4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

January 29, 2023

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  • God’s values, opposite those of the world
  • humbly obeying and worshipping
  • justice to the poor
  • God chose the foolish things to shame the wise
  • Brag about the Lord
YOUNG CATHOLICS

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

The readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A tell us we must seek the Lord. The first reading gives us a road-map for discipleship. The psalm sings of God’s faithfulness and kindness. The second reading reminds us that the world might consider our path as a foolish one. In the gospel, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes, which lay out what it means to follow Him.

Cryptogram Puzzle

This printable cryptogram gives the eight beatitudes in random order. Children can figure out the key and substitute the letters to solve the puzzle and complete the beatitudes.

Litany of the Beatitudes

This Litany of the Beatitudes is a prayer which helps us remember the beatitudes. It also asks for our Lord’s grace so we can live these values in our daily lives.

Prayer of Trust in God

This prayer of trust in God is based on Psalm 146, which is the responsorial psalm for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. It speaks of depending on God about all other things.

Blessings and Woes Lesson Plan

This Blessings and Woes lesson plan on the Beatitudes will help youth understand the good and bad things which Jesus warns people about in the Sermon on the Plain from the Gospel of Luke.

Sunday Connection
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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Jesus teaches what it means to be happy.

GRADES
1-3

As younger children begin to learn about sharing and compromise, they may still be focused on getting their own way and see having what they want as a prerequisite for happiness. In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches us what it means to be truly happy.

GRADES
4, 5, and 6

Young people today hear many messages about what makes a person happy. Many of the messages about happiness from our contemporary culture try to sell us quick and superficial happiness. In the Beatitudes, Jesus offers us an alternative prescription for happiness, one that promises lasting happiness to those who live by his teaching.

GRADES
7-8

Young people at this age are bombarded with messages that promise them happiness. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus reverses expectations and points out what true happiness is.

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Beatitude Flowers

This week on Catholic Crafts with Clare we make beatitude flowers! Visit http://www.themassbox.com to craft along with us!

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KID CATHOLIC / KINETIC CATHOLIC MINISTRIES (3:23) – Formerly Kid Catholic, Kinetic Catholic is a ministry launched by Kedon Gumerson, a 17 year old Catholic apologetic Youtuber, speaker, and radio show host! Kedon has given talks at various schools, parishes, and events across the country!

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WORKSHEET

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WORD SEARCH PUZZLE

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THE KID'S BULLETIN

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REFLECTION

Saint Blaise – February 3  | Beatitudes Word Find

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MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

CHILDREN’S SERMON

Fishers of Men Object Lesson

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The beatitudes can seem somewhat confusing and contradictory for young children. What does it mean to be blessed? And why would someone who is sad or shy or hurting receive good things? The main idea to communicate is that we can have hope and peace when we place our faith in Jesus Christ alone. He has great plans for our lives if we follow Him first. These crafts aim to provide reminders for students of what it means to be “blessed”. These are also helpful tools for students working on memorizing the verses of the beatitudes.

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SERMONS 4 KIDS

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

The “Bee-Attitudes”

OBJECT: A flower or a toy bee

Dear Father, help us to have the happiness that you want for us. Happiness that comes, not from what happens to us, but from what happens inside of us. 

If I were to ask you to tell me what what makes you happy, what would your answer be? Would it be something like “happiness is scoring the winning goal in a soccer game” or “happiness is being the most popular person in my class?”

We all want to be happy, don’t we? Does it surprise you to know that God wants you to be happy? Well, he does, but you might be surprised to find out that what Jesus said about happiness is quite different from what you and I might expect…


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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Looking Upside Down – Snow Globe

OBJECT: Snow globe, if available, or use directions to make one.

This lesson gives us encouragement – cheers us on as we feel “poor in spirit.” 

2021 Tulsa Musical Snow Globe - Ida Red General StoreDo you ever stand on your head just for fun? Isn’t it odd how things look a bit different when you’re upside down?

Perhaps you have a snow globe in your home or have noticed one in a store. It is a clear ball that has a scene inside. It may be a Christmas scene with a snowman, Christmas tree or reindeer; or it may be set like a village with trees and stores. Whatever the scene, the fun of a snow globe happens when you turn it upside down. Snow begins to fall and cover the objects in the globe. Everything inside the globe looks a bit different after it has been turned upside down.


Looking Upside Down – Birds

OBJECT: spoon or tree branch

We aren’t able to see all that God can see. But, God promises that in the kingdom of heaven all will be made right.

Minnesota Profile: White-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) and Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) | January–February 2022 | Minnesota Conservation Volunteer | Minnesota DNRA nuthatch is a small bird that is about as long as the spoon you use to eat your cereal (5 to 6 inches long). There are different types of nuthatches, but they all have one interesting thing in common. Instead of climbing up the trunk of a tree, like other birds, a nuthatch can climb up and also down. When it climbs down a tree it goes headfirst. The nuthatch can also move about on the underside of a branch rather than walk on the top of the branch like other birds do. Doesn’t the nuthatch seem like an upside down bird?

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