The Mass is the central act of worship that unites every believer in the church. The challenge for parents, teachers and leaders is to include children in the Mass within the children’s endurance and understanding.
Preparing children for what to expect at the Mass is the best first step. If children are aware of the significance of the Mass, they will be more likely to connect with its truth and beauty in the future.
Resources for parents, teachers and leaders
Books and activities preparing children for what they’ll see and hear at the Mass, are simply worded and colourfully illustrated. Materials to engage children in prayer, Bible reading and other Catholic traditions make up a comprehensive resource for parents, teachers and leaders.
Smply worded, coloufully illustrated
Catholic writers and publishers provide a growing resource of books and activity materials to prepare children for involvement in the Mass.Here’s a snap shot of three books that might help parents, teachers and leaders explain to children what they’ll see and hear at the Mass.
My Little Missal - Maïte Roche
This delightfully illustrated book is a step-by-step guide to the Mass. Using the new 2011 English translation, the book accompanies little children through the most important parts of the Mass with prayers and pictures.
Praying at Mass - Juliette Levivier
Also with the updated 2011 English Mass, this book helps children take part in Mass. The beautiful illustrations and the simplicity of the language helps parents and teachers lead children to an understanding of the Mass.
Children Discover the Mass - Mary D Dall
Cut-out crafts introduce primary children to the parts of the Mass. Children discover the role of the priest, the worshiping community and the other rituals and actions that take place at Mass.
Catholic Bible Stories for Children - Ann Ball; J M Will
Catholic Bible Stories for Children presents the inspired word of God in a lively, yet reverent, tone that captures the imagination with the spirit of a child. Fun. Faithful. And fully Catholic, simple lessons and bright illustrations reflect the positive message of God's love for us.
Eden.co.uk resources for children in church
For the UK's biggest choice of new and bestselling Christian resources for children, go to Eden.co.uk and click the 'Children' tab at the top of the page and follow 'School and Teaching Resources.
Quick Guide to The Catholic Missal for children
What is it?
- Resources to prepare children for what they’ll see and hear at the Catholic Mass.
- Books and activities to help children engage with more with The Mass in the future.
- Supporting books and activities dedicated to specific Catholic rites and traditions.
What will they do for me?
- Help you prepare children to appreciate and share in the rites the Catholic Mass.
- Engage parents, teachers and leaders of children in Catholic traditions of worship.
- Support parents or children growing in the tradition of the Catholic faith.
Over to You
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- Do you remember your first introduction to the Mass?
- What was most helpful to you in your preparation?
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March 3rd, 2012 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison