Kids "playing" mass.............

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Kids "playing" mass.............
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Thu, 02-24-2005 - 6:50pm
Do your children ever "play" mass - like pretend play?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 02-24-2005 - 7:19pm
I don't think that it is wrong, many a priest started this way. When they approach First Communion time however they need to be reminded that there is a difference between a real Mass and pretend. Even when I conduct a Communion service I say at the beginning that this is not a Mass and Holy Communion was Consecrated at a Mass last Sunday. (or whatever)When "practicing" receiving Communion with unconsecrated hosts in RCIA I also say several times this is not the Body of Christ. So from my view we would never, ever want them to be confused, there must always be a clear distinction.
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Registered: 01-14-2005
Fri, 02-25-2005 - 12:53am

Actually, I remember playing Mass as a child. We used potato chips for communion, and we did the whole thing with the prayers and songs. It was all innocent, just fun to do. We were around seven years old, my classmates and I, but it felt important and fun, all wrapped into one.


My children play Mass occasionally, too. They absolutely love playing Bible stories, though. Of course, David and Goliath is a favorite. Preston (my husband) even joins in sometimes as Goliath, and his death scene is unbelievable. Oy. When I do laundry, they take the folded towels, unfold them, wrap them around the house and go around pretending to be Mary and Joseph.


If it's done in the spirit of fun and sweetness, it seems all right to me. When I read the biography of Teresa of Avila, she mentioned playing Mass all the time with her brother.


 

 

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Fri, 02-25-2005 - 10:37am

We played Mass too. Used Necco wafers for Communion ;-)

Ruth

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Mon, 02-28-2005 - 9:28am

Oh yes, we played Mass! We used white bread that we squished to be flat. And, we did this before we had made our First Communion, so we knew that Communion at church was different (Body of Christ) then our white bread. We also did the whole picking of readings from the Bible and songs for our Mass. Funny thing, I can't remember what we did about the Homily!

We also used to put slips on our heads and play like we were nuns.

Good times...remembering this!

Martha

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Tue, 03-01-2005 - 4:56pm
Thanks everyone!