Over the years, I've tried to have practices during the week which point to Sunday Mass.This year I tried to organize them so that I accomplished one thing a day to turn my mind to Sunday's Mass. I wish I could say I had been more faithful to these ideas. For next year, I think I'll try to organize them more in advance -- this might help me to keep a strong tack on this.
- Mondays -- begin school day with the next Sunday's Psalm. Review the psalm response during the week at lunch. Blog Post
- Tuesdays -- prepare Sunday clothes. Make sure boys's shirts are ironed, Sunday socks are washed and cleaned. Look at girls dresses. blog post on ironing and Sunday Mass -- see last paragraph
- Wednesdays -- Review St. Paul's letter read at Sunday's mass. Pick out a word for the children to focus on and listen for at Mass. During the year of St. Paul, most weeks I put this word on our fireplace mantle. Scroll down this category.
- Thursdays -- instead of reading the daily gospel, which we used to read at Tea Time but now we read first thing in the morning, read Sunday's gospel. Highlight that Thursday is a remembrance of the First Holy Thursday, the day in which the Eucharist was instituted.
- Friday -- abstinence prepares our hearts to receive the food of heaven. Our hunger from abstaining from meat reminds us to be hungry for the Bread of Heaven. Blog post on Friday abstinence
- Saturday -- something for Our Lady who always kept the Lord (and the Eucharistic Lord) in her heart.