Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Is that what comes to mind when you see a fish drawing? That is what early Christians meant. We know from images left in the catacombs that they used this symbol as a "believer's sign." Ichthys (also ichthus) is the Greek word for fish. When the letters are used as an acrostic they stand for Iesous (Jesus) Christos (Christ) Theou (God) Yios (Son) Sotare (Savior). As you celebrate the fifty days of the Easter season, talk about what it means to be a believer and follower of Christ. How can we be 'fishers of men' in our own communities?
K - 5 -- Have fun making the fish shape with whatever materials are readily available. See if children can remember any Bible stories about fish.
Grade 6 and up -- The ichthus is a popular emblem on cars and jewelry -- how about on these personalized napkins/handkerchiefs? To get a virtual taste of the catacombs, try exploring the Google Maps online tour of the Catacomb of Priscilla available here.
Saint of the Month
April 17 -- Blessed Kateri Tekakwith (download here).
Get a little messy with these mud drawings and talk about the wonderful world God sustains.
Lifelong Catechesis Corner
Discussion question: Do I have difficulty believing things I can not see? More here.