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Children Messages

19th Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


The Storms of Life

The disciples were afraid of the storm but Jesus reassured them that everything would be okay. Discuss how your family can be there for others in the storms of their life.

Seniors have a wealth of stories about the faith they witnessed in their lives. Interview senior members of your family or parish. Ask them about their lives and how their faith in God helped them through difficult times.

Tell about a time when you were involved in a stormy situation. What went wrong? How did you feel? What did you do? Did your faith in God help you to change the situation?


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

A Helping Hand

Suggested Objects: Small bicycle, skates, swim suit

You may not remember how it was when you learned to walk. First you crawled, later you took steps holding onto someone’s hand, and finally you were able to walk by yourself.

You may have learned how to ride a bike in much the same way. First there are training wheels on your bike and an adult helps you learn how to balance. As you continue to practice you are, at last, able to steady the bike and ride without the assistance of others.

There are certainly times when we need the help of another: learning to skate or swim, and going down a steep slide for the first time.

Learning anything new can make us feel a bit fearful. We can also feel frightened when we encounter something we don’t understand. At those times we may need someone to lean on; someone to hold us up until we and have become familiar with the new activity and are strong enough to do it on our own.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Stepping Out of the Boat


Have you ever had to try something hard…maybe something you were a little afraid to do at first?

For my seventh birthday I got a brand new bicycle that I wanted to ride so badly. But I was also a little bit nervous. I’d never been on a two-wheeler and I was afraid of falling off and getting hurt.

Luckily for me, my father was there to help. As I was learning he’d walk alongside as I pedaled, holding on so that I wouldn’t fall – and then letting me go just a little bit at a time. When he really thought I was ready he’d let go altogether.

Now the first few times he let go I got so nervous that I did start to fall – but he was always there to catch me. And with just a little bit of practice I could ride like a champ!

This week’s gospel story tells us about one of Jesus’ most famous miracles. Jesus’ disciples are on a boat on the sea and they’re starting to get a little nervous because the waves are getting higher and higher. Just then they look out and see Jesus walking toward them on top of the water!

They can hardly believe such an amazing thing – in fact they think maybe it’s a ghost! Jesus can see that they are afraid and tells them not to worry. Peter wants to know for sure, so he asks Jesus to help him to walk on the water too. (Would you be afraid to try? I think I might.)


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Walking on Water

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Kyle had been so excited because his dad had promised to teach him to swim. That day in the shallow water at the edge of the lake, Kyle’s dad showed him how to use his arms and legs to swim forward in the water. Then they went out into deeper water. Kyle’s dad said, “Swim to me and keep your eyes on me.” Kyle began to swim toward his dad, but when a boat came roaring by, Kyle turned his head to look at it. Waves splashed over him and he began to sink under the wildly churning water. But, suddenly there was dad lifting him up and telling him he was safe.

Our Bible story today is about Jesus walking on water. Have you ever seen a person walking on water? (Let the children respond.) No. I haven’t either. Remember, though, that Jesus could do many things that you and I can’t do. Here’s what happened:


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

19th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search





A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families

Read Alouds

19th 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 beautifully illustrated book remains faithful to the various images of God presented and described throughout the Old and New testaments of the Bible. The very first image mentioned in Delval’s work is God as breath. This is reminiscent of the breath of God bringing the first human to life in the Garden of Eden and the tiny whispering wind (breath) in 1 Kings: 19. The work offers a collection of beautiful and awe– filled images presented in simple language that young and old alike will enjoy and appreciate. The book clearly makes the reader aware that even though we cannot see or touch God, we can discover and have awesome experiences of God in our world.



1 Kings 19: 9a, 11-13a

In this passage we find the prophet Elijah at the point of total exhaustion. He has been fleeing the wrath of the monarchs for prophesying and calling them to correct their ways. Elijah hides in a cave and very much wants to drop the mantle of his office of prophet. God calls Elijah to the mouth of the cave where he is hiding to await the appearance of the Lord. God wishes to show him that his fears are unfounded and that God has not abandoned him nor the nation of Israel. Here, Elijah will experience God as the Master of the unexpected. There are all kinds of grand natural phenomenons that occur but it is in none of them that the Lord is found, but rather in the tiny whispering sound where Elijah is awed by God.

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


Romans 9: 1-5

It is difficult to read this part of Saint Paul’s letter and not stand in awe of the total dedication Saint Paul has to the word of God and the advancement of the faith. Saint Paul voices his deep grief over the unwillingness of the great number of his Jewish brother and sister who will not embrace a faith in Jesus Christ. His pain is evident in as much as he would even consider sacrificing his own salvation and be cut off from Christ, if it would help his people to embrace Christ.

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


Matthew 14: 22-23

This story immediately follows Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand with the loaves and fishes. The episode here reveals a deepening sense of discipleship and a growing understanding of who Jesus is among his closest friends, most especially Peter. The disciples stand in awe of the fact that Jesus walks on the water. Ultimately the incident says to us what it said to the disciples : In Jesus we find a divine person who transcends human categories. We are called to do him homage and stand in absolute awe of him.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding



Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

Jamie and Sammy were excited to spend the night with Chuck. “Chuck’s cool!” Jamie said. “He has video games, a big screen TV, and a water slide to his pool!” Sammy agreed, “It’s going to be a great night!”

That night, Jamie, Sammy, and Chuck had pizza and ice cream. They played all sorts of video games and watched several movies on video. After dark, someone suggested they go swimming in Chuck’s huge pool. “Water slide!” Jamie yelled. A warm pool on a cool night seemed the right thing to do.

And it was! Down the slide, off the jumping board, through the inner tubes. They were having the greatest time. Then, suddenly, the power went out. Not just in the house or the neighborhood. The entire city went black in an instant. Without the moon for light, darkness covered the boys like a blanket.

“Jamie, are you alright?” Sammy asked. “Yeah! Where’s Chuck?” Jamie responded. “Down here in the deep end. Going down the slide in the dark is the scariest thing I’ve ever done,” Chuck said. They all laughed nervously.

At first, swimming in the dark seemed like fun. They couldn’t see each other. Their blindness was exciting. But, soon it got scary. Even when they got to the side of the pool, they were so disoriented, they couldn’t find their way to the house. Jamie and Chuck got out, sat down, and shook in the chilly night air. Sammy decided to stay in the pool to keep warm.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

“I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906”
by Lauren Tarshis. 
Scholastic, Inc., New York, 2012, 94 pages, Grades 4-5.

Middle-grade children will really like the “I Survived” books. The author writes vividly, and readers will sense the dangers the main characters face. The fast pace of the story will engage the interest of students. These books are fun, exciting reads. Additionally, the author has researched the disasters chronicled in her books. You will learn about earthquakes and the city of San Francisco in this book. This is useful knowledge for anyone. 

But the best reason to read this book and others in the series is that they are thrilling and entertaining. Adults will like these books as well. When you take your youngster to the library, make sure they get the chance to read the book first. Enjoy.


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

19th Sunday of Year A