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Lesson Plan: Read the words at the top of page 5 in the children’s handbook. Explain that Jesus is both God and man. He came to earth to show us how to live and to bring us the opportunity to be with God forever. Mary is Jesus’ mother, but his Father is God in Heaven.Point out the drawing of Jesus and Mary on the page. Explain that no one knows what they really looked like when they lived on earth.  ey lived so many years ago that there was no TV, there were no photographs.  at means artists try to draw what they think Mary and Jesus might have looked like. At this point show the art that you have brought.Explain to children that they can  nish the picture in their books. Mary’s robe needs to be colored. What color would they like to make it? Suggest that they color Mary’s robe their favorite color.Finish by praying the Hail Mary together. Help children  nd this prayer on page 32 of their handbooks. Explain that hail is an old- fashioned word that means “greetings.” So when we say “Hail Mary,” it means “Greetings, Mary,” or more simply “Hello, Mary.” Be sure to make the Sign of the Cross before and after you say the Hail Mary. To help children learn the Hail Mary, you might want to say each line and ask children to repeat the line after you.We Go to Church—page 6Objective: Children will be able to describe their parish church as the place where their Church family gathers to worship God. e parish church is the place for Catholics to worship.  ere, people of all ages and races gather as a community to praise, honor, and thank God. To be saved, each of us must obey God’s law, but we are helped by the prayerful support of our Catholic community.  at’s why it’s important for Catholics to come together at least once a week to worship as a community.Materials: Crayons, bells of di erent sizes and shapes (kitchen timer, bicycle bell, jingle bells, hand bells, clock with chimes)Lesson Plan: As children are gathering for class, set out the bells you have brought with you. Allow children to examine the bells and ring them. Caution them to be gentle with the bells and to allow others a turn.Begin class with a prayer, including the Sign of the Cross at the beginning and end.  en ask the children what bells are for. ( e kitchen timer tells us something needs to be done. Bicycle bells tell us to watch out because someone is coming. Jingle bells remind us of horses pulling a sleigh through the snow. A hand bell may tell us it’s time to line up to go into school. A chiming clock will tellus the time. All the bells give us some information or tell us to do something.) en ask, Have you ever heard church bells? What do they sound like? What do church bells tell us? ( ey tell us it’s time to gather with our Church family to worship God.) Our parish church is the place we go on Sunday or the eve of Sunday to celebrate Mass with other Catholics.Ask children to move to the work area and help them  nd page6 in their handbooks. Read the words on the page together with the children. Draw their attention to the people entering church. Explain that these people heard the call of the bells that tell them to come and worship God.Ask children to  nish drawing the bells and to color them.Mary Is Our Mother—page 7Objective: Children learn how to talk to Mary in prayer.Praying to the Blessed Virgin Mary is a beloved tradition in the Catholic Church. Children may have experienced a May crowning, in which a statue of Mary was crowned with a wreath of  owers.  eir families may pray the Rosary together. And they certainly have heard the Hail Mary prayed, even if they themselves do not yet know all the words.In John 19:26-27, the cruci ed Jesus asks Mary to think of his beloved disciple John as her son, and John to think of Mary as his mother.Materials: Pencils, crayonsLesson Plan: Begin class with the Hail Mary. Begin and end the prayer with the Sign of the Cross.  en explain that Jesus once told his follower John to treat Mary as his mother. At the same time he asked Mary to treat John as if she were his mother. Since we are all Jesus’ followers, we, too, are encouraged to look on Mary as our mother. We can pray to Mary to ask Jesus to helpus with what we need. Since Mary is a human being like us, she cannot answer our prayers directly. But she can ask God to help us because Jesus has made her our mother.Help children  nd page 7 in their books. Read the sentences at the top of the page with the children.  en look at the pictures. Near the top of the page is Mary, who is listening to the prayers of her children on earth. Suggest to children some reasons why each of the people shown might be talking to their mother, Mary. Explain that people can tell Mary about things in their lives that make them happy.  ey can also tell Mary about things that make them feel bad or about mistakes they make. She will always be willing to listen to them.Ask children to complete the lines from each of the people to Mary, who will certainly hear their prayers. Invite children to draw pictures of themselves talking to Mary in prayer.6

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