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We Begin a New Church Season
4. We celebrate Jesus’ Last Supper on ________ Thursday.
5. At the Easter Vigil, catechumens receive the Sacrament of _______.
The crossword clues help you remember about Lent and the great feast Lent prepares us for—Easter.
1. Jesus rose from the dead on _______ Sunday.
2. Christians keep Lent by
prayer, good works, and _______.
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3. On Fridays during Lent, Catholics ________ from meat.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 18, 2018
1st Sunday of Lent
6. During Lent, we pray the ________ of the Cross.
7. The 40 days before Easter are
called ________.
8. The story of Noah and the flood
is in the book of the Bible called ______.
9. The Sunday before Easter is called _______–Passion Sunday. 10. The first day of Lent is ______
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Review the vocabulary words associated with Lent. l Discuss best solutions when someone is tempted.
Gather in a prayer circle. Pray and sing “Remember You Are Dust” (CD-1, #10). Lyrics are available at gospelweeklies. com/lyrics.
Gathering Prayer Tell the children that Lent, the Church season that prepares us for Easter, begins this year on Ash Wednesday, February 14. This Sunday marks the  rst of six Sundays of Lent.
Pray together: Loving God, every year you bring the world back to life in the springtime. Lent is springtime in our hearts. Help us grow in love for you, for all creation, and for one another.
The children respond “Amen.”
Cover Activity l We Begin a New Church Season (page 1) Give children time to complete the crossword in class or assign it as homework. Answers: Down: 1. Easter, 2. fasting, 3. abstain, 4. Holy, 5. Baptism. Across: 6. Stations, 7. Lent, 8. Genesis, 9. Palm, 10. Ash.
Story l What If I Did? (pages 2–3) Ask two volunteers to read the voice balloon conversation on page 2. What might happen in the story? Give the children a moment to speculate as wildly as they wish, then read the  rst part of the story aloud to them. When you get to the second part of the story on page 3, ask volunteers to read one paragraph at a time. They will enjoy acting out the back and forth between Colin and his mother. When you get to the three possible endings on page 3, read them aloud to the children and ask for a show of hands as to which one Colin will choose. Discuss the reasons for the children’s choices. They can imagine other endings if they don’t think any of the three are realistic.
Use the Think questions on page 3 as needed to make sure the children understand the temptation Colin failed to resist. Ask if they have had similar experiences
or if they would like to share other situations. Ask: Why, in general, do people allow themselves to be tempted? Answers: 1. Colin wants to buy the new game. 2. He justi es his actions, deciding
that it’s fair for him to have the money. 3. Open-ended; encourage participation from all of the children. Direct conversation if only
a few children regularly respond, or divide the children into small groups or pairs. 4. You may wish to brainstorm temptations the children may face. Are they tempted to forward texts or posts or
“share” homework instead of doing their own work? Conclude your discussion by asking what will help Colin be more honest in his choices.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Understand Jesus’ time in the desert as the long retreat before he begins his ministry.
l Interpret the symbolism of the rainbow in the Noah story. l Understand that God wants to be close to his people.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. Note: You may wish to change up your prayer space to indicate the change in Liturgical season. For example, if you have a cloth, switch it to a piece of purple fabric. These changes do not need to be elaborate.
As you prepare the children to read the Sunday Gospel, play and sing “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Faces a Test (page 4) Have three children take the parts of the two Narrators and Jesus and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Jesus probably faced tests about how he would use his power and about what God wanted of him. 2. Jesus
announces that God’s kingdom is here. He continues to ask people to believe his message and to live like members of God’s family. 3. Open-ended.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Lent Gives Us Time to Grow (page 4) Read the doctrine feature aloud, and brainstorm habits they might
like to change during Lent. Emphasize that Lent is not simply a time of deprivation, but a positive time in which they can become better and closer to God. Give the children the time to discern their Lenten commitments. Let them know they will create a reminder of those commitments later in this Venture lesson.
Catholic Faith Word l Covenant (page 4) Introduce your discussion of covenants by reading the de nition aloud. Ask: What’s another word for covenant? (a promise or commitment)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
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