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                                                                                                                                                            February 4, 2018 • 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Job 7:1–4, 6–7; 1 Corinthians 9:16–19, 22–23; Mark 1:29–39
       For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus first heals Peter’s mother-in-law and then many who come to him. He so impresses the people of Galilee that they will not leave him alone to pray. Jesus accepts the work of telling people about his Father and showing God’s love in his healing actions.
Mark portrays Jesus as a man of action who raises up Peter’s mother-in-law, heals the sick, frees the possessed, seeks time to pray, and hurries on with his followers to the next town.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Children often ask why Jesus didn’t choose women to be his followers. Sunday’s Gospel shows that he did. Peter’s mother-in-law follows Jesus and serves his new community. She also may have been one of the women from Galilee who were at the Cross when Jesus died.
“The whole of Christ’s life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor,
his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resurrection are the actualization of his word and the fulfillment of Revelation” (CCC, 561). “Jesus often draws apart to pray in solitude, on a mountain, preferably at night.... His words and works are the visible manifestation of his prayer in secret” (CCC, 2602).
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
           60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15-20 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l Faithful Black Catholics (page 1) l Story l Saint Martin de Porres (page 2)
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Spreads God’s Good News (page 3) l Discuss the Gospel using the Know questions.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)
l Catholic Faith Word l Evangelist (page 3)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 24.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes) l Activity l Booklet About Mark’s Gospel
l Closing Prayer l Litany of Saints
l Closing Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18)
Take-Home
l Good News Activity Book, Activity #19
l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20-25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l Faithful Black Catholics (page 1)
l Story l Saint Martin de Porres (page 2)
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
l Activity l Stretch and Sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40-45 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Spreads God’s Good News (page 3) l Discuss the Gospel using the Know questions.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)
l Catholic Faith Word l Evangelist (page 3)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 24.
l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #19 Live the Gospel (15-20 minutes)
l Activity l Booklet About Mark’s Gospel
l Closing Prayer l Litany of Saints
l Closing Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18) Take-Home
Remind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
Materials
l Good News Student Lesson for 2/4
l Catechism handbook, page 24
l CD player and Promise/Good News CD-2 l scissors and glue
l Bibles with Mark’s Gospel bookmarked l crayons or colored pencils, markers
l poster board
l 1/2 to 1-inch colored paper scraps
Suggested Music
l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6)
l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18)
Lesson Resources
l Good News Activity Book, Activity #19
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
          to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
TG3-12 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
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Faithful Black Catholics
Saint Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped by slave traders in the Sudan when she was nine years old. Her owner took her to Venice. There Josephine met the Sisters of Charity and
There is a Saint Benedict the Moor parish in Pittsburgh, Omaha, Milwaukee, Savannah, and many other cities in North America. Benedict grew up in Sicily, the son of slaves. He joined the Franciscan monks and
helped the
poor and sick.
He is the
patron
saint of
African
Americans.
was baptized. She became a Sister of Charity and
Venerable Pierre Toussaint was born a slave in Haiti. His owner brought him to New York City and apprenticed him to a hairdresser. Pierre was finally freed when he was 41 years old. He and his wife shared all they had with anyone who needed their
Saint Charles Lwanga was a religion teacher in Uganda. The king worried about this new religion, so he ordered everyone to stop being Catholic. Charles and his friends
help. Pierre may become the first black Catholic from North America to
told the king, “No.” The king killed them all. Charles is the patron saint
be named an official saint.
of African American young people.
helped the poor. She died in
1947.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 4, 2018
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