Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sept 23, 2018 25th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B



Children’s Liturgy Instructions
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Cycle B


Welcome the 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 Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last Sunday? ( a cross)  And what did it symbolize? (it symbolized believing in Jesus)

Introduce symbol
Say: Can anyone tell me what today’s symbol is?  <hold up the banner symbol - a hand>. 

Ask:  What can you do with a hand?  <write, draw, eat, pick up things, hug people, pet cats, serve others, etc.>

Ask:  What does the word serve mean?  <to do something for someone else, to help them>  What can you do with your hands to serve people?  <set the table, go get something for your parent, draw a picture, etc.>  Do you think it is important to help others?
Explain: Today in the Gospel we will hear what Jesus thinks about serving others.

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: Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you.  Can you say this with me?  <Have the children repeat it.>
Ask:  What does the word “just” mean?  <fair, good>
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 New Testament, the letter of James. (James 3:17-18)
Today’s selection is very short.  James tells us what our lives will be like when we listen closely to God and follow His plan for our lives. Listen closely to the reading and see if you can hear something that might have to do with hands.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  Did you hear anything that you could do with your hands?  How might you make peace with your hands?  <sign of peace, hug, shake hands, etc. – also the word ‘harvest’ is mentioned. One would use hands to harvest.>

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
Give peace O Lord, to those who wait for you.

Say:  The Gospel selection today is from the book of Mark. (Mark 9:33-37).  In it, Jesus is sitting down with His disciples talking about what it means to be important.
Ask:  What kinds of people do you think are important people?  <let the children say whatever they like - rich people, presidents, sports figures, etc.>  Do you have to do things everyone admires in order to be important?

Ask:  How about servants?  What kind of people serve others? <let the children respond>  How about children?  Are they important?  Are You important?  Why?

Explain:  Jesus was talking with His disciples about importance.  They had been arguing about which one of them was the most important.  Jesus told them that if they wanted the place of honor, that is if they wanted to be important, they had to serve others.

Explain:  The things you do for other people to serve them, to make them happy are a wonderful gift.  When you serve gladly because you want to, you are doing exactly what Jesus told His disciples to do.

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

Have the reader begin: “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:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  How can you serve others?  <let the children respond>

Ask:  Does anyone remember the sign that we give one another to show that there is God’s peace between us?

Say:  Let’s give each other the sign of peace.

Hand out the large Offertory symbols (hands) for the children to color and the smaller symbols (hands) for the children to put their names on for the poster.

Explain: We will color the hands (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about serving others.

While they are coloring, go over the procedure for entering the church at the Offertory, how they approach the altar and put their symbols in the basket that the lead child will place at the altar.

Remind the children that the large symbol is to be offered in the Offertory procession to show the congregation what they have learned about what Jesus said about serving others. 

Remind them to put their names on the back and that they can retrieve the symbols after Mass.

Collect the smaller symbols to glue to the communal poster.  Remind the children to bring their parents back after Mass to see it.

Give out parent letters, coloring hand-outs and stickers as the children leave their worship space..

Use this graphic in a light color for the small-size cut-outs for the poster


Use this graphic both for the mid-sized banner symbol and the full-sized coloring page Offertory gift


                                              Parent Letter           

                           Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

                                                                                 

              Today your children heard a simplified version of the same readings that you heard: James 3:17-18; Mark 9: 33-37
             
To reinforce at home:
The word for today is “service”.  Jesus tells us that if we want to gain eternal life, we have to serve others.  We discussed the meaning of service and what we can do to serve other people that we know. 
Activities to do at home:

*Visit a sick or shut-in person and offer to help in their home.  There are many elderly in our parish who would love to have a smiling face straighten or clean a little, cook a treat, open a medicine bottle, etc.

*Teach your child to set the table and/or prepare dinner one day this week.

Thank you for sharing your children!




Sunday, September 5, 2021

Sept 12, 2021 24th Sunday Of Ordinary Time B



Children’s Liturgy Instructions
             Twenty-fourth Sunday in 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 (crosses) 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 .

Introduce
Explain: Today is the Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time.
Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last Sunday? (door)  And what did it symbolize? (that we must open our hearts and ourselves to Jesus)

Introduce symbol
Say: Today’s symbol is a cross. 

