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Kim Scott is Director of Family Faith Formation at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach, California. - WATCH VIDEO

Kids' Bulletin

Click on image to go to this week's THE KID'S BULLETIN.

Word Search

Click on image to download Word Search activity handout. CATHOLIC MOM is a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries offering children's handouts of Gospel Reading, a coloring page, lesson plans, Mass Worksheets for ages 7-10 and 11-14, Word Search, and Crossword puzzle.

Worksheet

The S.D.C., a Catholic Society in the UK, provides worksheets for use in Sunday Liturgy groups for children.

Crossword

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Jesus at the Temple! Lent 3B

Catholic Kids

Jesus and the Temple! 3rd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B)

Every Wednesday Isabella D’Angelo releases a new video on her YouTube channel “Catholic Kids Media” that illustrates the meaning of the readings along with a reflection. The 21-year-old Catholic evangelist understands the importance of adhering to truth and faith, especially when addressing young impressionable children. She said her goal is to help children understand that Jesus is a real person with unique character traits, with whom they can have a real relationship. READ MORE

Primary Grades

Ten Commandments Song

Ten Commandments Song

Intermediate

Superbook - The Ten Commandments - Season 1 Episode 5 - Full Episode (HD Version)

The Ten Commandments (Superbook - 27:30)

Junior High

The Ten Commandments 2009   Bible Animated Movie HD

The Ten Commandments Animated Movie (1:24:32)

High School

Examination of Conscience (The Ten Commandments)

Examination of Conscience (8:21)

Cycle B: Sunday Gospel Video, The 3rd Sunday of Lent
Click on image above to play video.
Holy Heroes

Role Play

Each week the Holy Heroes perform some kind of script, either through role playing, coloring, or puppets, etc. Watch the video with your students and then have them perform their own skits. GO TO LESSON
Word Sunday

The GIfts God Gives

Catechists may adapt these stories to use as skits for their students (i.e. class reads story out loud, and then have a group of students act the story out afterwards using their own words based on what they can remember).
In the story for the first reading, Sam knew and followed the rules to the letter, yet show disdain and disrespect for his teacher. This is the opposite attitude demanded by the Ten Commandments; these rules demand respect for God and for others.
In the story for the gospel, Denise stood up to a bully on principle. She, like Jesus, stood up to the bullies because it was the right thing to do.
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SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017).
Church Skits

Ten Commandments

Catechists may adapt this skits to match the needs and age level of students (i.e. use only a small portion of the skit).

Here is a preview:

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SOURCE: Church Skits by Tanis Harms; used with permission.
“Jesus Cleans the Temple”  Bible Craft Ideas from John 2:13-22
Each week Kristin Schmidt offers two videos on the upcoming Sunday readings. You will find one of them here. To view the other, and to access lesson plans and activities, go to Ministry-To-Children website. Click on image above to play video.
Ministry-To-Children

“Jesus Cleans the Temple” Bible Craft Ideas

In this video, children will explore the story of Jesus becoming righteously angry and clearing out the temple to be used for its proper purpose. These crafts recount the story. A braided yarn "whip" is a fun prop connected to the whip Jesus made, and a special plate decoration encourages kids to consider how to "clear out" the negative distractions and focus on what helps us worship God.

Our Sunday Visitor

Family Activites

  • Have a family discussion about anger. When is anger useful or justified? When is anger destructive? Have each family member talk about how he or she can communicate his or her angry feelings in a positive way.
  • Participate in the parish reconciliation service during Lent with your family. Remind children that God always loves us and is always willing to forgive us.
  • Talk about ways your family can show respect for God’s house. Discuss the following questions: What should I do in God’s house?
  • Help family members learn about ways we honor God in church. Talk about ways we honor God at home.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Classroom Activities

RCL Benzinger

Primary Grades

Brainstorm Activity: To begin, write “rules at school,” “rules at home,” and “rules in our community” in three columns on the board or on a sheet of poster paper. Invite volunteers to come forward and write down a rule that fits into one of the three columns.

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Intermediate Grades

Brainstorm Activity: To begin, write the heading “Rules to Love By” on the board or on a large sheet of poster paper. Brainstorm with the children what rules in society help us to show love and respect for other people and for ourselves. Write down their responses.

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Junior High

Brainstorm Activity: To begin, brainstorm with the young people what rules and laws help them to value life. Write down their responses.

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SOURCE: RCL Benziger
Loyola Press

Jesus drives out the moneychangers from the Temple

Reflection Questions for Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8 which help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.
Below you will find only the beginning part of each grade level's "Sunday Connection" activity. Follow link above to view entire lessons.
Grades 1-3

Grades 1-3

Young children think in concrete, literal ways. Like the people who heard Jesus in today’s Gospel, they take Jesus’ teachings literally. Jesus, however, sometimes taught using figures of speech and metaphors that his followers understood only after his Resurrection.
Materials Needed
  • Sheets of paper rolled into the shape of a tube, fastened with tape, one for each child

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Roll sheets of paper into tubes and secure them with tape. Give each child a tube. Tell the children that you can put a hole right through their hands without hurting them. Have them put the tube up to their right eye and close the eye. Then tell them to put their left hand slightly to the left of the tube’s opening, with the palm toward their face. Have them point the tube a bit to the left and open their right eye. With both eyes open, it will appear that their left hand has a hole.

