Here’s the first of the 2-page Catechist notes. I already just now posted the second of the 2-page Catechist notes.
Note that I first did this lesson in 1985… something like 24 years ago. Eeek!! :eek: And I still have it! :o
I know that this is WAY more than you would need to do with 2nd graders. Even if you had the time, I wouldn’t do this much material with them. If any of it, I’d recommend that you do the Emmaus exercise that I posted just before this post of mine.
This… the first page of the 2 Catechist notes… is in the form of a table on a Microsoft Word document. If you like, I’ll be more than happy to e-mail them both to you for your convenience. I’m the person who with the grace of the Holy Spirit created this lesson plan. So… I can freely give to everybody complete right to use it.
On the road to Emmaus
Format of Microsoft Word table --
# of minutes Materials Purpose Method
TOPIC – Sacrament
Materials – Written definition of Sacrament
Purpose – Introduction
Method – Present (read) definition of “sacrament.”
TOPIC – experiential exercise - personal journal writing on the meaning of the word “sacrament”
10 to 20 minutes
Materials – Paper, pens
Purpose – Personal response to the sacrament
Method – Write in journal about one of these:
• Scripture (in general)
• My own story
• Sacramental symbols experience (save a spot in your journal for writing about this experience… which we will be doing later in this lesson today)
**• Option: If it’s not read out as a group during this session: “Two Disciples,” by Ed Buetner, OFM. **
TOPIC – experiential exercise on “sacramental symbols”
15 minutes – this one is from one of the instructors I had when I was taking extra formation to become a Master Catechist. I have all this stuff about the Symbols section of this lesson in detail around here somewhere. If you like, just PM me from this discussion site and let me know your physical address so that I can mail them to you via U.S. mail. I mean which physical symbols I used… how to lay it out in tables around the room for the kids to visit silently while music is playing… what’s on the Meditation Scripts – the cards at each table that tell about that symbol… and what that symbol is used for other than when it’s used during the related Sacrament… etc.
Materials – actual physical symbols (water, oil, etc.)
(see list of materials to gather)
• Meditation scripts
• Buffet table
• Soft instrumental music
• Music player
Purpose – Individual encounters with sacramental symbols
BEFORE: set up symbol table.
DURING: Except for soft music playing, this is done all in silence for meditative effect. Walk in a line past a long table on which are sacramental symbols. As they walk slowly past each symbol, each person does a brief activity with the symbol and reads a short meditation. When each person reaches the end of the line, they return to their seat and sit until a few minutes after the last person has returned to their seat.
TOPIC – experiential exercise on the Scripture… the story of Emmaus
Materials – printed copy of “Two Disciples,” by Fr. Ed Beutner, OFM
(see script for instructions)
Purpose – Group proclamation of the good news
BEFORE: Make 2 copies of the poem. Cut one copy into several sections so that a one or a few lines can be read from each piece. Number each piece in the sequence in which it appears in the poem. Stack them in numerical sequence so that #1 is on top and the last piece is on the bottom.
DURING: Gather everyone into a circle, facing inside. Tell them the instructions. While you are standing in the middle of the circle, pass out each piece of the poem in sequence. Start with handing piece #1 to one person. Then hand #2 to the person on their left (your right). Give #3 to the person on #2’s left, etc. Continue until you have one piece remaining (the final piece). Keep the final piece for yourself to read at the end.
The person with #1 starts reading, #2 reads the section that they have, #3 the same, etc. until the end of the poem is reached. You read the last piece.**