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You learn that 70 million children have never been to school
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
What is one thing you can you say or do?
parents are getting divorced
You see a classmate sit alone every day at lunch
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will: l Name their feelings.
l Identify ways they can resolve conflict.
Gather in a prayer circle. Pray and sing “We Will Walk with God” (CD-2, #8). Lyrics are available to download and print at
Gathering Prayer Have the young people turn to page
56 in the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and pray the Prayer of Saint Francis aloud together. Explain that this Sunday’s Gospel is about healing. There are many types of healing, including spiritual and physical, and they will learn about both in this week’s Visions lesson.
Cover Activity l How Do You Feel When...? (page 1) Explain that Jesus interacts with sick people where
he lives in Sunday’s Gospel. Explain that, like Jesus, we are social. We can only thrive as individuals by helping care for one another. Have the young people identify what is happening in the photos. Then read aloud the seven situations, and have your group identify their feelings silently. Then revisit each statement and ask the young people to brainstorm one thing they can say or do.
Story l Who Wins? (pages 2-3) Ask your group what the title and photos suggest the story is about. Have volunteers take turns reading the story aloud for the class, including all three endings. Discuss whether option A, B or C seems most realistic.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers:
1. Nick brings a mean spirit to the game. 2. Caleb can’t resist paying back, a negative spirit. 3. The ref kicks Caleb
off the ice because he trips Nick with his stick. 4. Some students may respond that the Saints won. Others may reply that no one really won, because of poor sportsmanship. 5. To his mom: I’m sorry. To his teammates: Thanks, but I wish I hadn’t tripped Nick. To his coach: I’m sorry. I’ll try to get a handle on my anger.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Discover how Jesus calls us to discipleship.
l Recognize how Jesus’ disciples hand on his teachings. l Make prayer a part of their daily lives.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people read and listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Raises Up, Heals, and Frees People (page 4) Choose readers to take the parts in the Gospel drama, with the rest of the class taking the parts of people who crowd Jesus.
Turn to the Talk questions on page 4 to discuss the Gospel. Answers: 1. Jesus lifts her up. She begins to serve him. 2. People suffer many illnesses and oppressions. Jesus
heals them and shows God wants their wholeness. 3. To bring God’s kingdom into the midst of the people.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Heal (page 7) Call on a volunteer to read this feature aloud as a summary of this Sunday’s
Gospel concept. Ask the young people to think of a way they have encouraged healing instead of division this week. Prompt them with examples: I did not forward a mean text. I forgave a friend instead of holding onto my hurt.
Turn to the Talk questions related to the doctrine on page 4. Answers: 1. Open-ended; include priests and religious sisters, teachers, counselors. 2. Brainstorm
situations that need healing together; you may also assign this as homework. Make sure to reserve time next week to review the students’ findings.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Pray Always (page 42) Jesus’ Word for All Generations (page 7)
Review the ways of praying on page 8 in the Visions student lesson. Ask the young people which kinds of prayer can fit into their daily lives.
Read aloud the Pray Always section on page 42 of What the Church Believes and Teaches, which stresses how all our loving and learning activities are prayer.

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