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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
saint of
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
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Share Experiences
Objective The children will appreciate that people of African descent have been followers of Jesus.
Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Invite the children to quiet themselves and to remember that God is present here with them. Ask: Is there anyone who is ill you would like us to pray for. Pray: “Loving God, you are our healer and hope in times of suffering. We ask for your healing touch and comfort for (Name).” Children respond, “Be with him (her), Jesus.” Conclude with the Sign of the Cross.
Cover Activity l Faithful Black Catholics
(page 1) Stay in the circle and distribute Good News. Read
the title of page 1 aloud. Ask: What do each of these four words mean? Give the children time to read the names and descriptions of the four saints—either silently or aloud in pairs of weak and strong readers. When everyone is finished, ask for volunteers to tell about one of the saints. Conclude by reminding the children that February is Black History month. These saints are all of African descent.
Story l Saint Martin de Porres (page 2) A well- known African and Hispanic American is Saint Martin de Porres. Invite the children to study the illustrations to predict what the story is about and what Martin was like. Then read the story aloud to the children or have them read it to each other in pairs of weak and strong readers. Review the children’s comprehension by asking them to retell the story to you.
Discuss the story using the Know questions. Stress that the Church calls Martin a saint because he loved and served others as Jesus did.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives • The children will:
l Recognize Jesus’ healing actions as signs of God’s love.
l Become familiar with the Sacrament of the Anointing of
the Sick.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Spreads God’s Good News (page 3) Jesus is very busy in this Sunday’s Gospel.
He was very present to the people of Galilee. Invite the children to dramatize this Scripture story. There are eight speaking
parts. Children who do not have a speaking part should practice simulating the illnesses that Jesus will heal. Arrange your class space so Jesus moves from Peter’s home to the waiting people to a place to pray and then off to the other towns of Galilee.
Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel. Remind the children that in last week’s lesson, they learned that healing miracles are signs of the power of God.
Activity l The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Some of the children may have received or witnessed the anointing of a sick person. Ask them to tell what they saw and felt and what the person being anointed felt. This sacrament gives special grace to a Christian experiencing serious illness or old age.
Demonstrate to the children what an anointing might be like. Imagine a child is sick in the hospital and a priest comes to anoint him or her. Ask a volunteer to be that child. The other children will be family members and friends who are present. Individual priests may lengthen or abbreviate the rite depending on the circumstances. This enactment makes it as simple as possible.
Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Scripture Reading: Sunday’s Gospel is one of the Scripture recommendations for this sacrament.
Priest: Loving God, through this holy anointing, come and comfort (Name) with your love and mercy.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Priest: Relieve the suffering of all who are sick. Assist all dedicated to the care of the sick. Give life and health to our brother (or sister).
Priest: (takes the holy oil and anoints the sick person on the forehead and hands) Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
The priest prays a final prayer, and everyone says the Lord’s Prayer together. The sick person may then receive the Eucharist.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3)
Read “We Pray with the Gospels.” Ask: Can anyone name the four Gospels? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Catholic Faith Word l Evangelist (page 3) Read together the definition on page 3. Children who know Spanish may recognize evangelio as the word for “Gospel” in that language.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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