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Children Messages

17th Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


The Kingdom of God is a Treasure Beyond Price

Take time to examine your treasures in this life. Make a family treasure box. Have the members of your family place one of their prized treasures in the box. If their treasure cannot be placed in the box, have them write its name on a piece of paper and put that in the box. Talk about those treasures and why they are so meaningful to each person. Sit down around the treasure box. Talk about God’s love and the treasure of God’s kingdom. Have your family write down some spiritual treasures that they wish to cultivate. Place the notes in the treasure box.

Examine ways to simplify your lifestyle as a family. Together with your family make a list of what you value most in life. Post the list on your refrigerator as a reminder to invest your time and your resources toward what you treasure most.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Finding a Keeper

Suggested Objects: fishing pole or tackle box

Have you ever gone fishing? I love to fish because it is full of surprises.

Even when you feel something on your line, you’re never quite sure what you have until you reel it in and find out. Sometimes it’s just what you’re hoping for (fishermen call those fish “keepers” because they’re the kind they’ll bring home for dinner) – but sometimes it’s not.

Maybe the fish is too small to keep or maybe it’s just not the kind you were hoping for? Sometimes what we think is a fish isn’t really one at all – and instead you’ve hooked a tree branch or a big clump of weeds!

Do you know what fishermen do when they catch those kinds of things? They throw them back in the water and keep looking.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


The Power of Little Things

OBJECT SUGGESTED: A package of dry yeast to demonstrate the size of the granules of yeast. A glass of water to demonstrate the importance of raindrops.

In the Bible Jesus teaches us that very small things can be important and powerful. He uses the example of yeast that when mixed with flour will grow and cause the entire batch of dough to rise and become bread.

Think of raindrops. A single raindrop is a very small thing, but it has quite an interesting and important story. Let’s start at the beginning.

Have you been in the kitchen when your mom or dad boils water––maybe to make tea or cook spaghetti? If you look closely, you will see steam rising from the pot and disappearing into the air. That is called evaporation.

Sometimes so much steam rises from the pot that it collects on the windows and mirrors. That is called condensation.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


The Power of Your Love

Object suggested: Package of yeast, five cups flour, one cup water. Fresh bread to share with the children – optional.

Have you ever had the opportunity to smell bread baking? Isn’t the aroma delicious? Have you tried making bread? Only three ingredients are needed – flour, water and yeast. Some bakers add other ingredients such as salt, sugar, eggs, or milk, which makes the bread taste good, but those ingredients aren’t essential.

Yeast is what makes bread rise and become light and tasty. (Yeast is actually a living fungus that is found in the air.) To make bread you need about five cups of flour, one cup of water and this tiny amount of yeast. (Show proportions of ingredients.)

This small amount of yeast, when combined with flour and water, grows and forms gas bubbles all through the bread dough causing the bread to rise. It is yeast that causes bread dough to expand and change its shape.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

17th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search




Read Alouds

17th 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.




This retelling of Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is wonderful journey to help young people understand the virtue of wisdom.
The fable is set in the American Southwest in this instance and it plays out as expected with the author alternating the action between the tortoise’s diligence and the hare’s overconfidence. To mark the tortoise’s progress, the author unveils the moral of the story cumulatively, beginning with just the word slow and adding another word to the phrase at each milestone. At the contest’s end, the entire phrase slow and steady wins the race celebrates the tortoise’s victory. This is an ancient story that will captivate the children and allow them to understand that wisdom takes its time just like the slow old tortoise.



I Kings 3: 5, 7-12

In today’s reading from the Book of Kings we see Solomon choosing wisdom over riches and power. Solomon is a mere youth who is overwhelmed by his responsibilities and keenly aware of his deficiencies. Yet he desires nothing more than to serve God and the people entrusted to his care well. He seeks to have an understanding heart. God commends and instructs Solomon. In essence God said to him You could have asked for futile and empty treasures, but instead you’ve requested the ability to do what is right! The capability of knowing what is right and then doing the right, is also the gift we should seek in our own lives.

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


Romans 8: 28-30

Saint Paul speaks words of comfort and healing. However, his message is counterintuitive unless heard with the ears of faith. It is here that true wisdom enters into our lives if we are open to it. It is through wisdom that we can see the long view of pain, sorrow, disappointment and disillusion as they gradually yield new life and grace. Wisdom comes in many forms. Our past experiences, especially the painful ones, can inform us of those things that are truly important in life.

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


Matthew 13: 44-52

The parables presented in today’s gospel selection speak of the reign of heaven and those seeking it. Those on this quest are ultimately being guided by wisdom. Each of the parables issues a call and stress the rewards of sacrificing everything for God’s reign. In the parable of the dragnet we see that the truly wise understand that good and evil coexist in the kingdom and only in the end will evil be excluded. Finally, Jesus teaches that the true seeker of wisdom will find treasure in both the “old” Law of the prophets and the “new” Law of Jesus.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Risks and Right Choices

Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46

Jake liked to take risks. He loved the rushing feeling of danger. Whether he did tricks on his skateboard or BMX bike, whether he climbed tall trees or walked too close to the edge of a cliff, Jake looked for ways to take a chance.

One day, Jake zoomed down the hill near his house on his skateboard. Faster and faster he traveled toward the corner of the busy intersection. He looked for the traffic light to change, so he could skate through. Waiting, hoping, calculating. Would it change? Could he stop if it didn’t? What would happen?

At the last minute, Jake couldn’t wait. He tilled backwards to brake, but he slid into the intersection. Out the corner of his eye, he saw the traffic light change from green to yellow to red. Relief. He was safe! He could skate through!

Sally saw Jake in the intersection. And Jake saw Sally, so he slowed and skated up to his friend. “Jake!” sally exclaimed. “You almost got hit by a car!” You were lucky the light changed. Why do you take such dangerous risks?”

“Because the feeling is great!,” Jake answered. “Isn’t everything is a risk?”

“What do you mean?” Sally asked.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead Roaring Book Press, New York, 2010, 32 pages, Grades K-2.

Have you ever helped a sick person? Why is it so important to care for others? To find out, go to the library and check out this lovely book, “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” by Philip C. Stead.

This is simply a beautiful little story. It will make an outstanding book to share with younger children. Questions of care and consideration will naturally flow from the text and pictures. Do yourself a favor and read this charming book with a child you love.


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

17th Sunday of Year A