Prayer

Lord God, in your wisdom and love, you surround us with the mysteries of the universe.  In times long past you sent us your prophets to teach us your laws and to bear witness to your undying love.

You sent us your Son to teach us by word and example that true wisdom comes from you alone.

Send us your Spirit upon these parents, first teachers of their children. Fill them with your wisdom and blessing, that they may share their knowledge with gentle patience and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds. Grant that they may follow Jesus Christ, the way, the truth and the life, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Setting up a Prayer Space in your home

Prepare a prayer space with soft music and display the liturgical colors, a Bible and a cross.  Every time you and your child enter this space, everyone will know you are about to enter into communion with Jesus.  It will become a very special time for the family.  Here you will begin and end the lesson with prayer.  Prayers can be found at the beginning and end of each chapter.  It is our hope that your prayer space will bring opportunities to share your faith, give you comfort and peace and add many memories to your family life.

Textbook Chapters

Stapled to the front cover of the textbook are the chapters to be read and activities to complete within the chapter. Here is where parents are invaluable.  Throughout the chapter there are questions about the theme that can spark a family conversation.  In  addition, children write answers to the activities.  At the end of each chapter is a section called "With My Family."  This expands the lesson taught in that chapter and allows children to see how the lesson applies to their lives.  It would be helpful for your child to do one or more of these suggestions.

Interactive Session Review

When the chapter is read and activities completed, children log on to www.FindingGod.org to take the Interactive Session Review.  It is important to take the Interactive Session Review immediately after completing the chapter requirements.  That is when the information is still fresh in their minds.

Instructions on how to log on to complete the Interactive Session Review

  • www.FindingGod.org
  • Click on children
  • Click on grade level
  • Click on the Interactive Session Review of the chapter you just completed
  • Take the review
  • Email the results to stmichaelre@gmail.com
  • Be sure to include your first and last names

Always keep a record of your scores at home.

The results of each Interactive Session Review are sent to stmichaelre@gmail.com. This email address is for results from the Interactive Session Review only and should NOT be used for correspondence with the Religious Education office. The results of each Interactive Session Review are logged on a database.  Those results indicate how well your children are understanding the information they are working on in each chapter.

Parents, unless your child has difficulty working on the computer, please do not take the Interactive Session Review for your child.  That would hinder children in obtaining a good faith knowledge base which they will need as they progress forward in their religious education career.

Taking the Interactive Session Review eliminates the text being returned to the Religious Education office.  If the Interactive Session Reviews are not being taken, then the Religious Education office will need to see the completed text.

All chapters must be completed by the end of March 2016 or sooner.  This means that the Religious Education office should receive the last Interactive Session Review by the end of March 2016.

Attend Mass regularly as a family

Children learn to value what their parents' value.  And they learn not so much by what we say and what we do.  Make regular participation at Mass together a priority.  Taking children to Mass gives your family the opportunity to:

  • Seek forgiveness
  • Learn how God's word impacts life
  • Offer your gifts to the service of the Lord - Each child is given a box of children's envelopes where they will have the opportunity to check off good deeds they have performed that week..  Any monetary donations (which are optional) are given to the Youth Ministry Appalachian Project or some other charity.
  • Experience the miracle of bread and wine changing into the Body and Blood of Christ - the Transfiguration
  • Reach out in peace to others
  • Come forward to receive Jesus in the Eucharist - Families are spiritually nourished when they take Eucharist; it helps with the ups and downs of the week's activities.
  • Bow heads for a blessing and go forth to make the world a better place

The best part is that you can do all this in just one hour a week!  So the next time you might wonder why you should go through the trouble of getting everyone ready for Mass, remember that strong families are based on a strong foundation.

Praying as a Family

The hectic pace of family life can often mean that prayer gets lost in the shuffle.  Here are five simple, practical tips to encourage your family to pray more often.

  1. When you rise from bed, get down on your knees.  Try this method for Morning Prayer: put your bedroom slippers or shoes far under the bed at the end of the day.  Each morning, while on your knees retrieving your footwear, say a quick prayer offering the whole day to God.
  2. Communicate with God whenever you climb into the car. Many families spend a whole lot of their time in the family vehicle.  As you buckle up, say a quick prayer that you will be aware of God's presence in  your day.
  3. Place a prayer jar in the kitchen. Keep a jar in the kitchen in which each family member, each day, places a note listing a "special intention" that others in the family can pray for.  Before each family member goes to bed, he or she pulls a note from the jar and prays for that need.
  4. Fold your hands before you unfold your napkin. Before each meal, take a few moments to that the One who provides all that you need and blesses you with the lives of those around the table.  Try mixing up rote prayers with spontaneous prayers, silent prayers with sung prayers.
  5. Pray when people or events upset you.  If you want a sure fire way to pray more each day, make a habit of saying a short prayer whenever someone irritates you.  A quick "Help me, God" is sufficient.  You'll never run out of opportunities!

Lent Reconciliation Service and Family Stations of the Cross

Your child will be invited to attend a Lenten Reconciliation Service with their family.  They are to attend with a parent.  An email will be sent to you as time approaches this service.

In addition, the Religious Education office will be offering a Family Stations of the Cross event.  It is highly recommended that you attend this as a family.  It is a beautiful, age appropriate way to introduce (or reinforce) children to Jesus' journey toward Calvary.  The date, which will be a Friday afternoon, will be emailed to you in a timely manner.

Click on the appropriate link below for a schedule of lessons for the home instruction program.

Grade 3 At Home Instruction 2015-2016

Grade 4 At Home Instruction 2015-16

Grade 5 At Home Instruction 2015-16