When kids come to parish schools or programs, there is quite a bit a variation in the amount of experience they have had with the Bible. Some will be able to look at Bible notation and find the passage readily, others will flip through with frustration at the thin pages and sea of unfamiliar names like Tobit and Titus. Level the playing field a bit and help kids get to know the Bible better by having them add tabs for each book of the Bible. Use a product like Post-It Flags; write the name of each book on a flag, and stick to the respective page in a stair-step fashion. You can even go a step further by color coding for the Old and New Testament. Kids will have "summer Scripture fun" with this month's TCK activities.
August at a Glance (PDF)
Activity: Loaves and Fishes
Elaborate on the Gospel reading for August 3 with our Over Five Thousand People Action Play. Allow children an opportunity to share what they already know about the Bible; show them where in the Bible this particular story is found (Matthew 14:13-21 for the Gospel; also Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17, and John 6:5-15). Expand the topic even more by doing the Loaves and Fishes activity.
Loaves and Fishes (PDF)
Grade 6 & Up
Activity: Scripture Cake
Students will become experts at finding Bible verses as they follow this recipe for Scripture Cake. Tailor the task as desired: include only the Bible notation, give the notation and only the first letter of the desired ingredient, or give the notation with dash marks indicating the number of letters and spacing for each ingredient. Enjoy!
Lifelong Catechesis Corner
Read and reflect on the Bible passages of Sunday Gospels in August.
Visit the USCCB's website to read every Sunday.
Saint for August
August 4 – St. John Vianney (PDF)
Catholic Stewardship for Kids
Together with your children sort through your cupboards. Make a commitment in advance that you and your children will donate to a food bank things from the cupboard which would be appropriate. Discuss with your children that this is part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Share your gifts with others.”
Faith and Family on Vacation
by Mary Lou Rosien
Every year our family goes to the beach for a week. It is the only week during the year that we are completely removed from work, distractions and other relationships. We focus on each other and on our faith.
Rather than use vacation as a time to scale back from some of our faith practices, we use the extra time to devote to our faith and family traditions. The first thing we do when we get into town is go to the local church and pick up a bulletin. We note the Sunday Mass time and plan accordingly.
I didn't appreciate, when our kids were little, that we spent most of our time (including our faith practices) together. Now our family is older and busier vacation provides a wonderful way for us to reconnect with our faith and family. Half of our children are adults now and finding time to worship together during the work year can be difficult. We often find ourselves at different churches and different Masses on Sundays due to our schedules. Since, on vacation we are all relaxed, awake and have no particular place to go, we take advantage of the extra time to attend daily Mass together.
Strengthen your faith practices as a family with a Five Day Vacation Mini-Boot Camp
Day 1. Look around and pick out one thing that God has blessed you with today; share it over dinner.
“This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it”. Psalm 118:24
Day 2. Examine your conscience and behavior, admit a wrongdoing and apologize for it.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Day 3. Find an opportunity to help out a family member.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:4
Day 4. Try something new today! Find a new talent you didn’t know you had or a new interest you haven’t explored before.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Eph. 4: 11-12
Day 5. Speak only truth today. Look for ways to build up others.
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Eph. 4:15
Summer is a wonderful time to gather friends and family together for outdoor meals and
picnics. In the backyard, at the beach or at the kitchen table, these prayers are quick ways to
praise and thank God for the great abundance
of food we have been given.
“We wish food, peace and happiness for all
the children in the world. Amen.”
“Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, that
we are about to receive, from Thy bounty
through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Thank You, Lord, for this food which is set
before us. May we use it to nourish our bodies,
and to nourish our souls. Make us ever
more mindful of the needs of others, and the
needs of our planet. Through Christ our Lord,
For food in a world where many walk in
For faith in a world where many walk in fear;
For friends in a world where many walk
We give You thanks, O Lord. Amen.