Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B

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Jesus said to his disciples:
"I am the true vine,
and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts away every branch of mine that doesn't produce fruit.
But he trims clean every branch that does produce fruit,
so that it will produce even more fruit.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 Children 5 Easter B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 5 Easter B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fourth Sunday of Easter Year B

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"I am the good shepherd.
I know my sheep, and they know me.
Just as the Father knows me,
I know the Father,
and I give up my life for my sheep."

 

 

 

 


 

 Children 4 Easter B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 4 Easter B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Third Sunday of Easter Year B

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After Jesus said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it.
Jesus then asked them, "Do you have something to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish.
He took it and ate it as they watched.
 

 Children 3 Easter B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 3 Easter B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Second Sunday of Easter - Divine Mercy

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A week later the disciples were together again.
This time Thomas was with them.
Jesus came in while the doors were still locked
and stood in the middle of the group.
He greeted his disciples and said to Thomas,
"Put your finger here and look at my hands!
Put your hand into my side.
Stop doubting and have faith!"
Thomas replied, "You are my Lord and my God!"
 

 Children 2 Easter B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 2 Easter B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Easter Sunday | Year B

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EASTER
A time of hope, a time of great hope! In a world so often rattled, so often struggling to make sense of the violence, the injustices, illness, poverty and death, Christ brings hope.
In Jesus Christ, God has become truly one of us, experiencing all that is truly human, our joys, our sorrows, betrayals, rejection, tempted with despair, experiencing great physical pain so that we would know that we are never abandoned and betrayed by our God. The resurrection of Jesus really happened and reveals to us that we also share in that
resurrection no matter how bad things can get in life, we still matter absolutely to God and he will always hold us in the palm of his hand, loving us more than any parent or human lover can ever love us.
Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, in this knowledge that nothing can come between us and the love of God made
visible in Jesus the way, the truth and the life.

Fr Charles Gauci

 Children Easter Sunday Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Easter Sunday Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Palm Sunday in Lent | Year B

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A Just Future Starts with Opportunity– Psyche Mae

When Psyche Mae featured in Project Compassion 2008, she was living in a squatter settlement, on the edge of a giant rubbish dump outside Manila in the Philippines. Her family was forced to pick through the rubbish to sell what they could to survive.
In 2018, Psyche Mae is now a young social worker, achieving her dream of helping others struggling to leave poverty behind them – with plans to study a Master’s degree.
Thanks to the support of individuals and Caritas Australia through Project Compassion, the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) program helps people like Psyche Mae to learn job and income-generating skills, encourages education, addresses health and runs programs that enable members to save money and take out small, low interest loans. It’s estimated around 5000 people are assisted directly or indirectly by this program.
Psyche Mae’s mother is now a full-time sewer at home and her father works with the House Repair program, run by FCJ. Her brother, Franklin has graduated from tertiary education and is working in IT, while her other two brothers and her sister are studying hard. With their jobs and the help of a community savings plan – Psyche Mae’s entire family managed to lift themselves out of poverty and build a just future.

 Children Palm Sunday B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Palm Sunday B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fifth Sunday in Lent | Year B

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A Just Future Starts with Education– Ditosa, Mozambique

Ditosa is a young girl from Mozambique who hopes to go to university and become a police officer. Featured in Project Compassion 2013, Ditosa faced a challenging future with food scarcity, little education and few job prospects. Cared for by her grandmother and aunt, after her parents died of AIDS-related illnesses, they also lost their home and livelihoods in severe flooding.
Thanks to the support of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia and Caritas Regional Chokwe (CRC) helped Ditosa’s family to build a new house and assisted with transport fees, school materials and fees, to help Ditosa to stay at school.
Ditosa attended the Matuba Children’s Centre (set up by Caritas in 2007) which provides vulnerable children, like Ditosa, with lunch, study help, and computer and income-generating skills training.

In 2018, Ditosa has graduated from school and is ambitious for the future.
“Without the support of the people from Australia and Caritas I would not have been given this opportunity to continue my schooling.”
Ditosa dreams of going to university to continue studying and secure an even brighter future.

