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November 5, 2017 • 31st Sunday in Ordinary Timegive a present? We give gifts to special people, such as family or classmates, on special occasions, on religious holidays like Christmas and Easter, as a thank you.Invite the children to think of three people—parents, teachers, family members, friends—to whom they want to give a gift.Turn to page 4 of Promise. Direct them to write the names ofthese people on the tags of the gift boxes and cut out the boxes. Depending on the time available, the children may complete it in one of two ways:1. They may draw the gifts they want to give in the three smaller squares on page 3 and then glue or tape the gift box over the drawing so the box is hinged at the top. Stress that the gift doesn’t have to be a thing but can be a loving action such as helping at home, playing with a sibling, calling a sick friend on the phone.2. If you don’t have much time, they may glue or tape the three boxes over the empty squares and tell about the gifts these boxes represent.To conclude this activity, direct the children to write Jesus’ name on the name tag of the large gift and draw a loving action they will do as a gift to Jesus inside the box.Closing Prayer l The Lord’s Prayer (page 4) Direct the children to examine the illustrations as you read the Lord’ Prayer to them. Then invite them to stand, practice the actions, and say the words along with you. Conclude with this prayerand encourage the children to take Promise home and teach the gestures to their families.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesSaints Pray for Us (page 24)While this class session likely happens after All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, the entire month of November is a time to remember in a special way all who have died. Help the children see the saints as friends of God who served others during their time on earth.Place a statue of Mary on your prayer table along with some flowers. Help children recall that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus are the Holy Family. They lived together as a family on earth. Now they are together in Heaven. They are also part of our Church family. All of us who follow Jesus will be happy together in Heaven.Help children learn to pray the Hail Mary. They can find the prayer on page 29 of their Catechism handbooks. Read through it line by line with the children. Explain unfamiliar words simply. For example, Hail is a greeting, like “Hello.” Fruit of your womb means “your child.” Ask: Can you find the words that ask Mary to pray for us?Pray the Hail Mary together over the next several weeks so the children will be able to memorize it.Before they work out the puzzle, ask the children if they know the answer: Saints. If time permits, turn to page 19, “Happy Times” and have the children do the fill-in activity.Assure the children that they can ask Mary and all the saints to pray for them. We are all brothers and sisters in the family of God.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, page 3.Live the GospelObjective The children will show love and service by giving gifts of themselves.Activity l I can give gifts. (pages 3–4) Direct the children’s attention to page 3. Ask: When did you last receive a gift? When did you last give a gift? What does it mean when youLesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Promise Weekly Review template.Use Activity #32 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-31The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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