This web site is designed to enhance and enrich your sacrament
preparation. The site is interactive and can be
used in a variety of ways. Below are some suggestions
to help you:
- Navigate the site,
- Give you an idea when to use each section in relationship
to the RCL Benziger Sacraments program,
- And help you get the most out of this extensive and
The following technical tips may help you in tailoring your visit to RCL Benziger Sacraments Online to suit your specific needs.
1. Plug-ins: The following plug-ins are
required to view the downloadable PDF files, listen
to audio, or to play the games on this site. Click
on the link to download the latest plug-in:
2. Web Site Window Size: If you would prefer that
this web site load in a larger size on your monitor,
all you need to do is adjust your monitor settings.
3. Refreshing your Cache: Occasionally, when we update the site or make changes, some of our web site users are unable to see these changes. This is a common problem with any web site and is very easily fixable. In short, once a web browser has opened an internet page, the page is stored in the browser's temporary memory or "cache." Storing the page in your cache, allows your browser to load the page faster and more efficiently. However, depending on your browser's settings, every once in awhile, it does not recognize updates that have been made to the page. Refreshing your cache empties this temporary memory and allows your browser to load the page anew. To do this:
- On a PC or IBM, simply go to your start menu and access your settings file. From your settings file, select your Control Panel. Within the Control Panel select the icon that says, "Display." There you will be shown a separate pop-up menu form which you will select the tab that says, "Settings." On the right of the "settings" menu, you'll find a sliding bar that allows you to adjust the size of your desktop area. Slide the bar to "Less" (to the left) to make the objects on your screen appear larger. Slide the bar to "More" (to the right) to make the objects appear bigger.
- On a Mac, go to the Apple Menu located in
the upper left hand corner of your screen
and select "Control Panels." From
there, select "Monitors" or "Monitors
& Sound." When you do this, you'll
be shown a pop-up window from which you will
select the monitor ratio 640 x 480 in order
to make the windows on your screen appear
- In Internet Explorer, go to the top tool bar in your browser window and select the button that says, "Tools." The "Tools" menu will appear as a drop-down box from which you'll select "Internet Options." Your computer will display the "Internet Options" Menu in a different box. In the middle of that box, you will see a section that is labeled "Temporary Internet Files." Select the button that says, "Delete Files." It may take a few seconds to delete the files. Once this is done, close the Explorer Window, so that it can reset. Once you launch Explorer again, you'll be able to see updates to the web page.
- In Netscape, go to the top tool bar in your
browser window and select the button that
says, "Edit." From the "Edit"
menu select "Preferences..." Scroll
down and select the "Advanced" option.
Click the button that says "Clear Disk
Cache Now." This will allow you to reload
and see the most recent edition of the page.
Before the preparation
- Look over the web site to get a grasp of its contents and breakdown.
- Look at the two age levels and groupings
of activities and determine which level is
appropriate for the youngsters you are working
7-10 or ages
- Review the topics to get an idea of the scope and types of resources included on this site.
- Open up the FAQs
site and look over the most commonly asked
questions, as well as questions about the
role of the parent and family in sacrament
During the preparation
Kids Ages 7‚10 and Kids Ages 11-14
Catechists & Teachers
- Children and young people will want to begin
playing the games immediately and throughout
the entire preparation period. The Faith
Focus Review is dedicated to specific
chapters in the child's book or the handouts
for older children. The Concentration
games will also be helpful throughout the
of the Mass is a fun way to help youngsters
go step-by-step through the ritual celebration
of the sacrament. They will build understanding
and meaning for the gestures, words, and actions
that are a part of the sacramental celebration.
- The Responses
can help the child to fully participate in
the Mass. Children love to know what to say
and when they will say it! This audio interactive
section can instill confidence.
Stories will help expand the scripture
from each chapter in a fun and engaging way.
Knowing the story from each chapter helps
the child with these activities.
of the Church is a fun way of learning
about the environment in which we Catholics
worship. This section can be reviewed throughout
the preparation process. After several visits
to this tour, take the children on a tour
of your own parish church. Be sure to point
out both the similarities and differences
between your parish church and the church
tour on the web site.
Reflections provides a way for you to
connect sacrament preparation with the Sunday
gospel. This section changes weekly according
to the liturgical year and is ongoing through
the entire year. Refer to this section each
week during preparation as well as after the
Out provides service ideas to help make
the connection between learning about our
Catholic faith, experiencing our faith in
sacraments, and living our faith in the world.
Stories There are many Scripture stories
that speak to our understanding and experience
of the Eucharist. Scriptures included in this
section are in addition to the stories found
in the child's book or handouts for older
as a Family offers activities for those
families looking for ways to bring family
members together during this special time
of sacrament preparation.
- Video Guides
The RCL Sacrament program uses videos from
the Faith First© religion series with the
sacrament preparation period. This guide identifies
video segments that have particular application
to the sacraments.
- What Difference
Does it Make? At the end of each chapter
the child is asked, "What difference does
it make?" Given what we believe as Catholics
and how we worship and pray that belief, what
do we DO about it? This site extends that
particular part of the lesson and gives an
interactive way of responding. This correlates
with each lesson and can be used to extend
After the celebration
of the sacrament:
Back is specifically intended for use
immediately AFTER the celebration of first
communion. The children's sacrament preparation
time has been building up to this celebration
and you have shared in the preparation. Reflecting
on their experience of first communion will
help prepare them for a lifetime of being
nourished at the table of the Eucharist.
Reflections can continue to connect the
Sunday liturgy with the sacraments. Use this
section for many weeks after to continue to
help make the connection between what we hear
each week and how we celebrate and live our