**If the links to various printables and games that I have made do not work, please refer to the following 2 yahoo groups. My files have been moved so they can continue to be free.

To have access to the files you must join these 2 Yahoo groups:



The Catholic Toolbox Printables Yahoo Group (activities, worksheets, booklets, puzzles, handwriting, Take Home Sheets, story wheels, etc.)

AND / OR

The Catholic Toolbox Games Yahoo Group (action games, card and board games, etc.)



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Christian Halloween Crafts





Here are some really cute Christian Halloween crafts you can do at home or in your classroom.


daniellesplace.com- How To Make Crafts and Learning Activities Relating to Halloween and Fall

ehow.com- Halloween Crafts for Kids in Sunday School Class

ezinearticles.com- Religious Halloween Crafts - Ideas For A Memorable Halloween!

creativebiblestudy.com- Parable of the Pumpkin object lesson with crafts

christiancrafters.com- Pumpkin Prayer and other activities

pinterest.com- Pumpkin Prayer Crafts

pinterest.com- Christian Halloween

teacherspayteachers.com- Candy Corn Trinity Craft (FREE)

teachingwithtlc.com- Using candy corn to teach the Trinity (craft)



Friday, October 4, 2019

Gospel for the Mass: 11/24/19- Luke 23:35-43 (Jesus is Crucified)








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 23:35-45



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- King Backward object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Christ the King object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

jesuswalk.com- This Day You Will Be with Me in Paradise (Luke 23:43) lesson with questions

cofchrist.org- Luke 23:33–43/23–44 lesson (page 155 – 157)

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus is Crucified lesson #237 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets

word-Sunday.com- Understanding and Choosing The Right Thing to Do (scroll down to Gospel)

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Lesson: Jesus is Tried and Crucified (Luke 19:28-40, 23:1-49)

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Luke 23:33

sermons4kids.com- Luke 23:33

marydeandraws.com- Luke 23:42-43

churchpublishing.org- Luke 23:35-43 (page 70)

catholicmom.com- Luke 23:35-43



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- King Backward group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Christ the King group activities (crafts)

lbrummer68739.net- Luke 24:42 craft

catholicinspired.com- Christ the King Craft {Liturgical Ornament}


Crowns

catholicicing.com- Christ the King Craft

sermons4kids.com- Crown Him King group activities (crafts)

craftbits.com- Easy Paper Crown craft

firstpalette.com- King and Queen Crown (six free printable crown templates)

firstpalette.com- Prince and Princess Crown (nine free printable crown templates to color, decorate and make into fun crown crafts)

David’s Crown, Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 24 & 25. (Directions and pattern included).


Crosses

daniellesplace.com- Cross Crafts (several cross crafts listed)

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross
Easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make.

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross (neat tip at the bottom for younger students)

momontimeout.com- Stained Glass Cross Craft

kindercraze.com- Stained Glass Cross



Games

sermons4kids.com- King Backward group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Christ the King group activities (games)

Only Jesus (Jesus is God’s Son)- Children will review what they know about Jesus and realize that only God’s Son could do the things Jesus did. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 117).



Puzzles

raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com- Christ the King Printables (puzzles)

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice



Worksheets

sdc.me.uk- Luke 23:35-43 Worksheet

jesuswalk.com- Questions at the bottom that can be made into a worksheet for students

calvarycurriculum.com- Jesus is Crucified lesson #237 with circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, underline the correct answer, etc. that can be made into a worksheet for students



Thursday, October 3, 2019

Gospel for the Mass: 11/17/19- Luke 21:5-19 (Jesus Speaks of the Destruction of the Temple, Troubles & Persecutions)








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 21:5-19



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- When I am Afraid object lesson with coloring pages, puzzles, group activities, puzzles, quiz, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- He Holds the Future object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

jesuswalk.com- Nation Shall Rise against Nation (Luke 21:5-19) lesson with questions

kidssundayschool.com- A Reputation of Courage
After completing this lesson, the children will learn that God gives them the courage and encouragement they need to remain obedient to him, even during tough times, worldly pressures, and persecution.

