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Intergenerational Sessions

Communion of Saints

Explore and live the spirit of our belief in the communion of saints: God's holy gifts for God's holy people.

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Epiphany

This full intergenerational learning session on the topic of the Epiphany reminds people of all ages that we need to share Jesus with others through our loving words and actions. • By Mariette Martineau

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Jesus' Death & Resurrection • Generations of Faith

Learn to identify ways to live as disciples in response to Jesus' love as expressed in his redemptive death and Resurrection. • By Joan Weber

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Our Lenten Journey • Generations of Faith

Use the journey of RCIA candidates to enrich your entire parish's journey through Lent.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants grow in their understanding of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Palm Sunday

Full intergenerational learning session to prepare parishioners of all ages to celebrate Palm Sunday • By Paulette Chapman

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Pentecost • Generations of Faith

Introduce participants of all ages to the feast of Pentecost in the Church. • By Jim Merhaut

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Celebrating Triduum • Generations of Faith

This full intergenerational learning session on the topic of Celebrating the Triduum will guide participants through an experience of the symbols of our three most sacred days of the church year: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. • By Joan Weber

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Jesus Through The Church Year • Generations of Faith

Participants will grow in their experience of the liturgical year as a "year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:19), and an opportunity to journey with Christ through the seasons.

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Walking with Jesus through Lent • Generations of Faith

Year B Scriptural Journey

In this session, participants will incorporate the themes from the scriptural readings into their daily lives. • By Jim Merhaut

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Holy Family

This session, for all ages in the parish, explores the gift of the Holy Family to our Church. Participants discuss what we as families in the 21st century can learn from Jesus, Mary and Joseph. • By Rosina Hendrickson

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Church Structure

Participants will learn to discern the meaning of Church through various models and structural levels and to participate more actively in Church for the Year of Faith.Power point presentation for use with the whole parish intergenerational session focused on church structure. • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

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Gathered by Eucharist: Sent in Mission

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants to grow in their understanding of what it means to be gathered by Eucharist and sent in mission. • By Jane Angha

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Images of God

An intergenerational activity to encourage participants of all ages to identify and explain various images of God and embody new ways to encounter God.

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Incarnation: God Among Us

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants to grow in their understanding of the mystery of the Incarnation. • By Joan Weber

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Jesus' Mission Continues

The Church is the assembly of those who believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Church members express their belief in God by loving each other and by continuing the mission that Jesus Christ revealed two thousand years ago. The mission of Jesus Christ can be understood in a wide variety of ways, and so Church leaders have used many different images over the years to describe the Church and how it carries on Christ's mission in the world.

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Jesus Teaches Us about Ourselves

Praying, Believing, and Living Like Christ

This session teaches participants of all ages to pray, believe, and live in more Christ-like ways by exploring and applying the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.

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Resurrection of the Body

This session helps parishioners of all ages explore our belief in the resurrection of the body and to honor the gift of our bodies. • By Gladys Pozza

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What is Faith?

In this all-ages session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of faith and strengthen their faith in God in light of the New Evangelization. • By Jane Angha and Joan Weber

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Discipleship: Serving Others in Christ's Name

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants understand the true meaning of discipleship, embrace service as an integral part of the lifelong faith journey of Jesus' disciples, and have an actual opportunity to serve others. • By Jane Angha

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CRS & Catholic Charities

Session length: 150 minutes Activity Objectives To develop an ability to recognize our neighbor in the faces of people who are poor and vulnerable To introduce the participants to the work of Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services To engage the participants in the social mission of the gospel • By Kathy Brown

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Discipleship: New Testament Role Models

Inspired by New Testament disciples of Christ, participants will apply the attributes needed in order to turn to Christ and embrace the grace of Christian discipleship.

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Earth Day: Caring for God's Creation

Understand the meaning of stewardship in light of caring for God's creation.

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Earth Day: Care for God's Creation

Reflection Activity

Help parishioners reflect on what they have experienced and learned in the intergenerational session on Caring for God's Creation.

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Earth Day: Going Green

Commit to taking action to care for God's creation.

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Earth Day: Sharing the Earth's Resources

We are all called to share the resources of the earth with those who are most in need.

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Economic Justice

The effort it takes to build a just and fair society requires heroic virtue. Saint Vincent de Paul and Dorothy Day were Catholics of heroic virtue and we celebrate their feast days this Fall. You may see yourself as much humbler than Vincent or Dorothy and be content to follow and let someone else lead. Even followers, however, have to be ready at times to pick up the flag of justice and carry it for those who are powerless to speak on their own behalf.

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Faithful Citizenship

This learning session for people of all ages will help participants become aware of their own approach to decision-making in public affairs, and invite them to apply Church teaching to participation in the political process. • By Joan Weber

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Living in Solidarity

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants to explore our relationship with those in need through the Catholic social teaching on Solidarity. • By Ann Marie Eckert

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Poverty Awareness

Opening and closing prayer, all ages opening, and in-depth learning activities for the whole parish on poverty and our Catholic response.

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Respect for All Life

This 150-minute intergenerational session will inspire respect for the dignity and integrity of all life while offering opportunities for participants to act on their beliefs within the session. • By Jane Angha

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

All ages learning session on the Catholic Social Teaching theme of the Call to Family, Community, and Participation • By Jane Angha

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Thanksgiving Tables

A justice themed learning session on the central tables in our lives--home, word, Eucharist.

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Catholic Social Teachings • Generations of Faith

This faith learning session is designed to help participants understand the basic principles of Catholic social teaching, their connection to the Word of God, and their vital importance in guiding us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today. • By Joan Weber

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Being Truthful • Generations of Faith

The whole parish community can learn to live honestly and truthfully in the spirit of the 8th Commandment. • By Marge Krawczuk

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Stewardship

Stewardship - what does it really mean? Is it just about sharing our time, talents, and money with our parish community, or is there more? This learning session explores the "more" of stewardship, connecting it to what it means to be a disciple.

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Stewardship: Good & Faithful Servants • Generations of Faith

This activity will guide participants of all ages to explore the 12 qualities of stewardship and their practice in our lives.

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Living Like Christ: Following the Great Commandments

This learning session for all ages is designed to empower participants to express love for God in prayer and love for neighbors in caring action based upon the teachings of Jesus in the gospels. • By Jim Merhaut

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Life in Christ • Generations of Faith

Being Holy, Walking Spiritually, Living Virtuously

This session helps participants of all ages understand that God calls everyone to holiness, and that we all have a spirituality. It engages parishioners in understanding how the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude can help them to be holy in everyday life. • By Jim Merhaut

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Benedictine Spirituality

In this session participants will explore the life of Saint Benedict and reflect upon the value of Benedictine spirituality as a guide for living the Christian life. • By Leif Kehrwald

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Call & Vocation

This session explores the vocations of the Catholic Church from a general (all the baptized) to specific (priest, religious, married, single) perspective, and encourages participants to support one another as they live out their vocations. • By Mariette Martineau

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Divine Word Spirituality

On a Mission with the Trinity

This session will lead participants exploring and experiencing the spirituality of the Society of the Divine Word.

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Franciscan Spirituality

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the life of Saint Francis and reflect on the values of Franciscan Spirituality as a guide for living a Christian life. • By Kathie Amidei

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Ignatian Spirituality

Praying Our Lives

In this all-ages session, participants will become familiar with the life of St. Ignatius and the principles of Ignatian Spirituality. • By Jim Merhaut

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Lay Spirituality: Go in Peace

A resource for the whole parish focusing on how to move from selfishness to love in daily activities as the primary way to express lay spirituality. • By Gladys Pozza

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Praying into Sunday: Eucharistic Adoration

All ages learning session on the topic of Eucharistic adoration • By Maria Scherer and Kim Schroeder

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Proclaiming Hope

To deepen participants' understanding of the theological virtue of hope, and to encourage them to share hope with others. • By Jane Angha and Joan Weber

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Providence Spirituality

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the life of St. Theodore Guerin and reflect on the values of Providence Spirituality as a guide for living the Christian life. • By Gladys Pozza

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Stewardship: Come Share the Master's Joy • Generations of Faith

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants to grow in their understanding of our call to be grateful and to embrace stewardship. • By Mary Ann Otto

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What Do You Know About Baptism? • Generations of Faith

Opening Learning Activity

An activity to explore the symbolism and meaning of Baptism by challenging learners to match the rite and symbols to their meanings and put the rite in order.

