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For Catechists and TeachersEnding One Church Year...Unit 2 begins with the  nal two weeks of Ordinary Time. In its  rst two lessons, we hear parables that envision who Christians can be individually and together.We  rst hear the Parable of the Talents. God entrusts each of us with life and unique talents to develop and use. God also entrusts us with the capacity to respect and be kind.In the Gospel for the Feast of Christ the King, we learn the very important lesson that what we do for others, we do for Christ. Jesus identi es with the least among us. The children of Good News age to whom we teach Jesus’ challenge of self-giving are usually still in the moral development stage of self-satisfaction. Good News lessons provide practice in moral reasoning and gives them opportunities to practice empathy and giving as they grow toward more mature stages of moral development....Beginning AnotherThe Sundays of Advent prepare Christians to celebrate the coming of God among us at Jesus’ birth, the Incarnation. The doctrine of the Incarnation teaches that Jesus is both divine and human. But Jesus lived in time, on the earth, and had a body. His parents loved him, cared for him, prayed and played with him, and helped him grow into a loving and just adult. He belonged to the family of the human race. That makes us all brothers and sisters to Jesus and to one another.Date/Sunday Sunday Gospels BibleThe Gospel for the 1st Sunday of Advent begins where the Gospels of the  nal Sundays of the Church year end—by looking at the ultimate impact of Jesus’ life, Death, and Resurrection, and the culmination of all things in him at the Second Coming. “Be watchful! Be alert!” Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel in a parable about servants who do not know when their master will return.The other Gospels of Advent feature John the Baptist’s preaching and the longing of Israel’s people for the promised Messiah. As we hear John urge the people of his time to turn to God, we hear our call to make time and space in our busyness to live the spirit of Christmas.This unit also features a story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Gospels of the Annunciation and Christmas. Epiphany celebrates the Revelation of the Jewish Messiah to all peoples of the world.Unit 2 concludes with a return to Ordinary Time and the importance of listening and responding to Jesus’ call to become his friends and followers.Catholic Social TeachingNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:14–30 TalentsNovember 26, 2017 Feast of Christ the KingMatthew 25:31–46 Works of MercyLast JudgmentDignity of the human personDecember 3, 2017 1st Sunday of AdventDecember 17, 2017 3rd Sunday of AdventMark 13:33–37 Be Alert!Prophet Isaiah; IsraelDecember 10, 2017 2nd Sunday of AdventMark 1:1–8Jesus Is Good NewsJohn the BaptistOption for poor and vulnerableJohn 1:6–8, 19–28John the Baptist Prepares for JesusJohn the Baptist; MessiahOption for poor and vulnerable; solidarityDecember 24, 2017 4th Sunday of AdventLuke 1:26–38 Mary’s Yes to GodAngel messengerSolidarityDecember 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyLuke 2:1–14 Jesus Is Born and Matthew 2:1–12 Visit of the MagiNew Testament: Nativity and EpiphanyJanuary 14, 20182nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeJohn 1:35–42Jesus Calls FollowersThe prophet Samuel; discipleCall to family and communityTG2-2Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, August 2, 2017GOOD NEWS Teaching Guide (supplement to Pflaum Gospel Weeklies) copyright © 2017 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., sponsored by the Augustinians of the Assumption. Editorial Director: David Dziena; Editor: Joan McKamey; Designer: Jennifer Poferl. Page TG2-2 art: © Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim Burrows. Printed in the USA. Material in this supplement may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.For free at-home activities, visit

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