The New Edition of the Roman Missal has been the subject of much discussion over the past few months. This change in the Mass texts offers us the possibility of seeing with new eyes the prayers we use at Mass, and of taking the opportunity to explore again what it is we do when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. It is in this spirit that we offer Come, Gather and Celebrate: Praying the New Missal with Children. We hope that this book will help teachers to understand more fully the rationale for the changes that have been made to the Mass texts, introduce them to the new texts and suggest ways that they can communicate and teach the changes to children so that they will be enabled and encouraged to become full, active and conscious participants at Mass.
The workbook contains explanatory text for children, worksheets for use in the classroom and worksheets for use at home, including a section for parents.
Maeve Mahon is Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in Primary Schools of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Her background is in primary education and she worked as a primary teacher in Ireland and abroad prior to taking up her current position. She is the co-author with Martin Delaney of the successful ‘Do This in Memory Programme’ - a parish based programme for sacramental preparation for First Eucharist and with Julie Kavanagh of ‘Welcome for Your Child, A Guide to Baptism for Parents’ She contributed to the recent publication, Exploring Religious Education, edited by Anne Hession and Patricia Kieran and has also had articles published in The Furrow and Intercom magazines. She is frequently invited to give input on sacramental preparation at gatherings of parents, priests and teachers all over Ireland and abroad. She is a member of the National Steering Committee for Catholic Schools Week and of the Council of the newly established Catholic Schools Partnership.
Elaine Mahon is a primary school teacher who holds a Masters in Religious Education. She has worked as a Diocesan Advisor for Primary Religious Education in the Dublin Archdiocese and as a lecturer in Religious Education at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.