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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:1–13##SUNDAY GOSPELThe Wise and Foolish GirlsTen girls went to a wedding.They brought their lamps along.The five wise girls had extra oilin case the wait was long.The other girls, the foolish ones,didn’t worry about that.“We have enough,” they told themselves, and gave their lamps a pat.The wedding group was very late.The girls all fell asleep. Their oil burned low; the lamps went out.The night was dark and deep.Then people started shouting, “They’re here! We can go in.” The five wise girls, with extra oil, filled up their lamps again.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe foolish five, who had no oil, hurried to the store.When they returned, it was too late; they couldn’t get in the door.“The lesson,” Jesus tells us, “is plain for all to see.Be ready when I come again to take you home with me.”TG1-34Share ExperiencesObjective The children will consider ways they prepare for everyday and special events.Gather the children in a circle in the open area, holding hands. Sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).Gathering Prayer Pray this prayer, asking for the children to respond as noted:Leader: Loving God, today we want to thank you, one by one,for giving us life.Children (one at a time): I am (name). Thank you, God, for giving me life.Leader: Please bless us today as we learn about Jesus. All: Amen.Activity l How Do I Get Ready? Write the words car trip, bed, Christmas, first day of school on the board. Ask: How does your family get ready for a car trip to visit a friend or relative who lives a long distance from you? Accept the children’s answers— pack clothes, take activities and snacks for the car, get someone to feed the cat, get gas, etc. Ask: What happens if someone forgetsto do one of these? Now ask: How do you get ready for bed, for Christmas, for the first day of school? To summarize, point out that what we do to get ready depends on what we are getting ready for.Activity l Stretch and Move This song shows some of the things the children might do to get ready for a special event. Sing it to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.”The children make movements to match the activity.This is the way we... clean our room / brush our teeth / say our prayers / pack our clothes / bake a cake / wrap a gift, etc.This is the way we... We like to be prepared.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Appreciate the Gospel call to be ready for Jesus’ coming. l Use their Gospel storybooks to celebrate and retell theGospel in verse.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 The Wise and Foolish Girls (page 1) Tell the children that this Sunday’s Gospel is about being ready for Jesus’ coming at the end of time. Matthew putpeople’s feelings about Jesus’Second Coming in a story that Good News has put in verse form.Explain that in Jesus’ time, people used lamps filled with oil for light in their homes. Wedding feasts were usually held in the evening; the time the feast began was very flexible. People had to be ready for a long wait. Remind the children that this story is one Jesus told and have them listen as you read the verses aloud.Ask the children the Know questions on page 2. Make sure the children understand the meaning of the words wise and foolish. Wise is used as an adjective todescribe someone who makes good choices; foolish describes someone who makes poor decisions. Ask: What are some examples of choices you make that are wise? What are some foolish choices? Discuss their answers to the questions.Activity l Creative Drama To involve the children more fully in the Gospel story, have them dramatize it. Divide the class in two and give each half the chance to be wise girls and then foolish girls as you read the verses aloud. The children show with their faces and bodies how the girls feel in each situation. Summarize by having the children repeat why Jesus told this story.Activity l Make a Gospel Storybook(pages 1–2) Ask: Who are the characters in the illustration on page 2? The 10 girls with their lamps lit. Guide the children in cutting out the storybook (instructions on page 2). When everyone is ready, tell the story yourself using the storybook or have a child demonstrate for the class. Then have the children tell the story to a partner. Encourage the children to learn this version of the Gospel by heartso they can say the rhyme and show the parts of their storybook.Take your class to an upper grade and have them use the verse and storybook to tell the Gospel one-on-one to the older students.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine(page 2) Read together “Pray Always.” Help the children to understand that praying is something they can do every day to prepare themselves for Jesus.Catholic Faith Word l Prayer (page 4) Read the meaning of prayer. Make sure they understand that prayer involves both talking and listening to God.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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