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December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 • Christmas and EpiphanyDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Some weeks later, three travelers are approaching Jerusalem. They have followed a star from their home country. They meet King Herod, who is not pleased to hear about a new king.Herod asks the chief priest what the Bible says and passes the information on to the travelers. The star they have been following leads them to Bethlehem. They find the Holy Family there and offer their gifts. That night they have a dream that they should not go back to tell Herod about Jesus. So they go home another way, telling everyone they meet about Jesus.Activity l Make a Christmas Scene (pages 5–8) Distribute scissors and markers/colored pencils. Read aloud with the children the copy on page 5. Have one or two of your own figures cut, colored, and wrapped around small paper or plastic cups. This is a wonderful project to do together if you have time. If not, you will have to supply large envelopes for the childrento take the pages home. They can complete them at home with their families. Emphasize that they are making a Christmas giftfor their families with these crèche figures. They nest together for easy storage. Families will bring them out at Christmas for years to come. Have Christmas carols playing as the children work.Closing Prayer Sing a Christmas carol to conclude class.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWords to Know, A–F (pages 58–59)The next lesson will be the halfway point in your Venture year. A quick review of the vocabularysection in the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbook will reveal how well the children know the definitions.Turn to page 58. Have them circle words on pages 58–59 with which they are familiar. Catechism, Church, and creed are words that have been important in Venture lessons so far this year. Assure the children that you have not yet covered all of the definitions in your class.Tell the children exploring this vocabulary section is an individual activity, not a competition. They can turn to it any time there is a lull in classroom activity to assess how their Church vocabulary has improved.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, pages 5–8.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Role-play the birth of Jesus and the visit of the Magi. l Create Nativity scenes to share the story at home.Creative Drama The children know the Christmas–Epiphany story so well, they can easily turn it into creative drama. Divide your group into Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, Herod, the chief priests and the wise men. Do the narration parts yourself. Do not read anything. Just tell the action so the children involved can mime it.Begin with Mary and Joseph trudging from inn to inn, looking for somewhere to stay. They find a stable and Jesus is born. Shepherds are tending sheep outside of town. Angels appear and tell them to go to Bethlehem. The angels sing and glorify God. The shepherds go to see what has happened. They kneel down in awe and then hurry off to tell everyone the good news.Lesson Wrap-Up4024_VN_AB_corrected_proof_V3.indd 50 7/16/17 10:33 PMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #32 from the Venture Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 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.Name ________________________________________________Making Holy Days a CelebrationThe Church teaches us that we need to attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation. The United States observes at least six Holy Days of Obligation each year, in addition to Sundays.Activity 32Next to each Holy Day of Obligation, list something you like to do during the time of year when it occurs. You might talk with your family about including that activity as part of your holy day celebration, along with going to Mass.Mary, Mother of God, January 1Ascension of Jesus,Forty days after Easteror Seventh Sunday of EasterAssumption of Mary, August 15All Saints’ Day, November 1Immaculate Conception, December 8Christmas, December 25Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-31Holy Days of ObligationThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWith My Family and FriendsTARGNOC© 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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