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 UNIT 3 OVERVIEW: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him
       Life in Christ
Christian Prayer
Prayer of thanksgiving
  Following good teachers
Jesus teaches me to pray
     Doing what Jesus says
Praying for the sick
  Showing we care; doing the right thing
Singing our prayer
   Lent: praying, doing good actions
Lenten Prayer Box
  Lent: making loving choices
Prayers of petition
     Lent: making good choices; asking for forgiveness
Prayer asking forgiveness
  Lent: forgiving others
Lord’s Prayer
                                                                                                    and that the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Jesus has power not only to heal, but also to forgive sins. He has come to heal the whole person (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1503).
Following those four Sundays in Ordinary Time are the first
four Sundays of Lent. The Gospels for the first two Lenten Sundays are from Mark’s Gospel. Mark sets Jesus in furious motion in his narrative. Jesus strides the seashore, calls disciples, heals, casts out demons, and preaches. Mark’s stories are short, shifting quickly from one scene to the next. With Jesus’ every step, God’s dynamic healing and liberating power breaks into the human community. The Gospels for the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Lent come from John’s Gospel. Readings from the Gospel of John appear in all three Lectionary cycles, especially during the seasons of Advent- Christmas and Lent-Easter.
Promise helps young children know they belong in the community of those who follow Jesus today—the Church. Through stories and sense involving activities, they explore how they can be recognized as little people who live Jesus’ way.
Pay special attention to the Jesus art in this unit of Promise. What children see early in life stays in their imaginations forever. Promise pictures Jesus as the Gospel writers picture him—a man full of the Holy Spirit and driven to tell the Good News of God’s love for us. Promise portrays Jesus as vigorous, attentive, inviting, and compassionate. Ask questions that help the children interpret
the Jesus art. Some examples: What is Jesus saying? How does he feel? What are the people with him saying? How do they feel? What will happen next?
Keeping Lent
Promise children are at a great age for learning about Lent and beginning
to participate in Lenten practices. They like the feeling that comes with getting to do things the “big kids” and adults do, such as receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday and making sacrifices or doing something extra during Lent. Encourage parents to use the Family Corner feature on the lessons the children bring home and make this Lent a special time in their families.
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Music CDs
The Promise/Good News music two-CD set
is available at This set
contains new songs by John Burland that correlate to the seasons of the liturgical year. The songs are easy for the children to learn through listening and singing along. This music can also be downloaded at
 GROW blog
PFLAUM Gospel Resources of the Week
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  All numbers in parentheses refer to sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
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