Kids, pastor make Stations of the Cross books
RHINELANDER, Wis. (Superior Catholic Herald) - Many of the youngest students at Nativity of Our Lord School are eager to share their thoughts about the Stations of the Cross. Each week, after participating in the stations, kindergarten through second grade students return to their classrooms clutching their personal booklets, prepared especially for their age group.
THE STATIONS, ILLUSTRATED - Second grader Zach Olds displays one of the pages in his booklet. (Catholic Herald/Mary Grieco)
He admits that when he considered ordering new books, the cost was a concern. But more importantly, he wanted to find just the right words that would be meaningful to the children.
“I wanted to try to make the stations relevant to their lives,” he said. So he personally wrote meditations for each station and left a blank page next to each so the children can draw a picture showing how that station relates to a personal experience. “That way the books become their own,” he added, and they can keep them for years to come.
Where words fail, drawings help
With help from a talented mother-daughter team, Cheryl and BrieAnna Simon, Gerritts soon had just the right book. Cheryl did the layout, while BrieAnna, an alumna of the school and now a college freshman, contributed simple, colorful drawings depicting each station. “It’s so cool that all these kids are getting a chance to use these books,” BrieAnna said.
For the very young children who may not yet be able to read all the words, her drawings are particularly helpful in understanding Jesus’ journey to Calvary.
Some of the second graders, including Rachel Uhlarik, can already name all of the stations in order. “It must have been very hard for Jesus,” she observed as she paged through her book.
Classmate Abby Oettinger said she is trying hard to learn how to pray the stations. “Sometimes I don’t know what to say to God, and this book helps me know the right words. It is good we can keep it.”
As their teacher, Margaret Barnes, was explaining how Simon helped Jesus carry His cross, some of the students asked for ideas on what they could draw. With some gentle nudges from their teacher, the budding artists soon came up with creative ways of showing how they could help others--from carrying in wood to helping a friend with a math problem.
The meditation for the fifth station concludes by saying, “God our helper, when we are in need you help us, as Simon helped your son, Jesus. May we follow your example and help all who are in need.”
Even after this Lenten season is long past, many of these personalized Stations of the Cross booklets with their creative drawings will likely remain among school-days keepsakes.
This story was made available to Catholic Online by permission of the Superior Catholic Herald (www.catholicherald.org), official newspaper of the Diocese of Superior, Wis.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Marriage & Family News
- Historically important religious discovery found while family renovates living room
- Gang of teens riot inside Georgia Walmart causing thousands of dollars in damage
- 4 out of 10 children in the US exposed to abuse and violence last year
- Marriage is an Appetizer
- SHOCKING: Woman confesses to killing her EIGHT newborns and hiding the corpses in her home
- SUPREME COURT RULES GAY 'MARRIAGE' LEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES
- Family terrified to move into dream home after deadly threats made from 'The Watcher'
- 'This is how God takes evil and turns it into something wonderful': How one woman's Charleston experience reinforced God's love
- Obama to give eulogy at funeral service of Charleston church shooting victim
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?
More Easter / Lent
'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' - Luke 24:46
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. continue reading
Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1.11, Matthew 21:1.11, Luke 19:28.44, and John 12:12.19) ... continue reading
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week... continue reading
HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances. It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover ... continue reading
On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord ... continue reading
Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year ... continue reading
For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere. Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). continue reading
Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism... continue reading
Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. First Station: Jesus is condemned to death... pray the stations now
What did you give up for Lent?
From the humorous to the bizarre, people have had interesting Lenten experiences. Tell us about what you are going to give up for this Lenten Year.
What others gave up »
Alex Basile - Catholic Online, 4/10/2015
Author Alex Basile reflects of the true meaning of the Resurrection of Christ and how many Christians overlook the real joy of Easter. In the haziness of the first Easter morning, Mary Magdalene made ...Continue Reading
Fr. James Farfaglia - Catholic Online, 4/6/2015
With the resurrection of Jesus, the physical is exalted. When we truly believe in Jesus, we are resurrected in this life because we are freed from the fear and worry that are characteristic of ...Continue Reading
Randy Sly - Catholic Online, 4/6/2015
While Easter is a Solemnity and an Octave Feast, it is also a 50-day journey until Pentecost. We continue to remember his resurrection with special devotion. Saint Augustine shares this ...Continue Reading
F. K. Bartels - Catholic Online, 4/6/2015
There is great cause for belief in the Resurrection. One of the most wonderful tenets of Catholicism and the true Christian religion the Church transmits, is that the Resurrection is a historical ...Continue Reading
On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.
In the symbol of the Cross we can see the magnitude of the human tragedy, the ravages of original sin, and the infinite love of God. Learn More
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. Learn More
Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.
ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart... Pray the Stations
'Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed' Lk. 5:35
Abstinence. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted.
Fasting. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal.
Learn More »