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The NEW Gospel WeekliesIt’s a new year! What do you have in common with your Visions classmates?Play KNOW to  nd out.Photo: Shutterstock Photo: Shutterstockl Read the statements on the KNOW board. Now  nd classmates to sign statements that are true for them.I am afraid of spiders.I have more than two pets.I know the first name of our priest.I like broccoli.l Shout KNOW when you have  lled four squares in a row.My family helps at church.I play an instrument.I have been snorkeling.I was named for a relative or saint.What do you KNOW?KNOWI wear a size 8 shoe.I have more than two siblings.I know how to snowboard.I have been to a country outside the United States.I can touch my tongue to my nose.I can name five books in the Bible.I know the street that our church is on.My family eats dinner together most nights.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 37, Number 1Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will: l Appreciate each other’s special gifts.l Explore the concept of fairness.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The GreatCommandment” (CD-2, #13).Gathering Prayer Ask the young people to think of a special gift they bring to the group. Invite them to be ready to introduce themselves and name this gift. Leader: Loving God, you callus together to learn more about you, to learn more about one another, and to grow as a community together. Please introduce yourselves and name a gift you bring. Leader: Bless our new community and time together. Amen.Cover Activity l What do you KNOW? (page 1) Read aloud the directions for playing K-N-O-W in the left column. The two steps work like Bingo. Give the young people time to do the game, which acts as an icebreaker for the young people to get to know one another.Story l Clean Up (pages 2–3) Invite your class to look at the photos and speculate about the story. Explain that they may have experienced the conflict in the story. Then read the story aloud as a class, each taking a turn reading the short paragraphs.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. All of the discussion questions invite open-ended responses. Encourage your young people to share differing opinionsand explain their reasoning for questions 3 and 4, which will prepare them for the Gospel.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Explore what fair means to God, who is love.l Identify how the Liturgy builds Catholic community. l Review the parts of the Mass.Gospel Ritual Visions adapts the Sunday Gospels to the reading level of middle-school students and puts it in drama form so each week several young people can join in proclaiming the Word. Presenting the Gospel in reader parts invites the young people 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. As you prepare the young people to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).TG1-6Sunday Gospel l God Abounds in Love (page 4) Ask for volunteers to read the parts of Narrator, Jesus, Landowner, and First Hired. All other group members can read the part of Workers together.Discuss the Talk questions. Answers: 1. Open-ended— it is outside in the sun. 2. Most people in Jesus’ time don’t have land to farm and must find work to earnenough for their families to survive. 3. Equal pay seems unfair and goes against paying by the hour as businesses usually do today.4. Let the young people know that they will work more on this question in the Living the Gospel activity on page 6.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l God’s Love Is for All (page 4) Ask the young peopleto explain what Kingdom of God means. How is theKingdom like and unlike our life on Earth? Does this difference help them understand why God (the landowner in this Sunday’s Gospel) would pay all of the workers the same amount, regardless of when they began to work? God’s definition of fair may differ from ours. God doesn’t run out of love. He shares love freely, not evenly.Now turn to the three Talk questions: 1. Parables help listeners see themselves. They are a gentle way for listeners to hear something they may not want to knowabout themselves (e.g., that they may be a little greedy or focused on things being even, rather than just). Parables are also a good way to remember a lesson. 2. Fair is a human term and implies things being even; when we are just we give people what they need, regardless of what they may have earned. 3. It’s likely that the young people will mention those on the fringes or the outside; God would spend time with those who need his love most.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 Mass (page 47) Liturgy (page 20)Jesus’ Mission (page 11)Have your young people work in pairs to review the parts of the Mass on page 47. Encourage them to identify the different parts the next time they go to Mass.Have a volunteer read the section on Liturgy on page 20. Ask your group what key words they hear that express

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