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1st Sunday of Advent C
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CATHOLIC KIDS BULLETIN
SERMONS 4 KIDS – GOSPEL
Objects suggested: Advent Wreath
t’s official! We have entered into the Christmas countdown period. Every day now we will see it in the newspapers and hear it on the radio and television, “24 shopping days until Christmas,” “23 shopping days until Christmas,” “22 shopping days until Christmas.” All around us there are signs that Christmas is coming. What are some of those signs?
There are plenty of signs that Christmas is coming, but 2000 years ago when Jesus was born, there were no big signs to announce that it was going to happen. There were no ads on the radio or TV saying “Coming soon! A Savior will be born in a stable near you!” When Jesus was born, many people were surprised! But as word of his birth spread, some people remembered that prophets had told them that God was going to send a Savior. They knew that this baby, born in a stable, was God keeping His promise.
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SERMON WRITER – GOSPEL
Objects suggested: A travel bag. Demonstrate which items are appropriate to pack and include items which may cause the children to giggle if you were to add them to the bag.
Do you like to travel? Do you pack your own bag? If you do, you know that you have to make choices about what goes into your bag. You have to decide what is important to take along and which items you must leave at home.
What happens if you put too much stuff in your travel bag? Yes, you get loaded down. Your bag becomes too heavy and you have trouble getting where you want to go. A heavy bag causes you to feel tired and uncomfortable.
Jesus teaches that we should not become “loaded down with…the cares of this life” (21:34).
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SERMON WRITER – SECOND READING
Objects suggested: Use a multiplication chart or a white board and marker to demonstrate multiplication
Learning how to be kind is a simple thing, but it has such big rewards. Can you imagine a world in which everyone would be kind to one another? That would solve a lot of problems wouldn’t it?
We can learn kindness in much the same way we learn our multiplication sums. Some of you have already learned multiplication and others will be learning how to multiply before too long. It is a very useful thing to know.
We must practice and memorize numbers that go together and produce a sum. Let’s work with a simple example.
Are there three volunteers? I will give each of you two marbles. Now we have a multiplication problem. If we multiply two marbles (2) by three kids (3) we get our answer: 6. (Personalize this example with something that is available and works for you.)
SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan
SERMONS 4 KIDS – GOSPEL
Objects suggested: A smoke alarm
Do you have a smoke alarm in your house? I hope so. In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm could save your life and the lives of your loved ones by providing a warning that would give you the chance to escape. Smoke alarms don’t cost very much, and they are easy to install. It is one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
A word of caution about smoke alarms — some people think that once they have a smoke alarm installed in their house they are safe from the dangers of fire. They forget that their smoke alarm is only as good as the battery inside. If the battery has lost its power, the smoke alarm will not work and you will not receive the warning needed to allow you time to escape. As a guide, the batteries should be changed at least once a year, but you should check your alarm from time to time to make sure that the batteries are still good.
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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.
Society of Christian Doctrine
SDC is a society of lay catechists that started in Malta in 1907. Worksheets can be downloaded and printed for use during Sunday Mass or handed out to children at school prior to the weekend. They are also used by parents who download them to use with their children at home.
DIOCESE OF SALFORD
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Clipart © McCrimmons used with permission. All rights reserved; Text © 2018 Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy
The readings for the 1st Sunday in Advent Year C warn us to get ready for the coming of our Lord, for change will come with him. In the first reading we hear that God will raise up “a just shoot” who will bring safety. In the second reading Paul encourages us to act with love and be ready for the coming of Jesus Christ. And in the gospel, Jesus warns his followers not to focus on our current lives but to be ready for our new lives.
SOURCE: Young Catholics: Posts related to upcoming Sunday Mass readings and feast days for saints
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:
Make and bless an Advent wreath for your home. Recall that the circle reminds us of God’s eternal faithfulness. The four candles represent the four Sundays in Advent. The candles symbolize Jesus who is the Light of the world. During Advent, focus your daily prayers around the Advent wreath.
