Preparing for the Mass
Each month we will publish a resource page to support you in preparation for the Mass. In each one we will provide the following:
- The theme we propose
- The chapters of the resource book that the Mass theme will be developed around.
- The Gospel that will be used on the Sunday
- Any specific prayers that will be used in the Mass, other than those on the Missalette
- An explanation of any specific resources etc. that will be used at the Mass
- Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
- Suggestions for a prayer after the Mass
This Sunday, the 20th October 2019, is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. There are 33 Sundays designated as Ordinary Time in the year, the remaining 19 Sundays occur during Advent, Lent and Easter.
The theme we will take for the Mass is:
We are part of one family, God’s family. We gather to celebrate this relationship when we come to Mass.
2. Chapter of the Resource Book
Refer to chapter 1 and 2 of the resource book, Preparing for First Holy Communion; A Guide for Families.
|We are Part of One Family, God’s Family|
|We Gather Together to Celebrate|
Read chapters one and two and complete the activities. Use this as an opportunity to talk about why you are bringing them to prepare for First Communion and preparing for the Masses.
3. Gospel of the Mass
Luke 18:1-8 International Children’s Bible (ICB) Taken from the 18th chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
This version is from the International Children’s Bible – copied from www.biblegateway.com
Theme: God Will Answer His People
18 Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. 2 “Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. He also did not care what people thought about him. 3 In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge. She said, ‘There is a man who is not being fair to me. Give me my rights!’ 4 But the judge did not want to help the widow. After a long time, he thought to himself, ‘I don’t care about God. And I don’t care about what people think. 5 But this widow is bothering me. I will see that she gets her rights, or she will bother me until I am worn out!’”
6 The Lord said, “Listen to what the bad judge said. 7 God’s people cry to him night and day. God will always give them what is right, and he will not be slow to answer them. 8 I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?”
4. Specific Prayer at the Mass
As a way of linking this Sacrament back to the child’s Baptism we will use a format of promises for preparation as follows:
|Promises of children|
|Priest||Girls and boys, as you look forward to sharing the Bread of Life, the Body of Christ, for the first time, do you promise to listen to the people at home and in your school and your parish who will help you learn about God’s love for us and who will tell you about Jesus and the way He wants you to live?|
|Priest||Do you promise to try to get to know God better by coming to Mass, by listening to God’s Word, by joining in the prayers and by praying at home with your family as often as you can?|
|Promises of parentsInvite the children to turn around and face down the church.|
|Priest||We welcome your parents and all those who love and take care of you. We ask God’s blessing on them all as they prepare with you to celebrate this sacrament. We invite them now to stand and ask them to make their promises to support you in your preparation this year.|
|Parents, Do you promise to help your child take part in this programme of preparation, to accompany them to Mass and to encourage them on their journey to share in the Bread of Life, the Body of Christ, at the table of the Lord?|
|Priest||Do you promise to continue to love, support and pray with your children as they grow in friendship with Jesus the Christ?|
|Promises of the community|
|Now we ask you the community of faith to journey with these families as their children prepare to grow as members of the Church.It is our responsibility, as members of this faith community, to support, help and pray for these children. They are a reminder that through our Baptism we are all children of God.
I invite you to stand and ask them (pause to allow them to stand)
Do you promise to hold these families in your prayer over the coming months as they prepare for this next step on their faith journey?
|And so, let us all acknowledge and give thanks to God for the gift of our faith in Baptism as we say together Glory be to the Father….|
|As the children return to their seats, invite those in the community, who don’t have a child for First Communion to turn to a family who do and ask them their names and offer to hold them in your prayer over this time of preparation.|
5. An explanation of any specific resources that will be used at the Mass
There are no specific resources being used on this weekend.
6. Suggestions for conversation in the week ahead of the Mass
Have a conversation about your child’s Baptism with them.
- Why did you choose the name you chose for them?
- Why did you choose the people you chose as their God Parents?
- Who was at their Baptism?
- Look at the photos of the day.
- Put a photo form their Baptism into the resource book and also include a photo of them now.
Light their Baptism candle at a meal around the time of this Mass, either in advance of it or after it or at both times. If you don’t have a specific Baptism candle for your child, but an ordinary candle and use it as a candle that will be for specific celebrations relating to this preparation time.
7. Suggestions for prayer
You could use the following prayer at the next time you are gathering together following on from the Mass on the 20th.
We thank you for the gift of our children,
who bring so much love and light into our lives.
We thank you for the opportunity to gather as your people, a people on a journey together.
Help us now as we come together to learn more about your presence in the Eucharist.
May our celebration of Eucharist in our families bring us closer to you,
and to one another.
We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord.
Use the PJ prayer in chapter 2 of the book as a night prayer on the night of Sunday 20th.
Use a prayer of Grace before Meals that you child has learned in school.
Bless us, O God, as we sit together,
Bless the food we eat today,
Bless the hands that made the food,
Bless us, O God.