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UNIT 2 OVERVIEW: We Celebrate Jesus’ ComingEditor’s Note: This unit may be interrupted by Christmas break. We encourage you to plan ahead for the entire Advent-Christmas season based on your program’s schedule. If you are back in session for the Sunday of Epiphany (1/7), do not send the Christmas and Epiphany lesson home with the children before Christmas break.Sacraments & LiturgyCreedLife in ChristChristian PrayerThe People of God use their talents (#546, 1880)Reconciliation: responsibility, conscienceResponding to graceThanking God for talents; a rming othersThe People of God do works of mercy (#2446–2447)Reconciliation: loving actions; EucharistDoing works of mercyPraising GodCreation awaits ful llment (#715, 1015)Family forgivenessAdvent prayer and songFamily forgivenessIsrael awaits a savior (#702)Acts of justice; Communion of SaintsModel of saints: NicholasCarols; Apostles’ CreedThe Church awaits Jesus (#523–524)Our Lady of GuadalupeWaiting for Jesus’ comingChristmas carols; Advent wreathMary, model of believers (#273, 509)Hail Mary; AnnunciationInculturating our faithHail Mary; Advent wreathJesus is Emmanuel (#744)Celebrating the Christmas season; Church calendarTelling the Christmas storyCarols; Native American blessingJesus reveals God to us (#73)Eucharist: Liturgy of the WordLearning about Jesus in BibleResponsorial Psalm: Psalm 40Living Our Faith     What’s New for 2017-18Each year, the Advent and Christmas season asks us to reflect on our human experience and who we are becoming in Christ. “Because the eternal Word assumed human nature, human experience is the locus for the manifestation and realization of salvation in him. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, persons come to know Christ, to know that he was sent from the Father, and to know that he died to save them in the midst of their human experience” (National Directory for Catechesis, 29A).December is busy in schools and parishes. Advent wreaths, Nativity scenes, Secret Santas, choir practices, and Christmas plays—all help us focus on the Incarnation of God in our world. It’s important to be clear that Jesus’ coming is not solely an event of the past; we can invite Jesus into our hearts each day. Jesus is also present in a very special way at every celebration of the Eucharist.The family is the first school of faith. Children absorb attitudes and imitate practices. As teachers and catechists, consider ways to support parents in their role as their child’s primary teachers of faith.Over the last year, we met with teachers, catechists, and program directors who use the P aum Gospel Weeklies with their children. We asked questions, we listened, and we hope that the changes we’ve made will help you bring the Gospel to your children in even more meaningful and lasting ways.We expanded the lesson plans to help you pace the Weeklies for how you use them, whether your class meets every day or every week. We’ve worked with teachersto develop Curriculum Connections that tie the Weekliesto other learning areas, including language arts, social studies, math, and science. The new Catholic Identity Projects were developed to help connect the children in your school or parish to the larger Church.We’ve also recently launched GROW—Gospel Resources of the Week—a new blog that brings together re ections on the Sunday Gospels, saints, feasts, prayers, video links, and free printables in one convenient spot. Find it at Let us know how we’redoing—either on the GROW blogor at editor@p blogPFLAUM Gospel Resources of the WeekAll numbers in parentheses refer to sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. Please recycle this teaching guide properly. Thank you.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-3

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