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CATHOLIC KIDS BULLETIN

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SERMONS 4 KIDS

BORN TO BE KING

Objects suggested: A crown

What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher, a policeman, a lawyer, a doctor, or a nurse? There are so many jobs from which to choose. How do we decide? Some might choose a job where they think they can make a lot of money. Another might choose to be a teacher because of their love for children. Another might choose to be a doctor or a nurse because they want to help sick people become well. Some might choose to follow their parents in their chosen profession. Quite often a person starts out in one job and then decides it isn’t the right one for them and they choose another type of work. When we are children, we may say, “I want to do this or that when I grow up.” It doesn’t always work out that way.

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SERMON WRITER

FOR THIS I WAS BORN

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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Have you heard stories about your birth? Where you were born, what time of day you were born, who the doctor was, or who came to visit you? Perhaps you have seen pictures taken when you were a baby so you know what you looked like then.

Parents like to tell stories about when you were able to use a spoon and begin to feed yourself or when you took your first steps and began to walk. They like to remember the funny and cute things you did.

The birth of a baby is a joyous event. You come into the world as a new person and there is no one else like you anywhere.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
SERMON WRITER

WHAT’S THE TRUTH

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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Have you ever played a game called Gossip? It’s fun. Let’s try it. (This game can be played with the children, depending on their ages, or with the first few rows of the congregation. If you decide to use the congregation, let the children in on the secret story by whispering it to them before the game of Gossip begins.)

(The story could go something like this, but change the story to suit your unique application. Keep it fairly short, but full of details.)

“Mrs. Smith walked to church with her husband and six children. Along the way she stopped at a flower shop and bought a bouquet of roses for the altar. She sang a solo in church that morning and it was awful. Her children covered their ears. After church service was over she told them that since they didn’t hear the song she sang in church, she would sing to them all the way home.” (Whisper this story into the ear of the first participant and then have that person whisper the story to the next person and so on until the story is told to the last person in the group. Ask the last person who hears the story to repeat the story out loud. Now read the original story and hear how it has changed.)

SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org

SERMON WRITER

CHRIST THE KING

By Dr. Dan Wuori

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I thought today we might take a moment to talk about the calendar. What is a calendar – what does it help us to do? (Solicit children’s answers.)

That’s right. A calendar is something we use to keep track of time – but instead of measuring minutes and hours it measures the days of the week and the months of the year.

You might not know it, but we follow a special church calendar too and this week we are celebrating the very end of it with a special day. We call it The Feast of Christ the King – and it is the last Sunday before we begin a new church calendar year with the four weeks of Advent, which is the time we prepare for the birth of Jesus at Christmas.

SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org

CATHOLIC KIDS BULLETIN

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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

Speak, Lord — Sunday Worksheet

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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Feel free to copy and paste it into your parish publications.

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CATHOLIC MOM

Crossword Puzzle

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

YOUNG CATHOLICS

This Week’s Resources

The readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B speak of heavenly battles and being prepared. In the first reading we hear of St. Michael the Archangel who is a guardian. The psalm reminds us “you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld .” The second reading Paul encourages us with the news that Jesus Christ has made the perfect offering for us. And in the gospel, Jesus speaks of coming darkness and tells us to be ready.

SOURCE: Young Catholics: Posts related to upcoming Sunday Mass readings and feast days for saints
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR

Family Activities

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Together as a family, read stories of the saints who were martyred because they spoke the truth.

  • The Feast of Christ the King reminds us that the truth of Christ deserves our loyalty. How can you live that truth more fully each day.
  • Jesus is King, and his kingdom is the kingdom of light. Discuss with your family what it means to be children of that light.
  • Make a plain crown as a centerpiece for the kitchen table. Collect some stickers and beads for the crown. This week, have every member of the family do a good deed. When the good deed is completed, gather together to place one of the stickers or a bead on the crown. The goal of the family is to have the crown fully decorated by the end of the week.
  • Jesus was raised from the dead so that he could be with us forever. Have each family member name a time when he or she knew that Jesus was with him or her.
  • Choose a day this week, and have each family member write down how he or she spent that day. Look at the results to see how Jesus was present.
  • Talk with your family about finding God in the ordinary events of daily life. Provide each person with a sheet of scrap paper and a pencil. Send family members on a “God is with us” scavenger hunt.
  • Light a candle during meal time each night this week. Thank Jesus for the times throughout the day when you realized that God was with you.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis
Catholic Faith

