Christian Living – Young Family Lesson 2018-2019

Focus– Jesus teaches us about the Greatest Commandment


  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) and/or Celebrating Eucharist Mass Book for Children (CE) as indicated.
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.


Begin your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross (CCB pg. 1992)
  • Say the following prayer as a family:

‘Lord, I pray that you help me see that love is the basis of all your commandments. Guide me in learning to love as you want me to.   Amen’

  • End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross


  • Jesus was asked which of the commandments was the most important. His reply taught us about the Greatest Commandment. It has two parts and it’s all about love.
  1. Parents read  Mark 12: 28-34 (CCB pg.1554) with or to your child(ren). In your Bible, highlight or underline the following verses in Mark 12:30-31 (CCB pg. 1554)
  2. Parents read Understand it! ( CCB pg. 1557) with or to your child(ren).
  3. Print out and complete The Greatest of All and/or What Must I Do activity sheet.
  • Who are our neighbors? Jesus meant not just those that live near us, but our families, friends, those in our community, state, world! Basically our neighbors are our fellow humans!


How do we grow our love for God?

  • Celebrate the Mass every Sunday (or Saturday) – we are strengthened with Jesus’ help especially when we receive the Eucharist
  • Pray!- anywhere any time; God wants us to talk to him!
  • The 10 Commandments– try your best to follow them!

How do we love our neighbors?

  • Start simply by being friendly- a smile can brighten someone’s day- more than you may think
  • Sit with someone at lunch time that has no one to sit with
  • Pray for those in the world that live in war-torn areas of the world. We pray for our neighbors during Mass see CE pg. 20
  • Donate gently used clothing to St Vincent De Paul – St. Mary’s has 2 blue bins near the white garage in the back parking lot. Parents, view the video about St. Vincent De Paul organization (by scrolling down the website page to watch the short video) and discuss with your children.
  • Give to Catholic Charities. Each spring families can pledge to support Catholic Charities monetarily. Discuss with your children ways that you can collect money to give to Catholic Charities. Suggestions – money from can/bottle returns can be given to Catholic Charities, skip a snack at school each week and give the money to Catholic Charities. Be creative and help support many people in need.
  • Print and create the The Greatest Commandment activity sheet with your children and place this on dresser or table to remind us to ‘LIVE’ as Jesus taught.


End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with Sign of the Cross
  • Say the following prayer as a family

‘Lord, help me to love you above everything else. Teach me to treat my neighbors as I want to be treated.   Amen’

  • End your prayer with the Sign of the Cross