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                                                                                                                                                       March 11, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: 2 Chronicles 36:14–16, 19–23; Ephesians 2:4–10; John 3:14–21
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               For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Sunday’s Gospel describes Jesus as the Son whom God sent into the world to reveal God’s love for us. Jesus reveals both light and darkness in people. Those who believe in Jesus believe in the power of God’s love as the light of their lives. They believe in God, whose life-giving power raised Jesus from the dead. Christians have the power of Jesus’ death and Resurrection to help us turn darkness into light, enemies into friends, and troubles into joys.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
The title “Son of God” signifies the unique and eternal relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the only Son of the Father. To be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (#454). In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest (CCC, 2466). “Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury” (CCC, 2477).
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions on how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
              60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l God so loved the world (page 1) l Story l Living a Lie (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Gives Us Light (page 4)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 30.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity–Game l You Shall Not Bear False Witness–The Truth Can Be Tricky (pages 6–8)
l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13) l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l God so loved the world (page 1)
l Story l Living a Lie (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the story. Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)
l Gospel Ritual l “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2) l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Gives Us Light (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the doctrine. Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 30.
l Catholic Faith Word l Catechumenate (page 4) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l Activity l Reconciliation (Venture Activity Book, #18)
l Activity–Game l You Shall Not Bear False Witness–The Truth Can Be Tricky (pages 6–8)
l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to
Materials
l Venture Student Lesson for 3/11
l Catechism handbook, page 30
l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs l Pencils or pens, colored pencil or
markers, scissors
l Newsprint or whiteboard
l Bible, cloth, candle, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “The Great Commandment”(CD-2, #13) l “Lenten Gospel Acclamation”(CD-1, #2)
Lesson Resources
l Venture Activity Book, Activity #18
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.
com/assessments)
 Editor’s Note: Just as we have the option to use the color rose on the 3rd Sunday of Advent as a sign of our joy, we may also use rose on the 4th Sunday of Lent. This Sunday is known as Laetare Sunday. Laetare (like Advent’s Gaudete) refers to rejoicing. Christians rejoice in the salvation gained for us by Christ’s suffering, Death, and Resurrection.
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Activity l Reconciliation (Venture Activity Book, #18)
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.
do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.
For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
     TRUSTED FAVORED FORGAVE TRUSTS IN BELIEVES IN TURNS TO CLINGS TO PUNISH HURT DESTROY REDEEMED SAVED PROTECTED LOVED RESTORED
Rewrite this well-known Scripture passage from John’s Gospel
by using the suggested words, or words of your own.
God so ________________ the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who ________________ him might have eternal life. For God did not sent his Son into the the world to _____________ the world, but that the world might be _____________ through him.
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God so loved the
world
that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved
through him.
John 3:16–17
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