Remembering and celebrating

Stories of lives of the saints fascinate me; they have since I was little. Back-to-back feasts at the beginning of the month commemorate saints known and unknown and all those who have died. Death is not an easy topic for kids. Young children are still developing in their understanding of the permanence and universality of death. Older children generally know these things, but personal experiences may cause them to struggle. My four year old asks about death from time to time and I am always thankful to have faith that allows me to answer with hope in the resurrection; any other alternative would be tough! TCK is glad to share faith-filled activities for November to help you remember the dead and pray for them.

Fun feature!

November at a Glance (PDF)
 

Grades K-5

Activity: Remembering Table

On November 2, set up a Remembering Table for All Souls' Day and use it throughout the month to pray for those who have died.

Remembering Table for All Souls' Day (PDF)

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Grades K-5

Grade 6 & Up

Lifelong Catechesis Corner

Catholic Stewardship for Kids

Saint of the Month

Catechist Know-How

Prayer

Grade 6 & Up

Activity: Papel Picado

Allow students to display their creativity by making papel picado, or cut paper. This Mexican Folk Art is especially popular for Day of the Dead Celebrations.

Day of the Dead

Papel picado template and instructions

Lifelong Catechesis Corner

Am I using my gifts to give glory to God?
Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.

Saint for November

November 17 – St. Elizabeth of Hungary (PDF)

Catholic Stewardship for Kids

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor those who have served or currently serve our country in the military. Work with local community organizations to arrange for children to write notes of gratitude to service men and women.

Catechist Know-How

Catechize with Joy and a Smile
By Reverend Robert Hater, Ph.D

A catechist makes those catechized feel they are important. This is vital when home problems, school responsibilities, or work burdens beset young and old alike. Recognizing our importance begins by knowing that we are children and friends of God. It also demands that we know our limitations. This realization encourages us to have a sense of humor and to laugh often.

Smiling and laughing are good symbols for catechists. A catechist’s smile recalls the smiling Jesus of some artists, with His message of joy and happiness. Catechists help people smile when they share Jesus' joyful message. Smiles and laughter touch us deeply and invite us to respond positively, even in difficult situations. Our smile may be the only one that a person experiences all day. Even when tired, we can smile. A smile, not a tired body, is the window to the soul.

My mother often smiled when she was alive. In death, as she lay in repose, she was smiling. That's what I most remember after her death . A smile tells others that we are at peace. Catechists offer a fine gift when they smile. It says that the catechetical lesson is rooted in the smile of the Prince of Peace.

What happens to your overall mood and outlook when you smile?

Excerpted from Catechist's Companion: How to Be a Good Catechist

St. Ignatius Loyola's Prayer for a Generous Spirit

Dearest Lord,
teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give, and not to count the cost;
to fight, and not to heed the wounds;
to labor, and not to seek to rest;
to give of myself and not to ask for reward,
except for the reward of knowing that I am doing your will. Amen.