We read the abbreviated reading for the day.
Sixth Commandment "Thou shall not kill." Exodus 20
Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 (15b) Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full. Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings. But I in justice shall behold your face; on waking I shall be content in your presence.
"That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called out ‘Lord,’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
When Israel was in Egypt's land, Let my people go, oppressed so hard they could not stand, Let my people go. Refrain: Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land, tell old Pharaoh: Let my people go.
Here are some things we will do and learn on our sixth class:
We talk about important words and names.
Grace, Choir of Angels, Baptism, John the Baptist, River Jordan, Heaven, Sin
“Grace is a share in God’s life.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 40
“Choir of Angels” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 45
“Heaven ” The place of reward for those who were good and asked God to forgive their sins. In Heaven we see God and are happy with Him forever.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 425
“Sin is disobedience to God’s Law.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 57
We talk about angels.
“Angels are creatures. An angel is a messenger between God and man. Angels have rational souls and are free. They do not have a gender. Every person has a guardian angel, but there are other types of angels. Each angel is its own species. The angels are present with us. At Mass, they gather around the altar to worship God.” Jesus Our Life Teacher’s Manual p. 45
Nine Choirs of Angels In order from greatest to least: * Seraphim * Cherubim * Thrones * Dominions * Virtues * Powers * Principalities * Archangels * Guardian Angels
We read the story of The Baptism of Jesus in our children’s Bible.
For Enrichment, Read:
The Baptism of Jesus Written By Katherine Sully, Illustrated By Simona Sanfilippo
We review the sacrament of Baptism.
Child’s Guide to the Seven Sacraments By Elizabeth Ficocelli, Illustrations by Anne Catherine Blake
We Learn about The Mass
We process in with the Bible and stand in front of our classroom altar, with hands in prayer posture and bow. We practice the gestures and different bows for the altar and Tabernacle. We practice using our thumbs to cross our forehead, lips, and heart before the passage from the Gospel is read by our priest and say : “In my thoughts, in my words, and in my heart.”
We review our vocabulary words:
Host, Monstrance, Cross, Tabernacle, Monstrance, Chalice, Paten, Host, Altar Lamp,
We learn about a saint– Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Thirsting for God Daily Meditations Mother Teresa (For the Grownups.)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta said this simple prayer every day:
The Simple Path The fruit of silence is PRAYER. The fruit of prayer is FAITH. The fruit of faith is LOVE. The fruit of love is SERVICE. The fruit of service is PEACE.
What is a Saint? “All those who have attained heaven.”
A Saint is a Friend of God who Lives with God in Heaven.
We Sing: “When the Saints Come Marching In”
Refrain: Oh,when the saints go marching in, Oh, when the saints go marching in; Lord, I want to be in that number, When the saints go marching in.
We learn about another liturgical season.
Meanings of Liturgical Colors–Violet: Penance and Preparation During Advent and Lent
What is a “penance?”
“A penance is something we do to help make up for what we did wrong and to help us not do it again.” Sometimes it may be a prayer. Sometimes it may be an action.” Source: Child’s Guide to Reconciliation.
We begin to talk about the meaning of “Advent” and the Upcoming Liturgical Season
Question to the Children:
“In preparing to celebrate Advent and Christmas, do you have anything you can share with other children less fortunate than you? How can you make a donation of books or toys to needy children?”
We Continue Our Catholic “A, B, Cs”
I Immerse (Baptism)
J Jesus Christ
K Kyrie Eleison “Lord have mercy.”
L Lamp (Altar Lamp) “In the Old Testament God commanded that a lamp filled with the purest oil of olives should always burn in the Tabernacle of the Testimony without the veil”
More About Our Faith
“God’s Love for Us Is So Great!”
Story From Lessons from Pope Francis For Children, Written By Angela M. Burrin, Illustrated By Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Our Art Projects–Joseph’s Coat and Moses “Saved from the Water”
For Our Classroom:
Watercolors, Watercolor Paper, Brushes, Natural Sponges, sponge daubers on sticks
Hint: Cut a new sponge into an half circle. Cover with lines of rainbow colors–(R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.) Use to make rainbow prints for Joseph’s coat. Rinse and cover with earth tones to print a “basket” for Baby Moses.
For a Homeschool Classroom:
Same as Above
Alternative Art Project:
Make Apple Prints
Paint a half of an apple in washable tempera paint and use as a stamp to accompany the reading quotation: “Keep me as the apple of your eye…”
Read “Joseph’s Dream” and “Moses and the Burning Bush” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.
Talk about two significant concepts:
“God’s Gifts” and “Faith”
Read Chapter 5 in the text.
Choose one to three activities from Chapter 5 in the Activity Book.
Have your child read and begin to learn the St. Michael Prayer:
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.