2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

December 4, 2022

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Children Activities

Catholic Kids Media

Sermons 4 Kids

Society of Christian Doctrine

Salford Diocese, UK

Young Catholics

The Kid’s Bulletin

Ministry to Children

Our Sunday Visitor

Word Sunday

Sermon Writer

Images from the Readings

The Liturgy Centre
Turn back to God!
Do something to show you have given up your sins
Someone more powerful is going to come
Honesty and fairness will be his royal robes
Patient and cheerful

Sunday Connection by Loyola Press

The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.
Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance.

GRADES
1-3

Younger children may be familiar with some ways we prepare our homes for Jesus’ birth, such as by putting out Advent wreaths and calendars or hanging Christmas decorations. Explain to children that during the Advent season, we also prepare our hearts and minds to welcome Jesus.

GRADES
4, 5, and 6

By the second week of Advent, many young people (and adults) have already jumped ahead to the celebration of Christmas. But, when we do this, we miss the important steps of preparation for the Lord’s coming. The preaching of John found in today’s Gospel Reading reminds us that one way in which we prepare for Jesus’ coming is by our repentance from sin.

GRADES
7-8

Young people in this age group are eager to explore and experiment as they search for their identity. In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading, John the Baptist warns us that if we identify with anything sinful, we are in need of repentance.

GO TO ACTIVITY

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FEATURED ACTIVITY

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

THE MASS BOX

Locus Craft Activity

We make a locust to remember John the Baptist.

SOURCE: Catholic Crafts with Clare
CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA
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John the Baptist and Jesus!

Advent! A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 1st week in Advent, cycle A.  This video is from 2022. For the video from 2019 click here.

SERMONS 4 KIDS

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

SERMONS

The Peaceable Kingdom

OBJECT: A print of the painting “The Peaceable Kingdom”


A Voice in the Wilderness

OBJECT: Some cleaning equipment. (mop, pail, broom, etc.)


Ready for the Christ of Christmas

OBJECT: A bag of candy with a piece of candy for each child


CROSSWORD

SOURCE: Sermons 4 Kids
SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

WORKSHEET

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SOURCE: SDC Worksheets
SALFORD DIOCESE, UK

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

SOURCE: Salford Diocese Office for Liturgy
YOUNG CATHOLICS

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

YOUNG CATHOLICS

2nd Sunday of Advent Resources

The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent for Year A are a call to repentance. In the first reading we hear a savior will bring change to our world. In the second reading we are told to be more welcoming to one another. In the gospel, John the Baptist warns the people to change their ways.

Cry Out – A Lesson Plan on St. John the Baptist

This Cry Out lesson plan on St. John the Baptist will help youth understand who this prophet was and the role he played in making the way for Jesus.

Litany of St. John the Baptist

In this Litany of St. John the Baptist, we ask this saint by his many titles and roles to pray for us so we can be more like him.

Wreath Prayer Service

Use the this wreath prayer service to make any evergreen wreath serve as a reminder of our salvation.

SOURCE: YOUNG CATHOLICS
THE KID'S BULLETIN

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

REFLECTION

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SOURCE: THE KID’S BULLETIN
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Shine the Light

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Children’s Message: John the Baptist and the Importance of Pointing to Christ

Main Objective: Kids are by nature somewhat self-centered. When doing activities or making goals, it’s easy for them to desire credit and limelight. This message reminds them that our purpose ought to be pointing others to Christ first and foremost. As John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus and pointed to Him, we want everything we do to reflect the love of God and give glory to Him.

Law/Gospel Theme: Jesus came to redeem us, and because of Him alone we have life and hope. We want our lives to reflect that joyful understanding, and to share it with others around us.

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SOURCE: Ministry to Children
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR

Catholic Family Activities

  • At the dinner table, share examples of how family members have been a source of peace this past week. Ask each at the table to finish this sentence, “This week I helped make peace by…”
  • As a family, make a list of ways you can make your home a better place for Christ to live…
  • Imagine what the world would be like if everyone lived in peace and harmony…

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WORD SUNDAY

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

FAMILY ACTIVITY

Family Church Visit

by Larry Broding

Every Advent, the Church introduces John the Baptist, the prophet figure who proclaimed the coming Kingdom. He told people to change their hearts and lives, so God could enter.

Spiritual preparation for the season requires self-reflection and personal change. This is a good time for a church visit. It can be some quiet time for the family or an Advent Penance Service. Just bringing the family to church on a day different than Sunday will make an impression. And the change family members experience will be subtle, but will be add up.

SOURCE: WORD SUNDAY

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SERMON WRITER

2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

FIRST READING

The Wolf and the Lamb

By Lois Parker Edstrom

When the prophet, Isaiah speaks about peace he is talking about God’s love that comes to us through Jesus. It is through that love we experience peace. 

Lambs are adorable. (Show photo) They live with other sheep in what’s called a flock. Sheep are timid, nervous animals. They have very good hearing and become frightened by loud noises. They have no way to protect themselves so they need to be watched over by shepherds.

Shepherds are people who live out in the pastures with the sheep and move them from one feeding ground to another.

Wolves and coyotes are enemies of sheep. The job of the shepherd is to keep the sheep and little lambs safe from these wild animals.

We read in the Bible about a man named Isaiah and he spoke about such things. He was a prophet, a person who speaks about the future. He talked about a time when the world will become a peaceful place.

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER
GOSPEL

Be a Trailblazer

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: X-ray film (A physician or other health care worker in the congregation may be able to help with obtaining an x-ray.)

We can be trailblazers too. We do that by loving others and showing them the path to God’s love. 

NOTE: This lesson may be tailored to the children of your congregation by substituting an example of an “explorer” well known in your area, who has made a difference for others who follow.

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be an explorer and go where no one has gone before? Explorers are sometimes called trailblazers or pathfinders because they find a way through the wilderness, clearing a path for others to follow.

Lewis and Clark were two explorers who traveled across America, blazing trails, making maps and keeping diaries of what they saw. These two men made it possible for others to follow their trail and travel from one side of America to the other. Now we have freeways that allow us to travel to all parts of America.

Madame Curie is another type of explorer. She discovered a way to look at our bones by taking X-ray pictures of our bodies. Because of her exploration doctors now have a way to see the exact location of a broken bone and decide upon the best way to fix it.

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER
GOSPEL

One More Powerful

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested:A small balsa wood glider such as those found in variety stores and grocery stores or a simple paper airplane that would demonstrate the idea of gliding.

See pictures of hot air balloons

In the Bible John the Baptist talks about preparing for the arrival of Jesus. John the Baptist came to tell the people about Jesus and he also baptized them with water. His work and purpose was to prepare the people to receive Jesus who was to come with the power of God.

Can you imagine a time when there were no airplanes? One hundred years ago most people had never seen anything fly other than a bird or an insect, but people have always dreamed of flying.

There were those who tied feathers to their arms or built artificial wings or wore large capes and tried to fly, but none of those things worked. (Don’t try this yourself!)

Later, people flew hot air balloons and after that there were larger balloons that had engines and propellers and these were called airships.

Next came gliders, but these did not have engines, were hard to control, and not designed for passengers. (Demonstrate a glider.)

It wasn’t until two men, Orville and Wilbur Wright became interested in flight that the idea of people flying in the air began to seem possible. These two men read every book they could find on flying and they also began to experiment with gliders.

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SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER

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