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Baptism & Naming • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages 30-minute learning activity to explore the theology of the act of naming in the Rite of Baptism.

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Baptism - New Garment and Light • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages 45-minute learning activity to explore the theology and rituals of the Sacrament of Baptism through the symbols of the new garment and light.

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Baptism & Oil • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages 30-minute learning activity to develop a deeper understanding of the theology and rituals of the Sacrament of Baptism through exploring the symbol of oil.

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Baptism & Water • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages 30-minute learning activity to develop a deeper understanding of the theology and rituals of the Sacrament of Baptism through exploring the symbol of water.

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Symbols of Baptism • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages 30-minute learning activity to explore the meaning of the symbols of baptism through prayer.

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Exploring Baptism through the Multiple Intelligences • Generations of Faith

Seven Intergenerational Learning Activities

A collection of learning activities for various ages to explore the symbolism and meaning of Baptism through the multiple intelligences.

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Easter Season: The Resurrection • Generations of Faith

Build a deeper relationship with Jesus and others by exploring the stations of the Resurrection.

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Easter Season: Stations of the Resurrection • Generations of Faith

Reflect upon the meaning of and the life application of Jesus' resurrection appearances by preparing and praying the fourteen Stations of the Resurrection.

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Liturgy of the Hours

Complete IG Session

Explore the richness of Liturgy of the Hours as a Christian form of prayer not reserved exclusively for professed religious, but for all Christian believers.

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One Holy Catholic Apostolic

Objective of this intergenerational session is to understand the four characteristics or marks of the Church and learn how to apply them to daily living.

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Parts of the Mass

The objective of this intergenerational activity is to explore and live the meaning of the four parts of the Mass and their sub parts. • By Marge Krawczuk

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Our Call to Worship

This session helps participants explore the liturgy and the revisions in the Revised Roman Missal.

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Acts of the Apostles

This learning session for all ages helps participants identify the mission Jesus presented to the Apostles, explore the vision of Church as described in Acts, and explore what this expression of Church means for us today. • By Jim Merhaut

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Gospel of John

One of these Gospels is Not Like the Others

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the unique contents and features of the Gospel of John.

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Gospel of John

Let's Pay Attention

In this all-ages session, participants will learn about the unique stories of John's Gospel.

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Gospel of John

The Seven Signs

In this all-ages session, participants will learn about the seven signs found in John's Gospel.

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Gospel of Luke

Advocacy for Outcasts

In this session, participants will reflect on Jesus' compassion for the marginalized and how we might take action in our own lives.

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Gospel of Luke

Luke's Unique Perspective

Explore stories only found in Luke to discover his audience and purpose.

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Gospel of Luke

Seeing the Need

In this all-ages session, participants will explore one of the main themes of Luke's Gospel: seeing the needs of others, especially the poor and vulnerable.

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Gospel of Luke

Woe to the Rich

Reflect on Jesus' teachings about riches in the Gospel of Luke.

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Gospel of Mark

Jesus Fully Human

In this session, participants will discover the humanity of Jesus as presented in Mark's Gospel.

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Gospel of Mark

Moving Toward Discipleship

In this session, participants will explore the meaning of discipleship as depicted in Mark's Gospel.

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Gospel of Mark

Serving Others

In this session, participants will explore the key challenge of Mark's Gospel: to serve the needs of others.

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Gospel of Matthew

This session on the Gospel of Matthew seeks to show participants that Jesus was a great teacher and that one of the key purposes of Matthew's Gospel is to teach us how to live the Christian life.

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Intro to the Gospels

In this all-ages activity, participants will be introduced to the four Gospels.

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Gospel of Matthew

Jesus of Matthew

Use several stories from Matthew's Gospel to understand Jesus better.

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Gospel of Matthew

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like...

Participants will explore several parables from Matthew's Gospel where Jesus tries to describe the Kingdom of Heaven to his followers.

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Gospel of Matthew

The Rest of the Story

Participants will explore some of the stories from Matthew's Gospel and imagine what happened afterwards.

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Gospel of Matthew

Understanding Matthew

This all-ages session is an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew.

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Gospel of Matthew

Works of Mercy

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the story of the Last Judgement from Matthew's Gospel.

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Intro to New Testament

In this full-length intergenerational session, participants will retell the stories of the New Testament and reflect on its main themes.

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Intro to New Testament

Great Themes of the New Testament

In this all-ages activity, participants will explore the themes of the New Testament.

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Intro to New Testament

New Testament Stories

In this all-ages activity, groups will retell the key stories from the New Testament.

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Intro to Old Testament • Generations of Faith

Sharing Learning Reflections

Use these reflection questions after a session on the Old Testament.

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Intro to Old Testament • Generations of Faith

Great Themes of the Old Testament

In this all-ages session, participants will explore nine themes of the Old Testament through several stories.

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Intro to Old Testament • Generations of Faith

Oral Tradition

In this all-ages session, participants will discover the great stories of the Old Testament and how they were passed on through oral tradition.

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Lectionary Cycle C

Use this all-ages session to explore the themes found in Lectionary Cycle C.

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Letter to the Hebrews

This learning session for all ages is designed to help participants 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 Jim Merhaut

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O Antiphons

Opening and closing prayer, all ages opening activity, three in-depth learning activities for all ages, and a reflection/application activity to explore the O Antiphons in an intergenerational context.

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Pentateuch • Generations of Faith

In the Beginning

In this all-ages session, participants will discover how the Pentateuch is the beginning of our Salvation History. • By Gladys Pozza

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Prophets of the Old Testament

Spokespersons for God

In this all-ages session, participants will be introduced to the prophets of the Old Testament and reflect on what it means to be a prophet today. • By Jim Merhaut

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Reading the Bible • Generations of Faith

This session on Reading the Bible seeks to show participants that the Bible is a great treasure for understanding God's saving grace, not only in the history of the ancient Israelites and early Christians, but also in our lives today. The Bible is also a rich source of inspiration, solace, comfort, and confidence in one's journey of faith.

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St. Paul

All ages learning session on the topic of St. Paul from the New Testament

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St. Paul

How Well Do You Know St. Paul?

Use this activity to introduce a session on St. Paul.

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St. Paul

Paul's Teachings

In this session, participants will explore Paul's advice to various Christian communities on how to live in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.

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St. Paul

Walking in the Footsteps of St. Paul

In this session, participants will look at how Paul shared the Good News and how we are called to do the same.

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Synoptic Gospels

In this full intergenerational session, participants will be brought to a greater understanding of the Gospels, with special attention given to Matthew, Mark and Luke (the synoptic Gospels).

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The Gospels

Children's Gospel Stories

In this session, participants will experience several Gospel stories written in a language suitable for children.

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Synoptic Gospels

Matthew, Mark, and Luke

This session offers an overview of each of the synoptic Gospels.

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Synoptic Gospels

The Synoptic Problem

In this session, participants will explore the stories that are common to Matthew and Luke, but not found in Mark.

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Synoptic Gospels

What are the Synoptic Gospels?

This session in an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels.

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Synoptic Gospels

Write Your Own Gospel

Participants will imagine what it was like to be a gospel writer as they work in groups to write their own Gospel.

