Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Using your gifts
 
Reading I: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (the ideal wife)
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)
 
Key Passage: [The servant said,] “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20b–21)
 
Adult: What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?
Child: What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Actions and consequences
 
Reading I: Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)
 
Key Passage: Jesus said, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
 
Adult: We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?
Child: What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?
(from PastoralPlaning.com)

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Sincerity of heart
 
Reading I: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul’s sincerity)
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)
 
Key Passage: Jesus said, “Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.” (Matthew 23:3)
 
Adult: Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?
Child: Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)

All Saints Day

We are all called to sainthood.  “What?” you say that can’t be, you have to  preach to people or serve the poorest of the poor, or spend your day in prayer everyday.  Not so, we all should be living our lives in the service of God, so that when we leave this earth and are ready to enter heaven we will already be part of the Communion of Saints..

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Love of neighbor
 
Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)
 
Key Passage: [Jesus] said to him “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37–39)
 
Adult: In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?
Child: Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)
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