 Children 5 Lent B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 5 Lent B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fourth Sunday in Lent | Year B

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A Just Future Starts with Culture – Evangeline, Australia
Evangeline is strengthening Aboriginal culture, while making a living for herself and creating opportunities for her community. Featured in Project Compassion 2016, Evangeline was employed by the Caritas Australia supported Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation and quickly rose to the role of Senior Artsworker.
Her work at Djilpin Arts has supported the organisation’s growth from a multi-media project to a multi-level contemporary arts and culture centre. An example of excellence in Indigenous tourism, it’s now a key employer for young people in the remote Northern Territory community of Beswick (Wugularr).
This year, in 2018, Evangeline is busy guiding tourists, coordinating cultural activities and helping community members to practice and market their arts, such as weaving and jewellery-making.

“Now we have a new gallery up. And we have our new kitchens, we look after these and we now maintain this to make sure it’s running okay and in good condition. We’re also trying to open up another tour for tourists to go around the waterfall, we’re just planning that now.”

Evangeline’s career has flourished and she has become an inspirational youth leader.

Evangeline says that Caritas Australia’s support for Djilpin Arts, through Project Compassion, is vital for all Wugularr’s young people. Although their families do their best to pass on knowledge, Elders are dying and she is keen to spearhead the preservation of culture and lore for future generations.
 
“It’s good for them to learn and to keep their culture strong,” Evangeline says.

 Children 4 Lent B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 4 Lent B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf
 Good Friday Children Stations Poster.pdf
 2018 Holy Week Times Booklet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Third Sunday in Lent | Year B

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Bayan is a 12 year old Syrian girl, living with
her family in Jordan. An ambitious student,
Bayan has her sights set on a career as an
ophthalmologist. As a quiet, young refugee
she struggled to overcome the trauma of
growing up in a conflict zone and faced the
prospect of missing out on schooling. Now,Bayan is an academic high-achiever who is flourishing in a stable school environment.
A just future for Bayan has begun…
Bayan grew up in Syria’s capital, Damascus, living with her parents and six
siblings. Her father was a construction worker and her mother a housewife.
“Before the war in Syria, we were safe. We lived a comfortable life,” says Hanan, Bayan’s mother. “Everything was all right in terms of living expenses, and the availability of education for the kids.” The Syrian conflict turned
their lives upside down.
“I do not recall anything before the war broke out, as I was very young,” says
Bayan. “I only recall missile attacks. We used to think we were already dead,
with each bomb that was dropped.” The devastating crisis has claimed over
400, 000 lives and uprooted more than half of Syria’s 22 million people. It has
severely impacted young Syrians, disrupting schooling and leaving deep emotional scars.
“We lived in a constant state of anxiety, tension and fear. The children were very scared and could not sleep through the night,” says her mother, Hanan.
However, they were reluctant to flee their family home. They were eventually forced to evacuate as the situation became too dangerous, leaving by night on foot.
Fearful for their lives, they finally made it across the border into Jordan.
“We left all of our belongings, including our toys and our photographs, back in Syria,” says Bayan. “We thought that we would go back after four months, or even after a year. We never thought years would go by.”
As their time in Jordan extended, Caritas Australia and its partners, Caritas
Jordan and Catholic Relief Services, stepped in to provide vital academic
and psychosocial support through the Caritas Education Program.
Bayan started attending one of Jordan’s Caritas Schools which operates on Saturdays, providing tuition to disadvantaged students. The school enables young people like Bayan to catch up and integrate into the Jordanian school system, providing them with the opportunity to further their education.
“There are 8000 refugee students who study in our 25 schools,” says Abeer, Caritas Education and Protection Co-ordinator.
“The school brings them back to a normal life, as they start to dream again.” Bayan’s mother says school changed Bayan’s psychological state, giving
her a sense of tranquillity.
“I would not be able to read and write,” says Bayan. “I would feel lost, as if I
knew nothing about the world. School has the power to lift us up, so we can
reach our goals and learn quickly.” Bayan’s teacher says many of
the refugee children are thriving in the school environment.
“We have a group of students who need us. They love the school, were afraid but found safety, security and tranquility,” Butheina, her teacher, says. “At first
Bayan was quiet... and did not have any participation. Afterwards, she has
become active and has given her best.” Caritas provides a broad range of
other education services, including preparing pre-school children for school
and supporting students who have missed out on schooling to return to the
education system. The program includes counselling and nutritious meals and
snacks whilst students attend school. It also funds the bus which transports the children safely to school. The drivers and bus monitors are trained in how to protect the students – and the children enjoy the journey, singing and talking along the way.
Without this service young people like Bayan would not be able to attend school. Bayan’s father has been unable to work due to a back problem and although life in Jordan is better, their financial situation is difficult. When it is safe, the family hopes to return to Syria.
Bayan would like to continue her studies wherever she is. Bayan’s mother, Hanan, is also dreaming of a prosperous future for her children.
“I hope that Bayan fulfils her dream,” says Hanan. “I would love for all my children to be well-educated and become professors, doctors and whoever they aspire to be. I hope they get the future they wish for.” “I would like to send all my love, respect and appreciation to the people of Australia,” Bayan’s mother adds. “I would also like to ask them to continue caring for the Syrian refugee population in Jordan.” Your generous donations equip young
people to succeed in the future, bringing stability to vulnerable youth…providing just futures for others like Bayan. Bayan is receiving an education with the support of people like you. Her just future has started with
a safe place to learn. A just future starts with all of us.
A JUST FUTURE STARTS WITH A SAFE PLACE TO LEARN
Bayan, Jordan
 