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The Great Stories: Historical Books of the Bible

This learning session for all ages is designed to introduce participants to the books, characters, and themes in the Historical Books of the Bible. • By Margaret Krawczuk

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The Ten Commandments

Objective of this activity is to help participants understand and learn how to live the Ten Commandments in the spirit of Jesus' teachings. • By Jim Merhaut

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Wisdom Literature

In this all-ages session, participants will learn how to understand and live everyday life in the context of our loving relationship with God through the Wisdom Writings of the Old Testament. • By Gladys Pozza

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Jesus in the Gospels & in My Life • FamilyFaith@Home

Participants will be able to identify and respond to important events in the life of Jesus and discern how Jesus is alive in our midst.

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Prayer Styles • FamilyFaith@Home

Participants will be able to describe prayer as a conversation with God, recognize different ways to pray, and be affirmed in their own prayer style as they explore new prayer styles.

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Church of the Home • FamilyFaith@Home

Using the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Message to Families, Follow the Way of Love, as a foundation and springboard, family members will explore the meaning of "the domestic church"

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The Church: What or Who Is it?

This session can be used in a parish setting with groups of families and/or an intergenerational group. Participants will explore various meanings of church and deepen their identification with and participation in Church.

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Brave Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Invite families to join together in watching Brave. This movie focuses on family relationships by sharing an adventurous tale about a princess and her mother, the queen. • By Tom East

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Mary Poppins • Faith Festivals

Movie Night

Invite families to join together in watching a family classic movie, Mary Poppins. This movie reminds us of the importance of taking time to really notice each other and to notice the needs around us. • By Tom East

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Campfire Family Night • Faith Festivals

This 90-minute faith formation session can be used for families or for the intergenerational faith community. It engages people of all ages in exploring some of the great stories from Scripture, but in the style of stories told around a campfire. • By Jane Angha

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Epic Movie Night • Faith Festivals

The movie Epic is about trust, friendship, and how all creation is connected no matter if we are plant, person, creature, or insect. This Movie Night gathers families for prayer, faith sharing and fun together as they watch this family film. • By Jane Angha

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The Muppets Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Main Session

Invite families to join together in watching The Muppets. This movie reminds families of the power of friendship, sharing your gifts and working together. • By Tom East

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Surf's Up Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Main Session

Invite families to join together in watching Surf's Up. This movie is about friendship, family, believing in yourself, and using your gifts • By Jane Angha

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The Croods Movie Night • First Steps for Families

Invite families to join together in watching a recent family movie, "The Croods." This movie challenges us to be brave in the face of changes reminds us of the importance of taking time to say the things that need to be said to each other. • By Tom East

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Attitude of Gratitude Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival helps families focus on all the incredible things they have been given and how being truly grateful can be a blessing to others. Gratitude puts things in perspective! • By Jane Angha

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Love is Our Mission! • Faith Festivals

The theme of the 2015 World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis was Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive. Inspired by the gathering, this extended event provides a gathering for families of all ages in your parish. Youth can help facilitate the day and participate with their families. • By Tom East

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Seder Meal Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Experience a Seder meal while making the connections between that meal and our Catholic celebration of the Eucharist. • By Jane Angha

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Amazing Saints Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

(English & Spanish)

A 90-minute intergenerational learning session on the saints. • By Jane Angha

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Being Easter People • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help households live the joy and hope of Easter all year round. It gives an understanding of what Jesus' Resurrection means in the lives of families and helps them celebrate that they really are Easter people. • By Joan Weber

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Jesus the Teacher • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help participants explore some key aspects of Jesus' teaching style and to incorporate his style into the teaching opportunities that arise at home and in other places. • By Jim Merhaut

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Standing for Life in All Ways • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help families grow in their understanding and appreciation of the Catholic vision for respecting life – all life and all issues that touch life and the human experience. • By Jane Angha

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Ash Wednesday Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to prepare households to enter into the celebration of Ash Wednesday. • By Mariette Martineau

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Mardi Gras: Preparing for Lent Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help households be ready for the season of Lent and focuses on the practices of almsgiving, prayer and fasting. • By Mariette Martineau

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Getting to Know Jesus Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Main Session

This 90-minute session for families combines tie-dying t-shirts with exploring the colors and symbols of our Catholic faith. The home activity encourages families to share their faith by sharing the meaning of their t-shirts. • By Jane Angha

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Earth Day: Celebrating God's Gift of Creation • Faith Festivals

(English & Spanish)

A 90-minute intergenerational learning session focusing on Earth Day. • By Joan Weber

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The Way to “Be”: Marian Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to prepare households to faithfully pray with Mary, especially during the months of May and October. Participants will experience Mary as someone we pray with, someone we look up to as the Mother of God and one of the first disciples of Jesus. • By Mariette Martineau

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Praying All Ways Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

(English & Spanish)

This Faith Festival guides parishioners in reflecting on the purpose of prayer and the many different ways in which Catholics pray while providing them with actual experiences of prayer. • By Joan Weber

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Encounter: The King’s Standard Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This faith festival invites participants to explore the meaning of the Kingdom of God and the image of Christ as our King. Table groups will create their own coat of arms (standards) for Christ in celebration of the Feast of Christ the King. • By Ryan Meyers

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Francis of Assisi Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

(English & Spanish)

This Faith Festival helps an intergenerational group explore key events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Participants also discover principles of Franciscan peacemaking and how they apply to their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. • By Jim Merhaut

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Families: Our Treasure • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help households explore Pope Francis' quotes and teachings about family. This session facilitates a local conversation about family and its gift to its members and society. • By Mariette Martineau

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St. Oscar Romero Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Archbishop Oscar Romero was canonized on October 14, 2018 in San Salvador. This Faith Festival is an opportunity to invite households to celebrate his life and to examine how they too are called to serve and to advocate for the rights and dignity of others. • By Mariette Martineau

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The Joy of the Gospel Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Faith Festival is designed to guide parishioners in reflecting on the message for Catholics in Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. • By Joan Weber

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Preparing for Christmas Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help households be mindful as they prepare for Christmas by getting hearts and minds focused on the real celebration! • By Jane Angha

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Prepare the Way: John the Baptist Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to engage participants in the spirit of preparation for the Lord that John the Baptist exemplifies each Advent season. • By Jim Merhaut

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The Lego Movie • Faith Festivals

Movie Night

This event engages families in watching the movie and making connections between the characters’ struggles and their own. • By Jane Angha

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Season of Light Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This 90-minute faith festival engages families and all parishioners in exploring how they can be the light of Christ during the Advent season. • By Jim Merhaut

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Service Rocks! • Faith Festivals

This faith festival for families engages them in actual service projects as they learn Catholic teaching about being people who serve those in need. • By Jane Angha

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Fall: A Church Going Forth

This resource connects you to examples of seasonal commemorations and opportunities with the hope that it might spark the interest and passion of the families you serve. By offering families guidance, resources, and space to explore such moments through a Catholic faith lens, we empower them to more deeply understand the realities of the world and respond faithfully in it. Faith-based resources, web links, and suggested action steps are also provided for encouraging research and peer leadership. Using some of these ideas for fostering a global sense of mission in youth and families can also help them to be the Church going forth in joy, in hope, and in the world this fall. • By Ted Miles

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Early Church History • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the early beginnings of Christianity and see how our faith today is rooted in the foundations laid by the apostles and disciples of the Pentecost era.

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Church Year • Generations of Faith

Our Journey in Faith

This learning session guides participants of all ages to explore the church year and discover its beauty and connections to daily life.

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All Saints' Day • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Program

This session will help participants prepare to celebrate the Feast of All Saints by exploring its meaning and will encourage participants to continue to share their gifts generously.

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Living the Moral Life • Generations of Faith

This session invites participants to think about living a moral life as something that must engage our head, our heart, and our hands.

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Introduction to Justice: Human Dignity • Generations of Faith

All ages learning activity to explore the dignity of the human person - people are more important than things.

