Week Thirteen–“The Good News”


We Process In

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
God’s truth is marching on.

Our Words for This Week

Sin, Rabbi, Disciples, Galilee, Good News, Kingdom of God, Contrition, Glory, Hallelujah

“Hitting the Mark”
The other day, I was pondering the origin of the word “sin.” Within a couple of days, I saw an article that answered my question. “Sin” is a Greek word from archery that means “missing the mark.” We saw in “David and Goliath” that David’s trust in God and his steely focus helped him take down a giant with a small stone flung from his sling. He knew where that rock had to hit and he nailed it.

Our target and focus also needs to be clear. I will tell the children that our bullseye shot is following God’s Ten Commandments. You don’t score in darts if you hit the wall and not the target. When we are off target, we need to aim better and return to our path, so we are not “missing the mark.”

Saint of the Day–St. Agnes

According to Franciscan Media, Saint of the Day, “St, Agnes was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred in the last half of the third century.” Agnes, which means “lamb” in Latin, was killed by being reported to the Roman authorities for being a Christian. She is the patron saint of girls and the Girl Scouts.”

Our Readings for Today

from The USCCB Website

Reading 1 Heb 27-28

Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment,t28 so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many,* will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.u

Responsorial Psalm ps 6-7

“R. (6) God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
All you peoples, clap your hands,
shout to God with cries of gladness,
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.”

Alleluia Acts 16:14 B

“R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia”

Gospel  Mark chapter 3 7-12

7* Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.c A large number of people [followed] from Galilee and from Judea.8Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.9He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him.10He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him.d11* And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.”e12He warned them sternly not to make him known.”

We Hear about The Disciples of Jesus


Jesus and His Disciples by Katherine Sully and Simona San Filippo

Discussion–The Seven Sacraments

“Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law.”

Anointing of the sick
Holy orders

Children will list them in their journals.

New Prayer Journals

The students get a journal to decorate this week, and begin to enter the prayers they are learning. They will write a letter or prayer to God. The children preparing for First Reconciliation will write a letter to God to thank him or ask him for guidance in preparing for their first Reconciliation. Since we also have first graders, they may choose to draw a picture for God. The students will have weekly journal activities that will be worked on in class each week.

See Students Journals–Click Here!