 Children 2 Advent B 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 2 Lent B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Second Sunday in Lent | Year B

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RATTANAK'S STORY

Rattanak is a skilled young barber, living an independent life in rural Cambodia. But it wasn’t always that way. As a child he contracted polio and also became deaf. Like many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Rattanak faced isolation at home, with a lack of opportunity to escape poverty.
His sister discovered the Deaf Development Program (DDP), run by Caritas Australia partner, Maryknoll Cambodia. It provides sign language, job training and interpreting services to people aged 16 and over who are deaf or hard of hearing and aims to raise awareness about deafness in the hearing community.
So far, it’s helped over 430 deaf or hard of hearing people with their education and more than 200 people to find jobs.  It has also trained more than 300 people without deafness as sign language interpreters
Rattanak graduated from its education program in 2010, returning the following year to train as a barber. The DDP then helped him to set up his shop in his parent’s house in the village.
Having emerged from his isolated world at home, Rattanak is now running a successful business, supporting himself and his wife...and now a baby.
 

 Children 2 Lent B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 2 Lent B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

First Sunday in Lent | Year B

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This year our Project Compassion theme is: A Just Future.

Through your generous support of Caritas Australia you are empowering young people to build a just future for themselves, their families and their communities.

A Just Future starts with You



 

 Children 1 Lent B 2018 Parent and Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 1 Lent B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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The man talked about it so much and told so many people,
that Jesus could no longer go openly into a town.
He had to stay away from the towns,
but people still came to him from everywhere.

 

 

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent (14th of February) the palms from last Palm Sunday will be burnt to mark our foreheads with the sign of the cross.  This mark shows that we are sorry for our sins and we want to turn back to God.  Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

 Children 6 Ord Time B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 6 Ord Time B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf
 CatholicCare GodStart Activities for February 2018.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Jesus replied, "We must go to the nearby towns,
so that I can tell the good news to those people.
This is why I have come."
 

 

Our Lady of Lourdes Mass and Sacrament of the Sick
Saturday, February 10 at 11.30am
St Patrick’s Church, Grote Street
 

 

 

 Children 5 Ord Time B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 5 Ord Time B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Jesus and his disciples went to the town of Capernaum.
Then on the next Sabbath he went into the Jewish meeting place
and started teaching.
Everyone was amazed at his teaching.

 

The same Spirit who inspired the Gospels and who acts in the Church also inspires the preacher to hear the faith of the God’s people and to find the right way to preach at each Eucharist. Christian preaching thus finds in the heart of people and their culture a source of living water, which helps the preacher to know what must be said and how to say it. (Evangelii Gaudium - Joy of the Gospel)
 

 Children 4 Ord Time B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 4 Ord Time B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew.
They were fishermen and were casting their nets into the lake.
Jesus said to them, "Come with me!
I will teach you how to bring in people instead of fish."

