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Seeds March 21
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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Sin and the New Covenant! Lent 5B (Catholic Kids Media)

Catholic Kids

Sin and the New Covenant (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

Book Of Jeremiah| Old Testament StoriesI Animated Children's Bible Stories| Holy Tales Bible Stories

Book Of Jeremiah (11:37)

Intermediate

Oakwood Kids - Outlet Online Ep.21 - Jeremiah and the Fall of Judah

Jeremiah and the Fall of Judah (19:36)

Junior High

The Seed - A Children's Sermon from John 12:24

A Children's Sermon from John 12:24 (4:32)

High School

To see Jesus.  Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year B.

To see Jesus. Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year B. (18:43)

Cycle B: Sunday Gospel Video, The 5th 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

A New Start

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).
The narrative for the first reading described how Jeremiah might have felt when he saw his beloved Jerusalem defeated and in flames. Even in the midst of destruction, the seeds of hope began to take root.
In the story for the gospel, Jackie wanted a mini-bike for his birthday, but he would have to show he was responsible before he received it. How would prove this responsibility? He would demonstrate it by helping others, especially the poor. Helping others changed him. Like Jesus, Jackie said No to himself, so he could say Yes to others.
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SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017).
Church Skits

Reporting Live

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: The Sacrifice of Jesus (John 12:20-33)
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

Craft Ideas: The Sacrifice of Jesus (John 12:20-33)

Jesus had to die in order to bring us life. His sacrifice brought salvation to the world. The passage of focus that coincides with these crafts is John 12:20​-33, in which Jesus describes His death and compares it to grain that dies in order to grow out of the ground. The crafts described here follow that theme of plant growth. A "plant cup" plays with the idea of seeds going into the ground and plants sprouting back up. A "pop-up grain card" uses actual grain or oats along with a "springing up" element to recall the principles of the story.

Our Sunday Visitor

Family Activites

  • Plant flower seeds in small pots, and decorate the pots with signs of new life. Water the seeds carefully. Watch the seeds grow with your family.  Relate this mystery to the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • Talk about ways you are called upon today to “lose your life.” In what ways are you reluctant or fearful? Pray for the courage you need to rise with new life.
  • Select one station of the cross to pray each day. During family prayer, talk about what happened at that station and relate it to the difficulties family members face today.
  • Put a cross in a place of honor in your home. Share with your family the simple story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. If you have any small children, review the sign of the cross with them.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Classroom Activities

RCL Benzinger

Primary Grades

Brainstorm Activity: To begin invite the children to brainstorm all the ways that they can talk and listen to others. Write down their responses on a sheet of poster paper or chalkboard. Explain to the children that we can talk with our hands and arms using gestures, we can sing, and write messages. Then divide the children into pairs. Invite the children to tell their partner to have a nice day by using one method of communicating other than speaking out loud.

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Intermediate Grades

Prayer Activity: To begin, provide cut out magazine photos of people, trees, mountains, beaches, birds, and animals. Explain to the children that one form of Christian prayer is thanks and praise. Invite each child to come forward and select one of the pictures. Invite the children to pray a prayer of thanks by saying thank you to God for the gift on their photo.

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Junior High

Brainstorm Activity: To begin, invite the youngsters to quietly reflect on the friendships that they have with others. Brainstorm with them how people become and stay friends. Write down their responses on a sheet of poster paper or chalkboard.

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SOURCE: RCL Benziger
Loyola Press

Jesus prepares to be glorified by God

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

Giving up something, even when it is to get something else, can be particularly difficult for young children to understand. Through today’s Gospel, we can begin to teach the Christian way of sacrificing for others.
Materials Needed
  • Pictures for a matching game, such as a tree and a wooden table, a lamb and a sweater, a flower and a perfume bottle, a caterpillar and a butterfly.

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Play a matching game with the children. Set out the pictures and see how many the group can match up. Explain that sometimes we must lose something in order to gain something else. For example, we must lose a tree in order to have a wooden table.

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Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6

Young people hear the Gospel against the backdrop of many competing cultural messages. In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples the way of service and self-sacrifice, a way that sharply contrasts with contemporary societal messages that too often lead us to ask, “What’s in it for me?”
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Say: There is a question that we sometimes hear people ask, “What’s in it for me?” Have you ever heard someone ask that question, or have you ever asked that question yourself? What are some of the situations in which you have heard this question? What does it mean? (Offer examples if the group is unable to provide examples on their own.)

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Grades 7-8

Grades 7-8

As the hour of his death drew near, Jesus focused on his purpose and prayed that he would give glory to God by accepting suffering and death for our salvation. When we follow Jesus’ example by putting the needs of others before our own, we also give glory to God.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask the young people to name examples of situations where it is important for people to focus on their purpose at the moment. (Accept all reasonable answers, for example, rescue workers at the scene of an accident, athletes competing at a sporting event, students taking an important exam.)

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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 anything they have given up this Lent to raise money to help people living in poverty.


