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Two Sisters Go Swimming Emma and Kate lived at the lakein the summer. They took Beginnersswimming lessons together. “Today is the test,” said Kate.She had her swimsuit on. “I am going to pass Beginners for sure.”“I hope you do,” said her mom. “Get your suit on, Emma.”“I don’t want to go,” said Emma. “You have gone all the other days,”The teacher blew her whistle and said, “Turn and face the shore. Who wants to play the sand game?”said their mom.“We have to go under the waterAll the Beginners except Emma waved their hands. Emma held Kate’s hand even,” said Emma. “There are fish!” “Fish can’t hurt you,” said Kate.“They just tickle your leg.”“Don’t tell me!” Emma said. She“Here’s how we play,” said the teacher. “You close your eyes, hold your breath, sink down, pick up a handful of sand, and pop up again. Let’s try. Close your eyes, take a breath, and sink.”Emma felt Kate dip down beside her, but she stood stiff in the water. She felt a fish on her leg and stomped it away. Kate popped up and put sand in Emma’s hand. Both girls raised their hands with sand in them.“You will do it next time,” said Kate.“Maybe I can try,” said Emma.put her hands over her ears.“Kate will watch out for you,” saidtheir mom. “Get your suit on.”Emma came back to the kitchen in her red suit. She followed Kate downthe path to the beach.The swimming teacher askedthe Beginners to hold hands. Kate reached for Emma’s hand.“Now we will walk into the water up to our waists,” said the teacher. Emma held tight to Kate’s hand. “I am not going under,” she whispered.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Pro(4c)gonrtainmued on pageOctober 29, 201730th Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramTG1-26Share ExperiencesObjective The children will appreciate how a sister shows love.Introductory Activity Print the word L-O-V-E on the board in big outline letters. Ask: What are some loving actions children your age do? Write them inside the outline letters, using only one or two words to summarize a child’s contribution. Ask: What are some unloving actions? Write them outside the letters. Tell the children that this week’s lesson is about Jesus’ commandment of love.Gather in a circle to play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18).Gathering Prayer “Jesus, thank you for coming to live in our world. You had friends to play with just like us. Teach us how to be good friends to each other and to our brothers and sisters. We want to be like you.” The children respond, “Amen.”Story l Two Sisters Go Swimming (page 1) Children experience love  rst and foremost in their family setting. We witness sibling rivalry in movies and sitcoms. What we don’t hear enough of is sibling support. This true story tells of the instinct a child has to help lessen her sister’s fear of putting her head under water. The children will be able to identify with both Emma and Kate and will have stories of their own to tell. Give plenty of time to this discussion. You will learn a great deal about your group and the levels of understanding they have.This story lends itself to reading aloud with a di erent child beginning at each indentation. Participating in the dialogue will make the story come alive for the children.Use these Know questions to review the story: 1. Why does Kate give Emma sand?2. How does the sand help Emma?3. What will Emma do next time?4. When did a sibling or friend help you?Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will be able to state the two parts of Jesus’ Great Commandment in their own words.Have the children bring their copies of Good News to the Gospel area and sit in a circle. Sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24).Sunday Gospel l Jesus’ Great Rule (page 4) Introduce the Gospel by saying that Jesus tells people what the greatest rule of all is. Have the children stand without their copies of Good News in their hands as two children proclaim the Gospel.Ask the children to sit to discuss the Know questions. Conclude by having them state Jesus’ Great Commandment in their own words.Catholic Faith Word l Commandment (page 4) Make sure the children understand that the Great Commandment sums up the Ten Commandments.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine(page 4) Read together “The Great Commandment.” Tell the children that you will discuss their responses to the question later in the lesson.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Great Commandment The New Commandment— The Law of LoveThe Good News (page 32)Help the children see that the Great Commandment sums up the Ten Commandments. The first three commandments tell us how to love God. The other seven commandments tell us how to love others. The Great Commandment tells us to love God and to love others as we love ourselves.Read the text under “The New Commandment—The Law of Love” aloud. Ask: How can Jesus’ Law of Love help you learn to love one another?Point out that the list under “The Good News” summarizes what it means to be a Christian. Tell the children that you will read each item. Invite them to respond after each by saying, “That is Good News!” Read each item slowly and with expression. Wait for their response before going on.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.

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