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21st Sunday of Year A
OSV Lifelong Catechesis
As a family, discuss the many different names for Jesus, such as Redeemer, Prince of Peace, Good Shepherd, Friend, etc. Which name for Jesus do you like best? Why? Which name for Jesus do you like least? Why?
Create a collage that tells about Jesus. Cut pictures, words, or symbols out of magazines or newspapers and paste them on a paper plate. Display the collage in your home as a reminder of who Jesus is for your family.
SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis
Handouts for Children
21st Sunday of Year A
Use the I Can Tell My Friends About Jesus Coloring Page as a fun activity for your next children's sermon.
Use the Peter's Confession of Christ Fill in the Blank as a fun activity for your next children's sermon.
21st 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
Our name is an essential part of our identity. In The Name Jar the reader is introduced to a young girl who recently arrived in the United States from Korea. Her Korean name is Unhei (pronounced Yoon-hye), which means grace. She feels awkward about it it after experiencing some teasing on her bus ride to school. When asked her name in the classroom she says she hasn’t decided on an American name. Thus, the children in the classroom establish a Name Jar containing all kinds of suggested names. As the story progresses, Unhei comes to understand the importance of her name from conversations with her mother and grandmother. With the support of her friends and family Unhei chooses to keep her own name and uses the beautiful name stamp given to her by her grandmother.
SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids
by Larry Broding
First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23
In King David’s court, two boys grew into men: Shebna and Eliakim. Both were friends at first. They fought side by side in the army. And they kept peace in the court as guards.
Soon, however, Shebna began to show his true self. All he cared about was himself. He built himself up. “See what I can do,” he seemed to say to get people’s attention. Shebna worked hard, but only to get promotions. Anytime he could, he would put others down.
At first, the strategy worked. Shebna became head of the court guards. He controlled who the King would see. But, he figured he could charge people money to allow them to see the king. So, he made money. Then, he got greedier. Precious items began to disappear under his guard.
Unlike Shebna, Eliakim was honest. He never stole, never charged people money to see their leaders. Eliakim was tough, but fair. Eliakim was a good soldier.
What do you think happened to Shebna and Eliakim?
Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
People are sometimes like mirrors. They tell you what you need to know, not what you want to know. If you have a messy face, they will tell you. If you have a frown instead of a smile, they will tell you that. If you have a talent that you don’t notice, they will surprise you with that information.
Sally didn’t like looking in mirrors, because she didn’t think that much of herself. She didn’t think she was cute, when in fact, she was very cute. She didn’t think she was smart or talented, when she had a lot of talent. When people gave her a compliment, she would always say “Ah, it’s nothing.”
Without meeting her, people would think Sally was shy, but she wasn’t. In fact, she was friendly. She would much rather focus on the talents and looks in others than herself. She admired and looked up to other people, her parents, her family, friends, even strangers. She always complimented others on their looks, abilities, and friends. If you ever heard Sally speak, you would remember, “Wow! You were great at…” And she was sincere about it.
With a personality like hers, Sally was well liked. She knew lots of people, because she listened to others, complimented them, and made them feel good about themselves. Sally was like a mirror that reflected all the good things in others, and everyone liked to look at themselves in that mirror.
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
“A Gift for Nana” by Lane Smith.
Random House, New York, 2022, 40 pages, Grades K-3.
This delightful read-aloud should be shared by grandparents and their grandchildren. It is a sweet story and the illustrations draw readers into the book. Primary school children will especially enjoy the book.
If you are looking for a delightful book to share with your grandchildren, this is the one. I enjoyed Rabbit’s quest to find the perfect gift for his Nana. Readers will particularly enjoy the comforting ending. I hope you like the book as much as I have. 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.)
21st Sunday of Year A
Leadership is a quality that shines in countless facets of life, from the playground to the pulpit. Imagine a youth group planning a community service project. Who takes the lead? How are decisions made? These everyday scenarios mirror a profound lesson tucked within Matthew 16:13-20, a cornerstone passage in Catholic teachings. Let's delve into this…
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SOURCE: Young Catholics
Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. Matthew 16:13–20 ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ –Matthew 16:13 For Children Gospel Reflection and Saint of the Week with Miss Heidi Bible Bag: Kid-Sized Lessons on the Sunday Gospel with Mrs. Cole For Adults Jesus was compared with
SOURCE: PFLAUM Gospel Resources
Habemus papam! In this Pope Francis lesson plan, students will discuss the Holy Father's first appearance and make predictions about this papacy.
Try some of the resources in this list of pope activities and pope lesson plans to use with the kids in your religious education classroom.
SOURCE: The Religion Teacher
Introduction: This is a meaningful prayer service to use during your first class or gathering of the year. Welcome children with the inspiring words of Pope Francis from his speech at World Youth Day and teach them about the importance of faith. Preparation: Have an area for the children to sit in a circle facing …