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                                                       January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Number 2: When Birdie was 20 years old, she joined a community of religious sisters. She was the only black sister in her community. She became known as Sister Thea.
Number 3: Sister Thea studied to become a teacher. She taught in elementary and high schools. She also taught at a college. She used songs and stories in her classes. One of her favorite songs was “This Little Light of Mine.”
Number 4: Sister Thea taught people what it is like to be a black Catholic in the United States. People learned that even if we have different colored skin, we are the same on the inside and that God loves us all. God wants all of us to let our lights shine.
Ask: What was special about Sister Thea? What was one of her favorite songs? What did she teach people about the color of our skin? What did she teach people about God’s love?
If you want to know more about Sister Thea, go to the website of her congregation, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration:
Closing Prayer ● Jesus Teaches Me. Gather in a prayer circle. Invite the children to repeat each sentence after you. Pray:
Jesus teaches me that God loves us.
Jesus teaches me to pray.
Jesus teaches me to forgive.
Jesus teaches me to share.
Jesus teaches me to praise God (or go to church or Mass) with my family and neighbors.
Jesus teaches me to love everyone. Amen.
Bring your prayer and session to a close by singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Do What Jesus Says (page 23)
 Tell children that Mary was the person who did the best at following Jesus. She loved God and Jesus very much. Mary can help us to be good followers of Jesus too. Read the story of the wedding at Cana on page 23. Then invite the children to tell the story to you. Ask: Who did what Jesus said?
The children will enjoy acting out this story. There are plenty of roles to go around: Jesus, Mary, the bride and groom, the waiters, the head waiter, the disciples, and other wedding guests.
Read the directions for the activity and give the children time to draw their hearts. Then talk about each example again and invite the children to signal their responses to the examples with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down gesture.
Gather the children in a circle. Go around the circle, giving each person (including you) the opportunity to tell about a time when he or she did what Jesus tells us to do. Let the others respond with an enthusiastic thumbs-up!
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, page 2.
    Live the Gospel
Objectives ● The children will: ●  LearnaboutSisterTheaBowman.
●  CelebrateinprayerthatJesusistheirteacher.
Activity ● Sister Thea teaches us to love all people. (page 2) Share this story about Sister Thea Bowman with the children. Invite them to follow along by placing a finger on the picture that shows the part of the story you are telling.
Number 1: Bertha Bowman was born in Mississippi. Her nickname was Birdie. When she was nine years old, Birdie asked her parents if she could become a Catholic. They said yes.
  Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #13 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-11
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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