33rd Sunday of Year B


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Objects suggested: A calendar with some important dates marked on it.

This calendar is very important to me. I have a circle drawn around the most important days of the year on this calendar. Do you see the circle around this date? That’s my birthday. Every year my birthday is the same day. I always know when it is. Here is Christmas Day. That’s an important day, isn’t it? December 25th is Christmas day. It may be any day of the week, but it is ALWAYS on December 25th. Your birthday is an important day too. If I want to be sure to remember your birthday, I will draw a circle around it and write a note that says, this is Mary’s birthday. That way I will always know when it is your birthday.

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told his followers that a very important day was coming. He told them that a day was coming when people would see him coming in the clouds with power and glory. He told them that on that day he would send his angels to gather his people and take them home to heaven to be with him.



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By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Camera, tripod, camera batteries, lens, or other miscellaneous camera equipment. Interesting photographs.

It is fun to take pictures and have them to look at later. Do you like to look at your baby pictures and see what you looked like then? Do you have a picture of a special birthday party or a Christmas celebration with your family? A picture helps us remember those good times. Maybe you have a picture of a flower, a sunset, or snow on a mountain that makes you feel peaceful. I know of a little boy who kept a picture of his mommy in his pocket on his first day of school as a way of keeping her close.

Professional photographers make their living taking pictures. Some photograph weddings and others take portraits – close up pictures of people’s faces. Still others photograph sports events, animals, or things in nature such as trees, rivers, and clouds.

Photographers must always be ready to take a picture at just the right moment and often those moments come unexpectedly. It may be a baby’s smile, or a picture of a soccer player scoring a goal, or a butterfly that appears without warning.

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


By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Children’s DVDs or videos.

Do you have a favorite DVD or video? Cinderella? Finding Nemo? The Jungle Book?

Some times when you start a DVD or video you will see parts of other movies that might interest you. These are called previews – just a hint of what you will see in those other movies.

If you’ve been in a movie theater, you’ve noticed the same thing – previews of coming attractions – bits and parts of movies that will be showing next.

In the Bible Jesus talks about things that signal what may be coming next. He says, “When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near” (13:28).

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



By Dell Smith Klein

Objects suggested: A piece of blank paper for each child. If your custom is to keep them in church for the rest of the service, you might give them a pencil or crayon to draw a picture.

This is a special season of the year. We call it Fall, because this is the time of year when the leaves fall from the trees. Fall is a beautiful time, because many leaves turn colors before they “fall” to the ground. Did anyone here notice leaves turning color this Fall? What were some of the colors that you saw? (Red, yellow, orange).

For the next few months, most of the trees won’t have any leaves. We’ll miss the leaves, won’t we! Trees are so pretty when they have leaves on their branches.

But in a few months, trees will start to grow new leaves. At first, those leaves will be small––hard to see. You will need to watch carefully or you won’t see them. But then the leaves will get larger––and larger. By summertime the trees will be full of leaves.

But the little tiny leaves tell us something. They tell us that springtime is coming. It’s on the way.

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

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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

Family Activities

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

  • To help your family focus on the promise of happiness with God forever in heaven, take a walk in nature. Notice how nature is getting ready for winter. Talk about the promise of new life in spring.

  • According to our faith tradition, we do not know the day or hour when Jesus will come again. What would you like to be doing when Jesus appears?
  • Gather together as a family. Talk about some of the endings that have occurred in your life and family and how you were able to survive.
  • Make prayer cards with, “Christ has died; Christ has risen: and Christ will come again”, written on them. Say the prayer each day, recalling how much Jesus loves you.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis
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Connecting Children with Nature

AUDUBON NATURE PRESCHOOL (2:58) – Children are born naturalists! They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them. Children’s inherent curiosity about the world is supported by hands-on, nature-based activities which foster empathy, resiliency, and confidence. Our 40 acre nature sanctuary serves as a natural venue for language, artistic, and musical expression as well as scientific observations and discoveries. Our preschool teachers plan age-appropriate activities that integrate science, math, literacy, and the arts while encouraging cooperative learning and social competence. There is so much joy to experience every day…naturally!


