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15th Sunday of Year A


OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Yielding a Fruitful Harvest

Gather for family prayer around a small bowl of soil. Use this week’s responsorial psalm for the refrain. “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.” Ask each family member to name one action he or she has done or has seen another family member do during the week that proclaimed God’s word of love, justice, and peace.

Do yard work together as a family, or have children help water houseplants. Discuss what your family can do to help seeds of faith grow in your household.

Take a walk to look at summer lawns and gardens. Where are they growing well? Where not so well? What could be the cause of this? Have each family member reflect on his or her own life. Has the seed of faith fallen on good soil?


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Letting It Grow

Suggested Objects: flower seeds and a clear cup (or small jar) of dirt/potting soil.

I like to plant things this time of year – especially flowers. So, if you’ll watch your feet, I’m going to plant a few right now. (Toss several seeds on the floor around the children’s feet.)

Great! Be careful not to step on them and when we come back next week I think we’ll have some big, beautiful flowers growing right here! (Ideally the children will recognize the error in this method – leaving seeds exposed on an indoor floor – and point it out. Depending on the group’s response, however, you may need to stop here to question them about whether the seeds will actually grow – and why not.)

You may be right. You know different types of flowers grow best in different places, but I’m not sure of any that just grow on the floor. (Why? What is the floor lacking? e.g. nutrients, water, room for roots, etc.)


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


What Lies Below


What is your favorite way to eat potatoes? There are so many choices: baked potatoes, boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, French fries, scalloped potatoes, and potato salad.

Potatoes are a root vegetable which means they grow beneath the ground. If you’ve ever had a chance to dig potatoes you know that exploring the soil below the potato plant and finding potatoes there seems magical. Digging potatoes is like discovering buried treasure!

Potatoes have a funny appearance. These little indentations on the potato are called eyes. When a potato is planted it is cut into sections with an eye in each section. If the potato has been planted in good soil, has had enough water and sun, it produces other potatoes on roots that grow beneath the soil.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Growing Deep Roots

Object suggested: Potatoes

One of the best things about having a garden is digging potatoes. It feels like finding buried treasure. Slide your hands into the soil beneath a healthy potato plant and you will find potatoes attached to an underground stem.

Potatoes seem quite common to us, but they are valuable because a potato contains most of the vitamins needed for nourishment, and a good crop of potatoes can feed more people per acre than other crops can.

The potato is a root vegetable. The root system of a potato can go down almost two feet into the soil. That is this deep. (Indicate with hands.)

In a parable Jesus talks about people needing good roots. He teaches that we are like seeds; we need good soil to develop strong roots. We find good soil for our growth by reading and listening to the words of the Bible. Jesus said, “What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit” (13:23). Like the common potato, we too can grow deep roots of understanding that will nourish others.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

15th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search




15th Sunday of Year A



Santa Clara University

Sunday Index for children ages 5-13

Using each lesson plan, directors of religious education, school teachers, and parents can:

  • Use the recommended key discussion points when reading weekly messages with your children.
  • Read aloud a classic picture storybook linked to the moral virtue in the weekly readings.
  • Manage creative activities including arts and crafts, games, and gardening projects.
  • End with a reflection activity using a case study and a prayer.





In The Giving Tree, a little boy loved a tree, and the tree loved the little boy as well. Everyday the boy would play in the shade of the tree, eat its apples, and slide down its trunk and swing from its branches. But in time, the little boy grew into a man and the relationship changed. This is a classic book for teaching children of all ages about generosity and the self-sacrifice that often accompanies it. This is indeed a tender story, touched with sadness and then aglow with consolation. Silverstein provides a parable that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving (generosity) and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.



Isaiah 55: 10-11

The prophet Isaiah speaks of the unbounded graciousness and generosity that God pours upon all creation, especially upon humanity, the crown of His creation. He uses the images of rain and snow watering the earth as a symbol of the graces that God pours upon men and women, trusting fully that those graces and blessings will be extended to all of creation through the good works of all people. God’s generosity is intended to be extended to all and in doing so, God is given praise and thanks.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


Romans 8: 18 -23

This letter from Saint Paul to the church at Rome speaks of anticipating a generosity that is promised but has yet to come. He continues in this passage with the image of a woman in labor when he states; all of creation is groaning in labor. In this depiction he expresses a hope that is common to all human beings, which is that in all of life there is a sense of “more” that wishes fulfillment. We, who have experienced time and again the generosity of our God, can expect that generosity to visit us again, even when we may be caught in the travails and difficulties that are a natural part of life.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


Matthew 11: 25-30

The parable of the sower and the seed is simple enough, for it speaks of the miraculous power of God present in the ministry of Jesus. The sower of the seed is God and the seed is God’s word seeking to find soil in which to grow. God’s intention is that his generositylove and abundance be made available to all. However, there must be an openness, a fertile ground for the seed (the word of God) in which to take root. There are many things that may prevent or promote God’s generosity to come into fruition. As human beings we have been given free will to respond or not respond to God’s movement and generosity in our lives. This parable is a prime example of that free will given to us by God. We are always given a choice and our choice will determine how widespread God’s generosity will be actualized and realized in the world.

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, Copyright © 2023


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Planting God’s Word

Mrs. Dowd planned an special extra credit project for her class. She arranged to start a garden in the back of the school to grow vegetables for needy families in the community. Volunteers would tend the garden in four groups. Tod led a group, Maria led another group, Jack led the third group, and Justina led the fourth group.

All the groups worked hard the first day. They broke up the hard soil, watered it, and mixed in fertilizer. At the end of the first day, all the groups received their seeds to plant.

Tod’s group planted the seeds on the second day, water the seeds a little, and went home. They were done in 15 minutes. Maria’s group re-raked the soil to loosen up the rocks. They worked hard for 30 minutes. Then, they watered the soil, planted the seeds, and went home. Jack’s and Justina’s groups raked, loosened up the soil, and began to pull out the rocks. After an hour, these two groups went home without planting the seeds.

On the third day, Tod’s group showed up, congratulated themselves on a good job, then went home. At least, Maria’s group watered their seeds, then they, too, went home. Jack’s and Justina’s groups worked again at removing the rocks from the soil.

Day four. Tod’s group didn’t show up. Maria’s group came watered and went home. Jack and Justina’s group removed the rest of the rocks and planted the seeds after an hour”s work.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Beatrice’s Goat

“Beatrice’s Goat” by Page McBrier, illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter. 
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, 2001, 32 pages, K-2.

This is a heartwarming story about a young girl achieving her dreams with the help of her family. It is extremely positive in its portraying familial love. This book could be used in both classroom situations and in shared reading in the home. Younger children will like the story and adults will enjoy its positive message. I hope you get a chance to read this fine book.


SOURCE: Southern Nebraska Register, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln (The image and link to the video embedded above are not part of Terrence Nollen’s review.)

15th Sunday of Year A