The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 34/November 22, 2020

Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’

Today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! The readings of this week remind us that God will care for us in our suffering and lift us up in our most vulnerable moments and we are called to do the same for our neighbor.

With Thanksgiving approaching on Thursday, your family may consider reaching out to the "least of us." How can you show your gratitude for your blessings by blessing others with kindness?

Pick and choose those activities that will help your family explore this week's Gospel message. Most importantly, we invite you to use the activities in this learning playlist as a conduit for conversation and deeper faith connection. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Want to have a meaningful Advent with your family?

Click here to find many resources to more fully enjoy the season!



Family Stories:

The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau

Parent Article: Helping your young child to build empathy:

Fostering the practice of gratitude:

Finding God in Giving Thanks:

For Teens: This is a great article to break open conversation about some of the discomfort a teen might have when heading out to serve others.



Are you Mary or Martha at the holidays? As Thanksgiving approaches this is a great podcast for parents to consider where they are coming from in the midst of the chaos.


  • Try using a special Grace prayer for Thanksgiving meal time or write your own! Here is an interesting article and prayer from
  • The grace found on the PDF below helps us to remember those who go hungry on Thanksgiving or other days. It is a nice way to include a reflection on how you might help others, during your holiday.
  • Make a Thankful Scripture tree or Prayer Placemats as a prayer time with your family to prepare for the holiday:


Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
Thankful by The Juicebox Jukebox | 2020 Gratitude Appreciation Kids Songs Music Thanksgiving
Strangers Come Together to Help Native Groups Hit by Pandemic
The Thanksgiving Song | Igniter Media | Thanksgiving Church Video


  • Play Thankful "categories." Write out the word THANKFUL with a line for each letter of the word. Set a minute timer and see how many things you can list that begin with each letter. Give one point for each answer that is unique. Try it with GRATITUDE, FAMILY, BLESSING or or THANKSGIVING
  • Play a gratitude game with a fun twist at your holiday table:


  • Create Blessing Bags for an area soup kitchen or shelter. Here are some ideas:
  • Use the Turkey template on the third page to have each person at your Thanksgiving table decorate and write what they are thankful for; hang them on your tree when you put it up for Christmas!
  • Gather a solid, light colored pillowcase and fabric markers. With the fabric markers, write all your blessings. Each night, when you go to say your prayers, spend some time looking over your pillow case. Say a prayer of praise and fall asleep with your blessings on your mind!
  • Put together a Thanksgiving kit for a neighbor who is alone or suffering. It could include some decorations, some special food, or simply a card and a handmade craft. Let them know you are grateful for his or her presence in your life.
  • Make a gratitude turkey centerpiece for your table!
  • Use the craft template below, from Ministry to Children, to make this beautiful Thanksgiving decoration for your celebration:


  • Is God thankful for me?
  • What do I have in common with my neighbors; are we thankful for the same things?
  • Do I ever forget my blessings? What makes me do that?
  • How can I be kinder to the people around me?
  • Did I witness an act of service or kindness this week? How did it make me feel?


Eucharist: The word Eucharist comes from the Greek word for THANKSGIVING. Jesus gave thanks to God at the Last Supper and we give thanks to Jesus at the Holy Mass when we come to the table of the Lord.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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