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Gods Game Plan March 14
Kim Scott is Director of Family Faith Formation at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach, California. - WATCH VIDEO

Kids' Bulletin

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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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The Desert of Lent! Lent 4B (Catholic Kids Media)

Catholic Kids

The Desert of Lent (2021 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

John 3:16 For kids! by Jack & Scarlett

John 3:16 for Kids (0:43)

Intermediate

"For God So Loved" | John 3:16 | Catholic Songs for Kids | Bible Memory Verses

"For God So Loved" | John 3:16 | Catholic Songs for Kids (1:36)

Junior High

Bronze Serpent  I Old Testament I Animated Bible Story For Children | Holy Tales Bible Stories

The Bronze Serpent (4:12)

High School

For God So Loved the World

For God So Loved the World (4:48)

Cycle B: Sunday Gospel Video, The 4th Sunday of Lent
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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

Living in the Light

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, St. Paul did not understand the power of God's gift until he experienced it in Jesus.
In the story for the gospel, Janice and Sylvia went to the mall to window shop. Two teens who might be friends parted ways over a stolen bracelet. Janice did not want to live in the dark, like Sylvia. She wanted to live in the light, like Jesus told Nicodemus.
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SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017).
Church Skits

Having Confidence

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.
Craft Ideas: John 3:14-21 God Loves the World
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

“God Loves the World” Bible Craft Ideas

"For God so Loved the World..." John 3:16​ is a well-known passage, but that single verse is not all there is to it! These crafts celebrate that Jesus rescued the world, and also that He lights the world. A decorative globe honors the sacrifice Christ made for the Earth. An "illuminated cross" reminds us that walking in His light leads us to the truth.

Our Sunday Visitor

Family Activites

  • Thank Jesus for the gift of faith. Pray the Stations of the Cross together with your family, or join your parish community in the Stations of the Cross.
  • Make a poster with the words of John 3:16. Use this verse at the beginning of your family prayer this week. Thank God for all God has done for your family.
  • Distribute a sheet of paper to each family member. Ask each person to list ten blessings in his or her life. After a few minutes of reflection, ask each member to share some of his or her blessings. Then make a list of family blessings.
  • Live your faith as a family this week. For example, send a get-well card to someone who is ill, make soup and take it to a homebound person, invite someone who lives alone over for dinner.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Classroom Activities

RCL Benzinger

Primary Grades

Paper Crafts: For today’s session provide the outline of a candlestick drawn on a sheet of colored construction paper and the outline of a large flame drawn on yellow construction paper. Provide scissors and have each child cut out a candlestick and flame. Invite the children to think about how they can be children of light. Invite the children to write on the back of their flame one good and loving choice they can make this week to bring light into the world. Explain to the children that they can attach the flame to their candle after they have done what is written on the back.

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Intermediate Grades

Permanent Marker Activity: To begin provide each child with a white pillar candle and permanent markers or puffy paints. Invite the children to create a candle to represent the light of Easter. Using words or images, invite the children to design their own Easter candle.

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Junior High

Brainstorm Activity: To begin, divide a large sheet of poster paper into two columns. Write the titles “Dark Choices” and Choosing Light” above each column. Brainstorm with the youngsters where they see examples in society of people making choices that lead to darkness and sin. Write down their responses in the column marked “Dark Choices.” Then brainstorm where they find examples of people choosing light over darkness. Record their responses in the column marked “Choosing Light.”

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SOURCE: RCL Benziger
Loyola Press

The Son of Man will be raised up

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

Even if their consciences are not yet fully developed, young children do experience guilt and remorse for their misdeeds. The remedy for these feelings is our faith in God’s infinite mercy and forgiveness, shown to us in the death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Materials Needed
  • Two identical 11-inch paper dolls
  • One cut out of notebook paper and one cut out of cardboard
  • A marker

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Cut out two identical 11-inch paper dolls, one from notebook paper and one from cardboard. Show them to the children. Say: When God made people, he made them to care for one another so that the world would be filled with love. But every day people do unkind things to one another.

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Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6

Our guilt for sin often causes us to hide our sinfulness from others, perhaps even thinking that we are hiding our sins from God. However, because we are confident in Jesus’ promise of salvation, we can confess our sins to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask the group to think about a time when they did something that they knew to be wrong. Ask: What did you do afterward? Did you tell someone else about what you did, or did you try to hide what you had done? How did you feel afterward?

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Grades 7-8

Grades 7-8

Images of light illuminating darkness can help us to reflect on God’s mercy and forgiveness. Confident in Jesus’ promise of salvation, we confess our sins to God in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and experience the joy of God’s forgiveness.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask the young people to identify a number of ways that the darkness of night might be illuminated so that we can see our way, for example, porch lights, street lights, lighted signs, headlights on cars, flashlights when camping, a bright moon.

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SOURCE: Loyola Press
CAFOD

God so loved the world

Ask the children to colour in the accompanying illustration and on the back to draw or write how we can spread love all round the world.


Cut heart shapes out of card and ask the children to write a prayer saying thank you for the love that they receive in their lives. Ask them to pray these at home together with their family during the week and to think of all people around the world in our global family who are also loved by God.


Or, on the heart shapes ask the children to write or draw a special message of love for their mothers or other special person. You could start them off by writing “Love is when you…” on one piece of card/paper and photocopying to the others.


Ask the children to tell their family all that they have heard and thought about today. Ask them to share God’s love through their actions in the coming week.


If you have already given out copies of the one-page (primary) Lent calendar for children, remind school-age children to use it this week. It can be started at any time in Lent, so you can print it out or send the link from cafod.org.uk/primary/lent

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SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman (3:55): The story and illustrations are so beautiful. Even though this story does not speak directly of God and His love it does indirectly and yes God’s love will find you! I love the sparkles Nancy Tillman uses in all her illustrations to represent “love”; it reminds me of God’s love and Holy Spirit. When I read this story so many bible scriptures stood out to me. I hope you enjoy my reading and are blessed.
Book of the Week

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Nancy Tillman takes the reader on a journey that describes the places and events one might find themselves in and shows that no matter where they are or what has happened, love will find a way to find you. Just one short excerpt from the text will give you an understanding of just how this story expresses the fact that God’s love and mercy are always on a relentless search for each person.

Mercy

Mercy is being kind to someone when you may have the opportunity to be less than kind to them.

First Reading

The Lord has chosen Cyrus, the king of Persia, to restore Israel and the Temple, thus indicating that Cyrus was to be part of God’s plan for salvation, revealing the depth of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

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Second Reading

Saint Paul speaks eloquently of the love and mercy of God in his letter to the Ephesians. As Saint Paul states, in the midst of being dead in our transgressions, God brought us to life in Christ. This mercy, love, and forgiveness that comes from Christ is a free gift from God that can never be earned by us or granted as a special favor to a select few. God’s mercies indeed cover all of the world. This is a great hope for all people throughout all ages!

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Gospel

Jesus recalled how Moses had lifted up the serpent in the desert in order to bestow mercy upon the Israelites even though they were constantly complaining about God and their situation. Jesus will similarly be lifted up as the ultimate expression of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

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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: GOSPEL

For God So Loved the World…

Today I thought we’d talk a little about love. That’s a word we use a lot – but what does it really mean? What are you saying when you tell someone that you love them? (Solicit children’s answers.) Those are all great examples of love. When you love someone – truly love them – it means that you care so deeply about them that you’d do anything for them. Love is a very powerful thing. This week’s Gospel lesson contains what might be the most famous verse in the entire Bible. You might have seen its name – John 3:16 – written on signs (sometimes at football games) or bumper stickers.

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FOCUS: GOSPEL

Lifted Up

Let’s talk about things that are lifted up. Parade flags are placed on poles so others will be sure to see them. Flags are also raised on tall, stationary flag poles and placed on the tops of buildings so they can be seen from a distance. Have you ever watched an athlete who has just won a race? The winner often stretches his or her arms above the head to express joy and celebrate the accomplishment. (Demonstrate this action.) In team sports the winners may lift the team captain or the winning player onto their shoulders and carry him or her off the field. Why are these things done? Yes, we lift something up so it can be seen and shared with others because it is something we believe in. It is something that has value and is satisfying. It is something that gives us joy and is cause for celebration.

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FOCUS: GOSPEL

New and Better Life

Have you ever seen an old building in such poor repair that it looks as if it is about to fall down? It could be a shed, a barn, or even an old house. Sometimes the owners may decide the building is so weak and shaky that it must be taken down so it will not injure someone. When that happens, the word that is used is condemned. People say, “That old building has been condemned.” There is just too much wrong with it. It can’t be repaired or given new life; it must be taken down. This may seem shocking, but people can also be condemned. When we find fault with someone we send a message that they are not good enough, like a building that is no longer of use.

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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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