Children’s Liturgy and Family Resources

 

November 21, 2021

As we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the first and second readings tell of a king who will reign forever. In the gospel, we hear Jesus say that his kingdom is not of this world. At the end of the church year, we take time to remember what all of our readings have ultimately been about... Jesus Christ, who is king forever. Earthly kingdoms may come and go but our hope is in Jesus through whose great love and suffering, sin and death have been conquered. His kingdom continues to grow through our acts of love and service.

Bringing the Gospel home

Brainstorm with your family words that describe a king as well as words that describe the kind of king Jesus is. Talk about how Jesus is a very different kind of king than the world knows.

With your family pray together the “Our Father” and note what we say at the beginning: “thy kingdom come” as well as what is said after the prayer is recited at church: “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.” Discuss the fact that Jesus’ kingdom is included in the prayer he gave to us and in the words we say each Sunday at mass.

Read Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyOswRALFrE

Learn about the life of St. Wenceslaus or St. Elizabeth of Hungary who were rulers who lived out the teachings of Jesus during their reigns. Tell someone about what you have learned.
        Good King Wenceslas: https://hymnary.org/media/fetch/110904

        St. Elizabeth of Hungary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAe1TaqzaiQ

Talk with your family about how you might help to build the kingdom through acts of service.


November 7, 2021

This week in the gospel, Jesus notices a poor widow’s offering and commends her great sacrifice. We are reminded that everyone has something they can give and are called to share what we have with others even when giving might be challenging for us.


Bringing the Gospel home

Have a discussion as a family about ways you could make a sacrificial gift to a charitable organization. (Maybe forgo eating out or going to a movie and contribute the money to the organization you choose).

Make coin-shaped pieces of paper and invite your children to write/draw what they can share with others such as a special talent or kind action...drawing a picture, singing a song or making someone laugh. Encourage them to  put their “coins” in a collection box like the widow did in the gospel story.

Offer to assist with the new Bereavement Ministry at St. Rita.

Learn about organizations in Racine that help women in need such as Bethany Apartments.

Talking to Children about Stewardship

https://catholicfoundationelpaso.org/news/stewardship-ministry-series-why-do-we-need-to-teach-our-children-to-give

Children's Book about the Gospel

The Widow's Offering by Joanne Bader
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwGrFZpSpHM&t=14shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLXaRg7kKNI

 

http://teachingcatholickids.com/5-simple-ways-to-be-generous/

https://cathfamily.org/like-a-x-ray-glasses/

 


October 17, 2021

This week in the gospel, Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all. Children can identify with James and John in desiring a seat of honor. They long to sit at the dinner table next to a special guest such as a grandparent or close friend. Jesus invites us to think about the fact that true leaders put the needs and wants of others before their own. They give up their own glory for the good of the team.


Bringing the Gospel home

 Discuss servant leaders in the bible such as Noah, Moses and Jesus.

 Share a time when you felt God’s love through the sacrifice of another family member.

 Talk about the ways that your family can serve others in your church or community.


Catholic magazine for elementary school-aged children

https://stmarysmessenger.com

 


October 3, 2021

In the gospel this week, we hear Jesus tell his disciples “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Mark 10:14-15

Jesus reminds us of the importance of an attitude of trust and dependence upon God that is often evidenced by children. Children enjoy hearing Jesus tell adults to be like children! We are also reminded that in God’s family all are welcome.

Bringing the Gospel home

Bless all of the children in your family individually thanking God for their unique gifts.

Sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”

Talk with your family about how you can help vulnerable children in your community and the world.

Videos

For parents: dynamiccatholic.com/feed-your-soul/2021/children-are-the-future.html

For children - Children’s Liturgy Videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=enRUVLyf33Q