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Moral Decision-Making • Generations of Faith

This session seeks to instruct participants in the steps of forming their conscience so that they can make good, sound, and faithful moral decisions.

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Mission Sunday All Ages Learning Experience • Generations of Faith

A short learning activity for all ages to begin learning about Mission Sunday.

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Mission Sunday • Generations of Faith

Mission and Scripture

All ages learning activity to engage participants in the call to mission which is revealed in Scripture.

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Mission Sunday • Generations of Faith

Supporting the Church's Mission

All ages learning activity to motivate participants to take action on behalf of the Church

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Mission Sunday • Generations of Faith

Which Missionary Are You Most Like?

All ages learning activity to encourage participants to embrace their own contribution to the Church.

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Mission Sunday Reflection Questions • Generations of Faith

Reflection questions to use after a learning session ( all ages or peer) on mission.

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Pentecost: Solidarity Through the Spirit • Generations of Faith

Incorporates the Catholic social teaching theme of solidarity into the celebration of Pentecost Sunday and also can be used to prepare a parish for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation.

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Praying with Different Cultures • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will experience some of the rich prayers of other cultures and understand how prayer can be used to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the globe.

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Vocation: Four Calls • Generations of Faith

This activity explores the concept of vocation: human, Christian, ecclesial, and specific.

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Vocation: They Didn't Miss Their Call • Generations of Faith

Explore the concept of vocation by looking at examples from Scripture.

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Advent Intergenerational Program • Generations of Faith

Justice & Service

One way to prepare people of all ages for Advent is to involve them in service as individuals, as age groups, as families, and as intergenerational groups. Advent service connects everyone to the Old Testament Lectionary readings which strongly emphasize justice and service, and the Messiah who will bring justice to all peoples. Use this program to help your community prepare for Advent.

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Advent: Clothed, Decked & Adorned • Faith Festivals

This is a 90-minute intergenerational session for Advent. The focus of the session is Isaiah 61:10, which is a verse from the second reading for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B. The session may be used for Advent of any year, and it includes one take-home activity.

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Advent: The Messiah is Coming • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Program

This learning session guides learners of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of Jesus the Messiah through the exploration of Advent readings and traditions.

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Beatitudes • Generations of Faith

All Saints' Day Learning Activity

This activity for all ages explores the meaning of the Gospel reading of All Saints' Day (the Beatitudes) through commentary and examples from current events.

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Saintly Feud • Generations of Faith

All Saints' Day Learning Activity

This activity uses a "Family Feud" format to explore the Church's teaching on the Saints and the communion of Saints.

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Walk of Fame • Generations of Faith

All Saints' Day Learning Activity

Participants will explore the meaning of All Saints' Day by learning about the lives of several popular Saints.

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All Souls' Day • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Program

This session will guide participants in developing a deeper understanding of the meaning of All Souls' Day along with its practices and doctrines. • By Jim Merhaut

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Ascension Intergenerational Program • Generations of Faith

Explore the meaning of the Ascension and how it directs us to live as the body of Christ in the world today.

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Baptism & Baptism of the Lord • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session

A session for all ages to understand baptism in Scripture and through the history of the Church and to apply learnings to everyday life. • By Jim Merhaut

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Incarnation: Christmas Learning Activity • Generations of Faith

An activity to explore the symbolism and meaning of the Incarnation.

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The Christmas Creche • Generations of Faith

An activity that explores the symbolism and meaning of Christmas through the prayerful assembly of the Christmas creche.

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Layers of Meaning: Christmas Learning Activity • Generations of Faith

Use this activity to explore the symbolism and meaning of Christmas through the opening of gifts.

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The Christmas Season • Generations of Faith

Use this activity to explore all of the feasts of the Christmas season.

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Easter Vigil: Symbols & Ritual • Generations of Faith

Explore the meaning of the Easter fire and the Easter candle and their role in the Easter Vigil. • By Jim Merhaut

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Holy Week in Word, Ritual & Symbol • Generations of Faith

An intergenerational program to help parishioners understand the significance of the Triduum and engage more fully in the rituals of Holy Week.

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Holy Week: Curious Questions • Generations of Faith

Reflect on the readings of Holy Week.

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No Place Like Home: Homelessness • Generations of Faith

In this activity, learn about homelessness, its causes and its solutions.

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Lent in Word & Symbol • Generations of Faith

This program leads parishioners through deeper reflection and understanding of the Lenten season.

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Lent: Three Practices • Generations of Faith

Praying, Fasting, Almsgiving

This program helps participants engage in the three practices of Lent: praying, fasting, and almsgiving.

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Lent: Three Practices Feud • Generations of Faith

Using a "Family Feud" format, help families explore the three practices of Lent: praying, fasting, and almsgiving.

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Stations of the Cross • Generations of Faith

In this program, participants will work together to create their own Stations of the Cross.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus • Generations of Faith

In this session, participants will encounter Mary as the mother of Jesus, mother of God, and mother of the Church.

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Mother Mary: Cultural Traditions • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Session

This session seeks to enlighten participants about the strong cultural traditions and expressions of piety toward Mary. It explores the many ways in which Mary has inspired believers to greater faith, particularly in their times of need or distress.

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Baptism Learning Activity Centers • Generations of Faith

A sample booklet to use for the Baptism Faith Festival.

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Baptism Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

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Palm Sunday Learning Activity • Generations of Faith

I Was There

Use this parish activity to reflect on the events of Palm Sunday.

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Who is the Holy Spirit? • Generations of Faith

Explore how the holy Spirit is like fire and wind.

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Thanksgiving: Generosity & Service • Generations of Faith

An all-ages program that guides participants to consider our call to be thankful and generous.

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Trinity Sunday • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational learning session to prepare parishioners to celebrate Trinity Sunday. • By Jim Merhaut

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Vocation • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of vocation.

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Anointing of the Sick in Word, Symbol, & Ritual • Generations of Faith

A session to better appreciate the theology, symbols, and rituals of this sacrament and the importance of Jesus’ healing ministry and how it continues in the Sacrament of Anointing and the Church’s pastoral care of the sick.

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Eucharist - Creatorium • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages activity to reflect on the meaning of Eucharist through Scripture, symbols, music, and acts of justice and service.

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Great Teachings of Eucharist • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages activity to explore some of the central teachings about Eucharist.

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It's Kind of Like This • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

An all-ages activity to reflect on the meaning of the four movements of Eucharist.

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Eucharist - A Walk through the Mass • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session

All-ages learning session which covers the four parts of the Mass: gathering, storytelling, meal sharing, and sending forth.

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Listening to God's Word • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the Lectionary and its message.

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Eucharist - Celebrating Christ Present • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session on the Real Presence of Christ

An all-ages session to understand the Eucharist as meal, sacrifice, and real presence; learn to celebrate it more actively and meaningfully; and recognize its significance to daily life.

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Holy Orders Intergenerational Program • Generations of Faith

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Marriage Intergenerational Program • Generations of Faith

This session guides learners of all ages to develop a deeper understanding of the theology, symbols, and rituals of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

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Order of Christian Funerals Intergenerational Program • Generations of Faith

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Being a Reconciler • Generations of Faith

Reconciliation Learning Activity

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People Capable of Change • Generations of Faith

Reconciliation Learning Activity

Use this activity in peer groups to explore the idea of change and its relation to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation in Word, Symbols, and Ritual • Generations of Faith

The Sacrament of Reconciliation session presents an understanding of the theology, symbols, and ritual of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will explore the importance of the Sacrament of Reconcilia tion for our lives as Catholics and the need for regular participation in the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The goal of the session is help us participate more actively and more meaningfully in the celebration of Reconciliation and to live our lives as forgiving and forgiven people.

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Ritual Moments: Anointing of the Sick • Generations of Faith

Use this ritual alongside teaching on Anointing of the Sick and/or Reconciliation.

