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                                                                                                                                                            March 11, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Lent
 Live the Gospel
Objective The children will apply the 8th Commandment and practice making choices about telling the truth.
Living the Gospel l You Shall Not Bear False Witness–Telling Truth Can Be Tricky Game (pages 6-7) Read aloud the introduction to the activity at the top of page 6. Have the children cut out all the game cards on pages 7–8.
Read the instructions for the game in the middle of page
6. Each player tries to get points by presenting a situation to
the person most likely to answer as shown on the answer card drawn. It involves being truthful as well as knowing and getting to know the other players. Demonstrate how the game works by doing one situation with a group of three children. Divide the children into groups of three or four. Join one of the groups yourself, and enjoy playing this game.
Closing Prayer Have the children turn to page 52 in their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Pray the Apostle’s Creed aloud to close your time together.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
What Is the Moral Law? (page 30)
  You may have discussed this page describing the moral law with the children last fall. However, middle-grade children are growing and changing so rapidly that a discussion from six months ago may take on entirely new dimensions.
There are many vocabulary words in these four paragraphs, which are part of Catholic conversations. As you read the paragraphs aloud together, write the following words on the board or on newsprint and ask the children for their understandings:
l Moral Law Human beings’ common understandings of right and wrong. The Ten Commandments are one expression of these understandings.
l Sacred Scripture The Old and New Testaments give us stories of God’s revelations to people over many centuries.
l Sacred Tradition This is another term for the teaching of the Catholic Church.
l Free Will We are free to choose between right and wrong.
l Original Sin Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. As children of Adam and Eve, we are like them and find it difficult to always choose the good.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 4.
  Catholic Faith Word l Catechumenate (page 4) Read the definition aloud to help the children become familiar with the presence of catechumens in many parishes during Lent.
Our Catholic Faith l We Pray the Creed at Mass (page 5) Mass can get to seem long and wordy to children. Use this feature to give them insight into how our proclamation of the Creed at Sunday Mass celebrates the gift of faith we have received from many in our lives. Ask the children who has helped them know and believe in God. Give them time to write the names of people who have influenced their Christian faith.
  Lesson Wrap-Up
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Use Activity #18 from the Venture Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
NOTE: You have reached the end of Unit 3. Find the Unit 3 Assessment online at
 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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                    Name ________________________________________________ Climbing the Stairs Back to God
The Sacrament of Penance is our way to return to God when we
have failed to keep our baptismal promises. The sacrament has four main steps and six positive e ects.
Activity 18
 On the first four stairs below, write each of the four steps of the Sacrament of Penance. On the wall, list the six effects of the sacrament. (For help see pages 23 and 24 of your handbook.)
 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________ 4. ______________________________ 5. ______________________________ 6. ______________________________
  Step 4
  Step 3
  Step 2
  Step 1
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
With My Family and Friends
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