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33RD Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

“Tools” for the Classroom or at Home: activities, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, lesson plans, classroom tips, etc. for all ages.

INTROVIDEOSHANDOUTSACTIVITIESREFLECTIONS
Screen shot from this week’s HOLY HEROES video, click on image to go to page where you can view video, and download Mass prep coloring page, and quiz.

Parable of the Talents

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Images from the Readings:

  • Put his servants in charge
  • I will put you in charge of much more
  • Come and share my happiness
  • People think they are safe
  • Stay awake and be alert
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

You are good and faithful servants.

Jesus is our Master and we are his servants. We follow his teachings and do as he has taught us. This makes us good and faithful servants to him.We use our gifts to make the Kingdom of God-our world-a better place.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Gospel Reflection for children

In this parable, the master is like Jesus, away for a time in heaven, until he returns to settle things with his followers. When Jesus comes again, he will see if we have used our gifts for good. In the story the servants’ rewards and punishmentsare meant to remind listeners of the importance of using God’s gifts wisely and well.

SOURCES: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury CT; Accompanying cartoon thumbnail is from The Cartoon Gospel, Used with permission.

Catholic Doctrine

Stewardship

Christian stewardship involves caring for all that God gives us in creation. All of creation belongs to God. As good stewards, we help God care for creation. Good stewardship also involves caring for the poor and working for the common good.

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Sacrament Connection

In the Sacrament of Baptism we celebrate becoming members of God’s family, the Church. Being part of a family includes having some responsibility for one another. Membership in God’s family means that we are stewards of God’s household, sharing in the responsibility of caring for creation.

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources

Children’s Videos

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Cropped image from this week’s CATHOLIC MOM coloring activity.

Children’s Handouts

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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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Catholic 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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Catholic Mom Mass Worksheets
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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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 sermon, coloring page, dot to dot, word search, multiple choice, etc. handouts related to Sunday’s Gospel.

MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (7:50):  This video helps students understand the Parable of the Talents and what it means for them.  DOWNLOAD LESSON

Children’s Activities

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Moral Virtue of the Week

Wisdom

This original parable set in ancient China follows a harassed ferryman through his day. Waves of increasingly important passengers making escalating demands make for a highly stressful day. In the flurry of all of this, an old beggar sits by the riverside, unperturbed by the comings and goings…

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The ferryman assumes that the old beggar is waiting around for a free ride and regards him as an annoyance, when in fact the old beggar is simply waiting to experience the sunset. The two characters represent the difference between the flurry of activity with no real meaning and being content with the simplicity and wisdom of contemplating and enjoying a sunset.

MASS READINGS:  Wisdom is the dominant theme of this first reading as well as the Gospel selected for this Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Under the light of the Gospel, this passage reinforces the importance of using our time well and profitably and in a manner that results in a readiness for whatever may come. Here, and in other passages, we see wisdom personified as a woman. In this particular passage it is a mother extending teachings of wisdom to her son who is a king!

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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 accompanying video  is NOT associated with  Markkula Center.

Object Lesson

Three Toolboxes

Look what I have with me this morning –a tool box. My toolbox is full of useful things. Many of the tools can be used for building things. Our Gospel story today talks about 3 servants getting some money from their master. It’s sort of like a boss giving a toolbox to 3 of his employees…

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The man gave each of his employees a tool box. The tool boxes contained all the tools the employees needed to do what the man expected of them, but since the three employees didn’t all have the same abilities, each toolbox was different. Each employee would take the toolbox and do what he could with the tools he had been given.

  • The first man built a house for people who had no home and had to live on the street.
  • The second man fixed up houses for people who are not able to take care of their houses because of sickness or age.
  • The third man put his toolbox on a shelf and never used any of them. They were in a safe place and he returned them to his boss as good as new.

I think this story is a good picture of what God has done in us. He has given each of us tools to use in building His kingdom. We don’t all have the same tools, but God expects us to use whatever tools He has given to us. If we do, He will give us even more, but if we don’t, He may take them away and give them to someone who will use them. Listen to the words of Jesus, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have more than he can imagine. Whoever does not use what I have given him, it will be taken from him.” God has given each of us gifts to use in His kingdom.

Dear Lord, help us to be faithful in using the gifts that you have given to us to help others and to build up the kingdom. Amen.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Gospel Skit

How would you use your talents?

SKIT FOR FOUR CHILDREN:  Master, Servant #1, Servant #2, and Servant #3.

MASTER:  I want to give each of you something, according to your ability. (Handing 5 coins to servant #1) Here, take these 5 coins. (Then handing 2 coins to servant #2) Here you take these 2 coins. (Then handing 1 coin to servant #3) And you, take this one coin. I must go on a long journey, but I will return some day. (Master walks away)…

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SOURCE: Kids Sunday School

Family activities

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Money and Trust

Matthew’s gospel wasn’t really about loaning money. It stressed the trust the king placed in his servants. Money was merely the tool to measure that trust. How does your family measure trust? Chores and homework done? How does it reward trust? Allowance, special treats, or quality time?

Create a chart of duties and rewards. At week’s end, review each. Discuss the relationship between duties and rewards in terms of trust.

  • Parents trust their children will fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Children trust their parents will reward them for being responsible.

Praise your children for their hard work.

Finally, read Matthew 25:14-30. Explain that the last servant did nothing with his money because he did not trust his master. And he did not trust himself.

