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Primary: Presentation of the Lord

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Primary Session Luke 2:22-40 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Creator God, the earth is filled with your blessings. Help us to be thankful for the wonders of your creation. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The topic for today is the belief that Jesus is fully human and fully divine. For today’s session provide blank sheets of...

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Intermediate: Presentation of the Lord

by : RCLB

Intermediate Session Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 2:22-40 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Thank you God for our humanity. Help us to serve others and to live as your children. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The topic for today is the belief that Jesus is fully human and fully divine. For today’s session provide each child with one...

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Junior High: Presentation of the Lord

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Junior High Session Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 2:22-40 Opening Prayer Let us pray. Creator God, You have formed us in Your own image and likeness. Help us to live as members of Your family. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection The topic for today is the belief that Jesus is fully human and fully divine. For today’s session provide...

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 70 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a Gospel Summary The beatitudes are the content of this Gospel and they begin what we commonly call, “The Sermon on the Mount.” Jesus’ words surely turned upside down the understanding his listeners had of the world and society. Jesus told them that the poor would be rich, the hungry would be filled, and...

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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Lectionary: 524 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Gospel Summary In today’s Gospel we read that Mary and Joseph honored God’s law by taking Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem in order to present him to the Lord. There we encounter Simeon, a man of great faith who believed in God’s promise that he would see the Christ of the Lord before he died. We are also...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 67 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 Gospel Summary The reading today from Matthew’s Gospel takes place early in Jesus’ ministry. Several ideas are clear. First of all, Matthew strived to connect his Gospel for the early Christians to their Jewish heritage. He made several references in his Gospel like the one today in which prophecies of...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Lectionary: 64 Read Sunday’s Gospel: John 1:29-34 Gospel Summary John the Baptist knew Jesus as his cousin, but it is not clear until we read today’s Gospel that John recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah. John called Jesus the “Lamb of God.” We are familiar with the title for Jesus, “Lamb of God,” because we hear it in our Eucharistic prayers during...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year A

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Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 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...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Catechist

by : RCLB

Background and Preparation   To prepare for this session read all the readings. Isaiah 60:1–6 Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–11, 12–13 Ephesians 3:2–3, 5–6 Matthew 2:1–12 Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Was there a particular reading that appealed to you? Was there a word or image that engaged you? Read the Word in...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany, Primary

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Primary Session: Matthew 2:1-12 Opening Prayer Let us pray. God of Light, may we shine with love like the star of Bethlehem. Thank you for the best gift of all, the gift of your Son, Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.   Opening Life Reflection The theme for today is God’s universal gift of salvation. To begin, provide stars cut out of...

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