Plant seeds with the children for them to look after to watch how they grow.
Do a mime. Get them to curl up tightly into a ball and pretend to be seeds – as you talk about rain and sunshine they start to grow until they are tall trees bearing fruit.
On flower-shaped pieces of card, copy the prayer below, based on the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Say it with the children and encourage them to say it together with their family during the next week.
This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

Ask the children to tell their family all that they have heard and thought about today. Ask them to count how many things they eat this week that started off as a seed and when doing so to think about the story that they have heard today.
Show the children the Walk for Water film online at cafod.org.uk/primary. Remind the children to keep using their Lent calendar. If you haven’t already given it out, you can find the link at cafod.org.uk/primary.

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SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
READ WITH ME: Franklin is Lost
BUSHels of Fun (8:52): Welcome friends! I'm happy you've come to join me today. I hope you enjoy today's read aloud. Stay tuned for some questions at the end of the video. Perhaps you can write a journal from Franklin's perspective being lost in the woods or from his parent's perspective not being able to find Franklin.
Book of the Week

Franklin is Lost

This story is a great illustration of the lure of disobedience and its consequences. Franklin, a young turtle, wishes to play with his friends. His mother gives him permission to do so, but she tells him not to go into the woods. All of Franklin’s friends are playing hideand-go-seek, and Franklin believes that his friend the Fox would go into the woods in order to not be caught. Franklin decides to enter the woods even though he has been warned not to. Eventually, all of Franklin’s friends decide to end their game and go home. Meanwhile, Franklin is lost in the woods and it is beginning to get dark as night falls. Luckily, Franklin’s parents figured out what must have happened after talking to all of his friends and go on a search for him. A very frightened Franklin is found and returns home with his parents, now having learned the importance of being obedient.

Obedience

Obedience entails listening and hearing God’s word and then acting accordingly.

First Reading

The prophet Jeremiah is speaking to the nation of Israel as the people find themselves exiled from the promised land for the first time since Moses led them there. While they are in exile and under the control of the Babylonians, Jeremiah speaks words of hope to the people. He tells them that God is calling them to enter into a new covenant, one where they will be more attentive and obedient. In the prophecy, God speaks of placing His law upon the hearts of the people, hopeful that they will respond in obedience to that law.

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Second Reading

This very short segment of the letter to the Hebrews contains some of the most remarkable theology within the New Testament. It presents Jesus as the “great high priest” and “the mediator of the New Covenant.” It portrays Jesus as the one who “learned obedience from what he suffered.” Obedience is a key element in Jesus’ relationship with the Father, and as such, obedience is not something those who choose to follow Christ can take lightly.

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Gospel

The Gospel of Saint John consistently presents Jesus as the obedient one. In this passage, we encounter the Jesus who understands the will of the Father as he uses the metaphor of the grain of wheat falling into the ground. Jesus is troubled, yet he gives himself over in complete obedience to the Father. It is in this passage that Jesus most profoundly reveals his upcoming Passion as his destiny: “But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.” Jesus is the ultimate example of obedience in handing over his life for the salvation of all humanity. It is this obedience that will bear great fruit for all nations and throughout all ages.

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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

Written in the heart

Long ago, God spoke to the nation of Israel and said, “I will put my law in their (your) inward parts, and in their (your) heart will I write it…” (31:33). What do you think this means? I think it means that God gave these people the ability to know right from wrong. Some may say this is really a question for adults, but I’ve found that children have good thoughts about these big questions. Many believe that God’s rules are not only in the hearts of the people of long ago, but in every heart – yours and mine. We make mistakes, we make bad choices and we must learn as we go along, but deep down inside, every one of us knows God’s laws – those rules to guide us and help us make good choices. What do you think? Why then, at times, do we ignore what we know to be right or wrong? Why do we make bad choices?

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FOCUS: SECOND READING

The problem of perfection

How hard would it be to become a perfect kid? The correct answer is: Impossible! Because we are human we make mistakes, have bad thoughts, are tempted to do things we shouldn’t, and at times, become angry and hurtful to others. Have you ever tried to draw a perfect picture, build a perfect birdhouse, or jump rope perfectly? People who want to be perfect are rarely satisfied because that is an impossible goal. We should always try to do our best, but don’t be hard on yourself if you end up making an honest mistake. If you are working on a handmade project and find a mistake that is not easily corrected, look at the bright side. It shows that the object has been handmade instead of by a machine. Sometimes an error can be turned into a surprisingly creative part of the project. It can give you ideas you hadn’t thought of before. Some dedicated artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people get very close to perfection and when that happens it is a glorious thing, as if God is speaking through their art.

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FOCUS: GOSPEL

A Godly honor

If you know of a well behaved dog and are so inclined, have the dog available for this lesson. A guide dog would be especially meaningful.Good luck! Do any of you have a dog? Dogs make great pets because they want to make you happy and they are so loyal. In addition to being a good friend, dogs like to be of service. You may have seen a guide dog helping a blind person get to their destination. Dogs have the ability to smell things that we can’t so they are also used in search and rescue, helping to find persons who are lost. People in wheelchairs use dogs to help them with their daily tasks. Dogs are trained to get things for their owners and also learn to retrieve items such as keys or a wallet that may have dropped to the floor.

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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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