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                                                                                                                                                               January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   Live the Gospel
Objective l The children will:
l Recognize the most powerful actions Christians can do. l Explore ways they can use their power to help other
Activity l Good Actions Are Powerful (pages 3–4) Turn to page 4 (bottom) and have the children read aloud the seven words that express how Jesus and we show our power. Ask the children to share ways they have used their power to calm, forgive, love, make peace, care, trust, and share. Read through and lead the children in following the activity directions on page 3. Have your lantern completed so it serves as a model. The energy symbols are the sun and an atom.
Activity l What Can I Say? What Can I Do? Divide your class into four small groups and give each group one of the following problem scenarios:
him (calm).
Exchange a sign of peace to conclude the lesson.
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “The Beatitudes” (CD-2, #17).
Lesson Wrap-Up
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l Meenah got only two spelling words correct.
l Joey is afraid to get out on the floor at the roller skating party. l Amy dropped her papers all over the floor.
l The new kid in your class can’t read as well as you can.
Have the children take turns telling what they could say to the child with the problem. Then direct them to take turns acting out, without using words, something they can do to help. Using this mime approach will be good for the children who have trouble verbalizing their thoughts.
Closing Prayer Invite the children to bring their power lanterns to your prayer space. Introduce the prayer by asking seven children to each read one of the power words on the lantern. Then ask the class to fill in one of those words in this prayer:
Jesus, be with us as we try to act with your power in our lives. (Hint: The answers rhyme.)
l To help our angers with each other cease, we can use the power
to make (peace).
l When someone’s life seems like a bust, if I don’t laugh, I earn
their (trust).
l Sometimes I want to push and shove, but I can use my power
of (love).
l Will you try to take a dare? Can you learn to (care) and (share)? l To make up with friends, to live and let live, I can use the power
to (forgive).
l When the baby’s crying and calling for Mom, I can help to keep
   November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
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?
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                        Name Activity
We Receive Forgiveness
You can ask God to forgive you at any time. But being forgiven requires us to do more than just say, “I’m sorry.” During the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a priest will help you to think things through. Afterward you will go in peace, absolved of sin.
Read the passages that describe five steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Then decide which picture best matches each passage. Draw a line between the passage and a picture.
The Steps of Reconciliation
1. Welcome and the Word of God. The priest welcomes you. Then you make the Sign of the Cross. You listen to a story from God’s Word about forgiveness.
2. Confession. You tell your sins to the priest. The priest may give you a prayer to say or something else to do as a penance.
3. Act of Contrition. The priest asks you to say a prayer of sorrow for your sins.
4. Absolution. In God’s name the priest forgives your sins. He says a special prayer called absolution.
5. Go in Peace. The priest helps you thank God, and he invites you to go in peace.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
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Use Activity #18 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l TG3-11
          Demonstrate the effects of sin and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on our relationship with Jesus. Ask for two volunteers. Have them hold opposite ends of a three-foot length of rope.
Explain that one person represents Jesus and the other represents all of us. The rope represents our friendship with Jesus.
Provide an example of a venial sin, such as being late for Mass. What does a venial sin do to the friendship with Jesus? Cut into the rope with a scissors, but not all the way through. Ask: Can the friendship be repaired? Tie a big knot where the cut is. Then provide an example of a mortal sin, such as intentionally missing Mass. Cut the rope all the way through. Ask: Can the friendship still be repaired? Tie the rope back together.
Explain that the Sacrament of Reconciliation repairs our relationship with Jesus when we sin. The sacrament can help make the relationship stronger than before and bring us closer to Jesus. Review the steps of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on this page and the Act of Contrition on page 47.
Read the page together, pausing to ask for questions. Knowing the difference between right and wrong and between mistakes and sins is necessary as we examine our conscience. There is a good explanation of conscience on page 29 and one of sin on page 30. If possible, visit the place in church where the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is celebrated.
Talk about the importance of forgiveness in daily life. Ask: What is the mood like at home when you are not getting along with your brother or sister? How do you go about making things right again?
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, pages 3–4.
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