Jesus predicts his death and resurrection.
Jesus tells us following him will not be easy.
- Crosses (various examples such as jewelry, wall hangings, clothing, anything that is a cross or shows a cross)
Create a special table or sacred space in your home you can where you focus during prayer and your in-home Sunday celebration. Here is a video on how to do so: https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/2020/04/pop-up-catechesis-creating-a-prayer-space-in-your-home/
Light a candle. Call your family to prayer.
Begin by drawing attention to the crosses. Ask each person to say what they think of when they see the cross. What are the differences between the crosses? Are they easy to carry? We see crosses everywhere: on walls in homes and churches, on clothing, on jewelry. Most of them are very beautiful. What do you think Jesus’s cross looked like? Do you think it was as pretty as some of these? Was it as easy to carry? In today’s Gospel, Jesus will tell us that in order to follow him, we must pick up our cross. Listen carefully to what he says about it.
Choose one of the music suggestions below. Sing together as a family.
Make the Sign of the Cross.
Sunday Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
Together read the Sunday Gospel. https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/083020.cfm
Feel free to use your family bible or children’s bible. Be creative. Read it in parts. Act out the story.
- What was the first thing Jesus said to his disciples? (that Jesus would have to suffer, die and be raised on the third day)
- How did Peter react? (He told Jesus it wouldn’t happen)
- What did Jesus say to Peter? (“Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”)
- What do you think Jesus meant by that?
- What does Jesus say his followers will have to do? (deny themselves and pick up their cross)
- What do you think Jesus means by that? Do we have to literally carry a cross everywhere we go?
- What kinds of things make it hard to be a follower of Jesus for you? What are the crosses that you carry?
- Do you think you carry those crosses alone?
- If we do the hard work of following Jesus, what will we receive? (Eternal life with him in heaven)
I believe in God the Father almighty Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.
Choose another song to sing together.
As a family, offer prayers for our Church, our world, your local communities, and your families.
The Lord’s Prayer
Together pray the words that our Savior gave us:
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.
Conclude with the Sign of the Cross.
Choose another song to sing together.
Family Activity Suggestions:
- Cross prayers – cut out crosses from paper and have each family member write one of the crosses they carry on it. Then pray to Jesus for the strength to carry those crosses. Keep them around the house this week as a reminder to pray for each other.
- Pray the Stations of the Cross together this week. https://teachingcatholickids.com/the-stations-of-the-cross-for-families/
Gathering: Mighty to Save
Psalm Response: Psalm 63: My Soul is Thirsting
Presentation of the Gifts: Take Up Your Cross
Communion: Taste and See
Hymn of Praise: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Other Web Resources:
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) (official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International):
Strong Catholic Faith: