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All Saints – Children

All Saints – Children

November 1, 2020

Images from the Readings

  • Large crowd before the throne
  • God blesses
  • They belong to the kingdom of heaven
  • They will be treated with mercy
  • They will be called his children
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

Blessed are the peacemakers.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Gospel Reflection for children

The Cartoon Gospel Home Page

Today’s Gospel is ‘The Beatitudes’ from the Sermon on the Mount. THINKING FAITH will take you to a reflection on Despicable Me relating it to Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

At the bottom of the ‘Despicable Me’ reflection there are links to other ones from different children’s movies for each of the other beatitudes. Perhaps as leader you could choose one of these reflections for a movie that you think the children will have seen and talk about how the movie’s message is like one of the beatitudes.

More Beatitudes on Film for children (links at end of ‘Despicable Me’ reflection on above web address):

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted in Up.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth in Bolt.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled in E.T.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy in Big Hero 6.
  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God in Frozen.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury CT

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The Two Great Commandments

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Sacrament Connection

In the sacrament of Eucharist, we all approach the banquet table together. In a continuous procession we come as the Body of Christ and gather in communion around the table. When we prepare to receive the sacrament, we honestly state that we are unworthy, but really want to try to live as God wants us to; indeed, as we are instructed in the beatitudes of today’s gospel. In the Eucharist, we become one with Jesus and join with one another in taking the love of Jesus into the world even as we leave the building of the church.

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources
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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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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.

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
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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Activities for Children

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Children’s Story of the Week: The Butterfly Seeds

Moral Virtue of the Week

Hope

The Butterfly Seeds is a story of great excitement coupled with sadness of being separated from someone you love. Jake is excited about the adventure of going to a new country (America) but is torn by the fact that his grandfather, whom he loves deeply, will not be traveling to America with him. His grandfather promises him some “magic seeds” that will draw all kinds of beautiful butterflies, Jake’s favorite creatures, to his new home in America. The story is very appropriate for the celebration of All Saint and All Souls, as we recall those who love us from above. The Butterfly Seeds is an exquisite story to use for the Feast of All Saints since the butterfly is also a symbol of resurrected life and hope.

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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 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.

Saints and Pumpkins

 Just as we clean up the pumpkin, God cleans us up as well.  Once the pumpkin is finished, the light glowing out from within reminds us of the light of God radiating out from within us for the world to see.

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Catholic Pumpkin Carvings are so much easier than they look! You can do it too! Pick your favorite Catholic Saint Stencil, follow my easy tutorial, and you can have these beautiful pumpkins on your porch to share with all your neighbors! A wonderful idea for All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day and a way to share your faith with others this time of year!

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The day after Halloween

Halloween is a national day to spoof our common fears of horror and death. Like Christmas, Halloween has grown from a single day into a season that lasts most of October. Specialty stores open during this season to cater to Halloween dress, parties, and decorations. Many people light their homes during October with Halloween lighting and imagery.

How can we use Halloween to teach our children about their faith? Before your children eat too much candy, ask them about their costumes. What did they like about the character they dressed up as? Write down the attributes of that character in a column. Now ask them the characteristics that are the opposite of that character. Write down their answers in a column next to the “attributes” column. Try to line up the opposites, then describe the characters of each column. The evil person has a good twin. The princess has a twin commoner. The devil is the opposite of an angel. Which of the characters would your child like to be? Why? Point out the good characters could be saints.

Try to find a saint that matched the characteristics of the good persons described. Even look up the saint you were named after and your child’s name sake for inspiration. End your discussion with a Litany of the Saints. Ask your saints to pray for you and your family.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com
Our Sunday Visitor

Catholic family activities

Show your faith to others. As a family, plan to help at a shelter or a food kitchen, or plan a similar project. In doing this, remind everyone that this is how truly holy people reach out to God’s family.

As members of the Church we are called to live the faith we profess. Live your faith today through a kind word, an offer of help, a smile, or a hug.

Together as a family, make a button proclaiming your faith. Each day have a different member of the family wear the button as a reminder for all of us to be sincere in our actions.

Sometimes our religious observance can deteriorate into “going through the motions,” with no real love motivating them. As a family, discuss the call to follow Christ in sincerity.

SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor
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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? 

Jesus tells us today exactly the kind of person he wants us to be, and the kind of person that he has a special love and care for. Can you remember what he says?

Here they are again. Listen carefully to the list and see if you can think of anyone that these remind you of:

  • Happy are those who are poor in spirit – those who believe and trust in God.
  • Happy are those who are sad.
  • Happy are those who are humble – that is not being boastful or full of our own importance.
  • Happy are those who want what is right and fair for all people and who do what God asks of them.
  • Happy are those who are merciful – those who are willing to forgive others when they do something wrong.
  • Happy are those who are pure and good.
  • Happy are those who work for peace.
  • Happy are those who are laughed at, picked on or hurt for what they believe.

We all know people who are one or all of these things – who really follow Jesus in their lives. It might be someone well known, who lots of people have heard of. Or it might be a friend or a family member. Let’s just think quietly about them for a moment.

Who do you know who really follows Jesus in their lives?

If you would like to share some information about one or more saints with the children at this point, you can find some resources to help you at cafod.org.uk/saints

Nine years ago, the pope visited the UK. It wasn’t Pope Francis, who is pope now, but Pope Benedict XVI.

During his visit, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to all the children in England, Wales and Scotland who go to Catholic schools. He said, “I hope that among those of you listening to me today are future saints… Let me explain what I mean. When we are young we can usually think of people we look up to, people we admire, people we want to be like. It could be someone we meet in our daily lives. Or it could be someone famous.”

Then the Pope asked all the children a question. It was, “What are the qualities you see in others that you would most like to have yourselves? What kind of person would you really like to be like?”

Think quietly about this question for a minute. What kind of person would you really like to be?

After a time of silent reflection ask the children to share with the person sitting next to them. Then you could ask a couple of children if they would be willing to share with the whole group.

Oliver says, “I would like to be a caring person and sometimes be nicer to others.”

Carlos, from El Salvador, says, “I would like to be brave, like Romero. Oscar Romero was a very good man and very good to people. He helped rescue people.”

Amelia says, “Yesterday I was sitting on the bench alone and my friend Lilly came up and asked me to join her game. That was very thoughtful.”

Perhaps this week we can try really hard to be a better person – to be the kind of person we would really like to be – and to follow what Jesus asks of us.

Will you try to do what God asks of you? Will you try to be merciful? Will you do all that you can to make the world a fairer place for all people? Will you try to work for peace? How will you do these things in the coming week?

What will you do this week, to do your best to follow Jesus and live your life well?

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 teaches us that God blesses those people who make peace. Do you know what peace is? (quietness, calmness, not having trouble) The peace that Jesus gave to his followers was special.

⚪  Do you know what was special about it? (It is a gift from the Holy Spirit) How do we know we have this gift? (peace comes to us when we wait quietly in our hearts to meet Jesus)

⚪  When would be a good time of the day to spend some peaceful time with God? (the children will give different answers; encourage them to think about times when they are upset, or worried, or angry. Taking time out to find this peace that is always with them can be very helpful)

⚪  What happens to us when we live like peaceful people? (we become more gentle, truthful, wise and understanding because we are able to hear God’s voice in our hearts. Other people and animals too, like to be around peaceful people. It helps them to feel good too.)

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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