 

Free Lenten Reflection Booklet
Renewing through Lent 2018

The Office for Renewing Parishes, in collaboration with the Office for Worship, is offering a free Lenten reflection booklet to parishes, schools, and communities in the Archdiocese.

The A5 full colour, 20-page booklet features brief, easy-to-read reflections for Ash Wednesday and five Sundays in Lent.  As well, the booklet features Eight Gospel Characteristics of a Healthy, Vibrant, Renewing Parish—a fundamental lens guiding the outlook of leadership teams across the Archdiocese.  Each parish, school, and community has been invited to give individual expression to the Eight Gospel Characteristics, hence we are encouraging creative reflection during this renewing ‘season of grace’ so that all Catholics might better understand and support this central priority for the Archdiocese.

Order Information

A PDF of the Lenten reflection booklet will be available to review by Wednesday, 17 January (the booklet will have a similar format to our popular Advent booklet).  So that the Office for Renewing Parishes can print these booklets in time for distribution prior to Lent, we must receive orders by Friday 19 January.

Please order via email renewing@adelaide.catholic.org.au or phone Denise on 8210 8269.  Please provide details of your name, contact number, parish, and number of booklets.

Ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet

Besides making copies available to individual parishioners, you might consider other ways to use the Lenten reflection booklet:

• Run a Lenten reflection group
• Distribute copies to housebound individuals
• Share copies with your local parish school for use with staff and/or parents
• Distribute to PPC, PFC members—anyone sharing in parish ministries
• Share copies with those loosely connected to the worship community


 

 Children 3 Ord Time B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 3 Ord Time B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year B

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Pope Francis replies;
 “Why does Jesus choose this person or that one?  Look, Jesus doesn’t choose a crowd.  He chooses each person, one by one.  So he chose the first twelve as his apostles.  But we – you and I – are chosen, with a first name and a family name.  I have been chosen as Jorge Mario and you as Juan Pablo.  We have been chosen to be Jesus’ friends and to do something in life.


DEAR POPE FRANCIS: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World.  By Pope Francis.  Published in Australia by Garratt Publishing.  32 Glenvale Crescent, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170.  Copyright © 2016 Liberia Editrice Vaticana, www.liberiaeditricevaticana.com Text © Loyola Press.  Illustrations © Loyola Press

 Children 2 Ord Time B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 2 Ord Time B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Epiphany of the Lord | Year B

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When the men went into the house
and saw the child with Mary, his mother,
they kneeled down and worshiped him.
They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh
and gave them to him.

 


 

 Children Epiphany B 2018 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Epiphany B 2018 Children Sheet.pdf
 GodStart Playsheet Bethlehem Star Card Mass Invite 1 (2).pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

The Holy Family | Year B

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Prayer for the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we
contemplate the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful
of the sacredness of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our
prayer. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the son, and to the
Holy Spirit:  As it was in the beginning, is now and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Children Holy Family B 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Holy Family B 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Fourth Sunday of Advent | Year B

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December 24 Family Christmas Eve Mass – 6pm in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
 All childen are welcome to come dressed up as shepherds, angels, wise men etc.

Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love. She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his praises. She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives. She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain. As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice. She is the missionary who draws near to us and accompanies us throughout life, opening our hearts to faith by her maternal love. As a true mother, she walks at our side, she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love.

 Pope Francis, EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

 Children 4 Advent B 2017 Parent and Children.pdf
 Children 4 Advent B 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 nativity_coloring_booklet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Third Sunday of Advent | Year B

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This is the Third Sunday of Advent and it is known as Joyful Sunday. Our time of waiting, watching, and preparing is bringing us closer to the coming of our Lord this Christmas. This Sunday and the coming week is a time of joyful expectation and last minute touches for the great feast of Christmas.
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December 24 Family Christmas Eve Mass – 6pm in St Francis Xavier's Cathedral
All childen are welcome to come dressed up as shepherds, angels, wise men etc.
For more info contact Debbie Ripley on 8210 9318 or email dripley@acp.adelaide.catholic.org.au
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Click here to view photos of blessing of the cribs event held on First Sunday of Advent.
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 Children 3 Advent B 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 3 Advent B 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Christmas Eve Poster.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Second Sunday of Advent | Year B

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'Get the road ready for the Lord!
Make a straight path for him.'
 

