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UNIT 2 OVERVIEW: We Celebrate Jesus’ ComingEditor’s Note: This unit may be interrupted by Christmas break. We encourage you to plan ahead for the entire Advent-Christmas season based on your program’s schedule. If you are back in session for the Sunday of Epiphany (1/7), do not send the Christmas and Epiphany lesson home with the children before Christmas break.Sacraments & LiturgyCreedLife in ChristChristian PrayerJesus calls us to use our talents (CCC, 942)Eucharist: First ReadingUsing talents to serve, make things betterPrayers of petition, gratituderJesus will judge us on Works of Mercy (CCC, 561)Liturgical yearDoing the Works of Mercy; serving the leastThe Lord’s Prayer, prayers of gratitudeCreation  nds ifs goal in Christ (CCC, 315)Advent; ReconciliationPlanning Advent activitiesReconciliation prayer serviceGod sends the Son and Spirit (CCC, 678, 682)Advent; ReconciliationWhen we sin, we miss the mark; resolving problemsPrayer of Saint Francis of AssisiJohn the Baptist prepares Jesus’ way (CCC, 523)Advent; O AntiphonsEvangelizingAdvent prayerMary is the Mother of God (CCC, 508-09, 744)AdventDeepening trust; saying yes to God, serviceHail MaryIn Jesus, God becomes incarnate(CCC, 479); he is hope of nations (CCC, 628)Telling the Christmas, Epiphany storiesSharing the Christmas and Epiphany storiesChristmas carolsJesus reveals God to us (CCC, 73)Vocations: Holy Orders, Matrimony, BaptismPope John XXIII, Second Vatican Council; vocationsCalling disciples prayerupcoming Christmas feast—wreaths, candles, ornaments, evergreen trees, presents—that the children see around them to help them focus attention on the reason for the season.The children celebrate Advent by discovering how their ancestors in faith longed for and prepared for the Messiah’s coming, how forgiveness prepares the way for Jesus to come to them, how to give gifts of themselves, and how signs of Jesus’ coming and presence surround us in creation, Scripture, worship, family, and friends.“How are you preparing?” is a question Venture will ask throughout the Advent season. The children will engage in activities that will help them respond. This unit o ers the opportunities to take a new look at the idea of giving during the Christmas season—the gift of service, the gift of thanks, the gift of oneself, and the gift of God.Practicing FaithThe family is the  rst school of faith. Children absorb attitudes and imitate practices. Consider inviting parents to a meetingor to a class in early November around the question: How do families raise children who live the Gospels? Encourage parents to talk with their child at home about the Gospel messages in the Venture lessons for November 19 and 26, the Parable of the Talents and the Works of Mercy. Encourage parents to do someof the suggested activities with their son or daughter or join in class projects. Children bene t from doing activities together with their families and with peers.Advent WreathCreate a simple Advent wreath for your class space. For safety, you may to use battery-powered votive lights or put candles in glass containers. Begin classes during Advent with prayer around the wreath for continuity, and/or proclaim the Gospel near the wreath.Christmas and EpiphanyThis year, Venture combines its lessons for Christmas and Epiphany into one lesson. This year, the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on Sunday, December 24, when the Church celebrates Christmas Eve. The children in many parishes and schools will be o  on Christmas break. The lesson provides a good overview of both Gospels, as well as a Christmas scene activity that make for a fun family project.All numbers in parentheses refer to sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. Please recycle this teaching guide properly. Thank you.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming lTG2-3

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