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January 14, 2018 • 2nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeCatholic Faith Word l Pope (page 4) Read the definition aloud to the class. Point out that Saint Peter was the first pope.Our Catholic Faith l A Vocation Is Saying Yes to God (page 5) Read this feature aloud together, giving children a chance to ask questions. Ask volunteers to tell about a priest or a religious sister or brother they know or know about. Have books and articles available in case no one has a personal experience.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Play a game teaching them the names and traits of Jesus’first followers.l Learn about the life and calling of Saint André of Montreal.Living the Gospel l First-String Followers Cards (pages 7–8) Ask individual students to read aloud the information on the cards about each of the four fishermen Jesus called and about Mary Magdalene, whose belief in Jesus’ resurrection earned her the title Apostle to the Apostles.Then read aloud the directions for the activity on page 8. Have the children cut out the cards, being careful to keep the name of each follower at the top of each card. Allow the children time to study the cards.Have them play the First-String Followers Game in pairs, telling each other about these friends of Jesus just as theywould exchange information on baseball cards. The blank card is available to make a new follower card. Students can include their patron or favorite saint, their parents, or other role models of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.Saints l Saint André of Montreal (page 6) Ask volunteers to read this feature aloud. Ask: How did Brother André answer God’s call in his life?Closing Prayer Have the children gather in the prayer circle with their copies of Venture. Ask if they have all completed the cover activity. If not, give them a moment. Then ask volunteersto share what they wrote in the bottom left square about being proud to be Catholic. Don’t require anyone to answer. Gather their responses in a thank-you prayer for the Church.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWhat Was the Mission of Jesus? (page 11)Ask volunteers to take turns reading the three paragraphs of this section. The mystery of theIncarnation is that God became one of us in Jesus so that we might become more like God. Jesus’ entire life preached this good news of God’s love for us.Note that the Creed we pray each Sunday skips over Jesus’ ministry right to his suffering, Death, and Resurrection. The Sunday Gospels are where we hear the rest of the story. Ask the children how they have seen Jesus bringing the Good News of God’s love in the Venture lessons they have studied.Continue your review by noting that the Sundays of September and October had parables about God inviting people. The November Sundays emphasized eternal life and the Works of Mercy. Advent and Christmas Gospels tell of Israel waiting for the Messiah whom God had promised.The Gospels of this unit show Jesus teaching and healing,going from town to town—a man seized by the love of God. Conclude by writing on the board or newsprint: Jesus’ mission is to show us God’s love for us. If the children have been keeping up with Pope Francis, they will see that is his mission, too.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 4.Lesson Wrap-Up4024_VN_AB_corrected_proof_V3.indd 46 7/16/17 10:33 PMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #28 from the Venture Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.NOTE: You have reached the end of Unit 2. Find the Unit 2 Assessment online at 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 ________________________________________________Packing for My Vocation JourneyYou have many ways to serve God, now and later as an adult. Baptized men can serve God through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Men and women can serve God through Matrimony or by professing religious vows. No matter what you choose, God is calling you to live a holy life,  lled with adventure! What qualities will you bring on this adventure?__________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________VocationsUnit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-35Activity28Pack the bag with important traits you already have, as well as those you want to work on for whatever vocation you choose. Write these traits in the suitcase. Then decide which trait you think is most important. Write why you think that a priest, a religious sister or brother, or a married person would need this trait.The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program© 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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