2nd Sunday of Lent (C)

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The Transfiguration

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SOURCE: Catholic Kids Media – Second Sunday of Lent 2C (2022)

Catholic Resources

YOUNG CATHOLICS

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year C show us that God is truly present in our world.

YOUNG CATHOLICS – The first reading tells of Abram’s encounter with God and the covenant which was made. The psalm declares “Your presence, O Lord, I seek. Hide not your face from me.” The second reading reminds us that God has the power to transform us. And the gospel tells of when Jesus took P

THEMES:

  • Letting God transform us
  • Seeing God manifest in our lives
SOURCE: Young Catholics

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.

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FEATURED HANDOUTS
SOURCE: Society of Christian Doctrine, Catholic Mom, Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy,

Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
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Liturgical Activities

THE LITURGY CENTRE

SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
  • Take a family drive to a place that captivates you. Spend time viewing the beauty of the spot. While there, share the Gospel story of the transfiguration.
  • As a family, brainstorm goals that you want God to help you with. List the goals on a sheet of paper. For each goal, discuss: Why is this goal important to the family? What must the family do in order to accomplish this goal? How can each member of the family participate?
  • Make a cross for the refrigerator as a reminder that there is no struggle this week that cannot be overcome with the help of Jesus.
  • Ask each family member to name one thing that he or she would like God’s help with now. Allow time for each person to complete the sentence, “Ten years from now I would like to be…” Ask each person to name one thing he or she is doing now that will help to make that dream come true.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

Heroes of the Bible

At the Transfiguration, Jesus changed before his friends. He shone like the sun. And he stood in the middle of Moses and Elijah. Moses was the central character in the Law, the first five books of the Bible. Elijah was the first and greatest of the prophets. Together they symbolized “the Law and the Prophets,” code words for the Bible

Lent is the ideal time to read more of the Bible, alone and with your family. Plan two times this week when you will read the Bible with your family. You could even share the stories of Moses (in Exodus) and Elijah (in 1 Kings 17-22 and 2 Kings 1-3). These stories will point out the importance of these men in the Bible. They will also point out how important their presence was to Peter, James, and John on the top of the mountain with Jesus.

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THE RELIGION TEACHER

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MISSION BIBLE CLASS

11_TransfigurationScripture Reference: Matthew 17:1-13

Suggested Emphasis: God wants us to listen to the words of Jesus.

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 TRUEWAY KIDS

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Jesus is transfigured on the mountain

Making the Connection

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Grades 1-3
Children at this age are beginning to understand that situations aren’t always what they initially appear to be. This growing understanding allows us to help them reflect on Jesus’ Transfiguration in a more meaningful way.

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Making the Connection

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Grades 4-6
Older children are becoming more aware of our Lenten practices of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. We can encourage them to appreciate these Lenten practices that prepare us to recognize Jesus’ presence in our lives.

SOURCE: SUNDAY CONNECTION (LOYOLA PRESS) – All Rights Reserved


Making the Connection

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Grades 7 and 8
In our media-rich culture, we often surround ourselves with noise and never allow ourselves to meet God in quiet prayer. We can encourage young people to use the Season of Lent to seek out time to listen to Jesus through such prayer.

SOURCE: SUNDAY CONNECTION (LOYOLA PRESS) – All Rights Reserved


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
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Intermediate Session
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Catholic Doctrine

Contemplative Prayer

PRIMARY SESSION – The Church teaches us how to pray. The three basic types of prayer are spoken, meditative and contemplative. Spoken prayer uses words that are recited or sung. Examples are the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary. Meditative prayer may begin with spoken prayer but then it moves on to use the imagination. Contemplative prayer is a quiet awareness of the love of God.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved

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.
DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN SERMONS
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PASTOR JOHN STEVENS (6:01) -This video is presented from from a Lutheran (ECLA) perspective; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Dollar Store Item: Shine Bright Classroom Décor, Solar Powered Garden Light

Take Away: Jesus shines bright with God’s glory, reminding us that that this is God’s son. We are called and sent to shine as the Body of Christ.

SERMON WRITER – GOSPEL

The Vision About Jesus

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects suggested: Painting of the Transfiguration

EXCERPT: Well, this story from the Bible is a strange one! In fact, it is almost in code. There are things in this story that stand for other things, and you probably would not be able to guess what they mean. It all happened when Jesus noticed that his disciples were getting nervous and confused. When they first joined up with Jesus, it was exciting. Jesus was very powerful—he did a lot of wonderful things. The disciples got to hang around with him; so many people thought they were special, too. That was sort of fun. Best of all, Jesus knew all about God, and when Jesus talked with the disciples and told them stories, they felt very, very close to God. The disciples all believed that they would and could do anything for Jesus.

