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     Lesson Theme: Jesus shows that God’s love is for everyone.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
Day 1
Share Experiences
l Gathering Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13)
l Gathering Prayer (see page TG3-18)
l Cover l Ash Wednesday Is Our Time to Grow and Change (page 1) l Story l RU OK? (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to the story.
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to reach out to others with
kindness. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to reach out to others with kindness. Amen. (Repeat).
l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to the Gospel.
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to remember that your love
includes everyone. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 3
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to remember that your love includes everyone. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the Students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 12.
l Catholic Faith Word l Compassion (page 4)
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to listen, respond, and sing at
Mass. (Repeat.)
Day 4
Live the Gospel
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to listen, respond, and sing at Mass. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Activity l Explore the Eighth Commandment (pages 6–8)
l Closing Prayer l Loving God, help us to listen, respond, and sing at
Mass. Amen. (Repeat.) Day 5
l Gathering Prayer l Loving God, help us to listen, respond, and sing at Mass. Amen. (Repeat.)
l Weekly Lesson Assessment
l Commandments 5 and 8: (Visions Activity Book, Activity #26) l Closing Prayer (see page TG3-19)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.
Curriculum Connections
l Math: Explain to the students that people with leprosy were segregated from the community because the disease spread very quickly. Then explain the properties of integer exponents. Have them express given integer exponents in equivalent numerical expressions. (CCSS.Math.Content.8.EE.A.1)
l Health: One of the most common ways sicknesses are spread is through our hands. Ask each student to put hand lotion on their hands but to not rub it all the way in. Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter on one student’s hands, and then invite that student to shake the hands of her/his classmates. Observe how the glitter spreads between students. Explain the proper way to wash hands. (NHES.7.8.2)
        Additional Resources
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)
l Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
l Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW.
l Teaching Companion to WCBT Handbook (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-
teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
When he healed the man with leprosy, Jesus helped both the man and the community. We often overlook people in our communities who do good deeds. Research some local people who are doing good deeds and share their stories with the children. If possible, invite these people to tell their own stories.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
l February 14: Ash Wednesday – This day marks the start of Lent. The 40-day period symbolizes the time Jesus spent in the desert before he began his ministry. Lent comes from the Old English word lencten, which means spring. Receive ashes today and begin your Lenten journey.
l February 14: Saint Valentine of Terni – It’s believed that Valentine defied the emperor Claudius who prohibited soldiers from marrying before they headed to war. The secret marriages he performed may have led Valentine to be known as the patron of lovers and happy marriages. Send a loving message to someone who misses you.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l TG3-17
Extending the Lesson
 












































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