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29th Sunday of Year B




Objects suggested: A chicken wishbone (alternative: a branch resembling a wishbone)

For some people, the best thing about having chicken for dinner is the “wishbone.” After you finish eating, two people each hold one side of the wishbone, close your eyes and make a wish. Then you pull on the wishbone until it breaks apart. The one who gets the biggest piece is supposed to have his or her wish come true. (If you have a wishbone, allow a boy and girl to try it.)

Have you ever wished for something? On the count of three, say out loud what you wish for: 1, 2, 3. (Pause for responses.)

Sometimes we make a wish without thinking about what would happen if our wish really came true.

Have you ever planned to have a picnic and it rained? Perhaps you sat and watched the rain and grumbled to yourself, “I wish it would stop raining.” What if that wish came true and it really stopped raining FOREVER? There would be no grass, no trees, no flowers. Rivers, lakes, and streams would dry up, and all life would begin to disappear. This world would be a miserable place if it stopped raining, wouldn’t it?

James and John were two brothers who were disciples of Jesus. One day, the two of them came to Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”




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Objects suggested: A blue ribbon, a gold medal, a trophy

As you probably know, whenever there is a contest, the person who finishes in first place is awarded a blue ribbon. Sometimes they may get a gold medal or perhaps a trophy like this one. It gives you a good feeling to be a winner, doesn’t it? After all, you have worked hard and it is nice to hear the applause of others when you are awarded the prize. When someone sees that you have a blue ribbon, a gold medal, or a trophy, they know that you have done something very special.

James and John were two brothers who were disciples of Jesus. They thought that they were deserving of special recognition in the Kingdom of God. Now they knew that Jesus didn’t hand out blue ribbons, gold medals, or trophies, so they decided between themselves just what special honor they deserved. They went to speak to Jesus privately. “Teacher,” they said, “we want to ask a favor of you.”

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By  Dr. Dan Wuori

How many of you like to help your teachers at school? Sometimes being the special helper to someone important can make us feel important too.

When I was in 5th grade I had a teacher that I liked a lot. And one of the things I loved to do was doing special jobs for her in the classroom. I was always asking if I could help her hand out papers, or take messages to the school office. I think I must have asked her an awful lot – but it made me feel special to be her helper.

Then one day something happened that I still remember all these years later. Our class was doing some math problems and I finished doing mine much faster than most of the other kids. So as I often did I got up from my desk to go ask her if she had any special jobs I could her with.

Unfortunately, I picked a bad time to ask – because at the time she was actually crouched down next to the desk of another student helping him out. When I interrupted to ask if I could do a job for her she told me she was in the middle of helping my friend and that I needed to go sit down. But then as I was walking back to my chair she called my name and she told me that if I really wanted to help her that I should go and help another one of my classmates who was having trouble with his work.

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


By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Paper crowns. One for each child.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you were king or queen of the world? Most of us would think that might be truly wonderful. We would not have to work. We could play all day and go to bed when we wished. We could eat whatever we wanted to eat, including lots of candy and ice cream. Our rooms would be filled with toys. We could throw our things about and not have to clean up after ourselves. Others would take care of all our needs. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful life? Let’s think about that a bit more.

Have you ever known a child who was given everything he or she wanted? No names, please. These children have only to think about themselves and what they need to be happy. Do you think children, who are given everything they want, are happy? I think most of them are not.

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By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: King and queen coloring page

It’s fun to think about what your life might be like if you were a king or a queen. Let’s talk about that.

A king or queen is the head or leader of a country. We think of them as being rich, perhaps living in a grand palace. They have all the clothes they need and more. They may wear a crown and own many jewels. We think of them sitting at a long, beautiful table enjoying a feast. There are servants who wait on them and bring them what they need.

What kind of king or queen would you be? What would you ask for? What would you do? How would you treat people? Would you be a kind or difficult leader?

Here is what Jesus says about being a leader: “… whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant” (10:43). This sounds kind of upside down, doesn’t it? A king or queen being a servant?

Jesus teaches us that the very best leader is one who cares about all people and wants to do what is best for them. Even though a king or queen may be very powerful, they are most powerful when they serve the people of their country.