 

 

 Children 2 Advent B 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 2 Advent B 2017 Children's Sheet.pdf
 Novena.pdf
 Christmas Nativity Knitting Pattern.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

First Sunday of Advent | Year B

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The Blessing of the Cribs Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral this Sunday, 3rd of December at 6pm, the First Sunday of Advent.

Resources to make a Nativity Crib can be found on this link:

 

http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/schools/catholic-education-sa/family-and-parish-based-catechesis/resources

 Children 1 Advent B 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 1 Advent B 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 GodStart Activities for December 2017 Advent.pdf
 The Advent Wreath St Judes for Kids 2012.pdf
 Aust wreath with candles.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Universal King | Year A

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The Blessing of the Cribs Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral on the First Sunday of Advent, 6pm Mass.

Resources to make a Nativity Crib can be found on this link:

 

http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/schools/catholic-education-sa/family-and-parish-based-catechesis/resources

 Children Christ the King A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Christ the King A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 CatholicCare Advent Calender 2012.pdf
 GodStart Advent Christmas Epiphany Activities 2012.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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The Blessing of the Cribs Mass will be held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral on the First Sunday of Advent, 6pm Mass.

Resources to make a Nativity Crib can be found on this link:

 

http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/schools/catholic-education-sa/family-and-parish-based-catechesis/resources

 

 

 

 Children 33 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 33 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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'Here's the groom! Come to meet him!'

 

November Southern Cross now available

 

 

http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/news-and-events/the-southern-cross?article=25062

 Children 32 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 32 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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"Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others.
If you put yourself above others,
you will be put down.
But if you humble yourself,
you will be honoured."

 

 



 

 Children 31 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 31 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 GodStart November St Albert the Great Template.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Jesus answered:
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.'
This is the first and most important commandment.
The second most important commandment is like this one.
And it is, 'Love others as much as you love yourself.'
All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets
are based on these two commandments."

 

Check out the Godstart All Saints & All Souls Activities

 

 

 

 

 Children 30 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 30 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 GodStart November Activities 2017.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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As children grow they will want to share their parent’s values and interpretation of life through action and language, spoken and unspoken. Spirituality and learning about God is closely woven with this very existence of love in a family.

 

 

 Children 29 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 29 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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2017 World Mission Appeal

Catholic Mission’s National Director, Father Brian Lucas, says the Sisters’ challenge to minister in a Vietnamese community is immense. ‘Under the communist government in Vietnam, Church activities are limited to within the walls of the church itself,’ he says.

‘What the Sisters are doing is extraordinary under the circumstances, as they reach out to Vietnam’s forgotten farming families living in isolated communities like Xuan Son,’ Father Lucas says. ‘One third of the children living in these communities suffer from stunted growth and other birth defects due to polluted water and malnutrition.’

Throughout World Mission Month in October, the appeal will specifically raise funds for the various aspects of the Sisters’ program, including a new water filter for the kindergarten and pastoral centre from where the program is operated.

https://www.catholicmission.org.au/news/mediareleases/946-world-mission-month-to-launch-this-week-with-vietnam-focus

 

 Children 28 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 28 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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October edition of the Southern Cross now available.

Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.
 EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

https://thesoutherncross.org.au/

 

 

 Children 27 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 27 Ord Time A 2017 Children's Readings.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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First Collection Renewal - During the month of October
 The first collection renewal aims to raise awareness of the importance of the First Collection and the need to increase our contribution.
 Thank you to those many generous parishioners who support our priests and deacons through the First Collection.
 We offer support to our priests by our prayers and encouragement as well as by ensuring their well-being.