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Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6

We can experience God’s presence any time and any place. We gather to pray in our churches, however, because we believe that Christ is present there in a special way.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask: What are some places that we believe are holy? (churches, shrines, altars, the tabernacle) What makes a place holy? (A place is holy because we experience God’s presence there.) What do we do at holy places? (worship God, gather for celebrations)

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Grades 7-8

Grades 7-8

Our churches are places of prayer and worship because Christ is present in them in a special way. We can take time this Lent to consider the quality of our prayer and worship and assist young people to appreciate more fully that we show reverence for Christ in worship and in how we live each day.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask that those who have been a spectator at a sporting event to raise their hands. Then ask those who have attended an orchestra concert to raise their hands. Invite volunteers to compare behavior expected at a sporting event with behavior expected in a concert hall. Discuss why behavior is different in these two settings. Then ask the young people what kind of behavior is expected when we gather at church.

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SOURCE: Loyola Press
CAFOD

Jesus went up a mountain

Ask the children to colour in the accompanying illustration and write or draw on the back what they will do to try to make the world a fairer place over the next week.


Ask the children to tell their family all that that they have heard and thought about during the session. See more Fairtrade activities for children at cafod.org.uk/primary/fairtrade


If you haven’t already printed out and given older children the one-page primary Lent calendar from cafod.org.uk/primary, you could do so today and/or remind them to use some of the activities on it this week.

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SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
LOVE YOU FOREVER by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw - Children's Books Read Aloud
TIME (7:41): A video related to this week's "Book of the Week" "
Book of the Week

Love You Forever

Love You Forever is an inspirational book about the relationship between a mother and her son from his birth to his adult years and how their relationship evolves. It is an absolutely beautiful story about love and relationships and how the nature of duties in relationships change as individuals mature and age. The steadfast bond between parent and child and their relationship is the focus of the story. The story follows the love of the mother for her infant through the troublesome twos, the lazy years, and the difficult teen years. Things change, but her love never diminishes and the mother is always present in the relationship, no matter the response, or lack of response, from her son. This story is a perfect parallel of some of our moments of relationship with our God as the ever faithful parent and us as the not always grateful child.

Relationship

Relationships are all about our connection with others and the efforts that are put forth to build and maintain a healthy connection with others.

First Reading

The receiving of the Law at Mount Sinai was one of the most defining moments within Israel’s collective and historic relationship with God. These commandments are essential to our relationship with God, for they provide us with the guidance we need to live healthy and loving relationships with both God and others. Notice that the first three commandments all have to do with our relationship with God while the remaining seven have to do with our relationships with others. Although they are seen as distinct from one another, they are absolutely interconnected, for we cannot possibly love God without loving our neighbor and loving our neighbor is a manifestation of loving God.

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Second Reading

Saint Paul writes to the Church at Corinth about an overriding concern: the divisions that exist in the community. He and other leaders throughout church history are concerned about fostering and maintaining healthy relationships among members of the community, even when they are in disagreement. Today’s reading highlights one of the sources of the tensions: the confusion of human wisdom with divine wisdom. Saint Paul will address time and again the importance of the unity and relationship of the Christian community. It is important to understand that unity does not always mean uniformity.

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Gospel

The Gospel reading from John is about the cleansing of the Temple, one of the few instances where we see Jesus expressing anger. He is angered by the fact that the Temple is being used inappropriately. Jesus was well aware of the fact that the money changers and the Temple authorities were working together to take advantage of those arriving at the Temple to make their Passover offering. There was indeed a violation of good and honorable relationships.

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SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; "Build. Plant. Grow." = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Catholic Kids Bulletin

Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday's Mass every week. More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website. Click on image/text to download entire bulletin for your children.

Sermon Writer

The children's sermon excerpts below are linked to Sermon Writer, which was operated by Niell Donavan, a United Christ clergyman from 1997 until his death in 2020. His wife Dale is graciously keeping his website online FREE, subscription no longer required. As Catholic Catechists, be sure to adapt if necessary before presenting to children.
FOCUS: FIRST READING

10 Commandments

Do you have rules in school? Can you name some of them? (Allow the children to respond with their rules. Be prepared with these rules: Follow directions. Be respectful of yourself and others. Complete work on time. Stay on task. Cell phones off in classroom. Raise your hand if you have a question. No talking in the hallways. Always do your best.) How about at home – do you have rules at home? Can you name some of them? (Be prepared with these: No TV until homework is done. Make your bed every morning. Wash your hands before eating. No answering phone at mealtime. ) Long ago God gave us 10 rules. We call them “The 10 Commandments.”The 10 commandments are important rules to live by. The first four rules show us how to behave toward God. The next six rules show us how to behave toward each other.

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FOCUS: SECOND READING

Inspiration

Today I’d like to tell you the true story of a remarkable boy. His name is Mattie Stepanek. It is a sad story because Mattie died when he was thirteen years old, but you will also come to know that it is a beautiful story because of how Mattie lived his life. He had an illness that caused him to be in a wheelchair, and he also needed equipment to help him breathe. In spite of having severe health problems, Mattie liked to do all the things that healthy kids do. He liked to read, play video games, build with Legos, and collect rocks. Mattie also loved to write. He wrote five books of poetry called “Heartsongs.” Although he was young, he was very courageous and wise. Through his poetry he talked about how to make the world a more peaceful place. He traveled and met many famous people. Everywhere he went he spoke about the importance of living a gentle life. What mattered to Mattie––and these are his words––was “praying and playing and celebrating life every day in some way.”

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FOCUS: GOSPEL

Right Thing, Wrong Place

Have you ever been to a library? There’s a special rule for how we use our voices there, right? (What’s the rule? How do we speak in a library?) That’s right – we use very quiet voices in the library because we don’t want to disturb anyone who might be reading. Now things are different on the playground, aren’t they? There we can use our loudest voices – because playgrounds are places for having fun. Sometimes the things that are fine to do in one place are just not appropriate in another. In this week’s Gospel we hear a story about this problem. Jesus goes to the temple and when he gets there he finds that people are inside selling animals. They’ve turned the temple into a kind of store.

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SOURCE: Sermon excerpts from Sermon Writer: Children's Sermons - All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan

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