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The NEW Gospel WeekliesThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesFollow Jesus (page 27) You Can Choose (page 28) Making the Right Choices (page 29)l Have the children read the activity aloud to each other in pairs. l Make groups of five, having a different child read and answereach dilemma.No matter which option they choose, be sure to listen for the children’s reasoning. Let them respond to each other politely. Try to keep out of the discussion. You will learn a great deal about the children by listening to their process in considering these situations.If time allows, you may add this scenario: Mom asks you over and over to take your backpack to your room when you get home from school. You keep dropping it by the front door. Ask: Is this a good choice? What else can you do?Ask: Which choices were easy to make and which were harder? Challenge them to tell you why.Closing Prayer Gather in the prayer circle. Begin with the Sign of the Cross. Ask the children if there is anyone or anything they wish to pray for. Lead the children in responding “Lord, hear our prayer” after each prayer. End with the Sign of the Cross.End your prayer and gathering with the song “CHOICES” (CD-1, #16).Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpOctober 1, 2017 • 26th Sunday in Ordinary TimeTypically, second and third graders think out and make moral judgments with themselves at the center. At this stage of moral development, children want something for themselves in return for choosing moral goods. Good News provides regular class practice in role-playing and in moral reasoning that challenges the children to practice empathy and giving.The story problem on page 27 is a clever way to present the idea of choice. Enjoy reading it aloud with the children and listening to their responses.Ask a volunteer to read the first paragraph on page 28 aloud. Ask: What does it mean when it says people have souls? The soul is the human spirit that God gave us. Our soul allows us to know, love, and serve God in a way the animals cannot do. Continue with the second paragraph, stopping to make sure the children know that a choice is something we deliberately decide to do.Remind the children of the story they just read about Sabrina and Sam. Read the first two paragraphs on page 29. Read the six choices Sam could make and ask the children to raise their hand when they hear a choice they would make. Read the remainder of page 29. Discuss as time allows.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.Live the GospelObjective The children will consider the kinds of choices they make.Activity l What Do I Choose to Do? (page 4) Assess how the children in your group will most enjoy this activity:l Complete the activity as a whole group, giving plenty of time for discussion.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AAnswer 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.ACTIVITY BOOKIncludes:32 Gospel and Doctrine Activities Early Start and Late Close LessonsName:Visit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #10 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-11

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