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                                                                                                                                                        February 11, 2018 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   Live the Gospel
Objective The children will identify the problems of outsiders and how they can help.
Activity l How Can You Reach Out? (page 4) One of the principles of Catholic social teaching is that each human person is sacred, made in the image and likeness of God. No one is to be thought less of because of disability, poverty, age, lack
of success, or race. What we are called to do in response to this principle has to be learned. Good News children are at the right age for that learning.
Discuss the three stories as a group. The children will need to put themselves in the other child’s shoes, search their own experiences to decide who can help, and then determine how they, the children’s peers, can also help.
Use your discussion of outsiders and their problems that Good News presents to get your class talking about outsiders in their own class, school, playground, or neighborhood. Let them take leadership in de ning problems they see, deciding on ways they can help with the problems, and then making a concrete plan that they carry out.
Closing Prayer l We Celebrate the Start of Lent (page 3) Gather in a prayer circle. Ask the children to tell you what they know about Ash Wednesday.
l We receive ashes in the shape of the cross on our foreheads, a
sign that we want to become better followers of Jesus during the 40 days of Lent.
l Many people make a special resolution to give up something like candy, TV, or video games. They may make a resolution to do something that helps others, like put money in CRS Rice Bowl.
It is always a good Lenten practice to try to become more like Jesus in a concrete way—getting along with siblings, being respectful to parents, being cooperative in school.
Tell the children that during Lent, adults and school-age children who are preparing to be baptized at Easter are in their  nal stage of preparation. Lent is a good time for those already baptized to think about how well they are following Jesus. Give the children a moment to think of how they wish to keep Lent. Distribute pencils and paper if you wish them to write their resolution.
Begin the prayer service by asking the children to stand in a circle. Assign one child to be the Gospel Reader and two to take the Leader parts. When it comes time to sign each other’s foreheads with a cross, tell them that signing the forehead with a cross is part of the Sacrament of Baptism. Then demonstrate how to do this by crossing one child. Show him or her how to turn to the next child and sign their forehead.
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “The Beatitudes” (CD-2, #17).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
              Lesson Wrap-Up
  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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Use Activity #17 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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Name Activity
A Mystery and a Miracle
At Mass we receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist, sometimes called the “eucharistic meal.” The priest offers us bread and wine and says, “The Body of Christ.... The Blood of Christ.”
Are these truly the Body and Blood of Christ? Yes!
Use the mystery circle to discover another name for receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Beginning at the arrow, copy every other letter onto the blanks below to reveal the answer.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l TG3-19
                    Sacrament of the Eucharist
l What are the last three days of Lent called? The Triduum (TRID-doo-um), which means “the three days.”
l What are the names of the days in the Triduum? Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday.
l What is the big feast at the end of Lent? Easter!
Turn to the inside back cover. You may have begun this coloring activity with the children during the Advent season. Give them a moment to look over the page, then call attention to the pie-chart illustration. Ask them to find the word Lent in one of the arrows. Have a volunteer read aloud the copy about Lent and another read the copy about the Triduum. Allow time for questions, then let the children enjoy coloring the two slices of the chart you talked about.
Lead the children in filling out page 25 or send it home for families to work on together at home.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.
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