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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
Handouts for Children
16th Sunday of Year A
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 WORD THIS WEEK
SUNDAY READ ALOUD
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.
SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids
by Larry Broding
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.
SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com – All materials found in word-sunday.com are the property of Larry Broding (Copyright 1999-2022). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.
Reviews by Terrence
Diocese of Lincoln
“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.)
16th Sunday of Year A
Sunday July 19, 2026On the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, the focus is on the Kingdom of God—a realm characterized by justice, kindness, and the power of faith. The First Reading reminds us of God's desire for justice and His guidance in living with kindness. In the Second Reading, we find solace in…
The pretzel is a symbol of prayer. So here is a pretzel prayer to say as you enjoy these treats. A recipe is also included if you want to make your own pretzels.
SOURCE: Young Catholics
Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. Matthew 13:24–43 ‘Master, did you not sow good seed? Where have the weeds come from?’ –Matthew 13:27 For Children Gospel Reflection and Saint of the Week with Miss Heidi Bible Bag: Kid-Sized Lessons on the Sunday Gospel with Mrs. Cole (Note: The Sunday
SOURCE: PFLAUM Gospel Resources
By Lisanne V. Jensen Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) programs are a growing trend at many parishes across the country. During CLW, young children leave the sanctuary during the Liturgy of the Word to hear the scripture readings proclaimed and explained at an age-appropriate level. These sessions are not faith formation classes, arts-and-crafts activities, …