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29A Ordinary Time – Children

29A Ordinary Time – Children

October 18, 2020

Images from the Readings

  • Planned how to trick Jesus
  • You show offs!
  • Give God what belongs to God
  • I have called you by name
  • You are chosen
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

Give to God what belongs to God.

What belongs to God? All of creation belongs to God. Most importantly we belong to God. When we decide to make good choices, we are giving God what belongs to him. Our hearts.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Tips for CLOW leaders/catechists

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Sometimes, the government uses tax money to pay for things that everyone wants, like a park or keeping the streets clean. But other times, the government has to use the money to help a small number of people, like schools or sick people or even the water supply. Then, people get angry because they aren’t getting any use of what the government is using the tax money for. We can get more done when we all work together to make the world better for all people.

In Jesus’ day, the emperor (Caesar) was taking a lot of money from the people of Israel and keeping it for himself or to help people far away in Rome.

This was a trick question for Jesus. If he said to give money to Caesar the people would not like him and if he said to give it to God, it would make the Roman leaders angry. Jesus’ answer lets us know that we are to be more concerned with making sure that everyone gets what they need, rather than everything benefiting everyone. If the town buys a bus for those in wheelchairs to get to shopping, it doesn’t help those without wheel chairs, but we shouldn’t be jealous because others are being helped.

SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury CT

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Sacrament Connection

When you are baptized, you become God’s very own child. From that time on, God is first in our life.

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources

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Handouts for Children

29A Ordinary Time

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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Sermons4kids Crossword
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 image to access more handouts related to Sunday’s Gospel.

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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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Mass Worksheets from Catholic Mom
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Activities for Children

29A Ordinary Time

Children’s Story of the Week: Horton Hatches the Egg

Moral Virtue Word of the Week


In Horton Hatches the Egg, we experience two characters that are at extreme ends of an integrity scale: Horton the elephant,who remains committed to his words and his beliefs and Mayzie, who is completely irresponsible in life. This story is an illustration of how Jesus is steadfast in his beliefs in the midst of adversity. Throughout the gospels we experience Jesus as a person solidly grounded in his integrity and his integrity has everything with doing the will of the Father.


SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University;  “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The 4-page PDF gives a summary of each reading at Mass and relates each with the Word of the Week. The video above is NOT associated with  the program, but is provided for your convenience.

A Review of Spending

Romans controlled he area in which Jesus lived. And his Jewish contemporaries hated foreign rule and foreign taxes. Since the taxes had to be paid in coins stamped with the image of Caesar, Jews considered the mere use of these coins a sign of treason and collaboration. For, the coin recognized Caesar as king, when Jews thought only God should rule. With this in mind, the Jewish leaders tried to trick Jesus into choosing Jewish nationalism (by rejecting the coin) or Roman collaboration (use of the coin). Either choice threatened Jesus. So, Jesus answered with the question of balance. Give to the government its taxes, but the heart belongs to God.

Our use of money reveals our priorities. Yes, we all pay taxes. (And we all complain about it!) But, how do we spend our disposable income, the money left after we pay our bills? This may be a good time to review spending habits. Have a family meeting to review the “My Wants, Others’ Needs” project from Sept. 22. How successful was the project? Did it help focus the family’s sights on the needs of others? How can the family continue its success or change its failings? Remember the holidays will soon be here. This is a good time to look ahead to investigate ways to “give to God what is God’s” through the needs of others.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
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Catholic family activities

Have a family discussion about Church values and teachings, and civil values and teachings. What social injustices in our society can be addressed through political involvement? How can our family speak out on issues of violence, abortion, capital punishment, welfare, euthanasia, poverty?

Before dinner, watch the evening news or read the newspaper together as a family. Choose one issue to discuss each day. What is a Christian response to the issue? What is the best way to work for the common good? As a family, include the issue in your daily prayer.

Discuss the phrase, “Give to God what is God’s.”  What belongs to God? How can your family show respect for God and all God’s creation?

Every day of life is a gift from God. Gather in a circle and have family members hold hands. Ask each person to thank God for one of their gifts: “Thank you, God, for ____________.” Conclude with the following prayer: “May we use our gifts to glorify you by the way we live our lives.” Amen.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Reflections & Questions

29A Ordinary Time

Reflection by ASC Sisters

If God calley you by name, would you answer his call?

Do you think He would be calling out to you because you have been bad or because youhave been good?

God calls a person not because they have been bad or good but because He knows eachperson by name and loves them no matter what they have done even if it was bad because God is pure love.


1.  Paul said that he prayed for the people and asked God to bless them and give them peace,do you pray for other people?

2.  If your answer is no, why?

3.  There is not greater gift than love and no better way to express that love than through prayer, what is your favored prayer?

