8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)

Children Activities

Children Activities

Children Activities


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SOURCE: Catholic Kids Media – Loving Your Enemies?! Ordinary Time 7C (2022)

Catholic Resources

The readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C lead us to think about mercy and justice.

YOUNG CATHOLICS – The readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C tell us that our words and actions should reflect that we are Christians. In the first reading tells us to be careful in our speech. The psalm reminds us to be just and kind. In the second reading Paul tells us that Jesus Christ has given us victory over sin. In the gospel Jesus tells us to take care of our own sins before pointing out the failings of others and that our words and actions reflect what is in our hearts.


  • Being careful in our speech
  • Avoiding gossip
  • Thinking before posting on social media
  • The power of words
SOURCE: Young Catholics

Recommended Handouts

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

Sunday Bulletin

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


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

Family Activities

  • Cut a heart shape out of paper for each person in the family. Place a heart on the dinner table where each person sits. Explain that the hearts are there to remind each person that our words show what is in our hearts. If we love…
  • Instead of seeing the faults in our family members, encourage each other to point the good in each other…
  • Have a family game night…
  • Pray, thanking God for your family. Invite each person…
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

Healthy vs. Rotten Fruit

In this gospel, Jesus warned against ambition and the urge to quickly judge others. Ambition focuses on one’s own interests over those of others. From this urge to judge others with speed grows many others: the desire to gossip, criticism and sarcasm. Both can destroy the good that many took so long to build up.

How can petty ambition and quick judgment hurt us?

Compare a healthy piece of fruit and a bruised piece to show their damage. Show how the bruised piece is hurt from the inside out (like ambition and speedy judgment actually bruise the heart of the selfish). Now show how the healthy piece of fruit is like the person with the healthy, loving heart who quickly heals from the hurt.

Ask your family to think of other things that can bruise or heal the heart. Pray God helps you and your family share with each other and avoid making rush judgments. Pray God heals the bruises in the heart.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com All materials found in word-sunday.com are the property of Larry Broding (©1999-2021). 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.


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SOURCE: 德蘭社 – A Tree And Its Fruit

Sermon’s 4 Kids

Group Activities  Coloring Page  Crossword  Decoder  Fill in the Blank  Word Search  Worship Bulletin

SOURCE: Sermons4kids.com

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Faithville Productions

Free Sunday School Curriculum New Testament Lessons | Old Testament Lessons


Each Tree Is Known By Its Yield

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Each tree is known by its yield. Help younger children understand that Christian love is love in action. Jesus teaches us we are his disciples when we do good deeds.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Modeling good behavior is one appropriate way for children to participate in the mission of leading others to Jesus. Support children in understanding that Jesus teaches us to focus on our own behavior rather than focusing our attention on judging others.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
Adolescents understand that we answer our call to discipleship by helping others and leading them to a life with Christ. Jesus teaches us that mature discipleship involves learning, self-reflection, and acting with integrity.


Lectionary Resources

Catholic Doctrine

Listening to Your Conscience

PRIMARY SESSION – Making wise choices is very important. We make good choices when we know right from wrong. We lean right from wrong from our family and from the good example of others. We learn from God’s rules of love. We learn from the teaching and example of Jesus, and from the teaching of the Church.

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.
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BAYSIDE CHURCH  (4:41) – This sermon makes some good points; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry (i.e. explain to the children another way to talk about a BEAM is to refer to it as a PLANK (cf. Carpenter Workshop AnAlogy)

Each Tree is Known By Its Yield

Modeling good behavior is one appropriate way for children to participate in the mission of leading others to Jesus. Support children in understanding that Jesus teaches us to focus on our own behavior rather than focusing our attention on judging others.

Materials needed:

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy
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CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA  (2:00) – 2 minutes of guided prayer time for kids!

A Tree and Its Fruit

Objects suggested: Several kinds of fruit such as apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, etc.

EXCERPT: Do you like fruit? I have a basket filled with several different kinds of fruit with me today.

Here’s an apple. How many of you like apples? Apples not only taste good, but they are good for you. Surely you have heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

How about bananas? There are lots of ways to eat bananas. They are great on cereal at breakfast, aren’t they? How about banana pudding? Is there anyone who doesn’t like banana pudding? Have you ever eaten banana bread? Yum, yum! One of my favorite snacks is a banana smoothie. Oh, did I mention that bananas have lots of vitamins?

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

Good Fruit

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects suggested: Bring a bag of apples. Be sure to wash them first.

