Christian Living – Teen Family Lesson 2018-2019

Lesson Focus: Jesus teaches us about the Greatest Commandment


  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Youth Bible orange colored edition (CYB-O) OR Catholic Youth Bible  teal colored edition (CYB-T) 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.

Pray it!

Begin the lesson with prayer –
  • Begin with the Sign of the Cross
  • 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



1   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.

2   Read  Mark 12: 28-34 (CYB-O pg. 1400 or CYB-T pg. 1324). In your Bible, highlight or underline the following verses in Mark 12: 30-31 (CYB-O pg. 1400 or CYB-T pg. 1324)

3   Watch this video about the Greatest Commandment.

4.   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!  Discuss as a family ways that you already reach out and help others. Next, discuss other ways that you could be the loving neighbors that Jesus taught us to be.



  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!
  • 10 Commandments Handout – 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.  Watch this video
  • Pray for those in the world that live in war-torn areas of the world. We pray for our neighbors during Mass.
  • 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 pre-teen/teen 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.



End the 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