I’ve mentioned Jim Merhaut’s Your
Catholic Family: Simple Ways to Share The Faith at Home
before. It is an excellent
resource for families, filled with practical and fun ideas on how parents and youngsters
can learn about their faith at home. With just a little imagination you can adapt the
activities to work in a large or small intergenerational group setting at the parish.
One of my favorite activities is the “Gospel Trivia” game.
You’ll find this activity under the section on the New Testament, complete with rules,
playing board and questions and answers. (Click
here to find the game “Gospel Trivia.”
) There are five categories of questions
in this game: Infant Narrative; Parables and Teachings; Miracles and Wonders; Passion,
Death, Resurrection; and general questions. It shouldnt be difficult to add a sixth
category on the Gospel of Luke to accommodate this year’s liturgical readings.
Another idea is to send copies of the game home for families to play
the week/month before your planned gathering. This gives youngsters a chance to learn about
the New Testament in preparation for the parish gathering.