Sacraments

Sacraments, Sacraments, and more Sacraments

seven to be exact

When teaching first graders we use as little language as possible to get our point across

so our conversation in class the other day went like this:

What have we been teaching about this year?

the kids said:

  • God
  • Jesus
  • Prayer
  • Mary
  • Holy Spirit
  • Joseph

“Ok that’s Good”  I said “and… we are learning about God’s love for us”

“so now that we know God loves us and wants us to be close to him, how do we help ourselves get closer to God?”

of course they don’t know, they answer “pray???”

and I say yes prayer is one way but there are other ways and that is through the seven sacraments.

Baptism being the first and since most in my class have been baptized I tell them they were baptized as infants.

and then

I explain that our parents, and godparents vow to help us learn about God and living in God’s world

and we are baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit

and because they are so used to practicing the sign of the cross they all say AMEN

Although in first grade we touch slightly on all the sacraments

and

on how many times you need them

Baptism =1

Reconciliation=limitless

Eucharist=limitless

Confirmation=1

Holy Order=1

Marriage=1

Anointing of the Sick=limitless

our focus for 1st graders is baptism.

they will learn intensely about reconciliation and Eucharist in second grade, the time our church celebrates both sacraments.

but our biggest point

the most important thing

is that they know there are special things they can do that will help bring them closer to God

through praying  about

learning about

and participating in the sacraments.

Watch father Barron’s talk on Baptism

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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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