In the first part of the Mass we celebrate the Liturgy of the Word. We listen to our readers as they deliver the Word of God to us by reading from the Bible. This is followed by the Gospel and the Homily. This part of the Mass can be long, especially for young children, who are easily bored by readings which they do not yet understand. The Children’s Liturgy teaches children about the Gospel at a level they can understand and enjoy. This helps to make the Mass a positive and meaningful experience for children, while helping them to grow in the Catholic faith and become full and active members of our Parish Community.
Download this sheet of children’s prayers and say them with your child.
Play the exciting adventures of the Bible! <<< Click the Link!
Run. Jump. Explore. Enter the wonderful world of Ancora and play your way through exciting Bible Quests. With a new Quest each month, the stories of the Bible are really brought to life in new and exciting ways.
Play exciting quizzes. Test your knowledge by taking quizzes on the Bible Quests you’ve completed – how much can you remember about the stories? Why not try the personality quizzes, too, and find out which Guardians of Ancora character you’re most like.
Listen to the Bible stories. Enter the ‘Story of the saga’ library to find out even more about the lost stories of the saga – The Bible stories the Quests are based on. Listen as chief storyteller, Fabula, reads the exciting stories aloud.
Watch the videos. Visit the Theatre of the Saga and watch videos related to each Bible story. New videos are being added every week!
Other Children’s Activities
St Joseph picture to colour Here are some pictures of St Joseph, the Patron saint of our parish. Maybe you could print them out and colour them. Bring them to church next time you come, to show Father McKay and maybe he’ll put them up on the wall for everyone to enjoy.
Sunday 8th July 14th Sunday of Ordiary Time
Jesus began teaching in the synagogues. He went to the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. This was where Jesus grew up.
Todays Gospel tells us about when Jesus was back in his home town and teaching in the synagogue. How did the people feel when they heard him speaking? They were very surprised. They couldn’t understand how Jesus, who they had known since he was a little boy, could have so much wisdom and teach so well.
They thought that they knew who Jesus was – the son of Joseph the carpenter. They knew His mother ,Mary and they thought Jesus was just an ordinary man, but he wasn’t. Was He?
The people could not accept that Jesus was special. They did not believe in him.
Sometimes when we know someone really well we can forget how special they are. It can be hard to see past all the things we know about them, to what they are really like.
Sometimes we forget how special the things that we do are, because they just feel ordinary to us. Can you think of one ordinary thing that you do, that others might see as special? Like just being kind and thoughtful to others
Can you think of something special that someone you know really well does – it could be a friend or a family member or someone else? Think about this person during this week and thank God for them
The people listening to Jesus judge him because of who he is and where he comes from. They are not willing to listen to him or to change their minds, even though he shows wisdom in his teaching. ……….Do you think this is right? Why not?
Have you ever made your mind up about someone just because of where they came from? Or has it happened to you – that people have judged you because of who your family are or where you come from?
Maybe this week we can try to see how special the people around us are. The people we know really well – our friends and family – who do lots of special things, even though we sometimes don’t notice.
And this week, let’s try not to judge anyone for where they come from or who their family is, but instead listen to them, look out for the special things that they do, and see what we can learn from them.
We pray for world leaders: that they may listen to the wisdom of their people and that they may work to bring peace to the world.
We pray for all people who face difficulties because of who they are or where they come from: that they may find strength in knowing that they are loved by God and find comfort in the support of others.
We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may see how special all people are, those we know and those we don’t, because we are all made in God’s image and are all members of the same family. Lord, in your mercy…
Creator God, you made us all in your image and we are all loved by you. Show us how to treat each other with kindness and respect and help us to see how special each and every person in the world is. Amen.