kidssundayschool.com- A Reputation of Faith
After completing this lesson, children will understand that faith is the key to finding courage.

kidssundayschool.com- Unseen Faith object lesson
This object talk demonstrates how faith in our Lord can help us from being crushed by fear.

word-sunday.com- Two Girls Prepare (scroll down to Gospel)

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

icebreakers.ws- Fear in a Hat
People write personal fears anonymously on pieces of paper which are collected. Then each person reads someone else's fear to group and explains how the person might feel.



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- God is with me when I am afraid.

jewishpeople.com- Temple of Jerusalem coloring page

mscperu.org- gif

servicioskoninonia.org- gif

catholicmom.com- Luke 21:5-19

churchpublishing.org- Luke 20:27-38 (page 69)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- When I am Afraid group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- He Holds the Future group activities (crafts)



Games

sermons4kids.com- When I am Afraid group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- He Holds the Future group activities (crafts)



Movies

Where’s God When I’m S-Scared? VeggieTales

Two stories are on the tape:

Tales from the Crisper
What happens when 5-year-old Junior Asparagus watches a Frankencelery movie that's a little too scary for him? Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber come to the rescue with a rollicking song, teaching Junior that God is bigger than anything he might be afraid of.

Daniel and the Lion's Den
The second segment takes us to ancient Babylon as the VeggieTales characters stage a musical adaptation of a classic Bible story. Larry the Cucumber, playing the role of Daniel, finds himself in deep trouble thanks to the King's conniving Wise men, played with zest by a trio of slippery scallions. In the end, Daniel learns that even in the lion's den, he is still in God's hands.

Questions:

1. Who told the King what his dream meant? Daniel
2. The Wise men got jealous of Daniel and what did they want to do? Get rid of him.
3. How did they do this? They had a law passed that people could only pray to the King.
4. Who would Daniel pray to? Only to God.
5. What happened to Daniel? They threw him in the Lion’s den.
6. Did the lions eat Daniel? No
7. Why didn’t the lion’s eat Daniel? God protected him.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Secret Message

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quiz

sermons4kids.com- True or False



Skits

kidssundayschool.com- The Hamster's Great Escape
The exodus from Egypt, as told by one family's pets. (Topics: Believing, Courage, Faith, Protection, Trust in God)

kidssundayschool.com- The Fiery Furnace
A lesson in standing for God no matter what.



Worksheets

sdc.me.uk- Luke 21:5-19 Worksheet

jesuswalk.com- Nation Shall Rise against Nation (Luke 21:5-19) questions at bottom that can be made into a worksheet for students to answer.



Christian Halloween Activities





These ideas offer alternatives to the customary Halloween activities. They are simple suggestions to start you thinking and planning. Add your own creativity and there's no limit to the possibilities for family fun!


looktohimandberadiant.com- Plenty of information packed into a booklet or several coloring/info pages, ready for you to use in your classroom or home.

christianity.about.com- Christian Halloween Alternatives

christianity.about.com- Lesson & Activities for Christian Halloween

childrensministry.com- Alternative to Halloween (lots of activities posted!)

dltk-bible.com- How a Christian is Like a Pumpkin

fishersofkids.com- Harvest Party

sunday-school-center.com- Halloween Ideas for Sunday School

educationworld.com- Halloween Party Alternatives from UNICEF

creativeyouthideas.com- Halloween Alternatives For Christians

pinterest.com- Christian Halloween

christianpf.com- 20 Fun Alternative Ideas for Halloween

todayschristianwoman.com- 5 Fun Halloween Alternatives

The Catholic Toolbox- Christian Halloween Crafts



Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Gospel for the Mass: 11/10/19- Luke 20:27-38 (The Question About Rising From Death)








