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l lTG2-20Good News Activity Book, Activity #3Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.December 17, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of AdventSunday Readings: Isaiah 61:1–2a, 10–11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundDuring the season of Advent, we prepare for Christmas by listening to the people who prepare the way for Jesus. In Sunday’s Gospel, people ask John the Baptist who he is—the messiah or a prophet. In response, the he identi es himself as a prophet by quoting Second Isaiah, “I am a voice in the desert, crying out, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” but he declares that he is not the messiah. Rather, he insists that someone more important than he is coming, someone no one recognizes.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineAs we prepare for Christmas, the Gospel urges us to recognize Jesus among us by responding each day to his call to become our best Christian selves.Both this lesson and the one for the 4th Sunday of Advent emphasize the role of Mary in bringing Jesus to birth in our world. Devotion to Mary that is rooted in her role as Mother of God will strengthen the children’s faith in the Incarnation.“‘There was a man sent from God, whose name was John’ (John 1:6). John was ‘ lled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb’ (Luke 1:15, 41) by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 717).“From the beginning to the end of time, whenever God sends his Son, he always sends his Spirit: their mission is conjoined and inseparable” (CCC, 743). See also CCC, 971–975.Materialsl Good News Student Lesson for 12/17 l Catechism handbook, page 54l CD player and Promise/Good News CDs l Advent wreath, crayons, colored pencilsor markers, scissors, Bible, yellow or gold paper cut in 5 x 5 inch squares, Advent calendar from Good News 12/3NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4. Suggested 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 #3l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)GN36_13.indd 18/23/17 8:57 PMOur Parish Is Waiting forSomethingto HappenPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 17, 20173rd Sunday of AdventHow is thisparish community getting ready for Christmas? How does your parish get ready?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 Our Parish Is Waiting... (page 1)l Story l Waiting for a Surprise (page 2)l Discuss the Know question related to the story. Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)l Sunday Gospel l John the Baptist Tells About Jesus (page 3) l Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel.l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)l Catholic Faith Word l Messiah (page 3)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 54.Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Activity l We Help Others Get Ready for Jesus (page 4) l Activity l Advent Booklet and Calendar (pages 3–4)l Closing Prayerl Closing Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-Home90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20-25 minutes)l Gathering Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l Our Parish Is Waiting... (page 1)l Story l Waiting for a Surprise (page 2)l Discuss the Know question related to the story.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 John the Baptist Tells About Jesus (page 3) l Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel.l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)l Catholic Faith Word l Messiah (page 3)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 54.l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #3 Live the Gospel (15-20 minutes)l Activity l We Help Others Get Ready for Jesus (page 4) l Activity l Advent Booklet and Calendar (pages 3–4)l Closing Prayerl Closing Song l “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and todo the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans


































































































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