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Old Jan 5, '12, 1:31 pm
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My family has recently started reading the daily Mass readings together in the evenings. My DH and I are really enjoying it, but we'd like to make it more "kid friendly." Is there anything online or a book that I can buy that has the daily Mass readings in a translation for children? Right now we're getting the readings from the Catholic Answers website, and then we are just looking up the readings in a children's Bible. It works, but it would be much easier if we could just find something that's already set up in a way that is geared towards kids.

Any suggestions as to where we might look?
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Have you ever had a chance to look through a Magnificat for children? I think they would spend you out a copy at no charge.

http://www.magnificat.net/magnifikid/index.asp

Ut, I see in the explanation, it has the Sunday Mass reading. Not the daily.

If you're still interested, here's the link to request a free copy:

http://www.magnificat.net/magnifikid...e_gratuit1.asp
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I can see why you might say that, given the NT reading for today!

What if you and your wife looked at the readings the night before, and took a portion of the reading to share with your children, so you could discuss it afterward with them.

For example - for today you could take:

"This is the message you have heard from the beginning:
we should love one another,...Children, let us love not in word or speech
but in deed and truth."

and

The Gospel I would read the whole thing and ask the children what that story means to them.



I'm no CCD teacher - so this is just my humble suggestion, which may or may not have problems with it - so I deffer to those who would know better. But it's a thought nonetheless.

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Old Jan 5, '12, 2:58 pm
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I'm in the "read them to your kids and explain what they do not understand" camp.
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Old Jan 5, '12, 3:45 pm
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I think it's a lovely thing to do and will try the same!!!
I know some bibles are easier to understand than others. Perhaps consider a more modern translation for that sake.
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Have you ever had a chance to look through a Magnificat for children? I think they would spend you out a copy at no charge.

http://www.magnificat.net/magnifikid/index.asp

Ut, I see in the explanation, it has the Sunday Mass reading. Not the daily.

If you're still interested, here's the link to request a free copy:

http://www.magnificat.net/magnifikid...e_gratuit1.asp
We've considered the Magnifikids--DH currently has a subscription to Magnificat, which is what got us interested in going through the daily Mass readings in the first place.

We are currently trying to explain it to the kids in terms that they can better understand. I just figured that if we could get something set up specifically for kids that it would make things a bit smoother for us... I guess for now we'll have to continue with looking things up in the kids' Bible. It works, even if it's not the most convenient thing!
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We've considered the Magnifikids--DH currently has a subscription to Magnificat, which is what got us interested in going through the daily Mass readings in the first place.

We are currently trying to explain it to the kids in terms that they can better understand. I just figured that if we could get something set up specifically for kids that it would make things a bit smoother for us... I guess for now we'll have to continue with looking things up in the kids' Bible. It works, even if it's not the most convenient thing!
Which children's Bible do you use?

Have you ever looked through this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Catho...5887151&sr=1-4

It does have an index for the Liturgical year (Easter, Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time) but it would have many gaps in comparison to an adult or teen Bible.
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Which children's Bible do you use?

Have you ever looked through this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Catho...5887151&sr=1-4

It does have an index for the Liturgical year (Easter, Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time) but it would have many gaps in comparison to an adult or teen Bible.
The one that I have is a Catholic children's translation of the entire Bible. My godparents got it for me for my First Communion. It's really quite handy. As a child I would frequently look up Bible verses that I didn't understand. Sorry I don't have the exact name of the translation; I'm doing this from my phone right now. It seems like that is really going to be my best bet for now.
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The Magnifikid is really cool, but it doesn't have the daily Mass readings written out. I'm not familiar with a resource that takes the readings and translates them into easier language - other than the children's lectionary (or whatever that resource is that is used for children's Masses). I like the idea of using the regular readings and discussing them too, because when the kids do go to Mass and hear it read by the lector or priest, they will recognize it better if they are hearing the exact words they heard at home.
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Which children's Bible do you use?

Have you ever looked through this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Catho...5887151&sr=1-4

It does have an index for the Liturgical year (Easter, Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time) but it would have many gaps in comparison to an adult or teen Bible.
Found it! This is the one we're using right now: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Bible-Pre...5921018&sr=8-2
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Found it! This is the one we're using right now: http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Bible-Pre...5921018&sr=8-2
You may want to find a different translation. Many protestant publishing houses slap the name "Catholic" on a Bible if they include the Deuterocanonical books, and the translation is not one that was ever approved by the Catholic Chruch.

Today's English Version (that was used in the Bible you linked) is even advised against by our own hosts

http://www.catholic.com/tracts/bible-translations-guide
excerpt:

One down side to using certain modern translations is that they do not use the traditional renderings of certain passages and phrases, and the reader may find this annoying. The "Good News Bible" or TEV is especially known for non-traditional renderings. For example, "the abomination of desolation" referred to in the book of Daniel and the Gospels is called "the awful horror," and the ark of the covenant is known as "the covenant box."

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"We recommend staying away from translations with unconventional renderings, such as the TEV, and suggest using the Revised Standard Version- Catholic Edition."
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I just wanted to reply to this post and say I found a daily reading for Catholic kids.

http://www.livingfaithkids.com/

I am currently using the living faith for myself and love it! I have not bought the living faith for kids yet but it looks great from the sample they show on the site. The price is 13 dollars for a year (4 issues). It is a small book that has 3 months of reading in it. Hope this helps with your search for reading for children!
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How old are they? Would reading it from a kid's bible be viable?
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I like Open Wednesday, http://welcome.to/openwed

It is meant to be a preparation for the Sunday reading. My children like to take the gospel with pictures to mass with them. The reflection is written for children.
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