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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR A)
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20A Ordinary Time

This Week’s Images

  • Have pity
  • Send her away
  • Even dogs get crumbs from their owner’s table
  • Reward of faith
  • House of prayer
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Background to the Readings

All the readings for this week speak of foreigners who have accepted faith in the one God.

Isaiah speaks of a new inclusiveness in the attitude to faithful foreigners who had returned with the Hebrew people after their exile in Babylon, who were being welcomed to join in the Jewish faith.

When we join the Gospel story today, Jesus is near the cities of Tyre and Sidon, leading towns of ancient Phoenicia on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Lebanon. The Phoenicians were descendants of the ancient Canaanites. Israel despised the Canaanites for their pagan practices and fertility rites. Up until this time Jesus has been dealing only with his own people, but in her persistent desperation this woman forces him to recognise the truth that salvation is available to all who have faith. Here we see the tiny beginning of the universal mission and Jesus is generous with both his praise and his healing power in response.

This event was used by Matthew to illustrate the movement of Christianity from a Jewish to a gentile setting that was taking shape in his time –a move that many in his community were struggling to come to terms with themselves

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Gospel Reading and Reflection for Kids - August 16, 2020 - Matthew 15:21-28
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20A Ordinary Time

You may find these videos helpful to prepare children prepare for Sunday’s readings. Some videos are from non-Catholic channels. Therefore,  be sure to preview each before showing to your children.
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S.D.C. Sunday Worksheet

The S.D.C., a Catholic Society in the UK, provides worksheets for use in Sunday Liturgy groups for children.

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The goal of Sermons4Kids is to help those who are in children’s ministry or who may work with children in Christian schools or organizations. Use the link below to access handouts related to this week’s Gospel.

Group Activities Coloring Page Crossword Fill in the Blank Multiple Choice Word Search Sunday Bulletin

Catholic Mom's Crossword Puzzle
Catholic Mom is a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries with Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President. Use the link below to access.

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Kids Bulletin

Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids who would like to have some fun while learning about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. Use the link below to access. More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website.

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Discrimination Explained for Kids | Pop'n'Olly | Olly Pike
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20A Ordinary Time

Family Focus: Evils of Discrimination

The Canaanite woman confronted the evils of discrimination in today’s Gospel. As a family, explore the topic of discrimination. Watch the evening news together. After the news, discuss the stories of discrimination in the newscast and what can be done about these situations. Talk about how faith plays a role in dealing with the evils of discrimination. Maybe your family is a victim of discrimination. Talk to your children about their feelings and how they can cope with this discrimination. Remind your children that God loves them.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor (Video added)

Game: Finding Faith

Before class, hide strips of paper around the room with the word “Faith” written on them. Then, divide students into two or more teams. When you say, “Go!” the team members search the room to find the slips of paper. Once someone finds a slip of paper, they return to their team’s starting area and wait for the others to find theirs. The first team to have all their members find a slip of paper and make it to their team’s starting area wins.

When the game is finished, remind students that we all need to have faith, just like the Canaanite woman did, if we want Jesus to help us.

SOURCE: Ministry-to-children.com


Social Exclusion
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Discussion Questions

20A Ordinary Time

Sunday Connection

Loyola Press has guided questions (Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8) on its website for catechists to help children better understand the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings. The questions help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

What Did You Hear?

Diocese of Auckland provides the following sets of starter questions to stimulate discussion about Sunday’s readings.

For Children

⚪  Have you ever been interrupted when you were doing something important? How did it feel?

⚪  Jesus was interrupted by a Canaanite woman who wanted his help for her sick daughter. What do we know about the woman in the Gospeltoday? We are told she was a Canaanite –a pagan religion despised by those who followed the Jewish religion. (she was also persistent, vocal, not afraid to speak out, determined, had a quick wit and a strong faith that Jesus could help her daughter)

⚪  Why do you think she was shouting out to Jesus to help her?(she was desperate for help)

⚪  Why did Jesus ignore her at first?

⚪  What made him change his mind?

⚪  What does this tell us about Jesus and about the work that God sent him to do? (Jesus is ready to help anyone who asks because he loves all of us, and when our faith in God is strong enough our prayers will be answered. God’s message was for everyone, not just the Jewish people.)

⚪  What do you think we should learn from this story?

For Adolescents

⚪  Being marginalized or excluded is a lonely experience for many. In our communities today we often need to consider our own response to people of other nations, cultures and races. Maybe the readings today challenge our thinking. Reflect on a time when you have felt alien and unwelcome, or treated unfairly. How did it feel?

⚪  Do you find it easy to stick up for yourself or someone close to you as this woman had to do?

⚪  Her quick wit and easy repartee must have helped her achieve her aim. As we follow the Gospelreading today we almost have a sense of Jesus learning or having a revelation about the extent of his mission. Have you had an experience of a ‘moment of revelation’ like this?

⚪  During this week try to put into practice some of the learnings from this Gospel–try to include an outsider.

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Saint of the Day Videos

Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids who would like to have some fun while learning about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. Use the link below to access. More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website.

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Preparing for Mass

Although the following pages are not specific to children’s ministry, they can give CLOW leaders and catechists additional insight into Sunday’s readings.
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