Children and Youth Programs
The Children's Liturgy meets in the Children's Room in the basement of the Rectory.
Entrance is via the gate on 18 th Street, past the outside staircase and left through the door to the rectory, down the stairs and left again into the room. The class is every week, 9 to 10 A.M. unless otherwise advised by e-mail or other, and from the first Sunday in September to first Sunday in June.There are no set limits of ages and all are welcome.
We use Sermon's for Kids and Word On Fire web sites and resources for materials as well as homilies from clergy at MHR. We review the Readings and go into some depth on the Gospel, but sometimes the First or Second Readings, when resources advise.
The children will hear these messages for the rest of their lives and derive their understanding and direction as a function of growth and maturity. Recognizing this, I endeavor to provide some understanding of life during the time of Jesus on Earth and what day to day living was like in this area. Try to picture what it was like when Jesus ate at a Pharisee's banquet, etc. What was Jewish life like at the time with Rome's authority, Herod's Kingdom and Jewish authority of Chief Priest.
I then try to take the Reading message(s) into their life, school and home, to give some practicality to their daily living.
To keep some relative order I provide puzzles and pictures for coloring which are generally appreciated by the children. I review the readings and ask questions about the meanings, looking toward what they can do to integrate positive actions into their lives.
We pray as a group, saying the Our Father and Hail Mary, and directing these to help members of their family who could use help. We learn new prayers and practice Mass responses in song, not every meeting, but as time allows. The actually time spent is about 45 minutes and it goes by very quickly. Parents are invited to participate or observe as they desire. The social hour after the 8 and 10 A.M. Mass is convenient for parents.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the parish office.