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Public LibraryPublic LibraryLibraryWhere do I belong?Find nine groups Jennifer belongs to.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 22, 201729th Sunday in Ordinary TimeShare ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize groups to which they belong.Gather in a circle to sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6) as you prepare to pray and begin class.Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we are all safe in your hands. We know you love each of us very much. We want to learn more about you and become better members of your family here on earth. Send your Holy Spirit to be with us today.”The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l Where do I belong? (page 1)Ask: What does it mean to belong? Having people to do things with, people to care about you, friends to have fun with. Distribute Promise. Invite the children to study the cover illustration closely. Ask: What different groups does Jennifer belongs to? Family picture=family; skates=skating group; baseball bat and cap=team; Brownie uniform=Brownies; ballet slippers=dance group or class; flag=USA; sweatshirt=St. Mary’s School; books=public library; crucifix=Christian/Catholic Church. Give each child an opportunity to tell one group to which he or she belongs. Keep the answers short.Story l Where is Betsey? Ask: Who has a pet? Invite volunteers to tell how they got their pets. After a few volunteers have spoken, tell the children you know a story about a boy who didn’t have a pet and a dog who didn’t have a family to belong to. Ask: Do you think the story will have a happy ending? Listen carefully to find out.Jacob was a happy little boy. His family loved and cared for him. He belonged to St. Patrick’s Church, where he and his family went to Mass each week. One day on his way home from school, Jacob saw a skinny little dog. He tried to pet the dog, but it was frightened and ran away.Jacob walked on home, and the dog followed him at a distance. The dog came into Jacob’s yard and hid under the bushes. Jacob ran inside and told his mom about the skinny little dog. Jacob prepared a dish of food and a bowl of water. He set them outside near the bushes, but the dog wouldn’t go near them. Jacob went inside and watched. The dog came and ate a little.Day after day, Jacob put food and water out by the bushes for the dog. One day, he stayed outside on the steps instead of going in the house. The dog looked at him but decided to come out and eat.A few days later, Jacob stayed quietly beside the dishes of food and water. The dog came slowly toward Jacob and let him pet her head. “I’m going to name you Betsey,” Jacob said. “You belong to ourTG1-22family now. You have a name and a home.” Betsey wagged her tail and licked Jacob’s nose.Jacob took care of Betsey every day. His dad took care of Betsey when Jacob went to camp. His mother took care of Betsey when Jacob was at a friend’s house. Betsey became a happy little dog in her new family.Discuss the story. Ask: How did Jacob show the dog that she belongs to their family? How did his parents help care for Betsey?Activity l Stretch and Play Move to the open area to give the children an opportunity to work off some energy before they continue with the lesson. Do a large muscle activity like Simon Says to keep the children stretching and moving.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will learn that they belong to God.Gather in the Gospel storytelling area and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24). Direct the children to sit with their copies of Promise in front of them.Sunday Gospel l We belong to God. Ask: Does anyone know what taxes are? Money grown-ups pay to the government to build roads and schools and hire teachers and firefighters and police. Ask: What does the money people use to pay taxes look like? (Have a dollar bill handy to show. Point outthe person whose picture is on the bill.) When Jesus was living, the man whose picture was on money was named Caesar. He was the leader of the Roman Empire. Begin the Gospel story:One day, some people tried to get Jesus to take sides in an argument. “Jesus,” they said, “do you think we should pay taxes to the Romans who are running our country, or should we withhold our taxes?” They knew the religious leaders would be mad at Jesus if he saidto pay the taxes, and the Romans would be mad at him if he said not to pay. Jesus said to them, “Show me the coin you need to pay your taxes. Whose picture is on it?” One of the people pulled out and looked at it. “This coin has Caesar’s picture on it,” he said. Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God.”Invite the children to retell the story to you so you can check their comprehension. Conclude by saying there is one thing Jesus wants us to learn from this story: we can love God and love our country too. We belong to our Church and school and our country.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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