- Have a discussion about how your family prepares for special days and events. Remind family members that this special time of preparation for Christmas is called Advent. Talk about what each family member can do to prepare his or her heart for Jesus’ coming.
- Together as a family do a Christmas craft or project that reflects the message of Christ’s hope and promise. For example, make homemade Christmas cards or Christmas tree ornaments.
- Have a family meeting at which all members brainstorm ideas as to how they can prepare for the coming of Christ during Advent. Write the ideas on slips of paper and put the slips in a hat. Each person is to pick one and to carry that idea out for the week. At the end of the week, have each person share what they chose and how they carried it out.
CATHOLIC ALL YEAR
CATHOLIC ALL YEAR (5:34) – Let’s talk about one of my favorite liturgical living in the home traditions: the Advent Wreath! Find out the history and symbolism of the Advent Wreath, and learn how to make an easy DIY version. Featuring Kendra Tierney of the blog and book Catholic All Year.
ADORERS OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
Make a paper Advent wreath. Construction paper works best. Cut our four yellow flames, three purple and one pink rectangle (1”x 5 ½”), using half sheet of green (8 1/2”x11”) cut corners to make it and oval or cut strips of green paper to glue in front of candles, and one white sheet of (8 1/2”x11”) for background.
SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy
Advent Ideas for Catholic Families
CATHOLIC SPROUTS (13:01) – Advent can be a fun, beautiful and meaningful time for Catholic Families. It can be very hard to wait to celebrate Christmas, especially when the rest of the world is already doing just that, but with these simple ideas that ANY Catholic Family can do, your kids will fall in love with Advent and remember it fondly.
How to Survive Christmas
Opening Question: Opening Question: How many people do you know that are worried about Christmas? Why are they worried?
In the story for the first reading, Jose worried because he overheard his parents talk about their lack of finances. After a dream about the baby Jesus, Jose reassured his parents that, with God, everything would be alright.
Bridging Question: How anxious are your for Christmas to come?
In the story for the gospel, Sarah urged her father to finish hanging the Christmas lights on their house. Her father was annoyed by her insistence. She anticipated, her father was anxious. Jesus spoke about both attitudes to his followers as they faced the end of the world.
Closing Question: What things help you look forward to the coming of Jesus at Christmas?
Quiet Prayer Time
This Sunday’s theme echoes that of two weeks ago: the end of the world. However, this gospel includes the notion of surprise. Despite signs of the end (wars, earthquakes, and famines), God will return on his timetable, not ours. We Christians who anticipate the end will be as surprised as those who do not believe. God simply calls us not to worry, but to be prepared.
The Christmas season is now a week old. The anticipation of the season may make us worried and unprepared. Surprises of others’ plans and unexpected bills irritate us. How can we spiritually prepare for the season in the midst of unwelcome surprise? One way is a moment of family silence. When you gather for family prayer, whether around the dinner table, or at bed time, try a moment to gather thoughts and place them before God. You’ll be surprised how such quiet moments help relieve stress and put the season in perspective.
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CATHOLIC ART TEACHER
Draw With Me! Grade 2
This week we are preparing for Christmas. So get out your art materials and let’s draw an Advent Wreath.
CATHOLIC Children’s Song
Advent Song for Kids
CATHOLIC ICING (1:22) – This song was written and submitted by Alexandra Montano, and I absolutely love it! This is a great way to teach preschoolers about Advent.
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BACKGROUND FOR CATECHISTS
THE RELIGION TEACHER (3:38)
Jesus teaches his disciples to be vigilant so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes in glory.
Making the Connection (Grades 1,2, and 3):
Younger children are learning new ways to cope with challenges, including naming their feelings and talking about their experiences. We can support children by teaching them that God listens to their prayers and is with them in good times and hard times.
Materials Needed: none
- Ask: Who here has ever had a hard day? Pause for children to raise their hands. Say: Yes, we all have good days and hard days, don’t we? What did you do to help you through your hard day? (Accept reasonable responses, such as “talked to a friend/family member, got a hug, prayed.”)
