3rd Sunday of Advent (A)

December 11, 2022

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Children Activities

The Mass Box

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Society of Christian Doctrine

Salford Diocese, UK

The Kid’s Bulletin

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Are you the one?
Tell what you have seen and heard
I am sending my messenger ahead of you
Blooming of deserts
Wait patiently
YOUNG CATHOLICS

3rd Sunday of Advent Resources

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year A help us consider the signs of our salvation. In the first reading we foresee a land where our king rules in justice. In the second reading we are encouraged to be patient. In the gospel Jesus tells us we must look at what we see before us and decide what we believe.

Prayer of Trust in God

This prayer of trust in God is based on Psalm 146, which is the responsorial psalm for this Sunday. It speaks of depending on God about all other things.

Who Are You? A Lesson Plan on Identity

This reflection helps youth consider the question which was asked of John the Baptist: “Who are you?” There are many ways we can identify ourselves. How does our faith impact our identity?

Why Linus Drops His Blanket in A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas emphasizes the religious nature of the Christmas holiday. But did you ever notice that Linus drops his blanket during the show?

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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 11:2-11
Jesus tells John the Baptist of the signs of the kingdom that are being worked through him and praises John as more than a prophet.

GRADES
1-3

Teach younger children that as Christians, we rejoice because Jesus has saved us from sin and offers us eternal life in heaven with God.

GRADES
4, 5, and 6

When John the Baptist sends his messengers to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah, Jesus responds by naming some of the signs of the kingdom that have been observed in Jesus’ ministry. Today is our Advent Sunday for rejoicing. We rejoice when we can find signs of God’s work in our world.

GRADES
7-8

Young people at this age want to be happy. This Sunday’s Gospel Reading teaches us the real reason for being joyful—salvation in Jesus is near to us.

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Cacti Craft Activity

The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song.” So for the Third Sunday of Advent, we’re making blooming cacti and talking about how awesome Jesus is!

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SOURCE: Catholic Crafts with Clare
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Meeting Jesus!

A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 3rd week in Advent, cycle A This video is from 2019. For most recent videos click here.

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REFLECTION

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CHILDREN’S SERMON

Signs of the Messiah

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Star Light, Star Bright

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OBJECT: A Christmas Star

One of the names given to Jesus is “Bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16) Jesus is not a wishing star to whom we say a prayer and make a wish. He is a star of hope. Our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people.

Have you ever wished upon a star? When I was a child, there was a rhyme we would say in the evening when the sky began to get dark. As soon as it was dark enough for us to see the very first star in the sky, we would say,

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

When we finished saying the rhyme, we closed our eyes and made a wish for something special. I don’t remember if any of my wishes ever came true, but I am sure that if they did, wishing on the star had nothing to do with it.

The people who lived in Jesus’ day were watching and waiting for the Messiah who had been promised by the prophets of old. Many of them watched the stars in the sky looking for a sign that would announce the coming of the Messiah. As you know, a star did appear announcing the birth of Jesus Christ. The wise men saw that star and went to find the Christ child, but for many years after that, some people were still watching and waiting.


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The Gifts that Jesus Brings

OBJECT: A calendar


Joy to the World

OBJECT: A calendar showing the number of days left until Christmas.

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Blossom with Joy

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OBJECT: Pictures of desert flowers

In the Bible, the prophet, Isaiah spoke about a desert and said this: “The wilderness and the dry land will be glad. The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose” (35:1).

What do you imagine when you think of a desert? You might see a place that is hot and dry. There may be lots of sand and cacti growing there. The desert you imagine may be colored in soft oranges, golds, and browns that all seem to blend together. You wouldn’t expect to see a wide variety of bright colors.

A few years ago, a very dry desert in California received record rainfall and guess what happened? The desert filled with beautiful white, pink, lavender, blue, and gold wild flowers. It was a surprise and it was spectacular!

Wildflower seeds had been sleeping in the desert soil for fifty years and when the rain came, conditions were just right for them to bloom.


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Patience!

OBJECT: If you have quilters in your congregation ask them to display quilts they have made and talk about quilts they may have given as charitable gifts.


How Can You Tell?

OBJECT: Container of powdery dirt (dust-like)


With Our Own Eyes

OBJECT: Picture of the earth or a dinosaur

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