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October 1, 2017 • 26th Sunday in Ordinary TimeCatholic Faith Word l Ordinary Time (page 5) Introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature by reading the definition together. Explain that Ordinary Time is actually quite extraordinary. During these weeks, we read about Jesus’ ministry on Earth, his miracles and messages. Ask the children if they remember the special kind of story Jesus tells. Remind them that it’s last week’s Catholic Faith Word (parable). If time permits, look at a calendar to see how many weeks remain in Ordinary Time this year.Our Catholic Faith l What is the Lectionary? (page 5) Venture lessons are based on the Lectionary. This feature describes the Lectionary and explains how it is used at Mass. Have a copy of the Lectionary available for the children to examine. Read the feature on page 5 aloud. Be sure the children understand that the readings in the Lectionary come from the Bible. Have the children work in pairs to complete the matching activity. Answers: 1. a; 2. e; 3. d; 4. b; 5. c.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Learn and apply the steps needed to make difficult decisions.l Learn about Saint Claire of Assisi, who shared her life and her fortune with the poor.Living the Gospel l Difficult Decisions (pages 6–7) Middle-grade children are just the right age to explore decisions about interpersonal relationships. Divide your classinto three small groups. Read aloud the instructions at the topof page 6. Assign each group one of the dilemmas. If you have a large class, several small groups can consider the same dilemma. Give the children five minutes to read the dilemma aloud in their groups. Review the four points of the decision-making process. Be sure everyone understands this process.Each child should write the group’s responses to the three questions after reading the dilemma. As a group, they should choose the ending they think is best, and then present it to the class as a skit. If you have time, ask the groups to switch dilemmas and do the process again.Saints l Clare of Assisi (page 8) Remind the children that we will celebrate the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisithis week on October 4. Saint Clare followed Francis into a lifeof poverty and service. Allow time for the children to read and discuss the comic. Have the children note the many decisions Saint Clare made during her lifetime. Ask: Why might it have been difficult for young Clare to stand up for her choices?Closing Prayer Explain that God never tires of our prayersof gratitude. Invite each child to share a prayer of thanks for someone who helps them during difficult times. Thank you, God, for _____. Close the prayer by saying, “Dear God, thank you for being with us when we need to make difficult decisions. We know that by turning to you when we are trouble, we have already made the best possible choice.”If time permits, you may also wish to lead the children in saying the Prayer of St. Francis in memory of Saint Francis of Assisi.Lesson Wrap-UpACTIVITY BOOKIncludes:32 Gospel and Doctrine Activities Early Start and Late Close LessonsVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #9 from the Venture Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Unit 1: We Are the Church lTG1-11prepare a summary by describing how God is like a parent, and how we are like children in a family.Distribute copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the children in Group 3 to examine. Tell them they will be asked to describe it to their classmates: number of pages, format (numbered paragraphs), reading level, categories. Point out to them that the Table of Contents of the Catechism has the same four parts they will find in What the Church Believes and Teaches, their Catechism handbooks. Ask the group to explain the purpose of the Catechism to the class.Look through pages 6–13 together, briefly noting the section headlines. Return to page 7 to read Jesus Spoke to All Generations. Read the text aloud. Direct the children to take special note of the words Sacred Scripture and Sacred Doctrine. Share that these are great gifts to us.Thank the groups for providing the introduction to the Catechism and their Catechism handbooks. Conclude this discussion by explaining that your class will study the Gospel and the related Church doctrine each week in your Venture class.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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