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October 22, 2017 • 29th Sunday in Ordinary TimeCatholic Faith Word l Pharisees (page 5) Introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature by reading the word Pharisees and the de nition aloud. The children may have a negative association with this week’s word. They may be surprised to learn many scholars think that Jesus Christ was a Pharisee—or, at the very least, had a lot in common with these teachers.Our Catholic Faith l Who Are the Pharisees? (page 5) This brief article will help the children put the Pharisees in context. They are not evil people. They are teachers like Jesus. Because the people of Israel lived under occupation by the Greeks and then the Romans, the Pharisees emphasized absolute adherence to all the laws in the Torah as a way to assert their Jewish identity. Jesus did not agree with this approach. Read the article aloud. Distribute Bibles and have the children work on the three questions individually. Or divide into small groups, have each group look up one of the Scripture passages, and then share their answers with the class.Live the GospelObjective The children will explore the Eighth Commandment.Living the Gospel l How Do We Keep the First Three Commandments? (pages 6-7) The Ten Commandments are listed in two places in the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks that came with your subscriptions to Venture. Distribute the handbooks and have the children turn to the list on page 48. Review the first three Commandments. They all refer to ways to honor God. Then look briefly at the other seven. They refer to ways we treat each other.Put the handbooks aside and turn to pages 6-7 of Venture. Read the first paragraph at the top of the page aloud. The children may remember the Exodus story from other religion classes, or maybe fromwatching The Ten Commandments at Easter. The second paragraph repeats what the children just noticed in the list from the handbook.Ask a volunteer to read the 1st Commandment on page 6 aloud. Have other volunteers read the paragraphs describing what that Commandment asks us to do. Give the children time to honor God by writing two brief prayers. Take time to ask if anyone has a question about God they wish to share. Don’t worry if you don’t have the words to answer a question. Tell the children you will consult a priest or another teacher and get back to them.Count off to create pairs of children and have them work on the other two Commandments together. Conclude by asking children to share anything they wrote or talked about regarding the 2nd and 3rd Commandments.GodTalk l Got Questions? (page 8) Read the questions and answers aloud together in class. GodTalk questions come from children all over the United States and Canada and represent typical middle-grade concerns.Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Ask the children to o er prayers for anything they may be concerned about—family, friends, upcoming tests—but don’t require participation. Instead, give time for them to o er silent intentions. Conclude by saying, “Dear Lord, we know you hear all of our prayers.”Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpACTIVITY BOOKIncludes:32 Gospel and Doctrine Activities Early Start and Late Close LessonsVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #3 from the Venture Additional Activities book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-23November 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.Ask the children to recall what they learned about conscience two weeks ago. You may need to prompt them (see page 30 in the handbook). Emphasize that Commandments are one way we learn what is right and what is wrong and form a right conscience.Have the children read the paragraphs on the first three Commandments aloud in pairs.Review each Commandment as a class. Ask the class what each Commandment tells us is right. If some children can’t get to Mass due to family issues, help them think of ways they can take a special time on Sunday to thank God for being alive and keep the Third Commandment.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.With My Family and FriendsThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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