Children’s Liturgy

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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

24th Sunday of Year A

OSV Lifelong Catechesis



Forgiveness should be a permanent choice. Help family members visualize their decision to forgive. Have each family member write down on a scrap of paper someone they need to forgive and for what they will forgive that person. Then without reading them, find a safe location or container to burn the scraps of paper. Pray the Our Father together as a family at the conclusion of the burn.

Remind family members that forgiving oneself for past mistakes is just as important as forgiving others. Have family members pause and consider whether they are withholding forgiveness of themselves. They should write the situation down then tear it into small pieces and throw it in the trashcan, or burn it as the previous activity suggests. Discuss what it feels like to really forgive oneself. Remind them that if someone hurts them and they forgive that person, is it okay for the person forgiven to continue holding on to the mistake long after being forgiven? Then wouldn’t God be concerned that he has forgiven us but we can’t forgive ourselves?


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Be Ready to Forgive

Suggested Objects: Baseball and bat

Imagine you are the person in this pretend story. You have taken your bat and ball outside, gathered some friends together, and everyone is having fun playing baseball. Then, you are up to bat, you connect with the ball – a good hit and it goes right through the neighbor’s big picture window. It breaks a lamp in the living room and smashes into a priceless work of art hanging on the wall. Wow, you are in trouble and it looks as if you will be working a long time to pay for all the damage.

How would you feel if the neighbor said to you, “Don’t worry, it was an accident. I understand and forgive you. I’ll take care of getting everything repaired and replaced.”

It seems as if you would feel relieved and grateful.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Knowing the Score

OBJECT SUGGESTED: A board game in which a score is tallied to decide the winner.

When you go a baseball game, how do you know which team is the winner? Yes, you look at the scoreboard. You know that the team with the most points at the end of the game has won.

The same thing happens when you play certain board games or card games with your friends and family. Can you think of examples of games in which the player with the most points at the end of the game wins? (Show example.)

We all like to do well and we like to win. In most games, to win, you must keep score.

Jesus teaches us about one area of our lives where it is not necessary to keep score.

Peter, a disciple, asked Jesus, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?” (18:21) (To forgive is to give up your anger against someone who has hurt you.)


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Granting Forgiveness

Object suggested: None

You might remember that last week’s Gospel lesson was about solving problems. Jesus told the disciples about several things they could try if someone did something unkind – or “sinned against” – them.

Do you remember? He told them that when someone has done something unkind that a good first step is talking with them privately to see if the problem can be solved. (And a lot of times it can!) But solving – or stopping – the problem is only part of what needs to be done.

Then we have to forgive. Do you know what that word means? (Solicit children’s answers)

When we forgive others we make a decision to stop being hurt and angry – and we move on. We don’t just tell the other person that everything is okay – we decide in our hearts to let things be over. Sometimes that’s hard, isn’t it?


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

24th Sunday of Year A




Gospel Based Word Search



A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families


This craft is really just a bit of fun rather than something deep and theological, it depicts the three characters in the parable of the forgiven debt or unforgiving servant. Once made it can be a storytelling prop, a way to ask deeper questions about forgiveness, or just a toy to play with.

Read Alouds

24th 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.


Feast of the Cross
Thursday September 14, 2023



Mama, Do You Love Me?
Written by Barbara M. Joosse

The answer comes…Yes, I do Dear One. This is a universal story about parental love extended to a child that wishes to constantly push the envelope to see if there are limits to her mother’s love. The story is captivating because of its unusual Arctic setting. The lyrical text introduces readers to a distinctively different culture, while at the same time showing that the special love that exists between parent and child transcends all boundaries of time and place. The artwork is beautifully rendered and speaks to the warmth of love itself. The story helps children understand that God’s love is unconditional.


Numbers 21: 4b-9

The events related in this Scripture portion dramatize one of the moments of vacillation that frequently characterized the Israelites, especially during their years they spent wandering in the desert. Though they have been delivered from slavery in Egypt through the manifestations of God’s power and protection, years of wandering in the desert have wearied the people and eroded their faith. So once again they complained against Moses and God, resulting in the wrath of God, manifested in the form of poisonous snakes sent among the camp. Recalcitrant, the people come to their senses and plead for God’s mercy. Yet again, God extends His mercy and loving presence to the Israelites.