But then, Jesus took them on a walking trip. They walked all the way from Galilee and now they were almost in Jerusalem. The disciples knew there were very powerful people in Jerusalem; people who were jealous of Jesus and wanted to hurt him. Jesus even said that he would die in Jerusalem! So no wonder they were nervous and confused. And they were sure that they must save Jesus from dying.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

KIDSPACE
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KIDSPACE (28:27) – Jesus took Peter, James, and John up onto a mountain to be alone. These disciples witnessed an amazing event. As they watched, Jesus transfigured. His face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Although they had been long dead, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus and the three of them spoke together. Finally, a cloud enveloped them and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son . . . listen to him.”
ADORERS OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

You Light Up My Life

Materials: drawing paper, markers/crayons, scissors, glue/tape. (You may want to put a heading on the drawing paper that reads: YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE! or give them yellow paper to draw on.)

Invite the children to draw a picture of themselves on a mountaintop along with a one or two others who encourage them and help them. OR If you have the chance, give them a reminder note a week earlier to bring a photo of themselves and photos of people who encourage them. Then they can cut out the photos of themselves and others and paste or tape them on their drawing of a mountain.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy
PURSUE GOD KIDS
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PURSUE GOD KIDS  (2:41) – Jesus is God’s son, so we should listen to him. ; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.
SERMONS 4 KIDS – GOSPEL

Bright, Shining Faces

Objects suggested: The children’s song: “Good Morning to You”

EXCERPT: This morning I was thinking about a song from my childhood that we used to sing to start the day at school. The song was called, “Good Morning to You” and it goes like this: (Sing it if you can.)

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you.
We’re all in our places
with bright, shining faces.
Good morning to you,
Good morning to you.

Isn’t that a happy song? I’m not sure that our faces were always bright and shining, but I hope they were!

That song serves as a good reminder of what happened in our Bible lesson for today. The Bible tells us that one day Jesus took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John and went up on a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, his face was changed and his clothes became a dazzling white. Suddenly, two men appeared and began talking to him. Do you know who the two men were? It was Moses and Elijah.

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SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.
SERMON WRITER – GOSPEL

When You Need Advice

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: None

EXCERPT: At times we all need guidance. We need someone who has experience (knows what they are doing) to give us advice.

If you want to learn to play the piano you would find someone who plays the piano well and go to that person for advice and instruction.

Who would you go to for advice on how to stay healthy? Yes, a doctor or a nurse.

Do you sometimes need help getting ready for school? Your mom or dad can give you advice on what to wear or what you might need for the day.

Perhaps there is a kid at school who teases you and you need advice on how to deal with that kid. One of your teachers or your parents could give you advice about that.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

 

MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

The Transfiguration

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rfour.org – GOSPEL

The Transfiguration of Jesus

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: A working flashlight with the batteries taken out. You’ll want to have those batteries with you, though, as they will be needed later on in the message.

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer

ASK:

  • [Hold up the flashlight]  Can you tell me what this is? (a flashlight!)
  • What do you use it for?  (To find things in the dark, for camping, to play flashlight wars, etc.)
  • How do I turn it on? (you flip the switch/click the button)

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TELL:

  • In today’s story, Jesus also shines for a little bit, sort of like this flashlight.
  • The story starts with Jesus going up a mountain with his disciples to pray (once they are at the top of the mountain).

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SHARE THE GOOD NEWS:

  • The exciting thing about today’s story is that Jesus invites us to learn from him how we can also receive God’s power and love so that we too can shine with God’s light.
  • When we learn from Jesus how to connect to God’s power and energy, then we will start to shine with God’s love, healing, forgiveness and grace.

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MARKKULA CENTER

Virtue of the Week

Promise

Promise-noun-a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen.

FIRST READING

In the verses that come before this reading, we see Abram lamenting the fact that he has grown old and has not had a child. God reassures him of the promise that, like the stars, Abram’s descendants would be beyond counting. God also promises Abram a land of his own. Abram and God make an offering to seal the promises made between them. Although Abram has no concrete evidence that this promise will come true, he places his trust in God. We are called to place the same trust in God’s promise.

