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GN36_12.indd 18/22/17 9:09 PMOur Families Are Waiting for Something to HappenWhat is this family getting ready for? How can you tell?What is your family’s favorite part ofgetting ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday?PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 10, 20172nd Sunday of AdventThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramTG2-18Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Recognize signs that Christmas is coming.l Appreciate Saint Nicholas’s care for the poor.Gather in a circle. Play and sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2) to begin your class gathering. As you finish the song, light the second violet candle on your Advent wreath.Gathering Prayer The children respond, “We are waiting” to each line of the prayer:“Come, Jesus, come.Mary and Joseph are ready.The crib is ready for you. And we are ready too.”Cover Activity l Our Families Are Waiting for Something to Happen (page 1) Gather in the story area and distribute Good News. The cover statement for this week continues the theme begun last week: Advent is a time of waiting for something great to happen. Ask the  rst two cover questions and let the children tell you the signs the family in the cover house is getting ready for Christmas. Distribute pencils or crayons and have them circle all the ways they  nd. Ask the question at the bottom of the page. Take time so that each child has a chance to be heard.Story l St Nicholas, Saint for the Poor (page 2) Stay in the story area. Ask the children what they know about Saint Nicholas. Some may be familiar with his identity as Santa Claus. Tell the children that Saint Nicholas was a real person, a bishop who lived in a faraway country where, on winter, there wasn’t enough food for the people. Have the children turn to page 2 and speculate from looking at the illustration what the story is about. Read the story aloud, with a di erent child reading each paragraph. After the reading, check the children’s comprehension by having them retell the story to you.Discuss the Know questions related to the story. Write on the board the children’s suggestions for sharing with hungry people. Tell them you will come back to those ideas later in the lesson.Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize John the Baptist was getting people ready for Jesus.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l Someone Powerful and Good Is Coming (page 3) Gather in the area set aside for proclaiming the Gospel and have the children describe the Gospel illustration. A person who looks like a teacher is talking to peopleat the top of the page. John the Baptist is preaching in the middle. Jesus is teaching at the bottom. Have the children stand without their issues of Good News to listen as three children proclaim the Gospel. After the reading, ask: What did both Isaiah and John the Baptist say? How are their messages the same? When Isaiah said, “Make a straight path,” he meant the same as John saying, “Change your ways.” Ask: What ideas do you have about how you can change and get ready for God in your lives?Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel.Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children to their worktables while playing and singing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6).Connecting Gospel and Doctrine(page 3) Read together “Jesus is Human and Divine.”Catholic Faith Word l Saint (page 3) Read this definition together. Make sure the children understand that all the people who are in Heaven with God are saints.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesCommunion of Saints (page 13)Bishop Nicholas took care of the poor people in his diocese. People told stories about how he helped them. Some of those stories, like the one in Good News this week, tell of miracles. People said to each other, “Bishop Nicholas

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