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                                                                                                                                                          February 25, 2018 • 2nd Sunday of Lent
 Living the Gospel l Honor Your Father and Your Mother (pages 6-7) This activity continues Venture’s Lenten focus on the Ten Commandments, this week featuring the Fourth Commandment. The Abraham and Isaac story may raise questions for the children about obeying parents. Read aloud the introduction to the Gospel Activity, which explores the meaning of the fourth commandment and what it asks of us.
Read and discuss one family dilemma at a time. Generate alternative courses of action as a class for both the parents and the children in the stories. Write these ideas on the board. Discuss the consequences of the various alternatives. Allow silly and extreme solutions on your lists of alternatives. Have the children weigh these ideas along with the rest. Give the children time to write their individual responses to each dilemma and share them with a partner, or ask volunteers to share their responses with the class.
Puzzle l Ten Commandments (page 8) Have the children work independently. This is an opportunity to review the Ten Commandments one more time. You may also assign it as take-home work.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Remind the children about Miranda’s mother and her Aikido teacher and all they taught her. Recall Abraham and Sarah. They let God teach them to imagine something they thought was impossible.
Now ask the children to remember a special teacher, coach, or other adult. Begin a prayer by mentioning a teacher of your own. For example, “I remember Sister Marion, who taught me science in 5th grade.” Give each child an opportunity to mention a person and tell brie y about him or her if they wish. Gather all the names together in a prayer of thanks.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Ten Commandments Are for Everyone (pages 32–35)
  Last October, the children studied the first three Commandments, the ones that tell us our duties to God. Beginning this week and continuing until Holy Week, Venture will have activities on the other seven Commandments.
These pages in the Catechism handbook summarize each Commandment. It will be useful for children to have these pages as a reference during the rest of the Venture year, and in their homes after classes are over.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes more than 100 pages to the Ten Commandments in its Life in Christ section. It can be a resource for you as a catechist. The social teaching of the Catholic Church is found under the 7th Commandment.
Arrange the children into seven groups. Ask each group to take a Commandment—from 4 through 10—and prepare to tell about what it asks of children. Even the 9th and 10th Commandments about coveting can speak to children who are often in turmoil about friends who choose other friends and leave them behind, or classmates who have many more or better possessions. You will learn a lot about the children and the dynamics they experience every day from their presentations and discussions. The activities in these coming weeks will continue this catechesis.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 6.
  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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                   Catholic Faith Word l Ten Commandments (page 6) Read the definition aloud to introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature.
Our Catholic Faith l Abraham and Sarah Learn AboutFaith(page5) Havethechildrenreadthearticlesilently or aloud as a class, then ask for volunteers to use the four illustrations to retell the story. Discuss the two questions as a class. Possible answers: God will always be with us; God will raise us to new life after we die; peace to our world; give us everlasting life; open-ended.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Explore situations in which obeying parents may be difficult. l Review all of the Ten Commandments.
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Use Activity #25 from the Venture Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l
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Choices That Honor Relationships
In the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Commandments, God calls us to honor one another and build good relationships in our communities. Sometimes our actions honor relationships between people, and at other times our actions disrespect people.
Activity 25
 Read the following list of actions. Mark a plus sign (+) next to the actions that are respectful to others, and mark a minus sign (–) next to the actions that are disrespectful. Then write two more actions that show respect to others.
_______ Bringing balloons to a friend who is sick
_______ Complaining to your teammates about a teacher
_______ Giving a nice birthday gift instead of spending money on yourself _______ Helping a brother or sister learn to read
_______ Laughing when a classmate makes a mistake
_______ Sharing your allowance money with the parish soup kitchen _______ Taking  ve dollars from your sibling without asking
_______ Treating the possessions of others with care
_______ Throwing away trash you  nd on the playground
_______ Using the family computer or tablet without permission
_______ Wearing a T-shirt with rude words or pictures
_______ Yelling at your parents instead of  nishing your chores
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Commandments 4, 6, 7, 9, 10: Honoring Relationships
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