There will be a special collection across the parish on Sunday October 8.

http://www.adelaide.catholic.org.au/__files/f/24812/First%20Collection%202017.pdf

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 Children 26 Ord Tima A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 26 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf

Children's Liturgy of the Word

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Social Justice Sunday: Everyone's Business

Drawing inspiration from the teachings of Jesus and the unswerving vision of Pope Francis, this year’s Statement is a response to calls for economic justice and for societies that are founded on justice, offering dignity and inclusion to every person. Further, it makes links with the 1992 Statement, ‘Common Wealth for the Common Good’, acknowledging that whilst many have enjoyed a quarter century of continuous growth, inequality has been increasing, particularly in recent times.

 

The Statement’s text, Prayer Cards Ten Steps Leaflet and a Community Education Resource can be downloaded from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website: http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/. As we continue to seek ways at a local level to bring to life the 8 Gospel Characteristics.

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 Children 25 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 25 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Jesus said, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.'

Matthew 11:25-30

 

A Church Where Every Child Matters

 

 

 

 

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 Children 24 Ord Time Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 24 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Child Protection Sunday provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the presence of children and young people in our parish and communities as we continue to encourage a community to be a safe environment for all.

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Picture: This Sunday children will decorate the churches with their colour-in sheets.

 

 

 

 

 Children 23 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 23 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Reflection: Parents certainly know the cost of love. A love as great as loving a child is experienced as a joyful miracle and gift.  However, it requires total self-giving, hard work, worry and sacrifice. Great love requires us to carry our cross every-day, we do not choose suffering, we choose only to love. Jesus tries to explain this to Peter in today’s Gospel.

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Photo: Cathedral administrator Fr Charles Gauci with two children who celebrated their confirmation last weekend along with 50 other candidates.

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 Children 22 Ord Time A Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 22 Ord Time A 2017 Children's Sheet.pdf


 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Reflection: God calls every person to bring the good news of God’s Kingdom to others in their own special and unique way. Invite the children to explore ways they might be called to this mission of the Church?  The Holy Spirit gives us gifts to be faithful and loving. Invite the children to share with you the ways they believe they have been gifted by the Spirit.

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Photo: St Margaret Mary’s School in Croydon Park has been making vegetable soup for those less fortunate and in need of some warmth this winter. Full story - click here

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 Children 21 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 21 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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Re: Gospel:(CEV) Matthew 15:21-28

Parents who have nursed a severely sick child can relate to what motivates this woman to approach Jesus. What wouldn’t we do for our beloved children?  It is love that gives us the courage to move beyond our wounded-ness and fear of rejection, to be courageous and persistent in faith.

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Photo: Tarina Marcinkowski and son Luke with a tribute to Jack.
Story published in The Southern Cross June 2017 edition.

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 Children 20 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 20 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew (part)

"...Jesus came walking on the water toward his disciples. When they saw him, they thought he was a ghost. They were terrified and started screaming.
At once Jesus said to them: 'Don't worry! I am Jesus. Don't be afraid.'
Peter replied: 'Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water.'
'Come on!' Jesus said.
Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him..."

 Children 19 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 19 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

Transfiguration of the Lord | Year A

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In today’s Gospel, the disciples find themselves in an awesome and unexpected moment. Not only is Jesus glowing with a strange and beautiful light, but he is standing with the greatest figures in the history of Israel.  That they are experiencing something of overwhelming significance there is no doubt.

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Photo: July 27 children's liturgy class on loaves and fishes.
Parents and children gathered in the Cathedral Hall for a children's liturgy class and following a formal lesson which included acting out the story they enjoyed a light dinner of fish and bread.

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 Children Transfiguration A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children Transfiguration A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples: "The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when someone finds treasure hidden in a field and buries it again.

A person like that is happy and goes and sells everything in order to buy that field.

"The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a shop owner is looking for fine pearls.

After finding a very valuable one, the owner goes and sells everything in order to buy that pearl."

 Children 17 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children 17 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf


 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus told his disciples this story: "The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a farmer scattered good seed in a field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and scattered weed seeds in the field and then left. When the plants came up and began to ripen, the farmer's servants could see the weeds.

The servants came and asked: "Sir, didn't you scatter good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?"

