October 19, 2021; class #5 (Tuesday after 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 10:35-45)
Textbook lesson #13, p. 119: How does God teach us to love?
Have “We Are Marching” music playing as class begin.

Let’s begin with the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful. Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

We are going to plant crocus bulbs tonight, and we’re going to do it first thing, while it’s still light outside. Each of you will get 20 little crocus bulbs to plant. ... (How many is 20? This many, plus this many!) ... We’re going to plant them at the church, where you will see them come out of the ground in the spring. They will be little purple flowers. They will keep growing, year after year. You can keep coming to church, and, year after year, you will see these flowers come up. ... This is a crocus bulb. You will dig a little hole in the ground, put the bulb into the hole, and put the dirt back into the hole, on top of the crocus bulb. Make the hole about this deep. [4 or 5 inches] I have a little shovel for each of you. When you put the bulb into the hole, make sure that the flat part of the bulb is on the bottom.

You absolutely MUST stay with the grownups when we walk outside the classroom and across to the church. Do NOT go away from us at all. Do you understand? Do you promise to stay right with us?

[Activity time: about 30 minutes.]

[Back at school.]
Remember that God created us and that God loves every one of us. There is only one God -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, like the three parts of a clover leaf that all together make up one clover. 

Every Sunday at Mass, there are three readings from the Bible. The third reading is done by the priest. That reading is from the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John). The gospels tell about what Jesus said and what Jesus did.

The reading on Sunday was from the gospel written by Mark. In the Gospel of Mark, we learn that Jesus said,
“Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be 1st must serve everyone.”

People who are leaders serve people. People who are leaders do good for people. You served people and did good for people by planting flowers that will bloom after winter.

Snack Time:
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

There’s a prayer that we often say in church that we learned from Saint Francis of Assisi. We have said it before in class. It’s called “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace.”  First, you'll hear the prayer read. Then we’ll listen to the prayer being sung.

Prayer of St. Francis 
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled, as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love, with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Next we’re going to hear the prayer sung, along with some beautiful pictures. When a prayer is sung, sometimes sentences are repeated and words are repeated.


In the Bible, there is the story about Moses, a man who lived long before Jesus. Moses went up a mountain and heard God. God gave Moses Ten Commandments. God said to Moses,
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not use the name of God in vain. Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.”

Those are three of the 10 rules that God gave to Moses to share with everyone:
There is but one God. ... Do not take God’s name in vain. ... Remember the Sabbath.

This week we’re going to do lesson # 13. It starts on page 119 of your book.

Give children copies of Ten Commandments to paste inside their books.

Coloring sheets: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve ...

Closing prayers: Time to get ready to say good bye. :-)
We'll begin with the Our Father. If you know the Our Father, please join in.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.