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.

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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

Complete IG Session

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

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Revised Roman Missal

This session helps participants explore the revisions in the Revised Roman Missal, and prepares them for the implementation beginning with Advent, 2011.

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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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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 • First Steps for Families

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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Family Movie Nights Resource • Faith Festivals

Leader Guide

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

Main Session

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 Franciswas 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

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

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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Faith Festival: 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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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

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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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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.

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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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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. Joesph 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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