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Each week, Mrs. Cole presents the Sunday Gospel using a Bible Bag, props and prayer to encourage kindness, love, respect, honesty and the Golden Rule in children. She is a lawyer, wife and mom who teaches Sunday School music at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minnesota.
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Children Messages

23rd Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


The Power of Praying Together

Jesus said that when two or more people come together in his name — he will be there. To help your family experience the power of praying together, pray the Lord’s Prayer aloud in unison. Pause for a moment of silence. Invite family members to silently pray for one another. Close by thanking God for the gifts of faith and family.

Talk with your family about ways to correct someone and still stay friends. In today’s Gospel Jesus suggested: 1. Talk with the person yourself. 2. Talk with the person with one or two others. 3. Tell someone in charge.

Work out a practical guide for resolving disagreements in your family. Write it down and post it where everyone can see it.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

A Gathering Place

Suggested Objects: Pictures of swallows

Every year, for over two hundred years, swallows return to an old mission in California. It is an amazing sight to see swirls of these small, fast flying birds return to California from Argentina, six thousand miles to the south, where they have spent the winter.

The swallows fly in great numbers and arrive, each year, around March 19th to build nests in the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At the same time the townspeople of Capistrano and visitors gather to celebrate the return of the swallows. It is called the Festival of the Swallows and there is even a parade to honor these birds!

Other types of birds, animals, and even fish gather together for various reasons. Salmon return in large numbers to the place they were hatched. Certain birds and animals gather and travel together to find a warmer climate or to find a good supply of food or water. Others gather together for safety or to help each other to stay warm.


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Gather Around

OBJECT SUGGESTED: Marshmallows on a stick or smores

Serve the children smores (graham crackers sandwiched together with marshmallows and bits of a chocolate bar) if appropriate to setting and situation.

One of the most fun things to do on a camping trip is to gather around a campfire with your friends and family. Everyone feels close. You may sing, tell stories, toast marshmallows, make popcorn, or just enjoy being together. It is relaxing and peaceful to watch the flames burn bright, sparks shooting into the night sky.

There may be times when you don’t feel close to others. Perhaps someone did or said something that hurt you, one of your friends, or a family member. We don’t always get along. This happens to adults as well as children – we fight.


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Being a Problem Solver

Object suggested: None

Have you ever done something that was not so nice?

It’s hard to admit, but I bet we can all think of times that we haven’t been as kind as we could have been. And I bet you can also think of times that others have been unkind to you.

So here’s a question: What should we do about it?

That’s a pretty easy question when we’re the ones who are wrong, isn’t it? What’s the right thing to do when we’ve been unkind in some way? (Apologize – and change our behaviors.) But what about when others are unkind to us?

What’s the best way to solve that problem? (Solicit children’s answers)


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Handouts for Children

23rd Sunday of Year A




Gospel Based Word Search



A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families


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Matthew 18 Games

SOURCE: Jesus Without Language

Read Alouds

23rd 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.




Choices, Choices, Everywhere!: Written by Gina M. Dahl

Life is full of choices. With so many things to choose from, how do we know which ones to choose? From the smallest of choices to the most essential choices in life, the right choices start with the right thoughts. This book teaches children the importance of personal responsibility when it comes to choosing, how prioritizing matters when making decisions, that there can be consequences or benefits as a result of choices made, and that God always honors a heart that honors Him.


Ezekiel 33: 7-9

The prophet clearly states that if an individual is called to a leadership role, responsibility is a key component of fulfilling the duties of leadership. Ezekiel conveys this message with the image of the “watchman” whose task was to stand on the hilltop to watch for approaching danger and give warning when an enemy was approaching. In like manner, the prophet must recognize and warn of the dangers that lurk in the hearts and actions of the people he is called to serve through his role of prophet. Given the fact that the role of prophet is given to each of us at baptism, every baptized Christian is called to look out for the welfare of one another and to do thethe difficult task of steering people away from evil. This is not always an easy or welcomed task.

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


Romans 13: 8-10

Saint Paul speaks of the greatest responsibility given to us by Christ himself: to love one another.
This law to love one another is expressed by both Saint Paul and Jesus and has its roots in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus 19:18. Saint Paul repeats the commandments that are familiar to all of us and clearly illustrates that in loving we take on the responsibility of not only doing no evil to the neighbor but also loving our neighbor as we would want to be loved.

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


Matthew 18: 15-20

Clearly, one of the most challenging responsibilities
of living the Christian life is being able to forgive. Jesus, in this passage, endorses repeated efforts to win over a recalcitrant sister or brother. The approach given by Jesus is immensely practical as well as inspired: try to work it out, and if that fails, get help. When that too is unsuccessful, take it to a higher authority. Each step in the process is intended to resolve the problem with the least amount of effort and disruption to the community. The final sentence of this passage reinforces the importance of community over individuality: for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of


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SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


Limits and Responsibilities

First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9

For Laura’s birthday, she got a cute fluffy puppy. A pure bred German shepherd. She named the puppy Teddy Bear. The puppy had bright eyes and loved to lick everyone. And everyone loved Teddy Bear.

With the gift of the puppy came responsibility. “Laura,” her mother said, “you have to feed, walk, and clean up after Teddy Bear. Your father and I will help, but Teddy is your responsibility.”

First, Laura had to house train the puppy. The place to go to the bathroom was outside. While Teddy Bear was learning to control himself, Laura put newspaper down and cleaned up the mess. Sometimes Teddy made a mistake and he got in trouble. But, sometimes Laura didn’t do her job, and she got in trouble.

“It’s hard to take care of a puppy,” Laura sighed.


Gospel: Matthew 18: 15-20

Brandon, Thomas, and Robert sat in their usual corner eating lunch. The three boys just started to meet there earlier in the year. No one claimed the spot and no one bothered them about it. Soon, they just assumed it was their spot to eat lunch.

Then Taylor showed up. “Hey, you guys are in my spot!” Taylor bellowed. Taylor had a reputation as a bully with a lightning fast temper. Anything would set him off. And if he thought he could get away with something, he would try it. Today, Taylor wanted the boys eating area.

Brandon was shy, but nice. He didn’t want a fight, so he stood up and began to walk off. Brandon’s way of handling the situation was to quietly walk away.

Thomas grabbed Brandon. “Sit down!” Thomas whispered into Brandon’s ear. Brandon did as Thomas asked.


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

“Eyes that Kiss in the Corners” by Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho.
Harper/Collins Children’s Press, 2021, 40 pages, Grades 1-3.

Joanna Ho has written an exquisite story in “Eyes that Kiss at the Corners.” It will help children understand the need to look beyond their own perspective to find beauty in others. No one group has cornered the market on beauty. 

While realizing that the author has only so much space to tell the story, I would have appreciated at least one male character in the story. As a former children’s librarian, I believe this story will be very touching and important for young girls. However, I think that many boys will not respond in a similar manner because they will not see themselves in the story. Again, no book can be all things to all people, nor should this be a requirement. But until we begin to broaden our understanding of inclusion, certain groups seem to be left behind. That is usually the boys. Having said that, I highly recommend the book.


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

23rd Sunday of Year A