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Children’s Liturgy of the Word

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

Featured Handouts

The Kids’ Bulletin

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Catholic Mom’s 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.

SDC Worksheet

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

Sermon 4 Kids Crossword

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Primary Grades


Catholic Kids Media


Bible Stories for Kids – Jesus heals the Leper

Intermediate


Jesus heals a man with Leprosy

Junior High


Jesus cleanses a leper

High School


The Chosen: Jesus heals a leper

Role Play

HOLY HEROES
Holy Heroes (1:40): GO TO LESSON

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.

CHURCH SKITS

Discipline and mercy

Catechists may adapt these skits to match the needs and age level of students (i.e. use only a small portion of the skit).
NOTE: No skit available for this week. Skit below is from three weeks ago.

TOPIC: God’s discipline and great mercy
SCRIPTURE: Jonah, 1 Tim.1:12-16, Heb.12:4-11, Rev.3:19
Style: drama/conversation: Jonah tells his story
. to his nieces and nephews
Cast: JONAH, CHILDREN (as many as you want,
. divide up the lines as you see fit)
Set & Props: maybe a chair or bench for Jonah

EXCERPT FROM SCRIPT:

(JONAH enters and a bunch of CHILDREN rush toward him.)

ALL Uncle Jonah, Uncle Jonah! Tell us a story,
. please? Please tell us a story.

JONAH You want a story? Which story?

C 1 The one about when you got to be in the fish.

JONAH How many times do I have to tell you this story?
. That was not a very fun time for me.

C 1 It was like being in a time-out, right?

JONAH Yes, but so much worse.

C 2 Please tell us that story.

JONAH (sitting down) All right. Everyone sit down.
. (waits for all children to sit down)
. Okay, so God had asked me to go to Nineveh.

C 3 Why?

JONAH The people in that city were very wicked,
. and God wanted me to give them a warning.
. But, I didn’t want to go.

C 3 Why?

JONAH Because I didn’t think those people were worth
. the effort. I thought they did not even deserve
. a warning.
. 2
C 1 So this would be like if I was picking
. on my sister all the time, and Dad wanted
. to send me a warning-

JONAH No. Nothing like that. It would be like if
. an orphan down the street was stealing
. your things, and your father wanted you
. to give them a warning that something bad
. was going to happen to them.

C 2 Worse than being an orphan?

JONAH The orphan is being very bad.

C 3 Well, then the orphan should be punished.

JONAH Exactly. The city of Nineveh needed to be
. punished. But God wanted me to go and warn them.
. I didn’t want to, so I tried running away.
. I took the first boat out of here.

C 1 Mom and Dad always seem to know where I hide.
. So you thought you could hide from God
. on the boat?

JONAH I did. Silly me! So God sent a big storm;
. and the men on the boat found out
. that it was storming because I was disobeying God
. and trying to run away from Him.
. And the only way to calm the storm
. was to throw me overboard – into the sea.

C 2 That’s when God gave you a time-out in the fish,
. right?

READ MORE

SOURCE: Church Skits by Tanis Harms; used with permission.
WORD-SUNDAY

A friend in need

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 stories for the reading present two different types of people. Jeremy was lonely, since he was the shy new kid at school. He didn’t have any friends. Brandy, however, was brave. She even asked a strange, lonely neighbor for help on her science project. That neighbor did help, and soon became a friend, just like Jesus was the friend of the leper. —READ STORIES—->

SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.

Family Activites

Our Sunday Visitor
  • Make a coupon for each member of your family. Draw a heart on each coupon. In the heart, draw a picture of something you will do for them to bring Jesus’ healing touch.
  • Jesus wants us all to be whole and healthy. What part of your life would you like Jesus to touch and heal?
  • Ask your child to tell you about people he or she knows who may feel left out. Plan with your child ways he or she can reach out to this person. Be sure to demonstrate to your child the love and support and confidence you have in him or her. Share with your child his or her success in reaching out to others. Let your child know that you are proud of him or her.
  • Discuss these questions with your family: Who are the outcasts in our community? Why are they considered outcasts? What should be a Christian’s approach to them? What is our family’s response?
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Classroom Activities

RCL Benzinger

Primary Grades

CARING FOR SICK ANIMALS: For today’s session bring in stuffed animals and some of the following materials: Band-Aids, small blankets, gauze bandages, and baby bottles. To begin, invite the children to imagine that the animals are feeling sick and they are going to help them feel better. Divide the children into small groups and provide one stuffed animal and some materials for each group. Have the children work together to help their pet feel better using the materials provided. Discuss::…

SOURCE: RCL Benziger

Intermediate Grades

HANDS OF GOD: To begin, invite the children to think of the names of family members or friends who are sick or in need of healing at this time. Place a small empty basket or box in the center of the room to represent the “Hands of God.” Provide small sheets of paper and pencils and invite the children to write the name of someone who is in need of healing on the papers. Then explain that the basket or box in the room represents the loving hands of God. Invite the children to come forward and place their papers into the “Hands of God,” and to trust in God’s healing power.Discuss…

SOURCE: RCL Benziger

Junior High

FEELING BETTER: To begin, divide the young people into groups of three or four. Within their groups, invite them to share times when they have experienced pain or suffering and what helped them to feel better. Then have each group choose one situation to role-play. Invite the groups to act out one situation before the large group.  Discuss…

SOURCE: RCL Benziger
Loyola Press

Jesus cures a person of leprosy

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 are continuing to learn how to handle the many choices in their lives, and theyare learning that others in their life have choices as well. In Jesus’ choice to heal the man with leprosy, we learn that God wants us to make loving and healing choices.

