Week Fifteen–“Salt and Light”

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We Process In

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Refrain:
“Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
God’s truth is marching on.”

We Listen to the Readings from USCCB.org

Isaiah, chapter 58
“Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry,
bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house;
Clothing the naked when you see them,
and not turning your back on your own flesh?e
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Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
Your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.”

John, chapter 8

The Light of the World.*

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Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”f

An Excerpt from Responsorial Psalm, chapter 112

“Hallelujah!

Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.a
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His descendants shall be mighty in the land,
a generation of the upright will be blessed.
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Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his righteousness* shall endure forever.
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Light shines through the darkness for the upright;b
gracious, compassionate, and righteous.”

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew

The Similes of Salt and Light.*
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i “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.*
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You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.j
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Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.k
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Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.l

We Sing,“This Little Light of Mine”

1 This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine;
this little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine;
this little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine;
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

3 Jesus gave it to me;
I’m gonna let it shine;
Jesus gave it to me;
I’m gonna let it shine;
Jesus gave it to me;
I’m gonna let it shine;
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Our Words

alms, mercy, corporal, works of mercy, peace, grant, Holy Day of Obligation, honor, obey, good will, prayer, Our Father, miracle, forgive

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Introduction to The Corporal Works of Mercy

I tell the children a true story about seeing nurses provide “works of mercy” to a homeless man on a gurney in a hallway at an emergency room. The gave him food, a drink, took off filthy, wet clothing, and wrapped him in a blanket. He had shelter and was treated humanely, although he appeared to be almost an animal. They talked to him and helped him be comfortable. There were also others who had provided care–the ambulance medics, the police, who sent him to the hospital, and social workers, who could perhaps find the man a bed at a shelter. We talked about how people who helped others in need, were providing “Corporal Works of Mercy” on a daily basis.

The students decorate their charts to take home and display.

Source for Text: Catholic Icing “Teaching Kids the 5 Steps to a Good Confession”

 

Preparing for First Reconciliation–Five Steps for a Good Confession

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Chart designed by graphic artist, Kim. N. Buckley.

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