Children’s Liturgy for Father’s Day

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Father’s Day

21 June 2020.

 

(The following are the texts used by Fr Tshepo in today’s Children’s Liturgy.)

 

Introductory Rites

 

  • Greeting

Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Preist: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: Welcome to this celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. Today, is the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time. Today, we also celebrate Father’s Day. We reflect today on God, our heavenly Father, as well as on all our earthly fathers. We think especially about our dads, stepfathers, adoptive fathers, and grandfathers; and our Catholic Priests whom we also call Father. We give thanks to God for the gift that they are in our lives. And we ask God to receive the souls of our dads, uncles, grandfathers and priests who have passed on.

 

  • Penitential Rite

Priest: The Bible tells us to honour our fathers and mothers. Sometimes we fail to appreciate them as gifts that God has given to us.

So, lets pause for a moment now. In your heart, I want you now to think of your dad as God’s gift to you and to thank God our Father for giving us our fathers and grandfathers.

Now let us ask Jesus to forgive us for those times when we have not been good children and failed to obey our dads.

 

Priest: Lord Jesus, you promised reveal to us your heavenly Father. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you want us to obey and honour our dads. Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Priest: Lord Jesus, you have given us our dads as gift to be loved and appreciated. Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

 

Priest: Jesus loves you. Jesus forgives you. And may he lead us all to life everlasting. Amen.

 

Priest: Let us now praise God together as we sing “Glory to God!”

 

  • Opening Prayer

Priest: Let us pray:

O God, Almighty Father, grant that we may always follow your commandment to honour our fathers and mothers.  Through them, may you protect us and guide us into being the good sons and daughters you want us to be. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Liturgy of the Word

  • Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia.  Honour your father and your mother. Then you will live a long time in the land. Alleluia.

(Exodus 20:12)

 

  • Gospel

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

 

When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of the little birds can die without your Father’s knowing it. God even knows how many hairs are on your head. So, don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds. “If anyone stands before other people and says he believes in me, then I will say that he belongs to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. But if anyone stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that he does not belong to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven.

(International Children’s Bible, Matthew 10:29-33)

Priest: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  • Homily

 

  • Profession of Faith

It is Sunday, and every Sunday we remind ourselves of what we believe in as Christians.

So, I will ask you some questions, and you will respond by saying “I do.”

 

Priest: Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, who created the world and created you?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the beloved Son of the Father, who died and rose from the dead to save all people?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Father and the Son, who enables us to love God and to love one another?

All: I do.

Priest: Do you believe in what the Catholic Church teaches about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ?

All: I do.

 

Priest: This is our faith; this is the faith of the Church; and we are proud to profess it. May we grow in our faith, and appreciate it more and more.

All: Amen.

 

  • Prayer of the Faithful

Priest: Let us now present our prayers to the Lord, trusting that he will hear them and grant us all our needs.

 

Reader: Thank you, heavenly Father, for the gift of life. Thank you for making me your beloved child. Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader: Thank you, Father, for the gift of Jesus Christ your Son, who reveals to us your love for all persons. Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader: Thank you, Holy Spirit, gift of the Father. Thank you for always guiding us through our daily lives. Lord, hear us.

All:  Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader: Lord, we pray for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keep us safe and healthy. Lord, hear us. Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader: We pray for those who are sick because of the Coronavirus. Lord, Jesus, heal them. Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

Reader: We pray for those who have died. Lord, grant them eternal rest in heaven. Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Priest: Let us pause for a moment now, and in the silence of our hearts, let us pray for our fathers, uncles, grandfathers, step-fathers, priests and mentors, and ask the Lord to bless them today. (pause)

Priest: Lord, hear us.

All: Lord, graciously hear us.

 

Silent, Strong Dad

By: Karen K. Boyer

He never looks for praises.
He’s never one to boast.
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most.
His dreams are seldom spoken.
His wants are very few,
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken, too.
He’s there…a firm foundation
Through all our storms of life,
A sturdy hand to hold onto
In times of stress and strife.
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad.
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

 

  • Receiving Jesus in our hearts

As the Church of the Resurrection, we are still not ready to come together at church because of the Coronavirus and the Lockdown. But Jesus said that wherever we gather in His name, He is present among us. Let us now ask Him to come and stay in our hearts.

I will fetch the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle and place it on the altar.

We will then together spend a few moments in silent prayer and then ask Jesus to come and stay in our hearts in a special way.

 

Pause for a moment of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Reader: Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I cannot come to church for the celebration of Holy Mass and to receive you in Holy Communion. I ask you to come and stay in my heart and my soul. I love you with all my heart. Amen.

 

Concluding Rite

 

  • Concluding Prayer

Priest: Let us pray:

Almighty God, you give heavenly gifts to your people. Today, we thank you in a special way for the gift of our fathers. Guard them and love them always. We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord.

 

  • Blessing

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us ask the Lord Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament, to give us His blessing. (blessing/benediction with the Blessed Sacrament)

Priest: Let us remain the peace of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.