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 What risks do you take
Wb e o f u o l r d e y a o mu e s a a y l i g n r a a c e public restaurant?
Y N Wsoomueldonyeoutoasdkance?
WT-oshuilrdtywoiuthwaear a Christian message printed on it?
Would you volunteer on your own and make new friends?
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as a Christian?
Would you try out for the school play?
Discover how daring you are by taking the Risk Quiz. Fill
in Y next to each question if your answer is yes. Fill in N if your answer is no. Add up the number of Y answers.
Y N Would you read during Mass at your parish?
Would you serve at a soup kitchen?
Would you answer in class if you weren’t sure your answer was correct?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent
Y N cWhoaullednygoeu someone who is making racist or sexist remarks?
Y N Wseotualdneyowuttrreyntdo by wearing something different?
Total Y answers
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Identify positive and negative consequences of taking risks.
l Appreciate the power of God’s unconditional love.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13). The young people may already be familiar with this song; however, lyrics are available to download and print at lyrics.
Gathering Prayer Gather in a prayer circle with a lighted candle in the middle. Turn off the lights. Leader: God of light, without you we are a people in darkness. We are grateful for the lessons and light you bring to us each day. Today we see your presence in these ways... (Invite the young people to take turns identifying light they have witnessed.) Leader: Loving God, you send Jesus to light our paths. Help us to share our light with each other. All respond: Amen.
Cover Activity l What Risks Do You Take As a Christian? (page 1) Have the young people talk in pairs quietly about what might happen positively or negatively if they take the risks on the cover. Ask volunteers to identify which risk each thinks would be hardest to take and why. Read aloud the 10 questions while the group fills in the Y or N circles individually. Explain that seven or more Y’s means they like to take risks; three to six means they’re somewhat cautious; and one or two means they play it safe. Ask who is happy with their risk level. Ask volunteers to identify a risk they might like to try.
Article l The Solution Is Hope (pages 2–3) Many consider Los Angeles County the gang capital of the United States with 86,000 members in 1,100 different gangs. Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest, makes East Los Angeles a place where young men and women experience God’s unconditional love. He is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program in Los Angeles. This article explores, using real-life accounts, the power of God’s unconditional love for homeboys and homegirls who want a life.
To begin, locate the story in East Los Angeles. Ask the young people what words they might use to associate with a gang member. Likely examples include criminals, guns, tattoos, drugs. Ask why they think kids join gangs and what the risk of being friends with or caring about a gang member might be. Then ask for volunteers to read the story aloud to the group.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers:
1. Drugs, violence, abuse, loss of a parent, poverty, stereotypes that assume they are hopeless. 2. Without
hope, gang members don’t care if they live or die. They live by the gang codes of hanging, banging, slanging. The power of hope shows in the personal stories. 3. Father G insists God made the homies as they are. By “showing up” in their lives, he reflects God’s love for each of them, valuing them just as they are. 4. Chico wants to learn a skill and work; he was being just who God created him to be—a terrific kid, in Father G’s estimation.
Learn more about Father G and Homeboy Industries in his book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Free Press, 2010), or visit
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will: l Appreciate God’s love for us.
l Identify Jesus’ mission.
l Defineconscience.
l Celebrate a Lenten reconciliation prayer service.
Gospel Ritual Move the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to read and listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Gives Us Light (page 4) Have readers take the part of Narrator and Jesus 1-5 and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Jesus intrigues Nicodemus, but he is a Pharisee who isn’t sure how his fellow Pharisees might feel about his interest
in Jesus. 2. God sends us Jesus to show how much God loves us, to invite us to live forever through believing in Jesus, to enlighten us as to what is true and good, what is God’s will. 3.God loves the world and wants to save the world. 4.Open-ended. 5. Nicodemus has become Jesus’ follower.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l What Is John 3:16? (page 4) Read this feature as a summary of Sunday’s Gospel concept—Jesus is God’s Son sent to show us God’s love.
Turn to the Talk questions related to the doctrine on page 4. Both of these responses are discussion-based. If time permits, have the young people create small posters that feature their favorite Bible verse. Have them share why that verse is meaningful for them.
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