Happy Thanksgiving! This lesson is going to be a little different. With Thanksgiving approaching, it seemed appropriate to release a shorter lesson that can be done around your family’s holiday traditions. That being said, we hope you will find this lesson informative and fun. During this time apart from each other, we are more thankful than ever for the many wonderful families who make up the St. Mary Magdalen Religious Formation program. God bless!
Introductory Video and Opening Prayer
Featured Activity: Thanksgiving Feast / Eucharist Feast:
- Open your family Destined journal to the next free left and right page.
- Label the left side “Thanksgiving Dinner.”
- As a family, create a colorful picture of your family Thanksgiving dinner.
- Label the right side “The Eucharist.”
- Again, as a family, on the opposite page draw a colorful picture of the Mass.
- Highlight the similarities of the two pictures.
- Below the Thanksgiving Dinner picture write what your family will give thanks for this Thanksgiving.
- Below the Eucharist picture write what your family will give thanks to God, for the next time you go to Mass
When we hear the story of the first Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the important role native Americans have played in American history. Did you know there is a native American saint? Her name is St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Watch the video below to learn more about her life.
Let Us Pray
Many families have a tradition of gathering around the table at Thanksgiving and sharing something they are thankful for. This lesson’s prayer challenge asks you to gather around a different table – your prayer table!
Please print off the following bible verses:
There are 10 Bible verses related to things we should be thankful for. For 10 days, go to your prayer space as a family and look one of them up in your own bible. Discuss the verses together and share things you are thankful for related to each verse. Have an adult teach the children how to say a prayer of gratitude for the things you have discussed. Prayers of gratitude are a great way to learn how to pray spontaneously from the heart!
Follow the directions to fill out the work sheet and then glue it into your destined journal. If you wish, you can print off the worksheet for each member of the family.
Live It Out Activities
Below are many fun activities to help your family celebrate Thanksgiving. Let us know in the comments which activities you did. After commenting, please reply to at least one other family’s comment so we can share our experiences with each other!
Option 2: Start a tasty new tradition. Below are instructions for making Thanksgiving “gratitude rolls.” This is a fun addition to anyone’s dinner, just be sure not to eat the paper!
Option 3: Make a Thanksgiving snack mix full of symbolism.
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