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Lesson Notes: The Corporal Works of Mercy

November 22, 2014

Corporal WoMThis week, we’re going to complete our study of the works of mercy, this time focusing on the corporal.  Corporal comes from the Latin word, “corpus,” which refers to the body*.  Corporal Works of Mercy are things we do to care for each other physically.

They mainly come from the Last Judgment narrative that can be found in Matthew 25:31-46, where Jesus very clearly told us that doing those things for anyone is exactly like we are doing them for Him.  On the more disturbing side of the coin, He also very clearly said that people who do not do these things are going to “eternal punishment” rather than to “eternal life.”  Seems kind of important, eh?

The language is much simpler than last week’s set of Spiritual Works, but we still want to make sure your kids know how each of them can work on this list, so we have another game (this time, bingo).  To prepare, you’ll want to cup apart the Bingo Calling Cards and drop them into a bowl so you can randomly draw them for the game.  Simply read the descriptions on the the back of each as you play and use that as a springboard for conversation on how YOUR FAMILY can do some of these.

contractAt the end, there’s a chance for each of your kids to put this into practice by picking something practical they can really do.  Simply have them fill out the Contract and post it somewhere in your house as a reminder.


  • *Corporal: Relating to the body
    Corporate: Combined into one body, often by a legal agreement
    Corpse: A dead body
    Corps: A body of people organized for a common service, such as the Marine Corps or Peace Corps.
    Corpuscle: (diminutive of corpus) A small part of the body

The 2014-15 Map is Updated

November 19, 2014

With 60 new parishes this year!

Click on the map link on the sidebar to find yours.

map link

Head’s up!

November 18, 2014

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  How are you planning to celebrate?

Christ the King cupcakes

November’s Memory Verses

November 18, 2014

memory verseJust a reminder that you can find November’s memory verses set to music by clicking the “Memory Verses” link on the sidebar (right side, under the “Pages” list).


November 17, 2014

Announcement here!

Lesson Notes: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

November 15, 2014

Spiritual WoMWorks of mercy are acts done out of love to meet the needs of others.  It’s very easy to see Jesus as the source of this kind of giving behavior and every time we practice one of them, it’s an opportunity to grow in virtue.

The traditional list of the Spiritual Works of Mercy are these:

  1. Admonish the sinner
  2. Instruct the ignorant
  3. Counsel the doubtful
  4. Comfort the sorrowful
  5. Bear wrongs patiently
  6. Forgive all injuries
  7. Pray for the living and the dead

diceIt’s fairly likely your kids are not familiar with some of this vocabulary, so (of course) we have a game to help make it all come alive from a K-6th grader’s point of view!  You’ll need a die and a game piece for each player to move around the board; I recommend you scrounge them from your Monopoly game.  Cut the game cards apart and the winner is the first one to collect a full set – all 7 of the cards.  (And if you get stuck, we have all the answers for you on page 7.)

The other activity is better for older kids because it involves some very basic map skills and the ability to look up verses in the Bible.  Saint Paul was a master at practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy, describing examples all over the Epistles that he wrote.  As you look up each of the Scriptures on the Paul Cards, decide which work of mercy is being practiced and attach it to the map.  Very simple, and again, the answers are there for you on page 6.

Thérèse: a modern saint

November 12, 2014

She may not be modern by your kids’ standard, but in my book any saint who was photographed is recent enough to count in this category.  As promised yesterday, here are a few of the photos that exist of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

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