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Palm Sunday and the Passion (2018 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
Palm Sunday Video Teaching for Toddlers/Preschoolers
The Triumphal Entry (3:07)
What's Palm Sunday!?!
Mosaic Kids (14:49)
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Role PlayEach 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
Hard tasks and bragging
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).In the story for the Gospel, little Tommie faced a huge challenge, despite the disdain of his own teammates and the skepticism of the crowd. READ STORIES
SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017).
Decision on Palm SundayCatechists 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:
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.
Craft Ideas: Palm Sunday (Mk 11:1-11)
Hosanna! Get those donkeys and palm branches ready as we enter Holy Week! TIn this video, walk through step by step instructions for crafts that celebrate Palm Sunday. A "palm and cloak hat" remind children of the festive mood surrounding the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The "don't let the rocks cry out" noisemaker allow kids to shout and cheer for the Lord. And a donkey paper bag puppet reflects on how Jesus rode a donkey into the city. Get creative and have fun!
Our Sunday Visitor
- Discuss the Lord’s Passion with your family and its meaning for us. Invite family members to share what part of the Passion story touches them most.
- As a family, plan how you will celebrate Passion/Palm Sunday and the Easter Triduum. Celebrate Christ who died and is now risen and living with us forever.
- Place blessed palm branches in significant places in your home to remind you that Jesus died and rose to new life for you.
- Have each family member write the message, “Jesus died and rose to new life for me”, on a small sheet of paper. Invite each person to discuss what that message means to him or her.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Role Playing: To begin, ask for volunteers to act out a situation where someone reaches out to another person who is hurt or sad. You may want to have different volunteers act out several situations. Discuss...READ MORE
Designing Cards: For today's session provide construction paper, scissors, and markers. To begin, invite the children to design cards of support for people who are experiencing hard times. The cards can be given to local nursing homes or to school guidance counselors. Discuss...READ MORE
Discussion: 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...READ MORE
Palm Sunday of the Lord's PassionReflection 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.
Ask the children to colour in the accompanying illustration and to draw on the back how they will help others in the coming week.
Get the children to act out the gospel reading.
Make palm crosses with the children.
- Hold the palm so that the tapered end points towards the ceiling.
- Bend the top end down towards you, so that the bend is about 5 or 6 inches from the bottom.
- About a third of the way down the bend you just made, twist the section you’ve pulled down to the right, forming a right angle. Bend this arm back behind the palm so that it is now facing to the left. Make the bend at a good length to form the right arm of the cross.
- Folding that section at the same length as on the right side, bend the left arm and bring the arm forward over what is now the front of the cross.
- From the very centre of the cross, fold that arm up and diagonally to the right so that it wraps around where the upright part of the cross and the right arm intersect.
- Fold this down and diagonally to the left behind the cross.
- Bring it back round to the front and fold it to the right so that it is parallel to the arms of the cross.
- Fold it behind the cross again and bring it up diagonally to the left.
- Tuck the tapered end into the front and pull through to secure.
- Turn the cross over – this side will now be the front. Trim.
SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)
Trieb Walker (12:48): Read aloud of Leah's Pony. A story of how one girl saved her family farm during the Great Depression.
Book of the Week
Set during the time of the Great Dust Bowl of the American west, the story Leah’s Pony revolves around the great love a young girl has for her family and the very great sacrifice she is willing to make for them. The beginning of the story talks about the lushness of cornfield’s and pastures and then the locusts and drought that bring disaster to Leah’s family. Amid the locusts and drought, the bank forecloses on Leah’s family home. Leah sees her parent’s fear as their property goes to public auction. Leah sells her beloved pony so that she can bid on the tractor that is desperately needed for the farm. Her selfless action begins a series of kindnesses that are clearly sacrificial.
First ReadingThis prophecy from Isaiah is always the First Reading for every Palm Sunday, no matter what the rest of the cycle of readings looks like. This reading is known as the third of the four “Servant Songs.” In this reading, the servant is not withdrawing from his task even though he is called to suffer from violence and shame. He does not reject his vocation, but submits to insults and beatings. His trust in God makes him the sacrifice that is needed. This prophecy from Isaiah foreshadows the ultimate sacrificial offering of Jesus Christ for all humanity.
Second ReadingThis passage of Saint Paul’s letter to the Church at Philippi is commonly referred to as a hymn. This hymn celebrates the saving mystery of Christ’s obedience and willingness to be the sacrificial offering for unity and humility. In fact, Saint Paul discusses the sacrifice God made to encourage the people to be unified and people of humility, thus indicating that there was a degree of unrest among the Philippians.
GospelThe Gospel of Saint Mark is often seen as a passion narrative with an extended introduction. The entire focus of Saint Mark’s Gospel is of Jesus as the “Suffering Servant.” This is not surprising given the fact that it was written for the early Christians who were indeed suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ. Throughout the entire Gospel of Saint Mark, there is always a mention of those scheming to put Jesus to death. For Saint Mark, Jesus’s true identity as the Messiah and the Son of God is most truly recognized in his suffering and death and in his being the sacrifice for the life of the world.
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.
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: SECOND READING
Have you ever heard the word “selfish?” What does it mean to be selfish? (Solicit children’s responses.) You’re right. We act selfishly when we spend too much time thinking about what we want – or the things we’d like to do. Being a little bit selfish is probably normal, isn’t it? It’s hard not to think about those things sometimes – but the problem is that what’s good for us isn’t always good for others. Can you imagine what a sad world it would be if everyone was just looking out for themselves? If people stopped sharing? If people stopped helping? I know that my life would be much less happy. Today we hear a reading from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Philippians – and one of the things he tells them really stood out to as important to me. He told them that they should try to have a mind like Jesus’ – and that that means (in part) not being selfish in the things we do or believing that we’re more important than other people.
Objects suggested: Baseball, bat, mitt, pictures of baseball players It is baseball season––yeah! Perhaps you like to play baseball or go to baseball games with your parents. As you may know, the idea is to hit the ball and be able to run around the bases – first, second, and third base until you are at home plate again and can score a point for your team. In baseball there is a play called a sacrifice hit. The batter hits the ball in a way that allows the runner, who is already on one of the bases, to get to home plate while the batter is put out––unable to score. The batter gives up his chance to score to allow another player to make the point. Sacrifice is a word that means you give up something, that is important to you, for the good of another person. In other sports such as basketball or soccer we see players passing the ball to another teammate rather than trying to score themselves because it helps the team.
Where it all comes together
Object suggested: A cross Today’s lesson is difficult to talk about because it is concerns the story of when Jesus died. Why and how Jesus died is hard to understand and the story may make us feel sad, but we must remember that there is a remarkable ending to this story. The Bible teaches us that Jesus died on a cross. The cross is a symbol of God’s love for the world––for each one of us. Christians wear crosses as a way of honoring Jesus and we also see crosses on church steeples and within churches as well. Let’s talk about this simple cross. What do you see? Yes, this cross is made from two pieces of wood. You may have noticed crosses made from other materials, but always the cross has two pieces joined together like this. One piece points up and the other piece points out. We can think about the part that points up as pointing to God and the part that points out as pointing to the people of the world. (Use crosses that appear in your church as examples.)