" Communicants are also required to fast in preparation to receive Communion. Currently, this requirement is a fast of one hour prior to Communion of all food and drink other than water and medication. A longer fast of at least three hours, or from midnight, is preferred. Understanding the seriousness of these guidelines helps instill respect for taking Communion in students. This helps students understand that this isn't something that they just do at Mass without thought. Instead, they must prepare themselves physically and spiritually.
Lastly, students should be taught why Communion is taken so frequently. The Eucharist facilitates a union between Man and Christ. Through this lesson, students learn that Communion is a spiritually nourishing event, while also obeying the Lord's instructions to eat and drink His Body and Blood. Each time a communicant takes part in Holy Communion, this brings an increased level of sanctifying grace to their soul, as the recipient opens himself up to Christ and empties his soul of sin. Students learn through this that each Communion, the Lord's grace enables them to keep His commandments. As Father Peffley describes, the Eucharist as a means of reorienting the communicant toward Christ. This builds spiritual value in the tradition, for the student.
Two Items Not to Teach in Eucharist Education:
As Eisner (1985) notes, a student's educational experience is not only affected by what they are taught, but also by what isn't taught. The null curricula for religious education centering on the Eucharist should include how the Catholic Eucharistic tradition differs from other Christian faiths and controversies surrounding the Eucharist, such as the physical transformation of the Host and Wine vs. It simply being a representation of Christ. Both of these topics are important discussions to have; however, for primary school-aged children they are really not appropriate. At this age, the children should be focused on understanding...
Education should also be focused on why the Catholic faith takes Communion and what a reverent tradition it is. In this way, students can build a respectful base of knowledge on the Eucharist tradition, in Catholicism. When they are older, and better able to discuss things in a more mature manner, than bringing in the differences of the Eucharist in other faith as well as religious controversies is far more appropriate.
In the end, the Eucharist is one of the most Holy traditions of the Catholic church. For a short period of time, the Lord is physically present during the Eucharist. Although God is everywhere, as the Creator of all things, this is a spiritual presence. Rymartz (2007) puts forth that there is often a difference between what is actually being taught and what is supposed to be taught in the classroom (p. 12). For this reason, religious education concerning the Eucharist is critical for students. For Australian primary school students, the four things that should be taught include: the scripture concerning the Eucharist, the transubstantiation concept, receiving Communion guidelines, and why Communion is taken so often. Of course, at this age, there are things that shouldn't be taught to children. Children at this age are not well-equipped to discuss concepts such as the differences between the Catholic Eucharist tradition and that of other Christen faiths. Nor is the topic of controversies concerning the Eucharist appropriate for this age group. For that reason, these are two topics that should be held until the children are older and already have a respectful base of knowledge concerning the Eucharist.
Eisner, E. (1985). The educational imagination: On the design and evaluation of school programs (pp. 87-97). New York: Macmillan.
Peffley, Fr. (No date). The Catholic Church's teaching on the Eucharist. Retrieved October 22, 2010, from http://transporter.com/FatherPeffley/Spirituality/TeachEucharist.html.
Ryan, M. (2006). "Catholic traditions and the classroom religious education program." In Religious education in Catholic schools. (pp.169-196) Melbourne: David Lovell Press.
Rymartz, R. (2007). "At the coalface: Teaching about Jesus." Journal…
Sacrament of Reconciliation The concept behind reconciliation is forgiveness, the rite to forgive those who have done wrong, and being forgiven for committing wrongful actions. The Sacrament of Reconciliation examines how to work towards the renewal and restoration of relationships. At Saint P, in order to assemble and cultivate student's knowledge on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they will be required to get past egoism through exercises that help analyze and look
The Pope and the leadership guide us in our interpretation of scripture and tradition. As stated previously, Roman Catholicism is truly a lifetime experience. From cradle to grave, Holy Baptism to the Anointing of the Sick, we are surrounded by these life giving and soul building acts and rarely appreciate them fully. This investigation has not only, truly deepened the author's knowledge of the sacraments by choosing Holy Eucharist, Baptism
Catholic Philosophy Unlike some other Christian faiths, Catholics can approach the concept of evolution from a scientific standpoint. For example, Catholics can believe in evolution as a scientific hypothesis which "seeks to determine the historical succession of the various species of plants and of animals on our earth... [and, which] does not consider the present species of plants and of animals as forms directly created by God." (Knight). However, this scientific
Although sometimes attributed to Calvin, the Synod of Dort actually wrote the Five Points of Calvinism in 1619. In the article, "New outlook, Volume 104," Alfred Emanuel Smith wrote that the Synod of Dort created the five points of Calvinism "to controvert the Five points of Arminius, which formed the basis of the discussions through the six months of the sessions of that Synod" (p. 394). The Five Points of Calvinism
Religion in the Modern World Religion Modern World Religion is something that is as old as man. It means "almost everything because religions deal with the whole of human life -- and death" (Bowker 2006). Since the beginning of mankind, individuals have searched themselves and others, contemplated the universe and all its elements, and religions are what were formed through these personal and public explorations. But what exactly are religions? What does
Indeed, it is as if the U.S. Congress or president were to decide what constituted Christian doctrine and scripture, and everyone went along at the peril of their lives, according to Bidstrup. The result of the Bible's origins as selected parts of whole bodies of scripture, written by at least a hundred and fifty different people in dozens of different places at different times, many centuries apart, and for different reasons,