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24A Ordinary Time – Children

24A Ordinary Time – Children

September 13, 2020

SAINT OF THE DAY now shows upcoming Saints.

This Week’s Images

  • Must I forgive?
  • Cancel the debt
  • Forgive from the heart
  • Stop holding grudges
  • We belong to God
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland / Artwork is from Theresa at Catholic Kids Bulletin

Children’s Prayer

Lord, please grant us the gift of forgiveness to give to others and to ourselves. In Jesus’ name, we pray.Amen

SOURCE: Adorers of the Blood of Christ 

Reflection for Children

Forgiveness

Forgiveness seems to be such a nice, sweet, soft, easy word. It is very hard to do though.Many times when someone hurts us it seems to be so much easier to stay mad and hurt than to let it go and forgive them.

Think about the last time you had a scrape on your arm or leg. When the injury first occurred it hurt and it bled. After a while it started to heal and formed a scab but then it started to itch and bug you until you scratched at it and picked at it. Then it would start to bleed again and hurt again. Sometimes it might have even gotten infected. To prevent this our parents often will put some medicine on it and a band-aid. Have you ever noticed how much better it feels when it has been taken care of and how much faster it goes away?

The hurts that we receive from other people are the same way. We may not be able to seethe scrape on our body but the wound is still there. Forgiveness is like the medicine and the band-aid. It helps the injury to feel better and heal faster. When we do not forgive, the hurt stays with us. It will itch and force us to pick at it which brings it back to our mind and makes us angry or hurt all over again. When we forgive, however, we feel so much better. The hurt begins to heal and eventually goes away.

Forgiveness is not only something that helps us. It is also a gift that we give to others.

SOURCE: Adorers of the Blood of Christ 

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Handouts for Children

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SDC 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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CAFOD Coloring Activity
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has Gospel reflections, prayers, songs and activities to help children listen to God who speaks.

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Sermons4kids
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.

Coloring Page Crossword Decoder Word Match Word Search Group Activities Spiral Worship Bulletin

Mass Worksheets from Catholic Mom
Catholic Mom is a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries with Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President. Use the link below to access.

Download page for Gospel Readings  and coloring activities

Kids Bulletin
Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids  about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week.  More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website.

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Activities

24A Ordinary Time

Forgiveness Object Lesson #1

What’s your typical response when someone sins against you? Revenge? Holding a grudge? Anger? This forgiveness object lesson illustrates the sin of anger that can take hold in our own hearts, and the power of the Holy Spirit and the cross in helping us forgive, even when we don’t want to…

Forgiveness Object Lesson #2

What’s your typical response when someone sins against you? Revenge? Holding a grudge? Anger? This forgiveness object lesson illustrates the sin of anger that can take hold in our own hearts, and the power of the Holy Spirit and the cross in helping us forgive, even when we don’t want to…

Family Activities

Remind children that forgiving oneself for past mistakes is just as important as forgiving others. Have children pause and consider whether they are withholding forgiveness of themselves. They should write the situation down then tear it into small pieces and throw it in the trashcan. Discuss what it feels like to really forgive oneself. Remind them that if someone hurts them and they forgive that person, is it okay for the person forgiven to continue holding on to the mistake long after being forgiven? Then wouldn’t God be concerned that he has forgiven us but we can’t forgive ourselves?

Consider stories or movies where one of the characters seeks vengeance. What was the outcome of this story? Consider also stories or movies where one of the characters is humble and forgiving. What was the outcome of this story? Discuss the natural consequences of humility.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Forgiveness Squiggle Chart

Children can use neon markers to write or trace FORGIVENESS on their construction paper. Then draw or trace (for younger children) “squiggles” circles all around the big word FORGIVENESS. Children can then begin to color the little squiggle circles with various crayons, while trying to count to 7 (for younger children), or 70 for a little old child, or to 490 for the older children! The picture will be colorful and will remind them of their lesson today!

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SOURCE: sermons4kids.com

Arms folded, arms out!

After last week’s lesson on rules, Jesus spoke about forgiveness. How long does it take to forgive someone? How many times does someone have to say “I’m sorry”? Today’s gospel stresses forgiveness as a lifestyle, not as a social necessity. As God forgives us, we are to forgive each other.

To make the point play “Arms folded, arms out” with your family. Have your family stand in a line. As the first person, introduce a short roll play where you will be mad. Fold your arms, frown, and turn your back on everyone. Tell everyone else to do the same. Discuss what happened. Now hug the person next to you and have that person hug next to him or her. Continue until everyone has been hugged. Discuss the hug and compare it with the arms folded exercise. Finally, read Matthew 18:21-35. Thank God for his love and ask him for the power to share it with others.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com

Discussion Questions

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Guided Discussion

Diocese of Auckland

What Did You Hear?

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

For Children

⚪  Think about this question, but don’t tell us about it. Have you ever been in big trouble, maybe at school or home?

⚪  In today’s story Jesus tells about a man who was in big trouble. He owed a lot of money and was let off.

⚪  What do you think about the man’s behaviour?

⚪  What happened to the man at the end? (he was thrown into jail and tortured until he could repay what he owed)

⚪  Why did Jesus tell this story? (Peter wanted to know how many times he must forgive people who had hurt him. Jesus told the story to explain)

⚪  How many times did Jesus say? (seventy-seven times)

⚪  What do you think Jesus meant? (Jesus doesn’t mean we have to count, he is saying we must always forgive)

⚪  What else does Jesus tell us about forgiving in this story? (How we forgive each other will determine how God forgives us)

⚪  Is it easy to forgive someone? Sometimes it is the hardest thing in the world to do.

⚪  Can you remember last week we talked about the special sacrament of forgiveness that we have? It is called Penance or Reconciliation. Why do we have this sacrament (it helps us to forgive and be forgiven)

⚪  What does this tell you about God?

For Adolescents

Forgiveness always sounds very holy and pious, but when it comes to being wronged ourselves we can find that our feelings get in the way.

⚪  Can you recall a time when you experienced this? How did you respond, and what happened? Were you able to forgive?

⚪  When you consider this, think about how you forgive and experience forgiveness in your place of work, your home, your community. Does this story help you to move past an initial response into a place where God’s mercy can be manifest towards other people?

⚪  During the week, work on the things that need healing and reconciliation in your life.

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
CAFOD Guided Discussion

Gospel Reflection

Today Jesus talks about forgiveness – about how God is always ready to forgive us if we say sorry. And about how we should try to forgive others if they say sorry to us. Let’s think a bit more about this today.

 What do you remember from today’s reading?

Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone.

What does Jesus answer? (Jesus says that Peter should forgive someone not just seven times, but 70 x 7. That’s a lot isn’t it!)

Do you think Jesus wants us to count how many times we forgive someone? What happens if we forgive them more than 70 x 7 times?

Jesus chose 70 x 7 because it was a really big number – he is saying to Peter that there should be no end to our forgiveness, just like there is no end to God’s forgiveness. If someone is truly sorry and tries to change then we should try to forgive them. Then Jesus tells Peter a story to show what he means.

Can you remember what happens in the story?

A servant owes the king lots of money and cannot pay it back. So the king decides to punish him. But the servant asks the king to be patient and he will pay back all the money he owes.

What does the king say? (The king agrees to be patient.)

How do you think the servant felt when he heard this?

But when the servant meets someone else who owes him money, what does he do? (Even though the second servant says he will pay, he is shown no mercy. The first servant has him thrown into prison.)

What does the king say when he hears about this? (The king is very cross and punishes the first servant. He wanted the servant to act with mercy, just as the king had done for him.)

Who do you think the king in this story is meant to be? (The king is God – who is always ready to be patient, merciful and forgiving with us if we ask, and if we try to change our ways. )

And who is the first servant? (The servant is like us – we sometimes find it hard to change our ways, to stop doing what we know is wrong.)

Gospel Connection

Can you think of a time when you have been forgiven? How did you feel?
Can you think of a time when someone has said sorry and said that they would not do it again, and you found it hard to forgive? Why was it hard? How did you feel?
Can you think of a time when someone has said sorry and tried to change and you did forgive them? How did you feel then?
How can we help other people to see that what they are doing is wrong and that they need to make a change?

Gospel Extension

This week let’s try our best to make a change in the way we treat other people, to say sorry when we have done something wrong, and to forgive and help others make a change in the way they behave.

SOURCE:  Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser | DOCX File
Sunday Connection (Loyola Press)

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.


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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