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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will explore their experiences of going to parties.Play and sing “Come Do This in Memory of Me” (CD-1, #20) to begin your class gathering.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, you give us the Mass and Holy Communion so we can be part of you and you can be part of us. Thank you for giving us this gift. Bless us today so we can learn more about you and become better members of your Church.”The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l I am invited. (pages 1 and 4) Gather the children at their worktables. Ask: what are some special days or events that you’ve been invited to celebrate? Holidays, birthdays, weddings. Ask: What happened at these celebrations? Special food, games, prizes, gifts, clothes. Ask: What are your feelings are about these events? Love, excitement, happiness, sharing, belonging.Distribute Promise. Read the title on the cover with the children. Invite them to examine the photos and tell you where they were taken. In a church. At Mass. At a baptism. Invite a volunteer to describe the first photo (a baptism). Ask: When have you been at a baptism? What happened? Where did you stand? Go on to the photos of children bringing up the gifts, receiving a blessing during Communion time, and praying the Lord’s Prayer. Summarize by reading the title sentence again. Remind the children that they are always invited to God’s house and to Mass.Direct the children to open Promise so they can see pages 1 and 4 side by side. Ask: Which words and illustrations go with each photo? Distribute pencils and direct them to draw lines from the words and illustrations to the matching photos.Story l Steve’s Birthday Party Gather the children in a story circle and tell the following story:Steve’s mom promised him that he could have a party on his seventh birthday and invite three friends. Steve helped his mom plan the food, games, and prizes. He made three invitations that said: “Come to my party this Saturday, 1 p.m.” Steve gave one invitation to John, one to Pedro, and one to Mary.On Tuesday at school, Mike and Terry said to Steve, “Are you having a birthday party? Can we come too?” Steve said, “Yes.” That night he made two more invitations and gave them to Mike and Terry on Wednesday.On Thursday, Mark and Samantha ran up to Steve on the playground. “Can we come to your party?” they asked. “Okay,” saidSteve. He made two more invitations and gave them to Mark and Samantha on Friday.On Saturday morning, Steve helped get ready for the birthday party. He set eight places at the table. “Steve,” said his mom, “you have set too many places.” Steve looked at his mom and said, “Mark, Samantha, Mike, and Terry wanted to come too, so I invited them.”His mother laughed. “It’s a good thing I baked a big cake and bought extra hats and prizes. We have room for all of your friends, Steve. Next time please tell me how many guests you have invited.” Then she gave Steve a big hug and said, “Happy birthday!”Ask: What kind of friend is Steve? Would you have invited all the children to your party? What kind of person is Steve’s mother? What is the most fun about a birthday party?Activity l Stretch and Move Direct the children to leave their copies of Promise at their worktables and gather in a circle in the open area, holding hands. Have them take two steps back and then drop hands. Lead them in this stretching activity:Stretch, stretch your hands up high.Now let your fingers fly.Stamp your feet, both left and right, left and right. Now stretch up tall and reach your height.Repeat the verse and movements, then motion for the children to follow you to the Gospel area.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize that Jesus invites all people to belong to the family of God.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l The Wedding Banquet Explain that Jesus told a story about a king who wanted to give a wedding party for his son:The king’s problem was just the opposite of Steven’s; the king couldn’t get anyone to come to his party. The king sent his servants to invite guests to the wedding banquet. But none of the guests would come.The king sent his servants to other people and told them to say, “Come to the king’s party for his son. A wonderful dinner has been planned.” But these guests had other things to do. They had to take care of business and plant their farms.So the king sent his servants out a third time, saying, “Go to the streets and roads. Invite anyone you find.” This time, the servants brought back guests to fill the whole hall.TG1-18I am invited.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 15, 201728th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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