Read the article ‘Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church’ and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. Why do Catholics respect and pray to Mary?
2. What prayers to Mary do you know?
3. Do you pray to Mary? How do you imagine her?
4. How do you imagine her?
5. Does the way you pray to Mary differ from the way you pray to God?
6. What appearances of Mary have you heard of?
7. Do you find encouragement for your own life in the stories of Mary?
1. Write a one-page reflection on what Mother Mary means to you. Do you have a devotion to Mary? Do you pray to her? If you don’t have a devotion to Mary, why do think devotion to Mary is so strong in Catholicism? What can Catholics and non-Catholics learn from Mother Mary?
2. Draw, paint, sculpt or create a mosaic of Mother Mary. When your class’s artwork is finished you can host a Mother Mary art show for your school.
For younger students
1. In pairs or groups, write a prayer to Mother Mary. If there is time students can neatly write their prayer on a piece of paper and decorate their prayer.
Teachers have students share their prayers with the class.
2. On a poster board, illustrate what Mother Mary means to you. You can use images, symbols or words to describe why Mother Mary is important to you.