EXCERPT:  Jesus talks a lot about fruit. He says that he wants us—his followers—to bear fruit. Now I don’t see a banana sprouting from anyone’s ear. There isn’t anyone with an orange tree growing out of her head. What do you think Jesus means when he says we need to bear fruit for him? [Accept all answers].

Listen carefully while I read what Jesus said to us about fruit. [Read Luke 6:43a, 45a]. “A good tree does not bear bad fruit…. A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart.”

When Jesus says that good people produce good fruit, he doesn’t mean fruit like apples and cherries. Jesus means that if we are following him and trying to do the things that make God happy, we will do good things. We will help people, share what we have, and treat every person with respect.

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

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CAMPBELL RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH (9:36) – Sunday Gospel Parallel  Matthew 7:1-6
rfour.org – GOSPEL

Love Your Enemy
(No Tap Backs)

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: Before worship, ask a child to volunteer to “play tag” with you during the children’s sermon. Explain what it will look like (see below in the “Ask” section). Briefly demonstrate and practice.

EXCERPT:  Have you ever played tag with just ONE other person? It might look a little like this: “Play” tag with volunteer. Both of you should sit there and alternate tapping each other on the shoulder and saying, “You’re it.” Feel free to vary the tempo between tagging each other as well as increasing and decreasing one’s enthusiasm of the tag. Do this for a good 20 to 30 seconds.So what do you think – is that a fun game of tag? Why do you think that? (from those who say yes, “It’s better than nothing.” From those who say no, “It’s boring.”) Those are good answers! I think we’d all agree that tag is more fun when more than two people play it because having more people changes the back-and-forth cycle that we just saw happen.

Keep in mind this idea of tag being more fun when there’s more people playing it we talk about today’s scripture story. In today’s story, we hear Jesus teach his disciples how to respond to their enemies. The lessons he gives them are very difficult things to do and even think about. He tells them to love their enemies…

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Virtue of the Week

No packet available for 6th, 7th, and 8th week of ordinary time.

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.

Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown


Weekly Lenten Disciplines for Households

Instead of suggesting one discipline for children and their families to pursue for six weeks (forever for children!), suggest a new discipline to try each week.  This is much less overwhelming to families for whom most of the disciplines will be new.

What Do You See in the Sanctuary During Lent?

Ideas about making Lent visible to the children (and all worshipers) in the sanctuary

Burying the “Alleluia!” for Lent

Highlight banning the word Alleluia for Lent by hiding a poster or banner bearing the word in the sanctuary at the beginning of Lent, then bringing it out to parade around singing some Alleluias on Easter.

Three Reasons to Include Children on Ash Wednesday

Why children should be included in one service at which they often are not expected

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

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TIGERCUB LEARNING (6:55) – This is one of the 4 stories about friendship in Unit 20 of TigerCub English. This story is called “Be Nice To Your Friends,” written by Alyssa Liang. Children learn to treat their friends kindly. It includes 5 activities at the end of the story.

Good Friends

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: What kind of person do you want for a friend? What kind of person do you want to avoid as a friend? Why are they different?

In the story for the first reading, Sam defined a good friend as a fruit tree which, when nurtured, grows strong and bears sweet fruit.


In the Bible, Sirach gave two images for people: pottery and fruit trees. A good friend is like a pot that has been hardened in a fire. It wouldn’t break easily. And a good friend is like a fruit tree that gives great fruit.

Bridge Question: What is a good friend like?

In the story for the gospel, Bernie was hurt by the sarcastic put down of a classmate. His older brother, Max, gave him good advice, test others by listening and watching them, just like Jesus said in Luke’s gospel.


Jesus warned us about braggers, cheats, and critics, people who put others down. Like Max, he tells us to listen in order to find out what’s in their hearts. More important, he wants us to be the kind of person someone would want as a friend, one who doesn’t brag, or cheat, or puts others down. Good people make good friends. Evil people don’t.

Closing Question: How can you be a better friend for others? How does the advice of Jesus help you?

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
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BRIGHT SIDE (5:30) – We all know the phrase ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed.’ But did you know the difference between good friends and toxic friends? Well, we all have that one friend who is bad-tempered, a little jealous, and somewhat conceited. Do you think he or she is a true friend to you? Let us see – today, we’ve got 10 major differences between good friends and toxic friends that you should consider.


  • Good friends celebrate your success
  • Good friends respect your alone time
  • Good friends are caring and empathetic
  • Good friends respect you and value your friendship
  • Good friends enjoy exchanging opinions
  • Good friends believe your words
  • Good friends call you because they miss you Good friends accept you the way you are
  • Good friends know that everyone has their friends, and they won’t judge you for that
  • Good friends know how to keep a secret
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