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Children Messages

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OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross

This Sunday, Jesus tells us: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps.” Make footprints on paper using the outlines of each family member’s foot. Cut the footprints out, and ask each person to print on his or her foot one way he or she will follow the way of Jesus this week.

Have each family member cut a cross from construction paper. On the crosses, describe a cross that you will carry for Jesus this week. Keep the crosses on the refrigerator or in another prominent place in your home as a reminder of your commitment to Christ.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

It’s Character Building

Suggested Objects: Sports equipment, walking shoes, a bike

Matthew 16: 21-28 – There are many ways we can exercise our body. We can ride a bike, play soccer or baseball, take walks, run a race, swing on monkey bars, or climb playground pyramids. What are the active things you like to do? The more we use our muscles, the stronger they become.

There are also things we can do to make our character strong. Our character is who we are – if we have a good, strong character others will see us as being honest, kind, dependable, generous, and brave. Can you think of other good character traits?


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It’s Not Easy


Matthew 16: 21-28 – Do you like to hike? Perhaps you live near the mountains and are able to hike along a trail that winds up through a beautiful forest, along a creek, or to a cool lake.

Living near the desert your hiking trail may lead you along a canyon where you see interesting rock formations, desert plants and flowers.

In the city a hike may take you through a park filled with tall trees and colorful flowers, or perhaps to a pond where swans float.

Hiking, although fun, is not easy. The path may be steep and rough causing you to become tired. Your pack may feel too heavy; you may develop a blister on your foot, become too hot or too cold or thirsty. If you camp overnight your tent may leak and your food, cooked over the campfire, may burn. Many things can cause your hike to be difficult.


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Being a Follower

Object suggested: None

Matthew 16:21-28 — Have you ever played Follow the Leader? Let’s try. I’m going to move and I want you to do just the same things – as if you were my reflection in the mirror. Ready? (Model a variety of motions and have the children “mirror” your actions.)

You did a great job following my lead! In this week’s Gospel lesson Jesus talks to the disciples about what it means to be a “follower.” How would you explain that word? What does it mean to be a follower? (Solicit children’s responses.)

That’s right. A follower is someone who does things in a way that someone else (a “leader”) helps to decide. Being a follower can be a hard thing – because it means sometimes putting aside the things we want to do and following someone else’s lead.


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Handouts for Children

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Gospel Based Word Search



A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families


Nothing – Play this little board game, the rules are on the page but the basis is that you need to lose everything in order to win. You’ll need a lot of counters or coins. The pdf is accessible by clicking on the picture.

Matthew 16 Games

SOURCE: Jesus Without Language







Read Alouds

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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.




Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a Caldecott Honor Book that provides an excellent understanding of the meaning of fidelity to God’s word and what it means to be a prophetic voice in the world. Through an exploration of Dr. King’s use of nonviolent protests and the power of words as a weapon for social justice, children will be able to learn more about Dr. King’s life and think about their own impact on the future. This account is especially helpful as an example to the children of a modern day person’s fidelity to their faith in God and the action that spurs them to work for justice.


Jeremiah 20: 7-9

The prophet Jeremiah speaks to the fact that the role of prophet role is not easily lived out. In the opening lines of today’s passage from the prophet, we can see that Jeremiah is not all that enamored with continuing his role of prophet. Yet, as the passage comes to a close he speaks the reality that God’s word is so powerful that it must be spoken, even at the cost of being unpopular. The word is like a fire burning within his heart. The prophet recognizes that fidelity to God and God’s word is crucial for living a life of integrity. The same is true for us.

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Romans 12: 1-2

Saint Paul speaks these words of encouragement to the community at Rome, urging them to remain faithful even though they are caught in the midst of persecution. From this passage comes the message that Christians must remember that they are in the world but not of the world. Saint Paul urges the community and us today to not conform ourselves to the present age and places emphasis on the importance of fidelity. It is a constant challenge to live the Christian life given the many distractions of the world. Thus, a life steeped in prayer assists us in remaining faithful.

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Matthew 16: 21-27

Like the word that burns within Jeremiah, similarly Jesus’ ministry burns within him. Jesus remains faithful to the Father’s will, yet understands that there is a price for fidelity to divine will. The gospel passage provides the backdrop for Jesus to, as is common in Matthew’s gospel, provide teachable moments for the disciples and for us. Saint Peter, who just last week was seen as the rock, is now seen as a Satan, a stumbling block to Jesus. Peter wishes Jesus to be the Messiah that he wants and not the one Jesus has been chosen to be by the Father. Jesus remains faithful to his call and enunciates the demanding nature of discipleship. His standards are uncompromising and there is immense importance placed on fidelity.

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SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding



First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9

Money give you the power to make choices. But sometimes it takes work to make the money.

Al loved his sports cards. He kept collecting them when they were a fad several years ago. And he keeps collecting them now the fad was coming back. He bought and traded cards all the time.

To earn money so he could buy cards for his collection, Al mowed the neighbors’ lawns. He started with his next door neighbor. He did such a good job, other neighbors began to notice and hired him. Now, Al spent much of his Saturday mowing lawns and cleaning yards. He did these jobs on top of his chores at home.


Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19

On the first day of practice, Coach Ralph addressed his young soccer players. “Ladies,” he said, “you know I like to coach. And I like to build a winning team. A team that fights hard but fair, a team that plays together, and a team that never, never gives up. Are you ready to be that team?”

The girls screamed “Yes!”

“Many of you know that the team I coached last year won the city championship for their age level.” Coach Ralph continued. “They fought hard through every game as if the season depended on it. We had the toughest schedule in the toughest league in the city. They played as one team, with one heart, and one mind. Can you play like that?”

The girls screamed “Yes!”


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins Harper Collins Publishers, Published in China, 2004, 32 pages, Grades 1-3.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that justice is a moral virtue that disposes man to respect the rights of others, and promotes harmony within the human family. When this virtue is ignored, fundamental human rights such as self dignity and freedom are violated. In the United States, the painful history of racial discrimination is an example of the breach of justice. From the 1620s until the 1950s, justice was frequently missing in racial relations. As the civil rights movement began to build momentum in the 1950s, a young African American minister in Atlanta became a leader and spokesman for the movement. This charismatic young preacher’s name was Martin Luther King Jr.

Walter Dean Myers is a brilliant writer of children’s and adolescent literature. His books are filled with examples of dignity and respect for others. While he frequently details the painful realities of racial discrimination in our society, he always develops the concepts of hope and forgiveness. This book is a valuable introduction to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a testimony of how far the United States has moved in the last 50 years.

St. Matthew writes that “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5: 6) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived this divine statement, and the United States is the better for 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.)

Catechist Resources

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