Materials Needed

  • A toy car
  • A toy telephone
  • A hammer
  • A large spoon
  • A bag

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings

  1. Place a toy car, a toy telephone, a hammer, and a large spoon in a bag. Ask volunteers to take the items out, one at a time, and to tell what they can do with each of them. Also have the children say what is beyond their ability to do with each item.

-CONTINUES–>

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6

Older children have learned how to make routine daily choices. They are continuing to learn the more difficult process of moral decision making. Through Jesus’ healing of the man with leprosy, we can teach older children the importance of making choices that help others.

Materials Needed (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

  1. Say to the group: You have so many choices in the course of the day that you may not even realize how many decisions you make. Let’s list some of the decisions that you have made since you woke up this morning. Make a list together. (choosing what clothes to wear, choosing what to eat for breakfast, and so on)

–CONTINUES–>

Grades 7-8

Grades 7-8

As they mature, young people become more aware of the needs of others. We can encourage them to express their faith by showing compassion and making choices to help others.

Materials Needed

  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings

  1. Ask the young people to think back over their week and recall a time when someone expressed a need and asked for their help.

-CONTINUES–>

SOURCE: Loyola Press
CAFOD

A man with a skin problem

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

A man who has a skin problem comes to Jesus and asks to be healed. Jesus makes the man better but asks that he not tell anyone what has happened. Instead, he asks the man to visit the priest and give thanks to God for his cure.

How do you think this man felt when he realised that Jesus had healed him?

The man does not do as Jesus asks; instead, he goes round telling everyone the story. Why do you think he does this?

Perhaps it was because he was just so happy to be well again and wanted everyone to know about it.

We try to be like Jesus today in our world, by caring for others, and helping them when they are ill or finding things difficult. Can you tell me some ways that we can do that?

We talked last week about how Jesus healed people. And about how we can show people who are ill that we care for them. We also talked about how important it is that people are able to see a doctor or get the medicine that they need when they are ill.

Just as important is helping people to stay healthy. Like we said last week, we’ve all been trying to do our best this year to keep ourselves and others healthy.

There are lots of ways to keep healthy. Eating the right food and making sure we get enough exercise. Washing our hands, especially after going to the toilet and before eating. And, at the moment, by making sure we stay two metres apart.

In some countries another thing to do to keep healthy is to use a mosquito net. This is a special net that goes over your bed at night to stop the mosquitos, an insect, from biting you, because a mosquito bite can make you sick. Have any of you ever slept under a mosquito net?

Mariam and her five children live in Sudan. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in her town. Mariam’s home and possessions were all destroyed. Mariam and her children fled to a relative’s house who lived on higher ground. They didn’t have very much space, and there weren’t enough mosquito nets to protect them all.

Thankfully CAFOD worked with local experts to make sure that Mariam and her family had enough nets to protect them all from malaria and the other nasty diseases spread by mosquitos.

The local people that CAFOD works with around the world help others to stay healthy in lots of different ways, for example by making sure they have clean water to drink and wash with, or teaching them to grow lots of fruit and vegetables so that they have enough to eat and a healthy diet.

What will you do this week to try and stay healthy? And to help others to stay healthy too?

How can you be more like Jesus and care for others who are ill or finding things difficult?

Intercessions:

You may want to ask the children to offer their own prayers or you can use the suggestions below.

  • We try to be like Jesus today in our world, reaching out to those who need our help, and so we pray together:
  • We pray for all who are sick or who are struggling in some way: that they may find the help and support that they need. Lord, in your mercy…
  • We pray for people all around the world: that they may be healthy and happy and have a chance to change their lives for the better. Lord, in your mercy…
  • We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may help other people and always share generously everything that we have. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: Christ Jesus, you always looked after people who were sick or in need. Help us to be more like you and to care for others here and around the world. Amen.

Activity suggestions

  1. Invite the children to colour in the accompanying illustration of ways that CAFOD works to help people to stay well and healthy. Ask them to also draw a way that they try to stay healthy in their own lives.
  2. Encourage the children to share all that they have heard and thought about in today’s liturgy with others and to think about how they can live healthy lives and help those who are sick or in need.

