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, June 13, 2021: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
God, you are full of power and might and we are small and not very strong. Give us a share of your power, so that like a small seed, your family may grow all over the world and more and more people come to know about you and Jesus, your Son, who lives with you forever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL: Mark 4:26-34
Jesus said to his disciples,
“The reign of God is like this: When a person plants a seed in the ground, it begins to grow. Day and night it grows whether the one who planted it is asleep or awake. A farmer does not know exactly how a seed grows. But, first it becomes like a blade of grass. Later it looks like the head of wheat. Then, when it is ripe, and ready to be harvested, the farmer cuts it.”
Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“Here is another example of what the reign of God is like: it is like a mustard seed. A mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds. But when it grows, it becomes very large, and its branches are so big that birds can come and make their nests in it and be protected from the hot sun.”
Jesus always taught the people by using examples like this so they would be able to understand. But whenever Jesus was along with the twelve apostles, he explained everything to them.
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: Growing in God
Activity #3: Sacred Heart of Jesus – the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 11th this year, but it’s never too late to learn about this special solemnity and devotion!
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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 email@example.com.
We miss you so much, and can’t wait to see everyone back at church soon!