Once again my 4th grade class surprised me. We went to Mass as a class tonight for the simple reason that it was offered. I was greatly surprised to see that all but one of my students were not participating in Mass. They weren’t saying the responses and I’m not convinced they understand Eucharist.
These are 9 year old children, past the age of reason, obligated to attend Mass and Confession. I can expect some unsureness about what to do when and why but most didn’t even make the Sign of the Cross during the blessing . I don’t want little parrots but I feel these children are missing the beauty of their Faith.
So, my question is - am I asking too much that a 9 year old have a basic understanding of what is going on at Mass beyond sit still or get smacked?
Also, does anyone know of any children’s missals for older than 1st Communion? (I think I might just have to write my own).