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Words of Reconciliation • Generations of Faith

Reconciliation Learning Activity

In this activity peer groups will focus on words associated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Call to Family, Community, Participation • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will reflect on how to answer the call to family, community, and participation.

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Dignity of Work • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages session, participants will understand our call to defend the rights of workers, appreciate our own work, and advocate for workers' rights.

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Principles of Catholic Social Teaching • Generations of Faith

This session seeks to enlighten participants about the values and principles at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching and challenge them to action.

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The Muppets Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Invite families to join together in watching The Muppets. This movie reminds families of the power of friendship, sharing your gifts and working together.

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Surf's Up Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Invite families to join together in watching Surf's Up. This movie is about friendship, family, believing in yourself, and using your gifts

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Getting to Know Jesus Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

All Resources

This 90-minute session for families combines tie-dying t-shirts with exploring the colors, symbols, and sacraments of our Catholic faith. The home activity encourages families to share their faith by sharing the meaning of their t-shirts. • By Jane Angha

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Autumn Social Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Advent & Christmas Social Activities • Gather Us In

A party, a cookie swap, and caroling -- three activities to help your family celebrate the season. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Winter & Lenten Social Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Easter Season Social Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Advent & Christmas Service Activities • Gather Us In

Try some of these service activities to help your family embrace the spirit of the season. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Easter Season Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Winter & Lenten Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Autumn Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Summer Social & Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social & service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Advent Wreath-Making Session • Gather Us In

This activity is designed to encourage families to celebrate with Advent wreaths by giving them the opportunity to make them together. It will be necessary to have the families sign up in advance so that you will know how much material you will need. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesse Tree Session • Gather Us In

A Jesse tree is a bare branch that holds symbols of all the people who waited and prepared for the coming of the Messiah. It is this love and preparation that make flowers burst forth from the branch, and this is why a stark branch, rather than an evergreen tree, is used. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Sacrament Scavenger Hunt • Gather Us In

This lesson can be used quite successfully for sacramental preparation programs, particularly Eucharist and Confirmation, as a whole family experience to close a year on the study of sacraments, or as part of a family retreat that takes place in a church setting. The entire experience will take approximately two hours, depending on the ages of the children involved. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Forgiveness Session • Gather Us In

This activity was originally designed to help those families who are preparing a child for the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time. It has been modified, to review the concept of forgiveness and celebrate reconciliation outside the sacrament. It makes an excellent preparation for Lent. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Lenten Crosses • Gather Us In

This activity is similar to Advent wreaths. The entire activity will take less than an hour. It can be done in conjunction with a related prayer service, if you have more time. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Calvary Walk • Gather Us In

This reflection on the Way of the Cross was designed to help families recognize how Jesus is suffering in the world today. Although preschoolers can easily be incorporated into the activity, it is not particularly appropriate for those families who only have small children. School age children will gain far more from the experience. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Body of Christ • Gather Us In

The purpose of this activity is to remind us that we are all different parts of the body of Christ, and the body must work together in the world. It is appropriate as either a lenten or Easter season activity. It is an excellent family activity in preparation for First Eucharist. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Holy Spirit Kites Activity • Gather Us In

The purpose of this activity is to focus families on the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Throughout Scripture, the Spirit is portrayed as wind and breath and air. Building kites is a reminder that all good deeds are powered by the Spirit, as kites are powered by the wind. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Session on Covenanting and Naming • Gather Us In

Activities, ritual, and prayer for helping a group become a community and make a commitment. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Building the Reign of God • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants understand more fully what it means to live in the Reign/Kingdom of God. They will explore the teachings of Christ as they relate to our modern world and everyday life and how to allow our lives to more fully reflect the teachings of Christ.

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Celebrating Liturgy & Sacraments • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to recognize that the liturgy is the work of the Trinity and understand that the sacraments are signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the church.

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Following Catholic Social Teaching • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to learn about Catholic social teaching, including the exercise of virtue in society, the common good, the equal dignity of human persons, and the need to reduce excessive social and economic inequalities

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Knowing the Trinity • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to more deeply appreciate our belief in one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They will hear how to know God better by seeing how divine love in the Holy Trinity also extends to daily life in our homes when we live in love.

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Learning about Chastity • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to recognize that by creating the human person, man and woman, God gives each one personal dignity. They will appreciate that chastity means the full and complete integration of sexuality within the person and the covenant that spouses enter into.

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Living a Moral Life • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to recognize that certain concrete acts are always wrong to choose and that we may not do evil to achieve a good result. They will deepen their understanding that a well-formed conscience is upright and truthful.

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Loving the Bible • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to appreciate that God is the author of Sacred Scripture because God inspired its human authors and that we must be attentive above all to what God wants to reveal through the writings of the sacred authors.

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Loving the Church • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to understand that the word "church" designates those whom God’s word gathers together to form the people of God, nourished with the body of Christ to become the body of Christ.

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Meeting Jesus • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to recognize that the whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silence, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his way of the cross, and his resurrection. They will better understand that in his teaching Jesus announced the reign of God and by his example called us to live out the paschal mystery.

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Praying Well • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to explore prayer as a way of cooperating with the Holy Spirit, who helps us remember all that Jesus said and who instructs us in the life of prayer. They will learn the basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise and gain a greater sense of being blessed and of offering blessing.

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Talking about God • Whole Community Catechesis

(English & Spanish)

This session will help participants to recognize that God has revealed and given himself to us out of love, gradually communicating God’s own mystery in deeds and in words.

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Baptism in Word, Ritual, and Symbols • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session

An all-ages session to develop a deeper understanding of baptism so we can live out our baptismal vows more robustly and participate more actively in future celebrations of the rite.

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Confirmation in Word, Ritual, and Symbols • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session

An all-ages session to develop a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Confirmation, our mission as disciples of Jesus, and our Christian responsibility within the community and to the world.

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Rite of Confirmation Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This 90-minute session is designed to help households want to attend the celebration of confirmation in your parish and find ways to support those who are getting confirmed.

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Community of Hope • Generations of Faith

All Souls' Day Learning Activity

In this activity, participants will explore the meaning of life, hope, and death through the theology of All Souls' Day.

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Infancy Narratives • Generations of Faith

Living the Christmas Season

Use this intergenerational program to explore the birth of Jesus, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and Epiphany.

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Mardi Gras Celebration • Generations of Faith

This program begins with a festive Mardi Gras celebration of favorite foods and games and then shifts from feasting to fasting with a reflection and prayer service that prepares participants for a meaningful experience of Lent.

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Pentecost: Gifts of the Spirit • Generations of Faith

Explore the meaning of Pentecost with participants of all ages with these activities.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Liberation & Discipleship • Generations of Faith

In this session, participants will come to know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, understand the role she plays among those who are oppressed, and find a model for discipleship in tis apparition of the Blessed Virgin. • By Leota Roesch

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All Are Accepted • Generations of Faith

Exploring the Themes of Lectionary Cycle C

This activity is part of the Intergeneral Session on Lectionary Cycle C, but can be used as a stand-alone activity for home or parish use. Using 4 Gospel stories from Cycle C, participants will explore one of the main themes of this cycle's readings.

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Blessed Are the Poor • Generations of Faith

Exploring the Themes of Lectionary Cycle C

This activity is part of the Intergeneral Session on Lectionary Cycle C, but can be used as a stand-alone activity for home or parish use. Using 4 Gospel stories from Cycle C, participants will explore one of the main themes of this cycle's readings.

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Lectionary Cycle B • Generations of Faith

Participants of all ages will explore the themes of Lectionary Cycle B. • By Leif Kehrwald

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Forgiveness & Reconciliation • Generations of Faith

This all-ages session will examine the Christian call to forgive and reconcile within our families, and with the whole world. It will give participants the chance to learn and practice the art of forgiveness. • By Susan Vogt

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Reconciling with God & Neighbor • Generations of Faith

In this session, participants will develop a deeper understanding of God's loving forgiveness as portrayed in Scripture and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. • By Joan Weber

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Care for Creation Activities • Generations of Faith

A collection of small and large group activities based on the teaching of Care for God's Creation.

