Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 22, 2018 16th Sunday Ordinary Time B


Children’s Liturgy Instructions
            
Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time   Cycle B

Welcome children to their worship space.

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

Introduce yourself and your helpers.

Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (rectangles) provided.  Explain that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.
 
Explain:  Jesus leads us and helps us know what to do.  He takes care of us because we have... what?  <faith>

Introduce

Explain: Today is the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last week? (suitcase )  And what did it stand for?  <travelling lightly - not worrying so much about ourselves - trusting God to take care of our needs>
Introduce symbol
Say:  Our symbol today is a shepherd’s staff. 
Ask:  What do you remember about what shepherds do? <discuss>
Explain: Many of the early Christians who were learning about Jesus were shepherds.  Those are men who take care of sheep.  They took their jobs very seriously and took good care of each and every lamb.

Say:  Now we are going to practice the Responsorial Psalm, that part between the readings where you get to help.  The Responsorial Psalm comes from the Bible just like our readings do.  Today’s psalm is: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.  Can you say this with me?  <Have the children repeat it.>

Introduce readings

Ask: Does anyone remember what part of the Bible the first readings usually come from?  (Old Testament)
Say:  Today the first reading comes from the book of the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23:3-6).
Ask:  Does anyone know what a prophet is?  (A prophet is a spokesperson of God - not a person who tells the future) 
Explain: In the Old Testament, God often spoke through holy men who were prophets.  Which prophets have we heard about recently? <Amos and Ezekiel>   Jeremiah was also a prophet.  Jeremiah tells us what the Lord said about gathering His people together and providing them with a leader.  Listen closely and see if you can figure out who the leader is that God is going to send.

Say:  Now we will have the first reading (light the candle)

Have the first reading

Ask: Jeremiah told about the leader that God was going to send to lead his people.  He described the leader as “a king from the family of David.”  Did you figure out who that leader was going to be? <Jesus>

Say:  Next we will have the Responsorial Psalm
Your part will be to say:
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.  (hold up poster)

Have reader read the psalm

Say:  The Gospel reading was written by St. Mark (Mark 6:30-34).  St. Mark tells about the people who had heard Jesus loved him so much that they followed him everywhere.  Mark describes the people as acting like a certain animal.  Listen closely and hear what kind of animal it was.

Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel
Please stand up.
(hold up card)  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Read:  Read:
“a reading from the holy gospel.....”

All respond:  Lord, let your Word be in my mind <make cross on forehead>, on my lips <make cross on lips>, and in my heart <make cross on heart>.
Read the Gospel

Ask:  What kind of animal did you hear about?  <sheep>  Why did he say the people were like sheep? <because they followed Jesus around like they did not know what to do, they needed someone to lead them> 
 
Hand out the symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a shepherd’s staff ) 

Explain: Color this symbol of a staff and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about trusting in God. 

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

While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.

Give out stickers, parent letters and hand-outs as they leave.

Use for the small poster symbol

Use for the mid-sized banner symbol and the full-sized coloring sheet Offertory gift

 
Parent Letter

                          Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time                                                       

             Today is the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.  Today your children heard a simplified version of the same readings that you heard, Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Mark 6:30-34.

To reinforce at home:
Today we talked about how much Jesus cares for all of us.  We talked about how frustrated Jesus and the Apostles must have been since they couldn’t manage to get any time alone but how Jesus only showed caring for the people who followed them.
The 23rd psalm was read today and is copied below.  It is a beautiful psalm to memorize and/or pray with your children in that it shows how much they are loved and cared for by God.

Activities to do at home:
*Help your child understand the ways that God cares for us by helping them to learn to care for others.  Helping them to care for siblings, plants or pets might be one way to teach them about how much God cares for each of them.
*Read the 23rd psalm together and have your child illustrate one of the lines in it.  Bring it in to hang in the Children’s Chapel.

Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul,
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread your table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come



Sunday, July 8, 2018

July 15, 2018 15th Sunday Ordinary Time B


Children’s Liturgy Instructions

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time   Cycle B

Welcome children to their worship space.

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

Introduce yourself and your helpers.

Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (rectangles) provided.  Explain that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on. 
Ask: Does anyone remember what we were talking about last week? <how God uses regular people like us to tell about him, how we need to believe in Jesus>  What is the word that means the same as “Believe”?  <Faith>

Explain: Today we are going to talk some more about Faith.  We are going to talk about things that get in the way of our faith.

Ask: Has anyone here ever been on a trip before? <allow a few minutes for discussion>  Did you take a lot of stuff with you?   <discuss>  Did you ever find that you were so busy taking care of your things that you missed some of the fun?
Explain: Jesus sent his friends out to tell everyone about him but... he told them to “pack lightly” so that they could concentrate on others and not themselves. 
Ask: What might that mean to us?  <focus on sharing God’s love rather than spending time worrying about other things, believing that God will take care of our needs>

Introduce symbol
Say:  Our symbol today is a suitcase - so we remember to “pack lightly”, to put our worries about ourselves behind and concentrate on sharing Jesus’ love.

Say:  Now we are going to practice the Responsorial Psalm, that part between the readings where you get to help.  The Responsorial Psalm comes from the Bible just like our readings do.  Today’s psalm is: Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.  Can you say this with me?  <Have the children repeat it.>

Introduce readings
Say:  The first reading today is from the Old Testament, from the book of Amos (Amos 7:10-15).  It tells the story of a man named Amos who listened to God and did what God told him to do.  Amos was just an ordinary farmer but God chose him to tell some important people about things that would happen to the Israelites.

Say:  Now we will have the first reading (light the candle)

Ask:  What did God ask Amos to do?  <leave his farm and flocks to preach to the people of Israel>  Why do you think that the king of Israel didn’t want Amos talking to his people?  <because he didn’t want to hear the message>

Have the first reading

Say:  Next we will have the Responsorial Psalm
Your part will be to say:

Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.  (hold up card with psalm on it)

Have reader read the psalm

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading was written by St. Mark (Mark 6:7-13).  St. Mark tells us how Jesus sent his Apostles out two by two to spread the news about God.  He even talks about how to pack lightly so that they can concentrate on the message and not on themselves and their needs.
Have you ever heard about missionaries?  They are people who go to places, often faraway, to help other people learn about God.  Many times, missionaries also help fix homes and bring food and teach children.  Sometimes teenagers and adults spend time together helping people near where you live get their homes fixed.  When they go on the trip, they have to pack very few items because their job is to think about Jesus and the people they will help. 
Let’s pretend that God has asked us to go out on a journey and we are trying to figure out how to get ready.  While you are listening, try to think of one thing you think that God would like for you to quit worrying about.

Say:  Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel
Please stand up.
(hold up card)  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Read:  Read:
“a reading from the holy gospel.....”

All respond:  Glory to you, O Lord.
Read the Gospel
 
Ask:  What is one thing that you think God would like for you to quit worrying about?

Hand out the symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a suitcase ) 

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 how to get ready to share God’s love. 

Say: If you have time, write one thing on the back that you would not need to bring with you on a mission trip - either in your suitcase or in your mind.  <like maybe... no curling iron or worries about passing grades.>

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

While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.

Give out stickers, parent letters and hand-outs as they leave.

Use this graphic in light colors for the small symbol
Use this graphic for the banner and Offertory symbols

 
Parent Letter

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
                                                                             
             Today your children heard simplified versions of two of the same readings you heard: Amos 7:12-15 and Mark 6:7-13.
            

To reinforce at home:
Today we talked about trusting in God.  Jesus sent his disciples out two by two to tell the world about Him.  He instructed them to pack lightly.  We talked about the extra things we carry around with us, specifically worries, that get in the way of our doing the things that Jesus asks us to do.
We touched very briefly on the mission opportunities we all have around the world and here at home.

Activities to do at home:
*Introduce the concept of mission work to your children.  Share with them an article from your Catholic diocesan newsletter or some other news source that tells about mission work. 
*Remind them about recent local natural disasters (like hurricanes or floods) and the great needs that were filled by regular ordinary people.
*Talk a little bit about excessive worry and how harmful it can be.  Our society is crammed full of worries!  It is good for all of us to remember how well God will take care of us if we will have faith in Him.
 
Thank you for sharing your children!