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Make 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 AdventTG2-14© Bayard Presse – Filotéo 236 – Illustration: Barbara Nascimbeni – 2015Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Recognize we are beginning the Advent season.l Become familiar with the prophet Isaiah.Play and sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2) to begin each Advent session. It will help the children understand the Advent season as a time of preparing for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Light the first violet candle on your class Advent wreath.Gathering Prayer “Jesus, we are getting ready to celebrate your birthday at Christmas. We know you came to be with us because you love us. Thank you very much. We love you too. Come, Jesus, our brother.” The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l Make Advent Holy (page 1) Advent means “coming.” During the four weeks of Advent, we wait for the anniversary of Jesus’ coming at Christmas.Distribute Good News and ask the children to tell you about the cover. It is a calendar. There are more candles each Sunday. The illustrations remind us of Christmas. The last day is Christmas Eve.Read the directions at the top of the page together. Turnto page 2 and direct the children to look at the top of the page. Ask volunteers to describe the small illustrations and read aloud the words near each. Turn back to the calendar and look at the December 4 square. The children can write over the flower the name of a relative or family member they wish to thank or pray for. Be sure everyone is clear about how to keep Advent holy by using the calendar. Use your own copy for a class calendar. Cut out the strip on page 2 and pin or tape it alongside the calendar as a model for what the children can do at home.Story l Isaiah Tells About God’s Love (page 2) The beauty of his language and the hope in his message makes Isaiah the prophet most people recognize. Read this feature aloud with the children.Activity l Stretch and Sing Invite the children to walk in place while playing and singing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will appreciate Jesus’ message to wait, watch, and be ready.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l We Have to Wait for Jesus (page 3) Ask: How do your parents want you to behave when you are left at home with a sitter? Tell the children that in this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus talks about being ready for him. Ask four children to proclaim the Gospel to the rest of the class, taking the parts of Narrator, Child 1, Child 2, and Jesus. Direct the other children to sit or stand quietly.After the reading, review the ways parents expect children to be ready for their return from an absence.Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel. Take ample time for each child to share a response. Make certain they understand they can be ready by being kind to their brothers and sisters, doing their chores, and obeying their parents.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)Read “Advent Celebrates the Incarnation.”Catholic Faith Word l Advent (page 1) Make sure the children understand this term and that Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas, is a time of getting ready for the celebration of Christmas.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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