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 The NEW Gospel Weeklies
We Are Good News to Each Other
Find 10 ways people in this town are good news to each other.
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 36, Number 3
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
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Objective The children will recognize how we are good news to each other.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we gather as your followers. Bless our time together and help us to be good news to each other.”The children respond,“Amen.”
Cover Activity l We Are Good News to Each Other (page 1) Gather sitting in a circle and distribute Good News. Read the cover title together. Ask: What do we mean by good news? Something that is going to make people happy. Ask: How are the people in the illustration being good news to each other? There are at least 10 ways. Some answers: girl encourages child to walk, children play football and jump rope, scouts pick up litter (implies a scoutmaster who helps them organize their project), library with free books to read (paid for by people of town who pay taxes), boy watching birds cares about the environment. Remind the children of last week’s lesson about God’s calls. Conclude that people in this neighborhood are listening to God’s call to live together in peace and harmony.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives • The children will:
l Recognize Jesus’ call to Peter, Andrew, James, and John
and their response to him.
l Complete a map study of Israel in Jesus’ time.
Gospel Ritual Set aside an area where you can enthrone a Bible and display Good News. When the children gather here, they know they will help proclaim the Word of God. Repeat a ritual each week to prepare the children to hear the Gospel.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls Followers (pages 2–3) Move to the area where you proclaim the Gospel and have the children open Good News to pages 2–3. Ask them to describe the illustration to you. A map with a lake, river, cities, hills, two sets of human figures. Ask if the children know what the illustration is. A map of the place where Jesus grew up and worked as an adult.
Have the children fold their Good News copies so only page 3 shows. Assign five children to take the parts of Jesus, Peter,
Andrew, James, and John. Have them proclaim the Gospel while the other children stand and listen. Allow a moment of silence before asking the children to sit down.
Discuss the first Know question on page 3. Then invite the children to imagine they are one of these men. Do you think you would have so quickly left everything to follow Jesus? Why or why not?
Activity l Galilee Is Jesus’ Neighborhood (pages 2–3) Move to the work area and read the copy on the bottom of page 3 aloud to the children. Give them time to complete the coloring while you go around the room checking their comprehension of the map.
Discuss the second Know question on page 3. Point out that many of the people named are members of your parish community.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read together “Jesus Calls Us to Community.”
Catholic Faith Word l Vocation (page 4) Review the meaning of the word vocation with the children. Emphasize that every Christian’s first vocation is to love.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
What Would You Do? (page 33)
Review God’s Law: The Ten Commandments (page 31) and The Great Commandment, the New
Commandment—The Law of Love, and The Good News (page 32).
Lead the children through each of the three scenarios on page 33. Allow them to refer back to page 31 to find the commandment that best fits their response. They will likely find the first two easier to answer than the third one. Help them to come up with other examples of following the Fifth Commandment so that they recognize how far and wide respecting all life reaches.
1. Fourth Commandment
2. Seventh Commandment; Tenth Commandment also acceptable 3. Fifth Commandment
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.

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