DOWNLOAD LESSON (CAFOD)

SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
TIME (9:46): RELATED TO This week’s VIRTUE “Book of the Week”

Mercy and compassion

Compassion is that form of love that is aroused and wells up within a person when confronted with the suffering or vulnerability of another.

First Reading

The Book of Leviticus deals primarily with legal matters, and this passage deals specifically with legal matters related to purity. The issue spoken of here is the disease leprosy. This reading serves as a backdrop for the leprosy spoken of in today’s gospel. While the separation of those with leprosy from those unaffected by the disease may seem cruel by today’s standards, it was an absolute necessity at the time to prevent the spread of the disease. The disease of leprosy, or any contagious disease, often involved far more than a lack of physical health, but also affected the person emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually because of the isolation from family, friends, the Temple or synagogue, the market place, and public life in general. Fear of contagion often prevented any expression of compassion.—CONTINUE READING—>

Second Reading

This particular segment of Saint Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth is a final summary of all the questions he addressed at an earlier part of the letter. Ultimately, he offers succinct advice in living as a Christian. He says first, Do everything for the glory of God. Second, Avoid offending anyone, and lastly, imitate the person of Christ as best you can. To imitate Christ means clearly to be a person of compassion and mercy. —CONTINUE READING—>

Gospel

Jesus, in today’s gospel passage, demonstrates great compassion for the leper who comes to him for healing. Jesus is not controlled by fear, but rather by the compassionate love that is the essence of who he is. The leper shows immense faith in making his request for healing. He says, with absolute certainty, I know you can make me clean. In other words, he was saying to Jesus, I know you can give me back my life. Jesus responds to the man and says, I do will that you be made clean. And it was made so. Jesus then gives him two instructions: to go and follow the prescriptions for the cleansing and to be silent regarding what had occurred between them. We see that the man cannot remain silent regarding his being healed by Jesus. The Church has long held from this particular gospel passage that it is impossible to be silent when touched by the Christ, that one is indeed compelled to proclaim the Good News!!! —CONTINUE READING—>

Book of the Week

Mother Teresa

This beautiful book offers a glimpse of a beloved woman of great love, mercy, and compassion. The book outlines the journey of Teresa of Calcutta from her beginning and allows the reader to experience what Mother Teresa referred to as “the call within the call.” Throughout the story, one experiences the blossoming of a vocation that is a radical response to the love of God by living a life of mercy and compassion. Throughout the story, time and again, one is able to experience many events that are encapsulated in one of her most famous quotes: It is not how much we do but how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God!

DOWNLOAD LESSON (PDF)

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

I do choose

You might remember that last week Jesus helped to heal Simon’s mother-in-law, who was sick in bed.

He probably hadn’t visited Simon’s house for that reason, but when he found out that someone needed his help he jumped right in and made her well. It might not have been something he went there to do – or had to do – but he made the choice to help anyway.

In this week’s Gospel story Jesus meets a man who is very sick. The man had leprosy – which is a terrible skin disease – and came to Jesus begging for his help. He tells Jesus that if he chose to help him, he could make him clean.

And then Jesus says one of the best things in the whole Bible – one of it’s most important lessons. He says, “I do choose” and heals the man.

CONTINUE READING

FOCUS: Gospel

Healing touch

Objects suggested: Items that represent different textures.

We touch many things with our hands. A pencil feels smooth. When you touch a stone you can sense how hard it is. A pinecone is sharp and may prick your finger. On a cold day it feels good to wrap your hands around a cup of hot cocoa.

Sometimes we are reluctant to touch something that looks creepy, like a slug, or a crawly bug. We may decide not to touch something because it is too hot, too cold, or too dirty.

In the Bible there is a wonderful story about the importance of touch. At that time some people had a disease called leprosy. Now we have medicines that cure leprosy, but at that time there was no way to make the disease go away. Because leprosy could be passed from one person to another, people with leprosy were made to stay far away from other people. No one touched them. It seems this would have been a very unhappy way to live.

CONTINUE READING

FOCUS: Gospel

The power of touch

Objects suggested: Various items that provide tactile response such as sandpaper, ice cube, a silky piece of fabric.

We learn many things by touching objects with our fingers. If we touch something hot we immediately understand to pull our fingers away so as not to get burned.When we touch something sharp we feel pain and stop what we are doing. Touch warns us of danger.

Touch also allows us to feel when something is cold such as an ice cube, rough as sandpaper is rough, smooth like this silky piece of fabric, or sticky. You probably know what it feels like to have honey on your fingers. (Provide items of various textures for the children to touch.)

Touch is very useful. A pianist knows just how to touch the keys of the piano to make beautiful music and a potter knows how to touch clay to mold it into a lovely shape.

Doctors and nurses use their hands to examine patients so they can determine what causes their patients to feel sick. A caring touch can make people feel better. Think of how you feel when your parents give you a hug or a friend holds your hand or pats you on the shoulder. That kind of touch can make you feel loved and help you have courage when you feel afraid.

CONTINUE READING

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

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