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Catholic Activity: Sunday Table Discussion

Another interesting Sunday custom prevalent in many countries is the "hearing" of the children at breakfast or dinner. During the meal the father gravely listens while the children repeat, as best they can, what the priest has preached in the Sunday sermon and what he has announced. If any corrections or explanations are in order, the mother usually provides them. Thus the parents make sure that the children have paid attention to the word of God and understand what was preached.

DIRECTIONS

Depending on the age of the children this activity can be modified to fit each individual family. Smaller children can be given a simple retelling of the Gospel and then be asked to comment or answer a couple of easy questions. Older children can have the opportunity to present their own reflections on the Gospel and its application to their life. This activity can be as short or long as desired but it will help to emphasize the importance of the Sunday readings.

Activity Source: Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Francis X. Weiser, S.J., Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, 1958

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