To look at the way we celebrate both our secular and religious events
The children will use a review of well-known secular and religious celebrations to come to a deeper understanding of ritual.
January 1: Mary, Mother of God
Fortieth day after Easter: Ascension
August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1: All Saints
December 8: Immacuate Conception
December 25: Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
1. January 1: Mary, Mother of God?Plan a baby shower for a local women's care center and pray for all pregnant women.
2. Ascension?Fly kites or helium-filled balloons.
3. Assumption?Sing "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman."
4. November 1: All Saints?Have an "All Saints Party" where children bring a symbol of a saint as their ticket to be admitted.
5. December 8: Immaculate Conception?Have a Mary Procession.
6. December 25: Christmas?Go Christmas carolling to parish shut-ins.
If there is time, the group could make a poster using pictures of the symbols, songs, colors, and so on, that they associated with their holiday.
If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.