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 e ordained minister that children will be most familiar with is the priest who leads their parish and celebrates Mass. In some parishes, children will also know a deacon, who has been ordained to help the priest.Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Ask children who leads most of the prayers when they go to Mass. What special clothes does he wear? What actions does he carry out? Does he hold his hands and arms in any special way? (Let children demonstrate.) What do you call him? (Accept any term, such as Father, Father Mike, or the priest.)Explain that a priest is a man who serves God’s people. He leads the people when they gather in church to worship. He is the leader of our Church family.  at’s why we call him Father.Help children to  nd page 10 in their handbooks. Children will be able to recognize the picture of the priest in the vestments he wears when he celebrates Mass. Ask them to look for any shapes they see in the picture.  ey should color the shapes in the picture the same colors they see in the shapes at the bottom of the page. Children may already have had experience in  nding these shapes in other preschool materials. If not, they may need extra help to  nd the shapes in the picture.If a photograph or portrait of the pastor of your parish hangs somewhere in your church, take children to look at the picture.Who Is the Pope?—page 11Objective: Children will see the Pope as the leader of all the Catholic parish communities in the world. e Pope may seem like an unknown and distant person to three- and four-year-olds. But even young children will have the sense that the Pope is someone important when a papal visit or address is being reported.  e attention that adults and older children in the family focus on the Pope may signal how important he is.  e word pope comes from a Latin word that means “father” or “papa.”Materials: CrayonsLesson Plan: Distribute the children’s handbooks and help them  nd page 11. Help by holding up your book so children can see the page. Ask them to look at the  gure in white. Does anyone know who this man is? Read the words at the top ofthe page with the children.  en write the word pope on the chalkboard or on chart paper. Explain that this word is like our English word papa. In fact, the Pope is also called the Holy Father. So Pope and Holy Father are di erent titles, or names, for the same person—the leader of the great Church family that meets every week in Catholic churches throughout the world.Ask children to complete the broken lines of the images on the page.  is will reveal three churches. Explain that these churchesshow that the Pope is the leader of all the Catholic churches in the world.Tell the children that you have some homework for them.  ey will feel very important to have a homework assignment. Tell children to ask their parents to help them remember the names of churches they have attended for special events such as Baptisms and weddings or when they visited relatives in other parts of the city or country.If a photograph or portrait of the current pope hangs somewhere in your church, take the children to look at the picture.We Remember—page 12Objective: Children will be able to name the Church seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter.Preschool children are not yet able to project how longa week, a month, or a year is. For that reason, you may wish to teach this lesson at four di erent times in the year; that is, when each season is at hand.  at means, for example, teaching children about Advent a few weeks before Christmas and waiting until after Ash Wednesday to teach children about Lent.Materials: PencilsLesson Plan: Distribute the children’s handbooks. Help children to  nd page 12, and read them the title, “We Remember.”Ask, “Whom do you think we will be remembering today?” If necessary, prompt children by reminding them that this is a religion class. Someone will probably say Jesus.Explain that we remember Jesus all during the year, but at certain times during the year, we remember special events in Jesus’ life.Children love birthdays, especially their own. Ask children if they remember when their birthdays are. Who else remembers their birthdays? Point out that the Church remembers Jesus’ birthday. Ask, “Do you know what the Church calls Jesus’ birthday?” Look for a 100 percent response! en ask children to look at the illustration of the wreath. Have they ever seen one like it? Many children may have seen one in church. Some may have even seen one in their homes. Ask, “Do you know what this kind of wreath is called?” You may have to help them out with this answer.Explain that Advent means “coming.” Advent is the time just before Christmas when we are waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birth. During this time we are getting ready for Jesus. We clean and decorate our homes. We try to get our hearts ready, too. We try to be very kind to others. We help out at home by picking up toys and going to bed on time without complaining.8

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