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VIS37_16.indd 18/25/17 7:06 PMGod calls each of us.God created each of us to ful ll a special purpose in our lives. This purpose is called a vocation. Your vocation may one day also be your job. But you also have a vocation right now. Complete this activity to learn more aboutvocations.What Is a Vocation?PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramJanuary 14, 20182nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeWhich of these best describes the vocations shown in these photos?l a job one can dol work to earn a livingl putting one’s gifts to use for others l a purpose for one’s lifel the mission of sharing the GospelThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramTG2-34Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Explore the meanings of the word vocation.l Appreciate a priest living out his vocation until death.Play and sing “We Are Called” (CD-2, #12) to introduce your prayer. Lyrics are available at lyrics.Gathering Prayer In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calls Andrew to follow him. Andrew takes his brother Simon to meet Jesus, who gives him a new name—Peter. At Baptism, we become followers of Jesus. We receive our names. Let us each say our names to show we follow Jesus and belong to his Church. Pause. Conclude: Loving God, help us discover our calling and use our lives to serve you and each other. All: Amen.Cover Activity l God Calls Each of Us (page 1) Give the young people time to look at the photos on the cover. Most of these pictures show professions, but they also show vocations. Have the young people look at the list of descriptions of a vocation. Go through each photo together (or have the young people work in pairs) and decide which of the descriptions apply to each vocation.Article l A Martyr for Our Time—Rutilio Grande, S.J. (pages 2–4) The person who first called Archbishop Oscar Romero to stand with the poor and oppressed of El Salvador was his friend and former colleague on the seminary faculty, Father Rutilio Grande. Rutilio introduced Oscar to the Christ suffering in the people of El Salvador just as Andrew introduced his brother Simon to Jesus. Read this story aloud to your class or have good readers take turns reading aloud.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1. A mestizo, Rutilio grew up among the people he served. He was holy, humorous, elegant, educated. Don Manuelis old but proud of being able to help the priest in his ministry, as is the boy Rutilio. 2. From his preaching the Gospel, peasants learned their human dignity and that God does not intend their exploitation. 3. “We must do what God asks.” Rutilio realizes they may be killed and assents. 4. The author, Father O’Malley, tells Rutilio’s story as a parallel to Jesus’Way of the Cross. To begin, Rutilio eats with his pastoral team, who warn him officials are plotting to kill him. Rutilio accepts his death. Walking with the poor costs Rutilio his life. His funeral raises up the poor, shows their strength, and allies the Church with them.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Recognize Jesus called followers early in his ministry. l Appreciate the vocations Catholics live.Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls His First Followers (page 4) Set three scenes: 1. John the Baptist points out Jesus to Andrew; 2. Andrew and the other disciple meet Jesus and follow him home; 3. Andrew brings Simon to meet Jesus. Freeze the young people in all three scenes, allowing them to move only when it is time for their parts. Have the person taking the part of Andrew move through all three scenes to show the chain of calls in motion.Discuss the Talk questions. Answers: 1. By being curious about Jesus and following up on that curiosity to learn more. By being brought along by a person who has already found Jesus. 2. Open-ended. 3. Open-ended.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Are Jesus’ Own, His Beloved (page 4) Read aloud this summary of how God calls us to holiness in Baptism and in our vocation in life.Answer the Talk questions in pairs and ask for volunteers to share their responses. You may want to share a disappointment or mistake from your own life to prompt discussion.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesSacrament of Christian Initiation:Baptism (page 22)Sacraments at the Service of Communion: Holy Orders (page 25)Matrimony (page 26)

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