3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

January 22, 2023


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Salford Diocese, UK

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Ministry to Children

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  • Turn back to God!
  • Come with me!
  • Right away they left everything and went with Jesus
  • A bright light has shone on everyone
  • Get along with each other

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A inspire us to understand that Jesus has saved us and we are called to spread that good news to others. In the first reading we hear that Jesus ushers in a new era of freedom and salvation. The psalm reaffirms that the Lord is our salvation. In the 2nd reading Paul reminds us that we must be united in our efforts to evangelize. And in the Gospel we hear Jesus calling Simon Peter and Andrew to join him in spreading the Good News.

Pray for More Vocations to the Priesthood

Why should we pray for more vocations to the priesthood? It is no secret that we need more priests in the Catholic Church. Giving your whole life to the service of the Church is counter-cultural and many young people do not even consider it. God calls us all to a specific vocation. So we should pray that those being called to the priesthood will hear and answer that call.

Anselm’s Prayer – Teach My Heart Where and How to Seek You

St. Anselm of Canterbury was a Benedictine monk and theologian. His feast day is April 21. Anselm’s Prayer is a good prayer to say before reading scripture. It would also work well will a discussion of discernment or discipleship.

Donut Fishing Youth Ministry Game

This donut fishing youth ministry game will get everyone laughing. It is only a little messy, so it can easily be done indoors. Your teens will love it.

Sunday Connection
by Loyola Press

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Jesus begins to preach in Galilee and calls his first disciples. Learn more about this Gospel with reflections and activities from Loyola Press.


Jesus invited Peter and Andrew, James and John to leave their fishing trade to follow him. He promised that they would catch followers for Christ. They immediately followed Jesus as he traveled to many areas curing people of their ailments.

4, 5, and 6

We all experience interruptions in our daily lives. Today’s Gospel tells us about how Jesus’ first disciples responded when Jesus interrupted their daily routine and called them to a new life. We are invited to consider how we might respond to God’s call in our life.


At this age, young people are being pulled in many different directions. They sometimes find it hard to prioritize. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calls us all to repent and follow him, making him our life’s priority.


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Fishers of Men Craft

This week on Catholic Crafts with Clare we make a Fishers of Men craft! Visit http://www.themassbox.com to craft along with us!

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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LINDA USELMANN CATHOLIC CRAFTS – As Jesus talks about making His Apostles “fishers of men,” you can use this fishing game to help your children learn about the twelve Apostles: Simon-Peter, Andrew, John, James (both of them), Matthew, Bartholomew, Philip, Judas Iscariot, Judas/Thaddeus, Simon, and Thomas.


3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

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Light in the Darkness! A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A. (January 22, 2023)


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Fishers of Men Object Lesson

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Main Objective: For young children, it might seem strange to hear Jesus promise His disciples that they will “fish for people.” This message explores that concept by explaining to students how God wants us to bring others to the knowledge of His salvation and family. We want to express to kids the importance of a life lived for and with Christ, and what a blessing it is to share with others!

Object Lesson Props: Fishing equipment, such as nets, rods, bait, tackle, etc; pictures of fishing boats or old fishing methods.


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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Fishing for People

OBJECT: A rod and reel or other fishing equipment.

Jesus wants you and me to fish for people, too. That means that Jesus wants us to tell others about what He has done for us and what He wants to do for them. !

Do you enjoy fishing? Have you ever caught a fish? Fishing is a great sport, and if you have ever been fishing and have caught a fish, you know that there’s a great feeling of excitement when you catch a fish. One of the things that makes fishing such a great sport is that it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old…you can still be good at fishing.

What does it take to be good at catching fish? First of all, you need to be properly equipped. You can’t just get a piece of string, put a hook on it, and tie it on the end of a stick and expect to catch many fish, can you? No! If you’re serious about fishing, you’ll make sure you have all the right equipment. You’ll want a nice rod and reel like this one I have this morning.

Activities for  3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Crossword Puzzle

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Follow Me

OBJECT: Picture of dove

It’s not always easy. But the good news is that we have chances to follow every day. 

Have you ever seen a really long train?

I am always amazed to see just how long they can be. Did you know that the longest train ever stretched almost 5 miles (7.83km)? It had 8 engines that pulled almost 700 cars. Now that’s one big train!

The thing that’s always fascinated me about watching those really long trains is how – sooner or later – all of the cars follow the same path as the first engine as it pulls them down the tracks. It’s like follow the leader. If the front engine turns in one direction or another, all the rest of the cars will turn in just that same spot. (Note: Depending on the number of children in your group you may wish to model this concept here by having the children form a “train” that follows you in a line.)

In today’s Gospel lesson Jesus says that “whoever serves me must follow me – and where I am, there my servant will be also.”

It’s sort of like our train, isn’t it? Jesus is telling us that the way to lead lives that will be pleasing to God is to follow his example.

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Time to Go

OBJECT: Pictures of geese in flight

They knew it was time to go because Jesus called to them and said, “Come after me” (4:19). .

There are flight patterns around our world that certain birds follow to fly to warmer climates for the winter and back north in the summer. These birds migrate (change location) to find better sources of food and a climate where they will be more comfortable.

Have you noticed that some birds are in your area at a certain time of year and are gone at other times of the year?

Wild geese are especially interesting to watch because they fly in a V formation. They fly in the shape of a V because there is less wind resistance and they can fly faster and with greater ease. The goose flying at the front point of the V receives the most wind and has the most difficult time flying. When that goose gets tired another goose comes and takes its place and other geese take turns as well.

When it is time to migrate the flock leaves all at once. No one knows exactly what tells them it is time to leave, but when the time is right, they go.


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