A FEW BRIEF DIRECTIONS
If you have young children who have attended Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our parish, a lot of this format will be very familiar to them! But if not, don’t worry, because we’ve gathered all the resources you’ll need. Below is a suggested order to move through the material.
- Read the opening prayer and Gospel reading together as a family. Each week, the Gospel will be presented here in language that is easy for kids to understand.
- Watch the videos in the “Let’s Learn More” section to dive deeper into the Gospel reading.
- Profess your faith with this “question & answer version” of the Nicene Creed then offer up the prayer intentions (don’t forget to add a few of your own).
- Music break! Have fun singing and dancing to some music that relates to the week’s lessons.
- Continue learning and growing with the activities provided to help you keep the Faith@Home going all week long! They can be done in any order to help fit into your family’s schedule.
JOIN US IN PRAYER
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021: 3rd Sunday of Easter
God always true, after you raised Jesus from death, he has been with us, even though we cannot see him. Let us hear his voice as he speaks to us secretly in our prayers; let us feel him near us when we gather together in the church. Stay with us; keep close to us through Jesus, who lives with you, forever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL READING: Luke 24:35-48
Two disciples who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus came to tel others all that happened. They told them how they knew it was Jesus when he broke the bread. While they were talking about all of this, suddenly Jesus was there and said to them, “Peace be with you!”
They were so frightened that they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said to them, “Why are you so frightened and confused? Look at my hands and feet. Touch me. A ghost doesn’t have a body like I do. I am really here!”
Even though the disciples were filled with joy and wonder, they sill could not believe it. So Jesus said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him some cooked fish and he ate it. Then he said to them, “Remember all the things that I told you before. Everything that was written in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms was really talking about me and all that would happen to me.”
And Jesus helped the disciples to understand the Scriptures. He said to them, “It is written that the Christ would suffer and die but would rise from the dead on the third day. In his name, everyone must be told that their sins are forgiven when they change their lives and believe. You are now witnesses to all of this.”
LET’S LEARN MORE
WE PROFESS OUR FAITH TOGETHER:
Do you believe that God made you, loves you and calls you by name? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and came to teach us how to live and how to love? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus suffered and died on a cross, and that three days later he rose from the dead? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus comes to us in the Holy Eucharist under the form of Bread and Wine? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that Jesus will come some day and take us to heaven to live with Him forever? Yes, I believe!
Do you believe that the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and helps us to live the way Jesus wants us to live? Yes, I believe!
THIS IS WHAT OUR CHURCH TEACHES AND WHAT WE BELIEVE, SO WE ALL SAY,
FOR WHOM SHALL WE PRAY?
Now let’s pray together and ask God for help and thank Him for all of His blessings.
For all priests, especially Fr. Schultz and Fr. Martin, that they always follow God, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all those affected by COVID-19: those who are ill, and those who are caring for them; those who are working on the front lines; and those who are struggling with the changes currently taking place, we pray to the Lord: Lord, hear our prayer.
For the leaders of countries all around the world, that they work together to bring peace, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For our family members and friends who may be sick or suffering, that they may find strength in Jesus, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
For all of our families’ personal intentions, that God will hear them and answer their prayers according to His will, we pray: Lord, hear our prayer.
Holy God, our most loving Father, draw us close to you, that we may praise you in all our actions and words. Help us to be faithful. Hear our prayers and grant them as you will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
LET’S PRAISE HIM WITH SONG!
WAYS TO GROW IN FAITH THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AHEAD:
Activity #1: Gospel Puzzles and Coloring Pages
Activity #2: The Hands of Jesus Craft
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BE A PART OF FAITH@HOME!
We would LOVE to see pictures of your domestic church in action! Email us pictures of your family, projects and artwork you’ve completed, prayer requests, etc. and we will post some on this webpage and the St. Patrick Church of Merna Facebook page!
If you don’t want your submissions posted, that’s okay too! Just be sure to let us know.
Send all submissions (or feel free to just say hi!) to Jenny Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We miss you so much, and can’t wait to see everyone back at church soon!