4.  Why do you think anyone would try to trick Jesus into saying something or doing somethingwrong?

5.  What do you think Jesus meant when He said give to God want is Gods and give to theEmperor what is the Emperors?


1.  With a pencil and paper write a short prayer telling Jesus how much you love Him.

2. With a pencil write down as many things as you can remember that Jesus tried to teach the people.

3. Think about the coins that they were talking about and try to make a drawing onpaper of what you think the coins looked like.

4. If there is someone you have not been kind to in some way hurt don’t you think itwould make Jesus happy if would tell that person that you are sorry? Make a list ofpersons you need to tell that you are sorry to. This is only between you andJesus; you do not need to show this list to anyone else, it is just to remind you toshow only love to others as Jesus would.

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/text to download entire bulletin for your children.

Used with permission.
CAFOD Guided Discussion

Gospel Reflection

What do you remember from today’s reading?  The Pharisees didn’t like Jesus and so they tried to find a way to trick him.

What did they ask him?  At the time the Romans ruled the area where Jesus lived. The people did not like the Romans and they did not want to have to pay money to them. But the Pharisees knew that if Jesus said this out loud, he would get into trouble.  So the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was right to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor.

What answer did Jesus give the Pharisees?  Jesus told the Pharisees to “pay the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor – and God what belongs to God.”  Jesus is reminding us that we have two main responsibilities. One is to love God and to try to live our lives the way God wants us to.  The other responsibility is to care for each other and to make sure that everyone gets their fair share of the good things that God has given us.

God has given us a world filled with good things. While some of us have all that we could wish for, others of us do not have a house to live in, enough food to eat, clean water to drink.

Do you think this is fair? Why not?

We can help each other and to make sure that all people around the world have their fair share of the things that God has given us. We can all play our part to make the world a fairer place.

Peru is a country which has long had problems with poverty, inequality and violence. Now the people of Peru are struggling to cope with coronavirus.

CAFOD has been working with local organisations in Peru to help those are affected by the virus. They have used community kitchens to cook free meals for people who need them to come and collect, they have made sure that those who are sick and aren’t earning any money have the medicine that they need. They have also supported children who haven’t been able to do online school lessons to learn.

How can we share what we have so that everyone has their fair share of what God has given us?

What will you do this week to show that you love God and are trying to live your life the way God wants? What will you do this week to show that you care for others, both here and around the world?


You may want to ask the children to offer their own prayers or  you can use the suggestions below.

We know that God is always ready to listen to us and so we pray:

We pray for world leaders: that they may make sure all people have their fair share of the gifts that God has given us. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for all members of our global family: that together we may do all that we can to share fairly and bring an end to poverty. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may do our best to live the way God wants us to and share all that we have so everyone has enough. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: Loving God, be with us as we try to care for one another, help one another, share with one another and work together to make the world a fairer place for everyone to live. Amen.

Activity suggestions 

Invite the children to colour in the accompanying optional illustration and to write or draw on the back what they will do in the coming week to care for and share with others.

Encourage the children to imagine that they are the Emperor (or the Chancellor). What would they spend the tax money they collect on? How could they use the taxes that they collect to help others and make sure everyone has their fair share?

Invite the children to try and do what they can in the coming week to help each other and to share with people both here and around the world.

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

⚪  Jesus was very clever. He was able to turn the question back on the Pharisees. He reminded them that God is greater than Caesar. The whole world and everything in it belong to God. What belongs to God? Examples are trees, air, the seas, the land, animals, people -yes, even Caesar!

⚪  We are made in the image and likeness of God; we are his children and we all belong to God. He is our Father and we are precious to him.

⚪  What does it mean to be made in the image and likeness of God? We know something of what God is like because of Jesus. Jesus was the Son of God. He showed us how to be prayerful, patient, kind, giving and loving. Encourage the children to provide examples of how we can be like Jesus. When we act in the way Jesus did and when we follow his words to love our neighbours and even people who are mean to us we are reminding others of what God is like, of God’s great love.

For Adolescents

As you reflect on the readings today, think about the obligations that you have towards God and towards the State. We live in an increasingly secular society, where faith in God is often viewed as irrelevant and unnecessary. For many of us, there are increasing difficulties in living lives which balances our obligations to God and to society.

⚪  Can you think of ways that you might be able to improve the integration of these aspects of your life?

⚪  What are the things that belongto God?

⚪  How easy do you find it giving backto God what belongs to God? In what ways do you do this?

⚪  Can you identify trends in the world today that might benefit from having Gospelvalues applied to them? How might you actively promote some of these values?

⚪  During the coming week, consider carefully the response that Jesus would have towards issues that come up with regard to political, economic or current events in your neighbourhood. As this Sunday is World Mission Sunday and the Liturgical Action this week focuses on Mission. (Our questions forreflecting with the children and our liturgical action are sourced from http://www.missiontogether.org.uk)

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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