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

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Make Me A Servant

CHRISTIAN SONGS (3:30) – Make me a servant / Humble and meek / Lord let me lift up / Those who are weak / And may the prayer / Of my heart always be / Make me a servant / Make me a servant / Make me a servant today


Family Activities

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

  • Jesus showed us how to serve by serving others. As a family, plan how you can show God’s love by serving others. Keep your eyes open and look for opportunities to serve at home, in school and in your community. Decide on one way to serve others this week.
  • Ask your family to suggest names of people in your parish, or community who serve the needs of others. Write a thank-you note to one of these persons, thanking them for their service to others.
  • Make a helping-hand coupon. On the coupon, write one thing you will do to help someone in your family. Cut the coupon out and give it to the person you will help.
  • Watch for stories in magazines or newspapers which tell about someone whose suffering led them to reach out to others. Share the stories with your family.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

There Are People Around the World That Need Our Help

Materials needed: Magazines

This is World Mission Sunday. There are people around the world who need our help. They need us to pay attention to their needs and not just be concerned about our own wishes and needs. This is the point of the Gospel story: James and John are worried for themselves. The other disciples didn’t feel it was right that Jesus promised James and John something they thought they couldn’t have. They were only concerned with ‘being important,’ they weren’t acting like Jesus would want. James and John would have to endure all that Jesus would — drinking the cup — being open to give his life blood as a sign of love and forgiveness; being baptized into eternal life in God.

Perhaps you can have magazines and the children can cut or tear pictures out that show how people need others to make their WISH for a better life come true. Our you could make a scroll and list the needs of others — to be taken back into church and placed by the altar—or somewhere acceptable to show what the children wish for the world. The Glenmary Community serves in rural, often poverty ‘rich’ communities. Perhaps you could write a letter to a ‘mission’ parish or diocese just to let them know you are praying for them. Or perhaps a parish in New Orleans or along the coast.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy

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Word Sunday

The Glory of Christian Leadership

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: Have you or someone you know ever won an election? What was the post or office? Who did you or that person represent?

In the story for the first reading, Jennifer was popular in her class. She was friendly and nice; she went out her way to help others. When the time came for class elections came, Jennifer ran for class president. Everyone knew she would win. Three weeks after the election, Jennifer was down. “Being class president is hard work,” she complained to her teacher, “I like to please everyone, but, with school work and sports and chores at home, I am really stretched.” CONTINUE READING

Bridging Question: Some leaders yell out orders. Some speak softly and try to help. Which one would you like to follow? Why?

In the story of the gospel, For his mother’s birthday, Eddie’s family went out to a fancy restaurant. From the time Eddie walked into the restaurant, his eyes were wide open. “Wow! What a fancy place!” Eddie declared. When they were seated, a man came up to the table and introduced himself. “Hi, I’m James. I’ll be your waiter tonight,” the waiter said as he passed out the menus. CONTINUE READING

Closing Question: Who do you know that likes to help others? What makes them a good leader?

Playing Waiter/Waitress

Is service more important than being in charge? Show your family that service makes someone a true leader. Have a special meal where everyone has a turn serving the others. This can be a very simple meal or a very fancy one. But have everyone serve one portion of the meal to the others sitting at the table. Have those seated show their appreciation with applause. End the meal with a prayer of thanksgiving for all leaders, no matter how small or childlike.

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Materials Needed: None

  1. Ask: What honors do young people sometimes earn for their activities and achievements? (honor roll, trophies for sports programs, prizes for contests) What symbols might we be given for these honors? (public recognition, trophies, ribbons, prizes)
  2. Say: In today’s Gospel, James and John seek a place of honor in the Kingdom of God. Listen carefully to this Gospel and let’s see if we can identify what is the symbol of this place of honor.
  3. Invite one or more volunteers to read today’s Gospel, Mark 10:35-45.