- Say: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us about the things that will happen when he comes again. Some people will be afraid. But Jesus tells us we don’t need to be afraid.
- Read today’s Gospel, Luke 21:25–28 34–36.
- Say: Jesus tells his disciples that they can stand tall because he loves them and has saved them. We can trust Jesus. He loves us and is with us, no matter what kind of day we are having. We can tell God about our day and our feelings in our prayer. He always listens to us. He gives us strength and courage to get through hard days.
- Conclude in prayer together thanking God for loving us and giving us strength and courage in good times and hard times. Pray the Sign of the Cross.
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THE LITURGY CENTRE
Images from the Readings
Reflection for 8-12 Year Olds
Introduce the children to the Season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, which is the beginning of the church year. Point out the violet cloth and the Advent Wreath. Explain that the wreath is one way of celebrating this special time of preparation. Its circle of evergreen branches represents God’s love which is without beginning or end; one candle is lit each week until Christmas. Some of the end-time images might be frightening for the children, but ensure that they are contained within the context of Jesus’ coming and God’s love for us …
- How do you prepare for Christmas? The church helps us to prepare by reminding us what will happen at the end of time.
- What are the things that we can do to make our hearts ready inside for the new birth of Jesus this Christmas?
- Just as we need to do special things to get ready for Christmas, we also need to be ready for the time when Jesus comes again, to welcome him into our hearts and lives today and every day.
- How can we do this?
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WEEKLY READ ALOUD
QUUS LEARNING LINE (4:50)
In Stand Tall, a little girl tells her story about how important it is to believe in yourself and to believe in being your best self. Throughout the story, children are presented with opportunities to understand the differences between right and wrong, how to make positive decisions, how to keep promises, and how to remain true to themselves. This book also provides discussion questions, games, and activities.
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.
Virtue of the Week
The Scriptures offer us reminders and instructions on how to be people of integrity in all areas of our lives so that we live as images of God. In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah speaks of the days to come, a time when Israel will be restored to a right relationship with God. The prophet mentions that the just shoot will lead the nation in living a life of holiness and integrity.
Thessalonians 3:12 -4:2
Saint Paul calls people to live a life of integrity as he talks to the Thessalonians about how to live in a way that pleases God. Integrity calls us to be consistent with what we believe and how we live our lives. In each Liturgy, the penitential rite is when we ask the Lord to have mercy upon us and to help us return to the integrity that is essential to our life with Christ and God. Despite our circumstances, we can always benefit from encouragement that challenges us to be our best selves.
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Just as the previous year ended, this new liturgical year begins with visions of the end times. Today’s Gospel passage reflects Saint Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians as it instructs us not to become relaxed in living a life of goodness and integrity. Although the passage is somber, it also includes hope that spurs us into living a life of integrity. As we proceed through the Gospel, it becomes more and more obvious that each of the virtues are related to each other.
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.
ACTIVITY of the Week
Step One: Ask your students why they might do the right thing. Students might talk about getting into trouble for doing the wrong thing, or being rewarded for doing the right thing. Try to see if any of your students mention doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.
Step Two: Ask the students about times when they have had to make a decision. Have them create a flash card for each situation. On the back of the flash card, identify what the positive or negative choice might be in that situation, and what the reward or consequence could be.
Step Three: Help the students understand that there are different levels to doing the right thing, and that the beginning of this journey is doing the right thing to avoid getting into trouble or being rewarded. As the journey goes on, however, we learn that it is important to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.
What Could You Do Today?
Enter a conversation with one of your parents or another adult who has been a positive influence in your life. Ask them if they have any stories about when they have done something just to stay out of trouble, and then see if they have a story about when they did the right thing for a reward. Finally, ask them about a time when they were not concerned with whether they would get in trouble or get a reward, but simply wanted to do good because it was the right thing to do.
These stories show that living a life of integrity is a journey, and like any journey, it takes time a to reach the destination. While there may be things that delay or stop us, the key is to do the best that we can and to learn along the way.