Catechesis Programme

Catechesis Programmes 2021/2022

Visit here Sunday liturgy.

  • Reflection for parents
  • Explanation, video and activity for children aged 4 to 7 years
  • Explanation, video and activity for children aged 8 to 11 years
  • Quiz
  • The Gospel in Symbols

Saints for the month of October for all ages.

Welcome, getting to know you

Scripture: Mark 10, 13-16

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Aim:

  • Children are to feel welcome and that they are part of a group
  • Children learn the reason why they are attending these meetings
  • They learn that Jesus loves them

Prayer table:

  • Green cloth
  • Open bible
  • Picture of Jesus with the children
  • Candle (light the candle if it is safe)

Sign of the cross (catechist to use the left hand until the children learn how to make the sign of the cross properly)

Thank you Jesus, we are so happy to meet with all these friends and with you today. We want to become your friends. Amen.

  • Introduce yourself
  • Ask the children about their summer. They enjoyed themselves? (thumbs up). They did not? (thumbs down)
  • Allow the children to introduce themselves, say their names and mention something they enjoy doing, their favourite food, what they are good at
  • ASK: Do you know why are going to start meeting regularly? (allow all reasonable answers)
  • SHOW: picture of Jesus
  • ASK: Do you know who this is? (allow all reasonable answers)
  • This is Jesus. We cannot see Jesus, however during the coming weeks and months, we are going to get to know him better. We will learn that Jesus wants to be our friend, he loves each and every one of us. He gives us people like our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends, teachers, priests, catechists … and through them, he shows us his love, he teaches us who he is.
  • Show the Bible: we will be using this special book, called The Bible, to learn about Jesus.

Song:

‘Jesus loves me’ choose one : (version 1 / version 2.

Closing prayer:

Sign of the cross / Sinjal tas-Salib

Sign of the cross (catechist may show one of the above clips before the prayer to explain about the sign of the cross)

Thank you Jesus for … (allow children to say their names in turn)

Although we cannot see you, we know that you love us. Jesus we know that you can hear us and you can see us. We know that you are here with us. Jesus we want to become your friends and to love you daily more and more. Amen.

During this meeting, the children learnt:

  • How to make the sign of the cross (send above links)
  • They are part of a group
  • They are coming for these meetings to learn about Jesus, and to know him
  • Jesus loves each and every one of us
  • We cannot see Jesus, but he uses people like parents, family, friends and others to show us that he loves us, to teach us about him, to help us.
  • Today we listened to this song, Jesus loves me (send link)

Scripture: Psalm 139, 14

I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Aim:

  • Children learn that we are special to God
  • I am the child of God
  • God gives special gifts to each and every one of us
  • God does not give us all the same gifts

Prayer table:

  • Green cloth
  • Open bible
  • Picture of Jesus with the children
  • Candle (light the candle if it is safe)
  • A banner/card with the words “God has made me, I am special”

To prepare:

  • Name tags to be given to the children as they come in, help them to put them on
  • A mirror

Sign of the cross (catechist to use the left hand until the children learn how to make the sign of the cross properly)

Thank you Jesus, we are meeting again today to get to know you better and also to meet with our friends. Thank you for helping us during this day, please be with us so that we allow you to speak to us through Ms/Mr (name of catechist). Amen.

  • Today we are going to learn that each one of us is special!
  • Tell the children that you are going to show them who the most important and special people in the world. Let them guess who that could be.
  • Pass the mirror around and let each one look into the mirror.
  • ASK: who did you see when you looked into the mirror?
  • When you looked into the mirror you saw the most important person in the world. Each one of us is important and special in the eyes of God.
  • ASK: Who has a nose? Who has ears? Who has eyes?
  • God gave all of us a body! There are certain things which we all have, like nose, toes, a heart. But then there are things which make us different and special.
  • Do we all look alike?
  • Do we all like to eat the same food?
  • Do we all like to play the same games?
  • Do we all have the same family?
  • Do we all know how to play football? Dance? Sing?
  • Do you know who made you? God has made each and every one of us, because God loves us. God is like our parent is heaven. We are all God’s special children.

Songs

‘God made me’ choose one : (version 1 / version 2)

Love the way that God made me.

Closing prayer

Sign of the cross

Thank you God for making me special. Thank you for making (allow the children to say the name of the person next to them) special. Amen.

During this meeting, the children learnt:

  • We are all created by God
  • God has made us different
  • God loves each and every one of us
  • We are all special
  • Today we listened to this song (give link)

Dear parents, please make it a habit to praise the children for all the good things they do, for all the efforts they make, even the smallest things. They are still young and they are still exploring and learning about their talents. As parents you can help them in this discovery and you are also important in helping them develop their talents.

Today the children were each given a name tag. Please let them wear it for the coming meetings, so that we all learn each other’s names.

How to use this space

God speaks to us in many ways, including through our faith. Here you will find useful background and activities to better understand your fiath, helping you to connect it in your daily life in a meaningful way.