Conscience & Christian Living – Teen Family Lesson 2019-2020

Lesson Focus – God wants us to love and show mercy to our neighbors by practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in TheCatholic Youth Bible (CYB)
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your teen 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 suit your teen’s needs.


Begin your lesson with prayer  –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • Together pray Luke 3:10-11

And the crowds asked (Jesus), “What then should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.”

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross


Directions: Parent(s), with your teen(s), discuss 1-6 below.

  1. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are charitable actions that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need. Mercy is a virtue that influences a person’s compassion for another.
  2. Parents, with your teen(s) read together – Matthew 25:31-46
  3. The Corporal Works of Mercy care for someone’s physical needs: Give food to the hungry, Give drink to the thirsty, Shelter the homeless, Clothe the naked, Comfort the sick, Visit the imprisoned, Remember the dead.
  4. Parents, with your teen(s), watch this short clip on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  5. Parents, with your teen(s), print and review the The Spiritual Works of Mercy Worksheet.
  6. Practice these works as often as you can. They aren’t a once and done type of thing! They are your path to eternal salvation!


Feed the hungry – Food for Families

Give drink to the thirsty – Give water bottles to the homeless; Offer water to a neighbor working outside in the yard

Clothe the nakedBlankets for Buddies; St. Vincent de Paul blue drop off bin for clothing- in back parking lot (behind white garage near playground)

Shelter the homelessCare Cases; Mother Teresa Home donations; Habitat for Humanity St. Mary’s group (1st Saturday of every month. for details contact Kathy Schupp at

Visit the sick – Visit someone who is sick (either at a hospital or at home); Send a get well card to someone.

Visit the imprisoned – Visit someone who is ‘shut in’ (unable to leave the house for various reasons); Complete Cards for Shut-ins; Pray for those in prison and their family members.

Remember the dead – Refer to CHALLENGE: Bury the Dead & Take Action CYB pg. 1390.


End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross 
  • As a family, pray together:

Dear Lord, you are the perfect example. Please open my eyes to the the needs of those who struggle. Dignity and respect are deserved by all, help me find ways to offer these to those who need them. Keep me from becoming complacent. Guide me in my journey, keep me focused on you , O Lord. Amen

  • End prayer with the Sign of the Cross