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Children Messages

16th Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Good and Evil Exist Together

Like the weeds and wheat in today’s parable, good and evil exist together in our world. Discuss the values in today’s world that might be considered weeds.

Check the newspaper and magazines for examples of people who are doing good and overcoming evil. Talk about what is being done. Pray for these people.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Dealing with Weeds

Suggested Objects: weeds

Weeds seem to grow everywhere. They can grow so tall and thick that they block sunshine from flowers and vegetables. They also take nourishment and water that other plants need. If left unattended weeds can damage the plants in our gardens.

In the Bible Jesus tells a story about weeds being sown in a field that had been planted with wheat – good seeds. He compares the wheat to the people who want to do God’s will and the weeds to people who do bad, evil things.

Perhaps there is a bully in your neighborhood or school, and you have been hurt by that person. Maybe you have been hurt by someone you trusted; that is the worst kind of hurt. We are not to ignore those injuries – you should tell someone who can help you.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Planting Good Seed

OBJECT SUGGESTED: Packets of seeds and a coconut.

Do any of you plant gardens? If you live on a farm you may have a large outdoor garden and if you live in an apartment you may have plants growing in pots on your windowsill.

How do the plants get started? Yes, they grow from seeds. We usually think of seeds as being very small. Some are no bigger than a grain of salt or a speck of sand.

Now something interesting: Did you know that a coconut is a seed? Yes, this big, shaggy, brown coconut is actually the seed from which other coconut palm trees grow.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Living Amongst the Weeds

Object suggested: weeds

My garden is a mess. Last week we talked about how important it is to plant seeds in good soil – and I’ve done that – but even though my seeds are growing, they are not alone.

Other plants are growing in my garden and I didn’t even plant them! There’s a name for those plants. Do you know what we call them?


A weed isn’t really a kind of plant – it’s just a plant that’s growing where you don’t want it to. Some of them can be very pretty. But if you have a garden or a flower bed where you’ve planted things you want to grow, then weeds can be a big problem. Not only do they make things look messy, but they use up the same water and food that your good plants do. So letting too many weeds hang around can actually make it harder for the things you planted to grow.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

16th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search




Read Alouds

16th 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.




The Can Man lived in Tim’s building until the auto shop he worked at closed. Unable to find a job, he’s now homeless and relies on the cash he gets from redeeming empty cans to survive. When Tim learns that his parents won’t give him enough money to buy him a skateboard for his birthday, he takes his cue from the Can Man and decides to earn the money himself. However, while Tim amasses several bags of cans, the Can Man finds almost nothing. Tim has been venturing out ahead and collecting in the homeless man’s territory. The Can Man harbors no hard feelings and in fact, helps Tim maneuver through the redemption center. Eventually, Tim finds that his desire for a skateboard is not equal to the Can Man’s need for a winter coat and he gives him the money from his efforts. Tim is moved by compassion within his heart.



Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19

The writer of the book of Wisdom speaks honestly and wisely as he points to the fact that when we lack power, self-serving motives can easily creep in. Fear, rather than compassioncan become the real—even if unconscious– motive for our good works. The attitude of “I’ll be good to you, so you’ll be good to me” can be an unspoken motivation. In addition concern for how we might be perceived by others might be the driving force behind “just” behavior. It may well be that only when we don’t have to do something or when we have nothing to lose,can we say have a true and free spirit to be persons of compassion.

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


Romans 8:26-27

Saint Paul speaks of a weakness we all have encountered more than once in our lives. He encourages us to know and believe that the Spirit comes to us in moments of weakness. It is exactly in times of weakness that our hearts can be opened and the Spirit may enter in and teach us what we most need to know at that given moment. Compassion is that virtue that may elude us if we do not allow our own brokenness of heart to inform us of the needs of others. It is essential for us to be open to the Spirit wanting to search our hearts, for it is from within the heart that compassion springs.

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


Matthew 13: 24-43

Upon first reading this parable of Jesus in Saint Matthew’s gospel, it may not seem to be a a parable about compassion. However given a closer look, we can see ourselves as the grounds on which the sower is planting the seed. Each of us may, at one time or another, be the path, the soil without much depth, the thorny and weedy place and the rich soil. Compassion occurs when we open our hearts to ourselves and to others who may be experiencing a lack of faith. In these moments, we may struggle to be the rich soil in which the word of God can grow and thrive. Often we are conduits of God’s compassion to others but may not have compassion with ourselves when we face moments of doubt.It is during these times we must call upon the Spirit to enter into our hearts. 

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Nice AND Strong

First Reading: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Everyone thought Elaine was a nice person. She smiled, said “Hello” to everyone she met, and went out her way to help other people. She liked people, and people liked her.

But the real test of a nice person is conflict. What does a nice person do when they get hurt? Do they get mad, or do they do something about the hurt? Elaine used to ignore the situation and wait for her anger to go away. But, that created a problem. Elaine’s anger didn’t go away. It just looked for safe ways to get out.


Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30

Johnny really looked up to his older brother Doug. Johnny tried to play with Doug, share special time with Doug, even told jokes to Doug. But Doug thought Johnny was a pest. He didn’t want anything to do with his younger brother. In fact, Doug was mean to Johnny.

One day, Johnny told Doug, “This is a joke.” Johnny drew a line with his toe and said, “I dare you to step across this line.” Doug crossed the line. “Now you’re on my side!” Johnny exclaimed. Doug punched Johnny in the face. As Doug looked down, he saw fear in Johnny’s tearing eyes. “Why did you do that?” Johnny asked. “Because you’re my brother,” Doug replied.

“Because you’re my brother.” That became Doug’s excuse for his mean behavior. Soon, Johnny stopped looking up to his brother and began to wait for the day he would even the score with Doug.

In the meantime, Johnny started swimming in his pool to work out his anger. Soon, his parents signed Johnny up for a swimming club, then a water polo club. Within a year, Johnny grew stronger and stronger. His feeling of anger turned to feelings of pride. Johnny had become a valued water athlete. Hating or fearing his older brother didn’t seem that important any more.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Edith Stein and Companions: On the Way to Auschwitz

“Edith Stein and Companions: On the Way to Auschwitz,” by Father Paul Hamans, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2008, 310 pages, Grades 10 and higher.

The book raises important questions. How should we respond to terrible moral evil? Should we ever do anything that might put other people’s lives at risk? Christians cannot remain silent in the face of sinful depravity, but what should you do when you suspect that a protest will likely bring down a frightful consequence? These are all complex questions that don’t have easy answers. Father Hamans shows the great faith and courage of the Dutch martyrs throughout the biographies. A number of the Catholic Jews were frightened and terrified of being arrested, but all persevered in the Faith during this dreadful time. This is not a book that is enjoyable to read, but rather a book that is appropriate for our times when Catholics are being martyred in a number of countries. Father Hamans has given remarkable face to heroic martyrdom of the Catholic Jews of Holland. This book is available from Ignatius Press, and a number of Catholic bookstores. I hope you take the chance to read it.


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.)

Catechist Resources

16th Sunday of Year A