Let me preface by saying hi–this is my first post!
We are a hsing family, but this last year we started taking our three oldest children to a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. It is attended by many solid, Catholic families that we were already friendly with, and the woman who hosts it is both orthodox and beyond generous for opening her home to 40-plus kids every week.
Here’s my concern. When I went to training for level 1 Atrium (kids ages 3-6), I was told that when we teach them the nomenclature for the articles of the Mass, we should talk about the Mass as a very special meal, so that the kids have a reference point–at this age and in this presentation we just want them to know the names of the chalice, the paten, etc. In a different presentation we will speak about the Sacrifice.
For some reason, this makes me uncomfortable. I don’t like to talk about the Mass as a special meal, especially to such little children, because it seems confusing. I know it IS a meal, but that seems peripheral to its importance as a sacrifice. Am I off-base here? I really want to know if I’m being too sensitive to the wording, or if this is a problem that I should address further (I already mentioned my concerns, and what I wrote above is the response I received). If I should address it further, what should I say?