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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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Social responsibility
 
Reading I: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)
Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)
 
Key Passage: At that [Jesus] said to them “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)
 
Adult: How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?
Child: Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?
(from PastoralPlanning.com)