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Children Messages

20th Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


The Evils of Discrimination

The Canaanite woman confronted the evils of discrimination in today’s Gospel. As a family, explore the topic of discrimination. Watch the evening news together. After the news, discuss the stories of discrimination in the newscast and what can be done about these situations. Talk about how faith plays a role in dealing with the evils of discrimination.

Maybe your family is a victim of discrimination. Talk to your children about their feelings and how they can cope with this discrimination. Remind your children that God loves them.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Out of the Heart

Suggested Objects: None

Matthew 15:10-28 — Did you know that your heart is really a muscle? It pumps blood to every part of your body to keep you healthy so you can run, jump, climb, and play. If you press your first two fingers of your right hand on your left wrist, just below your thumb, you can feel your heart beating.

Many people think the heart is on the left side of the chest, but it actually lies almost in the center. (Demonstrate.) Your heart is about as big as your fist and in your lifetime will beat approximately two and one-half billion times! What important, hard work it does!

Because the heart is so important, we often talk of the heart as being the source of our feelings such as anger, sadness, love, joy, or fear. You may have noticed that when you are frightened or angry you can feel your heart beating a bit faster.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Fixing Hurts


Matthew 15:10-28 — When do we need band-aids? Yes, when we have been hurt. A band-aid covers the injury and keeps wound clean so it will not become infected. Here is a band-aid we could use on an arm. Here is one that would fit over the tip of a finger. Here is a round one that would go on a small wound. Here is a large, square band-aid that could be used on a scraped knee.

What kind of a band-aid would we use when someone says something that hurts you? There isn’t anything that would cover that kind of hurt is there? That is the type of hurt that doesn’t show.


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Changing Your Mind

Object suggested: None

Romans 11:1-2, 29-32 — Do you ever change your mind? I do. When I go to the ice cream shop I think I’m going to order a strawberry ice cream cone and then, as I look at all the choices, I change my mind and order chocolate chip mint.

When you get dressed for school you might decide to wear a red tee shirt and then change your mind and put on a blue one.

Your mom may plan to fix macaroni and cheese for dinner and then decide to cook spaghetti instead.

We change our minds all the time and that’s okay. A change of mind becomes a problem when someone promises something and then changes their mind and decides against it – that can be disappointing.

The Bible tells us that God does not change his mind about who he chooses to be a part of his family. The Bible says “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (11:29). Irrevocable is a big word that means not able to be changed. God calls everyone to be a part of his family and gives us the gift of his love. That will never change. It is a done deal. His love for us is irrevocable. We can count on it and know that God will not change his mind.


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Handouts for Children

20th Sunday of Year A


Gospel Based Word Search





A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families

Read Alouds

20th 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 work speaks of parental love that follows a child wherever they go. It is a great parallel for the love and mercy that God extends to each and every one of His children. The story illustrates the unbounded love that follows a beloved child no matter where they go or what they do. One of the greatest lines in the book speaks to an understanding of God’s loving us so much that He sent LOVE to follow us in the person of Jesus. The excerpt from the book that reflects this is as follows: I wanted you more than you will ever know, so I sent love to follow you wherever you go!



Isaiah 56: 1, 6-7

This chapter of Isaiah, which is known as Second Isaiah, contains one of the most compassionate and passionate statements in all of the Bible. Ultimately what is revealed is that there is no place for segregation in the heart and mind of God, and as we are made in God’s image, the same should be true for us. God calls all to Himself and extends His love and mercy to all. Isaiah makes it abundantly clear that God’s loving us should be reflected in our loving others. Isaiah warns the nation of Israel and us that prejudice is an aberration and that no one is to be excluded from the kingdom of heaven. Exclusion from the kingdom is a choice made by any individual who chooses to place themselves outside the sphere of God’s love.

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


Romans 11: 13-15, 29-32

Saint Paul speaks of a profound and enduring sorrow that his own people (the Jews) whom he loves, had rejected Jesus. In this exhortation, he is hopeful that his ministry to the Gentiles will arouse a jealousy on the part of the Jews in order for them to be drawn to Christ. Even so, Saint Paul remains optimistic and asserts the truth that the gifts and the call from God are irrevocable. God’s covenant with Israel still stands, for the mercy of God knows no bounds or limits. This unbounded mercy is extended to all people, for we are all caught or imprisoned in our own sinfulness. As such, we all are dependent on God’s generous mercy.

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


Matthew 15:21-28

The lively conversation that occurs between Jesus and the Canaanite woman sets the stage for a clear understanding that God’s mercy cannot be limited to any ethnic or religious group. Remember that this is the gospel of Matthew, the teaching gospel, and as such there will always be those “teachable” moments presented to us. True, the words that we hear from Jesus’ lips are not the words we would characteristically expect to hear. The shock value heightens our senses and then provides an opportunity for us to learn. The woman elicits a faith response in the power of God working through Jesus and thus the mercy of God is extended to one who is seen as an outsider.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Peace and Loyalty

First Reading: Isaiah 50:1,6-7

Last week I told you the story of Jamie, Sammy, and Chuck. All three are different. Jamie is Hispanic, Sammy is an Arab-American, and Chuck’s grandparents came from Canada. Yet, all are friends and all of them shared good times at Chuck’s house.

Last week, we heard the story of how the power went out at Chuck’s house when the boys went for a night time swim. Chuck’s mother came out with a candle and brought them into the house where it was warm.


Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

Lucia, Matthew, and Chan listened quietly as Mrs. Ashley read the story of Jesus and the foreign woman. Afterwards, Mrs. Ashley began a discussion with a simple question: “Did Jesus like the woman?” Everyone agreed Jesus did like the woman. “Why did he did he try to put her off? Why did he say he only served the Jewish people?” The group fell silent. They didn’t have an answer. Then Mrs. Ashley asked the hard question: “Why did Jesus call the woman a ‘dog’?”

At that point, Lucia jumped up and shouted “Jesus did not! He loves everyone! My Grandmother told me so!” Mrs. Ashley could see the fire in Lucia’s eyes. Lucia’s fine dark hair and deep brown eyes told everyone in class her grandparents were from Mexico. It was clear from Lucia’s answer that her grandmother had passed along a deep belief in Jesus.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Leaving Vietnam:
The True Story of Tuan Ngo

“Leaving Vietnam: The True Story of Tuan Ngo” by Sarah S. Kilborne, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 1990, 48 pages, Grades 3-5.

It is important to remember that the Holy Family had to flee from Bethlehem to escape King Herod’s murderous wrath; they were refugees. Like the Ngo family in this story, the Holy Family had done nothing wrong. They were the victims, not the problem. As the world begins facing the massive refugee situations occurring today, let us keep that fact in mind and act with charity. 

I hope you get a chance to encourage middle grade students in your family to read this clear and understandable refugee story. It will assist the young students in understanding some of the complex issues involved with refugees.


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

20th Sunday of Year A