"An enemy did this," he replied.

His servants then asked: "Do you want us to go out and pull up the weeds?"

"No!" he answered. "You might also pull up the wheat. Leave the weeds alone until harvest time. Then I'll tell my workers to gather the weeds and tie them up and burn them. But I'll have them store the wheat in my barn."

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Photo: Click on this link to view The Southern Cross, June 2013  – schools celebrating the environment feature on pages 18 & 19.

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 Children 16 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 16 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

15h Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

"The rain and the snow fall from the sky. But they don't return without watering the earth that produces seeds to plant and grain to eat. And that's how it is with my words. They don't return to me without doing everything I sent them to do."

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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Reflection: Ask the children if they know how seeds grow.
(Place in soil, water regularly, keep the weeds away etc.)

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 Children 15 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 15 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us: "If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me.”

 

In loving faith in God, and in Jesus, the one who wants us to trust enough to learn from him and to rest in him, we can grow in courage and strength.

When we carry the yoke of our baptism we do so alongside our brothers and sisters in faith, we have an endless supply of support and resources.

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Photo: Moore family baptism at St John the Baptist Church, Plympton. Published in The Southern Cross July 2017.

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 Children 14 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 14 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A

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"The woman said to her husband: "I'm sure that this man who comes by here so often is a holy man of God. Let's build him a small room on our flat roof. We can put a bed, a table, a chair, and an oil lamp in the room. He can stay there whenever he comes to visit us."

 Children 13 Ord Time A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children 13 Ord Time A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A

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Gospel Acclamation: John 6:51

Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live for ever.

Alleluia.

 Children Body and Blood of Christ A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet[1].pdf
 Children Body and Blood of Christ A 2017 Children Sheet[1].pdf


 

The Most Holy Trinity, Year A

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Loving God, we come to hear your Word on this the Most Holy Trinity Sunday.

We sign our forehead with the sign of the cross as we open our minds to understand to your Word.

We sign our lips with the sign of the cross, help us to speak your truth.

We sign our hearts with the sign of the cross, may we carry the Good News of Jesus and share it with everyone we meet.
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Photo: Fr Dan and children at the Pentecost Vigil in St Peter Claver Church, Dulwich, on June 3. Click here to see another photo and report in the Cathedral weekly parish newsletter.
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 Children Holy Trinity A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children Trinity A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

Pentecost Sunday Year A

At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles go forth from themselves and turned them into heralds of God’s wondrous deeds, capable of speaking to each person in his or her own language.

The Holy Spirit also grants the courage to proclaim the newness of the Gospel with boldness (parrhesía) in every time and place, even when it meets with opposition.

Let us call upon him today, firmly rooted in prayer, for without prayer all our activity risks being fruitless and our message empty.

 

 

 Children Pentecost A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf
 Children Pentecost A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf


 

The Ascension of Our Lord, Year A

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First reading (CEV) Acts 1:8-11

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
Jesus told his disciples:
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world."
After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud.
They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky.
Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them.
They said, "Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky?
Jesus has been taken to heaven.
But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go."

 Children Ascension A 2017 Children Sheet.pdf
 Children Ascension A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf


 

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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We sign our forehead with the sign of the cross as we open our minds to understand to your Word.

We sign our lips with the sign of the cross, help us to speak your truth.

We sign our hearts with the sign of the cross, may we carry the Good News of Jesus and share it with everyone we meet.

 

 Children 6 Easter A 2017 Children's Sheet.pdf
 Children 6 Easter A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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Juan Pablo, age 10 from Argentina writes to Pope Francis and asks why Jesus chose 12 apostles and not others? 

Pope Francis replies: “… Look, Jesus doesn’t choose a crowd.  He chooses each person, one by one.  So he chose the first twelve as his apostles.  But we – you and I – are also chosen, with a first name and a family name.  I have been chosen as Jorge Mario and you as Juan Pablo.  We have been chosen to be Jesus’ friends and to do something in life.”

 

 Children 5 Easter A 2017 Childrens Sheet.pdf
 Children 5 Easter A 2017 Parent and Leader Sheet.pdf