Dear Parents, Teachers and all Catholic Kids 101 Visitors,
Praised be Jesus Christ!
One sunny day I was sitting in the Adoration Chapel which is located in the center of the beautiful little town where I live. I was thinking about the data from a shocking poll I had just read. The poll was done by the Pew Research people and it found that: "just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their Church that the Eucharist is Body, Blood of Christ." Surprised? I was! And that is exactly what I was talking about with Jesus that day. At one point I asked Him if there was anything I could do, besides prayer, to help Him remedy this? Well, it was during my time with Him that day in the Chapel that I believe He inspired me with the thought: "Catholic Kids 101: kids telling kids about Jesus." It took awhile to figure out just exactly what that would look like but after a lot of prayer, lively discussions with family and friends, letters back and forth from "my Carmelites" and many working drafts on my trusty battery operated Alphasmart word processor, Catholic Kids 101 began to take shape.
CK101 came to be with much help and prayers from wonderful friends on earth and the very best friends above! The stories of the "very best friends above" are told throughout CK101 and here are the "wonderful friends on earth" who made CK101 what it is...
The content on Catholic Kids 101 was written by me, Jean Prather. Collaborator: Father Thomas Dufner. Editor: Mother Marie of the Incarnation, OCD. Audio Engineers and Voice Over Talent: Adrianne & Thom Price. Other Apostles of the Holy Eucharist: Emily West, Jeff Berg, Dennis Powers, Liz Prather, Connie Schneider, Barb Alderfer, Kay Taylor, the Castillo family, the Carmelite nuns of Lake Elmo, Minnesota and the many prayer warriors, especially in the North Star State and the Sunshine State.
The "CK101 kids" that are featured on the pages of this website are a compilation of the hundreds and hundreds of amazing Catholic children I have met over the years when I was producing original Catholic music for children, coordinating Catholic Vacation Bible Schools and then working as the Elementary Director of Religious Education at a vibrant Twin Cities parish.
It was a 2nd grade child preparing for her First Holy Communion who not only told me what the word "transubstantiation" means but then, to my great surprise, proceeded to spell the word perfectly for me too. The boy who proudly explained that "Christmas" really means "Christ's Mass." The child who unabashedly announced to the group of 80 children getting ready to make their visit with Jesus to pray for his school friend with cancer because Jesus could make his friend well again. And He did. The group of little ones who spontaneously waved to Jesus and blew Him kisses when we walked by the Church because they knew He was really there in the tabernacle. The ones who offered Our Lord little sacrifices of love because their friend, Saint Therese, had showed them her Little Way. "The Story of Saint Anthony and the Donkey," the question of what happens when my grandpa dies, singing "You are My Sunshine"" to Jesus in the Adoration chapel... all these incidents and so many, many more that I experienced over the years with children are woven into the CK101 kids pages. These are the real life children that the CK101 kids represent. These are the children who are the "kids telling kids about Jesus." And these are the children, along with every single child who visits this site and learns that Jesus is really and truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, that I dedicate "Catholic Kids 101" to.
United in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
Jean Prather, OCDS
March 25, 2020
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