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The NEW Gospel WeekliesAsk a favor. Pray for a friend. Decide whatDo a favor.Pray for an believe.Stand up for what you believe. Serve a meal to homeless people. Forgive afriend.Be hopeful. Hang out with a new kid in class. Sing a song.Write about homeless people. Forgive yourself. Be pessimistic. Hang out playing video games. Write a poem. Rest and relax. Follow a leader. Tell a lie.Bscehbeudsuyleadn.d Act as a leader. Tell the truth.VIS37_9.indd 18/25/17 7:16 PMWhat’s harder?Find out what’s harder for you to do. For each pair, use a marker to fill in both sides of the grid, then compare what you find easy and hard. Very Very Hard Hard Okay Simple Easy Easy Simple Okay Hard HardPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 19, 201733rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 37, Number 2TG2-6Share ExperiencesObjectives l The young people will:l Explore what they find to be easy and difficult situations.l Identify kinds of talents people have and appreciate their own talents.l Discuss how families may influence how we share our gifts.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Will Walk with God” (CD-2, #8). Lyrics may be found at gospelweeklies. com/lyrics.Gathering Prayer Gather the young people in the prayer space. Ask them to close their eyes and identify a talent they possess or are working to develop. Invite them to share their responses one at a time as part of the prayer.Leader: Loving God, we are different people with a varietyof talents and abilities. We come together to celebrate our differences and our common love for you. Help us to recognize our talents and encourage them in one another. (Invite the first young person to share his/her talent. Instruct the group to respond: You are blessed.)Leader: (After all have shared.) God blesses us with many gifts and talents. Let us share our talents with one another throughout our time together. Amen.Cover Activity l What’s harder? (page 1) Askthe young people to fill out the chart individually. Go over their responses as a large group and see what trends emerge. For example, prayer for a friend is easy but praying for an enemy may be very hard.Story l A Hard Act to Follow (pages 2–3) Introduce the story by asking the young people about their brothers and sisters. Who gets praised for what? Who excels at sports, academics, leadership, or other talents at school? When have they experienced rivalry with siblings? Direct everyone to turn to page 2. Read aloud the beginning of the story in red type. Have the group read the story aloud together, taking turns every few paragraphs, or have the young people read aloud together in pairs.Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Begin discussion by asking whether anyone has ever felt like Maddie. Invite volunteers to tell their experience and what theydid. Discuss the Talk questions on page 3: 1. Praise for her athletic ability makes Maddie do better; she may want to compete with Connor or make her parents proud. 2. Open-ended. 3. Doingwell in sports made Maddie feel capable and good in a way that carried over into classes. 4. The family values academics anddoesn’t know how important sports are to Maddie. 5. Open- ended. Allow time for individuals to talk about special talents they are developing.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The young people will:l Recognize talents require practice to develop.l Explore the value of work.l Discuss how work and responsibility are part of Catholic social teaching.Gospel Ritual Visions adapts the Sunday Gospels to the reading level of students and puts it in drama form so, each week, several young people can join in proclaiming the Word. Presenting the Gospel in reader parts invites the young people to step into the story and take up a conversation with Jesus directly.Move to a special 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 The Servant Who Didn’t Use a Talent (page 4) Ask the young people if talents take practice and hard work. Assign six students the parts of Narrator, Jesus, Servants 1, 2, and 3, and Master. Encourage these young people to use facial expressions, gestures, tones of voice, and movements to create each character as they proclaim the Gospel.Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. The owner must have thought the servant could handle the responsibility. Instead, the servant is so paralyzed byfear that he takes no risks and doesn’t even earn interest on the money at a bank. The owner is frustrated. On the other hand, does it matter how the other servants doubled their money? The parable says the owner reaps what he doesn’t plant. Does the owner expect the servants to take the harvests and the land of the poor? The point is that the third servant doesn’t try. 2. The owner might have been just as angry and aggressive, but he might have praised the servant for at least trying. 3. Open-ended.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Each Person Is of Great Worth (page 4) Encourage all of the young people to share who they admire and how they show gratitude.Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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