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Introduction to Justice: Solidarity • Generations of Faith

Use this parish activity to introduce the idea of Solidarity.

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Introduction to Justice: Call to Family, Community, & Participation • Generations of Faith

Reflect on how the call to family, community, & participation challenges us to strike a fine balance between our personal wants, our family responsibilities, and our obligations to the larger community.

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Meal Portions • Generations of Faith

This all-ages experience will give participants a clear understanding of the imbalance of food distribution around the world.

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Reflecting on Justice & Service • Generations of Faith

Use this resource to guide a whole-group sharing experience on justice.

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Called to Serve • Generations of Faith

This session guides participants of all ages to understand that Jesus calls us to serve and service in an integral part of being a Catholic.

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Stewardship Is & Isn't • Generations of Faith

This all-ages activity explores central teachings about what stewardship is and isn't. It can be used as part of the Intergenerational Session or stand alone.

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Pray Always • Generations of Faith

This all-ages session will guide participants to explore and understand the central prayer forms of the Catholic tradition and engage in the practice of prayer on a regular basis.

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Jesus of Mark • Generations of Faith

This all-ages activity will introduce participants to the key stories in the Gospel of Mark that reveal the core message of Mark.

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We Believe • Generations of Faith

This session invites participants to explore the Christian profession of faith as a response to God's revelation to the world made known through the mission of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

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The Apostle's Creed • Generations of Faith

Believing that Jesus Was Fully Human

This all-ages activity will guide participants in exploring our belief that Jesus is fully human as expressed in the Apostles' Creed. This activity is intended to be followed by the activity titled: The Nicene Creed: Believing that Jesus Was Fully Divine.

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The Nicene Creed • Generations of Faith

Believing that Jesus Was Fully Divine

In this all-ages session, participants will explore our belief that Jesus is fully divine as expressed in the Nicene Creed. This activity is designed to following the activity titled: The Apostles' Creed: Believing that Jesus Was Fully Human.

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Creeds: Speaking & Living Our Core Beliefs • Generations of Faith

This all-ages session will guide participants in professing and living the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed as signs of Church unity in the Easter Season.

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Divine Revelation • Generations of Faith

This session seeks to show participants that God has always been and continues to be active in the lives of humans. God moves among us; God speaks and acts in human history, and above all, God acts and speaks in the words and deeds of Jesus.

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Hunger Activities • Generations of Faith

Use these parish ideas to dive into issues related to hunger. Includes an involvement activity, an exploration activity, a reflection activity, action activities, and a prayer service.

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Intro to Old Testament • Generations of Faith

The Great Stories & Oral Tradition

This session will introduce participants to nine great themes of the Old Testament through the great stories of the Old Testament and explore the passing on of these stories through oral tradition.

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages activity, participants will create ornaments that reflect the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Refugee Activities • Generations of Faith

Use these parish ideas to dive into issues related to refugees. Includes involvement activities, exploration activities, reflection activities, action activities, and a prayer service.

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St. Joseph Table • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to introduce participants to the tradition of the St. Joseph Table as a way to prepare for the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph on March 19. • By Jim Merhaut

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Family Hike • Faith Festivals

Spend time in creation celebrating family, nature and the presence of God. • By Jane Angha

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St. Patrick • Faith Festivals

Celebrating Faith

Learn about the life of St. Patrick and find new ways to celebrate and share your own faith. • By Jane Angha

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Dolphin Tale 2 • First Steps for Families

Family Movie Night

Gather families to view a movie together and discuss its themes. • By Jane Angha

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Muppets Most Wanted • First Steps for Families

Movie Night

Gather families to view the movie and discuss its themes. • By Tom East

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Becoming Missionary Disciples • Generations of Faith

Participants will explore their baptismal call to be missionary disciples. Pope Francis reminds us tat we are called to share the Gospel message with all those we meet, bringing and being Christ to them. • By Rosina Hendrickson

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The Good Dinosaur • First Steps for Families

Movie Night

Gather families to watch the movie and discuss its themes. • By Jane Angha

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Exploring the Creed • Generations of Faith

Use these Church Year sessions to give an overview of the Creed.

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Who Wants to Be a Saint? • Generations of Faith

Script for All Saints' Day

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We are Called

In this all-ages session, participants will reflect on how we are all called to be disciples.

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1800PRAYER

A skit to introduce the topic of prayer.

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The Practice of Prayer

This all-ages session has been adapted from "Pray Always" specifically for Lent.

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Why the Lectionary? • Generations of Faith

In this all-ages activity, participants will grow in their understanding of why we use the lectionary as the means for proclaiming the Word in worship.

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Dedication of an Altar or New Church • Generations of Faith

In this session, participants will prepare for the dedication of a new altar or new Church. • By Jim Merhaut

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Discipleship & Discipline • Generations of Faith

This all-ages activity introduces participants to the idea of discipline in discipleship.

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Jesus Through the Church Year • Generations of Faith

Experiencing Christ in the Advent & Christmas Seasons

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the "who" of Jesus through the Advent readings.

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Jesus Through the Church Year • Generations of Faith

Experiencing Christ in the Easter Season

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the "who" of Jesus through the ritual actions of the Easter season.

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Jesus Through the Church Year • Generations of Faith

Experiencing Christ through the Symbols of Lent

In this all-ages session, participants will explore the "who" of Jesus through the central symbols of the season of Lent - Year C.

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Lenten Jeopardy • Generations of Faith

Explore the people, traditions, and scripture passages of Lent in a Jeopardy-style format.

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Acting Out the Gospels

Advent & Christmas

Use the book Acting Out the Gospels by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND, to dramatize the Infancy Narratives.

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Advent Calendar • Generations of Faith

Help participants prepare for the birth of the Messiah by creating an Advent calendar.

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Advent Film Festival • Generations of Faith

Sponsor a film festival using one or more Christmas feature films.

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Advent Music Festival • Generations of Faith

Use music to help prepare participants for the birth of the Messiah. You can use live or recorded music.

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Beatitudes for "Saintly" Living • Generations of Faith

The Beatitudes are values that come straight from the mind of Christ. In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches us what will make us truly blessed or happy. On All Saints' Day we recognize that we are called to be like God's Saints.

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Praying with the Saints • Generations of Faith

Participants will write prayers that capture the life and actions of several saints and holy people.

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Saint for the Week • Generations of Faith

Participants will learn about several saints and try to emulate them in their lives for the week.

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Saints Film Festival • Generations of Faith

Sponsor a film festival using one or more feature films portraying the lives of Saints.

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Saints Gallery • Generations of Faith

Participants will create a gallery of Saints for All Saints' Day.

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Introduction to the Bible • FamilyFaith@Home

Families will be able to identify basic aspects of the Bible: major divisions, kinds of writing, and key characters and stories.

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Giving & Receiving Forgiveness • FamilyFaith@Home

Participants will reflect on the need for forgiveness in their lives from the perspective of both accepting and giving forgiveness in their relationship with God and with others.

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Church: Community of Faith • FamilyFaith@Home

Participants will be able to identify Church as a community of faith that transcends time and space.

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Living in Solidarity 2

Participants will learn how to live in solidarity, loving our neighbor in an interdependent world. • By Gladys Pozza

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Forgiveness Matters • Faith Festivals

Participants will learn about the power and grace that forgiveness and reconciliation can bring to our relationships.

