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                                                                                                                                                                                            February 4, 2018 • 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objective The children will create a Gospel booklet.
Activity l Booklet About Mark’s Gospel (page 4) For the past three Sundays, we have heard readings from Chapter
1 of Mark’s Gospel, readings in which Jesus calls followers, teaches, and heals in one town of Galilee after another. He often leaves people wondering, “Who is this?” The Gospel booklet helps children answer that question. Have them separate pages 1–2 of Good News from pages 3–4 and lead them in following the steps in the diagram below to construct the booklet.
5. 1.2.3. 6.7.
Distribute Bibles and lead the children in finding the Bible passages in the booklet activities. Since all passages are from Mark’s Gospel, you might place a bookmark at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel in each Bible in advance. Answers for page 7: children, arms, blessed, Messiah.
Closing Prayer Litany of Saints Gather in a prayer circle. Ask: What are the names of people who have died you want to remember in prayer? Pray: “Loving God, we ask you to bless
our loved ones (add names here) who have died. Help us to follow their good example so that we may someday join them and you in Heaven.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18).
Lesson Wrap-Up
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Liturgy (page 24)
Ask children to share some activity
  that their whole family does together. Explain that liturgy is like that in some ways. The Church
is the family of God. Jesus is the Head of the Church, and
we are all members. Together, Jesus the Head and we the members, celebrate liturgy. Readings from the Bible are an important part of every liturgy of the Church.
Help the children list on the board reasons to praise and thank God. Challenge them to keep thinking until you have a good, long list, without repetitions. Then, on a sheet of poster board, make wide, chunky outlines of the letters of the words PRAISE and THANKS. Give the children scraps of construction paper in a variety of colors. Give them small irregular pieces, about 1⁄2 to 1 inch. Let the children fit and glue the pieces of colored paper into the letters to make a mosaic. Divide up the list of reasons to praise and thank God. Let each child use a colored marker to print one reason on the poster surrounding the words PRAISE and THANKS. Display the poster board where other children and parishioners can see and enjoy it.
Read aloud the description of liturgy as praise of God. Call the children’s attention to the sentence: The actions, songs, and prayers of liturgy are full of meaning. Some very special liturgies we celebrate are the Seven Sacraments. Ask: What gestures do you associate with the sacraments? Give everyone a chance to volunteer. Some gestures they might mention:
l Mass: lifting up their hands to receive Communion, the Sign of Peace, joining hands at the Lord’s Prayer
l Priest’s hand over their heads in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
l Exchanging of rings in the Sacrament of Matrimony
l Anointing with oil in the Sacrament of Confirmation and
the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
l Pouring of water, anointing, lighting of the baptismal
candle, and clothing with a white garment at the
Sacrament of Baptism
Explore what each of these symbols might mean.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.
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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
Each word in the box below helps us understand why the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is so special. Circle each hidden word in the puzzle.
 We Receive Help When We Are Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is one of the Seven Sacraments. In this sacrament a priest anoints a sick or elderly person with blessed oil. The sacrament can bring healing of the body and soul.
 bless cleanse heal help love
oil peace quiet serenity soul
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