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November 5, 2017 • 31st Sunday in Ordinary TimeJesus’ friends got busy finding ways to help. That made them feel happy and important, just as Jesus said.Cover Activity l Jesus teaches us to help others. (page 1) Distribute Seeds and look at the cover illustration. Read the title. Ask: Have you helped in the yard when your mom or dad worked outside? Do you help in the house? Do you help take care of brothers or sisters or grandparents? What else can you do to help others?Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will: l  Identify ways they help at home.l  Appreciate that friends help each other.Activity l I can help. (pages 2–3) Gather in the work area and open Seeds to pages 2–3. Identify the kitchen, garage, bedroom, and play area. Ask: How can children help in each of these areas?Have the children cut the picture strip from page 3 into six little pictures. Have them put each picture in its place—pillow on bed, car in toy box, book on shelf, pajamas in drawer, rake on wall, dishes on table or counter.Print the word h-e-l-p on the board. Have the children turn over the pictures and use the letters on the back to spell help. Put the cutouts in envelopes to take home.Activity l Friends help friends. (page 4) Turnto the back page of Seeds. Invite the children to tell you about the picture. Read the sentence. Ask: What are some ways the friends help each other? Give the children time to complete the illustrations.Closing Prayer Invite the children to repeat the words and gestures of this prayer:I am important. (point to self )You are important. (point to another)Everyone is important. (sweep arms all around)We all belong to God’s family. (hold hands in a circle) Amen.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 and Angels (page 8)This week’s lesson comes after the feasts of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. All Saints’ Day celebrates people who lived like Jesus and are with God in Heaven. All Souls’ Day is a day to pray for people who have died. We pray that they will be welcomed by God into Heaven as saints.God created angels to be his messengers. He gives each of us a guardian angel to watch over and protect us.Help the children find page 8 in their handbooks. Read the information at the top of the page, answering their questions. Invite them to look at the illustrations. Tell them: l  TheangelGabrielwassentbyGodtoaskMarytobecome the mother of Jesus.l  SaintElizabethAnnSetonhelpedtrainwomentoteachin Catholic schools.l  SaintFrancisofAssisipraisedGodforCreation.Helikedanimals, birds, flowers, trees, the sun, and the stars.Ask the children to point to the saint who was a teacher, the saint who loved all that God made, and the angel God sent to ask Mary to become Jesus’ mother.Conclude with a litany. The children say “Pray for us” after the names of the two saints and “Protect us” after you name the angel Gabriel. End with the Sign of the Cross.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 2–3.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #32 from the Seeds 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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