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                                                                                                                                                            January 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Jesus Spoke to All Generations (page 7)
  Note that this can be a difficult concept for children to grasp, but one that is fundamental to the Catholic Church. We believe that we hear God’s plan for us in Scripture, particularly in the Gospels. We also believe that we learn God’s plan and will for us from the teaching of the Church, which we call Tradition.
Read the paragraphs aloud one at a time to your class. Ask for any questions. Simply hearing these concepts is enough at this level of learning.
Ask the children the prompt in their lesson (page 4, bottom right): How does Jesus’ message to his disciples more than 2,000 years ago still apply to us today in 2018? This is an open- ended question, but possible responses may include: It shows
us how we should treat each other, how to remain close to God, how we should help the least among us (the Works of Mercy), and how to respond to God’s call in our lives.
Conclude thanking the Holy Spirit for speaking to us through both Scripture and Tradition and also through and in our daily lives.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
 Catholic Faith Word l Sacred Tradition (page 5) Read this definition aloud to wrap up the article on Mark’s Gospel. Make sure that the children understand (even at a basic level), that the Word of God is meant as much for us as it was for earlier generations.
Our Catholic Faith l The Village of Capernaum (page 5) Capernaum was near a busy Roman road that went north to Syria and east to what is now Iraq and Iran. More people lived there than in Nazareth. This fishing village of Capernaum is where Jesus called some of his first followers and where he worked his first healing miracles. Have the children find Capernaum on the cover map. Read the article aloud together and discuss the two questions.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Read or role play a call story from the Old Testament.
Lesson Wrap-Up
l Understand that, like Jonah, God wants us to follow his call. l Appreciate the faith and persistence of Saint Monica
l Follow the faith journey of Monica’s son, Saint Augustine.
Living the Gospel l God Calls a Reluctant Prophet (pages 6–7) A brief excerpt from the story of Jonah is the First Reading for this Sunday. Ask volunteers to tell all they know about the story. Read the prologue aloud together; then the setting for Scene 1. Assign the parts and read the play together; read the stage directions in italic type yourself. Pause just before the Epilogue to answer the Narrator’s question. God, of course, is very happy the Ninevites have repented. Conclude with the Epilogue. Then ask: Why do we read this story? What does it have to do with today’s Gospel? With our Christian lives?
Creative drama If you have time, perform the play using creative drama techniques. Make sure to convey the roll of the ship and the spewing of Jonah onto the shore in Scene 2; the depravity and then the repentance of the Ninevites in Scene 3; their conversion to the God of Jonah in Scene 4 while Jonah sulks. Present the play to another class or to the whole school or parish.
Saints l Saint Monica and Saint Augustine (page 8) Have the children read this cartoon feature about two of the church’s best-known saints. Monica and Augustine were both from North Africa, so the artist has pictured them as black.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Play “Will You Come and Follow Me—The Summons” (CD-2, #9). The children will learn quickly by hearing and will be able to sing along.
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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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Use Activity #2 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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A Revelation Word Search 2 What is God like? He reveals himself to us through the Sacred Tradition
of the Church. Sacred Tradition includes the Church’s doctrine, life, and
worship. God’s Word is like great wealth in the family of the Church. It
belongs to every new person born into the family.
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