10 Famous Saints for Catholic Kids

KEEP YOUR FAITH (5:49) –Video features famous catholic saints for kids who made their marks in the Catholic World. They were patron saints and catholic saints who become an inspiration for kids today. 1. Saint Nicholas, 2. Saint Maria Goretti, 3. Saint Cecelia, 4. Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, 5. Saint Anthony of Padua, 6. Saint Patrick of Ireland, 7. Saint Valentine, 8. Saint Joseph, 9. Saint Therese of Lisieux, 10. Saint Francis od Assisi

ADORERS OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

Gospel Reading Discussion

Explain that Jesus was a king, but not the kind of king the people were used to having. They expected him to lead their kingdom like a mighty ruler and wipe out the Roman soldiers who were taking over their country!!! Jesus tried to explain that his Kingdom was different, that he was a leader of God’s Kingdom and that was a kingdom made of love. He wanted to teach them how to love each other and themselves, and that way they would know God. Jesus was strong, yet humble in being a leader. Ask the children to tell how they are part of the Kingdom of God that Jesus leads. Guide them to see that when they speak lovingly or show love to others with kind deeds, hugs, helpful acts, then they are learning about the Kingdom and living in it like Jesus intended. Anything they do or say that is loving helps them build up the Kingdom of God making it stronger.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy

Easy Activities

Celebrating Christ the King

CATHOLIC MOM AND DAUGHTER (11:19) –Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King with a few easy activities is the perfect way to end the church’s liturgical year. Your family, co-op, or church classes will enjoy doing these simple activities on the feast day as they ponder the ultimate question: Is Christ your King?

Word Sunday

Being a Good Leader

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: You are leader for a day. What would you change to make the world a better place to live in?

Jesus Christ is the witness you can trust. He is the first one to be born out of death and the ruler of every leader on earth. Praise to Jesus, who loves us and freed us from our sins by dying on the cross! He turned us into a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father. May glory and power over every people be his forever! Amen!

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Bridging Question: Have you ever been blamed for something that people misunderstood? What happened?

Reader 1: Pilate ordered Jesus to come in. The first thing Pilate said to Jesus was: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Reader 2: “Is this what you think,” Jesus responded, “or did others give you this information about me?”

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Closing Question: How is Jesus the king of the heart? How can Jesus help us to lead with our heart?

“King of the Our Hearts” Poster

Jesus is a King, but not the leader everyone expected. He is the King of Cosmos. Yet, he is the King our hearts. To make this point with your family members, cut out red hearts and gold crowns (make the crowns smaller than the hearts). Paste the crown onto the heart and write the word “Jesus” onto the crown. Use this art to decorate a refrigerator or bulletin board. Gather your family around this area for prayer and discussion. Ask: “How can we make Jesus King of our hearts?”

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.

CATHOLIC ART TEACHER

Draw With Me! Grade 2 The Feast of Christ the King

This weekend we celebrate the feast of Christ the King! Let us celebrate by drawing a crown to symbolize Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of Lords. Happy drawing!


Children’s Song

“Jesus is Our King”

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KID’S OBJECT LESSON
THE SALVATION ARMY (3:17)

SUNDAY CONNECTION

KING OF THE JEWS

Gospel Reading:

Jesus is questioned by Pilate about the charge brought against him that he is “King of the Jews.”

Making the Connection (Grades 1,2, and 3): 

Younger children often pretend to be kings and queens in their play and may know about royalty from fairy tales and other stories. Help them understand the difference between earthy kings and Jesus, Our King and Savior.

Materials Needed: a paper crown; pictures of kings and queens

  1. Show children the paper crown and display the pictures of kings and queens. Ask: Who wears a crown? (a king or queen, members of a royal family) Invite the children to wear the crown as they take turns telling something they know about kings and queens. (They live in castles, have servants, used to rule over people, wear fancy clothes, etc.)
  2. Say: Today is the Feast of Christ the King. We call Jesus our King, but he is not like the kings and queens of countries. He is a different kind of king.
  3. Say: In today’s Gospel, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king. Listen to how Jesus responds.
  4. Read aloud today’s Gospel, John 18:33b–37.
  5. Say: Jesus told Pontius Pilate that his kingdom did not belong to this world. Jesus was not an earthly king. He is the king of heaven, our Lord and Savior. He came to teach us the truth about God the Father’s love and forgiveness and to save us from our sins. He shows us how to live.
  6. Conclude in prayer together that Jesus is our king: “Jesus, you are the King of heaven. Help to live in love, truth, and peace, just as you have taught us to live.” Close by praying the Lord’s Prayer.
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THE LITURGY CENTRE

