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December 3, 2017 • 1st Sunday of AdventSunday Readings: Isaiah 63:16b–17, 19b, 64:2–7; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 13:33–37For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundOn this Sunday, the Catholic Church begins the season of preparing for the feast of Christmas, the celebration of God becoming human. Advent is also the season that exhorts us to prepare for Jesus’ coming in glory at the end of time. Anticipating this Final Coming is the theme of Sunday’s Gospel.Materialsl Good News Student Lesson for 12/3 l Catechism handbook, page 18l CD player and Promise/Good NewsMake Advent Holy AsodmvenotnCeayloeundwarntEtaochthdaanykofrApdravyenfot,r.wUrsitetahenacmodeeoofn page 2. By Christmas, you will have 22 names.SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday1st Sunday of AdventDecember 3December 4December 5December 6December 7December 8December 92nd Sunday of AdventDecember 10December 11December 12December 13December 14December 15December 163rd Sunday of AdventDecember 17December 18December 19December 20December 21December 22December 234th Sunday of AdventCatholic Faith WordDecember 24CHRISTMASAdvent Awordmeaning“coming.” During this season of the Church year, we get ready to celebrate the coming of Jesus as a human baby at Christmas.#GN36_11.indd 18/23/17 4:51 PMPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 3, 20171st Sunday of AdventTo talk about being ready for his Second Coming, Jesus uses an experience in the lives of hislisteners similar to children’s experiences of scrambling to finish chores or homework before their CDsparents arrive home. Jesus wants his listeners to identify what servants do when their master leaves them with work and goes away without setting a time for his return.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineGood News immerses the children in the longing for the Messiah of the ancient People of God. The activities challenge them to prepare their hearts through prayer and forgiveness for Jesus’ coming among us today.“When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming” (CCC, 524).“The Church, ‘in the course of a year,... unfolds the whole mystery of Christ from his Incarnation and Nativity through his Ascension, to Pentecost and the expectation of the blessed hope of the coming of the Lord’” (CCC, 1194, citing Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 102.2). See also CCC, 1094–95 and 673, Corinthians 1:3–9, and Mark 13:33–37.l Advent wreath with battery-powered candles, crayons or colored pencils, scissors, pencils, tape or push pinsSuggested Musicl “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)l “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6) l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)Lesson Resourcesl Good News Activity Book, Activity #31 l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)Single-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes)l Gathering Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l Make Advent Holy (page 1) l Story l Isaiah Tells About God’s Love (page 2)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)l Sunday Gospel l We Have to Wait for Jesus (page 3) l Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel. l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)l Catholic Faith Word l Advent (page 1)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 18.Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Activity l My Advent Booklet (pages 3–4)l Closing Prayerl Closing Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-Homel Good News Activity Book, Activity #31l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families andto do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.TG2-12 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20-25 minutes)l Gathering Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l Make Advent Holy (page 1)l Story l Isaiah Tells About God’s Love (page 2)l Activity l Stretch and Sing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40-45 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)l Sunday Gospel l We Have to Wait for Jesus (page 3) l Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel.l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)l Catholic Faith Word l Advent (page 1)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 18.l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #31 Live the Gospel (15-20 minutes)l Activity l My Advent Booklet (pages 3–4)l Closing Prayerl Closing Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-HomeRemind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.


































































































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