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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 Baptistwho he is—the Messiah or a prophet. In response, the Baptist identi es himself asa 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. As we prepare for Christmas, the Gospel urges us to recognize Jesus among us by responding each day to his calls to become our best Christian selves.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineBoth 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 of Mother of God will strengthen the children’s faith in the Incarnation.“‘There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.’ John was ‘ lled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb’ by Christ himself, whom the Virgin Mary had just conceived by the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 717).Single-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions on how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l What is the best present you ever received? (page 1) l Play l Why the Bells Rang (pages 2–3)l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)l Sunday Gospel l Who Is John the Baptist? (page 4) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 10.l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Activity l O Antiphons Ask Jesus to Come (pages 7–8) l Closing Prayer l Advent Prayer (page 8)Take-Homel Have the children complete the puzzle on page 6 at home.l Activity l God the Son (Venture Activity Book, Activity #6)l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families andto do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (25–30 minutes) l Gathering Song l “We Are Called” (CD-2, #12)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l What is the best present you ever received? (page 1) l Play l Why the Bells Rang (pages 2–3)l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1) l Sunday Gospel l Who Is John the Baptist? (page 4) l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel. l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes andTeaches handbooks. Turn to page 10.l Catholic Faith Word l Magnificat (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)l Puzzle l ‘Tis the Season Wordfind (page 6)l Activity l O Antiphons Ask Jesus to Come (pages 7–8)l Activity l God the Son (Venture Activity Book, Activity #6) l Closing Prayer l Advent Prayer (page 8)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.TG2-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansMaterialsl Venture Student Lesson for 12/17l Catechism handbook, page 10l CD player and Venture/Visions CDsl Pencils/pens, markers/colored pencils, notebookpaper, Bible, cloth, candle, matches/lighter, scissors for each child, small branches or clothes hangers, fine thread or string on sewing needles, Advent wreathSuggested Musicl “We Are Called” (CD-2, #12)l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)Lesson Resourcesl Venture Activity Book, Activity #6l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)What is the best present you ever received?Fifth-grade students from Holy Family Church in Nutley, New Jersey, and fourth-grade students from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, answered this week’sKidTalk question. Read their responses, and then write your own in the space provided.VEN37_13.indd 18/27/17 11:34 AMLife, family, and shelter—these are the best presents I ever received. DominicI wanted a surfboard because of my idol, Bethany Hamilton. I want to be justMy baby sister, Olivia, is the best thing that ever happened to me. She has brought my family a lot of joy. NicoletteI got to visit my cousin in Poland and he got to come to the United States. I took him to Long Beach Island and to New York City. The saddest part was when he had to leave. PhilipMy mom handed mea necklace box so I thought it was going to be a necklace.Mmy edahdowtautoghptlay football. My dream is to be a professional football player forA visit from my twobaby cousins.Spending time withmy family and doingthings together issomething I love. It isalways the best gift. AriannaBut when I opened it, two Taylor Swift concert tickets fell out. Giannathe New York Giants. Joseph Mis ysodsopge, cPieanl. nie,Every time Iplay with her,When I got my phone, I knew my parents had trust in me, and it made me feel very special. Jesseshe is so funnyandenergetic. mel.ikIesthilelrs;usrhfewiinthsptihreast She has made a differencein my life. Alivia same board! KatelynThe best gift I ever received was my life, because it came from God. AngeloPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 17, 20173rd Sunday of Advent


































































































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