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                                                                                                                                                         March 11, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Lent
  Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Practice loving and forgiving solutions to problems.
l Celebrate a reconciliation prayer service.
Activity l Forgiveness Stories (page 4) To prepare for this activity, gather the children in the work area and have them cut out the four letter squares in the left column of page 4 (F-OR-GI-VE). Divide the children into pairs and direct each child to spell out the word forgive with his or her letters. Tell them each pair will need only one child’s copy of Good News to do this activity but they will need both children’s F-OR-GI-VE blocks. Do one of the forgiveness stories as a class to make sure everyone knows how to proceed. For instance, read the story about the brothers fighting. Invite discussion and then advice to the child. If the advice the children give includes forgiving, even if the exact words “I am sorry” are not used, direct them to take the F square and place it upside down on that forgiveness story. Walk around to observe as the pairs finish the activity. When they have all their letter blocks in place, they may need to rotate some of them to create faces of two happy children.
Activity l Lenten Calendar (page 4) Ask the children to guess this week’s Lenten word—LOVE. Read the suggestions aloud and remind the children they should do each loving action before gluing or taping each square on their Lenten calendar.
Catholic Faith Word l Reconciliation (page 3) Ask the children to find and read the definition of reconciliation on page 3. Explain that in addition to being the name of a sacrament, the word reconciliation means “coming back together again.”We can experience reconciliation every time we make up with someone we’ve hurt or who has hurt us.
Closing Prayer l Reconciliation Prayer Service Write the children’s parts of this prayer service on the board. When you get to the Prayer of Sorrow, have them repeat it after you, line by line.
Teacher: God, you are our God. All that you say, we will do. Children: God, you are our God. All that you say, we will do. Teacher: For times we did not thank you...
Children: We are sorry.
Teacher: For times we did not respect other people... Children: We are sorry.
Teacher: For times we did not respect people’s belongings... Children: We are sorry.
Teacher: For times we told lies...
Children: We are sorry.
Teacher: Let us pray the Prayer of Sorrow.
All: Father, I am sorry for all my sins—
for what I have done and for what I have failed to do. I will try to do better.
Help me to grow in your love. Amen.
Close your prayer and gathering by singing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
                Lesson Wrap-Up
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Use Activity #16 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
NOTE: You have reached the end of Unit 3. Find the Unit 3 Assessment online at
 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 Receive Gifts from the Holy Spirit
Your Con rmation is a special day when you receive gifts from
the Holy Spirit. You cannot hold these gifts in your hand. They are spiritual gifts that will help you to follow Jesus for the rest of your life. But you do not have to wait—you can learn about these gifts now!
Cut out and staple the pages shown below to create a booklet. Review the booklet each day for one week to practice using the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Place a check mark on each page if you completed the action.
        Gifts of the Holy Spirit
I will go to Mass with ❑ my family.
I will read a Gospel story
about Jesus. ❑
I will talk to a classmate
I don’t know very well. ❑
I will ask the Holy Spirit to
help me make a decision. ❑
I will read a story in the
Old Testament and look up ❑
any word I don’t know.
I will do something
difficult to love God ❑
or my neighbor.
forgiveness for something ❑ I have done wrong.
    Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l TG3-35
Sacrament of Confirmation
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