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January 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Jonah 3:1–5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20
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For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus walks along the Sea of Galilee and calls four fishermen to leave their boats and nets and follow him. By responding to this call, Peter, Andrew, James, and John become some of Jesus’ first followers.
When Jesus calls these four fishermen to become fishers of people, they respond with speed and enthusiasm. They follow Jesus and share in his work of spreading the Good News of God’s love and gathering other followers together.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Children have many experiences of being called. Good News guides them in reflecting on who calls them and how they can respond.
The Catholic Church teaches that we are called to be with God as a community. The cover activity for this lesson encourages the children to recognize ways they depend on others for their life and growth and how we are good news to each other.
“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 541). “From the beginning, Jesus associated his disciples with his own life, revealed...his mission, joy, and sufferings” (CCC, 787).
Materials
l Good News Student Lesson for 1/21
l Catechism handbook, page 33
l CD player and Promise/Good News CD-2 l crayons, colored pencils, or markers
Suggested Music
l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) l “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Lesson Resources
l Good News Activity Book, Activity #28 l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
We Are Good News to Each Other
Find 10 ways people in this town are good news to each other.
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January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 36, Number 3
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l We Are Good News to Each Other (page 1)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls Followers (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Gospel using the first Know question.
l Activity l Galilee Is Jesus’ Neighborhood (pages 2–3) l Discuss the second Know question.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Catholic Faith Word l Vocation (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 33.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l We Tell Jesus’ Good News (page 4)
l Closing Prayer
l Closing Song l “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Take-Home
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20-25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l We Are Good News to Each Other (page 1)
l Activity l Stretch and Sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40-45 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls Followers (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Gospel using the first Know question.
l Activity l Galilee Is Jesus’ Neighborhood (pages 2–3) l Discuss the second Know question.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Catholic Faith Word l Vocation (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 33.
l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #28 Live the Gospel (15-20 minutes)
l Activity l We Tell Jesus’ Good News (page 4)
l Closing Prayer
l Closing Song l “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.
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Good News Activity Book, Activity #28
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.



























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