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


Philippians 2: 6-11

This passage from Saint Paul to the Philippians is one of the earliest hymns that give praise to Jesus Christ for his love made manifest on the cross. This text is also heard on Palm Sunday as the Church enters into Holy Week, the week that celebrates the love of Christ Jesus. It traces the trajectory of Christ’s eternal existence from before the Incarnation, when he enjoyed equality with God, through his Incarnation when he willingly surrendered that status to become human in all things but sin and accepted death on a cross, to his exaltation by God through the resurrection. All of these things are evidence of God’s love made manifest through Jesus.

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


John 3: 13-17

The final part of the exchange between Jesus and Nicodemus focuses on the divine motive for the Incarnation: extravagant love. God did not become human for the purpose of judgement and condemnation, although we can condemn ourselves by refusing the gift of ultimate love offered by God. God sent His Son for only one reason: that the world might be saved through him.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding



First Reading: Sirach 27:30-28:9

Opening Question: After the words “I love you,” why are the words “I’m sorry” and I forgive you” the most important words we have?

Joshua, son of Sirach, was troubled by all the nasty comments he heard from his students. “The Syrians are evil. They rule us like we were their pet dogs,” one whispered. “Yeah, they hate us. We should hate them too!” said another. “We should strike back at them. After all, anything that happens to them is their fault,” a third person chimed in.

“Enough!” the teacher said. “When you talk of hatred and vengeance, you have no place for God!” Then he read from the text book.

Read Sirach 27:30-28:9

“Listen to what God says,” Joshua said. “I know it is easier to hate and let your feelings control you. It is much harder to listen to God’s word. ‘Don’t hate and forgive.’ But this is God’s will!”

Why hating someone so easy and forgiveness so hard?

Bridging Question: Has anyone asked to borrow money from you? How do you know he or she will pay you back?


Gospel: Matthew 18: 21-35

Jackie and Alice were sisters. Jackie was the older sister, the responsible one. She always cleaned her room, knew where everything was, and organized playtime. Jackie was very serious.

Alice was the younger sister, the one without a care. Her room was a mess, she constantly lost things in her messy room, and she stopped her chores to play at a moment’s notice. Alice giggled a a lot. Sometimes too much.

When Alice could not find what she wanted in her room, she would “borrow” it from others, especially Jackie. When Jackie found something missing from her room, she would ask Alice, “Did you take it?”

“Yes,” Alice would answer, as if she didn’t care.

“Do you know were it is?” Jackie would ask.

“No,” Alice would answer shrugging her shoulders.

Jackie got so angry over “borrowed” things, she would complain to her mother. Her mother would take both girls into Alice’s room and made Alice her clean. Many times, Jackie found things of hers that she didn’t even know were missing. Embarrassed before her mother, Alice would apologize and promised never to “borrow” anything from Jackie unless she asked first. Alice never asked first, of course, and everyone knew it. The room cleaning, the embarrassment, and the apology happened over and over and over.

One day, Jackie was doing homework when her pen ran out of ink. Since no one was at home, she decided to “borrow” a pen from Alice. When Alice got home and sat down to work on her homework, she couldn’t find the pen she just knew she left on her desk. After she roamed around the house, Alice finally went into Jackie’s room and asked, “Did you see my pen?”


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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


Yukie’s Island:
My Family’s World War II Story

“Yukie’s Island: My Family’s World War II Story” 
by Kodo Kimura and others. Illustrated by Kodo Kimura. Roaring Brook Press, 
New York, 2023, 48 pages, Grades 2-4

Though it isn’t always possible to avoid war, leaders should always seek to resolve their differences peacefully. World War II is an example of a war that had to be fought and could not be avoided. But within that paradigm, we should remember the children are not able to voice their opinions in this matter. They should be cherished and protected whenever possible. 

The illustrations in this book are beautiful and moving. The text tells the story with simpl


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

24th Sunday of Year A