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25th Sunday of Year A
OSV Lifelong Catechesis
To help your family celebrate the Generosity of God, before grace at meals, join hands and thank God for the ways in which God has entered and become part of your life. Thank God for the individual blessings each one has received and for the family blessings.
As a game, count your family blessings. Sit in a circle and take turns naming one blessing you have from God. For an additional challenge, use the alphabet; begin with a gift that begins with “A,” then “B,” and so forth. See how long you can keep going.
SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis
Handouts for Children
25th Sunday of Year A
Mass Worksheet (Ages 7-10)
SOURCE: Catholic Mom
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.
SOURCE: Jesus Without Language
25th 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
The Quilt Maker’s Gift
Written by Jeff Brumbeau Illustrated by Gail de Marcken
A charitable seamstress makes beautiful quilts and the recipients of these quilts are the needy and the poor. When a greedy king hears of these exquisite creations, he demands that the seamstress make one for him. The seamstress refuses to sell the king one, but says that she will give him one if he gives away all of his possessions. As the story progresses the king travels the world to give away all of his treasures. When he returns to the village he is a happier man yet clothed in rags. The seamstress then presents him with a beautiful quilt. It is a fine book for teaching the value of generosity.
SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids
by Larry Broding
First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Opening Question: How many of you have been in an airplane? What is the view like from the sky? What did you see?
For her birthday, Agnes’ father planned something special, a surprise. All week long, Agnes asked her father, pleaded with her father, screamed at him to find out what the surprise was. “You’ll just have to find out,’ her father teased.
On her birthday, Agnes and her father took a long car ride down winding country roads. Finally, they came to a meadow. When Agnes looked up, her eyes got as wide as they could get. “Hot air balloons!” she shouted. Are we going for a ride, Dad?” she asked.
“Yes, Agnes,” her father answered. “Happy Birthday.”
When they got to the balloon, Agnes’ father lifted her up and put in the balloon basket. Then he climbed in. Agnes heard the hiss from the air heater as the balloon began to rise. Higher and higher the balloon rose in the sky. Smaller and smaller people and cars became. Agnes awed at the view she got high above everything. As the balloon began to drift with the wind, she saw green mountain tops and the blue ocean. “Things look so much different up here, Dad,” Agnes said.
Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
A player piano is a old piano with peddles. A paper roll with holes goes in the piano. As person at the piano bench pumps the pedals, the paper roll turns. And the holes in the paper passes over a bar that also has holes. The air that goes through the holes tells the piano which notes to play. Each paper roll tells the piano to play a different song.
Jillian loved Grandma’s player piano. When she went to Grandma’s house, Jillian would sit and pump the pedals and play different songs and sing with the music all day long. Ever since she could pump the pedals at the age of three, she dreamed about owning Grandma’s player piano.
Jillian worked hard to earn the privilege to visit Grandma. She did her chores, her homework, and even extra work to get points toward a trip. Once to twice a month, Jillian and her family would visit Grandma. Everyone knew where Jillian would be when they visited Grandma. In the living room, pumping away on the player piano.
On one visit, however, Jillian’s younger cousin Gregory was at Grandma’s house when she arrived. Her face turned to a frown as she heard the sound of the player piano. Young Gregory had discovered how to pump the peddles and make music. He was laughing and singing. When Jillian asked Gregory to share the piano, he shouted “No!”
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Reviews by Terrence
Diocese of Lincoln
“The Women Doctors of the Church” by Collen Pressprich, illustrated by Adalee Hude.
Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Ind., 2022, 36 pages, Grades 3-5.
In the history of the Catholic Church, 37 saints have been named Doctors of the Church…
The text in this book is complex and needs a certain reading ability. The illustrations are gorgeous. This makes this book ideal for sharing in group sessions or in oral reading in family situations. Older readers can help younger children understand the text while enjoying the beautiful artwork.
This book is not widely available in public libraries, but can be purchased in fine book stores like Gloria Deo in Lincoln. I encourage you to get a copy of this lovely book and share it with the younger members of your family. It is a short read, but it is packed with important, powerful information. I enjoyed it and think you will as well.
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.)
25th Sunday of Year A
An entire family has been beatified, that is, raised to the step before official canonization. The beatification took place on Sunday, September 10, 2023. From Vatican News: The nine members of the Ulma family were beatified on Sunday in their Polish hometown of Markowa, where they were martyred by Nazi soldiers for harbouring Jews during …
By Timothy P. O’Malley Catechists have often heard the complaint that the Mass is boring. Children and teens express their boredom directly through yawns or by demanding a more engaging liturgical experience. Boredom, for adults, is more subtle — signified by glassy eyes during the homily, the Eucharistic Prayer, and the closing announcements. Such boredom …