Ascension, Year A

Reading I: Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus’ final instructions and ascension)
Reading II: Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)
Gospel: Matthew 28:16–20 (I am with you always)
 
Key Passage: Acts 1:8 (power to proclaim the good news)
 
Adult: Jesus promises to be with us always. How do you experience his presence most?
Child: What good news about Jesus could you share with someone?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

The strength of faith
 
Reading I: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 (Philip in Samaria)
Reading II: 1 Peter 3:15-18 (on Christian suffering)
Gospel: John 14:15-21 (promise of the Paraclete)
 
Key Passage: Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” (John 14:16)
 
Adult: The Spirit gives us inner wisdom and strength. When have you experienced this?
Child: The Holy Spirit makes you strong inside. When do you need to be strong?
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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Jesus, the Way
 
Reading I: Acts 6:1-7 (the need of assistants)
Reading II: 1 Peter 2:4-9 (living stones)
Gospel: John 14:1-12 (last discourse: the way, the truth, and the life)
 
Key Passage: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
 
Adult: In a challenge you face right now, what will it mean to live the way of Jesus Christ?
Child: Name some ways you can be more like Jesus when you are playing with your friends or family.
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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Called to be shepherds
 
Reading I: Acts 2:14, 36-41 (Peter’s discourse)
Reading II: 1 Peter 2:20-25 (for the slave)
Gospel: John 10:1-10 (the Good Shepherd)
 
Key Passage: [The shepherd] goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4)
 
Adult: How are you a shepherd to those in your care?
Child: What will you do this week to show you love those around you?
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Third Sunday of Easter, Year A

Recognizing the Lord
 
Reading I: Acts 2:14, 22-28 (Peter’s discourse)
Reading II: 1 Peter 1:17-21 (filial obedience)
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 (Emmaus)
 
Key Passage: When he was at the table with the disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:30–31)
 
Adult: In what way have you come to know Jesus better through the breaking of the bread at Eucharist?
Child: When you join Jesus at the table of the Eucharist next Sunday, what would you like to thank him for?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)