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 20:27-38



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- In Heaven Forever object lesson with coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, group activities, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Lest We Forget object lesson with coloring pages, group activities, puzzles, worship bulletin

word-sunday.com- Gen’s Mother Receives Life (scroll down to Gospel)

jesuswalk.com- Marriage, the Resurrection, and the Christ (Luke 20:27-44) lesson with questions

gardencitycommunitychurch.org- Luke 20:27-38 lessons for Pre K – 5th Grade

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Peaceable Kingdom

sermons4kids.com- We Will Never Forget

sermons4kids.com- Poppy

static1.squarespace.com- The Sadducees Question

churchpublishing.org- Luke 20:27-38 (page 68)

catholicmom.com- Luke 20:27-38 coloring page #1

catholicmom.com- Luke 20:27-38 coloring page #2



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- In Heaven Forever group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Lest We Forget group activities (crafts)



Games

sermons4kids.com- In Heaven Forever group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Lest We Forget group activities (games)



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Veterans & Remembrance word search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Mystery Math
Solve the math problem. Record the solution in the top boxes. Find the letter that matches the solution number and record in bottom box. Write the word in the sentence below

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Veterans & Remembrance Day crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Matching Facts



Worksheets

sdc.me.uk- Luke 20:27-38 Worksheet

jesuswalk.com- Marriage, the Resurrection, and the Christ (Luke 20:27-44) questions at bottom that can be made into a worksheet for students to answer.

plymouthchristiancentre.org- Luke 20:27-40 The Resurrection and Marriage
Questions that can be made into a worksheet for students to answer (page 8)



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Gospel for the Mass: 11/3/19- Luke 19:1-10 (Jesus & Zacchaeus)








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year C page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Luke 19:1-10



Activities

catholicmom.com- Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com- Download a FREE bulletin to help your kids learn more about our Catholic Mass. Each week's bulletin contains coloring pages for a saint and activities based on the Gospel. The coloring pages may also include a maze, dot-to-dot, find the picture, and many other activities.

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man With A Big Problem object lesson with group activities, puzzles, craft, quizzes, worship bulletin

sermons4kids.com- Zacchaeus Goes Out On A Limb object lesson with group activities, coloring page, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin

calvarycurriculum.com- Zacchaeus lesson #216 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets

sundayschoollessons.com- Zacchaeus Climbs Up To See Jesus lesson

sundayschoolsources.com- Zacchaeus lesson with discussions, songs, crafts, games, questions, worksheets, memory work, etc.

dltk-bible.com- Zacchaeus lesson with activities

ministry-to-children.com- Jesus & Zacchaeus Bible Lesson for Children

word-sunday.com- Second Chances (scroll down to Gospel)

The Catholic Toolbox- Zacchaeus PK – K lesson with: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, etc.


Read story: “Zacchaeus” from (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 96 & 97). While reading the story do cut outs as the story unfolds. Then ask questions from below.

1. What did Zacchaeus do for a living? He was a tax collector.
2. Why did everyone not like him? He often took extra money and kept it for himself. He was dishonest.
3. Why could Zacchaeus not see Jesus? Because he was short.
4. What did he do so he could see Jesus? Climbed a tree.
5. Jesus taught Zacchaeus that what he did was wrong and to live in God’s way so what did Zacchaeus do? He gave half of his property to the poor and he would give back four times the amount he stole from others.

The Catholic Toolbox- What Can Teens Do For Gospel For The Mass Activities?

