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                                                                                                                                                         March 4, 2018 • 3rd Sunday of Lent
  Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
make Jesus present to the world. In this activity, the children reflect on this concept in the way they do best, by using all their senses and by playing.
Brainstorm as a group all the ways children show they are followers of Jesus. Five areas are suggested in the illustrations on page 4. They can be actions, prayers, or sacraments. Then have the children divide into teams and decide which of these they wish to pantomime. Some possible mimes: getting ashes on Ash Wednesday; receiving Communion at Mass; making a visit to church; genuflecting; a Good News lesson; packing clothes to take to a rummage sale; saying grace before meals; comforting a sad friend; loving actions such as feeding pets and helping with groceries; doing what a parent says without complaining.
Activity • Lenten Calendar (page 1) Point out the calendar squares for this week. Have the children guess the word—FAST. Remind the children to do each fasting activity suggested before gluing or taping each square on their calendars.
Catholic Faith Word • Fast (page 4) Read the definition of fast on page 4. Have the children discuss how the four suggestions on the squares are like fasting.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Invite the children to join you in an alphabet prayer. Pray: “Let’s thank God for people and things that begin with A.” Pause for the children to respond aloud. Continue with the other letters of the alphabet. Not every child has to respond for every letter. It is better to keep the prayer going. Conclude by thanking the children for being cooperative learners today and asking God to bless them in the week ahead.
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17).
Review the Ten Commandments.
Identify ways they can show that they belong to Jesus’
Activity l The Commandments Make Us God’s People (page 3) See how well the children understand what each commandment means by completing this activity. Ask: How would you explain the Ten Commandments in one sentence? They are rules that show us how to respect God, ourselves, and others. Assign pairs of children to reflect on an individual commandment and show children of their age should try to keep that commandment. Allow them to refer back to page 31 in their Catechism handbooks if they need help. Answers to matching activity: 1, C; 2, F; 3, A; 4, J; 5, B; 6, D; 7, G; 8, E; 9, I; 10, H.
Discuss the second Know question related to the Gospel. You may wish to have them reread “We Live Close to God” at the top of page 3. The following activity will help make the answers clear to the children.
Activity l How Do I Show I Belong to Jesus? (page 4) When Jesus talked about the temple he would rebuild in the Gospel, he was talking about his own body, which would be raised again by God in the Resurrection. Jesus is God’s temple.
We are also God’s temple, the body of Jesus on earth. People alive today experience Jesus in us. Our loving actions, our gathering in prayerful community, and our work to bring justice
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  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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                         Name Activity
We Are Blessed
Jesus taught us to  nd happiness where we do not expect it. That’s because true happiness comes from God and doing his will. The Beatitudes are called “happy attitudes” because they describe the thoughts of people who  nd happiness from God.
Read each Beatitude and the attitude that goes with it. Then write how you will practice that happy attitude this week.
The Beatitudes
(Based on Matthew 5:3–10)
Happy Attitude
How I Will Live the Beatitude This Week
      Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Everything I have comes from God, and I am thankful.
      Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
I help others who are sad, lonely, or struggling.
      Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
I like myself, but I don’t brag. I celebrate other people’s talents.
       Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satis ed.
I stand up for what I know is right, even when it would be easier to do the wrong thing.
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
I forgive, and I ask for forgiveness.
      Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
I make time for prayer and avoid disrespectful TV, music, and video games.
       Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
I try to compromise when I disagree with someone.
       Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
I do what is right, even when other people tease me.
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all sins against the Fifth Commandment. Someone may want to know what adultery is. Explain that the word only applies to adults, but respect for each other and our commitments applies to children too. The Eighth Commandment mentions false witness. This originally meant not committing perjury by telling lies in court. Now it means any kind of lie.
Discuss with the children what it means for a person to examine his or her conscience. Help the children write their own examination of conscience based on their discussion of the Ten Commandments. Give them lined paper to write out questions for each commandment. Encourage the children to go through these questions honestly every night before they go to sleep. Suggest that they end their nightly examination of conscience with the Act of Contrition and try to do better the next day.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 3.
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