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Ash Wednesday Is Our Time to Grow and Change
How do you want to change this Lent? It can be a time
to work on virtue, which
is the habit of doing good and wanting to do good. Maybe you want to be more courageous when it comes
to standing up for what you believe in or for another person. Maybe you want to become quicker to forgive, or set aside more time to pray or read the Scriptures.
Leader 2: God of all goodness, you call us to live at peace and to change our hearts. Help us on our Lenten journey
I promise to change my heart this Lent by:
As you pray together, think about a change you may want to make during Lent. Leader 1: Caring God, help us as we begin the season of Lent. Let it be for us a season of growth and change, all the way to Easter.
and heal us as we
Leader 1: Loving
God, sometimes
we bring trouble to
our family members and teachers.
Reader: This is the Gospel for Ash Wednesday. (Read Matthew 6:1–6,16–18)
All: God of mercy and love, as high as the sky is above the earth, so great is your love for all people. As a father is kind to his children, so God is kind to all who offer honor and praise.
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Leader 1: Loving God, we have been lazy at home and in school, and have not been helpful to our families.
need food and schools like we have.
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Take a moment to think about and write in the heart what you would like to change in yourself this Lent. When all are finished, pray together:
Psalm 103:8,11,13
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Leader 2: Let us remember all the children in the world who
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Leader 2: Loving God, we have quarreled and called each other names.
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Leader 2: Loving God, we have not done good for others when we had the chance.
All: Jesus, change our hearts. Leader 1: Sometimes we worry too much about ourselves and not enough about others.
All: Gentle and loving God,
we thank you for all the good things you constantly bless our lives with. Please be with us as we journey through Lent to a glorious Easter. We ask this in your name. Amen.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Make Lenten commitments.
l Celebrate an Ash Wednesday prayer service. l Explore how to handle friends’ rejection.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Remember You Are Dust” (CD-1, #10). Lyrics are available to download and print at Have this song
playing quietly in the background as the young people write their Lenten commitments and celebrate the Ash Wednesday prayer service.
GatheringPrayerandCoverActivity(page1) Have the young people return to their desks or tables. Distribute Visions and pencils or pens. Remind them that Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. Catholics commit to fasting, prayer, and almsgiving during Lent. Read aloud the introduction and directions on the cover. Direct the young people to the heart shape, and give them time to write a Lent commitment they will work toward during these 40 days. Then assign two Leader parts, take the Reader part yourself, and celebrate the prayer service together.
Story l RU OK? (pages 2-3) Introduce the story by asking the young people how they feel when someone else makes a team they want to be on or a classmate gets an award on a project that they tried for. What is hard in these situations? What can be hard about being the one who makes the team or gets the award? Ask what the title and photos suggest will happen in the story? Have volunteers take turns reading the story aloud to the group.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1. Her friends support Tessa until they learn she is moving to the ninth-grade team. Then they are mean and rejected Tessa.
2. Sadie and Keiko were jealous of Tessa’s move to the ninth-grade team. 3.Open-ended. 4. Open-ended; encourage them when they get a low test grade or lose a game. Congratulate them when they try or succeed. 5. Tessa can give her friends time. She didn’t brag. Maybe they will come around. If they don’t, Tessa can try talking with them face-to-face and do another activity together. She could offer to practice softball with them. Perhaps she will have to make new friends. 6. Both boys and girls can be competitive. Both can envy a friend’s success. Accept other responses.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognize Jesus’ healing of the leper was a sign of the
power of God in him.
l Understand how the Sacraments offer welcome and
l Explore the meaning of Holy Communion in the Mass and
in their lives.
l Recognize they are the Body of Christ, a Holy Communion.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to proclaim this Sunday’s Gospel, play and sing “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy (page 4) Make sure that the young people understand the severity of leprosy and how society rejected and excluded lepers from the community. Have volunteers take parts and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. The leper begs. Jesus feels compassion for the man. 2. He is overjoyed that he is no longer an outsider and has his life
and family back. 3. Open-ended. Be specific if there is prejudice in your area or parish against certain people. 4. Open-ended. Plan ways to welcome new kids.
Catholic Faith Word l Compassion (page 4) Read the definition aloud to summarize both the story and the Gospel themes. Explain that lack of compassion is what often causes people to tease, bully, hurt, and exclude others.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Reconciliation Is Mission & Sacrament (page 6) In both this lesson and last week's, the young
people have explored issues that often require reconciliation and reaching out in acceptance. Read aloud this feature about how the Church continues Jesus’ reconciling ministry.
Turn to the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Open-ended; the young people do not need to share their answers aloud, but encourage them to seek forgiveness.
2. Reconciliation brings us back to a right relationship with God; Eucharist, which means Thanksgiving, celebrates this relationship and our community in Christ.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
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