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 Do the activities and make the word on your Lenten Calendar.
G o wTi t h o u t eating a favorite food. Put the money you save in the Sunday collection.
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How Do Jesus’ Followers Act?
Hidden in the puzzle are five words that describe how followers of Jesus act. Make your own color key by coloring in the square by each number.
Then color the number sections of the puzzle. Then write a sentence using the word that best describes you as a follower of Jesus.
Color Code
Do not eat Instead of
candy or whining, close Don’t eat chew gum your eyes and dessert for
say a prayer. one meal.
a day. The
n smile.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
1= 2= 3= 4= 5=
I show I am a follower of Jesus __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Describe ways Jesus’ followers act.
l Recognize what makes the spirit of a group.
Begin your class session by gathering the children to sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Read and discuss the first Know question related to the Gospel.
Activity • Creative Drama Have the children show with their faces and bodies how Jesus felt at various points in the Gospel story:
l When people were visiting the marketing booths
l When he told the sellers and moneychangers to get out
l When they talked back to Jesus and he answered them
l When Jesus’ friends didn’t understand what he was talking
Now invite the children to show how the buyers and sellers in the Temple felt. Ask: How did Jesus’ followers feel? Read the Gospel again while the children take the part of each person and show their feelings.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine Read “We Live Close to God” (page 4). This introduces the children to the idea of the temple of God going beyond
the Temple in Jerusalem. This concept will be developed further as the lesson progresses. At this point in the lesson, focus on the things we can do to live close to God.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we thank you for inviting us to be followers of Jesus. Help our words and actions show others how good it is to be friends and followers of Jesus.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l How Do Jesus’ Followers Act? (page 1) Read the instructions for this activity aloud together
to make sure all the children understand the final direction about writing a sentence. Give an example of your own. They do not have to use one of the five words in the sentence. Hidden words: forgive, help, care, pray, share.
Story l We’re the Tigers! (page 2) Ask: What do you think this story might be about? Are they the Tigers referred to in the title? How will you know who they are? Read the story aloud together or in pairs of weak and strong readers. When everyone has finished reading, review the details of the story.
Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
Note that the most important thing is how a team plays together and how it treats the other team. Invite the children to find all the ways the Tigers show what kind of a team they are.
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
Objective The children will learn that Jesus is God’s temple.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD- 2, #23) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel • Jesus Is God’s Temple (page 3)
Invite the children to find Jesus and the Temple in the illustration. Explain the role of the Temple in Jesus’ time. Every male Jew tried to come to the Temple for the major feast days of the year. The Temple was the one place in all of Israel where the priests offered sacrifices to God. Appoint four children to proclaim the Gospel for the class.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
God’s Law: The Ten Commandments (page 31)
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
The First Reading for this Sunday gives the Ten Commandments as they are recorded in the Book of Exodus. Earlier lessons have referred you to this page with a focus on one of the commandments or a smaller grouping of them. In this lesson, the children will review the meaning of all 10.
Make sure the children know these Commandments are very, very old. Jews and other Christians all follow the Ten Commandments as part of being followers of God.
Go through the Ten Commandments, reading what each requires. Ask for examples of how the children can keep each commandment. You may need to make clear that fighting, getting angry, and hurting someone’s feelings are

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