September 28, 2021 (following 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mark 9:38-43)
Textbook lesson # 9, page 85: How do we celebrate God's forgiveness and healing?
2nd class (First class was opening night w/ prayer service.)

Let’s begin with the Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful. Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

At Mass this weekend, we remembered how special our priests are. Do you know the name of one of the priests at de Chantal? .... Do you remember what color was the priest wearing? A priest wears green at Mass during what we call "Ordinary Time."

It is hard to understand what happens at Mass. I found a quick, short video that tells about what happens at Mass. Let’s watch:
What Happens At Mass? (Brother Francis video)

Remember that we are going to talk about God here, every week. And remember that God created all things in the universe. God created you, and me, and every person, and God loves every one of us. There is only one God -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is like the three parts of a clover leaf that all together make up one clover -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God sent his son Jesus to teach us how to live as God's children. 

This week we’re going to do lesson # 9. It starts on page 85 of your book.
“How do we celebrate God’s forgiveness & healing?”

Snack Time: Say the Grace Before Meals prayer:
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen. (snack: clementines & blueberries)

In addition to God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we'll talk about St. Francis of Assisi this year also. There's a picture of him on the bottom of page 10 in your book. (But page 10 has no numbers at the bottom.) St. Francis of Assisi lived over 800 years ago. He lived in Italy, a country across the Atlantic Ocean, on the Mediterranean Sea. St. Francis followed the teachings of Jesus and taught others what Jesus had taught. St. Francis especially loved animals and nature. Pope Francis decided to call himself "Pope Francis" in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

[Read from page 10 during snack. It's about St. Francis.]

The hymn that the textbook mentions is called “Hymn of the Creatures.”

St. Francis also taught us prayers. There is one of St. Francis’ prayers on page 60 of your book that we’re going to do now. And we’re going to do it the way things sometimes happen at church: One person will read parts of the prayer, and everyone all together will respond. ...  I will read, and you will respond. The response is, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.”

Do some puzzles in the
Children's Bulletin. Explain that there is a Children’s Bulletin.

Coloring sheet: St. Michael the Archangel.

Please remember to bring your textbooks for next class. Next class will be in one week.

Closing prayers:
Time to get ready to say good bye. :-)
We'll begin with the Our Father. If you know the Our Father, please join in.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen