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28A Ordinary Time – Children

28A Ordinary Time – Children

October 11, 2020

Images from the Readings

  • Come to the banquet
  • Invited guests don’t deserve to come
  • They brought in everyone
  • Wipe away each tear
  • Strength to face anything
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Catholic Doctrine

Keep Holy the Lord’s Day

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources

Memory Verse

All are invited to God’s Kingdom

In the bible we hear all about God’s goodness in all of creation. Because God is good, he wants everyone to live with him always. God’s love and goodness are never-ending. God is faithful and loyal and will never give up on his people. He keeps inviting and forgiving, inviting and forgiving, throughout our lives.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Tips for CLOW leaders/catechists

The Cartoon Gospel Home Page

Jesus invites everyone to follow him, but some people don’t follow him. Jesus was telling this story to the leaders of the church of long ago. Many of the leaders were jealous of Jesus because more people listened to him than to the leaders of the Jewish Faith. These leaders were more interested in their power than in learning from Jesus. They didn’t want to listen to what Jesus had to say.

Jesus told the people that God loves them and they should turn away from bad choices and turn toward God’s goodness. The leaders wanted the people to follow the leaders’rules, not God’s rules. These are the people who don’t follow Jesus. These are the people who don’t come to the banquet that God gives for us.

SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury CT

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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. Click on image below to access more handouts related to this week’s Gospel.

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.

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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

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Catholic Family Activities

Follow all COVID-19 regulations/restrictions for your local community.

Discuss the phrase “Many are invited but few are chosen.” This week do one thing as a family to help others, thereby making this world a better place for someone else.

Plan a dinner party and give thanks to God as a family. Plan the guest list together and get everyone involved in sending out invitations. Talk about what foods to serve and how to decorate. Use a special meal prayer of thanksgiving for the occasion.

Participate in the Banquet of the Lord by attending Sunday Eucharist together as a family. Talk to the family about preparing our hearts for the Eucharist. What can we do to be better prepared for the liturgy celebration? Arrive at church a few minutes early to prepare for this special Eucharistic meal.

Check with the parish office to see if there is an elderly person who needs transportation to Sunday Mass. Invite that person to join your family for the liturgy.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
Activity from Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com

Listening party

In today’s gospel, Jesus told a parable about the wedding feast of the King’s Son. The nobles of the realm were too busy to attend. So, the King invited the common people. Since the people in the time of Jesus believed heaven would be an endless feast, they understood that Jesus used the parable to talk about the end of the world. The King’s Son was Jesus, the nobles were the religious leaders who were too busy to “hear” God’s invitation, the common people were those who did “hear” God’s invitation and said “yes.” The moral of the parable was simple. Take time and listen. And, when you understand the message, say “yes.”

Parties are a great place to socialize and listen. So, plan a “Listening Party” for your family. Plan a special meal and decorate the dining area with candles, special place mats, and other party accents. (Get the family involved with decorating.) Begin the meal by reading Matthew 22:1-10 and a few moments of silence to “listen to God’s word.” Then, beginning with the youngest, listen to each family member discuss what ever he or she wants. No one is to comment or interrupt. After everyone has shared, ask everyone how it felt to be heard. Ask what everyone thought God was saying to them during the reading and the meal. End the meal with a prayer of thanks for ears that listen.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
Activity from ASC Sisters

Grapes on the vine

1. Sing “We Come to Your Table” by Carey Landry.

2.Pass out some Birthday stickers to each child.

3.Have each child pray for a friend whom they would invite to a party.

SOURCE: Adorers of the Blood of Christ | Pinterest

Reflections & Questions

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Reflection by ASC Sisters

God will always forgive us

Today our readings talk about having a party. Remember your last birthday party. Did youpick out Scooby Doo plates, a Clifford cake, Dora the Explorer napkins or Spider Man balloons?

Imagine your birthday is coming soon and your mom or your dad asks you what kind of party you like? [ask the following questions]

  • What kind of cake do you want?
  • What kind of ice cream?
  • What kind of decorations do you want?
  • What kind of activities or games would you play?
  • What kind of take-home treats would you give to your guests?
  • Finally, whom do you want to invite?

Now that we have the party ready and the guests invited – we are like the king in today’sGospel who prepared the party for his son.

What happened in the story? [the invited guests did not come]

So suppose you are ready for the party to begin at 2 o’clock and no one comes to the party?Your mom and dad get on their cell phones and start calling the parents of the guests. They hear these excuses

  • Oh, my son can’t come because he has a baseball game.
  • Oh, Mary can’t come because she has a dance competition this afternoon.
  • My son, Jimmy decided he wanted to play his new computer game today.
  • Meredith has piano lessons.

You would be so sad and disappointed. But your mom or dad would know what to do. They would continue to make calls and invite others to come to the party.

And when those friends arrived, it turned out to be the best party ever.Jesus invites us to follow him, to be his friend and to come to his party – his feast – the Mass each week.

Discussion Questions

1. How can I live the message in today’s Gospel message this week?

2.How do I welcome friends into our lives each day?

3.How can I include the lonely people on the playground into our activity?

4.How can I invite the kids in my neighborhood to be a part of my circle of friends?

5.How can I be kind to my brothers and sisters this week?

SOURCE: Go to Adorers of the Blood of Christ for download link for this week’s PDF which includes the readings for the day, reflection and activity. Each lesson is created by Adorer-theologians using the lens of the spirituality of St. Maria. This spirituality is all about compassion, hope and hospitality. While this is the starting point for the lessons, you are invited to approach them however the Spirit moves you.
Reflection by Theresa (Kid's Bulletin)
Click on image to download entire bulletin for your children.

Used with permission.
CAFOD Guided Discussion

Gospel Reflection

What do you remember from today’s gospel reading?

Today Jesus tells us another parable to try and explain what the kingdom of heaven is like.

The king’s son is getting married. He invites lots of people to the party but when the day comes and the king sends out his servants to fetch the people they do not come. He tries again, but the people just aren’t interested in coming

How do you think the king feels about this?

What does he do next?

The king sends out his servants to stand in the middle of the street and invite everyone they can find to the wedding. So they do, and the wedding hall is filled with guests. They all take part in the big feast, with lots of yummy things to eat.

What is your favourite food? Mine is ….. To make this it would need a farmer to grow X, a X to make X and then someone to take it to the supermarket or shop where I could buy it. So I’m very grateful for the X, X and X. (Fill in the blanks with your favourite food and the ingredients that go towards it)

Who do you think helped to make your favourite food?

The king in Jesus’ story represents God and the wedding is the kingdom of heaven.

What do you think that Jesus was trying to tell us with this story? We are all invited by God to enter into the kingdom of Heaven. It is a place where everyone is welcome. But we have to be ready to go.

When we go to a wedding, or any party, we tell the person who invited us that we are coming. We get out our best clothes and make sure we are clean and tidy. We buy a present and write the card.

Can you think of anything else that we do to get ready for a party?

But how do you think we can answer God’s invitation and get ready for the kingdom of heaven?

We can listen to God’s word and try to follow what God asks us to do in our lives. What do you think God asks us to do?

God asks us to be kind, to be welcoming and invite others to share in what we have so that everyone has enough food to eat and clean water to drink, to bring peace, to stand up for what is right, to care for and respect one another and to love our neighbour, wherever they are in the world.

Can you think of anything else that God asks us to do?

By answering God’s invitation and being kind and generous, welcoming and fair, by loving our neighbour, we can help to reflect God’s kingdom here on earth. We will help other people to see that we care for everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, and the world will become a better, fairer place for all people to live.

Gospel Connection

Particularly this year, we think of people who because of the coronavirus do not have enough food, wherever they live in the world, nearby or far away.This year over 350 million children around the world missed at least one meal a day because of school closures. That’s nearly one in every five children.

Some of these children live in Zimbabwe, a country in Africa. Is anyone here from Zimbabwe or does anyone have any family or friends there? Last year and earlier this year before coronavirus arrived, Zimbabwe and the country next door, Zambia had very poor rains.

It just did not rain enough.

What do you think that might mean for the harvest? As well as the lack of rain, schools were closed because of coronavirus, just as they were in this country. Often school dinner is the children’s only meal of the day and missing this means they don’t eat at all.

One way that CAFOD is helping is by supporting a school to provide one nutritious meal a day for children who would otherwise struggle to have enough to eat.
CAFOD has provided face masks for every child at the school so they can continue to come and collect their food parcel, and also buckets for handwashing so they can protect themselves from the spread of the virus.

From Brazil to Bangladesh, Cambodia to Kenya our global neighbours need our support to make sure they have enough food to eat.

Gospel Extension

Let’s all try really hard this week to listen to what God wants from us and to say yes to that invitation in the way we behave in the coming week.

You could give the children an example from your own life eg: I think God is inviting me to be more generous and share what I have. I will say yes to that invitation by sharing the vegetables from my allotment with my elderly neighbour/sharing some of my time volunteering to help others/taking my old clothes to the charity shop, raising money for Family Fast Day etc.

How does God want you to live your life? And how will you answer that invitation this week?

SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser
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

⚪  Can you remember your favourite birthday party? Did you help get things ready? Was it lots of work? Jesus tells us this story today about a wedding banquet that the invited guests weren’t interested in. A banquet is a big feast. In Jesus’ day a wedding celebration went on for as long as a week. You would need to do a lot of work to prepare a banquet for all your guests for that long.

⚪  How did the king feel when the guests didn’t turn up? (furious) What did he do? What do you think Jesus meant when hetold this story? (Jesus wantsus all to be with him and celebrate together. There is a place in heaven for each oneof us.)

⚪  How do we show that we want to celebrate with Jesus? (one way is to celebrate together at Mass.)

⚪  How happy are we to come along?

For Adolescents

Prophets are often unpopular because they bring messages that are uncomfortable and challenging.

⚪  The wedding feast and the symbolism of the meal are significant for Christians because of the Eucharistic connotations. The meal of bread and wine that Jesus shared with his disciples, and which we share in the Eucharist, is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet where there will be an abundance for all who accept the invitation. Recall instances when you have refused invitations and the excuses you have used to avoid going somewhere you didn’t want to.

⚪  What excuses do you make today for not doing things that you ought to do?

⚪  Can you identify what invitation God extends to you today?

⚪  What sort of commitment is required for your acceptance?

⚪  What are the things, which prevent you from responding fully to this invitation?

⚪  Be aware this week of how you respond to invitations.

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
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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