Friday, September 28, 2012

Catholic Religious Education (CRE) Week #4

Hello my fellow Catechists. I hope this post finds you well, and that your little ones have not led to premature graying of hair...or worse...caused you to go bald! I learned a valuable lesson blogging last week. Always preview. Thanks to my aunt for catching my post abnormality last week!

As you recall, last week we talked about the Trinity. The Trinity is definitely one of the mysteries of the Church that we will never understand, but I believe my Trinity Shield puzzle helped shed a little bit of light on the subject for my students.

In other news, I have a blessing to share this week! One of my kids is an eager participator. It's probably why he is my favorite, because he actually wants to be there in 7th Grade. That is rare, and he is the first one in my 2 years at 7th Grade that wants to be there. Well, he was raising his hand and trying to answer every question, and I was like "I think we have a future priest in the making." I said this halfway joking, but I wanted to see how he would respond to it, and he was beaming and told me that was one of things he wanted to be when he grew up. So now I have the extra pressure of teaching a future priest to add to the stress of 7th Grade, but this one is a good stress for sure.

Anyhow, this Sunday marks the last day of September, which means Monday is the start of October - The Month of the Holy Rosary. I figured this was a good week to teach them about the Rosary. I do hope it is something they already know, but with the way the Liturgical Year went, my expectations are low. So we will cover prayer in general and some details about the Rosary.



Then, I will let my Aide lead them in it for the rest of the class. I didn't think I was going to like having an Aide, but she's come in handy so far, and will do well at leading them in the Rosary. I am trying to help make her more involved, in case I ever need a substitute, she can fill in seamlessly. Also, I don't want her to get discouraged and feel like she is just in the way. It's still a work in progress for sure. Anyways, here is my lesson plan.

  • Preparation for the Lesson
    • Bring enough rosaries for the class and instructions on how to pray the Rosary.
    • Write the following on the board:
      • Who do you talk to when things are going bad?
      • Who do you talk to when things are going good?
  • When everyone gets there, have them turn to page 255 in their books.
    • I am going to need 3 readers for this prayer.
  • Talk about what they wrote in their binders.
    • Explain that prayer is simply talking to God, just like you would talk to a friend.
  • Have them read page 258.
  • Have them read page 260.
    • Write the five types of prayer on the board.
    • Explain that the Mass is one big prayer.
    • Ask them to think of another big prayer that Catholics have.
      • If they can’t come up with Rosary, hold one up and ask them to identify it.
  • Pass out Rosaries
    • Have the students get familiar with it.
      • Notice the different parts of the Rosary
      • Count the beads
      • See the natural separations of each part of the Rosary
  • Since tomorrow is the beginning of October, and October is the Month of the Rosary, we are going to spend the rest of today talking about the Rosary and hopefully praying it as well.
    • Who here prays the Rosary at home either by themselves or with their family?
      • How does it make you feel?
      • Do you get distracted praying for that long?
        • What do you do to fight that distraction?
  • In the 1200s, St. Mary appeared to St. Dominic and gave him the Rosary to fight heresies that were spreading in France.
  • The Rosary consists of four groups of five mysteries each.
    • Can y’all name the four groups of mysteries and the 20 mysteries?
      • Joyful (Said on Monday and Saturday)
        • The Annunciation
        • The Visitation
        • The Nativity
        • The Presentation in the Temple
        • The Finding in the Temple
      • Luminous (Said on Thursday)
        • The Baptism of Jesus
        • The Wedding at Cana
        • The Proclamation of the Kingdom
        • The Transfiguration
        • The Institution of the Eucharist
      • Sorrowful (Said on Tuesday and Friday)
        • The Agony in the Garden
        • The Scourging at the Pillar
        • The Crowning with Thorns
        • The Carrying of the Cross
        • The Crucifixion
      • Glorious (Said on Wednesday and Sunday)
        • The Resurrection
        • The Ascension
        • Pentecost
        • The Assumption
        • The Coronation of Mary
    • John Paul II was responsible for giving us the Luminous Mysteries as he felt that more of Christ’s life should be included in this devotion.
    • Father Spotswood, a former priest at St. Dominic, is responsible for building a Rosary Garden here.
      • It is laid out in the shape of a Rosary.
  • Now let’s go over how one prays the Rosary
    • The first thing we do is kiss the Crucifix and make the Sign of the Cross
      • Why do we kiss the Crucifix?
        • Reverence
      • Why do we make the Sign of the Cross?
        • Because all prayers start with the Sign of the Cross
      • Next, we say the Apostles’ Creed
        • This is a statement of all our beliefs as a Catholic
      • Then, we say the Our Father
      • Followed by three Hail Mary’s
      • Glory Be
      • Fatima Prayer
      • We then announce the First Mystery
      • Say ten Hail Mary’s
      • Glory Be
      • Fatima Prayer
      • Repeat this for the 2nd through 5th Mysteries
      • Hail Holy Queen
      • Rosary Prayer
      • Sign of the Cross
      • Kiss the Crucifix
  • Now, we are going to say the Rosary with Miss Hannah leading you in it, and since today is Sunday, what mysteries will we be reflecting on?
    • The Glorious Mysteries
  • Now that we have prayed the Rosary, what are ways you can build a devotion to Mary and the Rosary?
    • Pray it every day
    • Get your family to pray it
    • Pray it on the way to school
    • Pray it before you go to bed