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December 24, 2017 • 4th Sunday of AdventEncourage everyone to participate in the discussion of the doctrine questions on page 5. These are open-ended questions with no “right” answers, justthoughtful ones. If you took the time to complete the Volunteer Reflection on page 4, these responses will help stimulate conversation, especially regarding Question 2.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.from the Gospel. What did they risk? Explain to the young people that they will also have to take a few risks to do well in this Gospel activity.Divide students into groups of 2–4 players. Read the directions for the Take a Risk! game aloud, answering questions the young people may have before beginning. Distribute game markers and scissors to cut out the Risk cards. Allow enough time for all groups to complete one game. You may want to join one group to show that you too are willing to take risks.Closing Prayer l Prayer to My Guardian Angel The angel Gabriel plays an important role in this Sunday’s Gospel. He is a messenger from God. As they learned earlier in today’s lesson, angels can also protect us. These guardian angels guide people on their journey to salvation.Invite the young people to take their copies of the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and gather by the Advent wreath. Turn to page 56 and pray the Prayer to My Guardian Angel to conclude your time together.Remind the young people 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 TeachesAngels (page 9)A Definition of Faith (page 8)Ask the young people to tell what they know about angels. Likely they will mention what they learned in last Sunday’s Gospel—that an angel named Gabriel asked Mary to be Jesus’ mother. Angels serve as messengers from God.Have volunteers read this section aloud. Answer any questions they have.Now move to the next section, this one about faith. Ask the young people why Mary is a great example of faith. Mary believed the angel’s message from God even when it seemed so improbable.Read the section aloud or have volunteers take turns reading.Ask the young people: What is main condition of faith? You cannot put anyone ahead of God. Why is it essential to believe in God? God is the only eternal being, with no beginning or end. God is truth and love and is willing to share this truth and love with us.Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.Live the GospelObjective The young people will play a game that helps them explore the risks they are willing or unwilling to take.Living the Gospel l Take a Risk! (pages 6–8) Begin by asking who in this week’s lesson has taken a risk. Answers should include John from the cartoon story and MaryLesson Wrap-Up4025_Visions_ActivityBook.indd 30 7/17/17 12:13 AMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #11 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) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Name ________________________________________Mary, Mother of Us AllAs Catholics, we recognize that Mary is the mother of God, the mother of Jesus, and the mother of the Church. Her faith, love, trust, and prayer show us how to live and how to believe. Her special place in Heaven means that she can talk to God on our behalf. What does the Bible tell us about Mary?Luke 1:26–38 Luke 2:1–20 Luke 2:41–51 John 2:1–11John 19:25–27Acts 1:13–14Activity 11MaryLook up the following Scripture passages. For each passage, write a sentence that summarizes what she did or said and what quality of her character we can see in her words or actions.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-27The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWith My Family and Friends© 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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