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Look at the symbols below. To which do you feel loyalty?To Whom Do You Pledge Your Allegiance?PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 22, 201729th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWhat labels are you wearing right now? Draw those symbols on the blank figure.TG1-22Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Examine how labels and brands may influence them. l Explore the wages people need to survive and thrive.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Will Walk With God” (CD-2, #8).Gathering Prayer Gather the young people and ask them to close their eyes and think about a group or relationship they are committed to. How does that allegiance make them feel? Does that allegiance interfere or promote their relationship with God? Have them ponder this as you pray. Leader: Loving God, you are constant, always there for us. Help us receive your love and spread your Spirit into all of our relationships and allegiances. Let us make this class the  rst step in recommitting to you. Amen.Cover Activity l To Whom Do You Pledge Your Allegiance? (page 1) Invite the young people to look at the symbols. Which of them show loyalties they have? Ask them to examine the labels on the clothes and shoes they are wearing and draw one of those symbols on the  gure.Article l Minimum Wage, Living Wage, Just Wage (pages 2-4) Read aloud paragraph one. Invite your group to talk about the allowance questions in pairs or threes and then discuss them as a class. This introduces the group to the importance of wages.l Ask your group what they know about minimum and living wages.l Havethegroupreadthe“Whatwasalivingwagein1906?” expense column on page 3, right; then turn and talk in pairs about what the list includes. Then ask, “What is a living wage today?” Examine together the expenses of a family of four. They are $400 over the poverty line without covering all their basic expenses.l Have volunteers read the article aloud by paragraphs or sections.Discuss the Talk questions, page 3. Answers: 1. Open- ended; invite volunteers to share. 2. Minimum wage is the minimum amount of money a business can legallypay its employees. A living wage has to be enough money to support a family. A just wage enables people to have “adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use.” 3. Pope Leo XIII saw industry treating laborers like slaves with low wages and little respect. 4. Father John Ryan grew up in a poor farm family and watched the railroad monopolies controlgrain prices and shipping costs. He had a love of politics and God that became a fire for social justice. Pope Leo inspired him. 5. Revisit the modern-day expenses on page 3. Make a class list of basic expenses not covered. 6. Pope Francis names education, work that allows for creativity and dignity, and access to all other goods that are destined for common use. A living wage and just wage are the same.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Learn about the Roman occupation in Jesus’ time.l AppreciatethatfaithfulCatholicsalsomustbegoodcitizens. l Recognize what comprises the common good.l Understand the Catholic tradition of giving gifts.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 Give to Caesar and to God (page 4) Have the young people look closely at the coin illustration on page 4 and read aloud the bold text, which gives background for understanding the Gospel. Assign students to proclaim the Gospel. Ask those who are not reading parts to put down their Visions lessons and listen; then, ask these students to retell the Gospel for the class.Discuss the Talk questions. Answers: 1. Jesus knows the Pharisees have already made a decision to co-exist with the Romans and keep their religion too. 2. By havingthe coin, they demonstrate intent to pay the tax. 3. We have Christian obligations to care for the poor and we have benefits and obligations in society such as taxes and voting. Sometimes they conflict. Then we must use informed consciences.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Have Duties to God and People (page 4) Read this feature aloud as a summary of the Gospel concept of individual responsibility and allegiance. Turn to the Talk questions at the end of the doctrine and encourage everyone to participate in a respectful, discussion.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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