Papal Lap Book Unit Three: The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church
Have you been watching the coverage of the Conclave? We have never had TV reception in our home, but we are sure loving being able to stream EWTN live
on the computer and with the app on the iPad! (Though for some reason it was slightly delayed on the iPad.) The children especially loved watching for each of their adopted cardinals to take their oath this morning:
Et ego, N., Cardinalis N., spondeo, voveo, ac iuro.
Sic me Deus adiuvet et haec Sancta Dei Evangelia, quae manu mea tango.
And I, N. Cardinal, N., promise, vow and swear.
Thus, may God help me and these Holy Gospels which I touch with my hand.
The Conclave is now officially underway and the doors of the Sistine Chapel were closed off just moments after Msgr. Guido Marini announced the famous Latin phase: “Extra Omnes,” which roughly translates to “Everyone Out!”
Unit Three: The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church
Family Read Aloud
Continue Creating Mini-Books:
Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Conclave
I’ve also created another Novena book option which can be downloaded at Scribd, for my older children. And I also added a informational page for the children to fill out on our “Adopted Cardinals! It can be downloaded here if you’d like a copy.
Sean was given Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, whose birthday is this week and only 10 days before Sean’s! I was given Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, whose birthday is only 2 days before my own, and was made a cardinal on my own little saints birthday
– so hopefully he is getting extra prayers from heaven! 🙂 Captain has been praying for his adopted cardinal, Paola Romeo from Italy. Rascal’s Cardinal Joachim Meisner is currently the Archbishop of Cologne, Germany. Twinkle Toes was very excited to see that her adopted cardinal, Philippe Barbarin, was made a cardinal the year she was born. We all giggled when our little dark-skinned beauty, Chiquita, was given Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. Snuggles has been praying for Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And even our little Rose insisted on adopting a cardinal… She has been offering little prayers for Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, the Major Penitentiary.
Hierarchy of the Catholic Church
As we continued discussing the role of Cardinals in the Catholic Church, we read about all “The Hierarchy” (pages 118-119 of My Catholic Faith) while the children cut out (or copied) the definitions and assembled their “Hierarchy of the Catholic Church” mini-books. We also watched the following video:
What are the Chief Powers of the Pope?
For this mini book we read “Powers of the Pope” (pages 114-115 of My Catholic Faith). Some of the children pasted the text into the book (they will understand it more as they get older) and the others copied the text.
What Happens when a Pope Dies?
Using the definitions found in Who is the Pope? A Very Short Book for Children (e-book) and in this EWTN Article, I ended up creating a fill-in-the-blank version of this “What Happens When A Pope Dies?” mini-book.
Guess Who?! Cardinals Edition
We have been having so much fun with Monica’s Guess Who?! The Cardinals game!
I’ve blogged about our Guess Who? Patron Saints Edition!
in the past, but it was so time consuming to make! When I realized all the ways the new Guess Who Game
could be easily modified, I had to pick up one (or two!). I actually have had them in my closet for over a year, since I purchased them during a Black Friday buy one get one sale, and this was the perfect opportunity to pull them out! The kids have been having such a blast, and learning so much about the current cardinals!
Anyways, we will be watching the Sistine Chapel’s Smoke Cameras again tomorrow, as we wait to see that white smoke!
We most humbly entreat Thee, O Lord, that Thy boundless goodness may grant as bishop to the most holy Roman Church one who shall ever be both pleasing to Thee, by his loving zeal in our regard, and, by his beneficent rule, deeply revered by Thy people to the glory of Thy name. Through our Lord.
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.