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5.b Liturgical Life of the School: Christmas - Elementary Sample
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Description of Activity

  • Christmas Mass in early January

N.B. As with all Liturgical Celebrations, they must be celebrated within their own liturgical season. Advent is celebrated before the Christmas holidays but Christmas may be celebrated in the first week back to school in January. Consult liturgical calendar for dates associated with the Christmas Season.

SMART Goal Design - Is this goal...

  • Specific?
  • Measurable?
  • Attainable?
  • Result-oriented?
  • Time-bound?

Goal/Expected Result

  • The principal will work with staff, students and clergy to prepare the liturgical celebration for Christmas

Resources

  • Board Liturgical Calendar
  • Living with Christ (complete monthly edition)
  • Catholic Book of Worship III
  • Glory and Praise Volume I, II, III
  • Rise Up and Sing (Cassettes/CD’s with music book)
  • Directory for Masses with Children
  • Children’s Lectionary

 

Relevant Catholic Theme(s)

  • Peace
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Mystery, Wonder and Awe

CGE(s)

  • CGE1a Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith
  • CGE7d Promotes the sacredness of life

How will success be determined?

  • The community will gather in early January to celebrate Christmas in a Eucharistic Celebration
Contributors Tasks
School Administration
  • Gather the Pastoral Team from among the staff together to prepare the liturgy
  • Discuss the nature of the liturgical year with staff to acknowledge that celebrations ought to be in keeping with the season, i.e. Advent, Christmas, Lent, etc
  • Ask secretary to complete related tasks
  • Invite a member of the clergy to assist Pastoral Team in preparation of liturgy and to preside at the celebration
School Staff: Teachers, Education Assistants
  • Provide art to decorate the gym
  • Suggest names of students to act as Ministers of the Word
  • Invite qualified staff to volunteer to be Eucharistic Ministers
Students
  • Participate in the overall preparation of the liturgy
Process Stages Details and Considerations
Mid to late December
  • Prepare liturgy
  • Identify music so students can practice well in advance
  • Practice readings, skits, etc. with students
First Week of January (or first week back to school in Christmas Season)
  • Confirm attendance of clergy
  • Practice readings and music with students
  • Prepare art for display
  • Eucharistic Celebration

Effectiveness (degree to which goal has been achieved)

  • Teachers will engage students in a reflection on the service to determine understanding

 

Follow Up/Next Steps

  • Pastoral Team meets with principal to assess liturgy
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