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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Catechist

by : RCLB

Catechist Background and Preparation To prepare for this session, read all the readings. Readings for Mass at Midnight Isaiah 9:1-6 Ps. 96:1-3, 11-13 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Is there a particular reading that appeals to you? Is there a word or image that engages you? Read the...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Primary

by : RCLB

Primary Session Luke 2:1-14 Opening Prayer Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus into the world. The shepherds were afraid because they didn't understand at first, but we know that Jesus is your son and our savior. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection Display items on a table that will help children use their five...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Intermediate

by : RCLB

Intermediate Session Isaiah 9:1-6 Luke 2:14 Opening Prayer Thank you, God, for sending Jesus into the world. He began his human life with poor parents and his first visitors to the crude stable were lowly shepherds. Help us remember the true gift of this Christmas season. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection Show a one-...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Junior High

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Junior High Session Isaiah 9:1-6 Luke 2:14 Opening Prayer Loving God, you sent Jesus into the world bringing your gift of peace. Help us work to be peacemakers, especially in the areas of our lives where peace is hard to find. Give us courage in difficult times to remember your gift. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Gospel Summary Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. At first John objected and said that it was he, John, who should be baptized by Jesus. Jesus indicated a future baptism when he responded to John saying that it was fitting for John to baptize Jesus. John acquiesced and at the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Feast of the Holy Family, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read: Luke 2:41-52 Gospel Summary Families living far from Jerusalem were not required by law to attend the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. However, Mary and Joseph were very devout and chose with members of their family and community to make the long journey to Jerusalem to observe these holy days. On the journey home,...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 14 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 Gospel Summary Joseph, Mary, and their unborn child are on their way to be enrolled in Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her son. The angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in the field and told them the good news of the birth of the savior. The angel told them they would find the infant “...

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Feast of the Holy Family, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph—obedient Jewish parents—present Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. There they meet Simeon, a holy man who blesses God for having seen with his own eyes Christ the Lord. Mary and Joseph also meet the prophetess, Anna, who worships in the Temple day and night. She...

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 18 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 Gospel Summary The shepherds traveled to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and Jesus lying in the manger. Those who heard the account of what the shepherds had heard and seen were amazed. Mary kept the words of the shepherds in her heart, and reflected on them. Eight days later, Mary and Joseph took the...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:7-11 Gospel Summary Most of Mark’s accounts of the events in Jesus’ life are short and to the point. The account of Jesus’ Baptism given in today’s Gospel illustrates this. In a few brief sentences Mark tells of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The brevity of the final verse of the...

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