Sunday, June 26, 2016

July 3, 2016 Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time C



14th  Sunday Ordinary Time   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Introduce

             Explain: Today is the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. 
Say: In the last few weeks, we’ve discussed our responsibility to share Jesus’ message of love to others.    We know that some people will be called to actually go to foreign lands to share the Word of God.  We know that there are some who will be called to outside of their homes and teach others or minister in some way.  But it is important to know that we all have the important job of sharing God’s love. 
Introduce symbol
Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a suitcase with a dove on it.  What do you think that could possibly mean?
Explain:  What do you use a suitcase for?  <travelling…. Or carrying something with you>  And the dove?  <peace>  Now what do you think? <discuss>  Jesus tells us to bring peace to each other.  Today’s lesson is about bringing God’s peace to one another.
 
Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.> This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

Introduce readings

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Words of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of Isaiah. (Isa 66:10–14c)  Does anyone remember who Isaiah was?  < a prophet>  Old Testament or New?  <Old>  In this reading from the book of Isaiah, he speaks about the city of Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is a city but it represents the Jews, the people of God.  Let’s hear what Isaiah tells us about the people of God.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  Did you understand anything in particular about this reading?  <discuss>  God promised to send peace to his people.  Last week we learned something about who God’s people are… are they just one type of people like people used to think?  <no… we are all God’s people>

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke.  (Lk 10:1-9). Luke tells usabout how Jesus sent his followers out to tell the rest of the world about him.  In this reading, he gives them instructions about what to do.  Since we too are followers of Jesus, he is sending us out to tell people about him, too.  Let’s see if we understand what he is telling his followers- a message that is also for us. 


Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel.  Please stand up.
Say together: Alleluia, Alleluia.

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  So what did you hear Jesus say?  <discuss>  Jesus knew that it was very important for his message to go out to all the world.  Do you think it is still important? <response>  Do you think that he wants all of us to travel from town to town?

Say: We are all called to be part of spreading Jesus’ message about peace and love.  Some of us will be asked to teach others- some of us will be called to travel with his message.  Some of us will be asked to stay at home and keep his peace alive in our own hearts and the hearts around us.  All of us are called to share and spread the peace and love of God in some way.  We need to be ready to follow Jesus and go where he needs us to go.

Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a suitcase with a dove).  Ask the children to write their names on the small poster symbols.
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the suitcase and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about our responsibility to share the peace and love of God.

If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.







Parent Letter

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           Today is the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The children listened to the same readings you did:  Isaiah 66:10-14c and Luke 10:1-9.

To reinforce at home:
In today’s readings, we hear Jesus’ instructions to his followers, to go out to all the world and bring peace to each house they visit.  Our presence to others should bring not only the love of God, but also his peace.  Peace can be found in quiet and gentle times.  Today we talked about the importance of slowing down and sharing peacefulness with each other.

Activities to do at home:

Together with your child, choose one activity to skip this week.  Spend that time together reading or playing games or some other activity that you can do together that you never have time for.
Establish a “quiet time” in your home – a time each week (or day if possible) when family members can nap, read or whatever they choose that can be done silently. 

Thank you for sharing your children!




Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 26, 2016 Thirteenth Sunday Ordinary Time



13th  Sunday in Ordinary Time   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.

Introduce yourself and your helpers.

Introduce

             Explain: Today is the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Does anyone remember anything about the season of Ordinary Time?  <it’s the time when there is no feast>  What is the color that the church uses during Ordinary Time?  <green – to symbolize growth of the church and to symbolize hope>

Ask:  What did we talk about last week?  <show symbol of the cross with a heart on it>  What does this symbol make you think of?  <how much Jesus loves us!>

Introduce symbol
Say:   Today’s symbol is a circle with some words in the middle-JUST DO IT!

Explain:  We know that spreading God’s Word is our job – all of us – not just grown-ups.  We’ve learned that sharing Jesus’ message about love is something that we do everywhere we go.   We’ve learned that Jesus is all about love and that we must love one another.  

Ask:  Has anyone ever asked you (or told you) to do something and you had a lot of questions?  Like “How am I supposed to do that?”  Or “Why am I supposed to do that?”  Or “Who am I supposed to do that for?”  <discuss>
Say:  The people in the Scripture did the same thing in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Today’s Scripture readings are about doing what we are supposed to do.

Say:  Let’s look at today’s poster.  What does it say? <You are my inheritance, O Lord.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. 

Ask:  Does anyone know what the word ‘inheritance’ means? <an inheritance refers to something that is owed to you after your parent dies, like a house or land or money>  How do you think that God can be an inheritance for us? 

Introduce readings

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Words of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of Kings. (1 Kings 19:16b,19-21)  Today’s reading tells about the time when the prophet Elijah called someone else to join him.  God told Elijah who he should ask to join him.  Let’s listen closely to hear what happened.


Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  So first of all, who did Elijah talk to?  <Elisha>  Then what happened?  What did Elisha do?  <discuss – he went back home to take care of business before he joined Elijah>

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke.  (Lk 9:57-62).   St. Luke tells us that lots of people want to join Jesus.  In this reading, Jesus tells people about what it means to believe in him.  Let’s hear what Jesus had to say.

Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel.  Please stand up.
Say together: Alleluia, Alleluia.

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  What do you think Jesus is trying to tell us?  <discuss>  Did he sound like he really wanted people to come with him?  Or did he sound like he was discouraging them?
When we decide to follow Jesus, we need to remember that following his command of love is the most important thing for us to do- more important than anything else.  He didn’t mean that we could or should neglect our responsibilities at home, but for us to remember that following his command is the most important thing for us to always put first in our lives.  In other words, JUST DO IT!

Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color. (The symbol is a circle with “JUST DO IT!” written on it).  Ask the children to write their names on the small poster symbols.
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the circle and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about how putting God’s wishes first above our own.

If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.


 
Use this circle for the small poster symbol



Use this graphic for the mid-sized banner symbol and the full size Offertory gift



Parent Letter

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           Today is the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The children listened to the same readings you did:  1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 and Luke 9:57-62.

To reinforce at home:
For several weeks, we have been talking about our responsibility to spread God’s word, to be a witness to Jesus’ message of love. Today’s readings emphasize the importance of not waiting until the “perfect” time.  We are told to “JUST DO IT!” – not wait to do this or that, but just do it!
We emphasized the importance of loving behavior as a method of doing what Jesus asks us to do.  St Paul cautions us to watch our habits because it is easy to slip back into old behaviors.

Activities to do at home:
 
Together with your child, think up one thing you can do this week to share Jesus’ message of love with others…. and do it!

In your weekly shopping, choose one item to contribute to the food pantry.

Discuss together how difficult it is to love an enemy but how Jesus asks us to do it anyway.

Thank you for sharing your children!