3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Children’s Activities

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This Week’s Resources

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Lesson Plans

Society of Christian Doctrine, Sermons 4 Kids, Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy,

Gospel Reading, Sunday Coloring Page,Lesson Plans, Mass Worksheets, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search


Liturgical Action

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

Family Activities

  • Jesus is present in Sacred Scripture. Make a special place of honor for your family Bible…
  • Gather the family together and light a candle…
  • Take out pictures from your family photo album….
  • Have each family member write one or two statements from Scripture that they will live out this week…
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis
Word Sunday

Bible Prayer Corner

In Luke’s gospel, Jesus read from the Scriptures and commented on its meaning. This was the usual tradition at a synagogue service. What made this service unique was the commentary of Jesus. One line. What the audience heard from the prophet of Isaiah was fulfilled.

Family Bible reading and sharing is important. (You would not be reading this if you did not agree.)

Re-enforce the point with a prayer corner that highlights the Bible.

  • Set candles and flowers around pictures of Jesus and a Bible.
  • Use a small book holder to hold the Bible and to highlight the prayer corner.

Dedicate the prayer corner by sharing Luke 4:21-30 with your family and by praising God for the gift of his Son.

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Mr Potato Head

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Mr Potato Head illustrates 1 Corinthians 12 12-27 in this bible stories for kids. Help start discussion with children about being a part of the body of Christ.


More Resources for Children’s Liturgy


Jesus Proclaims that the Promises to the Poor are Fulfilled

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
At the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus announced his mission and proclaimed that God’s promise of salvation was now fulfilled. Help younger children see that they are part of a community of God’s People who continue Jesus’ mission in the world today.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
When Jesus announced his mission at the synagogue at Nazareth, he drew from Israel’s prophetic tradition to announce that God’s promised salvation was now fulfilled. Older children can be led to see that the needs of our world today are included in the framework of the good news of the Kingdom that Jesus announced.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
When Jesus announced his mission at the synagogue at Nazareth, he drew from Israel’s prophetic tradition to announce that God was now beginning something new. The vision of the Kingdom of God can inspire young people to serve others in Jesus’ name, relying on the help of the Holy Spirit.


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation

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Intermediate Session

Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

Sacred Scripture

God communicates to us by using words. Just as the hidden, eternal Word of God is made visible to us through the incarnation of Jesus, so too, the message of God is made intelligible to us through our human language (CCC 101).
Although there are many words, which together constitute scripture, Catholic reverence for Scripture begins in the belief that there is only one single Word communicated by God to us. This one Word is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3). We humans need many syllables and words to express ourselves, but God’s message to us is singular and personal, expressed in the person of Jesus.


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


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.

The One Body of Christ

Draw an image of a body. Above the ‘body’ write the words: ONE BODY IN CHRIST.

Write the word, Jesus, where the ‘head’ is; then write the names of Christian churches that the children would know in various parts of the body. (For example: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, etc.)

Talk about what we have in common: We believe in one God; in Jesus his only Son; Jesus died for us; Jesus offers us forgiveness and place with him in heaven; we believe a person needs to pray, be a good moral person and care for the poor and underserved of the world.

Help the children to understand that no differences are so great that we can’t learn from each other, support each other and love each other since we are one in the Body of Christ. The division in the body of Christ lies in the differences among human beings in understanding all that God offers us in Christ Jesus. But there is great love, faith and hope in celebrating our basic truths: Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy

Many Parts, One Body

Objects suggested: None

EXCERPT:  Even though the “Hokey Pokey” is kind of silly, it is a good picture of the parts that make up the church. The Bible says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ ”

Every person is an important part of the church, just like every body part is important to the whole body. Together, we make up what is called the “Body of Christ.” We each have special gifts that are important to God and His church. Some of us have been given the gift to be a pastor or teacher, while others have been given the gift of healing, helping others, or leading people. Maybe you have the gift of being creative, being a great listener, or something totally different.

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

Jesus Preaches in Nazareth

2_Jesus Preaches in NazarethLuke 4:14-31

Suggested Emphasis: Encourage those who preach the word of God.


God’s Promises Fulfilled

Objects suggested: Wedding ring, letter in envelope ready for mailing, credit card

EXCERPT:  People make promises every day. Sometimes we give something to another person as a sign of our promise, sometimes we sign our name to seal our promise, other times we just give our word to another person that we will do something.

I’m sure you have all seen a ring like this. (Show the wedding ring.) When a man and woman get married, they usually make promises to one another. They say something like, “I promise to love you for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.” Then they exchange rings as a symbol of that promise.

