In this 1st Grade lesson, we examine the First Part of the Creed on the Communion of the Saints. The Church is more than the people we see in the pews on Sunday! We will learn about the entire Church family, and how we all work together as Jesus' body.
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The Catholic Church is more than a group of people. We are a family! Jesus is the Head of our family. Just like your own family, there are some who live far away from us. Some still live on the Earth. Some live in Heaven. Some are in Purgatory. No matter where they are, they are our family. We call this family the Communion of Saints.
All good families talk to each other. The Church has different ways to talk to our Catholic family. You can use your voice to talk. You can talk using actions. Prayer is a third way we talk. You can use all three to talk to your Catholic family!
We have names for each person in our family. There is Dad and Mom. There is brother, sister, aunt, uncle, and cousin. We name the members of our Catholic family, too. There are three names we use. Let’s learn about them.
This is the Church on Earth. This is you. This is your family. This is your neighbors and friends. We go into the world and bring Jesus to others. We talk to people. We act nicely to them. We help others who are sick or hurt or in need. We pray for them.
We also pray to our family that is not on Earth. These are people who died. When we pray for these people we keep them close to us.
This is our family in Heaven. We also call them saints. Everyone that goes to Heaven is a saint. They are happy with God. They like to pray to Him for us. We pray to the saints for help. We also pray to them and tell them thank you for being so good!
This is our family in Purgatory. It is important to pray for them because they are in pain. When you hurt, your parents give you a hug to help you feel better. The hurt isn’t gone, but it’s better. When we pray to our family in Purgatory it’s like giving them a hug. They pray for us, too!
By talking to each other, the Church family stays close. We stay close to each other, and to God. We are especially close to each other at Mass. You may not see them, but the angels and saints in Heaven are right next to you! The next time you go to Mass, try to imagine what the angel or saint next to you looks like.
Words to remember:
Communion of saints
In this lesson we learned that:
The Communion of Saints is like a big family.
We talk to our family in Heaven and Purgatory by praying.
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