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

sermons4kids.com- Jesus and Zacchaeus

biblewise.com- Zacchaeus

funnycoloring.com- Zacchaeus and Jesus

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Zacchaeus climbs a tree to see Jesus. (page 4)

coloringstar.com- Jesus and Zacchaeus

churchpublishing.org- Luke 19:1-10 (page 67)

freesundayschoolcurriculum.weebly.com- Bible Story Mini Book to color (scroll down to this)

theclipartwizard.com- Several coloring pages posted and mini Bible Story Book to color

lambsongs.co.nz- Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree Bible story mini book or one page story to color (scroll down to this)



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man with a Big Problem group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Zacchaeus Goes Out On A Limb group activities (crafts)

sermons4kids.com- Make Your Own Periscope

Zacchaeus- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 51 & 52.)

daniellesplace.com- Several Zacchaeus crafts listed

pinterest.com- Zacchaeus


Introduce craft: What did Zacchaeus do for a living? How did he carry his money around?

Make a money bag out of paper or material and put play money inside.

artistshelpingchildren- Make Wallets or Purses. (You can cut the felt and punch holes in it with a hole puncher for the children to make it easier.)


Introduce craft: What did Zacchaeus do so he could see Jesus?

Zacchaeus in a Tree craft

mrs.jonescreationstation.com- The Story of Zacchaeus (craft)

churchhousecollection.blogspot.com- Zacchaeus and Jesus Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids in Sunday school or Children's Church

dltk-holidays.com- Tree

i.pinimg.com- Zacchaeus



Games

sermons4kids.com- Big or Small- It Doesn’t Matter At All group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- A Little Man with a Big Problem group activities (games)

sermons4kids.com- Zacchaeus Goes Out On A Limb group activities (games)

jesus-without-language.net- Zacchaeus games listed

I Spy (Zacchaeus Sees Jesus)- This lighthearted game engages students with the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. It could be played indoors, outdoors, or while traveling. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 86).

Zacchaeus, Come Down!- Blow up balloon and tie it off. Remind the students that the people did not want Zacchaeus to be with Jesus and they grumbled. Using masking tape, mark spots on the floor that the student must stand on. Have one student stand on each marker and tell the students that they must stay where they are standing (they cannot move their feet) and they have to keep Zacchaeus (the balloon) from touching the floor. The teacher starts the game by saying, “Zacchaeus, Come Down!” and tosses the balloon up high in the air for the students who must try to keep Zacchaeus from touching the ground using their hands.

The Catholic Toolbox- Zacchaeus, Come Down! (file folder game)

Forgiveness Frenzy- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 82.

daniellesplace.com- Several Zacchaeus games listed



Puppetry

christiancrafters.com- Zacchaeus Puppet Skit



Puzzles

Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree- Count the items in each row, then write the number next to that row. Color the pictures, too. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 56).

biblewise.com- Dot-to-dot

sermons4kids.com- Maze

biblewise.com- Jesus is going to Zacchaeus house. Which path will He take? (maze)

biblewise.com- Little Man in the Tree (maze)

365 Activities for Kids (do the Zacchaeus in the tree maze on October 23 or find the 10 differences puzzle on October 24).

dltk-bible.com- Zacchaeus Printable Activity Pages (mazes, anagrams, crossword puzzles, word search, cryptogram, mining sheets, etc.

sermons4kids.com- Word search

web.archive.org- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Decoder

sermons4kids.com- Secret Message

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

4catholiceducators.com- Crossword

web.archive.org- Crossword



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

gardenofpraise.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks

sermons4kids.com- True or False



Worksheets

4catholiceducators.com- 2 worksheets posted to print out (scroll down to these)

abrahamicfaith.org- Just A Normal Day (page 20)
Zacchaeus did not expect to be spending his evening with Jesus, but it happened. How about you? Fill in the following sections and try to visualize what a visit with Jesus could be like.

sdc.me.uk- Luke 19:1-10 Worksheet

ebiblestudy.org- Using your Bible, fill in the blanks below and answer the thought questions about choosing big—even if you are little.

calvarycurriculum.com- Zacchaeus lesson #216 with circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, underline the correct answer (page 3)



Forgiveness

childrensministry.com- All Clear object lesson
Use this message to teach children about how God has forgiven us.

christiancrafters.com- Sin and Forgiveness object lesson

kidssundayschool.com- God's Forgiveness object lesson
This Object Talk will help demonstrate the power of God's forgiveness over our sins, and how the Holy Spirit can melt away the barriers that keeps us from Him.



