What does Thanksgiving mean for us as Catholic Christians? How do we share this with children? Kids have the common sense to recognize that offering thanks requires both a giver and a receiver. For instance, when a child receives a gift he/she might write a thank you note to the gift giver. In a larger sense, God is the giver of all good things in life. On Thanksgiving Day and every day we should remind children of this. When we participate in Mass we can remember that the word Eucharist comes from the Greek word eucharistia which means thanksgiving. God's greatest gift to us is that of his own son, who offered his life for our salvation. Our natural response should be to offer our lives in return. Take time this month to lead children on a path of gratitude and service.
November at a Glance (PDF)
Activity: A Story of Thankfulness
This story and puzzle highlight the Thanksgiving as observed by the pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts. You might also have fun introducing children to other early American Thanksgivings such as those celebrated by Mass and feasting in St. Augustine, Florida (September 8, 1565) and Texas (April 30, 1598).
Thanksgiving Story and Puzzle
Grade 6 & Up
Activity: Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Choose a song that suits your audience for this Thanksgiving prayer service.
Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Lifelong Catechesis Corner
How do I show gratitude to God?
Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.
Saint for November
November 11 – St. Martin of Tours (PDF)
Catholic Stewardship for Kids
Decorating Bags and Boxes for Sharing Food
Top Ten’s “To-Do’s” With Preschoolers
1. Foster a child-centered rather than teacher centered learning environment.
2. Encourage self-expression and integration of others' views.
3. Offer individual attention while drawing others into interactions.
4. Foster literacy by accompanying pictures with common Faith words.
5. Use music, drawing, painting, sculpting, storytelling, and dramatic play often.
6. Praise each child.
7. Teach reverence for the church building especially the sanctuary – and for the Bible and other religious objects.
8. Encourage movement often: before, after, and sometimes in between!
10. Assign chores to foster a sense of belonging and responsibility.
Excerpt from Catechist's Companion: What You Need to Know, Early Childhood by Kelley Renz
Thanksgiving Day Prayer
this table and this home overflow with your abundant blessing.
Let us always remember that you are the giver of all good gifts.
May we follow your will in all that we do.