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                                                                                                                                                                                        January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15—20; 1 Corinthians 7:32—35; Mark 1:21—28
For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Jesus shows his power and authority over evil in Sunday’s Gospel. His teaching during Sabbath worship in Capernaum amazes people. Jesus speaks his own mind, offers his own teaching, and does so on his own authority. He does not purport
to be anyone’s disciple and does not rely on traditional teachings. He calms and makes whole a man with an unclean spirit who enters the synagogue. Jesus is fueled by the Holy Spirit and driven by love of God. He is a teacher with power.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Venture invites the children to explore what possesses or drives them and challenges them to be driven by faith in Jesus. Venture shows children how the women who orchestrated the Montgomery bus boycott overturned“custom”—racial prejudice and segregation—and shone a bright light on African Americans’ fight for justice. In honor of Black History Month, Venture also features important, but often not well-known, Africans in the Bible and American Catholics of African descent.
“Christ’s whole life is a mystery of redemption. Redemption comes to us above all through the blood of his cross, but this mystery is at work throughout Christ’s entire life (CCC, 517):“Jesus’works and words will manifest him as‘the Holy One of God’”(CCC, 438).
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.
                                                            Materials
l Venture Student Lesson for 1/28
l Catechism handbook, page 32
l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l Pencils, pens, or colored pencils, markers, scissors,
tape, paper, Bibles, cloth, candle, matches/lighter l Optional: Poster board, notebook paper
Suggested Music
l “Blest Are They” (CD-2, #11)
l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)
l Recording of spirituals (You may wish to download
YouTube videos that the children can sing along with.)
Lesson Resources
l Venture Activity Book, Activity #23
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)
60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l Black Catholics in America (page 1)
l Article-Drama l We Will Stand Up for Each Other, But We Won’t
Stand on the Bus (pages 2–3) l Discuss the first Think question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Brings Healing (page 4) 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 32.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Do I Live Gospel Teaching? (pages 6–7) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
l Have the children read the Saints feature on page 8 at home. l Activity l The Beatitudes (Venture Activity Book, Activity #23) l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Blest Are They” (CD-2, #11)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l Black Catholics in America (page 1)
l Article-Drama l We Will Stand Up for Each Other, But We Won’t
Stand on the Bus (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)
l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1) l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Brings Healing (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 doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 32.
l Catholic Faith Word l Synagogue (page 4) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l Activity l The Beatitudes (Venture Activity Book, Activity #23)
l Activity l Do I Live Gospel Teaching? (pages 6–7) l Saints l Saints Perpetua and Felicity (page 8)
l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to
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do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
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Black Catholics in America
Father Augustus Tolton
1829
Oblate Sisters of Providence are founded in Baltimore to educate black Catholic children.
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Augustus Tolton’s parents were slaves in Missouri where their Catholic owner baptized them. His father joined the Union Army and was killed. His mother rowed Augustus and his brother across the Mississippi river to Illinois and freedom. When Augustus wanted to study to become a priest, no seminary in the United States would let him enroll. He went to
Rome and studied to be a missionary priest. But the pope sent him back home to Illinois. Many people did not think a black man should be a priest and made life very hard for Father Augustus. Today, there are 250 African-American priests in the United States and 8 active black bishops. There are more than 3 million African-American Catholics in the United States.
1886
Augustus Tolton is ordained in Rome. He becomes the pastor of Saint Monica’s parish in Chicago. Father Tolton is recognized as the  rst African American priest in the United States.
1854
James Augustine Healy, son of a white father and a slave mother, is ordained a priest in Paris. He becomes bishop of Portland, Maine.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Spanish governor invites 11 families to settle 1781 onthePorciúnculaRiver,theareathatisnowLos Angeles. Black Catholic families are among the 11.














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