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December 10, 2017 • 2nd Sunday of AdventDistribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.l AppreciateOurLadyofGuadalupe’simportance. l Offerprayersofgratitude.Living the Gospel l Giving Gifts Helps Us Think of Others in New Ways (pages 6–7) Read aloud the introductory paragraphs to this activity. Then give the young people time to complete the checklist on their own. Divide the class into small groups and have them complete the What Makes a Gift activity and get their money-less gifts ready to give.Gift Letter This page provides one gift letter. Consider making additional copies if the students would like to write more of them to include in Christmas gifts.Prayer/Drama l Our Lady of Guadalupe(page 8) The Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Juan Diego on December 9. We celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of Mexico, on December 12. Consider performing this prayer/drama for another class. Schedule the performance on your Advent calendar. Assign parts and rehearse until everyone is comfortable. After reading the drama as a class, gather into a prayer circle and pray the Hail Mary together.Closing Prayer l Advent Gratitude Remain in your circle and pray the following prayer to close your time together: Leader: Advent is a season of preparation. Loving God, help us prepare for the birth of Jesus by identifying a person or happening that is special or holy every day. Let’s each name something positive we have encountered today.Each: God of Wonder, today I appreciate: ________________. All: Thank you, God.Conclude with a sign of peace.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesGod’s Revelation to People (page 7)Jesus’ Word for All Generations (page 7)Explain that our Scriptures tell stories of God communicating with people and acting in human history to save and bless people. Read the first and second paragraphs. Emphasize the third paragraph. In Jesus, God becomes one of us. Jesus reveals what God is like.Continue reading the next section. Trace how Jesus’ teachings come down to us (first paragraph).Read the remainder of this section. Note the four Gospels are central to the New Testament and central to the Sunday Eucharist, which tells the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, Death, Resurrection, and sending of the Holy Spirit.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 5.Catholic Faith Word l Exile (page 5) If you did not read this de nition to introduce the play in this week’s lesson, read it now to transition into the Our Catholic Faith feature.Our Catholic Faith l Follow God’s Freedom Roads (page 5) Distribute markers and Bibles. Read the introduction and direction at left aloud. Have the young people look up the Scripture passages in pairs.Lead the class in talking about what happened and how people felt in each era. In Exodus, the people are free, their mood ecstatic. In 2 Samuel 5, the judge Samuel anoints David king. Second Isaiah describes the road home to Jerusalemfrom exile in Babylon—Sunday’s First Reading. Lamentations describes Jerusalem in ruin and mourning. In Psalm 137, people are homesick and weeping in Babylon. In Psalm 126, theyfeel jubilant as they return from exile. In Mark 13:1–4, Jesus prophesies the Temple will be destroyed.Live the GospelObjectives l The young people will:l Explorehowtogivethemselvesinthegiftstheygive.Lesson Wrap-Up4025_Visions_ActivityBook.indd 21 7/17/17 12:13 AMVisit gospelweeklies.com/assessments to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #2 from the Visions 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 ________________________________________Scripture or Tradition: Can You Tell?Some of our Catholic beliefs come from Sacred Scripture. Others come from Sacred Tradition: the Church’s teaching through its doctrine, life, and worship. Both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit acting through humans.1. Mary was conceived without Original Sin.2. Mary carried the Son of God in her womb for nine months.3. Angels are part of God’s Creation.4. God created the universe alone and without any help.5. Jesus’ mission was to proclaim the Kingdom of God.6. Jesus rose from the dead three days after he was crucified.7. Everyone will rise at the last day, just as Jesus is risen and lives forever.8. Those who die in friendship with God but still need to be perfected will spend time being purified in Purgatory.Activity 2Read the summarized Church teachings below. Mark an S by the ones you think are based on Sacred Scripture. Mark a T by those you think are based on Sacred Tradition. Then check your answers at the bottom of this page. You may be surprised.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-19Divine Revelation and Sacred ScriptureThe 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.1. T; 2. S; 3. S; 4. S; 5. S; 6. S; 7. S; 8. S/T (both).


































































































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