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Children Messages

Transfiguration (Year A)

OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Place a cross near the entrance of your home. Talk together about how this symbol serves as a reminder to listen to Jesus and allow him to transform your life. As family members enter and leave your home, you will be reminded to love God and others as Jesus did.

With the more relaxed schedule of summer, this is a perfect time to invite another person or family to join your family at Mass or another parish event. Talk together about whom you might invite. If appropriate, invite the person or family to Mass followed by breakfast or lunch together.


SOURCE: OSV Lifelong Catechesis


Suggested Objects: Pictures illustrating human and/or animal ears, clipped from magazines or found online.

Let’s talk about ears.

An elephant’s ears are very large and are used to help keep the elephant cool.

A rabbit’s ears are long. Some rabbit’s ears stand up straight and others flop over.

Owls have short pointed ears.

Dogs have ears that allow them to hear things we can’t hear. Can you describe your dog’s ears?

Bats have interesting ears. Bats make high pitched sounds that they bounce off objects and then catch the sound waves in their ears. They are then able to form a picture in their mind of what is in front of them. You could say that a bat uses its ears to help it see.

A cricket’s ears are located on its front legs, just below its knees.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


A Quiet Place

OBJECT SUGGESTED: Use magazine pictures of serene places such as the seashore, mountains, a hammock, etc. as a visual aid.

Today let’s talk about quiet places – places you can go when you want to relax and just be. Many people like to walk along the shore and others enjoy hiking in the mountains. Some say they feel closer to God in those places.

At times it feels peaceful to lie in the sun and look at clouds, sit by the fireside and listen to the crackle of logs burning, or swing gently in a hammock under a canopy of leaves.

Many kids like to tuck into a small, sheltered place in a house or garden. When I was a little girl I liked to climb up into a big maple tree where I found a cozy place to sit and read.

We may also feel peaceful and comfortable as we settle into our beds for the night. Where is your favorite quiet place?

Quiet places are important because there we are given a chance to clear our minds. When that happens we become still and calm. We are better able to hear and feel God’s Spirit.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer


Jesus’ Transfiguration

Object suggested: Something to do with baseball––a ball, a bat, or a glove

Kade and his friends looked forward to baseball practice. They had waited and waited for a coach and now they had and coach and they could begin practicing. The coach had them practice throwing the ball, and showed them how to use their gloves. They practiced swinging the bat. They even practiced running. Soon, hey were ready to play.

Their first game was very different from the practice times. Lots of people sat in the stands behind home plate. When Kade went up to bat, he felt very nervous. With the first pitch, people began calling out, “Kade, swing!” Kade swung at the wild pitch and heard the umpire yell, “Strike!” Behind people kept yelling, but Kade felt frozen. He didn’t swing again, and before long, Kade had three strikes and with his head down he walked back to the dugout.


SOURCE: Sermon Writer

Handouts for Children

Transfiguration (Year A)


Gospel Based Word Search


SOURCE: Salford Diocese Office for Liturgy



A resource created for catechists, teachers, students and families

Read Alouds

Transfiguration (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.




This retelling of Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare is wonderful journey to help young people understand the virtue of wisdom.
The fable is set in the American Southwest in this instance and it plays out as expected with the author alternating the action between the tortoise’s diligence and the hare’s overconfidence. To mark the tortoise’s progress, the author unveils the moral of the story cumulatively, beginning with just the word slow and adding another word to the phrase at each milestone. At the contest’s end, the entire phrase slow and steady wins the race celebrates the tortoise’s victory. This is an ancient story that will captivate the children and allow them to understand that wisdom takes its time just like the slow old tortoise.



I Kings 3: 5, 7-12

In today’s reading from the Book of Kings we see Solomon choosing wisdom over riches and power. Solomon is a mere youth who is overwhelmed by his responsibilities and keenly aware of his deficiencies. Yet he desires nothing more than to serve God and the people entrusted to his care well. He seeks to have an understanding heart. God commends and instructs Solomon. In essence God said to him You could have asked for futile and empty treasures, but instead you’ve requested the ability to do what is right! The capability of knowing what is right and then doing the right, is also the gift we should seek in our own lives.

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


Romans 8: 28-30

Saint Paul speaks words of comfort and healing. However, his message is counterintuitive unless heard with the ears of faith. It is here that true wisdom enters into our lives if we are open to it. It is through wisdom that we can see the long view of pain, sorrow, disappointment and disillusion as they gradually yield new life and grace. Wisdom comes in many forms. Our past experiences, especially the painful ones, can inform us of those things that are truly important in life.

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


Matthew 13: 44-52

The parables presented in today’s gospel selection speak of the reign of heaven and those seeking it. Those on this quest are ultimately being guided by wisdom. Each of the parables issues a call and stress the rewards of sacrificing everything for God’s reign. In the parable of the dragnet we see that the truly wise understand that good and evil coexist in the kingdom and only in the end will evil be excluded. Finally, Jesus teaches that the true seeker of wisdom will find treasure in both the “old” Law of the prophets and the “new” Law of Jesus.

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


SOURCE: Teaching Catholic Kids


by Larry Broding


WOW Experiences With Others

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

You can really get to know friends by the people they hang around with.

At school, Frank knew lots of people. He hung out with the athletes, the brains, and the kids involved in student government. Frank always had a good word and a quick smile to share with anyone he met.

One day, Jesse arrived at school. As the new kid, Jesse didn’t know many people at first. But, in no time at all, Jesse knew Frank. And, through Frank, Jesse quickly made new friends.

While Frank was friendly, he didn’t do well in Language Arts. Reading bored him. Writing was a chore. Giving public speeches scared him. Jesse, however, did well in Language Arts. He loved to read about new people, new places, and new adventures. Give Jesse a chance to write or give a talk and he would deliver.

One day, Jesse sat quietly engrossed in a book. Frank came up, greeted him and asked, “What are you reading?” Jesse’s eyes grew wide as he described the characters, the plot, and the action of the book. “What happened next?” Frank asked.


SOURCE: – All materials found in are the property of Larry Broding (Copyright 1999-2022). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.

Children’s Literature

Reviews by Terrence

Diocese of Lincoln


The Magnificent Migration

“The Magnificent Migration,” by Sy Montgomery. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, 2019, 153 pages, Grades 7-9.

The writing in this book is outstanding and the photography is remarkable. Montgomery gives readers the feel and sense of the migration and the majesty of the Serengeti Plain.

There are several mild profanities in the text and one scientist, upon finding a badly injured wildebeest, issues an agonized, “Oh my God.” However, it doesn’t seem to me like she was taking the Lord’s Name in vain but rather calling upon God’s assistance in this tragic situation.

Having said that, the book is of the highest quality. The photos are stunning and readers will feel that they too have made the migration. I hope you get a chance to read this book and share it with older readers. I learned much from 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.)

Catechist Resources

Transfiguration (Year A)