Fifth Sunday of Lent
March 29, 2020

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

A FEW NOTES BEFORE WE BEGIN…
Begin by finding a quiet and reverent space in your home. If you are able, set up a small altar with religious items–like Catholic art or a crucifix.The script provided is what I give my volunteers. Feel free to just do the readings*.

There is a FUN ACTIVITY at the end I would appreciate your child’s participation!!

Be sure to join us 9:30am Mass on Sunday,  LIVE STREAM HERE


*These readings are from the Lectionary for Masses with Children, which is approved for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See.

OPENING PRAYER

(Please be seated. Make the sign of the cross.)

Say: Lord, you are always a good Father. We thank you for this time together as a family. Open our ears and our hearts to listen to Your Word and help us to live it out every day. Amen.


INTRO TO “UGH” SERIES WEEK 5

Mrs. Laura says hello and introduces our last week of the UGH series!

Mrs. Laura Gulig, Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Mass Readings

FIRST READING
(Please remain seated. Feel free to allow a child to stand and read this aloud to the family.)

Say: A reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel

The LORD said to Ezekiel:

Tell the people that I, the LORD God, promise to open their graves and set them free, so they can go home to their land.

When I let them out of their graves, they will know that I am the LORD.

My Spirit will give them breath.

They will live again, and I will bring them back home.

Then they will know that I, the LORD God, have kept my promise.

The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


RESPONSORIAL PSALM
(Please remain seated. Feel free to allow a child to stand and read this aloud to the family.)

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

From a sea of troubles I call out to you, LORD.
Won’t you please listen as I beg for mercy?

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.

With all my heart, I am waiting, LORD, for you!
I trust your promises. 
God is always merciful, and he has the power to save you.

R. With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.


SECOND READING
(Please remain seated. Feel free to allow a child to stand and read this aloud to the family.)

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.

The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL

(Please stand. An adult should read the Gospel.)
Say: A reading from the holy gospel according to John.
All respond: Glory to you, O Lord.(Make small crosses on forehead, lips, & heart while saying “Glory to you, O Lord.”)

Martha and her sister Mary sent a message to the Lord and told him that his good friend Lazarus was sick. When Jesus heard this, he said, “His sickness won’t end in death. It will bring glory to God and his Son.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and brother. But he stayed where he was for two more days. Then he said to his disciples, “Now we’ll go back to Judea.” When Jesus got to Bethany, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. When Martha heard that Jesus had arrived, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Yet even now I know that God will do anything you ask.” Jesus told her, “Your brother will live again!” Martha answered, “I know that he will be raised to life on the last day when all the dead are raised.” Jesus then said, “I am the one who raises the dead to life! Everyone who has faith in me will live, even if they die. And everyone who lives because of faith in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord!” she replied. “I believe that you are Christ, the Son of God. You are the one we hoped would come into the world.” Many people had come to comfort Mary, and when they saw her quickly leave the house, they thought she was going out to the tomb to cry. So they followed her. Mary went to where Jesus was. Then as soon as she saw him, she kneeled at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw that Mary and the people with her were crying, he was terribly upset and asked, “Where have you put his body?” They replied, “Lord, come and you will see.” Jesus started crying, and the people said, “See how much he loved Lazarus.” Some of them said, “He gives sight to the blind. Why couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” Jesus was still terribly upset. So he went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone rolled against the entrance. Then he told the people to roll the stone away. But Martha said, “Lord, you know that Lazarus has been dead four days, and there will be a bad smell.” Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you had faith, you would see the glory of God?” After the stone had been rolled aside, Jesus looked up toward heaven and prayed, “Father, I thank you for answering my prayer. I know that you always answer my prayers. But I said this, so that the people here would believe that you sent me.” When Jesus had finished praying, he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” The man who had been dead came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of burial cloth, and a cloth covered his face. Jesus then told the people, “Untie him and let him go.” Many of the people who had come to visit Mary saw the things that Jesus did, and they put their faith in him.

The gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


OPTIONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS
(Please be seated. Ask your children these questions.)

1. Would you say you’re a person who likes and enjoys surprises, or do you prefer to know what’s coming?
2. What does today’s Gospel teach you about trusting God?
3. Have you or someone you know ever prayed for something and God answered the prayer in a unexpected way?
4. How does knowing that God may answer prayers in a different way than you expect help you grow in your faith?

CLOSING PRAYER

Guided Prayer: Mary, Health of the Sick by Pope Francis


THE FUN FAITH ACTIVITY!

How we can remember that JESUS HEARS OUR PRAYERS AND GIVES US HOPE this week?


Choose one (or both) of these activities: 
Read John 11:25 with a parent and talk about hope. What does your parent hope for?
Look for symbols that remind you of hope this week, like trees, butterflies, or whatever gives you hope. When you see them, ask God to fill you up with his hope.


Also below is a bulletin you can print out and color at home 🙂


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Please let me know if there is anything you need and send me feedback at explorers@saintmary.life I am praying for you!

With Jesus and Mary,
Laura Gulig