Eucharistic Celebration Match

Activity Objective

To help the children identify the days on which we are obliged to attend Mass and the reasons for these celebrations

Lesson Outcome

The children will understand our obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Materials

  • Index cards with game clues (one for each child)

Directions

  • Tell the children that this activity will help them remember and understand why we celebrate the Eucharist on special days.
  • Prepare three cards for Sunday and three cards for each individual Holy Day. (Examples: Sunday, the day on which we remember the Resurrection, the Lord's Day; August 15, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary is taken up into heaven.) Prepare as many duplicates as you need for each child to receive one card.
  • Give a card to each child. Invite the children to go on a silent search to find their matches. Tell them that there are three cards to describe Sunday or each Holy Day. Advise them if there are duplicates.
  • Give the children time to circulate, reading each other's cards until they group themselves with their matches.
  • Conclude by having members of the groups read their cards to make sure everyone is with his or her correct day.
  • Remind the children that these are special days we celebrate the Eucharist as a Church family.

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Learning Styles

Logic/Math Smart, People Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes

Hints

Make sure that you have gone over the Holy Days of Obligation before doing this activity (January 1-Mary, Mother of God, Forty days after Easter-Ascension, August 15-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 1- All Saints, December 8-Immaculate Conception, December 25-Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ).

Prepare the index-card game clues ahead of time.

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