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Session Two: At Home This Week

Session Review

The Liturgy of the Word

The second section of the Mass is called the Liturgy of the Word, which include the following parts:

  • First Reading - a reading from the Bible, usually from the Old Testament

  • Responsorial Psalm - a prayer from the book of Psalms, which we usually sing

  • Second Reading - another reading from the Bible, usually from one of the letters from the early Christian communities

  • Alleluia / Gospel Acclamation - we sing to welcome the Gospel

  • Gospel - a reading from one of the four books in the Bible telling stories about Jesus

  • Homily - the priest or deacon talks about the readings we heard and how they guide us in the way we live our lives

  • Profession of Faith / Creed ("We believe in...") - we say together what we believe as Christians

  • General Intercessions / Prayers of the Faithful - we pray for our needs and the needs of the world


Learn More - The Creed

When you say someone over and over again, it can become a habit more than intention.  When you say the creed, you want to be careful to stay mindful of what it is that you are professing.

Do You Have a Family Bible?

This is an excellent week to make sure that your family has one or more Bibles available for study at home.  We recommend that your family have two kinds of Bibles: one full Bible in adult language and one that is easy for children to understand.

Treasure Hunt: Learning about the Bible

Your at home activity this week is a treasure hunt puzzle.  It's a fun way for you and your child to learn how to find things in the Bible.  You can find it on the last page of both the child's and parent's pages for this week.  The parent's page has the answers, but don't look at them unless you get stuck. 

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