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December 24, 2017 • 4th Sunday of AdventCatholic Faith Word l Annunciation (page 4) Point out to the children that Annunciation looks like “announcement”— and that’s exactly what it is.Our Catholic Faith l God Promises to Be with David’s House (page 5) When the angel tells Mary about her child, the angel refers to him as a member of the house of David. Ask the children what they already know about David. He was a king, founded Jerusalem, united the 12 tribes of Israel into a nation just as George Washington united the 13 colonies into the United States. Have one child read aloud Sunday’s First Reading, “God Chooses David.”Then have the children read this feature and answer the question. David was Jesus’ ancestor. Because Jesus conquered death by his Resurrection, his Kingdom will last forever, as the angel says to Mary.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Appreciate the painting, The Annunciation, by Fra Angelico. l Recognize that people say yes to God through their workand service.Living the Gospel l Mary and Gabriel Have an Important Meeting (pages 6-7) Give the children a moment to look at the painting. Direct them to the bold text at the bottom of page 6. Ask: Does this image the picture they may have in their heads after hearing this Sunday’s Gospel? Take turns reading the text aloud or put the children in pairs and have them read together.Now take a “tour” of The Annunciation, starting with the light- blue shape at the bottom of page 7. Give the children time to list the details they think most important.l Move to the rose-colored shape at the top of page 7. The garden behind the fence represents the Garden of Eden.l In the green shape, give everyone a chance to speculate about why Fra Angelico painted Gabriel’s wings as he did.l The position of Mary’s and Gabriel’s arms shows that they humbly accept God’s message.l Again, Mary’s downward gaze shows acceptance of what Gabriel has told her. Let the children speculate what Mary might be feeling. Ask: How would they feel in her place?l Close this discussion by asking why this scene might be shown outdoors. The painting re ects the space in which the artist lived.Catholic Leaders l They Say Yes to God(page 8) Give the children time to look at the brief biographies. Ask: Do you imagine saying yes to God could include being a scientist or coach? Read each example aloud together. Emphasize that God wants us to use all of our talents. This will also prepare the children for a discussion of vocations on the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.Closing Prayer O er a prayer of thanksgiving for all people who say yes to God. Give each child the opportunity to add to your list, including teachers, priests, religious sisters, artists, athletes, and writers—everyone who uses their gifts joyfully.All respond: Amen.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 #11 from the Venture Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.Name ________________________________________________Events of Mary’s LifeOur belief that Mary was born without Original Sin and remained free of personal sin is part of the Sacred Tradition of the Church. We look to Sacred Scripture for our belief that Mary is the mother of the Church and the mother of us all.Draw lines to match each story about Mary’s life with its name. Use your Catechism handbook for help: pages 10 and 11 talk about Mary’s life, page 17 lists Mary’s feast days, and page 54 lists the Mysteries of the Rosary.Activity 114024_VN_AB_corrected_proof_V3.indd 297/16/17 10:33 PMMary visits her cousin Elizabeth. • Mary is conceived free from •Original Sin.Mary is taken into Heaven. •Mary gives birth to Jesus. •The angel Gabriel tells Mary she • will be the mother of Jesus.Mary is crowned the Queen • of Heaven.Mary is born. •• Annunciation • AssumptionUnit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-27• Coronation• Immaculate Conception • Nativity of Jesus• Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary• VisitationMaryGather as a whole group to look over the calendar page and to recognize Mary’s importance in our lives.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 4.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.© 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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