Gang, this Saturday we will be participating in a special Mass at the chapel along with all the Saturday Faith Formation students. Your parents are also invited.
As 8th grade students you will be able to participate in a special way. We have been asked to have students serve as readers for this Mass. Please let me know if you would like to read one of the readings, responsorial psalm or petitions.
After Mass we will all get together back in the school for snacks and to socialize a bit.
And now your assignment for next class: between now and the next time we meet for a regular class (September 29th) talk to you parents, grandparents, god-parents or any other adult who has helped you to learn about their faith. Ask the adult to describe one practice they learned as a child that helped them to have a rich experience of the Mass or some other aspect of their faith. This could be a prayer they learned, a devotion (such as praying the rosary as a family) or a faith based family routine – for example sharing what each family member is thankful for at the dinner table. I will share one of my own.
Deepening my experience of the Eucharist I learned this in my high school which was a small, Catholic, girls school where I grew up in Michigan. You may know that teenage girls can, at times, be less than charitable, maybe even a bit mean to one another. Our teacher knew this and wanted to do something to help us be kinder, more Christian to one another. We went to Mass regularly, perhaps once a week. Our teacher suggested that after we receive communion and were kneeling quietly in our pews watching others receive that we train ourselves to think kind thoughts of others. She suggested that we silently say “you are my sister” as we watch each of our classmates receive the Eucharist. For me it was a reminder that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and to be kind as we think about our classmates.
This is a practice which has stayed with me. I have evolved it to be a little prayer: “God bless my sister” or brother, etc. If I know the person who is receiving I think of them by name: “God bless Debbie”, “God bless Phil” etc. I still do this today. When I distribute communion as a Eucharistic minister I do the same thing. I think it makes a difference in how I relate to that person.
So talk to an adult, find out what practices they learned as children and share them here. Please put the name and relationship of the person you talked to. Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!