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ChurchPeopleSchoolHomeistock photoistock photoHow Am I Responsible?Check the tasks that you are responsible for doing on a regular basis. Then go through and circle the ones that you are good at.mSing in choirmRead at Massm UshermHelp raise money mBe an altar server mListen to the readings mGo to Mass on SundaysmVisit/call my grandparents mSay thank youm BabysitmVolunteermMow the lawn mCare for pets mStart dinner mWash dishes m Vacuum mDo laundrymDo homeworkmDo my part on projects mPay attentionmKeep my locker clean mTake care of books mShare ideasm RecyclePFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgrammHelp my parents mSay hello to neighbors mOpen doorsOctober 8, 201727th Sunday in Ordinary TimeTG1-14Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Investigate the difficulties teenagers face.l Learn positive strategies to deal with social pressure. Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Blest Are They”(CD-2, #11).Gathering Prayer Gather the young people to sit in a circle in your prayer space. The leader remains standing. Leader: Loving God, our lives are busy and filled with duties and responsibilities. We gather to breathe in and out, clear our minds, and open our hearts. Jesus’ own prayer summarizes all he teaches. Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together.Cover Activity l How Am I Responsible? (page 1) Invite the young people to look at the photos, mark the lists in each of the four categories, and tell a partner which duties they are responsible for and those at which they excel.Article l What’s Hardest About Being a Teen Today? (pages 2-3) Read aloud the title and introduction. Ask your young people how they might respond to the question. In groups of three or four, have them read the student responses aloud to each other. Have them identify which concerns are most like their own or young people they know.Discuss the Talk questions. Each of your young people will experience pressure of some type. Gently encourage participation in the discussion but recognize that it maybe too personal or even painful for individuals to share. After you go through the questions, conclude by havingvolunteers read one of the 8P’s in the box at the bottom of page 3. Discuss as a class which strategies seem most effective. Have students add their own ideas. If time permits, apply the strategies to some of the students’ responses in the article.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Interpret Jesus’ parable of the tenants and Isaiah’s use ofvineyard imagery.l Understand how parables reflect the listener.l Understand the Church has four distinctive characteristics,called the Marks of the Church.Gospel Ritual Move to a special area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play the “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l The Parable of the Renters (page 4) Have seven young people proclaim the Gospel.Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. A renter keeps the ground clear of weeds, the vines pruned, the vineyard protected, so the owner gets a harvest. 2. Arenter does all the work each year but doesn’t get the full harvest. A renter may not care to keep up the property. The owner has all the costs of buying, digging, and planting the vineyard. 3. Have students speculate; they will receive more background on page 5. 4. The killing of the vineyard owner’s son echoes Jesus’ own story.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l God Urges Us to Grow (page 4) Ask the young people whether they’ve ever worked in a garden or on a farm. If so,they will understand the hard work that goes into tilling, planting, weeding, and harvesting. God is like the vineyard owner; he invests his care into each of his children. Read this feature aloud as a summary of the Gospel theme.Turn to the two Talk questions. Distribute writing paper. Challenge the young people to journal responses to the two questions and then regroup to share responses.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Marks of the Church (page 13)Have volunteers each read a paragraph explaining one of the four marks of the Catholic Church. Marks mean distinctive characteristics.Identify all the ways the people of the Church are one. Stress that the holiness of the Church comes from God’s gifts to us, not always how we use them. Note that catholic with a small “c” means universal.

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