2019 March Catholic Kids Bulletins

2019 March Catholic Kids Bulletins

These FREE Printables are offered each month to help young Catholics learn at Mass. You are welcome to print and share with others. If you can afford it, click Support CKB on the right and donate to help pay for the time and effort put into these pages. Enjoy!

March Bulletins include…
  • Ordinary Time
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Lent
  • Saint Joseph
  • Saint Perpetua & Saint Felicity (This movie tells their story so beautifully)
  • Saint Dismas
  • Saint Patrick  (This book would be perfect for a read aloud!)
  • Saint Katharine Drexel

**I included two sets of bulletins for 3/24 and 3/31. The church has the option to read year A or year C readings for those weeks (it is written on the bottom left of the page). You can check with your church to find out which readings they will use, or just print both to be prepared.**

There will be a HUGE sale at my online store on February 26th and 27th. Don’t miss this great chance to prepare for Lent! Here are a few of my favorites…

Click HERE to see all of the products that I have to teach about Lent and Easter. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see…I’m always looking for great ideas!

If you need some ideas about Lent activities–check out these posts…here, here, here, and here.

The Catholic Kids Bulletin worksheets match up to the weekly Mass readings in the Catholic Church. The worksheets are ready to print and include coloring pages, activities, Psalm copywork, and a Saint of the Week. These are designed to be used at Mass, or as a pre-teaching activity to help prepare your students for the Sunday Mass.

Praise the Lord

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Loving our enemies

7th Sunday Ordinary Time, year C | Lk 6:27-38

If you can, try to think of someone who is your enemy. This could be someone who has done something to hurt you in the past. Maybe this is a family member or coworker that you simply cannot stand. It might be someone who you harbour strong negative feelings towards. Although we may not like to admit it, I think that we all have enemies in our life. Now, when you consider your enemy or enemies, what do you think and feel when you hear Jesus telling you in the Gospel today to “love your enemy”? No problem, right?!

The idea of loving our enemies can seem like an extremely difficult or even impossible task. Perhaps part of the reason why this is the case is that we misunderstand what Jesus means by “love”. When you consider movies, books and songs, how is the idea of love often portrayed? Often, when we think of the word “love”, we might think of some kind of emotion. Someone we love is an individual who we have strong positive feelings towards. People we love are those who we enjoy spending time with. If love is some kind of emotion, then loving our enemies is probably an impossible task. We all have been hurt, some of us greatly, by some individuals. How can Jesus possibly be asking us to have strong positive emotions towards someone who has hurt us or who is hurting us? How could Jesus possibly expect that we would enjoy to be around such people?

Praise the Lord

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Should the Church focus only on “spiritual matters”?

6th Sunday of OT, year C | Lk 6:20-26

Some individuals, whether they are Catholic or not, resent it when the Church gets involved in social, economic and political issues, trying to bring about changes. The Church, they argue, should focus on “spiritual matters”. Implicit in this way of thinking is the idea that social, economic and political issues are not spiritual matters. Is this the case?

The Gospel – literally, the “Good News” – that the Church is called to proclaim was always meant to be a call for social, economic and political change. This is particularly evident in the Gospel of Luke. There, we find a message calling for an inversion of the current order. This is succinctly conveyed in Mary’s Magnificat. With the coming of Jesus, those on the bottom of society – the poor and outcasts – are to be raised up, while those on the top of society – the rich and powerful – are to be brought down. This inversion is to be connected to people’s’ concrete lives. At the time of Jesus, there was great social inequality. A great deal of wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few. Those who were poor were approximately 90% of the population. Although these poor people normally fared better than the desperately poor today, their existence was difficult and precarious. The poor in rural areas were generally subsistence farmers struggling to survive on inadequate land. The poor in urban areas could be even worse off. Jesus, being a tradesman, was certainly not one of the rich and powerful. He was not, however, among the poorest in society. One scholar, J. P. Meier, explains that if he were living today in the North America, Jesus would be a “blue collar worker in the lower-middle-class”. Jesus’ message was meant to address the inequality in his society. It was meant to be good news for the poor and oppressed, and divine judgement against the wealthy and prosperous who failed to help the needy.Cosimo Rosselli [Public domain]In the beatitudes that we heard in the Gospel today from Luke, the message of social, economic and political inversion comes across very clearly. It is interesting to note how Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts of the beatitudes differ. Although the Gospels are rooted in historical happenings, we know that they should not be understood as a blow-by-blow account of everything Jesus said and did. The evangelists were not following Jesus around with quill and parchment recording everything like some modern reporter. Rather, each evangelist shaped the traditions that he received in order to convey a brilliant theological message. The beatitudes are a great example of this. In the Gospel of Matthew, we find an emphasis on the spiritual and religious aspect of the beatitudes. For example, the poor are described as being “poor in spirit”. This modifier, “in spirit”, is not found in Luke. Luke directs his beatitudes at the materially poor, hungry and oppressed. It is these people who Jesus declares to be blessed. They are raised up while the rich, satisfied and socially acceptable are brought down. Jesus directs a series of woes against members of this group who do not use their privileged position to come to the aid of the needy. These woes are absent from Matthew’s version of the beatitudes, which is further evidence that Luke seeks to highlight a message of social and economic inversion in his telling of the beatitudes.

Praise the Lord

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Why Are You Here? (5C)

Let me ask you respectfully: why are you here?Why have you gathered in this church this morning?I recognize there are many different reasons why you decided to come to Mass this Sunday. But I hope that for many the chief reason is the one St. Paul gives in today’s second reading:because the Good News has been proclaimed to you;becuase you accepted it, stand firm in it, and believe you are being saved by it.Specifically, I hope we are here because we believe that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and that he was raised on the third

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