4th Sunday of Advent (A)

December 18, 2022

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The Mass Box

Catholic Kids Media

Society of Christian Doctrine

Salford Diocese, UK

The Kid’s Bulletin

Ministry to Children

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An angel came in a dream
‘God is with us’
Joseph’s trust and faith
Joseph’s immediate obedience
The good news promised long ago
YOUNG CATHOLICS

4th Sunday of Advent Resources

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year A challenge us to look beyond our own understanding and have faith. The first reading foretells that a virgin will give birth. The psalm praises the wonders of God. The second reading speaks of the promises of God through the ages and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the gospel we hear how an angel appeared to Joseph and he did as the angel told him.

Litany of St. Joseph

In this Litany of St. Joseph, we ask this saint to pray for us so we can be more like him, especially in the way he trusted in God and cared for the Holy Family.

Pray the O Antiphons

The “O Antiphons” are part of the evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours for December 17 to December 23. In them, Old Testament imagery is used to proclaim the coming of the Christ child.  Incorporate them into your family prayer this advent.

Put Up the Tree and Do a Christmas Tree Blessing

This Christmas tree blessing will help kids connect the traditions of the season with the Incarnation.

Sunday Connection
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Matthew 1:18-24
An angel appears to Joseph, directing him to take Mary as his wife and telling him that the child she will bear will be called Emmanuel.

GRADES
1-3

Younger children are learning where to place their trust. Joseph is a model for us in trusting God.

GRADES
4, 5, and 6

Joseph trusted God’s message to him and accepted the responsibility of caring for Mary and the child she would bear, Jesus. In Joseph, we find a model of faithful service to God.

GRADES
7-8

Young people in this age group are learning how to trust those who are responsible for leading them into the future. In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading, Joseph is a role model of trust in God.

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4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

THE MASS BOX

Making an Angel Craft

Get ready for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and making an angel craft! Clare and Dominic and the angels are off on a mission!

SOURCE: Catholic Crafts with Clare
CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA
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Messiah!

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.

SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

WORKSHEET

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SALFORD DIOCESE, UK

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

SOURCE: Salford Diocese Office for Liturgy
THE KID'S BULLETIN

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

REFLECTION

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MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Good News for Everyone 

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Children’s Message: The Birth of Jesus from Matthew 1:18-25

Main Objective: Christmas is full of excitement, and can be overwhelming. At this time of parties, presents, and programs, it’s important to highlight and emphasize the beauty of the Gospel. This message aims to remind children of the Good News sent for us, and to invite them to proclaim that joy to others with eager enthusiasm.

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SOURCE: Ministry to Children
SERMONS 4 KIDS

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

Jesus Is Comin’ to Town

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OBJECT: A toy Santa or you might choose to wear a Santa hat.

the real reason for this season is the celebration of Jesus Christ’s coming–and he brings us the greatest gift of all.

One morning last week a tune started going through my mind. As you might imagine, that is not unusual. I often wake up in the morning with a song on my mind and often go to bed at night with a song on my mind. But this particular morning was different. I woke up with the tune “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” running through my mind, but the words that came to my mind were not the usual words to the song. Here are the words that came to my mind.

Wipe away your tears, get rid of your fears;
Here’s the best news you’ve heard in years!
Jesus Christ is coming to town.


More Sermons for  4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

What’s In A Name?

OBJECT: A book on the meaning of names which should be available at the library. You could also use the cards found in most gift shops and bookstores with names and their meaning.


An Angle Appears to Joseph

OBJECT: A Christmas angel decoration, such as an ornament, tree topper, or Christmas card

SOURCE: Sermons 4 Kids
SERMON WRITER

4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

What’s in a Name?

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OBJECT: Meanings of names

“Before Jesus was born an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary was to give birth to a baby boy and he would be called Immanuel which means “God is with us.”

What would we do if we didn’t have names? How would your mother call you in to dinner? How would you get mail? What would you call your friends? Names are important. Some children are named after their father or another family member. Some are named after a favorite friend or a famous person whom the parents admire.

Girls are named after flowers: Rose, Lily, or Jasmine. Other girls are named after the months of the year: April, May, or June and even the seasons such as Autumn.

Some boys are given Biblical names like Jacob, Matthew, or Daniel and girls have Biblical names such as Mary, Elizabeth, or Ruth.

Children may be given a name because they just look like the name fits them or they are given a name that goes well with their last name.Many names have a special meaning. Let’s look at a few:


More Sermons for  4th Sunday of Advent ( A)

Joseph’s Dream

OBJECT: Container of powdery dirt (dust-like)


We Can’t Wait Anymore!

Objects suggested: Prepare star shapes with a hole in one point for a length of yarn to be used to wear the star around the neck.


Finding a Good Job

OBJECT: Any object that represents a distinct type of work such as a shovel to represent a gardener, a bucket to represent a dairy farmer, a Bible to represent clergy.

SOURCE: THE SERMON WRITER

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