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sending mean textsYes or No?To what do you say yes to in your life? To what do you say no? Fill in the thumbs with examples of your yes and no responses.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 1, 201726th Sunday in Ordinary TimeThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramTG1-10Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will recognize that their choices express their values.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, Track #14).Gathering Prayer Gather the young people in your prayer space. Ask them to sit in a circle, close their eyes, and focus on their own breathing. Leader: Peaceful God, our lives are busy and we all have so many commitments. Help us to clear away all the thoughts of our other responsibilities and use this time to focus on our relationship with you. Leader: Join me in saying The Lord’s Prayer.Cover Activity l Yes or No? (page 1) Ask the young people: What do they say yes or no to in their lives? Is there a food they can’t stand? Or a sport they can’t resist? Are they interested in volunteering? What do they say yes or no to—study, video games, practice, parents’ rules? These are questions to spark their thinking as they fill in the voice balloons. When most are done, have the group share answers in pairs. Then ask volunteers to share their responses with the large group. Survey the class to see how many had common answers.Story l Saying Yes, Saying No (pages 2-4) Encourage the young people to look at the title and photos to speculate what the story is about. Invite the students to take turns reading the story aloud one paragraph at a time. Stop and talk about what Tony should do, page 3, column 1; then finish the story.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1. Tony likes scoring runs, being part of a team. He likes the Wisconsin Dells and time with his cousin. 2. Tony saysyes to his family and no to his team. 3. Tony values time with his cousin and having a vacation from his routine. 4. Open-ended. Encourage the young people to share their ideas.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Explore reasons that Jesus uses parables.l Understand the difference between words and actions. l Recognize how practicing right choices forms habits andvirtues.Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l The Case of Two Sons(page 4) Have six students take parts and proclaim the Gospel in drama form. Ask the young people who are not reading parts to put down their Visions lessons and listen.Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. The chief priests and elders are like the son who says he will work for his father but doesn’t. The tax collectors andprostitutes are like the other son, because everyone can see that they break the Law of Moses, but when they hear of Jesus as the Messiah, they change and believe. 2. Jesus wants his hearers to think about their own behavior. 3. The team and coach assume Tony will play in the playoffs. To them, Tony is like the second son who says yes but doesn’t follow through. Tony says yes to the family vacation but follows through in the second and third games.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Do His Word (page 4) Jesus uses a parable to reveal truth. Read the feature aloud together.Turn to the Talk questions. Answers: 1. It’s clear that God cares about what a person actually does (second son) over what he/she says (first son). God also wants peopleto grow and change. 2. Young people are often overcommittedat this age and need to become thoughtful about the things to which they say yes; take time to have a good discussion but make sure to tie the conversation back to the Gospel.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWhat Is Virtue? (page 30)Share with your students that theactivity on pages 6–7 in their Visions lesson will ask them how they would act in a concrete situation.Have them read section 3 on page 30 silently and prepare to answer two questions: What is a habit? What is a virtue?Finish reading this section and have volunteers explain habits and virtues. Ask them to give examples of people who live these virtues.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 5.

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