Mass at Home Ideas
As we look forward to this weekend, ours prayers are with our beloved pastor Father John as he recovers his health and for all those in our community and throughout the world.
Sunday will be our second time creating a home worship experience, and I thought I would share with you some ideas for a prayer space in your home.
Now that we are finding a way to pray together in our homes, how can we create a space to celebrate the Mass together? I must confess that Deacon Dick and I were remiss in setting up our space before we watched last Sunday.
One simple way to start is to create a collection of symbolic items in place in your home, or in a box you can bring out for prayer time. The items will remind us of the season of our church year and invite children and adults into meaningful converstion. They can serve as a guide to other spiritual practices, such as a rosary. Expanding the variety of items (don't forget nature items for your young ones) invite your whole family to wonder together about their meaning and God's story.
What materials would we look for at Mass time? A piece of cloth the color of the liturgical season. Hopefully you can find something purple!
Candle (electric okay). Bible or prayerbook. Cards with scripture passages. Cross. Images of saints. Flowers or plants. Other symbolic items (an Easter egg, a shell, a small dish of water, anything your preschooler brings to you...) A bowl to place our written prayers, small pieces of paper for those.
Gather your household: Join together as a household to watch the livestream live or later on Sunday. The altar servers in your home will tell you to light the candle, reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world. The cross reminds us of the sacrifice of Jesus we remember in the Mass. The bible can be the reference for our readings, or you can use the missal. The bowl can collect our prayers that we offer in the Intercession.
Expect your younger ones to get restless, just as they do with regular church. Let them move around, they will be receiving the grace of hearing your words of prayer, a very powerful grace indeed.
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Be patient with yourselves. Remember new things take trial and error and some adjusting. It might take several attempts to make progress.
Thank you for your kind responses, and may we all be united in prayer in this special way this Sunday.
In Christ's love,
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Welcome to SRE!
SRE stands for School of Religious Education, where children grades 1-8 receive their faith formation in their parish setting, as a support to the formation happening in the home. If you are the parent of a student attending American Martyrs School, your child receives their formation as part of their school day. However, you are still a Family in Faith!
Please explore the sacrament information, Jr High and resources on this website.
Faith Formation for Children
Faith Formation is available for all children from preschool through High School Confirmation.
All registrations received after September 5th are considered late registrations and will be processed but may affect placement by first day of class.
For Returning families,
Re-registration of existing students can be done through the
Parent Portal link
New siblings must be entered through the online application
New to American Martyrs SRE?
New Registrations (including new siblings):
New Student Application
LITURGY OF THE WORD FOR CHILDREN
Children of grades 1–6 are invited
Children come to 9:30am mass with parents and then are brought to the St Kateri Room for the first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. Children then return to their parents after the sign of peace.
The First Sunday of the month, September to June
Children meet in the St Kateri Room, then brought to church to join their parents.
ELEMENTARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Children in Grades 1-6 (includes First Communion Preparation - see below).
Religious Education and Faith Formation for appropriate grade levels.
SUNDAY SESSIONS: After the 9:30am Mass, approximately 10:45am start-11:45am dismissal
These are dependent on parent s committing to attending the 9:30am Mass with their child, class will be following the Mass.
TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY SESSIONS: 3:45-4:45pm
once a week beginning on either Sept 24 2019(Tuesday) or Sept 25 2019(Wednesday).
Parents are required to attend a Parent Orientation on one of the following dates:
Aug 25 7:30-9pm or August 28th 7:30-9pm or at September 4th 9:30-11am
American Martyrs School Campus
JUNIOR HIGH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
Students in grades 7&8
Religious Education and Faith Formation for junior high
TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY SESSIONS: 7:15-8:30pm - once a week beginning November 5 (Tuesday) or 6 (Wednesday)
SUNDAY SESSIONS FOLLOW NORMAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE, 10:45AM-11:45AM begins September 22nd
FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION
Preparation for First Communion is a two-year process. Children may enter the program as early as first grade or any time after that. Preparation classes are offered as follows:
SUNDAY SESSIONS: 10:45-11:45am Depend on parent participation and we are currently seeking adults who would prefer to lead a class on Sunday. Parent orientation required.
TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY SESSIONS: 3:45-4:45pm – once a week. Parent orientation is required.
SACRAMENTAL CLASSES ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS
Sacramental classes for older children (grades 3-6) and teens (grades 7-12) who have not received the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) is a two year process. An entrance interview with the Director of Faith Formation will be scheduled for students and parents after enrollment.
For children in grades 3-8: Enroll in SRE at Grade Level for first year, then join Special Sacrament Class with other older children in grades 4-8 for the second year, during this year First Penance and First Holy Communion are received.
Tuesday or Wednesday or Sunday for Year One, with grade level.
For second year, the class will meet at a time determined by the Director of Religious Education
Where: American Martyrs School Campus
Call the Faith Enrichment Center 310-546-4734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
American Martyrs Catholic Church
School of Religious Education
1701 Laurel Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Patti Williams, Director of Religious Education
August 15-June 15