Images from the Readings: Jesus understands every weakness / We will find help / Will you do us a favour? / Everyone’s slave / Give his life

8-12 Year Olds

  1.  What is a king? Which items would belong to a king? How would you speak to a king? What would you say if a king asked you to do him a favour? How would you behave in his presence? Why does a king have servants? What qualities would a servant want in their king?
  2. Now ask: What is a servant? What sort of jobs would a servant do for a king? What qualities would a king would want in his servants?
  3. Would you rather be a king or a servant?
  4. Now Jesus is our king. It is true that he is very important and it is true that he is very powerful. However he is a very different sort of king to the story book king that we have been talking about. Let’s think of some of the ways in which Jesus is a different sort of king. Where was Jesus born – where might a king be born? Where did Jesus live? – where might a King live? What sort of work did Jesus do? What sort of work might a king do? If we think about the answers you have given about Jesus, we can see that his life was more like that of a servant than a king, so that is why we speak of him as being our Servant-King. Jesus is like a king and like a servant. He does not boss us around, but rather shows us by the way he lived with his family and friends, how we are to live our lives as members of his kingdom. We are to serve one another as Jesus served the people of his day and as hundreds and hundreds of our Christian ancestors have done before us.
  5. The First Reading from Hebrews tells us what we should do if we are in need of God’s help. What does it say? What does Jesus mean when he says to the disciples that if they want to be great they must be the servant of all the others?
  6. What does Jesus mean when he says that he did not come to be a slave master but to be a slave? Who are the people you know who serve others in your parish, your school and in your family? How can we in our lives be like Jesus, and serve others?
SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland

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Ms. Kathy reads a beautiful story about a boy named Alexander, who helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. Alexander learns that it isn’t what you have to give, but how you give of yourself that matter most.

Light of Christmas

High in the mountains lies the town of Noel, surrounded by walls and a great silver gate. Every year, Alexander and his mother walk the long distance to Noel to watch the lighting of the village Christmas tree. This particular year, Alexander learns that the Keeper of the Flame will be choosing the person who has given the truest gift of Christmas to be the one to light the Christmas tree. On his way to Noel, Alexander helps a poor old man he finds lying in the snow. What Alexander doesn’t know is that the poor old man is really the Keeper of the Flame, and because of the Alexander’s great kindness and sacrifice, Alexander is chosen to light the Christmas tree. Alexander learns that it isn’t what you give, but rather how you give of yourself that matters the most. It is an ideal story to convey the virtue of sacrifice.

Virtue of the Week


We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. -George Bernard Shaw

Reading I: Isaiah 53:10-11

This first reading from the prophet Isaiah shows that a true servant of the Lord places themselves in the hands of God and trusts that God will see them through their difficulties. A faithful servant of the Lord is willing to make and be a sacrifice. By the time this passage takes place, the nation of Israel has come to believe that the suffering of one can compensate for the sins of many. Isaiah presents the suffering servant as the one designated by God to be the sacrifice for the sins of all. Later, this image and reality will be seen in Jesus Christ, who will be the sacrifice for the sins of all humanity.

Reading 2: Hebrews 4:14-16

The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews proclaims that Jesus is the true and final High Priest: the priest, altar, and victim of sacrifice. Jesus is the atonement for the sins of all, the one who is the intermediary between God and his people. The writer makes it abundantly clear that although Jesus is the Great High Priest, he is not free from the suffering of humanity and that he is like all humans, except in sin. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we see that he is both divine and human.

Gospel: Mark 10: 35-45

Time and again, the disciples misunderstand Jesus and his mission. In today’s reading from Mark’s Gospel, we are presented for the third time with Jesus’ prediction of his arrest, torture, and execution, yet the disciples still do not see that Jesus has come to be the sacrificial offering for the world. The disciples want Jesus to be the Messiah that they imagined rather than the true one that he is. When the disciples ask if they can have positions of prominence in the Kingdom of God, Jesus responds by saying that those positions are not his to give, and asks them if they can drink of the cup that he himself is going to drink from. Their affirmative response sets them up to recognize that they too will be called to be a sacrifice for the Kingdom. We see that with leadership, there is a need for sacrifice.

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.
ACTIVITY of the Week

Expressing Gratitude for the Sacrifices of Others

Step One: Explore whether there are students within the class, school, or parish who have relatives that are serving in the Armed Services. Discuss with your class what sacrifices they think someone in the Armed Services might have to make. What sacrifices might their families and friends have to make? Invite the students to brainstorm and list those sacrifices on the white board.

Step Two: Have the students, along with their families, gather things that might be sent to soldiers overseas. As a class, put together “care packages” for those individuals and have each student make a card to express their gratitude for the sacrifices that the soldiers are making.


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.

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