Friday, September 20, 2019

Good Neighbor Game





This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


*All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.




Good Neighbor Game- Players cruise around the board answering question about how to be a good neighbor. The first player to FINISH with the most Good Deed tokens wins the Good Neighbor Award.


National Good Neighbor Day is observed annually on September 28. This day was created to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of a good neighbor.

To celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, do something nice for your neighbor today. Use #GoodNeighborDay to post on social media.

A good neighbor is one who is there for his or her neighbors. God does not use the term lightly, nor does He restrict it to one’s local community. A good neighbor is one who helps and serves in good times and bad.

You may be surprised that the Bible has much to say about neighbors. In fact, Jesus presented an entire parable to show how important it is to be neighborly; and not only that, He showed how being a good neighbor figures into inheriting eternal life!

A lawyer asked Jesus what he needed to do to receive eternal life. Jesus answered him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:26-27).

What kind of neighbor do you want to be? If you’re going to be a good neighbor, what does that entail? Remember is that not everyone in our neighborhood will be like us, which means it is important to get to know the people in our neighborhoods. Learning about and getting to know our neighbors can help us become better neighbors.

It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand and are there for advice when asked. Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our packages when we are on vacation, watch our homes and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.

Are you a good neighbor? See if you are a good neighbor by playing “Good Neighbor Game”. It’s a fun activity that you can play as a family to help teach your children to be a good neighbor as well. Enjoy!

USE THE CARDS THAT ARE PROVIDED OR MAKE YOUR OWN.


Directions:

Separate cards and tokens and put in 3 small baskets near the game board. Place your marker on START. Determine who goes first and play moves clockwise. The player to your left draws a SITUATION card and reads it out loud. On the cards are situations that you must state what you should do as a good neighbor would do. If you answer the question correctly, you roll the die and move the number indicated on the die. If you are not correct, you stay where you are and try again on your next turn. If the player lands on a CHANCE space, they draw a CHANCE card and read it out loud. The player then must do what the card says (move forward, move back or lose a token). If a player lands on GOOD DEED they receive a Good Deed token for doing a good deed for their neighbors which in turn will hopefully spread more acts of kindness throughout the neighborhood. If a player lands on a space that another player is on, be a good neighbor and take the nearest space behind them that is not occupied. The first player to FINISH with the most Good Deed tokens wins the Good Neighbor Award.



Preparation:

1. Print out game board and game instructions.

2. Cut out game board and game instructions and trim where needed.

3. Label a file folder with the name of the game on the tab.

4. Glue the game instructions that are attached to the front of the file folder.

5. Open the folder and glue the game board down in the appropriate spots (left side/right side).

6. Store game pieces in a plastic bag for safe keeping. Playing pieces can be coins, colored buttons, game pieces from other games, fish rocks for the bottom of aquariums, craft foam cut into shapes, glass rocks for vases, etc. You can paint small objects such as rocks, small plastic tops or caps, etc. You can also buy pawns at game stores. Use only one (1) die for this game.

7. Open the folder and laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make it last.

8. Use these cards or make your own. Print out SITUATION cards on light blue card stock. Print out CHANCE cards on light yellow card stock. (You can also print out the cards on Avery Business Cards #5376 which can be folded and separated for use.)

9. Print out several pages of GOOD DEED tokens on card stock.

10. Cut out cards and tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Store them separately in plastic bags.



*Use the Game Cards that are provided or make your own. You can also make cards specific to what you have been learning in your classroom.


*My files are huge so to keep them free I post all my games at The Catholic Toolbox Games Yahoo Group (action games, card and board games, etc.). This game is posted under Good Samaritan & Good Neighbor in the files section of The Catholic Toolbox Games Yahoo Group.



