Catechesis Programme (Term 2)

Catechesis Programmes 2022/2023

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

CCC 2207:

The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honour God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society.


  • We too have a family as Jesus had
  • It is another gift from God. God gives us people who love us and care for us

Prayer table:

  • Bible
  • Candle
  • Green cloth (unless it is Lent, in which case use violet)
  • Family photos which the children bring with them

To prepare:

  • prepare a picture of the holy family
  • prepare pictures of families doing various activities together

Song: Say please, sorry and thank you

Note to remember:

Be sensitive to the various family situations in which the children find themselves in. Apart from the Holy Family, no other family is ideal. Let the children be free to speak, do not ask direct questions, and stop any mention of personal family matters. There is no need for the children to go into detail about their family, especially if they live in different households during the week (due to separation/divorce). The message to convey is that God loves everyone.


Sign of the cross

Thank you Jesus for this day. Thank you for all the beautiful gifts, the earth, creation, and friends. Thank you for giving me so many people who love me and take care of me.

The meeting:

Jesus had a family. What do you know about Jesus’ family?

The Virgin Mary was his mummy and Saint Joseph his daddy. They lived in a small village, called Nazareth. Joseph was a carpenter, he did many things made from wood. Jesus helped Saint Joseph and he also helped the Virgin Mary. They ate together, and they also prayed together. They sometimes met their friends and celebrated together. We call Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Family.

We too have a family. Like the Holy Family, we love each other and we help each other.

Allow the children to name the different members of their family.

Show the different pictures you prepared and allow the children to describe them.


What are they doing?
How do we know that they love each other?
How can you show that you love your family? (allow the children to give examples.
Mention the use of the words, please, thank you and sorry. Listen to the song)
How do we know that they are helping each other?
How can you help your family? (allow the children to give examples)

We eat every day, however sometimes we have special meals. Show the pictures of Christmas dinners, birthdays, picnics. Allow the children to speak about these occasions, and how they feel when they have special meals.


Thank you Jesus for my family and for all those who love me

Thank you Jesus, because we can (the children can mention all the things they can do with their family … eat, pray, play)

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us when we are at home

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us when we are at school

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us when we are playing

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us when we are helping others

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us to love our family the way that you loved each other.


Family time

During this meeting, the children learnt:

  • Jesus lived in a family
  • Jesus’ family, loved each other, they helped each other, they prayed together, they did fun things together
  • They too love in a family, and like Jesus they love their family, they help at home, they pray with their family and enjoy themselves with their family

During Sunday lunch, discuss what you enjoy doing together. Give everyone a chance to speak. Take note of what is being said, so that as much as possible, you increase these enjoyable moments together.


For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! (1 Cor 9, 16)


  • The children will learn that when we do what Jesus wants, our life can change for the better

Prayer Table

  • Bible
  • Candle
  • Green cloth
  • Picture of St Paul

To prepare:


Sign of the cross

Thank you Jesus for this day. We have met again today to continue learning more about you. Help us to pay attention to what we are going to hear today.

The meeting

Start by showing the story, The very hungry caterpillar.

Now we are going to hear the story of someone who changed, in the same way that the caterpillar became a beautiful butterfly. His name was Paul.

St Paul did not get to know Jesus, the same way that the apostles did.

Once upon a time, in a city called Tarsus, a boy was born and his parents called him Saul. This father was a tentmaker. When Saul grew up, he learnt how to do tents, too. (show the pictures)

He also learnt about God and that God loved him a lot. He loved to learn and he went to study in Jerusalem. His teacher was called Gamaliel. Saul obeyed the Law of God and he did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. He believed that those who believed in Jesus, did not love God. This is the reason, why he was one who captured those who believed in Jesus and sent them to prison.

One day, when on the way to Damascus to catch these people, he saw a bright light and he fell off from his horse. He heard a voice saying: “I am Jesus of Nazareth, the one you are persecuting.” Jesus sent Saul to a man called Ananias, who taught Saul about Jesus. Saul started to believe in Jesus.

Saul started to be called Paul. He began teaching about Jesus, and those who had been his friends, now tried to catch him to send him to prison and to kill him!

Paul travelled to many places to teach about Jesus. He also came to Malta! He also met with some of Jesus’ friends, like Saint Peter and Saint Luke. (show maps of the journeys of St Paul)

He sent letters to the countries he visited, so that he could teach them more about Jesus. We find these letters in the Bible.


Do you think that St Paul became a better person, after meeting with Jesus? (yes)

Why? (he started to live the way Jesus wished)

Can we be like St Paul and live how Jesus wishes? (yes)

How? (we are friends with everyone, we help others, we love our parents, we pray, ….)

Instead of saying the story, you may show the video, From Saul to Paul


Sign of the cross

Dear Jesus, today we heard the story of St Paul and how he became your friend. We too want to be your friends, so that like St Paul we may change and become better children.

Family time:

During this meeting, the children learnt:

To bring for next meeting

Ask the children to bring a photo of their family

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.