Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jesus is everywhere in your heart

When I wondered with Bella, 4, what the gesture of the sign of the cross placed on the person being baptized could mean, she replied, "Jesus is everywhere in your heart."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

God gave us the baby

During a presentation of the signs of Baptism I explained that the small sign of the cross made on the baby's forehead indicates that he/she belongs to God. Dorothy, 6, said, "It means that God gave us the baby."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's like creation

My son Christopher, age seven, has been in the atrium for four years.  He mentioned on the drive home that he had been doing the preparation of the chalice.  I asked him what he thought "the mystery of the water and wine" meant.  (I was thinking it meant that we are so small, and God is so great.)  But Christopher said, "It's like creation:  the water is the people, and the wine is Jesus and God.  When everything was prepared in the world, people came last, just like the water is added last after the wine is prepared."    I asked the other catechists whether any of them might have presented this idea to Christopher, but they hadn't -- he came up with it himself.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chalice and crucifix

During Holy Week Sarah, just turned 4, "Poured" the crucifix into the chalice and "drank" it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It receives the light of Christ

When I wondered with Harold, 5, what the gesture of the imposition of the hand might mean in the Baptism work, he replied, "It [the water] receives the light of Christ."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Glory Alleluia

Jayla, age 5, was working with the Eucharistic Presence material.  She asked to sing Mary Had a Baby.  Jayla then suggested new verses to the song, which we then sang together:
He called the sheep
The people came
They ate all the bread
They drank all the wine
Glory Alleluia

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Jesus is more important

Ilona, age 4, was working with the Preparation of the Chalice.  Hannah had decided that the wine represents Jesus and that the water represents us.  When I wondered why we pour all of the wine into the chalice and only one drop of water, Ilona responded, “Jesus is more important than us.”