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December 17, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of AdventCatholic Faith Word l Magnificat (page 5) Read the de nition aloud. Encourage the children to pray the Magni cat with their families at home.Our Catholic Faith l Isaiah and Mary Describe the Messiah (page 5) This feature explores Sunday’s First and Second Readings to show how Isaiah and Mary describe the servant of God who is coming. Read this feature aloud in class by having di erent children take each paragraph.Choose strong readers to proclaim the verses from Isaiah and Mary. Invite the children to note the similarities between these two readings. Before reading the  nal paragraph, divide the class into  ve small groups. Have groups read the remainder of the feature and assign one of the  ve questions to each group. Have the groups discuss answers and then present them to the entire class.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Review what they’ve learned about Advent and Christmas.l Create a mobile that helps them learn the O Antiphons.l Offer an Advent prayer based on the message for GaudeteSunday—rejoice!Puzzle l ‘Tis the Season Wordfind (page 6) Have the children complete this puzzle on their own or with a partner. Answers: 1. prepare; 2. ready; 3. wreath; 4. tree, lights, ornaments; 5. pray; 6. carols; 7. Jesus, Mary, Joseph; 8. St. Nick; 9. star, manger; 10. gold; 11. family; 12. hollyLiving the Gospel l O Antiphons Ask Jesus to Come (pages 7–8) The O Antiphons are prayers that leadup to the feast of Christmas. Have the children read the  rst two paragraphs. Distribute scissors and show them how to cut out the panel of circles from the page by making a vertical cut on page 7. The cut line is marked with a scissors. Give the children time to cut out the eight circles. Play Christmas carols from the Venture/Visions CDs while the children work.Work as a class to study the antiphons for December 17, 18, and 19. Have the children identify and discuss what they learn about who Jesus is from the prayer and from the symbol on the back. The triangle (December 17) represents the Trinity and God’s wisdom in creating the world; the tablets and  re (December 18)—God’s covenant with Moses; and the tree (December 19)— the Messiah or new sprout that grew from the root or stump of Jesse, David’s father. The other symbols are more self-explanatory. Then have them study the remaining antiphons in pairs.Distribute the needles, which have been pre-threaded with string or thread. Show the children how to push the needle through the top, and then knot the end so that it does not slip through the paper circle. Then follow the instructions on page 7 to create the mobile.Closing Prayer Choose a leader and reader for the prayer service. Begin a class Advent mobile as part of the prayer service, using your copy of Venture. If your class meets every day, hang one circle on each appropriate day, and repeat the prayer service on page 8. Or have the children read and hang all eight antiphon circles during a single prayer service. If making a mobile seems di cult, use the circles as decorations for an Advent wreath or bulletin board.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.Lesson Wrap-UpNovember 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Visit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #6 from the Venture Additional Activities book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Name ________________________________________________Jesus: Human and Divine 6 Jesus became man so that he could help everyone to become a childof God. We call this act the Incarnation. The word “Incarnation” means“taking on  esh.” Human nature and divine nature exist togetherperfectly and completely in Jesus. His divine love heals the division between God and humanity.4024_VN_AB_corrected_proof_V3.indd 247/16/17 10:33 PMCreate a prayer card about the Incarnation. On the leftside write a prayer, on the right side draw an image that represents the Incarnation. Cut out the two sides of the card and glue them together.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-23ActivityGod the SonWrite the main words—Messiah, Christ, Jesus, Savior, Emmanuel—on large sheets of newsprint or on the board.Note: The other two sections on this page also explorethe mystery of the Incarnation, God taking on our human nature in Jesus. One of the advantages of these handbooks is the continuity of topics. Children can browse as they are interested.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.With My Family and Friends© 2018 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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