Child Sessions

Communion of Saints

Children will develop a deeper understanding of the communion of saints as a union of those who accept God's gifts and share them with others in order to build stronger unity among the human family.

Epiphany

Children will learn to about the feast of the Epiphany and apply these themes to their lives. • By Jim Merhaut

Jesus' Death and Resurrection

90-minute learning session for elementary children focusing on the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Paschal Mystery • By Patsi Wagner

Lent Rite Journey • Generations of Faith

Children learning activity to explore the central elements of the RCIA process and its gifts to our faith communities.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

This learning session for elementary school age children promotes understanding of the meaning of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Palm Sunday

Full learning session for elementary children • By Gayle Bueke

Pentecost • Generations of Faith

This learning session for elementary school age children helps children develop a personal love for the Holy Spirit and the ability to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in their own lives. • By Jim Merhaut

Celebrating Triduum

Children learn to celebrate the Triduum as the three days in which the Church ritualizes the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

Jesus Through the Church Year

This learning session for elementary school age children provides a way to explore our journey with Christ through the Church year.

Walking with Jesus through Lent

Children will learn to walk the Lenten journey by focusing on a key challenge found in the Gospel readings of each week. • By Mariette Martineau

Holy Family

Children learn about the Holy Family through Scripture, and are asked to think about the connection between the Holy Family and their own families. They then create their own “Our Family Following in the Footsteps of the Holy Family” banner.

Church Structure

Child participants will learn to identify that the Church has many parts, and that through dedicated participation, all the parts contribute to the church’s mission, bringing the kingdom of God to all. • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

Gathered by Eucharist: Sent in Mission

This learning session for elementary school age children explores what it means to be nourished and prepared to share God's love with others. • By Mariette Martineau

Images of God

Children will learn how to explain that images of God only describe God a little. Children will describe how several images from the Bible are like God. Children will name their favorite images of God and will identify themselves as images of God.PowerPoint slides for the Images of God child session.

Incarnation: God Among Us

This learning session for elementary school age children explores the mystery of the Incarnation. • By Mariette Martineau

Jesus' Mission Continues

Learners will use the image of Body of Christ to describe the mission of the Church, modeled by Jesus, as being inclusive and interdependent.

Jesus Teaches Us about Ourselves

This session will help children grow in their relationship with Jesus by showing them the special gifts they have; by teaching them the daily Christian practices that flow from the beatitudes. Teaching them how to learn and live these practices within the context of their local worshipping, supportive, faithful community the parish.

Resurrection of the Body

By Debbie Mancini

Discipleship: Serving Others in Christ's Name

This learning session for elementary school age children explores what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and serve others. • By Sharon Abel, Ph.D.

CRS & Catholic Charities

Time: 60-90 minutes Session Objective: Elementary children will experience how social justice is best achieved through working together in partnership with agencies like Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities • By Mariette Martineau

Discipleship: New Testament Role Models

Child participants will learn to identify biblical role models in the Parable of the Good Samaritan and to practice Christian discipleship by generously treating all people with mercy and kindness.

Earth Day: Everyday is Earth Day

Help children understand that caring for the earth is an everyday requirement of our Catholic faith.

Economic Justice

The children will grow in awareness of the economic injustice that exists in the world. They will learn the basic rights to which we are all entitled. They will become acquainted with Saint Vincent de Paul as someone who worked for justice. They will discuss some ways they can work for justice.

Faithful Citizenship

Learners identify three or more situations in their lives when they will follow their conscience and use prudence before acting or making decisions. • By Patsi Wagner

Living in Solidarity

Learning session for elementary school age children to explore our relationship with those in need through the Catholic social teaching on Solidarity. • By Loyes Spayd

Poverty Awareness

To help the children understand that the Gospel calls us to serve the poor and to have them take action against poverty.

Respect for All Life

In this activity child participants learn to nurture respect for all life, reverence for human life, and awe for the power of God's life in us.

