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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?© Bayard, Inc. – Illustration: Jim BurrowsTG2-22Share ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize the preparations for Christmas that are happening in their parish.Gather in a circle to sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)as you prepare to pray and begin class. As you finishthe song, light the rose candle on your Advent wreath. Explain that rose is a color of joy. We light the rose candle this week because Christmas is getting closer.Gathering Prayer “Dear Jesus, come into our hearts. Help us to know your love and share it with others. Help us to be kind and respectful as we make ourselves ready for your Christmas birthday.”The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l Our Parish Is Waiting for Something to Happen (page 1) Gather the children in the story area, distribute Good News pages 1–2 and crayons, and direct the children’s attention to the cover illustration. Ask the  rst question and give the children time to respond. Then ask the second question and write the children’s responses on the board. Give the children time to circle all the signs of waiting in the illustration.Story l Waiting for a Surprise (page 2) Stay inthe story area. Ask the children to turn to page 2 of Good News and speculate from the title and illustration what the story will be about. Read the story aloud to the class or ask them to readit aloud with a di erent child taking each paragraph. When you have  nished reading the story, ask the children to retell the story to you.Discuss the Know question related to the story. Ask: How would you feel if this class got a present of baby  r trees? What will the children have to do to help themgrow? What will the trees look like when these third-graders are in high school? Who will be happy because of the surprise from Maine? Let the children enjoy this discussion. They enjoy a story more when they can tell about their own feelings and experiences that relate to the story. This is why Jesus liked to teach in parables.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 that John the Baptist is introducing Jesus to people.Gather in the Gospel storytelling area and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24).Sunday Gospel l John the Baptist Tells About Jesus (page 3) Move to the Gospel area and distribute pages 3–4 of Good News. Fold pages 3–4 on the dotted line so the Advent song “The Promise” is on the cover. Invite the children to look closely at the Gospel illustrations on page 2 of the booklet. Have them point out John the Baptist. Assign the part of John to one child and divide the rest of the children into three groups to read what John’s questioners say. Group the children in a semi- circle around the child who takes John’s part, so they can see him easily and he can respond easily.Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel. Then ask: From whom have you learned the answersto the questions to these questions? Parents, teachers, priests, and many other people have pointed Jesus out and told about him.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)Read together “Jesus Is the Messiah.”Catholic Faith Word l Messiah (page 3) Read the de nition of Messiah together and make sure the children connect this term to Jesus.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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