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                                                                                                                                                                                                  March 11, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Lent
   Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognize how their consciences form.
l Practice the steps in making moral decisions.
Living the Gospel l How Do We Walk in the Light? (pages 6–7) Ask why, when we know right and wrong, can making good choices be so hard. Explain that practicing moral reasoning helps build moral character just as building muscles takes repetitive exercises. Have the group identify the steps built into the process on the pages—identifying the problem, alternatives, consequences, choices, what friends and family think, what Jesus in the Gospel teaches.
Have the group read the first dilemma, “Really Good Shape,” silently and respond to the steps. Ask each what they think Connor should do. Talk about where responses were similar, different.
Then have the students pair up and repeat the process with “What Counts?” on page 7. Bring the pairs back to a large-group discussion.
Puzzle l Taking a Risk to Grow and Change (page 8) Ask the students to match the quote and famous risk taker. Like Nicodemus, these people took risks to attain their goals and change people’s lives. Answers: 1. Chávez, 2. Pimentel,
3. Edison, 4. Pope Francis, 5. Jesus, 6. Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 7. Saint Teresa, 8. Carter, 9. Keller, 10. Heaton.
Closing Prayer Catholics pray the Lord’s Prayer during Mass before they receive Holy Communion. It is a reconciliation prayer. In this spirit, pray the Lord’s Prayer together to close your Visions class. Offer each other a sign of peace.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Jesus’ Mission (page 11) Conscience (page 30)
  Explain that the word mission means sent. Read the first paragraph aloud. Have the group respond to the question, “Why did God send the Son to become one of us?” To love us and make us whole, to save and redeem us.
Have the young people what God may be “sending” them to do right now. Ask: What is your mission?
Review the roots of the word conscience on page 30: con (with) and science (knowledge).
Have a volunteer read the paragraph aloud.
Have the group use the paragraph to identify ways we
learn right from wrong. Make a list.
Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.
 Catholic Faith Word l Conscience (page 4) Read the definition aloud. Explain that conscience is how each of us makes concrete judgments about what is right and wrong. Our families and church help us learn right from wrong. Jesus shows us God’s love and our capacity to love—this is the light Jesus brings us. When we prepare for Reconciliation, we examine our conscience and how we are following Jesus’ light in the choices we make and actions we do.
Our Catholic Faith l Celebrate a Lenten Reconciliation Service (page 5) Celebrate this prayer service as a response to the Gospel. Choose three leaders; decide which parts of the class will be Sides A and B; choose young people to read each of the 13 items in the Examination of Conscience. Play music in the background while the young people write their letters to God. You can use this prayer service as a sacramental celebration with a priest leading the service. The young people can confess their sins to the priest individually during letter-writing time; then he can give absolution to the whole group before all pray the final prayer.
Lesson Wrap-Up
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
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?
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Putting the Pieces Together
The Sacrament of Reconciliation continues Jesus’ work of salvation through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we sin, we damage our relationship with God and with the Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation heals our broken relationships. For this reason we call it a Sacrament of Healing.
Fill in the puzzle pieces below to reveal the six effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Use the word bank for help.
Activity 18
 Church conscience
of spiritual strength
consolation increase
reconciliation with God, by which the penitent recovers
peace and serenity of
   reconciliation with the
remission of eternal
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