Obstacle Course

Materials needed – two skeins of yarn (1 white, 1 any other color), candy, items to be used as obstacles, hand held games (and/or a portable DVD player with a movie), stop watch.

Preparation: Create an obstacle course where the children have to go over, under, around and through things. You can use tables, chairs, blankets, appliance boxes, cones, hula hoops, paper plates, etc. Using the white yarn, create a path through the course that leads to the candy bowl. Using the other colored yarn, create a path that will lead in various spots to hand held games/movie .

Activity: Have 1 child at a time go through the obstacle course. Tell them there is a prize at the end if they follow the right path. Give them a set amount of time to complete the course. After everyone has had a chance to go through talk about how the course is like life: not always easy, lots of twists and turns, etc but if you stay on the right path you are promised a reward: heaven/candy. If you follow another path, though, it may lead to fun but not to the ultimate prize. You can, however, get back on the right track and eventually get there. You have to remember, though, that we don’t live forever so we have to be careful not to run out of time.

SOURCE: Children’s Liturgy

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Indoor Toddler and Preschool Play Ideas – Obstacle Course

JESUS, HELP ME PARENT (5:59) – Do you need indoor toddler play ideas and preschool play ideas for entertaining your toddler and preschooler when you’re stuck inside? In this video, we’ll show you how to build an indoor obstacle course that can create some great toddler movement activities and preschool indoor play activities and also help your child’s brain growth and learning. This toddler play idea and preschool indoor play idea is a simple and fun way to burn some energy off!

Word Sunday

Feeling Safe: Anxiety over the End Times

Children’s Readings

Opening Question: Where are people the safest? Have you ever felt really safe? Where?

In the story for the first reading, James lost his grandmother. He finally felt peace after the funeral, when he realized his grandmother was with Jesus. In the end, he will be with his grandmother, along with all those who he loved.


Bridging Question: Why are people afraid of the future?

In the story for the gospel, young George feared for the end of the world. His mother reassured him that, with Jesus, he had nothing to fear.


Closing Question: How does trust in your family and friends help you when you are afraid? How does your trust in God help you when you’re scared?

Jesus is Coming! Look Busy!

At this time of year, the Church introduces the theme of the Second Coming. The notion that the end will come soon divides people into two camps: the desperate and the complacent. The desperate wave red flags with date after date of the apocalypse. The complacent sit back and laugh when nothing happens. Many predicted “world ending” problems (remember the Y2K scare?). Yet, life went on.

Isn’t there a middle ground between the two camps? Obviously Jesus did not mean to scare anyone, but he did mean to anticipate God’s final judgment. A sense of anticipation, then, becomes the bridge between the desperate and the complacent. Yes, Jesus will return, but we don’t know when. The best thing we can do is to live as if his return was immanent.

How can families live in anticipation of the Lord’s coming? A sign on my desk gives us a key. The sign says “Jesus is coming! Look busy!” Underneath the humor lies a serious message. What we do does make a difference in the way we view Christ’s coming. Are we ready or not? Do we live as if he will be here soon or not? To test your family’s anticipation, make a poster with the words “Jesus is coming! Look busy!” Brainstorm ways to anticipate the Lord’s coming. Use that poster as a touchstone to discuss your family’s readiness.

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TEACHER CATHY(7:26) – In this video, children will learn about the 4 different types of weather.



Gospel Reading:

Jesus teaches about the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.

Making the Connection: 

Older children are learning to accept change in their lives. Many things in our world are subject to change, but Jesus’ words to us and his love for us will endure forever.

Materials Needed: The weather page from a newspaper

  1. Show the weather page from a newspaper to the group. Ask them to identify some things that will change about the weather during the week ahead (Some days might be sunny, others cloudy; the temperature will change throughout each day; and so on). Ask: Is there anything about the weather that will stay constant throughout the week? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
  2. Say: There are many things that are subject to change. Weather is one example. What are some other examples of things that change? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
  3. Say: Jesus taught us about another change that will happen one day in our world. He taught us that one day the world will come to an end. Jesus taught us some signs that will tell us the end time is near.
  4. Invite one or more volunteers to read today’s Gospel, Mark 12:38-44.


