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How Do I Reach Out?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Who is reaching out in the illustration? Who is asking people to join in?
Color in the hearts next to the people who are reaching out to others.
Can you reach out in the same way?
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
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Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize to whom they reach out.
l Become familiar with Father Damien of Molokai. Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle.
Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Show the children a big paper heart you have cut out or purchased. Tell them you will begin this Valentine’s Day class by praying in thanksgiving for people who love us and help us grow. Explain that they can add their prayer of thanks for someone when they have the heart in their hand. Conclude the prayer with a summary of all the blessings children in this group have received.
Cover Activity l How Do I Reach Out? (page 1) Distribute Good News and ask: What do you think is happening in the cover illustration? People are making loving gestures towards each other and passing on gifts. Read the title together. Then read and invite responses to the  rst two questions. Then start at top left and have the children take turns describing the person and what he or she is giving to the next person. Ask for responses to the  nal sentence and let the children color in the hearts.
Story l Father Damien Reached Out to Lepers (page 2) Point out Father Damien in the illustrations. He is in the center of the large illustration, helping the people with leprosy build better shelters for themselves. Point out the location of Molokai on a map. Have the children read the story aloud, with a di erent child reading each sentence or each paragraph. Find books on Father Damien or other missionaries, or copies of Maryknoll Magazine to give to children who express an interest in learning more. Note that leprosy is more o cially known as Hansen’s Disease.
Discuss the story using the Know questions. Take time to draw out the children’s responses to the second question.
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 recognize that Jesus responded immediately to the leper’s request for healing.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Reaches Out to a Sick Man (page 3) Father Damien’s story is a perfect lead-in to this Gospel. Invite the children to listen for where Damien got the idea about caring for lepers. Have three children proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel. Use the questions to check their comprehension, then ask again how Father Damien was like Jesus. Continue
by having the children tell of other people they know of who reach(ed) out to people. Saint Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta), people who work or volunteer in homeless shelters and soup kitchens, missionaries who go to other lands, people who teach in this school or religious education program.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4) Read “God Loves Everyone.”This is similar to the message of two weeks ago: No One Is Outside
of God’s Love. Lepers and those possessed by evil spirits were outcasts in Jesus’ time. Jesus models for us that we are to love all people. The upcoming season of Lent will be a good time for the children to think about and try to change their negative responses to some people in their lives.
Catholic Faith Word l Lent (page 3) Make sure the children understand that we will begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday (February 14).
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Church Year (page 25)
Read taloud the paragraph about Lent on page 18. Let a different child read each sentence.
Ask these few simple questions:
l What does Lent prepare us for? Celebration of Jesus’
Resurrection to new life at Easter.
l What do Catholics do during Lent? Pray. Make sacrifices. Help others. Become like Jesus in our thoughts and our actions.
l What day does Lent begin? Ash Wednesday.
l How long does Lent last? 40 days. The Sundays during the six weeks of Lent do not count.

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