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groom, the waiters, the head waiter, the disciples, and other wedding guests.Read the directions for the activity and give children time to draw their lines.  en talk about each example again and have the children signal their responses to the examples with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down gesture.Have children gather in a circle. Go around the circle, giv- ing each the person (including you) the opportunity to tell about a time when they did what Jesus tells us to do. Let the others respond with enthusiastic thumbs up!17. Saints Pray for Us—page 24Place a statue of Mary on your prayer table along with some  owers. Help children recall that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are the Holy Family.  ey lived together as a family on earth. Now they are together in heaven.  ey are also part of our Church family. All of us who follow Jesus will be happy together in heaven.Help children learn to pray the Hail Mary.  ey can  nd the prayer on page 29 of their handbooks. Display a poster of the prayer and help the children read it. Explain unfamiliar words simply. For example, Hail is a greeting, like “Hello.” Fruit of your womb means “your child.” Ask children to  nd the words that ask Mary to pray for us.Display the poster for future meetings of your group. Pray the Hail Mary together over the next several weeks so the children will be able to memorize it.Before they work out the puzzle, ask children if they know the answer. Afterward, remind children about the saints they met in the lesson on page 19, “Happy Times.” You may wish to have children do the  ll-in activity suggested there.Assure the children that they can ask Mary and all the saints to pray for them. We are all brothers and sisters in the family of God.18. Angels Guide Us—page 25Some children this age may be aware of angels, includ- ing Guardian Angels. Others will not.  e main truth you want children to understand is that God loves each one of us so much that he gives each of us a special angel to protect and guide us.Help children understand that angels are invisible, but very real. Feelings are only one example of something we can’t see, but are nevertheless very real. Maybe the chil- dren can suggest others.Introduce children to the guardian angel prayer. Give each child a piece of card stock on which to copy the Prayer to My Guardian Angel. Provide markers, stickers, sequins, feathers, and so on, for them to use to decorate their card. Encourage them to pray to their Guardian Angels every day. Stress it is important that we ask our Guardian Angels to protect us from all kinds of harm. Guardian Angels help us to do what God wants.Tell or read about angels who brought messages from God to people on earth.• Luke 1:26-38— e angel Gabriel brought the news to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus.• Matthew 1:19-24—An angel told Joseph that Mary would have a baby who was the Son of God.  e angel told Joseph to name the baby Jesus.• Luke 2:8-14—An angel told the shepherds the good news that Jesus was born. A great crowd of angels praised God.Explain that Mary and Joseph and the shepherds could see and hear these angels because God wanted them to get his special message.Point out that we sing the words of the angels in the Gloria at Mass: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.”PRAY19. Jesus Loves Children—page 26Ask the children if they like stories. Invite them to sharea favorite story.  en tell them that one of your favorite stories is in the Bible. It is a true story. Read the story on page 26 about Jesus welcoming and blessing the children. Stop reading after Jesus blesses the children.Ask the children how this story makes them feel. Tell them that you want them to draw a picture of the story.  ey should show themselves with Jesus.  ey may be alone with Jesus or there may beothers present.  ey could be sitting on Jesus’ lap, or hug- ging Jesus, or talking to Jesus, or laughing with Jesus.Play some re ective but joyful music as you distribute drawing paper and crayons or markers. Before the chil- dren begin drawing, have them close their eyes. Ask them to imagine themselves in the story. Read the story again slowly.  is time stop reading after the line that tells chil-12

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