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Grades 1-3

27th Sunday of Year A

Younger children are learning how to follow the rules of those in legitimate authority. Understanding that rules are not arbitrary and unfair but rather teach us how to live good lives can be helpful to younger children. Jesus teaches us that when we follow God’s Word, we help build up his kingdom.

Grades 4-6

Few of us take correction well. Children, in particular, can be less than gracious when corrected by others. Today’s Gospel presents us with an opportunity to consider how we respond to God’s word as it is sent through his messengers.

Grades 7-8

Young people at this age are sensitive about acceptance and rejection. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable that illustrates how we often reject God’s giving himself to us.

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Veggie Tales

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Bible Stories for Kids

Parables of Jesus for Kids

Videos are from a variety of Christian sources. Use your own judgment and discretion when adapting content for your children.
Today we have six secrets things to do to have God with you all the time. Some of the readings today are troubling and make us wonder if God is helping us at all. But, one of the readings gives us the secrets to gaining peace by having God with us. Sometimes God has hard things to say to the people he loves the most. But God lets us know how to be good and do good in the world. God never stops loving us. Watch this video and you will know the 6 secret things to do to have God with you all the time. Even when things upset you!


Children Messages

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Object Lessons

Bible Crafts for Sunday school

Kristin Schmidt holds a Master’s degree in teaching (from Biola University) as well as one in theology (from Concordia University). She currently serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colorado.

In this message, children will hear the Parable of the Tenants from Matthew 21. The basics of the Gospel lesson are explained, with emphasis on the importance of God’s loving patience. He sacrificed His Son, and always gives us second chances when we make mistakes. The good news of salvation is for ALL who believe, if only we accept it.




Theresa, a mom in Canada who is happy to share this resource to help children learn the truth and beauty of the Faith.

Feel free to use the puzzles and/or comics separately, but acknowledgement of the source would be appreciated. –


OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Second Chances

In today’s parable of the tenants, the landowner gives his tenants a second chance. Have a family discussion about second chances. At the end of the discussion, have each member write down one anxiety that he or she is trying to relieve. To symbolize their being given a second chance, have family members tear their papers into little pieces and throw them away or burn the papers in an appropriate place.

Today’s parables teach about God’s justice. God’s justice calls us to be caretakers of this world and all its gifts. Talk about the importance of stewardship of the earth’s resources. Begin by taking a walk or drive to look for signs of good stewardship and signs of poor stewardship. Who is responsible for taking care of the earth’s resources? What can we do as a family?


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis

Loyola Press

Sunday Connection

Family Rules

27th Sunday of Year A

In an ideal household, family members know the rules and follow them consistently. Even the most conscientious among us, however, sometimes needs to be reminded of the rules and their importance. How we respond to such correction reveals our true character. In today’s Gospel Jesus exposes the religious leaders for their failure to heed God’s messengers. It is an opportunity for us to consider how we respond to those who are God’s messengers today, calling us to correct our ways and return to the way of the Lord.


SOURCE: Loyola Press: Sunday Connection



Richard Niell Donovan, a retired Disciples of Christ clergyman, published Sermon writer for more than two decades. When Dick died in 2020, his wife, Dale, has graciously kept the website online free of charge.

Children sermons have been written by

Lois Parker Edstrom
Dell Smith Klein
Dr. Carol J Miller
Dr. Dan Wuori



Suggested Objects: None

Have you ever had a babysitter? Maybe you’ve never thought about it – but being a babysitter is a very important job. Why do you think I might say so? What’s so important about being a babysitter? (Solicit children’s responses. If necessary, you may wish to prompt further by asking what babysitters take care of.)

That’s right! When your parents pick a babysitter they are trusting that person to take care of their most important things in the world: YOU. And that’s a big responsibility.

Do you think they expect your babysitters to take good care of you? (Of course!) When you put your trust in someone to protect something that special, you expect an awful lot.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Fruits of the Kingdom

OBJECT SUGGESTED: Various types of fruit – fruit salad. Share with the children if appropriate.

Let’s make a fruit salad. What kind of fruit do you like? Bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, cherries, pineapple, kiwi, pears. What about melons? Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew. Berries are good too. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. What a beautiful fruit salad. Yum! Tastes good too.

In the Bible Jesus talks about “fruit” and he is speaking about those things we do to help others and honor God (21:43).

He tells a story about a landowner who has a vineyard that produces grapes. He allows renters to use the land and when it is time to share the grapes with the landowner, the renters refuse. He sent people, three times, to collect the grapes and each time the renters kept the grapes for themselves. The landowner’s land produced fruit, but none of the fruit was given back to the landowner.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


What is Expected?

Object suggested: A grocery sack of produce. Cut up fruit and vegetable snacks to share with the children if appropriate to your situation.

One of my favorite things to do is to go to the market and look at all the beautiful fruits and vegetables. It is like looking at a lovely work of art; the yellows, purples, oranges, reds, and the many different shades of green.

Many of our fruits and vegetables are grown on nearby farms. Have you ever visited a farm? What did you see there? Pumpkins? Cherries? Corn? Apples? Blueberries? Pears? Tomatoes?

Certain types of fruits and vegetables, that don’t grow where we live, are shipped to us from other parts of the world. Can you think of examples? Yes, pineapple, bananas, grapes, asparagus, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, and oranges are a few examples.

We are blessed to have farmers who work the soil, plant and tend the crops, harvest fruits and vegetables and ship beautiful produce to our markets for our health and enjoyment.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

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Theresa, a mom in Canada who is happy to share this resource to help children learn the truth and beauty of the Faith.

Feel free to use the puzzles and/or comics separately, but acknowledgement of the source would be appreciated. –


The point of this parable about the bad tenants is where this craft resides. We see the rejected prophets becoming the very stones that God’s kingdom is being built upon. It ties into the idea of Jesus as the cornerstone but also that the contribution of those beaten, stoned and killed prophets gave in their service as God’s messengers.

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.




Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

Written by David A. Adler
Illustrated by Terry Widener

Lou Gehrig’s perseverance is legendary. During fourteen years as a first baseman for the New York Yankees, he played in a record 2,130 consecutive games, earning himself the nickname the Iron Horse.

Lou loved baseball and considered himself a very lucky man even though on his thirty-sixth birthday he was diagnosed with a very rare disease, ALS (Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This story is inspirational and is by far one of the best illustration of a spirit of perseverance.


Isaiah 5: 1-7

At first this prophecy of Isaiah looks as if God is about to give up on the nation of Israel. Throughout the text we’re reminded that the owner of the vineyard has done all he could to insure a good harvest, however the result is that the vineyard has produced nothing but bitter grapes in spite of all efforts. The vineyard is identified as the house of Israel and the vinedresser, by implication, as the Lord. The last verse of the passage identifies the people of Judah as God’s cherished plant It is this phrase that speaks of God’s perseverance in loving and never abandoning the people God has created in His image.

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


Philippians 4: 6-9

This letter from Saint Paul speaks of a people that are called to perseverance. His instruction, given at the conclusion of the passage, instructs the people of Philippi to keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. The God of peace will be with you. Saint Paul urges the people to remain steadfast and faithful. In other words, He calls us to persevere in living lives that are virtuous and based on Christian principles.

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Matthew 21: 33-43

Jesus’ story opens much like Isaiah’s reading for today: upbeat and without a hint of gloom to follow. The gospel actually speaks to God’s persevering nature through sending prophet after prophet to the people hoping that they would hear and obey. The final messenger is the vineyard owner’s son (God’s Son) and still they will not listen. Beyond that, they put the son to death. Ultimately God will not destroy the vineyard, but rather, will entrust it to others. This too, in a way, is a revelation of the persevering nature of God as God looks upon His creation.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


The Wild and The Prejudiced

First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7

Opening Question: Have you ever seen someone mess up a good party? Or, someone mess up a good school project? What happened?

Edith loved her doll house. When she first got the house, it was very plain. But, over time, she and her father decorated the house, added to it, and furnished it. When Edith placed her dolls in the house, it looked like one of those houses found in a magazine. The house was just perfect!

Then, her cousin Rachel came to visit. “Can I play with your dolls?” Rachel asked. Edith agreed. Then, there was a phone call for Edith. When Edith returned 10 minutes, her room was a mess, her dolls were everywhere, her precious doll house was broken in two places.

“What happened?” Edith gasped.

“I was just playing,” Rachel said, as if nothing happened.

“Help me clean up!” Edith screamed at her cousin. Slowly they put all the dolls away. But Edith noticed…


Bridging Question: What is prejudice? Why is prejudice wrong?

Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32

Jose, David, and Chuck were friends, but they were all different. Jose was born in Venezuela and was Catholic. David was born in New York and was Jewish. Chuck was born in Chicago and was African-American. The boys were as close as friends could get. They played in school, after school, and on the weekends.

One day, the boys were riding their bikes by the railroad bridge. Suddenly, Chuck stopped, while the other boys rode on. Soon the others turned around to find their friend. As they rode up to Chuck, they saw he was fighting back the tears. The boys turned to see what Chuck saw. Words of prejudice against African Americans. Words of violence.

“Why do people hate?” Chuck asked. No one had an answer for Chuck.

That night, all three friends had the same discussion with their parents. Why did prejudice exist? The parents had the same answer. Prejudice begins when people…


Closing Reflection: Pray for people who hate. Pray for your enemies. Pray all can become like one family some day.

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Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


“Nebraska: The State of Volleyball”

“Nebraska: The State of Volleyball”
By Lincoln Journal Star
Lincoln Journal Star Books, Lincoln, Neb., 2009, 111 pages, Grades 7-11.

The book describes the remarkable depth of community support the Huskers receive throughout the state. Little girls are interviewed and tell of their desire to imitate their heroes on the Husker team. What a powerful and positive story. Coach Cook is quoted repeatedly, complimenting the people of Nebraska for being so supportive of the volleyball program. 

When you get finished with the book, it is easy to see why women’s volleyball in Nebraska has the pull it does on Nebraska fans. As the writers of the Journal Star also point out, virtually every woman playing for Nebraska graduates from college. Remarkable.

Since the publication date is 2009, an updated edition would be useful. But if you are looking for a book that tells the history of women’s volleyball in Nebraska, this is for you. The writing is first rate and the photos are exciting. I hope you get a chance to read this informative 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

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