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

Filled with the Spirit

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested:  Canned peaches, jar of peanut butter, box of oatmeal. Cover other food containers with white paper and label them with the words, Kindness, Anger, Enthusiasm, Curiosity, Music, Art, Stories, God’s Love. (The container labeled God’s Love should be the largest.)

ECERPT: We can be filled with many things. When we eat we may fill our stomachs with peaches, oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza, carrots, or ice cream. (Show examples of food items.) What are some of the things you like to eat?

We can also fill our hearts and minds with thoughts and feelings. This may be a more difficult idea, but here are some suggestions to think about. (Show labeled containers as suggested above when each idea is presented.) We can be filled with anger that causes us to be hurtful to others or ourselves. We can be filled with kindness that causes us to help others and be kind to ourselves as well.

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

Making Things Happen

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested:  Picture of Clydesdale horse

EXCERPT:  Clydesdale horses are used to pull heavy loads such as logs and large wagons. They also pull heavy equipment used to plough fields. Now, for work such as this, horses have mostly been replaced by powerful tractors. There are many ways to be powerful in this world. To be powerful means that you have the strength and energy to make things happen. You may be strong in your body and you may be smart – strong in your mind.

The Bible tells us that Jesus was filled with “the power of the Spirit” (4:14). He made things happen because he was filled with God’s Spirit of Love. He taught others about God, he performed miracles and healed those who were sick. When we study his life we find that he was truly filled with power that came from God.

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


Virtue of the Week

Attentiveness is being heedful and carefully aware what is being said and showing care for the needs of others.

In the First Reading, we see that the people have opened their hearts in prayer with a renewed attentiveness to God’s law.
In the Second Reading, Saint Paul calls the community to be attentive to the richness that comes when all gifts are appreciated for the way that they build a community.
In the Gospel, Saint Luke invites the listener to be attentive, to listen not only with their ears but also with their heart.

The Attentive Lion

The Attentive Lion tells the story of a young lion named Leo who lives in Africa with his family and friends. Rose and Crown are two of his good friends who he loves to play with. However, Leo has a difficult time paying attention to his friends when they tell him things, such as how to get to the magical flowers at the top of the mountain. Throughout the story, Rose and Crown help Leo listen and be attentive to important instructions.

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.


Head, Body, Legs

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Head, Body, Legs, by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert, is an old Liberian tale about how all the parts of the human body came together. It starts with just a head which adds parts in order to do things it could not do on its own.

The concise text is matched by wonderful artwork. It can be read aloud in 4 minutes. Read it just after or before reading and discussing the I Corinthians text about the interdependence of the parts of the church.

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


Here Are My Hands

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With younger children flip through Here Are My Hands, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Each page includes a short sentence that goes “Here are my…for…” and a drawing of that part of the body doing what the words say. The last page is “And here is my skin that bundles me in.”

As you read, point to each body part on yourself or children if they are sitting near you. Then suggest to them that the church is a lot like a body and is made up of lots of parts. Encourage them to listen to the scripture reading for what is said about how those parts belong together. That is about as far as pre-schoolers can go with this image.

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

Children’s Readings

Speak Plainly

Opening Question: When you feel low, what brings your spirits back up? How can you help bring the spirits of others back up?

In the story for the first reading, Johnny felt down until a friend invited him to play tag football. In the first reading, Nehemiah invited the people to turn from their depression and celebrate their life as God’s people.


Like Johnny, the people of Jerusalem cried when they heard God’s law.

Why? Because their grandfathers and grandmothers were taken away by invaders; their city was burnt to the ground. But they returned. They tears were for their ancestors’ sins and the city they were rebuilding.

But, like Brandon, Ezra told the people to party, because they were home and the city would be great again. That’s the way God wants it.

Bridging Question: Many students have to give oral reports in class. Have you ever given an oral report? Did you like it? Why or why not?

In the story for the gospel, Sally had to recite her favorite poem to her class, then explain why it was her favorite. Sally’s explanation was brief, but to the point, just like the teaching Jesus gave to the people in his hometown.


Like Sally, Jesus gave a short, direct answer to the Scripture he read.

When Jesus said that the Scripture was coming true, he meant that he was the one who God filled with the Spirit, he was the one to tell the poor people the Good News, he was the one heal others and free them from their sins, he was the one to announce a time of God’s blessing. Jesus was God’s messenger, his Son. What Jesus said was short, and the people got his message. Next week, we will find out if they liked what they heard or not.

Closing Question: How can you speak plainly to others? How can you help others forget about past hurts?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com

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