The gesture of the Lavabo or the Washing of the Hands is one of the final gestures presented in the Level I Atrium. Why wait so long when this gesture follows the Preparation of the Chalice in the celebration of the Eucharist? We present this one gesture out of sequential order because the children have shown us they need to be closer to the second
In the Level I (Children's House) Atrium, The Sign of Peace is the final gesture of the Mass when all are prayed in order. The children, as the priest does at Mass, prepare the cruets and the chalice, wash their hands through the Lavabo, pray the Epiclesis and Offering, and then, remembering that at this moment of the Mass Jesus is truly present in
One of the beautiful practices we have re-committed to as a school during this second half of the year is offering all of our children a monthly opportunity for adoration. Because we are split between two campuses this year it took a bit of time to work out the logistics for this liturgical opportunity, but it is so beautiful to finally be able to
Every year we set aside time for children to bring their parents into their learning environments so that they can show their family the work they have been doing at school. This year, because of our growing numbers, we had three different Parent Child Nights in order to ensure that everyone could find time and space to experience the joys of
The second grade children at The Way of the Shepherd this year hail from three local Catholic parishes and attend their home parish for all sacramental preparation formation. In the Atrium they are also moving forward on their journey toward receiving Reconciliation and Eucharist, and spend much of their year getting ready for these great gifts! In
Earlier this year I posted on the Liturgical Calendar. I shared how the 1st-3rd grade children learn to label each prism of the calendar as one of the Sundays of the liturgical year, learning that each Sunday has a unique name. Then, in 4th-6th grade they might also look at the Feasts and Solemnities of the Church that are tied to a specific date.