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Now after he rose early on the  rst day of the week, he appeared  rst to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. (16:9)So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. (16:19)11. What Is the Mystery of the Immaculate Conception? page 10(1) Tell students the story of St. Bernadette, the young girl who saw Mary and heard her say that she was the Immaculate Con- ception. You can  nd Bernadette’s story online by clicking on “Saint of the Day” at bernadette-soubirous/ (2) Make sure students understand that Mary’s Immaculate Conception is important because it under- scores the holiness of Mary. In choosing her to be the mother of hisSon, God blessed Mary more than any other human person.12. What Was the Mission of Jesus? page 11(1) Write on eight di erent pieces of yellow paper and eight dif- ferent pieces of blue paper the following parts of John 3:16—God loved / the people of this world / so much that he / gave his only son, / so that everyone / who has faith in him / will have eternal life / and never really die. (2) Before students assemble for class, hide the sixteen pieces of paper all over the room. (3) When stu- dents arrive, form a blue team and a yellow team. Tell students their task is to search the room for pieces of paper in their team color, then return to their team “base” to put the pieces together in the proper order.  eir correctly assembled sentence will answer the question, “What was the mission of Jesus?”  e team that is  rst to  nish wins the game.13. What Is the Church? page 11(1) Read to students 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. (2) On a large piece of newsprint, have a student lie down and let another student whom he or she chooses use a crayon to trace his or her outline on the paper. (3) Have students  ll the outline with pictures of all di erent kinds of people cut out from magazines. Students should look for contrasts in the pictures they choose—old and young, dark and light, thin and fat, and so on. (4) Students can give the pictures to you and you can do all the gluing or tap-ing. (5) When the outline is all  lled in, have students form a circle around their artwork and discuss what would happen to destroy its beauty and unity if you started eliminating certain kinds of people—thin people, old people, and so on. So it is with the Body of Christ that is the Church. She is made complete by admitting all kinds of people into her membership.14. What Is the Mission of the Church? page 12(1) On a world map, show students the nation of Israel, wherein ancient times Jesus and the Apostles were born. You can use either a large classroom map or small printed copies of the Middle East available at mapping/outline-map/?map=MiddleEastCulture (2) Show stu- dents the places where tradition says some of the Apostles died: Andrew, cruci ed in Greece; Peter, cruci ed in Italy; Simon, sawed in half in Iran; Bartholomew,  ayed alive in Armenia. (3)Discuss how traveling far from home—and even being willing to die in a foreign land—is a sign of the great love the Apostles had for Jesus. (4) Who shows great love today by traveling to foreign lands for the sake of the Gospel? Have students show their grati- tude to foreign missioners in one of the following ways.(1) If they know a foreign priest or sister who serves in their par- ish or diocese, write thank-you notes to him or her for their ser- vice. (2) Invite a foreign priest or sister to come speak to the class about his or her homeland and the reasons he or she becamea missioner. (3) Learn about a missionary religious community such as Glenmary or Maryknoll. (4) Organize a fundraising proj- ect for a missionary religious community.15. What Are the Marks of the Church? page 12Use this visual to help children remember the four marks ofthe Church. (1) On the board or on newsprint, draw a circle, and say that just as a circle symbolizes oneness and unity, the Church is one. (2) Draw rays emanating from the circle, and say that just as rays of light symbolize holiness, the Church is holy. (3) Draw longitudinal and latitudinal lines on the circle, as if it were a globe, and say that just as these lines crisscross the entire circle, the Church is catholic. It reaches out to the entire world. (4) At the top of the circle, draw a shepherd’s crook and say that the Church is apostolic, which means that it is guided by the teachings of the Apostles, who were appointed by Christ to be shepherds of his sheep.16. What Do Catholics Believe About Death and Resurrection? page 13(1) Discuss with students how the feasts of All Saints on Novem- ber 1 and All Souls on November 2 remind us of the mystery of the Communion of Saints. We celebrate on All Saints’ Day those who have “made it” into full communion with God. We remem- ber on All Souls’ Day those who are “almost there” and need our prayers. (2) What local customs are observed on these two feasts? (3) Do students observe any special customs within their families? (4) Which church hymns are sung on All Saints’ Day, and which ones are sung on All Souls’ Day? (example: “For All the Saints”) (5) What color does the priest wear at Mass on each of these days? (white) Why? (as a sign of the Resurrection).ReviewQuick Quiz, page 141. Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus 2. Cross out: gang members, racists, gossips3. Michael, Raphael, and GabrielPraise and Celebrate1. What Is the Liturgy? page 16(1) Have each student make a poster showing the four ways Christ is present in the Eucharistic Liturgy. (2) Allow time for students to share their work.8

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