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November 19, 2017 • 33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjectives l The children will:l Recognize the talents they can make a positive impact in people’s lives.l Discover simple ways they can share talents at school.Living the Gospel l Do You Have a Talent to Make Things Better? (pages 6–7) This activity builds on a talent intermediate-grade children have, the talent to recognize unfairness. The challenge is how to make the situation better. If your class is small, do the entire activity as a group. Conclude by pointing out that doing nothing in a situation is equivalent to burying your talent, the solution Jesus didn’t think much of.Puzzle l Share Talents With Others at School (page 8) Give the children time to complete this page in class. Answers: Ask others to tell stories about themselves; make a picture for someone; share markers; help with sports; tell a joke; smile. Once the children write their own secret message, have them find a partner with whom to share it.Concluding Prayer Gather in a prayer circle for a communal prayer of thanks. Roll a rubber ball to one of the children in the circle and say “_____, we thank God for your talent of ________.” Possibilities: always willing to try an answer, politeness, making sure everyone is involved, paying attention, sense of humor. That child rolls the ball to someone else and continues the thanking. Close by thanking God for this whole group and asking a blessing on them.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesSeven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (page 51)Ask seven volunteers to read the seven themes. Save discussion until all are read.Ask which of these themes fits today’s lesson. Gina in the story wants to be part of something— team, drama group, church community. She represents our need to belong and to contribute. Call to family, community, and participation.Think back over your previous Venture lessons. Recall St. Theresa’s school and parish, which provided meals and education to children in Africa, and St. Ephrem’s, which raises money for families who have a child with cancer.Conclude by asking for examples of people acting on Catholic social teaching principles from your own school, parish, or neighborhood.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.Catholic Faith Word l Kingdom (page 5) Ask fora volunteer to read aloud the definition at the bottom of page 5. Take a moment to emphasize the double meaning of this important term. Call attention to page 4, and point out that this Sunday’s Gospel is a parable about the Kingdom of God.Our Catholic Faith l The Bible Describes an Ideal Wife (page 5) The book of Proverbs is a practical handbook compiled by members of the king’s household. Like our proverbs today, the biblical book of Proverbs collects the conventional wisdom of the time. Have the children read the article, which begins in the middle of the page.Then ask a strong reader to proclaim the passage from Proverbs about an ideal wife or woman, Sunday’s First Reading. Read aloud the directions for the first part of the activity and allow time for the children to complete it. Circle: brings good fortune, picks out a field to buy, fears God. Box: reaches out, fears God. Underline: makes cloth, spins thread, brings home food from afar, plants a vineyard, gives help, makes bedspreads, wears fine clothes.Read aloud the writing directions in the right column. Help the children brainstorm responses for each category, and then give them time to finish writing. Then share results as a class.Lesson Wrap-Up4024_VN_AB_corrected_proof_V3.indd 47 7/16/17 10:33 PMVisit gospelweeklies.com/assessments to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #29 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) gospelweeklies.com. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Name ________________________________________________A Social Justice CinquainThe seven themes of Catholic social teaching summarize what many popes and bishops have taught us about social justice. These themes remind us of our responsibilities to take care of one another and our environment.Activity 29Review the seven themes of Catholic social teaching on page 51 of your Catechism handbook. Choose your favorite theme. Now write a cinquain—a poem with five lines—to explain the theme. On line 1 write a noun, the subject of your poem. On line 2 write two adjectives that describe the subject. On line 3 write three verbs related to the subject. On line 4 write a four-word phrase describing the theme. Finally, on line 5 write another word that is a synonym for the subject. Look at the example to see how it works.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming lTG2-7SolidarityTotal respect Honors, includes, supports Rich and poor together Uniting________________________________________ ________________________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________Catholic Social TeachingThe 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.© 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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