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October 8, 2017 • 27th Sunday in Ordinary TimeOur Catholic Faith l A Parable Helps Us See Ourselves (pages 5) Each week, this feature will explore some aspect of Catholic belief and practice or provides Bible background on the Sunday Scripture readings. This week, the children learn why Jesus talks about vineyards in his parables. Have the group break into threes or fours. Ask your group what a parable is. Accept their answers. Read aloud the description in the first paragraph. Have the young people take turns reading the rest of the page in their groups.Direct them to discuss and answer the four questions. Review each group’s answers aloud as a class. Note that we don’t own the earth and need to care for it as God’s gift. Explain every Sabbath is a day set apart for appreciating God’s gifts.Catholic Faith Word l Sabbath (page 5) Readthe definition. It’s important to understand the setting in which Jesus told parables and performed miracles. The Pharisees will challenge his authority to teach, attempt to trap him breaking rules, and even condemn him when he performs miracles on the Sabbath. For the Jews in Jesus’ time, the Third Commandment— keep the Sabbath day holy—meant all work was forbidden. Today, no matter how busy we are or our many pressures, we owe God the Sabbath—a day to worship, give thanks, and rest.Live the GospelObjectives l The young people will: l Explore characteristics of their faith. l LearnaboutOurLadyofFatima.Living the Gospel l What Does it Mean to Be Catholic? (pages 6-7) For some this activity may be a review; for others the content may be new. In either case, developing brainpower gives teens the capacity to understand Catholic teaching more fully. Following is one way to present the activity.l Have the young people take turns reading aloud in the left column (page 6) the 13 ways to complete the sentence “Being a Catholic Christian Means... .” Invite questions to clarify thestatements. Then read aloud the instructions in the purple box at the top of page 6. Give the young people time to fill in five circles. Tally and discuss their responses.l The activities on page 7 can be done individually or in pairs. Sacraments answers: G, D, C, B, A, F, E. The Church Has Four Marks answers: one; holy, catholic, apostolic.l Read aloud the introduction to the Creed activity on page 7. Pray the Apostles’ Creed together. Then ask the young people to write their responses to the three questions. This is not a test. It is simply a quick assessment of what these core truths of Catholicism mean to the young people at this time of their lives. Ask for volunteers to share what they wrote.l Conclude by asking each young person to write a question he or she has about the Church that they would like to have answered. Try to answer the questions yourself in the future, or consult your pastor or faith formation director.Our Lady of Fatima 100th Anniversary (page 8)Ask for volunteers to read aloud this feature. Make sure to note that two of the children were canonized as saints in May 2017.Closing Prayer Remind the young people that prayer is one of the most important Ps to resist peer pressure. Ask the students for whom and what they wish to pray. Respond, “Loving God, hear our prayer.” Conclude with a sign of peace.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpACTIVITY BOOKIncludes:32 Gospel and Doctrine Activities Early Start and Late Close LessonsVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #9 from the Visions Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-15Read the fourth paragraph. We trace our tradition back to the Apostles. Note that bishops are a source of unity in a diocese. Ask who knows or has seen your bishop(s). Ask what the group knows about what a bishop does. Then have a volunteer read the paragraph about his duties.Conclude with a question: what is the Church asking of you? Have a volunteer read the last paragraph in this section to summarize.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 5.With My Family and FriendsThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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