Ask:  What do you think of when you see a cross? <get some different answers - the cross symbolizes the choice Jesus made for us, the choice of becoming one of us, choosing to live a life like ours>
Explain:  Jesus did not have to die on the cross for us.  He did it to show how much He loves us.  He became one of us so that He would know exactly what it was like to live a life like ours.  It would have been much easier to stay happy and comfortable in heaven. 
 
Explain: Our poster says “Take up your cross and follow me.”
 
Ask:  What does that mean to you?  Do you have a cross?  This is something Jesus says in the Gospel today.  What could our crosses be?  <doing things we don’t want to do, bearing pain without fussing, Let the children make suggestions>

Introduce readings
***We are changing the format so that we will explain the readings, and then read them, one by one***

Light the candle and remind the children that it is time to hear the Word of God.

Say:  We have three readings today.

Say:  The first reading is from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament, or Hebrew Scriptures. (Isaiah 50: 4-8).    Isaiah was a prophet of the Lord, a man who tried to live like God wanted him to.  It was not always easy, but Isaiah believed in God and had faith that God would take care of him.  This story tells about how Isaiah felt.  While you are listening, think about the cross that Isaiah was picking up.

Have the reader read the first reading

Ask:  Did you think of any crosses that Isaiah picked up and carried for God?  <he was beaten and had his beard pulled, people made fun of him and spit on him>  How did Isaiah handle his cross?  <he had faith.... he refused to give up or be ashamed>

Say:  It is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part will be to say:
I will walk in the presence of the Lord.
Have the reader read the Responsorial Psalm.

Say:  The second reading is from the New Testament letter of James (James 2:14-18)  In today’s reading, James tells us what faith really means.  
Ask:  Have you ever said something but not really mean it?  Not a lie exactly, but maybe you answered yes to your parents when you didn’t really listen in the first place?  Like maybe you were watching tv and your parent said... did you clean up your room?  And you say yes without really thinking?
Explain:  James talks to us about real faith.  He tells us that saying we believe is not enough.  What else do you think we have to do?  <we have to act in the right way> 
Say:  There is an old saying that says:  “Actions speak louder than words”.  What does this mean?  <the way you act means more than what you actually say>  This is what James tells us about being Jesus’ followers.

Have the reader read the second reading

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Mark. (Mark 8:31-35).  It tells of a time when Jesus began to tell people what was going to happen to him soon.
Ask:  Do you remember what it was that was going to happen to Jesus?  <His death on the cross and resurrection three days later>  Remember that  everybody turned against Him.  They didn’t understand what He came to tell them.
Say:  In the Gospel, Mark tells how when Jesus began to talk about His death, His friend Peter, pulled Him aside and told Him to stop talking like that.  Jesus became angry with Peter and told him to get away because Peter didn’t understand either.  Jesus was sad that even His closest friends didn’t get it.
Explain:  What Jesus said to His disciples, and so to us, is:  If we want to be with Him, we will take up our crosses and follow Him.  During the Gospel today, let’s listen to what happened and what Jesus said and see if we can think of what Jesus is asking us to do.

Say: Now it’s time for today’s Gospel reading:
Alleluia!  Alleluia!    (hold up card with phrase on it)  Can you repeat this after me?

Have the reader begin.

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:  Read the Gospel

Hand out the symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a cross) 
Explain: Color this symbol of the cross and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about following Jesus.  If you can do it, write one thing you can do this week that is a cross you can bear for Jesus. <not complaining about carrots for dinner, not fighting with your brother, not talking back to your parent>

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

Count out the parent letters and hand-outs to go home.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

 
Use this symbol of a cross for all 3 purposes - small for the communal poster... mid-sized for the special banner symbol and full-sized black-lined for the Offertory coloring symbol


Parent Letter
Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
                                                             

             Today your children heard a simplified version of the same readings that you heard.

             Isaiah 50: 4-8
James 2:14-18
Mark 8:31-35
To reinforce at home:
“Take up your cross and follow me”  What a concept for a little child!  Jesus asks us to take our lives and live the way He told us.  This is not always easy.  It is not always easy to be nice to your siblings or classmates.  It is not always easy to tell the truth.  It is not always easy to take the time to love.
We spent a little time today trying to define what our own “crosses” might be and what we need to do about them.

Activities to do at home:

What would Jesus do?  During the week, when you and/or your child have a problem, ask each other this question.  Help your child reason like Jesus teaches us.

Make a large cross out of cardboard together and decorate it to remind yourselves to follow Jesus.

Thank you for sharing your children!