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December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyChristmas Readings: Isaiah 9:1–6, Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14 Epiphany Readings: Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians 3:2–3a, 5–6; Matthew 2:1–12For Catechists and TeachersA Note on This LessonAfter four busy weeks of Advent, Venture helps children celebrate the birth of Jesus. This lesson encourages children to look beyond the gift-giving aspects of Christmas to appreciate the prayerful side of the season.Christmas memories often involve an ornament a child made or a favorite family recipe. The crèche figures in today’s lesson can become just such a memory. If you know you will not have time to create the figures in class, prepare envelopes for the pages and have the children take them home. Include a note and a Christmas greeting to the parents.Connecting Scripture and Doctrine“The Incarnation is the mystery of the wonderful union of the divine and human natures in the one person of the Word” (CCC, 483). “Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived and he lives it in us. ‘By his incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each human’” (CCC, 521). “The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as the messiah of Israel, Son of God, and Savior of the world. ...The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations” (CCC, 528).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 Story l The Three Skaters, An Epiphany Story (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions on page 3.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)l Christmas Gospel l Jesus Is Born! (page 1)l Epiphany Gospel l Wise Men Visit Jesus (page 4)l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the first Think question related to doctrine.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 58.Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Creative Drama (see page TG2-31)l Activity l Make a Christmas Scene (pages 5–8) l Closing PrayerTake-Homel If they don’t have time in class, have the children complete their Christmas scenes at home.l Activity l Holy Days of Obligation (Venture Activity Book, #32) l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20–25 minutes)l Gathering Song l Choose from CD-1, Tracks #6–9.l Gathering Prayerl Story l The Three Skaters, An Epiphany Story (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions related to the story on page 3.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)l Christmas Gospel l Jesus Is Born! (page 1)l Discuss the Think questions on page 1.l Epiphany Gospel l Wise Men Visit Jesus (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions on page 4.l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine on page 4.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes andTeaches handbooks. Turn to page 58.l Catholic Faith Word l Nativity (page 4) Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)l Creative Drama (see page TG2-31)l Activity l Make a Christmas Scene (pages 5–8)l Activity l Holy Days of Obligation (Venture Activity Book, #32)l Closing PrayerTake-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.TG2-28For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansMaterialsl Venture Student Lesson for 12/25 and 1/7 l Catechism handbook, page 58l CD player and Venture/Visions CDsl Pencils/pens, markers/colored pencils,scissors for each child, tape, small plastic or paper cups, Bible, cloth, candle, matches/lighter, prepare your own Christmas Scene as a sample (pages 5–8)Suggested Musicl Choose Christmas carols from the Venture/ Visions CDs (CD-1, #6-9)l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1) Lesson Resourcesl Venture Activity Book, Activity #32l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)Editor’s Note: If you will not meet for Sundays 12/31 or 1/7, consider duplicating the guide and sending it and this Venture lesson home for the children to complete with their families.Christmas Luke 2:1–14SUNDAY GOSPELJesus is Born!Narrator 1: At the time of Jesus’ birth, the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus ordered a census of the whole world. This was at the same time Quirinius was governor of Syria. Narrator 2: In order to be counted in the census, people returned to the towns their families came from. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea, the town where the family of David began. Joseph belonged to the house and family of David. With him he took Mary, his espoused wife, who was expecting a baby. Narrator 3: While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary’s time to give birth arrived. She gave birthThey could find no room in the place where travelers stayed. Narrator 1: Shepherds lived in the fields around Bethlehem and took turns watching over their flocks at night.Messiah and Lord. Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Narrator 3: Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God. Angels: Glory to God in high heaven! Peace on earth to those on whom God’s favor rests!to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.Narrator 2: The angel of God appeared to them. The glory of God shone around them, and they were very much afraid.Angel: You have nothing to fear!I come to proclaim good news to you—tidings of great joy to all people. This day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, thePFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and Epiphany


































































































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