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In what ways do you help most in your family?What person have you most helped in your life? How?Who helped you learn to ride a bike?Who is greatest?Who taught you to read?What persons have you helped that you didn’t even know?Whom have you helped learn a sport?November 5, 201731st Sunday in Ordinary TimeWhat person in your life has helped you the most? How?The one who serves.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramTG1-30Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Recognize ways they serve in class and teams.l Practice leadership to create community change among people their own age.l Explore ways God is like a loving parent.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Are Called”(CD-2, #12).Cover Activity l Who is greatest? The one who serves. (page 1) Pass out this week’s Visions lesson. Have the young people identify what is happening in the photos and then respond to the questions in the “1.” Have the group form two circles, one inside the other, and then face each other and sit. Have them share their responses to a cover question, then have one circle rotate one place and do the next question. Do this for each question.Gathering Prayer After the activity, ask everyone to quiet themselves for prayer. Explain that this Sunday’s Gospel reading changes our understanding of what makes a person powerful. It’s not money. It’s not fame. Jesus tells us that the greatest personis the one who humbly serves others. Ask the young people to silently reflect on times they served others this week and when they could have offered help, but didn’t. Close the prayer time by saying, “Lord, help us to be good leaders, to serve others, and to share your love. Amen.”Article l Never Too Young to Lead (pages 2-3) Have the class infer what the students are doing in the photos. Then ask for volunteers to take turns reading the story aloud.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1. The kids care because the park is across the street from their school; no one could use it. They had to see it and walkpast it every day. Adults in Camden have lost hope; kids have hope. The civic engagement class taught the student leadershow to act for change about something they cared about. 2. The student leaders learn about hosting meetings, setting agendas, holding people accountable, public speaking, and follow-through. 3.Open-ended. 4. Community service is about donating time and energy to help others accomplish a goal. Community organizingis about identifying what needs change and participating in building up public attention and support and holding people accountable for change and follow through.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Understand the role of the Pharisees in the Gospel.l Learn why Catholics share their money for the needs of theChurch and the world.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 One Who Serves Is Greatest (page 4) Have five volunteers take the Narrator and four Jesus parts and proclaim the Gospel. Ask the young people who are not reading parts to put down their Visions lessons and listen.Then ask the listeners to recount the Gospel message and respond to the Talk questions: 1. Those who teach the Law of Moses but don’t practice what they preach;Pharisees who wear special accessories that show they are holy. They want to sit in places of honor at banquets and in synagogues and to have titles of respect. 2. Open-ended. Make sure the children respect the anonymity of others they might mention by not using names. 3. One who serves the rest. Jesus might tell Leah to help all the girls have a good time instead of teasing weak kids like Hanna; open-ended.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Serve (page 4) In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus challenges the Pharisees’ ideas about what makes a person great. Humility and a willingness to serve are the characteristics of a true leader.Turn to the two Talk questions. Answers: 1. If you do not have access to the internet in your classroom, assign this question as homework. 2. Humility may be seenas weakness, but in this case, humility means that we always act in a way that serves God.Catholic Faith Word l Humility (page 4) The doctrine lesson this week leads directly to this week’s Catholic Faith Word—humility. After you read the definition aloud, ask the young people if they can think of people who fit the descriptionof being a humble leader. Ask volunteers to provide examples of humility.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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