Special Events for October







*This month’s special events are: Respect Life Sunday, Our Lady of the Rosary, World Mission Sunday, and I have quite a number of activities for you to check out.



Respect Life Sunday

Pro Life Activities- Stumped for activities concerning Pro Life? Here are a few that your students might enjoy.







Look Who’s Growing Dominos- A fun way to educate young students that babies grow into adults to help promote Pro Life (4 pages of dominos).






Look Who’s Growing- This game provides an entertaining way to educate students about pregnancy and fetal development to help promote Pro Life.




Our Lady of the Rosary

The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.


catholicculture.org- Catholic Activity: Our Lady of the Rosary

catechistjourney.loyolapress.com- Free Rosary Powerpoint

americancatholic.org- Our Lady of the Rosary

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Our Lady of the Rosary (coloring)

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the feast of Mary




World Mission Sunday

childrensministry.com- Teaching Kids About Missions: Object Lesson

dba.net- Mission Games & Activities

wycliffe.org- “Sunday School with Kate & Mack” is a five-week lesson plan that travels around the world with Kate — a Wycliffe missionary kid — and her best friend, Mack. Beginning with the concept that the Bible is an adventure book, these lessons take your kids to a different country and language group each Sunday! They’ll learn about God’s amazing love for each one of us and how he wants everyone to hear about that love through the Bible in their own language.

propfaith.net- A Program for Mission Awareness for World Mission Sunday and Mission Month (Grades K – 12)

wearezoe.org- Mission Activities for Children

truthforkids.com- Mission Awareness Booklet
A 12-page activity booklet to make children aware of the important role of a missionary. Downloadable and easy to make.

desiringgod.org- 10 Ways to Help Kids Love Missions

ministry-to-children.com- Preschool Bible Lesson about Missions

sandiegomissionoffice.org- Mission Activity Ideas
This resource will assist leaders to bridge games and activities into helping children discover the needs of people around the world and in responding to those needs. This resource will also encourage children in a commitment to Christ as well as their growth as Christians.



Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mass Etiquette



When people think of Mass etiquette, probably what comes to mind most are the obvious: having cell phones turned off, no chewing gum, keeping quiet etc. While these are valid points to remember, Mass etiquette is not only a listing of “do's and dont’s” but an invitation to all who come to church to remember where they are and to act accordingly.


Here are a few links about proper etiquette in Mass that might be useful that you can use in your classroom or home.

aggiecatholicblog.org- Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

st.hohnthebaptistcc.org- Catholic Etiquette

saintcatherineparishnh.com- Etiquette for Holy Mass

catholic.org- Church Etiquette Review

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions- Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.

catholic365.com- Forgotten Mass Etiquette

quizlet.com- Mass Etiquette Flash Cards

quizlet.com- Catholic Mass and Etiquette Flash Cards

Church & Respect- lesson on why and how to act in church and what it means to respect others (parents, teachers, etc.). Lesson consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets, etc.



Coloring

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color)



Games



*My files are huge so to keep them free I post all my games at The Catholic Toolbox Games Yahoo Group (action games, card and board games, etc.)


Actions Speak Louder Than Words Game- A fun review game about actions during Mass.

The Holy Mass Game- Directions and questions.








What ever happened to good manners in church?- Find out if you know how to behave in church. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).






Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

dltk-bible.com- Church and Respect Puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches, etc.)

lds.org- 2 worksheets- Circle the pictures that show children praying reverently. Cross out the pictures that show what we should not do while praying. Color the pictures of the children who are dressed for church. Cross out the pictures of children who are not dressed for church. (scroll down to these)

dltk-bible.com- Mind Your Manners (black and white version to color and circle)





*My files are huge so to keep them free I post all my printables at The Catholic Toolbox Printables Yahoo Group (activities, worksheets, booklets, puzzles, handwriting, Take Home Sheets, story wheels, etc.)


