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December 3, 2017 • 1st Sunday of AdventWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesThe Calendar of Worship (page 20)Mary’s Immaculate Conception (page 11)Turn to page 20. Focus on the second paragraph, which tells us the Church celebrates the story of Jesus Christ during its Liturgical Year. Advent, the season of preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth, begins the Church year.Review the list of the Church’s primary feast days, both as they relate to the life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus and to the life, death, and Assumption of Mary, his mother. Ask the young people why these dates are so important to Catholics.Read the paragraphs aloud or ask for volunteers. Ask the young people if they are having any trouble keeping track of the calendar. Assure them that it can be tricky, especially right now when we are hearing Gospels of both the Annunciation of Jesus’ birth and his Nativity just two days apart and the Gospels of his birth and Second Coming just weeks apart! Encourage them to return to page 20 and to the calendar of the Liturgical Year on the inside back cover of their handbooks.Turn to page 11. Remind the young people that the Church’s celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is Friday, December 8. Explain that some Catholics mistakenly think this feast celebrates Jesus’ birth without sin. Instead, it celebrates that his mother, Mary, was conceived and lived preserved from sin.Focus on the second paragraph in this section, which emphasizes Mary, the Mother of God. All of Mary’s other titles flow from this one. Explain that because Mary is Jesus’ mother, and because, in Jesus, God becomes one of us, Mary is our mother too.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.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.Catholic Faith Word l Advent (page 4) Read this definition aloud to make certain all of the young people understand the season Catholics will enter this week.Our Catholic Faith l Advent Invites Catholics to Prepare for Christmas (pages 5) Advent means “coming.” Read aloud the first paragraph on page 5, which stresses Jesus’ final coming in glory. Have the class work in pairs to readthe feature and the Q and A column. Brainstorm as a class any needs the group notices. Have the young people record these needs on the lines provided.Live the GospelObjectives l The young people will:l Plan their Advent journey.l Pray that they may bring Christ to others during Advent.Living the Gospel l Advent Prepares Us to Celebrate Christmas (pages 6-7) Have your class divide into threes and fours to look at the calendar. Point out the spaces that were left blank so that they can add personal activities and the class can plan group activities, such as putting on the Exile play or the Our Lady of Guadalupe play in the December 10 lesson. The young people can brainstorm other activities for the days.Closing Prayer l How Will You Bring the Light of Christ to Others? (page 8) Invite the young people to again gather around the Advent wreath with their Visions lessons. Dim the lights, if possible. Light the first violet candle. Take a moment for everyone to get settled. Read the Advent prayer and wreath blessing together. Pause near the end to give everyone time to think of their own commitment. Then listen and sing along to the song (words to the song are available at the final minutes of class, ask the young people to write on the lines at the bottom of the page the Advent commitment they thought of during the prayer service. Encourage them to refer to it often during the next three weeks.Lesson Wrap-Up4025_Visions_ActivityBook.indd 50 7/17/17 12:13 AMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #31 from the Visions Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming lName ________________________________________Seasons of CelebrationIn the Church we celebrate the Liturgical Year as a cycle of seasons. The seasons include Advent, Christmastime, Lent, a first period of Ordinary Time, Eastertime, and a second period of Ordinary Time.Activity 31Using this year’s Liturgical Calendar, look up the dates for the feasts listed below. Then list the feasts in order, based on the Liturgical Calendar, and list the date and church season for each. (Remember that the calendar begins with Advent.)All Saints’ Day Baptism of the Lord Feast of Saint Joseph All Souls’ DayFeastHoly Thursday Feast of the Holy Family Epiphany Assumption of MaryAscension of Jesus Good Friday Immaculate Conception Easter SundayChurch SeasonThe Liturgical YearDateTG2-15The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program© 2018 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Dayton, OH. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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