The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 33/November 15, 2020

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children of the light and children of the day.

It is hard for most of us to accept the frustrations of these last nine months given the day. However, this week's second reading begins to direct our thoughts toward those Advent themes of darkness, light and preparedness in anticipation of the coming liturgical season. We are called to be Children of the Light! Such a good reminder when times seem less than bright. How might we use the gifts of our personality to bring our family, friends and community light?

The offerings in this week's playlist will help your family to focus on their God-given gifts and how you can use them to bring light to the world and share the message of Jesus. As always, pick and choose those activities that invite your family into conversation, connection and ultimately conversion...our goal is to grow toward Christ.



Family Stories:

  • Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival (for a delightfully interactive, online reading of this story that even includes a craft, check out:
  • The Clown of God by Tomie de Paolo
  • The Gift that I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford

Parent Article: Helping your child to discover his or her gifts:

For Teens:


The video below is a silent version of the Parable of the Talents. Can you write the dialogue? Follow the storyline on the video and write out what you think is happening in the story. Once you are done, go to the Scripture passage found in the Sunday readings of the READ section. Did you get the message of the story right? Sometimes it helps us to understand God's message by putting it into our own words.
Parable of the Talents
  • Make a list of all the talents you believe God has given you! You could create a list of the talents of every member of your family and share it with them! Which of your talents do you think you could use to share God's light with the world?
  • Try this anagram puzzle on the parable:
  • A Spiritual Gifts inventory can help you discover how your talents can connect you to different ministries within the church. Click on the PDF below to take the inventory and consider what ministries are available at your parish that you could involve yourself in!


TRULY listening to our family members is a wonderful gift we can share to strengthen our relationships with one another. Here are four strategies:

1. Remove distractions and make eye contact

2. Don't interrupt; allow for quiet time between listening and responding. Let the speaker know you are taking the time to take it all in and truly hear him or her

3. Listen with an open mind and refrain from attaching your pre-conceived notions to the conversation

4. Clarify what you hear and ask for more details as needed; make sure you understand what you heard and not what you think you heard because of an attitude you might be feeling

Work on Listening Skills with Your Children

Help them learn the gift of listening!


Prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit:

The Light of God:

Pray this Week's Psalm with the video below:

Blessed Are Those Who Fear the Lord


Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
The Parable of the Talents | Q10L11


Enjoy this gift sharing activity together!
Play a game of flashlight tag or have a glowstick treasure hunt in the dark to talk about being light in the darkness!



  • What can I do to be a light for others?
  • What would happen if no one tried to be a light in the darkness to help people through tough times?
  • Do I have hidden gifts I haven't let people know about yet?
  • Why don't I share all my talents? Is it normal to feel that you aren't good enough at something and want to hide it away?
  • What would the world be like if inventors, doctors, teachers, artists, writers and musicians didn't share their gifts?
  • What gifts are you grateful for?


PARABLE: a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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