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Son Rise April 4
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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Easter! (Catholic Kids Media)

Catholic Kids

Easter! (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

God's Story: Easter

God's Story: Easter

Intermediate

Easter Song: Jesus Gave It All | KIDS MUSIC VIDEO | Bible Story | LifeKids

Easter Song: Jesus Gave it All | Kids Music Video (3:33)

Junior High

Superbook Classic - The Best News Yet - Season 1 Episode 14

Superbook: The Best News Yet (24:18)

High School

Because of Him—Easter Video (2:44)

Cycle A, B, C: Sunday Gospel Video, Easter Sunday
Click on image above to play video.
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

Violet Finds New Life

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).
Early Easter morning, Violet ran to the living room. "Where is it?" she wondered. But she didn't see a basket, or candy, or chocolate bunnies, or anything that looked like Easter. She quickly went from the living to the kitchen to one room after another. Nothing looked like Easter.
Finally she woke her Father up. "Where is it?" Violet demanded. "Where is the Easter surprise you promised?"
"You'll see," her father whispered. "You get the surprise after Easter egg hunt."
After Mass, all Violet's friends talked about the candy and chocolate they ate. They showed off their new Easter clothes. And they eagerly waited for the Easter egg hunt. STORY CONTINUES---->
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SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017).
Church Skits

Decision on Palm Sunday

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: Happy Easter! John 20:1-18 for April 4, 2021
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: Happy Easter! John 20:1-18

He is risen! Easter is a joyous celebration, honoring the most wonderful and monumentous event in history! These crafts recall the resurrection of Jesus and the joy of new life in Him. A colorful mosaic uses jelly beans to create a cross picture. A "caterpillar to butterfly" craft offers instruction in life cycles as well as a reflection on the story of Christ and the hope of new birth through Him.

Our Sunday Visitor

Family Activites

  • Jesus rose from the dead to a new and more glorious life. Discuss ways that your family can celebrate the new life of Easter this week.
  • Make a large cross on poster paper. Have each member of the family decorate it with his or her favorite Easter symbols. Talk about how the Resurrection of Jesus impacts the way you view the world.
  • Color Easter eggs together as a family. Share the good news about Jesus.
  • Make an Easter card to send to those who were baptized at the Easter Vigil or to those baptized Christians who became full members of the Catholic Church.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Classroom Activities

RCL Benzinger

Primary Grades

Resurrection of Jesus: Begin by inviting the children to color Easter eggs. Provide hard-boiled eggs and egg coloring materials. Explain that eggs are signs of new life. Out of the egg hatches a precious new life. On Easter we color eggs to symbolize the joy of Easter.  Discuss...

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Intermediate Grades

Resurrection of Jesus: Provide each child with glue, a paper circle and five flower petals cut from construction paper. To begin, invite the children to write on each flower petal a sign of new life that they see around them during this season. Then have them glue the flower together. Discuss...

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Junior High

Resurrection of Jesus: For this session bring a small tree branch or palm. Invite the youngsters to gather in a circle. Explain that in Jesus' day, the people would use palm branches to celebrate important events. Palm branches were used to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem. Then invite the young people to quietly reflect on a difficult situation that exists in the world or in their personal life. After a moment, invite them to pass the tree branch or palm around the circle and share how they can welcome Jesus into their lives this holy week. Discuss...

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SOURCE: RCL Benziger
Loyola Press

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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

Although the disciples are slow to recognize the significance of Jesus’ empty tomb, they come to realize that Christ is still with them. Help younger children understand that we feel joy at Easter because Jesus has given us the gift of salvation and the peace that comes in knowing we can be saved.
Materials Needed
  • none

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Ask: What is today? (Easter Sunday) Say: Yes, today we celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection! Ask: What is Jesus’ Resurrection? (when God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day after he died on the Cross) Say: We rejoice because through his Death, Resurrection, and Ascension into heaven, Jesus brings us the gift of salvation. In today’s Gospel, we’ll hear what happened when Jesus’ disciples went to his tomb three days after he died.

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Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6

During Lent we invited our young people to reflect upon and enter into the Paschal Mystery through their Lenten sacrifices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Now we must invite the children to reflect and meditate on Jesus’ Resurrection and the gift of eternal life that he gives to us.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Remind the group that last Sunday we heard and reflected upon the events of Jesus’ passion and death on the cross. Ask: How do you think the disciples felt on the day of Jesus’ death and during the days that followed? What do you think they were doing on these days? (gathering together to comfort one another, remembering Jesus’ life and his importance to them)

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Grades 7-8

Grades 7-8

During Lent we invited our young people to reflect on the Paschal Mystery by their Lenten sacrifices of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Now we invite them to reflect on Jesus’ Resurrection and the gift of eternal life that he gives to us.
Materials Needed
  • None

Preparation for Sunday Scripture Readings
  1. Tell the young people about a subject in school that you had a hard time understanding.
  2. Invite the young people to share examples of subjects that they have difficulty with. Then ask them to give specific examples of a concept that they have difficulty grasping (e.g., how the stock market works).
  3. Explain that all of us have difficulty understanding certain things. Say: We sometimes have a hard time understanding things that happen in life. For example, we don’t understand why a relationship ends, why someone gets sick, or why someone chooses a particular person as his or her friend. In the Gospel for Easter Sunday, we encounter several people who had a hard time understanding what was happening in their lives.

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SOURCE: Loyola Press
CAFOD

Easter Sunday

Ask the children to colour in the accompanying illustration and to write or draw their hopes for the world in the rays of light.


