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 We have the power to __________________________.
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Reflect on what power is and how they use power.
l Recognize the power of caring.
Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle.
Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Remain in the prayer circle. Ask the children to be quiet for a moment and realize God is with them here. Pray: “Loving God, you have called us together today to learn more about your Son, Jesus, who came into our world to love us and heal us. Help us be attentive to Jesus’ word and to be respectful to each other. We ask this in Jesus’name.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l We have the power to _____. (page 1) Write the word power on the board. Ask the children
to tell you what this word means. Possible answers: control over something or someone, electrical power, physical strength, ability to do something difficult.
Distribute Good News and ask the children to examine the cover photos. Read the instruction and the words in the Word Bank. Make sure the children understand the task, then give them time to write a word by each photo, telling what kind of power
is shown. After a few minutes, ask for a volunteer to tell what word he or she used for the illustration at upper left. Be open to the child’s interpretation of the scene and the power used there. Invite children who answered with other words to share their responses and reasons. Continue with the other three scenes.
Story l The Little Bird (page 2) This is a true story, one that only happened because two children didn’t want to leave a little bird out in the heat. The children might enjoy reading this aloud. Choose two children to read the Pablo and Laura parts and another to read the narrative.
Discuss the story using the Know questions. Encourage thoughtful insight and discussion. Refer back to the word bank on page 1 and ask which word best fits the power Laura and Pablo used. Care.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will appreciate that Jesus uses his power to bring healing to people.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Shows His Power
(page 3) Direct the children’s attention to the illustration at
the top of page 3 and ask the children to speculate about what is happening. Then assign five children to take the parts of Narrator, Man, Jesus, Woman, and Boy and proclaim the Gospel for the class. After the reading, ask the children to find Jesus and the man with the bad spirit in the illustration. (The man whom Jesus is touching.)
Ask the children the Know questions related to the Gospel. 1. The man was disturbed and out of control. He could have a mental illness or be very upset for some other
reason. 2. Jesus feels sorry for the man and calms him. Jesus shows the power of love and concern for a person. Jesus is not afraid to recognize a bad thing and take steps against it.
Catholic Faith Word l Miracle (page 3) Keep the children’s attention directed to why Jesus healed—because he was bringing the message of God’s great love for us and God’s desire for our fullness of life.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read “No One Is Outside God’s Love.” Make sure that the children see that Jesus brought his healing power and love to all people, even those that others avoided.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Penance and Reconciliation (page 23)
Explore what the children know about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. They may have already celebrated this sacrament or may be preparing to celebrate it for the first time. If they have already celebrated this sacrament, they may need a review in order to be prepared to celebrate it again during Lent.

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