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Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Appreciate the importance of being prepared.l Understand how breaking promises hurts our relationships.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Blest Are They” (CD-2, #11).Gathering Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Have beautiful things from nature in the middle—colored leaves, bird feathers, flowers, and fall vegetables like corn or squash. Explain to the children their prayer will be to tell how each one of the objects shows God to us. For instance: God, you are free and soaring like birds or, simply, God, you are beautiful. Conclude by thanking God for beauty and all it teaches us.Activity l Are you ready? (page 1) Go through the five situations together. If time permits, assign partners and have each pair write responses to each. Or brainstorm as a class what happens when we plan well and when we don’t. Ask the children if they notice common results in each category. They likely will conclude that proper preparation helps us remain calm, avoid mistakes, and perform well. In the opposite case, we waste time and energy and may not perform as well as we otherwise could.Story l The Happy Dance (pages 2–3) Introduce this story by asking the children to think about the promises they make to their friends, their families, and teammates. If they are on a team, for example, they promise to show up for practice and do their best at all times. Ask: What happens if they don’t keep a promise? Tell them that this week’s story involves three friends who promise to do their best to prepare for a talent show. Askfor volunteers to read sections of the story. Pause throughout for reactions.Have the children respond to the Think questions on page 3. Answers: 1. Juan doesn’t show up for rehearsals and he doesn’t practice at home. He decided to do otherthings—practice basketball, play games with another friend— instead. 2. Blake and Sonia spent a lot of time practicing and really wanted to win. Juan can apologize, but his actions should match his words. It may take some time for him to rebuild trust with his friends. 3. Give the children time to list all of the things they are committed to, from chores and homework to activities, friends, and their parish. Being overcommitted is a real problem for many children, even at this age. Spend some time discussing priorities and promises.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Explore the consequences of choices.l Recognize that Jesus calls us to be ready for his return. l Understand how the Responsorial Psalm prepares us forthe Gospel.Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Gospel l The Parable of the Ten Girls (page 4) Have four children take the parts of Narrator, Jesus, Watcher, and Bridegroom. Divide the rest of the class into Wise and Foolish Girls. Have the children proclaim the Gospel. Ask those who did not read to retell the Gospel story.Discuss the Think questions. Answers: 1. Dowry negotiations were of unpredictable length, so the wise girls prepared for the delay by bringing extra oil. Theycould then light their lamps when the groom finally came and joined the wedding procession. 2. The foolish girls miss the wedding feast. Juan’s choices mean their trio loses the talent show. He also damages his friendship with Sonia and Blake. 3. Invite the children to give concrete examples of how Jesus taught us to live—prayer, study, good works, looking to do God’s will.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Teaches Us to Be Ready (page 4) This is a practical description of how Jesus asks us to be readyfor his Second Coming. No one wants to be caught unprepared or doing something they shouldn’t be doing.Now turn to the two Think questions. Encourage discussion and participation from everyone. Accept all answers.Teaching This Week’s Lesson© Bayard Presse – Prions en Église Junior 49-Olivier BalezDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG1-34

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