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