Sacred and Social: Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Learning session for elementary children on the Catholic social teaching theme of the Call to Family Community and Participation • By Janet Elwer

Thanksgiving Tables

Learning activity to help children explore the meaning of the stories of Jesus at tables in the Gospels and their meaning for Thanksgiving.

Catholic Social Teachings • Generations of Faith

This learning session for elementary school age children explores what it means to live the basic principles of the Catholic social teachings. • By Mariette Martineau

Being Truthful • Generations of Faith

Children will learn to feel the presence of Jesus within them by identifying the difference between living truthful lives like Jesus vs. being dishonest.

Stewardship

Children's learning activity to explore the principles of stewardship in scripture and express that in the creation of stewardship prayers. This session accompanies the intergenerational session, but can be used independently.

Life in Christ

This learning session for elementary school age children explores holiness through the Lens of Micah 6:8, then introduces them to the four cardinal virtues. • By Jane Marie Osterholt, SPA

Benedictine Spirituality

This session will assist children to identify Saint Benedict, and Benedictine spirituality and their significance in the child's life and spiritual growth.

Call and Vocation

Children will learn to identify their vocation and its significance in their life and in their spiritual growth.

Divine Word Spirituality

To assist children in identifying Saint Arnold Janssen and Divine Word spirituality, and its significance in the child's life and spiritual growth.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation

Learners will distinguish forgiveness as being a necessary part of the reconciliation process. Learners will identify and apply four steps in how to forgive.

Franciscan Spirituality

This session will help children to identify Saint Francis of Assisi, and Franciscan spirituality and their significance in the child's life and spiritual growth.

Ignatian Spirituality

Grow in children a desire to be a saint; to introduce them to Saint Ignatius of Loyola; and to give them a taste of Ignatian spirituality.

Lay Spirituality: Go in Peace

By Janet Elwer

Praying into Sunday: Eucharistic Adoration

Learning session for elementary children on the topic of Eucharistic adoration • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

Proclaiming Hope

This learning session for elementary school age children provides a way to explore the meaning of hope in our lives. • By Patsi Wagner

Providence Spirituality

This session will assist children to identify Providence spirituality and its significance in the child's life and spiritual growth.

Baptism & Water • Generations of Faith

Child Learning Activity

A 45-minute learning activity for children to explore the paschal mystery of dying and rising through the waters of baptism.

Acts of the Apostles

This learning session for elementary school age children promotes the book of Acts and the early Church community. • By Patsi Wagner

Lectionary Cycle C

Explore with children the themes in Luke as presented through the eyes of the people who encountered Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, the central Gospel used for Lectionary Cycle C.

Letter to the Hebrews

Learning session for elementary school age children to grow in their understanding of sacrifice and Jesus' role in the New Covenant of love as presented in Paul's Letter to the Hebrews. • By Mariette Martineau

O Antiphons

Pentateuch

Learners will name three to five stories from the Pentateuch and tell how each reveals God's covenant with God's people. Learners will give examples of God's revealing love in their own lives and in the world.

Prophets of the Old Testament

The Great Stories: Historical Books of the Bible

Learning session for elementary aged children on the topic of the Historical Books of the Bible • By Janet Elwer

The Ten Commandments

Child participants will identify the Ten Commandments as a gift given to the chosen people under the Old Covenant and made clear for us by Jesus Christ in the New Covenant. Children will learn to apply the teachings of the Ten Commandments to real life situations.

Wisdom Literature

Catechetical session for children on the topic of Wisdom Writings of the Old Testament.

Becoming Missionary Disciples

This faith learning session is designed to help children understand the who, what, why and how of becoming Catholic missionary disciples as described by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). They will learn that the Church has a missionary nature, first taught by Jesus to His first followers, the apostles. They, with the help of the Holy Spirit, went forth to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, first to their own community, and then to the world. • By Laura Ann McClure