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Teach Children About the Sacredness of God's House and Holy Mother Church.

Use this 32-page unit study to help children understand that God wants us to protect His Church - that is by upholding the laws of the Catholic Church based on John 2:13-25. Just about everything you need to deliver a CCD or Religious Ed lesson on the weekly Gospel is included in this packet.

This lesson could also be used for formal CCD or Religious Education classes, home catechesis, or a Sunday school class as well.

Lesson Materials

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Student Sheets

There are two thematic lesson sheets that focus directly on God's Word in John 2:16. Additional printables are included for lesson reinforcement and fact recall; they include a Fill-in-the-Faces worksheet, a graphic organizer that focuses on the meaning of the term "Holy Mother Church," and a lesson based cloze activity that reiterates the main paragraph from the student lesson sheet.

Weekly Liturgical Lesson Teacher Guide

The teacher guide includes a full lesson plan, which you may alter to meet the specific needs of your program or learners. The plan includes a Gospel focus sheet with the week's Gospel reading, vocabulary focus, lesson highlights, and catechetical references. It also includes a layout that will take you from gathering, through the lesson to closing. As well, the guide contains a copy of all student content and matching answer sheets.

*NOTE: We design our lessons to span a full class period, however, you can pick and choose to use only the materials that you need for your time limitations. We believe that teachers should be equipped with more materials than they need rather than run out of things for students to do in a classroom.

Lesson Extensions

This liturgy lesson contains fun activities or extensions, which are found immediately following the lesson plan pages. Activities are based on creativity and game play.

The Play to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include: Jesus Drives out the Money Changers Puzzle Activity featuring classic artwork from Carl Bloch, plus thematic crossword and word search puzzles.

The Create to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include: the I Love the Catholic Church Coloring Sheet, and the unprompted mini-book, God's Message on the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Children are also encouraged to decorate their lesson cover page creatively, which is explained in the lesson plan.

Take Home Materials

Although children may take home all of their lesson sheets and creations, they should also have a tangible reminder of God's Word. This liturgy lesson includes a Get the Gospel! printable scripture trading card featuring how to protect God's House.


Age: Gr.2-4
Liturgical Week: 3rd Sunday in Lent (Cycle B)
Focus: Jesus Drives out the Money Changers
Theme: God wants us to protect His Church.
Gospel Reference: John 2:13-17
CCC: 4-11, 521, 752, 787, 790, 2030-2046, 2052, 2055-56

File Size5.23 MB
Create DateFebruary 16, 2015
Category Tags   Lent     Liturgical Cycle B     Liturgy Lesson  
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