The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother
11 And Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons; 12 and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. 15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have fed on[a] the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’[b] 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; 23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.
25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
Anchor is ongoing faith formation for all children in years 3-6. Children who are not attending a Catholic School should enrol in Anchor. It’s an opportunity to grow in relationship with God, delve into Biblical stories and develop strong bonds of friendship and deeper prayer life.
You can see the dates above. We run an online Zoom session fortnightly and an online video session where the children are given a video to watch. The video fits with the content they are going through. You can see the layout of each video session below.
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A video for you to watch
Parent and child watch video together
Go through the questions:
- What moment made Patrick turn to Jesus in prayer for strength?
- How many gods did Patrick believe in?
- Why did Patrick say no to the other gods?
Saint Patrick, you were brave and courageous in following Jesus. You turned to him for your strength and became a great proclaimer of Jesus throughout Ireland. Pray for us to God, that we may become courageous in the faith and brave enough to tell others about Jesus. Amen.
St Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle
Our movie for this week is St Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle