Christ the King Sunday (A)

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

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.

The sheep and the goats

Christ the King (Year A)

Images from the Readings:

  • Sit on his royal throne
  • Separate the people of all nations
  • You did it to me
  • I will take good care of my people
  • Christ will bring life to all
SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

Whenever you helped a follower of mine, you helped Jesus.

Jesus loves everyone, so he feels what we do to other people. When we help someone, we make Jesus happy. When we fail to help someone, we make Jesus sad. Doing God’s work helps us to build his kingdom on earth.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Gospel Reflection for children

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Church celebrates the feast of Christ the King. In today’s feast we recognize and honor Jesus as ruler of goodness and kindness.Feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty and all the other things Jesus spoke of are ways we can help do God’s work here on earth. This is what good sheep do, they follow their shepherd.Sometimes it is hard to do what Jesus wants from us, but always remember that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are always with us to help us.

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

Catholic Doctrine

“To judge the living and the dead”

This phrase from the Nicene Creed expresses our Catholic belief that Jesus Christ will judge the works and hearts of all. The Church helps us to understand the mystery surrounding the nature of our life after death. We believe that there are two judgments that occur, particular and final…(Click on a link below to learn more).

Catechist Background and Preparation
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Sacrament Connection

God has created us with the freedom to choose. Sometimes we freely choose to do what we know is against God’s will. When we sin we hurt our relationship with God and others. In the sacrament of reconciliation we heal and restore our broken relationships. We receive God’s forgiveness. 

SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources

Children’s Videos

Christ the King (Year A)

DISCLAIMER: Some videos are from non-Catholic sources. Therefore, be sure to preview before showing to your children.
DISCLAIMER: Some videos are from non-Catholic sources. Therefore, be sure to preview before showing to your children.
DISCLAIMER: Some videos are from non-Catholic sources. Therefore, be sure to preview before showing to your children.
Cropped image from this week’s CATHOLIC MOM coloring activity.

Children’s Handouts

Christ the King (Year A)

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.

Catholic Mom Handouts

Sermons4kids Crossword
Click below to access Sermons4Kids‘  sermon, coloring page, dot to dot, word search, multiple choice, etc. handouts related to Sunday’s Gospel.

MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (8:13):  This message is taken from the parable of the sheep and the goats, found in Matthew 25. The emphasis is on looking for ways that we can help others around us, and in so doing, honor God. Through discussion and images, communicate the critical importance of this idea with young believers. 

Children’s Activities

Christ the King (Year A)

Moral Virtue of the Week


This is an abridged version of the original work by Henry Van Dyke originally published in 1895. It is the perfect story for this celebration of Christ the King in the Cycle A readings for it brings further dimension to the Gospel passage. …

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The Fourth Wise Man, given the name Artaban, searches all of his adult life for a new born king. A work of mercy for another person in distress caused a delay in meeting with the other three Wise Men. This delay caused the Three Wise Men to leave Artaban behind. Undeterred by many setbacks and disappointments, he continues his search, hoping to give his gifts of an emerald, a ruby and a pearl of great value when he finally finds the king. His search turns from weeks into months and then into years. During the search for the king, Artaban uses the gifts intended for the king to assist others in need. Ultimately he learns that he has found the king in those he helped. For I was hungry and you gave me to eat, thirsty and you gave me to drink……for whenever you did it to one of the least of my brothers or sisters you did it for ME.

GOSPEL:  In today’s Gospel we encounter a kingly figure coming down from the heavens and sitting on a glorious throne, However, it is important to see that he identifies himself with the weakest and the poor, so much so that he insists there is no distinction between himself and them. Included in this passage is what have been traditionally been referred to in Catholic Tradition as the corporal works of mercy that all followers of Jesus Christ are commissioned to be about in their daily lives. As such we are to be those who give comfort to those most in need and in doing so bring comfort to the Christ.


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

Crown of Love

Show the crown to the children. Tell them that we are going to be decorating Jesus’ crown. Allow each child to tell something good they did last week or will do this week to show they love others and then give them a sticker to add to the crown.

After everyone has a chance to add a sticker, place the crown on the prayer table and gather all the children around the prayer table.Have them say and do the Sign of the Cross.In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Have them hold hands as you pray:Jesus we ask you to help us spread more goodness because we love you. You have shown us the love of the Father and we gather together to ask for the strength of the Holy Spirit to guide us in love and courage to be good followers of you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Family activities

Holiday Toy and Food Drive

In this unique passage, Jesus described the Final Judgment, not in terms of faith, but in terms of love. The saved were those who fed the hungry, visited the sick and prisoners, clothed the naked, and welcomed the stranger. Since this gospel is read at the beginning of the holiday season, this is a good time to revise your holiday shopping list to include those in need of charity.

Many churches sponsor holiday drives for dinners and toy baskets that serve the needy. Gather your family together, discuss the needs of the poor in the community, and budget your holiday expenditures for their needs. Place any notices for these drives on your refrigerator or bulletin board. Make shopping trips for the poor a family affair. After you discuss a holiday drive for the needy or make a family shopping trip, share Matthew 25:31-40 with your family.

