Setting a Place at the Table: Living Our Missionary Call
Mission Week 2012: October 15th-19th
A table is where people come together for food. For many, there is not enough food and, in some cases, no table at all. A table is where people meet to make decisions-in neighborhoods, nations and the global community. Many people have no place at the table.
(U.S. Catholic Bishops, A Place at the Table, 2002)
Mission Week is a time when we highlight our call to mission as baptized Catholics! Schools and parish religious education programs are asked to celebrate during the week by engaging in a variety of activities related to our theme. For each day of the week, we will provide a different activity that all students, teachers and catechists can participate in and which helps students understand their role as modern day missionaries in living the Gospel call to faithfulness, love and justice. If you are not able to do the scheduled activity on that date, we encourage you to do it another day, or any time during the month of October (it is Mission Month!) We have also included other suggested activities that can hopefully help supplement your celebrations.
Each day is included as a separate web page, below. You can also download a PDF of all days' activities (including this introductory text) by clicking here to download the Mission Week 2012 Activity Guide.
All teachers and catechists that take part and submit a short reflection and picture of their students participating will be entered to win a prize: a gift certificate to Four Corners of the World, a fair trade store providing artisan goods and educational materials. . All entries must be submitted to Elizabeth Howayeck at email@example.com by Nov 1st to be considered.
Now, read on for each day's mission activities....
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This activity focuses on students developing a prayer that welcomes all to the table and asks them to pray it at their own dinner table.
These activities focus on helping students understand, in a real way, the global realities of hunger.
These activities help students understand the local realities of hunger and its consequences for families in Wisconsin.
This activity is about children giving of their own allowance or savings to help buy food for those in need.
In this activity, students design plates that reflect what they have learned about "setting a place at the table for all."
These activities may be done at another time or in place of one of the other suggested daily activities.
Click here to see examples of how students in schools and religious education programs throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee took part in Mission Week 2011 activities to foster their mission spirit.