember these prayers.