Cut cloud shapes out of card. Ask the children to write or draw their hopes for the world on the cloud.
Ask the children to write their own Easter prayer.
Ask the children to go home and share all that they have heard and thought about in the liturgy. Ask them to think together over the next week about what they hope for the world and one thing that they will do to try to achieve that.

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SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
God Gave Us Easter ~ READ ALOUD | Story time with Ann Marie
Storytime with Ann Marie (9:10): God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren, Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant "God loved us so much he wanted us to always be with him too. That’s why God knew he’d need to give us Easter.”
Book of the Week

God Gave Us Easter

In God Gave Us Easter, from Bergren’s “God Gave Us” series, Little Cub is stunned to hear that Easter is even better than Christmas. While on a walk, Papa Bear uses an Easter egg, an uprooted tree, and evidence of new life in a pinecone to tell the Easter story. Covering doctrines like sin, prayer, and heaven in simple language that children can understand, this story helps to begin the lifelong journey of giving testimony and witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Testimony & Witness

To give witness or testimony involves believing in something so firmly that you are compelled by that belief to share it with others.

First Reading

In this particular reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we find Saint Peter in the home of Cornelius, who is a Gentile. Throughout the Acts of the Apostles, it takes Saint Peter some time to fully realize the Gentile mission. The visions that he experiences in Acts 10 are the turning points in the mission of the Church. It is within this speech that Saint Peter identifies that in truth, I see God shows no partiality. This testimony made by Saint Peter illustrates that the mission of the Church should move beyond the boundaries of Judaism and into the whole world.

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Second Reading

Testimony is a clear part of this letter because, although Paul writes to the Church at Colossae, he did not establish that church. Rather, it was established by the testimony of a Christian named Epaphras, who formed the Colossians in their faith. As time goes on, there will be many who will testify about Jesus and to the Good News that he offers to the world. For those of us who are Christians, we must realize that it was through the testimony of others that we came to our belief in Jesus Christ. Thus, we are called to continue to spread the Gospel through our own testimony and witness.

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Gospel

In Saint John’s Gospel, Mary of Magdala is the first to approach the tomb of Jesus and find it empty. Mary runs to Peter and the Beloved Disciple and testifies to the fact that the tomb is empty. They go to see for themselves and, as the Gospel states, they saw and believed. The importance of the entire Gospel of Saint John is for a person to believe and give testimony and witness to that belief.

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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

We are witnesses

SPECIAL VERSE: All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins. (Acts 10:43 WEB)


OBJECT: Binoculars; Holy Bible
SERMON: Have you ever seen something very important, or very beautiful; something you’ve never seen before? (Give children a moment to respond) Adele did. Her father had binoculars like these. (Show binoculars – explain that a person can see far-away things through binoculars)
Adele lived on a ranch, and one day as she looked through the heavy binoculars belonging to her dad, she saw an American Bald Eagle. She could see the big bird’s white head and tail as he made loops and flew above a hill near her home. When Adele told her parents about seeing the eagle, they suggested that maybe she had seen a big hawk. At school the next day, Adele told her teacher that she had seen an eagle. But the teacher said there were no eagles in their part of the state because Eagles only lived at higher elevations.
Adele knew she had seen an eagle. No one could convince her she had not. I think that she did see an eagle.
In our Bible story today, Peter was visiting with Cornelius. In fact, Cornelius had invited some people to his home, to meet Peter,
At Cornelius’ home, Peter began to speak to the crowd of people who were waiting for him. He made it clear that Jesus came, not just for the people of his country, but for all the people of every country of the world. In one part of his message, Peter said, “He (Jesus) is Lord of all.” (vs. 36)

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FOCUS: SECOND READING

Things above

Each and every day, we get to choose what we will think about and we get to choose how we will think about certain things. That’s pretty exciting. You, and only you, are in charge of your thoughts.


Some people get discouraged because they think about things in a negative way. Imagine that it’s raining. Some would say, “Oh, what a bad day. Now I can’t go out to play. The sky is gray. I’ll get all wet. I feel awful.”
Another person might see the rain and say, “Oh, I love how the rain sounds as it patters on the roof. Look at the beautiful raindrops! See how they sparkle in the light. There may even be a rainbow. I think I’ll go out and walk in the rain. Maybe I’ll even jump up and down in a puddle. What a wonderful day. I feel so happy!”
Some thoughts can cause you to feel frightened and that is not a good feeling. It is kind of like having a bad nightmare. There are times when it is necessary to feel frightened, but often we frighten ourselves by the way we think. We imagine we see something in the dark that’s not really there or perhaps we see something on TV that is very troubling. We can choose to think about those scary things in a different way too.

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FOCUS: GOSPEL

A happy surprise!

A surprise is when something happens that you don’t expect. Some surprises can be scary. Suppose you are blowing up a balloon and it suddenly pops. You don’t expect that to happen and when it does the loud noise may frighten you. That’s a scary surprise. The same thing can happen if your brother, sister, or a friend hops out from behind a door and says, “Boo!” You may scream and jump back.


Then there are happy surprises. We like those the best. Perhaps friends you haven’t seen for a long time come to visit, your family plans a surprise birthday party for you, or a new puppy arrives at your house. You may have received 100 percent on a test at school when you didn’t expect it, won a contest, or found a new friend. These are all pleasant surprises. Have any of you had happy surprises happen? (Ask this question, time permitting.)
Probably the biggest surprise in all of history occurred to Mary Magdalene. She is a woman who knew Jesus and she was very sad when he died. Here is what the Bible tells us about her story: “… Mary was standing outside at the tomb (of Jesus) weeping” (20:11).

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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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