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

8-12 Year Olds

A good place to begin is with the question: What did you hear? Allow children the opportunity to respond in their own words to hearing the Word of God. When each has had an opportunity to speak you might begin general discussion by building on to their responses, perhaps using some prepared questions, like the following, to stimulate ideas:

  • What sort of a King is Jesus? Is he like Queen Elizabeth ll, or the Kings and Queens we read about in fairy tales?
  • What is the difference between an earthly king who rules an earthly kingdom, and Jesus’ kingship?
  • Jesus’ kingdom is one of truth, love and peace. How do we know this?
  • When Pilate asks Jesus questions, what is he trying to find out? What does Jesus tell him? Who does he say that he is?
  • In what ways can Jesus’ kingdom be lived out here today?
  • What are the things that we can do to be more truthful, caring and peace-filled in our families and schools?

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SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland
WEEKLY READ ALOUD

MR. GIBBONS CLASS (10:14)

The Cats in Krasinski Square

Set in Warsaw in 1942, this picture book brings to life a little-known act of Jewish resistance to the Nazi regime. A young girl who escaped from the Ghetto and lives with her older sister does great works of service. Along with her friends, they provide food to those who are starving in the Ghetto. When the Gestapo learn about what they have been doing, they send a pack of food-sniffing dogs to track down the bundles of food that are coming in on the trains for those in the Ghetto. The little girl, who often plays with the cats who live outside of the Ghetto, devises a scheme to gather the cats in baskets and have them divert the dogs’ attention away from the bundles of food. Through her clever thinking, she and her friends are able to continue doing service for others.

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

Service

The best place to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others. – Mahatma Gandhi

Daniel 7: 13-14

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe celebrates the closing of the liturgical year. As individuals who have chosen to follow Christ, it is important for us to remember exactly what kind of “king” we are following. Throughout the Scriptures, Jesus presents himself as a king who came to serve and not to be served. This final Sunday of the liturgical year gives us another opportunity to reflect on the role of “king” that we were given at our baptism. We are called to think about how well we have fulfilled the role of servant king in the past year.

Revelations 1: 5-8

Even though there is a triumphant tone to this passage, it is important that the passage is understood in the context of who Jesus Christ is as a servant king. In doing his service, Jesus triumphed over sin and death. This passage reminds us that through Jesus, a final age will come when evil, sin, and death will be destroyed forever.

John 18: 33B-37

In this passage from Saint John’s Gospel, Pilate, an earthly ruler, questions Jesus about whether or not he is a king. Pilate is caught in the direct and narrow understanding of earthly kingship, while Jesus represents a divine kingship, which is one where he acts as a servant. Jesus is a leader who is so different from the leaders of today, who are often seen as failures. People yearn for a leader who will care for and serve them. Be attentive to the fact that a true servant leader attends to the needs of the people rather than to their “wants.”

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

Practicing Service for Others

Serving Family Members

When people think of service, they often think about helping people who are strangers. However, we are also given many opportunities to be of service to people in our own lives, including those in our families. Have a conversation with your family members and ask them about what would be helpful to them in their daily lives. These could be simple things, like doing an extra chore or helping a sibling with their homework. Think about your age and abilities when considering the service that you might want to do for them, and try to find ways to practice serving those closest to you on a regular basis. Remember the words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta: We are not called to do great things but rather simple things with great love!

Meals-On-Wheels program

If possible, invite a representative from the local Meals-On-Wheels program or a similar service agency to come and talk to your students about the importance of providing service to those in need. Give the students plain paper placemats or pieces of paper and art supplies so that they can create a decorated placemat to be delivered with the meals. If time permits, have the students decorate several placemats so that they might be used on a number of different special occasions.

Others in the Community

There are many news articles and stories of people who are in need of very simple things. Along with your classmates and their families, try to identify some act of service that you and your classmates could do to help meet the needs of those in your community. Once you have identified a need, come up with a plan for how you can work to meet this need. If possible, include others in your school and parish to participate in this service project.

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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.

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