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The NEW Gospel WeekliesWelcome to ayear of learning about Jesus in the Sunday Gospels. Complete the puzzle to  nd out how Catholics celebrate together each week. The letters in the yellow boxeswill spell out the answer below.1. The  rst letter of the alphabet.2. “Give ____ ____ this day our daily bread.”3. We follow the ____ ____ ____ Commandments.4. We ____ ____ ____ ____ to God every day.5. We call a holy person a ____ ____ ____ ____ ____.6. Christians take their name from Jesus ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____.7. The four ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ tell Jesus’ story.8. The word Gospel means (2 words) ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____. 9. Our parish is a Christian ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____.Welcome to Venture! 1 297 8Catholics celebrate the ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____. 829614573PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program5 63 4September 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 37, Number 1Answers are in the Teaching Guide.Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Build classroom community through a shared activity and discussion.l Reflect on how families share chores and make decisions. Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The GreatCommandment” (CD-2, #13).Gathering Prayer Make today’s prayer about your Venture group. Tell the children that they will learn about Jesus and the Catholic faith by talking about the Sunday Gospel. Invite them each to make a commitment to come along with Jesus as we learn his life story. Begin by saying the following sentence, adding your own name. Ask each class member to repeat it. “Jesus, Iam _________. I want to learn more about you.” Close with a spontaneous prayer asking Jesus’ blessing on this group and today’s lesson.Cover Activity l Welcome to Venture! (page 1) Distribute Venture. Read the headline and instructions aloud together. Ask for a volunteer to repeat the instructions for the class. Most children will be able to fill in the blanks after reading the nine numbered clues. Let them work alone, assign pairs, or do the activity as a group. The shaded letters spell Eucharist, the way Catholics celebrate their union with Jesus and with each other. Answers: 1. a; 2. us; 3. Ten; 4. pray; 5. saint; 6. Christ; 7. Gospels; 8. Good News; 9. communityStory l What Is Fair? (pages 2-3) Ask the children to speculate from the title and illustrations what the story couldbe about. Children often feel parents are not fair about asking them to help with chores—or how many chores they assign to each child in the family. Read the story aloud to the children, or ask confident readers to take individual sections. Your class may prefer to read the story silently to themselves. When everyone is finished, ask volunteers to retell the story. Use the Think questions on page 3 to generate discussion. Don’t be concerned if the children object to parts of the story. Its purpose is to prepare them for the Gospel, which includes workers who disagree with their master.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Explore the difference between fairness and justice.l Compare and contrast God’s definition of fairness with their own experiences.TG1-6l Understand why Jesus uses parables to convey God’s messages.Gospel Ritual Venture adapts the Sunday Gospels to the reading level of elementary and middle-school children and put them in drama form so each week several children can join in proclaiming the Word. Presenting the Gospel in reader parts invites the children to step into the story and take up a conversation with Jesus directly.Move to a special area you have set up for the Gospel reading. Ask the children who are not reading parts to put down their Venture lessons and listen.As you prepare the children to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l God’s Love Is for All (page 4) Ask for volunteers to read the parts of Narrator, Jesus, Landowner, Laborers, and First Hired. Give them a moment to find their parts. Proclaim the Gospel. Ask the children to retell it to you in their own words before turning to the Think questions.Ask the children the first Think question and accept all answers. Think 2-5: 2. Many people in Jesus’ time did not have regular work; as laborers, they likely made onlyenough money for their families to eat that day. 3. Open-ended; if the children struggle, prompt them by asking what might be fair or unfair about how the landowner pays. 4. God loves all people; he does not run out of love, so he can give it freely without concern for dividing it fairly. 5. Jesus explains that the Kingdom of Heaven is different than how things are on Earth—the first will be last, the last will be first. Conclude that God is more than fair. God is merciful and loves us beyond measure.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l God’s Kingdom Is For All (page 4) This week’s story and Gospel may incite righteous indignation. You may hearchoruses of “that’s not fair!” Ask the children whether they’ve seen a sibling or classmate receive more—more attention or material reward—for less perceived effort. Why do they think this may have happened? A struggling child may need more praise, more leniency. Remind them that God’s love is like that. God gives people what they need, regardless of what may seem right by our human standards.Now turn to the two Think questions. Encourage discussion and polite debate. Accept all answers.Catholic Faith Word l Parable (page 5) Introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature by reading the word parable aloud. Ask if the children if they have read a parable anywhere besides the Bible (prompt them with the illustration of the children’s books).Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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