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Summer: A Church Going Forth

This resource connects you to examples of seasonal commemorations and opportunities with the hope that it might spark the interest and passion of the families you serve. By offering families guidance, resources, and space to explore such moments through a Catholic faith lens, we empower them to more deeply understand the realities of the world and respond faithfully in it. Faith-based resources, web links, and suggested action steps are also provided for encouraging research and peer leadership. Using some of these ideas for fostering a global sense of mission in youth and families can also help them to be the Church going forth in joy, in hope, and in the world this summer. • By Ted Miles

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Winter: A Church Going Forth

This resource connects you to examples of seasonal commemorations and opportunities with the hope that it might spark the interest and passion of the families you serve. By offering families guidance, resources, and space to explore such moments through a Catholic faith lens, we empower them to more deeply understand the realities of the world and respond faithfully in it. Faith-based resources, web links, and suggested action steps are also provided for encouraging research and peer leadership. Using some of these ideas for fostering a global sense of mission in youth and families can also help them to be the Church going forth in joy, in hope, and in the world this winter. • By Ted Miles

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Becoming Community • FIRE

Year-long Program

The entire collection of sessions for year one of FIRE: Becoming Community. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Celebrating Community • FIRE

Year-long Program

The entire collection of sessions for year two of FIRE: Celebrating Community. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Responding Community • FIRE

Year-long Program

The entire collection of sessions for year three of FIRE: The Responding Community. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Believing Community • FIRE

Year-long Program

The entire collection of sessions for year four of FIRE: The Believing Community. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Living Community • FIRE

Year-long Program

The entire collection of sessions for year five of FIRE: The Living Community.

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Playing, Learning, Praying • FIRE

Parish Tools for Gathering Families

This is a collection of large group activities to use in conjunction with the FIRE program. They also serve as stand-alone activities. It includes social activities, service activities, family day events, and prayer services. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Covenant & Naming

The aim of this session is to enable the group to look at the factors needed to become a community, and to commit itself to these conditions. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Communication

The purpose of this session is to investigate the many ways we communicate with one another, and to practice our listening skills. Participants will look at the many ways in which God communicates with us, as well as address our difficulty in receiving that communication. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Prophecy

We are all called in baptism to be prophets. But what does that mean? In this session participants will experience what it might feel like to be called to respond as a prophet to unjust situations present around us. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah's message was one of repentance. He used many images to help the people picture how they were called to respond to God. In this session participants will explore the image of the potter and the clay and think about what it means to be clay in God's hands. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Ezekiel

In this session participants will celebrate reconciliation. The hope is that participants will come to see how their hearts have been hardened, and to accept the new hearts that God wishes to give them. This session requires clay hearts. Instructions for making these hearts can be found in "Becoming Community: Jeremiah." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Isaiah

In this session participants will look at the signs of our times as Jeremiah & Ezekiel might have read them. Isaiah offers another message, one of comfort & hope. Participants will discover how the messianic poems in Isaiah were developed. Rather than reading them as a foretelling of the future, they will be understood as the celebration of the hopes of a people. This session refers to two other sessions - "Becoming Community: Jeremiah" and "Becoming Community: Ezekiel." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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John the Baptist

The purpose of this session is to deepen participants' understanding of the person and mission of John the Baptist. Unique among the prophets, he was called both to tell it like it is and like it could be. He prepared the way for Jesus, as each of us is called to prepare the reign of God. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesus as Human

Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets, the Word spoken by God. Because we know Jesus is God, we have difficulty understanding why the people of his day rejected him. In this session participants will experience Jesus as the people of his day might have experienced him. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesus the Affirmer

In this session participants will experience the manner in which Jesus loved the people he met and the way he called them to greatness. Participants will do the same for one another. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Parables

In this session participants will see the full strength of Jesus' stories. We will translate the parables into our own everyday life to become more acquainted with them and allow ourselves to be touched more deeply by them. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesus Taught Us to Pray

Jesus came as the Word of God. Not only did he speak God the Father's Word to us, he taught us a way to speak to God. People were praying for centuries before Jesus came. People pray today who have never been taught. Jesus' teaching on prayer did not make prayer possible; it made prayer simple. Participants will experience how directions can make a difficult task simple. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Eucharist

In this session participants will experience how Eucharist is a type of family reunion. We will focus on the importance of Jesus' command to remember him. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Calvary Walk

The purpose of this experience is to enable all of us to realize that Jesus not only suffered and died in Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago, but that he continues to suffer and die in all the people suffering in our world today. It also hopes to familiarize participants with the ancient Catholic devotion of "Stations of the Cross." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Resurrection

In this session participants will be able to recognize the deaths and resurrections in the ordinary moments of life, and to deal with the feelings that accompany them. This session is lengthy but can be split into two sessions if necessary. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Coming of the Spirit

In this session participants will experience the first Pentecost. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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How Do We Know the Spirit?

The Spirit cannot be seen or heard in the ordinary sense of those words. We experience the Spirit through what the Spirit does in our lives. In this session participants will compare their experiences of the Spirit with their experience of air. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Reign of God

In this session participants will explore the Beatitudes as actions that bring about the reign of God. This session refers to another session entitled "Becoming Community: Isaiah" as well as boxes from "Becoming Community: How Do We Know the Spirit?" • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Celebrating Community • FIRE

Covenanting

This session is meant to be an opening session for a year of gatherings. Participants will dedicate a symbol for their community to be used throughout the year. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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We Belong to a Family

In this session participants will understand that families share certain characteristics and that family is the normal way in which God prepares for each of our births. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Families Share Symbols & Rituals

In this session participants will explore the power of symbol and ritual in our lives and know some of the symbols we share as a Catholic family. The symbols and rituals that families are asked to bring to this session are described in the Take Home sheet from "Celebrating Community: We Belong to a Family." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Beginning a Church

In this session participants will understand how the organizational structure of the Church might have developed and will focus on the divine presence of the Spirit in the people. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Baptism: Our Initial Commitment

In this session participants will understand that an initiation rite is meant to symbolize what we believe about the group into which we are being initiated. In baptism, we are initiated into the very life of Christ. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Confirmed in the Spirit

In this session participants will understand Confirmation as a sacrament of "transition" and of "intensification." Participants will have the opportunity to explore what this sacrament could mean for them within the particular tradition of their church. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Eucharist: Food for the Journey

In this session participants will be introduced to Eucharist as the third sacrament of initiation. It will help participants become aware that we bring all that we are to Eucharist, and ask that it be transformed into "bread for life." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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A Eucharistic Celebration

In this session participants will have the opportunity to have an in-depth experience of Eucharist. Preparation can be done as a separate session or as part of "Celebrating Community: Supper & Sacrifice." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Eucharist: Supper & Sacrifice

In this session participants will understand what it means to "lay down one's life for a friend" and will consider the meaning of sacrifice, especially the Eucharist as sacrifice. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesus Teaches Forgiveness

In this session participants will have the opportunity to experience and understand how Jesus treated sinners. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Reconciliation as Healing

This session has two options. In the first, participants will be given a clearer concept of sin and forgiveness and will demonstrate the examination of conscience and celebrate Reconciliation. In the second, participants will understand the sacrament of Reconciliation and the process of reconciliation as ways in which we become more beautiful people. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Jesus as Healer

In this session participants will explore the stories of the New Testament in which Jesus healed the sick and deepened faith in the healing power of God. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Living in a Broken World

In this session participants will become aware of the plight of those living with disabilities and suffering in our world. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Holy Orders

In this session participants will examine the role of ordained leadership in the Church. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Marriage: Living in Partnership

In this session participants will consider what is necessary to enable and sustain the commitment of two people in the sacrament of matrimony. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Reviewing Our Symbols

In this session participants will review the symbols used in the sacraments. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Festival of Tables

This session can be used as a review of the sacraments. Families or individuals are assigned a sacrament and will prepare a table and presentation ahead of time to share with the group. Descriptions and suggestions can be found on the Background sheet from the session "Celebrating Community: Reviewing Our Symbols." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Believing Community • FIRE

Covenanting

In this session participants will look at the factors necessary for it to become a community and to commit themselves to these conditions. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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I Believe

In this session participants will have the opportunity to explore the meaning of "belief" and to develop a "family creed." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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In God, the Father Almighty

In this session participants will explore a picture of God broader than the traditional one most of us have been given.