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 was he telling the people about what the fig tree’s leaves could show them? (summer was coming)
  • What was Jesus telling his disciples to do?
  • Jesus was telling the people that knowing when things are going to happen was not as important as the way that we live – how we try to love one another and how we act as his disciples. What is it that Jesus wants us to do? How are we to act and live?
  • Jesus says his words will last forever. How do we know what Jesus’ words were? Where do we find them?

SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland
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STORYTIME WITH WILL (5:29) – This is a trust story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision and determination inspired great change.

Wangari’s Trees of Peace

This is the true story of Wangari Maathan, a young girl growing up in Kenya. During her childhood, Wangari’s village was always surrounded by trees and the songs of birds. A very bright student, Wangari is awarded a scholarship to study in the United States and is away for six years. When she returns home to Kenya, she is shocked to see the barren land: deforestation has taken place while she has been away, and the trees and bird songs are all gone. Wangari is determined to do something, and so she plants nine seedling trees. Although Wangari faces ridicule and imprisonment, she perseveres in her pursuit to do good.

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


per-se-ver-ance: a noun – steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

Reading I: Daniel 12:1-3

Although the book of Daniel is named after its main character, a prophet, it is actually considered to be apocalyptic in nature. Like all apocalyptic writings, this work seeks to give believers hope so that they are able to persevere during challenging times and look forward to God’s intervention, which will put an end to all evil. The battle between the powers of good and evil are dominant themes in both the Scriptures and in human experiences. Because of these dichotomies, it is essential to hear words of hope in order to encourage people to persevere.

Reading 2: Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

The writer of Hebrews speaks about how the early church expected Jesus’ second coming to be immediate. However, it did not happen right away, and instead, evil seemed to be present everywhere. Because of this, there needed to be a message that would give people hope so that they would persevere in their faith. This letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus, who came to save us from evil and sacrificed himself for us, draws us closer to a new relationship with God, who intends for everyone to be saved. Perseverance is a virtue that strengthens us to move forward instead of allowing the past to oppress us.

Gospel: Mark 13: 24-32

This Gospel selection from Saint Mark continues the apocalyptic theme seen in today’s first two readings. It begins when Jesus describes some of the typical signs that God’s plan is nearing its end. He quotes Daniel’s description of the glorious appearance of the Messiah, and urges the disciples to be attentive to the signs that will occur. However, he cautions them against allowing the signs to overtake them, and instead says that they should remain solid in their faith and persevere in their trust in God. As the liturgical year comes to an end, the Church chooses such readings to emphasize the threefold coming of Christ: in history, in the present, and in the glory at the completion of the final age. This passage emphasizes the need to persevere in trust at all times.

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
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Look, Feel, Know, Act

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There are countless famous people in history and in the present day that have been told that they could not do something, but this did not stop them from achieving many great things. Instead of listening to these negative voices, they persevered and moved forward.

Take a look at the youtube video above. After watching this video, think about something in your own life that you feel you cannot overcome. In a prayer, bring this challenge to God and be open to God’s actions as you persevere. Remember that God is ultimately in charge, and that things occur according to God’s timeline, not ours. Do not give up hope that things will work out, but instead persevere and be patient in the work of God.

Step One: Provide each student with a composition book that they can decorate with positive words, symbols, pictures, and colored paper.

Step Two: Invite the students to interview themselves and answer the following questions in their newly created personal journal. •

  • Describe a time when you worked especially hard to accomplish a goal.
  • What was important about this goal that kept you working towards it?
  • Describe a time when you felt like giving up. What were you thinking and feeling?
  • What or who motivated you to keep going?
  • Can you recall what made it difficult for you to continue?
  • How did you feel when you accomplished the task?
  • Do you recall various times or points during the process when you asked God for help?
  • Finally, draw a trophy to celebrate your success.


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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