Restorative Justice – Lent 2019 Grades K-6 and Domestic Church

 

Opening Prayer

Almighty and merciful God,

to whom alone the secrets of the heart lie open,

who recognize the just and make righteous the guilty,

hear our prayers for your servants held in prison,

and grant that through patience and hope

they may find relief in their affliction

and soon return unhindered to their own.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

(from the collect of prayers For Various Occasions, #44, For Those in Prison ; Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved.)

 

Scripture

March 31st – Fourth Sunday of lent – Gospel reading 

Catechesis video 

Catechesis video Questions

Grads K-6

  1. Jesus welcomes and accepts Peter and the Sinful Woman even after they have done wrong. What can we learn from Jesus when someone does something wrong that hurts us or others?
  2. The Sinful Woman and Peter take responsibility for their actions. This is an important step in healing relationships. When someone does something that hurts you, how do you feel? How do you feel when they say they are sorry?
  3. How should love, forgiveness and mercy be used when someone does something wrong?

Domestic Church

  1. Jesus welcomes and accepts Peter and the Sinful Woman even after they have done wrong. What can we learn from Jesus when someone does something wrong that hurts us or others?
  2. The Sinful Woman and Peter take responsibility for their actions. This is an important step in healing relationships. When someone does something that hurts you, how do you feel? How do you feel when they say they are sorry?
  3. How should love, forgiveness and mercy be used when someone does something wrong?

Witness Video

Witness Video Questions

Grades K-6

  1. Restorative justice talks about “restoring” relationships. What does it mean to restore something?
  2. What relationships can be broken? When they are broken can they be restored?
  3. Why is it important to say you’re sorry?
  4. Why does God want us to forgive each other?
  5. How might restorative justice be applied in your school?

Domestic Church

  1. Restorative justice talks about “restoring” relationships. What does it mean to restore something?
  2. What relationships can be broken? When they are broken can they be restored?
  3. Why is it important to say you’re sorry?
  4. Why does God want us to forgive each other?
  5. How might restorative justice be applied in your home?

 

Take Action

Grades K-6

  1. Practice asking for forgiveness from somebody you may have hurt.
  2. Think about someone who has hurt you. Practice giving them your forgiveness.
  3. Create rules for the classroom that can help resolve conflict and restore relationships that avoid punishment/retribution.

Domestic Church

  1. Practice asking for forgiveness from somebody you may have hurt.
  2. Think about someone who has hurt you. Practice giving them your forgiveness.
  3. Create rules for the classroom that can help resolve conflict and restore relationships that avoid punishment/retribution.

Closing prayer

Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.

We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.

We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.

We pray for those on death row, that their lives may be spared, that the innocent may be freed and that the guilty may come to acknowledge their faults and seek reconciliation with you.

We pray for the families of those who are facing execution, that they may be comforted by your love and compassion.

We pray for civic leaders, that they may commit themselves to respecting every human life and ending the use of the death penalty in our land.

Compassionate Father, give us wisdom and hearts filled with your love. Guide us as we work to end the use of the death penalty and to build a society that truly chooses life in all situations.

We ask this Father through your Son Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Amen

(“Prayer to end the use of the Death Penalty” from the USCCB website)