The Church is God’s House- for younger students

Behavior In Mass- Draw a smile face next to the good things to do during Holy Mass. Draw a sad face next to the things not to do during Holy Mass.

Mass Etiquette Worksheet- Write True or False in the spaces provided.



Monday, September 16, 2019

Mass Etiquette: Most Frequently Asked Questions





Lots of people are confused by the Do’s and Don’ts during Mass. Here are a few questions with answers that might be of some help.



1- Are Catholics supposed to hold hands during Our Father?

ewtn.com- Answer



2- Are Catholics supposed to shake hands during the sign of peace?

vatican.va.- General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 82: "As for the sign of peace to be given, the manner is to be established by Conferences of Bishops in accordance with the culture and customs of the peoples. It is, however, appropriate that each person offer the sign of peace only to those who are nearest and in a sober manner."



3- Do Catholics have to go to Confession first before they receive Holy Communion?

catholic.com- The 1983 Code of Canon Law indicates that the same requirement applies today. “A person who is conscious of a grave sin (mortal) is not to . . . receive the body of the Lord without prior sacramental confession unless a grave reason is present and there is no opportunity of confessing; in this case the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible” (CIC 916).



4- How long must a Catholic fast before Holy Communion? Are there any exceptions?

ewtn.com- One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion. Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.



5- Does chewing gum break the fast before Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Chewing gum as such would not break the fast but swallowing the juices and flavors released by the chewing process would do so.



6- Can Non-Catholic Christians be admitted to sacramental communion in the Roman Catholic Church?

catholic.com- Answer



7- Can the Eucharist be carried on their person, in a pocket or purse or even reserved in the home?

ewtn.com- Canon 935. No one is permitted to keep the Eucharist on one’s person or to carry it around, unless pastoral necessity urges it and the prescripts of the diocesan bishop are observed.



8- Is talking in Church when not demanded by necessity wrong?

catholicnews.com- Answer



9- If people arrive to Mass late due to culpable negligence, and especially if they do so habitually, is it considered a sin?

ewtn.com- Answer



10- What should one do if they drop the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ? What should one do if they spill the Blood of Christ on their clothes?

buchholzins.com- Answer



11- Does the Body of Christ need to be consumed immediately?

catholiceducation.org- Communion should not be received on the run, as you’re walking back to your place; it should be consumed before you leave the area below the altar.

ewtn.com- The Eucharist must be consumed immediately and before the priest, deacon or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.



12- Is it a sin to leave Mass right after receiving communion before the closing prayers?

fathercarroll2009.blogspot.com- Answer

courageouspriest.com- Answer

ewtn.com- Answer



13- If a Catholic comes late to Mass can they receive Holy Communion?

ewtn.com- Answer



14- Why must we kneel on our knees during Mass without leaning back on the pew? Are there any exceptions?

catholic.org- Respect for the Eucharist demands that we kneel on our knees without leaning back on the pew. If you are ill or disabled, it is acceptable to sit instead of kneeling.



15- Is it considered a sin if we do not go to Mass?

scborromeo.org- The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin (CCC 2181).



16- Do I commit a mortal sin if I do not attend Mass on Holy Days of obligation?

catholichome.webs.com- Yes. On Holy Days of obligation Catholics are obliged to go to Mass as on Sundays. The Holy Days of obligation which fall on days other than Sunday are Christmas, New Years, The Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) the Ascension Thursday (though many Bishops have transferred it to Sunday), the Assumption of Mary into heaven (Aug. 15).

Given how precious the Mass is plus the Old Testament precedent which was rightly adapted by the Church, the Code of Canon Law (#1246) proscribes, "Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church." Moreover, "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass..." (#1247). Therefore, the Catechism teaches, "Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit grave sin" (#2181), and grave sin is indeed mortal sin. Recently, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, repeated this precept in his apostolic letter Dies Domini (Observing and Celebrating the Day of the Lord, #47, 1998).


Are there any other questions that you can think of that I could add to this list?