Sunday, September 25, 2016

Oct 2, 2016 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time C



27th 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

             Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was last Sunday?  <show the symbol of the Bible>
Explain:  We learned about how important it is to listen closely and pay attention to God’s message of love to other people.

Introduce symbol
Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a seed.
Explain:  Our theme throughout Ordinary Time this season has been FAITH.  Today we will talk a little bit more about how to take care of our faith and why we should do that.
Ask:  What does this seed look like?  <dried up, brown, dead>  What happens if you take care of it?  <it grows into a beautiful plant>  What do you need to do to take care of it?  <plant it in dirt, water it, give it sunlight and warmth>
Say:  Our faith is like this seed.  We need to take care of it so that it will grow into the strong love that God wants for us. Today we are going to talk about what we need to do to make our faith stronger.
Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. 
Ask:  What does it mean to “harden your heart”?  <to turn away, to ignore, not to listen>  Listening to God is one way to help your faith grow stronger.

Introduce readings
We have two readings today.

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

Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of the prophet Habakkuk. (Hab 1:2-3, 2:2-4)  Habakkuk believed in God.  Habakkuk also asked a lot of questions.  He didn’t understand all the things that happened in this world.  Let’s listen while Habakkuk asks some questions of God and see what kind of answer he gets.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  What was Habakkuk’s question?  <why does God let bad things happen?>  And God’s answer?  <to trust in him, to wait and see> 

Say:  God asks us all to believe in him, to have patience and to wait.  This is the same as having faith. 

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts.



Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of St. Luke.  (Luke 17:5-0)  At the time of this reading, Jesus’ disciples were becoming afraid.  They believed in Jesus and his message of love but they were beginning to be afraid because of the way that others treated them.  They wanted Jesus to give them more faith.

Say:  Let’s stand to get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card)  Alleluia, Alleluia.

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

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  The servants’ job is to serve the master.  What is our job as Christians?  <to believe in Jesus>  Is that always an easy thing to do?  Why or why not?  <no… because there are a lot of unhappy things going on in the world that we don’t understand – and we believe that Jesus could change all that>  

Say: When the tiny mustard seed is watered and cared for, it becomes a huge tree.  If your FAITH is a seed, how big can your faith grow if you take care of it?  <bigger than we can imagine>  FAITH is not something that someone can give you – it is something that you must build by yourself.

Ask: What are some things you can do to take care of your faith and help it grow?  <pray, talk to others about it, read the bible and other holy books, go to Mass, go to religious education classes>

Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (seed) provided.  Remind the children that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.

Hand out the symbols to color  (The symbol is a seed).
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the seed and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about taking care of our Faith.

Ask the older children to write one thing that they will do this week to keep their faith strong.
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 oval for the small attendance poster symbols
Use this graphic for the Offertory symbol and the banner symbol

Parent Letter

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           Today is the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The children listened to simplified versions of two of the same readings you did: Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4 and Luke 17:5-10

Symbol:  Seed

To reinforce at home:
Habakkuk had lots of questions for God.  He felt that God allowed too many bad things to happen to people.  He spent a lot of time asking God why.  God’s response was to encourage Habakkuk to have faith, to trust in him.
In the Gospel today, the apostles were beginning to be frightened of the way people were responding to Jesus.  They asked for more faith.  Jesus’ response?  Keep on believing!  We don’t need more faith.  By taking care of the faith we have, by praying and doing good works, our faith will be strong enough for whatever comes our way in life.

Activities to do at home:

*With your child, plant a seed and take care of it as it grows into a plant.  At this time of year, an avocado pit works well.  Plant it flat side down, make sure the soil is moist – not wet, and wait patiently.  It will take several weeks to sprout but will make a beautiful houseplant.
*Talk about what it feels like to have your faith shaken – and what you need to do to make it grow strong again.


Thank you for sharing your children!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sept 25, 2016 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time C



26th 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 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
             Ask: Does anyone remember what we talked about last week?  <Hold up the symbol of the heart> We learned about how important it is to trust one another – and to trust God.  Being honest and trustworthy shows how much you love and trust God.

Introduce symbol

Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a Bible.  
Explain: Today we are going to talk about how God talks to us.
Ask:  Can you tell me some of the ways that you might find out what God wants you to do?  <read the bible, pray, listen to your parents or teachers>
Explain: Knowing good behavior and paying close attention to others is a great way to do what God wants us to do.

Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <Teach me your ways, O Lord.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today, a psalm of praise.
Say:  Saying “Teach me your ways, O Lord” is a way to pray.  It is a special kind of prayer asking God for something.  This kind of prayer is called a prayer of petition.

Introduce readings
We have two readings today. 

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

Say: Today’s first reading is from the first letter from Paul to Timothy. (1 Timothy 6:11b–12a)  This is a very short piece of St. Paul’s letter that tells us about how we should act.  Listen closely and see what you hear today. 

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask: What did you hear?  How does God want you to act?

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to pray the words of praise nice and loud:
Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke.  (Luke 16:19-31) It is a teaching story that Jesus told the people who were listening to him.  Do you remember the name of the stories that Jesus taught with?  <parables>  It is a story about a man who didn’t pay attention to the people around him.  He did not take the time to listen to God’s message.  Pretend that you are one of Jesus’ disciples and hearing this story for the first time.  Think about what Jesus is saying to you.

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

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

Read:  Read the Gospel

Say:  What happened?  <let the children re-tell the story>  Why didn’t Abraham let Lazarus go back and tell the others about what happened?  <because he said that no one would listen>  What do you think?  Do you think that we have enough information about how we need to act toward others?   Where do we learn about showing love toward other people?

Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (bibles) provided.  Remind the children that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.

Hand out the symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a Bible).
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the Bible and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about paying attention and listening to God’s words to us.

Ask the older children to write down one thing they can do this week to show love for other people.
If there is time, review the lesson.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

 
Use this graphic in a small size for the attendance poster

Use this graphic for the mid-size banner symbol - Add a ribbon on the dotted line!

Use this graphic in a large size for the black-line coloring sheet used as an Offertory gift



Parent Letter

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           Today is the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The children listened to simplified versions of the same readings you did: 1 Timothy 6:11b-12a and Luke 16:19-31.

Symbol:  Bible

To reinforce at home:
Our focus today was on listening to God.  So often we think we already know what God is going to tell us that we forget to listen.  Often God speaks to us through Scripture. 

Activities to do at home:

*Read your favorite Scripture passage to your child.  Help him or her decide how the passage relates to life today.

*Choose a specific time during the week to read Scripture together.  Encourage your child to choose their favorite story.

 *Show your child how to look up their favorite story in the Bible.

Thank you for sharing your children!