November 9, 2021; class #8 (Tuesday after 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 12:38-44)
Textbook lesson #15, p. 135: What turns us toward’s God’s love?

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.

Do you remember what color chasuble the priest was wearing at Mass this weekend?
[Give out sheet on priest vestments. Tell about parts.]

Remember that every Sunday at Mass, there are three readings from the Bible. The third reading is always from one of the four gospels in the Bible — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Those four men wrote about what Jesus said and what Jesus did. The story this week is from the Book of Mark. It tells about a poor widowed woman. You can read the story at the top of each page of the children’s bulletin (
[Give copies of bulletin, and have children read aloud, sentence by sentence.]
. . . . . Jesus watched people putting money into the temple offering box.
. . . . . Many people gave a lot of money. A poor widow gave just two small coins.
. . . . . Jesus told His disciples, “This poor widow has given more than all the others.”
. . . . . The poor widow gave all she had.

Jesus was more interested in what was in the heart of the giver, than in the size of the gift.
[Give graphic of poor widow woman.]

This week we’re doing lesson # 15 in your book. It starts on page 135.
There are two new words for you: Grace and mercy.
Grace: God’s life and love that He shares with us. Grace is help that we get from God that we probably don’t deserve. In God’s grace, God is willing to forgive us and to bless us, even tho we fall short of living perfectly.
Mercy: God’s love and forgiveness.

Now, we’re at page 135. What do the words at the very top of the page say?
[Read from textbook. Ask questions as appropriate.]

We’ll have snack as we watch a Brother Francis video. Brother Francis tells about the Holy Spirit.
First, we’ll say our prayer before our snack:
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Brother Francis video #4: Who is the Holy Spirit?

Review after video:
+ The Holy Spirit is one of the three Persons in the Holy Trinity.
+ The Holy Spirit is God.
+ The Holy Spirit came down upon Jesus in the form of a dove at his Baptism.
+ You received the Holy Spirit at Baptism when you were a baby. ... But there was no dove. :-)
+ The Holy Spirit guides you and helps you do what is good.
+ The Holy Spirit is also known as “counselor,” and “spirit of wisdom,” and “advocate.”

coloring sheets:
We have another little book of coloring sheets this week. These are on the Holy Spirit.
Let’s read the words at the bottoms of the pages:
_____ When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came down like a dove.
_____ The Trinity is one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
_____ We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized.

You will not be able to do all of the coloring sheets tonight. You might want to do some at home, but only if you want to.
You can color for a while, and then I’ll start reading more about John Bosco, and you may continue coloring while I read, if you wish.

story time: READ Chapter Two of Saint John Bosco’s story.

Closing prayers: Time to say good bye. :-)
We'll begin with the Our Father. You both know many of the words. You can follow along we all say them:
[Hand children Our Father print-outs.]

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.