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                                                                                                                              February 4, 2018 • 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Catholic Faith Word l Disciple (page 5) Draw attention to this definition and read it aloud as a class. Take a minute to invite the children to name other people who are Jesus’ disciples, both in the Bible and those who witness his message to the world through their actions.
Our Catholic Faith l The Church Brings Healing to People (page 5) Bring a saucer and a small amount of vegetable or baby oil to class to use in the prayer service. Have the children read this feature about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Have them write their answers to the three questions. Ask volunteers to share their responses with the class. Then celebrate the Healing Prayer Service together.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Construct a Gospel booklet that summarizes Jesus’ first days of ministry.
l Trace the life of the patron of Sudan, Saint Josephine Bakhita.
Activity l Gospel Booklet: Jesus Begins His Ministry (pages 7–8) This Gospel Activity helps children get a better grasp on the mission of Jesus and on the Gospel
of Mark. The children make a Gospel booklet summarizing the first week of Jesus’ ministry. The first few days of Jesus’ ministry illuminate what his entire ministry is about, and they function as a microcosm of Mark’s entire Gospel.
Distribute Bibles and scissors. Have the children cut out the booklet on page 7. Following the diagram on page 8, show the children how to fold the first part of the booklet. Explain that they will complete the booklet in their next lesson. For now, open the booklet to Day 1 and have the children use their Bibles to fill in the blanks (answers: Simon, Andrew, James, and John).
Point out how Jesus initiates (calls followers) and hearers respond (the fishermen follow). Ask the children to open the booklets to Day 2, Sabbath Morning. Have a volunteer read aloud the text bubble. Then direct the class to use their Bibles to answer the question (answer: the holy One of God). Again, point out that when Jesus initiates (teaching with authority) others respond (the unclean spirit departs).
Emphasize that the children will see this pattern repeat over the first days of Jesus’ ministry. Have the children write their names on their booklets. Collect the booklets, and save them for use again in the next session.
Saints l Saint Josephine Bakhita (page 6) Give the children time to read about the patron of Sudan.
Closing Prayer Ask the children to recall the people for whom they prayed last week. Remind them that prayers are not always answered as we would wish (i.e., a sick person becomes well) or as quickly as we might like. Give them time to share (or share again) their petitions for those they love.
 Lesson Wrap-Up
 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 ________________________________________________ Reaching Out in Faith
Do you know anyone who has received the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick? This sacrament is for those who are very old as well as those who are seriously ill. It brings us into union with Christ.
It also brings strength, peace, courage, and forgiveness, and it prepares us for the end of life on earth. Sometimes it also brings physical healing.
Activity 19
 Imagine that you are making a card for someone who is receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. On the left side, draw a picture of Jesus bringing
the person peace, courage, andforgiveness. On the right, write a short note to encourage the person.
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Use Activity #19 from the Venture Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l
Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
Imagine a child is sick in the hospital and a priest comes to anoint him or her. Ask a volunteer to be that child. The other children will be family members and friends who are present.
Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you. All: And with your spirit.
Reader: Sunday’s Gospel is one of the Scripture recommendations for this Sacrament. Re-read it at this point.
Priest: Loving God, through this holy anointing, come and comfort (child’s name) with your love and mercy.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Priest: Relieve the suffering of all who are sick. Assist all dedicated to the care of the sick. Give life and health to our brother (or sister).
The priest takes the holy oil and anoints the sick person on the forehead and hands.
Priest: Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
The priest prays a final prayer and everyone says the Lord’s Prayer together. The sick person may then receive the Eucharist.
Conclude your discussion on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by reminding the children that each sacrament helps us remember the loving and healing actions of Jesus, and makes his power present to us now.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
  © 2018 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
© 2018 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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