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     Lesson Theme: Jesus is light to the world.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
Day 1
Share Experiences
l Gathering Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13) l Gathering Prayer (see page TG3-34)
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.
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow your rules and
treat others with kindness. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to follow your rules and treat others with kindness. Amen. (Repeat).
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 Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to turn to Jesus as our light
and guide. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 3
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to turn to Jesus as our light and guide. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to 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)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to grow closer to you
through the sacraments. Amen. (Repeat.) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Day 4
Live the Gospel
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to grow closer to you through the sacraments. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Activity–Game l You Shall Not Bear False Witness–The Truth Can Be Tricky (pages 6–8)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to be willing to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to be willing to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Weekly Lesson Assessment
l Activity l Reconciliation (Venture Activity Book, Activity #18) l Closing Prayer (see page TG3-35)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.
Curriculum Connections
l ELA: Invite the students to write an essay exploring how
people can overcome a fear of the dark. Students should do background research, brainstorming, write a thesis statement, and outline the essay prior to writing. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2)
l Tech: Part of being a Christian is showing God that we
love God’s world. Discuss with the students the various environmental problems facing the earth (e.g., climate change, invasive plants, pollution, etc.). In small groups, have students select one problem facing the earth, research it, and develop solutions for how we can prevent or stop it. (ISTE2016.3d)
        Additional Resources
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)
l Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
l Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW. l Teaching Companion to WCBT Handbook (gospelweeklies.com/
catechists-teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
To remind your group how wonderful it is to do what is right, plan a celebration of good deeds! Invite each child to submit nominations of good deeds done by members of the group. Select a good deed for each person and share it with the group.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l March 15: Saint Louise de Marillac – Saint Vincent de Paul thought peasant women would best understand the needs of the poor. He sent Louise on missions, and she began to train women to serve the poor and sick. Saint Louise is patron of social workers.
l March 17: Saint Patrick – Patrick served as a missionary in Ireland and is credited with converting the people from a Celtic religion to Christianity. In the dioceses of Ireland, this day is celebrated as a solemnity and a holy day of obligation. Along with Saints Brigid of Kildare and Columba, Patrick is the patron of Ireland.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l TG3-33
Extending the Lesson
 











































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