BACKGROUND: We are all invited to God’s table to share in the Eucharist, which joins us together as members of one body in Christ and sends us out into the world as missionaries and witnesses of God’s abundant love. There is a place for everyone at this table. “The principle of solidarity reminds us that as members of one human family, we see every ‘other’ as our neighbor, who must share in the ‘banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God.’ Solidarity calls us to care for our neighbors in need who are nearby and for those who are far away and to see all those who suffer as sisters and brothers.” (A Place at the Table, 2002)
ACTIVITY: What’s on your Plate? (Art activity to present/display at World Mission Sunday Mass) You will need a paper plate for each student plus markers, crayons or any other craft supplies. Have students create their own plate that they can bring to God’s table. Reflect on the week and all that they have learned or other activities they have participated in and have them write or draw any of the following:
What did you learn this week?
What does it mean to set a place at the table for all?
Who should you invite to the table that may not currently have a place?
What is one thing you will do to help make a place at the table for all?
*Please remember this does not only have to be about those who are hungry in our world--it is also about those who are left out, marginalized and forgotten in society.
The intention is for all of these plates to be displayed or presented during World Mission Sunday Mass for Youth and Families on October 21st with Bishop Hying. If you are planning to attend, we ask that you arrive a few minutes early and drop off your plates at the welcome table (outside the chapel). If you and your students are not able to attend, we encourage you to present them at your own all school Mass during October and/or to hang them in your classroom.