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Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Imagine the kind of person they want to be.
l Appreciate how the practice of Aikido transforms a girl
their age.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Fresh As the Morning” (CD-2, #10). Lyrics are available at
Gathering Prayer Tell the children we will take a moment of silence to remember the Lenten commitments we made
last week and pray about them. Pray: Loving God, you call us
to be a community of Jesus’ followers. Help us continue in our commitments. All: Amen.
Cover Activity If I could make myself into someone brand new... (page 1) Before distributing Venture, ask the children to recall the story of Pope John XXIII and what new thing he did that changed the Church. He called the Second Vatican Council. Then ask what new action the African American people of Montgomery, Alabama, did that changed the course of civil rights in the United States. They refused to ride city buses until the buses were integrated.
Distribute Venture. Give the children a moment to look over the illustrations and text. Read the text aloud. Invite the children to work on their own to  ll in the blanks. Explain that they can choose various ways to answer. For example, they might ask for “the heart of Mother Teresa” or “the heart of a lion.” Give the children time
to make their choices. Invite sharing by encouraging each child to share one of his or her responses.
Article l Miranda’s Peaceful Sport (pages 2–3) Have the children speculate from the photos and the title what the story is about. Aikido is a form of self-defense that does not wish to injure the attacker. It requires self-knowledge and a peaceful heart. Assign pairs of children to read the story quietly together.
Use the Think questions on page 3 to begin discussion. Answers: 1. Miranda likes that Aikido helps her feel calm; she also does not worry about making mistakes. She also has friends at Aikido, and it helped her when her mom died.
2. Children who practice Aikido “leave their ego at the door.” Aikido emphasizes calm and peacefulness instead of competition. 3. Open- ended; Miranda knows that practice helps prevent mistakes. She calls mistakes an opportunity to go back and fix things.
Conclude your discussion of the story by asking the children what sports they participate in that make them peaceful and which
ones bring out their desire to win. Understanding our inner selves is a lifelong task. Participating in different kinds of activities helps us develop different parts of our personality.
Miranda remembers her mother as very competitive, but she desired a more balanced approach to life for her daughter.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 25, 2018
2nd Sunday of Lent
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Understand how the Transfiguration reveals the Jesus’ future.
Recognize that God ask faith of their ancestors Abraham and Sarah.
Explore the seven commandments, which are about our responsibilities to each other.
Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to read this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus’ Friends See Him Transfigured (page 4) Have four children take the parts of Narrator, Peter, Voice, and Jesus and proclaim the Gospel. Coach the student reading the Voice part to speak loudly from the back of the room, letting his or her voice fill the room without yelling.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and gave them the Commandments. Elijah was one of the greatest
prophets. 2. God. Jesus is God’s Son. 3. Peter envisions Jesus as a mighty Messiah. 4. Jesus sees he must suffer, die, and rise so his friends can have new life.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Glory (page 4) Children who are learning about literary devices will understand that this
Sunday’s Gospel—the story of the Transfiguration—is an example of foreshadowing. In this vision of a Risen Jesus, we get a glimpse of what will happen at the Resurrection.
Turn to the Think questions related to the doctrine on page 4. Give the children a few minutes to meditate silently about their responses to the first question. Encourage class discussion about question #2. It’s important to be positive and encouraging, not nag, etc.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.

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