For Parents To Teach To Their Children
Children who have been in my First Holy Communion class are practicing how to receive Communion. Since beginning in September, the class has stood to recite their memorized prayers as a group. Students learned about gestures-making the Sign of the Cross; how and when to have “Prayer Hands;” learning about kneeling, and how to genuflect and bow. We listened to and read about the “Greatest Commandment” and the meaning of “The Real Presence of Christ” in the Eucharist. The students have participated in a large group practice session for the big day in May, and they are ready to receive their First Holy Communion. It has been a great pleasure to work with the children who are in second and third grades. Thank you, parents, for keeping the children on track with homework, and for being their main teachers at home. Sincerely, Connie Goldin
The Greatest Commandment, Given To Us By Jesus
A Simplified Version for Children of the “Greatest Commandment”
The Real Presence Of Christ In The Eucharist
Another important concept to discuss with your children is “The Real Presence in the Eucharist”
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The term “Eucharist” originates from the Greek word eucharistia, meaning “Thanksgiving.”
“In the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul, and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.”
“The Real Presence in the Eucharist”
A First Holy Communion Prayer
Graphic Design By Kim N. Buckley
Our Art Project– Draw or Paint The Chalice and Paten
Any of the art supplies you have at home are fine to use. Here are a few samples for your child to choose from:
There are different art supplies shown her. The basics are the ones shown below. You can always use what you have at home to make a great drawing or painting.
Week Forty-One–Suggested Homework Activities
Please Read With Your Child
“Your prayer after Communion”
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself.
If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
“Father, through Jesus Christ, in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart.
In Communion with your Son’s Body and Blood, I am privileged to share a special meal with Jesus, just like the Apostles who ate with him on the seashore.
May this Communion deepen my love with everyone I meet this week.”