SECOND READING

Salvation through Christ is the promise that is being spoken of, and it is crucial that we understand that it is only through Christ that we have been made this promise of salvation. It is through our belief in Christ that we enter into the promise of everlasting life

GOSPEL

The three disciples whom Jesus takes with him to the mountaintop, Peter, James, and John, see in him the fulfillment of the promise that a Messiah will come to Israel. In the vision, the disciples see Jesus stand between Moses, the greatest of the lawgivers, and Elijah, the greatest of the prophets. The alignment of these individuals with Jesus in the center indicates clearly that Jesus is the fulfillment of both the law and the prophets. Jesus is truly the promise of God!

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.

WORSHIPING WITH CHILDREN
Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown
Be honest.  Tell the children that Jesus’ story is not always happy.  There are sad and scary times in it.  During Lent we will be reading and thinking about some of those times.  Knowing how the story ends helps us get through the sad scary parts.
There are three familiar transfiguration connections in currently familiar children’s literature:
Recall the mild mannered Clark Kent who changed into Superman.  No one ever saw him make the change or knew that Clark Kent was Superman.  In this story three disciples actually see Jesus changed into who he really is.  Jesus of Nazareth is God’s son.  He knows important long dead people like Elijah and Moses.  And, he shines!
In the Harry potter books transfiguration is a required class at Hogwarts.  There it is a matter of changing one thing into another using your wand, charms, and spells.  Go to  Harry Potter Wiki for detailed information about the course including a video clip of a raven being turned into a goblet before the amazed young Harry and Ron.  Unlike the bird, Jesus was not changed into something else (say a goblet).  Jesus became more who he really was.  He shone with the glory of God.
In the first Shrek movie Princess Fiona is transfigured.  In a whirl of light and special effects the beautiful princess becomes a large, loving ogre.  Similarly, in a flash of light, Jesus who has been revealed to be the son of God “sets his face toward Jerusalem” claiming his task of suffering love.

SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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ISLE OF WILD KIDS (5:54) – A read aloud by Eabhnat Ní Laighin of The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin. The story of the transformative power of planting trees.
WORSHIPING WITH CHILDREN

The transformative power of planting trees

The Promise is a beautiful and transformative story about a young thief. As she tries to snatch an older woman’s handbag, the old woman holds onto the bag and states emphatically to the girl that she can only have the bag if she gives something in return. This something is a promise to plant whatever is in the bag. This begins a transformation within the young thieving girl. She begins to plant the acorns that were in the handbag and watches as the ugly streets transform with beautiful colors. The colors in the illustrations change from drab grays and browns to vibrant colors to accentuate the change that comes when people keep their promises.

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.
Word-Sunday

Dreams and Visions

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: Have you ever had a dream that you didn’t understand? What was the dream? Did you ever figure out what the dream was all about?

In the story for the first reading, Willie and George make a deal. What kind of a person would Willie be if he more than doubled the amount he would owe George for cutting Willie’s lawns. What sort of a God do we have who outdoes us at every turn.

READ THE STORY

Like Mrs. Strauss, God expects our best. Moses, the Law Giver, told the Israelites to offer God the first fruits and grains they harvested. This was best they could offer. Sometimes they were tempted to give God less. But he was to be first in their lives. He is first in our lives. And he expects nothing but the best from us.


Bridge Question: What good things do we receive from God?

In the story for the gospel, Joanie felt so uneasy about an English test, she had strange dreams about it. Then, she studied and the unease left her. Peter and his friends felt unease at the Transfiguration, but that left them after the Resurrection, when everything finally made sense.

READ THE STORY

Janie, Sal, and Maria eventually chose the same way Jesus did, for the love of others. Janie chose soccer because her parents loved to go to the games. Sal decided to wait for the right kind of friend, the kind of person that makes good friends. And, Maria decided to move with her mother so her mother wouldn’t be alone. In the end, all three felt they made the right choice.

When we say “NO!” to selfishness we make the right choice. It’s the right choice because we choose for others.


Closing Question: We show God we trust him when we pray. What would you like to pray about right now?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
My FIrst Hands On Bible

Jesus’ Face Shines

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SOURCE: AVON LIGHT AND LIFE (3:42)My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold nearly one million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.
THE ACTION BIBLE

Mountain Vision

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THE ACTION BIBLE (3:07)Jesus reveals to the disciples God’s plan for His life on Earth. Based on Matthew 16:13-28; 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-8

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