Intergenerational Sessions

Brave Movie Night • Faith Festivals

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

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Mary Poppins Movie Night • Faith Festivals

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.

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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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The Croods Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Invite families to join together in watching The Croods (and reflecting on it 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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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.

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

Jesus' Death and Resurrection

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

Lent Rite Journey • Generations of Faith

Full intergenerational learning session on the RCIA journey through the season of Lent

Our Lady of Guadalupe

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

Palm Sunday

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

Pentecost

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

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

Jesus Through The Church Year

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.

Walking with Jesus through Lent

This full intergenerational learning session helps participants to explore a kernel of truth from Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent and encourages them to make plans for transforming their lives by incorporating Gospel themes into daily living. • By Jim Merhaut

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Jesus Teaches Us about Ourselves

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.

Resurrection of the Body

This session helps parishioners of all ages explore our belief in the resurrection of the body • By Gladys Pozza

What is Faith? Intergenerational Session

By Jane Angha and Joan Weber

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

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

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.

Earth Day

Understand the meaning of stewardship in light of caring for God

Earth Day: Care for God's Creation

Opening Prayer

Opening Prayer Service: Care for God

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

Earth Day: Caring for God's Creation

Closing Prayer

Closing Prayer Service: Caring for God

Earth Day: Caring for God's Creation

Understand the meaning of stewardship in light of caring for God

Earth Day: Celebrating God's Gift of Creation

Appreciate and celebration the gift of God

Earth Day: Going Green

Commit to taking action to care for God

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.

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.

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

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

Living in Solidarity

Intergenerational Session: Faces of God

These PDF files accompany the Intergenerational Session: Faces of God 1, Faces of God 2, and Faces of God 3. • By Ann Marie Eckert

Poverty Awareness

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

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.

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

All ages learning session on the Catholic social teaching theme of the Call to Family Community and Participation • By Jane Angha

Thanksgiving Tables

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

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

Being Truthful • Generations of Faith

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

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.

Stewardship

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

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

Life in Christ

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

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.

Call and 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.

Divine Word Spirituality

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

Franciscan Spirituality

Saint Francis of Assisi has inspired generations of faith seekers to embrace the values of simplicity, reverence for life, and peacemaking. Through the example of his life he invites us to explore the spiritual gifts discovered in shared community and a life of prayer. He exemplifies and invites us to cultivate the virtue of compassion as a way to reveal Christ to each other today.

Franciscan Spirituality

Intergenerational Session: Spirituality Booklets

The Spirituality Booklets must accompany the intergenerational session.

Ignatian Spirituality

Saint Ignatius Loyola believed our deep desires are healthy, leading us towards the God who made us. While this may seem mysterious, we ultimately long for union with God. Our task is to align our desires with God's.

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

Praying into Sunday: Eucharistic Adoration

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

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

Providence Spirituality

Providence has been the symbol which speaks to us of the creative activity of God who calls into being, sustains, nourishes, challenges and lures all creation toward its final fulfillment. It is the word which proclaims God's enduring relationship to and involvement with all creation. Providence is God's face unfailingly turned toward the world.

Stewardship: Come Share the Master's Joy

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

What Do You Know About Baptism? • Generations of Faith

Opening Learning Activity for All Ages

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Easter Season Complete IG Session Stations of the Resurrection

Reflect upon the meaning of and the life application of Jesus

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Gospel of Matthew

Gospel of Matthew

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

Intro to New Testament

Intro to New Testament

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

Intro to Old Testament

By Leif Kehrwald

Intro to Old Testament

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

Lectionary Cycle C

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

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.

Pentateuch

The Pentateuch is what we call the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books contain core stories from Creation through the life of Moses. The stories have history at their core but are told as faith "stories" to teach lessons about the Israelites growing relationship with God. These five books are the basis of God's salvation history.

Prophets of the Old Testament

Reading the Bible

Intergenerational Learning Program

This session on the “Reading the Bibleâ€ 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.

St. Paul

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

St. Paul

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

Synoptic Gospels

Synoptic Gospels

Intergenerational Session: Handouts

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

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.

Wisdom Literature

The Wisdom writings, while very practical in nature, teach us how to understand and live everyday life in the context of our loving relationship with God.

Brave Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Main Session

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

Family Movie Nights Resource • Faith Festivals

Leader Guide

By Tom East

Mary Poppins Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Main Session

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

Campfire Family Night Faith Festival • 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

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

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

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

The Croods Movie Night • Faith Festivals

Main Session

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

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

Love is Our Mission! A Parish Meeting of Families Faith Festival • 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

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

Amazing Saints Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

Main Session

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

Being Easter People Faith Festival • 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

Jesus the Teacher Faith Festival • 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

Standing for Life in All Ways Faith Festival • 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

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

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

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

Earth Day: Celebrating God's Gift Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

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

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

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

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

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

Families Our Treasure Faith Festival • 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

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

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

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

Family Response to Jesus’ Resurrection: Home Activity

This home activity invites families to explore the four different accounts of the Resurrection in the four Gospels, then connect the stories to their own lives. • By Joan Weber

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

Early Church History • Generations of Faith

Handouts

Early Church History • Generations of Faith

Church Year • Generations of Faith

Introduction to Justice Parish Learning Activity Human Dignity • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday All Ages Learning Experience • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday Parish Learning Activity Mission and Scripture • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday Parish Learning Activity Supporting the Church • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday Parish Learning Activity Supporting the Church's Mission • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday Parish Learning Activity Which Missionary Are You Most Like • Generations of Faith

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

Mission Sunday Prayer Service • Generations of Faith

Mission Sunday Prayer Service: God Calls Us to Mission.

Mission Sunday Prayer Service Mission • Generations of Faith

Mission Sunday Prayer Service focused on holy missionaries and our call to be missionaries.

Mission Sunday Reflection Questions • Generations of Faith

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

Pentecost and Solidarity • 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

Advent: Clothed, Decked & Adorned • Generations of Faith

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.

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

Church History Online Learning Session • Generations of Faith

Easter Vigil • Generations of Faith

By Jim Merhaut

Mary Mother of Jesus • Generations of Faith

Table Prayer • Generations of Faith

Water and Light_SPA

Trinity Sunday • Generations of Faith

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

Anointing of the Sick • Generations of Faith

The Sacrament in Word, Symbols, and Ritual

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.

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.

Great Teachings of Eucharist • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Learning Activity

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

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.

Eucharist - A Walk through the Mass • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Session

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

Eucharist - Listening to God's Word • Generations of Faith

Intergenerational Program

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.

Dignity of Work • Generations of Faith

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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Earth Day: Celebrating God's Gift Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

All Resources

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

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Amazing Saints Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

All Resources

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

Advent & Christmas 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

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

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

Advent & Christmas 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lenten Crosses Activity • 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

Calvary Walk Activity • 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

Body of Christ Activity • 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

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

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

Building the Reign of God • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Building the Reign of God (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Celebrating Liturgy and Sacraments • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Celebrating Liturgy and Sacraments (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Following Catholic Social Teaching • Whole Community Catechesis

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

Following Catholic Social Teaching (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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

Knowing the Trinity • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Knowing the Trinity (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Learning about Chastity • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Learning about Chastity (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Living a Moral Life • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Living a Moral Life (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Loving the Bible • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Loving the Bible (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Loving the Church • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Loving the Church (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Meeting Jesus • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Meeting Jesus (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Praying Well • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Praying Well (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Talking about God • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

Talking about God (Spanish) • Whole Community Catechesis

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.

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.

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.

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.