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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
         WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOK
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Ten Commandments (page 32)
  Recall that in the Gospel a man cries out in the synagogue and disrupts the service. He wants to know if Jesus has come to destroy him.
Note that this week’s Living the Gospel activity will explore the spirit of advertising, which treats people as consumers who can buy, not as people who can love and serve as Jesus does.
Read about the meaning of the first two of the Ten Commandments, which require putting God first in our lives.
Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 5.
 Catholic Faith Word l Galilee: Jesus’ Home Territory (page 5) Read this feature aloud to the group. Point out the location of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.
Have the class find the Roman towns on the map, marked with the soldier’s helmet. Have them notice the other Jewish town. Distribute Bibles to each student and have them work in pairs to look up the verses that trace Jesus’ travels in Where Is Jesus? Or, have them work alone silently. Answers: Capernaum, Galilee, Capernaum, land of the Gerasenes, Bethsaida, Gennesaret, Bethsaida, Caesarea Philippi.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The young people will:
l Discriminate between Christian and consumer values in
the media.
l Appreciate the work of Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad-
In Unum.
l Understand the Catholic bishops' stand against racism.
Living the Gospel l What’s the Spirit of Advertising? (pages 6-7) Call on volunteers to read aloud the activity introduction. Present Step 1, Be Aware, and allow a brief discussion. Move quickly to Step 2. Students may not see any of the ads as negative, but they overpromise and encourage teens to think of themselves as older, more sexy, and more sophisticated than they are. Social media blurs the lines between commercial
messages and unbiased information, so the young people may not even realize that they are, indeed, looking at an ad.
Have other magazines available for the young people to explore. Conclude your discussion with Step 3. You may wish to assign these questions as homework. The TV project is also homework, unless you choose to watch a program as a class.
Catholic Leader l Father Patrick Desbois
(page 8) The young people should be familiar with the Holocaust from their social studies classes. Have volunteers read aloud this feature about Father Patrick Desbois and Yahad-In Unum. Then turn to the two paragraphs about the U.S. Catholic bishops! stand against racism. Crimes against people of different races and religions is not just a part of our past. Spend some time discussing the three questions as a class. If you need to assign this feature as homework, make sure to dedicate some time in a future class to discuss their responses.
Closing Prayer Direct your class to respond, “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” after the following petitions:
Lead the group: From valuing only what money can buy... From standing by when others get teased... From following popular kids who put others down... From making fun of those with little money.... Conclude by praying the Lord’s Prayer together.
Remind the young people to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
    Lesson Wrap-Up
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Use Activity #24 from the Visions Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
   November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
       Name:
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?
                Name ________________________________________ Brainstorming the Commandments
The first three commandments ask us to put God first in our lives. It’s easy to become distracted by daily concerns. We must be careful not to let material things, human ideas, or daily cares replace God in our lives.
Activity 24
 Use this mind map to list some things that humans want and need. A few examples have been provided for you. (“Things we wish for” can be material, like a nice vacation, or intangible, like other people’s approval.) Finally, write “God” in the small triangle at the top of the organizer. Then, on the lines, write one reason why God should be first in your life.
Physical needs Emotional needs Things we wish for
food admiration
Commandments 1–3: Honoring God
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