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November 26, 2017 • Feast of Christ the Kingwe say we love Jesus, we must show that love in the way we treat other people.Catholic Faith Word l Mercy (page 2) Review the meaning of the word mercy with the children.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjective The children will express how they do the Works of Mercy in their schools, families, and neighborhoods.Activity l We Do the Works of Mercy Game (page 2–3) Read aloud the directions to the game. Then ask a child to read the definition of mercy on page 2. This game will give the children plenty of chances to share with each other how they can show love and compassion to people in this town. As a conclusion to the game, read the Gospel together again. Remind the children of the Gospel about Jesus’ two great rules of love. Jesus gives us specific examples of love in this Gospel and says that we will be judged on whether or not we do these loving actions.Closing Prayer Gather in the prayer circle. Begin your prayer: “Thank you, God, for people who feed the hungry by collecting food in our community.” Let the children tell of any people or groups they know about. End by praying: “Thank you, Lord, for all the good people around us who help us see Jesus in those in need and reach out to them. Help us to show our care for others too.” The children respond, “Amen.”Play and sing “Serving Each Other” (CD-1, #19) to conclude your session and prayer.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy (page 45)Four weeks ago, the Sunday Gospel was about Jesus’ Great Commandment: love God and love your neighboras yourself. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus gives specific examples of ways we are to show this love. They are called Works of Mercy.Explain that there are two different kinds of Works of Mercy. Corporal Works of Mercy are things we do to help take care of the needs of other people’s physical needs, the needs of their bodies. Corporal comes from the Latin word for “body” (corpus).Read the list at the bottom of page 45. Return to the Gospel reading and read again the words of Jesus whenhe names many of these actions. (Visiting the imprisoned and burying the dead are not mentioned in the Good News version of the Gospel. These are more difficult for most young children to do.) Ask: How can children do the Corporal Works of Mercy?Talk about the fact that each person is more than just a body. We also have a soul, a spiritual side. We need to take care of each other’s spiritual and emotional needs too. These are called the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Read through the list at the bottom of page 45. Allow the children to ask questions about the meanings of these and explain them simply to the children. Make sure the children know that we can also find these in the teachings and actions of Jesus. Ask: How can children do the Spiritual Works of Mercy?Encourage the children to memorize these lists and to look for ways they can do Works of Mercy in their daily lives.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, pages 2–3.Lesson Wrap-Up4023_GoodNews.indd 45 7/14/17 9:06 AMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #27 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.NameWe Help Those in NeedSaint Teresa of Calcutta worked hard to bring food, water, and clothing to the poorest people on earth. She was awarded a prize for her work. Many people know her name. You are also called by God to help people in need. Even if no one else notices, God will know.Read the stories below and imagine that you are the main character. Draw pictures to illustrate the story.On a family drive,I saw some people who were begging for money. Itook some of my allowance and put it in the “poor box” at church on Sunday.At school I noticed a child who only brought a fruit cup for lunch.So I shared my sandwich.Activity27Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-11Works of MercyThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program© 2017 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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