SOURCE: Larry Broding  at 
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:

  • Today’s Feast of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus identifies with those who are powerless, poor, and in need. Our participation in the life of Jesus demands that we serve those who are poor and in need. With this in mind, brainstorm with family members what Jesus will look for when he comes to judge us. Write down the responses on a sheet of paper. Display the paper on your refrigerator as a family reminder.
  • Jesus calls us to be shepherds for others. Who are the weak in the community? Do you know anyone who is struggling to belong in your community? Do they need friendship, support, food, tutoring? What can you do as a family?
  • Pray for people around the world who are lost, frightened and in need of the Shepherd’s care.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Questions & Answers

Christ the King (Year A)

Sunday Connection (Loyola Press)

Jesus teaches that when the Son of Man comes in glory, he will judge the nations, separating the sheep from the goats.

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


Jesus tells us about the kind of person who will be welcome in his kingdom.

Can you remember what they did to make Jesus happy? This group of people fed Jesus when he was hungry, gave him a drink when he was thirsty. They welcomed him when he was a stranger and lonely, they gave him clothes when he didn’t have any. They visited him when he was sick and in prison.

How do they feel and what do they say when they hear all this? They are very surprised and they ask Jesus when it was that they did all these things.

What does Jesus answer? He says, “when you did this to the least of my brothers or sisters, you did it to me.” What do you think this means?

We are all God’s children. We are all brothers and sisters – members of one big global family. And Jesus is saying that he is in each one of us. And so, every time we help someone else, every time we treat someone kindly, welcome them or share with them, then we are doing this to Jesus. Can you think of a time when you have done one of these things?

When have you given food to someone hungry or a drink to someone thirsty?

When have you welcomed someone or given someone in need some clothes?

When have you visited someone who is sick?

Or can you think of a time when someone has shared with, welcomed or cared for you? How did you feel?


In Colombia, the local church, supported by CAFOD, is helping people who do not have enough food. As well as giving out food, they have also made sure that those who need it have face masks and soap, in order to protect them from coronavirus.

One member of the team said:

“It is very exciting for us to go to the communities and deliver food. We could see people’s eyes light up and their big smiles of gratitude. Families, especially children were very happy to see the food, and began helping their mum by carrying the food kit. Communities send their greetings and blessings for making this possible in difficult times.”

How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is in each and every person around the world? And, if Jesus is in every person and we are all brothers and sisters, how do you think we should treat each other?

This week, let’s all try to remember that Jesus is in every person and to treat people as Jesus wants us to. Let’s try to help those who are hungry, thirsty, lonely and sick.


We are all God’s children and so we pray together:

We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may see Christ in all people and be a shining example of Jesus’ message to us. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our brothers and sisters throughout the world: that each person may know they are special and treat each other as Jesus asks. Lord, in your mercy…

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may all do what we can to share food and water with those who hunger and thirst, to care for those who are sick or in prison and to welcome those who are lonely. Lord, in your mercy…

Closing prayer: God of all, show us how to answer your call so we may see your kingdom – a place where no one is hungry, thirsty, or alone – here on earth. Amen.


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.

⚪  Today is a special feast in the church year. Do you know what it is? (it is the end of the church year when we celebrate Christ the King) How do we show that it is special? (there may bea procession, white or gold vestments etc)

⚪  What does ‘Christ the King’ mean? (Jesus will come back at the end of time to judge all people. He will sort out the good from the bad) Jesus tells us in the Gospel today of the sorts of things he wants us to do for each other. Can you remember what these things were? (feed and clothe the hungry and needy, care for the sick, welcome strangers, visit those in prison)

⚪  This Gospel sums up the message that Jesus has brought to us week after week. Jesus wants us to be loving and caring towards each other.

⚪  Are there still people in the world today who are hungry, thirsty or need our help? How can we help them? (we could contribute to groups such as St Vincent de Paul, Lovelink, caring groups, Catholic Caring foundation, caritas, food banks etc)

⚪  Jesus said “whenever you did it for any for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed you did it for me’ How do you think children might be able to do

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.

⚪  Who will come and be a part of God’s Kingdom?

⚪  What did Jesus say about helping those who are hungry or need clothing or needed a friend?

⚪  Why is this the same as helping Jesus?

⚪  What did Jesus say about ignoring those who are hungry or need clothing or needed a friend?

⚪  Why would Jesus be sad?

SOURCE:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT


Christ the King (Year A)

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


The following children’s sermons are linked to Sermon Writer, which was operated by Niell Donavan, a United Christ clergyman from 1997 until his death in 2020. His wife Dale is graciously keeping his website online FREE, subscription no longer required. As Catholic Catechists, be sure to adapt if necessary before presenting to children.

Second Reading

All of life

by Lois Parker Edstrom

When you wake up in the morning and look out the window you may see different types of grass, trees, flowers, animals, and birds – all of these things living and growing. Think of sunflowers, strawberries, grasshoppers, owls, cows, corn, evergreen trees, ladybugs – all living and growing. How exciting the world is!

Gospel Reading

Christ the King

by Dr. Dan Wuori

Jesus tells his followers a story about the day they will gather before him to enter heaven – and (as he sometimes does) he confuses them just a little by explaining that they will enter heaven because they’ve taken such good care of him.

Are you a sheep or a goat?

by Dell Smith Klein

Let me tell you a little story about goats and sheep. Goats and sheep are similar, they are both woolly, they eat grass, they drink water. The goats and sheep in my made-up story lived side by side in a field where there were hungry animals who couldn’t find the patch of grass, and thirsty animals who didn’t know the path to the brook.

Sharing God’s love

by Lois Parker Edstrom

How many of you have a younger brother or sister? Younger children, whether a brother, sister, or friend, may have times when they need help. Younger kids are not as big as you are, not yet as strong as you are, and they haven’t had time to learn all that you have discovered. You, being the older child, have opportunities to help them.

Sermon excerpts from Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan
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