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For Catechists and TeachersJesus Is the Heartof CatechesisThe Advent-Christmas season focuses on the mystery of the Incarnation—of God becoming human, one of us. The stories of Jesus’ birth anticipate who he is for the world and proclaim he is Israel’s long-awaited, Spirit- lled messiah.Christmas teaches its meaning in the many traditions that the birth of Jesus has generated through the centuries—the carols, the crèche, the special foods, the gift-giving. People of every nation create crib sets that show themselves gathered around the new baby. Carols tell the Christmas story—how Jesus was born “Away in a Manger” and invites all the faithfulto come with the shepherds and adore Christ the Lord. They announce the Good News in melodies we hum. Towns and neighborhoods put up lights and decorations. Families wrap the trunks of birches and palms with lights and wind evergreens boughs with lights of every color. Theatres perform Dickens’sA Christmas Carol and Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, teaching the value of giving to new generations. Families reconnect to celebrate together. Cards arrive with photos and letters from relatives and people who want to stay in touch. Children see the Advent wreath each week in church and hear, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Children learn from all these customs how important Jesus is to the world.Don’t skip any of the Venture lessons or activities. If you do not have time to work with them in class, be sure they go home with the children. Include a note or send a follow-up email to parents suggesting how to enjoy Venture as a family. Point out the weekly prayer, question, and activity in the With My Family and Friends box in every lesson. Keeping the Advent calendar, reading the plays together, and creating the crèche  gures will create lasting memories.Unit 2 Gospel BackgroundThe Feast of Christ the King concludes the Church year. Over the past weeks, the Sunday Gospels have been  lled with Jesus’ parables, inviting us to judge ourselves: Do we say yes but do nothing? Are we good tenants of God’s vineyard? Do we respond promptly to the king’s invitation to the wedding banquet? Do we love God and our neighbor as ourselves?Now we move to other challenges: Do we use our talents well? Do we feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, visit the sick? The Gospel for the Feast of Christ the King not only sums up these parables but also serves as a dramatic summation of the whole of Jesus’ moral teaching.The new Liturgical year begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent. Throughout Advent, Venture draws on the many signs of theDate/SundaySunday GospelsBibleCatholic Social TeachingNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeMatthew 25:14–30 TalentsProverbs 31: Ideal Wife; Genesis 1Call to family and communityNovember 26, 2017 Feast of Christ the KingMatthew 25:31–46 Works of MercyWorks of MercyRights and responsibilitiesDecember 3, 2017 1st Sunday of AdventMark 13:33–37 Be Alert!Isaiah 40: Babylonian ExileHuman life is sacredDecember 10, 2017 2nd Sunday of AdventMark 1:1–8Jesus Is Good NewsJohn the Baptist; the Ten CommandmentsRights and responsibilitiesDecember 17, 2017 3rd Sunday of AdventJohn 1:6–8, 19–28John the Baptist Prepares for JesusIsaiah 61; Magni catThe human person is sacredDecember 24, 2017 4th Sunday of AdventLuke 1:26–38 Mary’s Yes to GodAngel messenger; King David; Jesus’ ancestorsRights and responsibilitiesDecember 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 EpiphanyOption for the poor and vulnerableJanuary 14, 20182nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeJohn 1:35–42Jesus Calls His FollowersDisciplesCall to family, communityTG2-2Venture 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: Nicholle Check; Designer: Jennifer Poferl. Page TG1-2 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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