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:
- Holy Spirit
“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.
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
on how many times you need them
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
and participating in the sacraments.
Watch father Barron’s talk on Baptism