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Creator of Heaven & Earth

In this session participants will increase their awareness of creation as a gift from God and sensitize themselves to their responsibilities in preserving it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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In Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

In this session participants will look at some of the values God proclaimed, not just by choosing to send the Son, but by the family God chose to bestow humanity on the Son. We will also consider the gifts bestowed upon Jesus by his family and upon each of us by our families. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary

Most scholars agree that Jesus did not come into this life knowing that he was the Son of God. This knowledge grew within him and must have been the cause of much questioning and concern. This lesson examines what that search must have meant for him and his family, and is designed to help participants realize that life in a “holy family,” in some ways, is like life in any family. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Call to Minister

In this session participants will understand the special place the baptism of Jesus appears to have had in his awareness of his own call. Participants will look at similar moments in their own lives where God calls them to a deeper understanding of who they are meant to be. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Call to Discipleship

In this session participants will explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The symbols of "fanship" are described on the Take Home sheet from "The Believing Community: Call to Minister." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Call to Be Eucharist

God promises us that each community will have within it the gifts it needs to proclaim the kingdom. In this session participants will look at themselves as people of the reign of God, at Eucharist as their proclamation of that reign, and at the gifts they have been given for the task. The explanation of the "gifts" each family is to bring can be found on the Take Home sheet from "The Believing Community: Call to Discipleship." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Suffered Under Pontius Pilate

In this session participants will examine the trial of Jesus and recognize he was condemned by good, religious people who thought they were acting in the best interest of their people as a whole. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Was Crucified, Died, & Was Buried

In this session participants will reflect on the ongoing passion of the Lord in the world today. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Descended into Hell & Rose Again

Particiapants will explore the connection between death and resurrection in the life of Jesus and in their own lives, and examine the place of mourning in the death process. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Ascended into Heaven

This lesson will examine judgment and the eventual establishment of the reign of God as the purpose of the death, Resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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I Believe in the Holy Spirit

In this session participants will recognize the action of the Spirit in their lives. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Holy Catholic Church

In this session participants will recognize that saints are people who live Spirit-filled lives. Many people who are never canonized are saints, and all of us are called to live as saints. All the saints, living and dead, make up the community we call the Church or the communion of saints. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Forgiveness, Resurrection, & Life Everlasting

In this session participants will experience forgiveness as it was taught by Jesus. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Review of the Year

This session is a review of The Believing Community, based on the Apostles' Creed. It could also be used as review for any lesson on the Creed. Questions can be prepared ahead of time by the leader or by the participants, or questions can be prepared as part of the session by the participants. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Covenanting

In this session participants will write a covenant together that they will follow for the year. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Creation

Participants will develop an understanding of how the Scriptures were written and an insight into the nature of the creation stories. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Fall Guy: The Stories of the Fall

Participants will have clearer insight into the stories of the origin of sin and a sense of sin's communal nature. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Mission Impossible: The Call of Abraham

Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, we are met time and again with the idea of call. Someone is “called” to do a special work for God. This call is given the name of “election.” This experience examines one of the first families to experience themselves as called, and tries to offer insight and understanding into what it must have felt like to be Abraham and Sarah. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Family Feud: The Story of Jacob

This session is meant to foster communication around the difficult problem of family fighting. The Jacob and Esau story is used to point out what a common thing feuding is between siblings, and the fact that God can use anything—even family fights—to fulfill the divine promises. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Favored Son: The Story of Joseph

This experience focuses primarily on the need for affirmation and communication in our lives. The story of Joseph is used to highlight the development of these essential skills. This session required reading the story of Joseph ahead of time. Suggested scripture verses can be found on the Take Home sheet from "The Responding Community: The Story of Jacob." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Prophecies, Promises, & Visions: The Messianic Prophecies

Participants will understand how Israel’s concept of a messiah grew out of its needs at a specific time in history and the manner in which this prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Slavery & the Exodus

The purpose of this lesson is to help the group understand what it means to be enslaved. To understand the Exodus and Passover, it is necessary to first understand oppression. This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with "The Responding Community: Passover Celebration." • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Passover Celebration

This lesson is meant to give an appreciation of the historic event of the Exodus and some insight into the present Jewish celebration, while calling us to take an active role in the liberation of all people. It is best if used in conjunction with "The Responding Community: Slavery & the Exodus." It requires the use of "The Passover Celebration" by Leon Klenicki. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Desert Experience

The desert can be a place where we meet God. This meeting introduces the group to the “desert experience” of contemplative prayer. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Covenant

Participants will see the necessity for basic moral guidelines in developing a just society. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Convention at the Jordan: Conflicts Following the Death of Moses

The purpose of this Scripture experience is to raise awareness in the group of some of the inner conflicts and rebellions that existed among the Chosen People and the crisis that must have been precipitated by the death of Moses and the arrival on the banks of the Jordan. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Israel's War Stories: Joshua, Samson, Gideon, Deborah

The purpose of this experience is to understand the futility of war and to become familiar with three of the famous people from this period in Israel’s history. It considers Israel’s understanding of itself: that when we are faithful to God we prosper; when we are unfaithful, there is war and destruction. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Building the Kingdom: Israel Asks God for a King

After the period of the Judges, there were no great leaders in Israel. The people asked God to give them a king and a kingdom like the surrounding nations. In this lesson we are going to experience some of the work that might have gone into the preparation of such a kingdom. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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David, the Man: The Lives of David & Solomon

The purpose of this experience is to help us to understand the humanity of David and to recognize ourselves in his story. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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From Kingdom to Captivity: Israel after the Death of Solomon

This experience is designed to offer some insight into what captivity meant in biblical times. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Review of the Year

This session is a review of the history of the Chosen People. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Covenant

The purpose of this gathering is to foster relationships that have already been formed, to introduce new people, and to make a covenant with one another. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Why Rules

In this session participants will understand the purpose of rules in our lives, how those rules come about, and how we learn to obey them. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Where Your Treasure Is

Participants will explore the meaning of “poor in spirit” and its relationship to the first commandment. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Comfort My People

Participants will explore the importance of emotion in our spirituality through the study of the story of Zacchaeus. They will understand the respect for the entire person that is commanded by the fifth commandment. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Last Shall Be First

Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of “meekness” in terms of the meekness Jesus calls “blessed” and to understand the role of respect for family and authority in living out this beatitude. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Remember to Keep Holy the Lord's Day

Participants will understand the Eucharist as our “home base” and our way of remembering. They will appreciate the necessity of a day of rest in our lives. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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An Issue of Justice

This lesson offers participants an experience of the injustice that governs world economics and will help them to prepare to celebrate Lent meaningfully. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Review of Beatitudes

The lessons serves as a review of the first four Beatitudes.

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Blessed are the Merciful

Participants will experience the meaning and the need for mercy, and will understand the basic difference between mercy and justice. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Blessed are the Pure of Heart

Participants will explore what it means to be pure of heart, to seek God. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Honoring Relationships

Participants will explore the concept of relationship: what fosters strong relationships and what “adulterates” relationships. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Participants will understand what it means to be a "peacemaker" in the reign of God. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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The Power of Speech

The purpose of this lesson is to explore the power of speech. We will be studying the commandment to not bear false witness by our speech—the importance of truthfulness—as well as the commandment to refrain from speech that uses God’s name irreverently or that makes unnecessary oaths. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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You Shall Not Covet

Participants will understand the meaning of the last two commandments, their relationship to the others, and their relationship to the Beatitudes. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Beatitude & Persecution

Participants will come to an understanding of the eighth beatitude as the natural consequence of incarnating the other beatitudes in our lives. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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Review of the Year

In this session participants will play a game to review the Commandments. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

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