First Communion Preparation for 2nd Graders – Session 6

“Where there is no vision, the people lose restraint; but happy is the one who follows instruction.” (Proverbs 29:18) 

This is true for your child.  First Communion is not just about one day.  It’s about the rest of their lives.  It is about a lifelong invitation to God’s great banquet.  And it’s about seeing the Eucharist as a lifelong blessing.  Help cast a vision for the future.  God has an incredible dream for your child.  The Eucharist is essential to discovering that dream and having the courage to live that dream.

OBJECTIVES FOR SESSION 6

  • To proclaim that we are all made for mission.
  • To explain that the parish is our spiritual family.
  • To teach that God created each of us with a purpose.

(Some videos for parents are at the end of the lesson.)

DO THE LESSON TOGETHER

1. Begin by praying together the prayer found on page 165.

2. Introduce the first episode by saying: Sarah has a special message for each of us, let’s find out what it is.

3. Watch Episode 1.

4. Next, we will watch Sarah wake hemingway up from a nap to start a great adventure.

5. Watch Episode 2.

6. Talk about some reasons why it’s great to be Catholic.  Remember, Sarah mentioned some reasons!

7. We all have special talents but Sr. Rosa will tell us about our greatest talents as humans.

8. Watch Episode 3.

9. Share some ideas on how you and/or your child can make a difference in the lives of those around you.  Click here for another version of the song.

10. Sr. Rosa shares with Ben, Sarah, hemingway, and their friends one of the most powerful things we can do in life. 

11. Watch Episode 4.

12. Sr. Rosa and the children discuss what it must have been like for the disciples through Jesus’ Crucifixion, death, and Resurrection.

13. Watch Episode 5.

14. What does the Gospel from Matthew say to you when you hear this: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age”

15.  Ben, Sarah, and their friends have one last message for us.  

16. Watch Episode 6.

17. (The “Jesus, I trust in You” prayer is part of the Divine Mercy Chaplet that the children were made aware of last year.  There will be a Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet said from Good Friday through Divine Mercy Sunday.  You and your family are encouraged to come to pray the Novena at church or pray the Novena by following along on this website. You will find the days and the links on the Welcome page.)

18. Have your child complete pages 186-187 with your help where needed.

19. Take a few minutes to let your child journal on page 189.  This can be important time for them to process what they have just learned.

20. Next, we are going to pray with Ben.

21. Watch Episode 7 for the closing prayer.  

22. Discuss any questions they may have and anything they might be nervous about.