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

The Gospel today asks us to use our gifts and risk everything for the sake of the Gospel. Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday reading:

Give a cardboard circle to each member of the family. Instruct each person to write his or her name on a circle and then to pass the circle to the person on the left. This person should write on the circle one gift that the family member has. If the children are too young to write, do this orally while someone in the family writes. Take time to affirm the talents you see in one another. Talk about ways to use your gifts to help build God’s Kingdom.

Explore service opportunities available in your community. Discuss with your family ways that you can use your gifts to make life better for someone less fortunate.

Discuss with your family what risks you can take this week to spread the Gospel values to those we meet in our everyday life.

Have family members draw or list the gifts and talents that God has given them. Ask each family member: How are you using these gifts?

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Reflections & Questions

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Reflection by Theresa (Kid's Bulletin)
Click on image/text to download entire bulletin for your children.

Sunday Connection (Loyola Press)

More will be given to those who use their talents wisely.

Reflection Questions for Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8 which help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

CAFOD Guided Discussion / Activities
Download accompanying illustration, and liturgy resource Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL QUESTIONS

What do you remember from today’s reading?

Jesus tells another parable. This time a man is about to go abroad and so he calls his servants to him and gives them each something to look after. He gives the first servant 5,000 gold coins. He gives the second servant 2,000 gold coins. And the final servant 1,000 gold coins.

What did the servants do with the money they had been given? The first one used the 5,000 coins he had been given and made 5,000 more. So he gave the master back 10,000 coins all together. The second one used the 2,000 coins he had been given and made 2,000 more, giving the master back 4,000 coins all together. The final servant hid his 1,000 coins in the ground. When his master came back he dug the money up and returned it to him.

How did the master react? Why do you think he was so angry?

In some versions of the story instead of talking about gold coins, it uses the word “talents”. A talent was a word for money in Jesus’ time. This story is sometimes known as the “Parable of the talents”.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

But what do you think Jesus is trying to tell us in this parable? Jesus is telling us that it is important to use the gifts that God has given us. We are all good at different things. We all have different skills and talents.

What is your talent?

Some of us are good at singing, some of us are good at sport. Some of us are good at dancing, some of us are good at drawing. Some of us are good at baking, some of us are good at building Lego. Some of us are good at speaking out when we see that something is wrong or unfair, some of us are good at helping others. Whatever your talent is, Jesus is saying that it is important not to hide our talents from others – to just keep them to ourselves and never let them grow. Instead, it is by going out into the world, by sharing our talents and using our skills to help others that we serve God.

This summer, lots of children used their gifts, their skills and their talents to make a wonderful “Summer of hope.” Whether that was getting sponsored to camp out in their garden, to walk or to ride their bike, it was wonderful to see all those talents being shared to help people around the world who are poor. You can find more examples of children using their talents and gifts to make the world a better place at cafod.org.uk/yourstories. Children all around the world are using their talents to make the world a better and fairer place. By using our skills to help others in our world, we are also serving God.

How will you use your gifts, skills or talents to serve God in the coming week?

INTERCESSIONS

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

We pray together for God’s help to use our talents wisely:

We pray for world leaders: that they may use their talents for the good of all people, making the world a fairer place for everyone to live. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for all children around the world: that they may all have the chance to learn new skills and to use their talents to make the world a better place. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may not hide our talents away, but instead use them to help others, especially people who are poor. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: Generous God, you gave us a voice. Help us shout loud for what is right and fair. You gave us ears. Help us to listen to those in need. You gave us talents. Help us share and multiply them for the good of all your people. Amen.

ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

Invite the children to colour in the optional accompanying illustration and to write or draw on the back how they will use their talents to serve God and make the world a better place in the coming week.

Encourage the children to demonstrate their talents – and to think about how they could use these gifts to make the world a fairer and better place for all people to live.

Invite the children to write a prayer, thanking God for the gifts and talents that they have been given.

Encourage the children to try not to hide their talents away this week, but to use them to help others and serve God. If they have written a prayer, remind them to pray it at home during the week.

SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) – Reformatted and adapted for browser
Starter Questions (Diocese of Auckland)

What Did You Hear?

Diocese of Auckland provides the following starter questions for children to stimulate discussion about Sunday’s Gospel.

⚪  In today’s GospelJesus talks about thousands of coins that three servants were given. One of the servants earned as much money again. Do you know what this is called? (investing) Was the owner pleased? What did he say to his servant?

⚪  Do you thinkJesus is really just talkingabout money? What do you think this might have meant? (gifts, talents).

⚪  Do you have a special gift or talent? (e.g. a good reader, good at sport, a willing helper, someone who encourages others,etc) What is your gift?

⚪  Does everyone have the same gift? Why not? (we need each other so that when we work together everyone benefits)

⚪  What do you think is the message of Jesus’ story? What does this story tell us about God? What does Jesus praise, having the talent or using the talent?

⚪  Jesus wants us to understand that we should use our talents wisely. What does this mean? How can we use the gifts that we have? (whenever we share our gifts with anyone, even just a small thing, God is pleased)

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Starter Questions (Sacred Heart Church)

Sacred Heart Church provides the following starter questions for children to stimulate discussion about Sunday’s Gospel.

⚪  What does the master give the three servants?

⚪  How does he divide the coins among the servants?

⚪  How do the servants use their gifts?

⚪  Why is the master disappointed with the servant who buried his gift?

⚪  What does Jesus want us to do with our gifts?

⚪  What gifts and abilities has God given you?

⚪  What do you do with the gifts that God has given you?

⚪  Who helps you to discover your gifts?

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT
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