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 The NEW Gospel Weeklies
You do really well in math.
I wish I could sing like you do.
The people at the retirement home love it when you visit.
I hope you will try out again this year.
You ran the fastest again. Good job. Come out for track.
Can you come over and help me study?
Text me when you get home.
Did you see the new Imagine Dragons video?
I can talk to you about anything.
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Whose Calls Do You Take?
People call you every day of your life and you may not even realize it. Sometimes friends text compliments. A teacher or coach may suggest where you can succeed. These are calls.
Which calls do you remember? What hints about who you are and who you want to become do you hear in each of these voice balloons?
What book RU reading?
Why do you spend so much time on Snapchat?
Help us organize the food drive. You are so good at it.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 37, Number 3
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will: l Identify calls in their lives.
l Explore how Christians find their vocations.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Are Called” (CD-2, #12). Lyrics are available to download and print at
Gathering Prayer Use the cover activity directions as a short, guided meditation. Read them aloud slowly, and ask the young people to consider all of the calls they receive—whether in the form of encouragement, advice, invitations—and from whom they receive them. Pray: Loving God, thank you for calling us as your own. Help us to listen and respond, and use our gifts to the best of our ability. All: Amen.
Cover Activity l Whose Calls Do You Take? (page 1) Have your group use the words in the voice balloons to recall other calls, and write those calls anywhere on the cover. Talk about what lifelong calls might grow out of these calls; for example, being good with old people, becoming a scientist, singing at Mass. Conclude with the headline question.
Article l "God Changed My Mind." (pages 2–3) Ask your group what they know about Pope Francis and share their knowledge. Have volunteers take turns reading the story aloud about Jorge Bergoglio’s early life and how he decided to become a priest.
Catholic Faith Word l Gospel (page 4) Read aloud the definition to begin your reading of this Sunday’s Gospel. Gospel means “good news.” Ask: How is this week’s reading an example of spreading Good News?
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Appreciate how Jesus’ first disciples respond to his call. l Explore Eucharistic Prayer 1.
l Understand the meaning of transubstantiation.
l Recognize that Jesus calls disciples to follow him.
Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the young people to read or listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).
Gospel Ritual Visions adapts the Sunday Gospels to the
reading level of students and puts it in drama form so, each week,
several young people can join in proclaiming the word. Presenting the Gospel in reader parts invites the young people to step into the story and take up a conversation with Jesus directly.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls Four Fishermen (page 4) Set the scene on the shore of Lake Galilee. Discuss what a fisherman’s life involves—mending nets, repairing boats, unloading fish, sorting fish, cleaning fish. Organize the class into small groups and have each group choose one of these jobs to act out. The person reading the part of Jesus moves from group to group, calls the fishermen to become disciples and leads them around the room.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Preaching about Jesus and gathering new followers of Jesus. Students may remember Father Rutilio Grande. They
will know many others from their families, from the news, or from their own local experiences. 2. They leave a settled life and travel from place to place. They don’t always understand Jesus’ teaching or the danger to their lives, which are becoming increasingly public. 3. Open-ended.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Announces the Reign of God (page 4) People in Jesus’ time had been waiting for a very different kind of Messiah—a warrior king. Ask a volunteer to read the doctrine related to this Sunday’s Gospel.
Put the young people in pairs. Turn to the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Open-ended. 2. Open- ended; bravery, loyalty, kindness, faithfulness.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Eucharist (page 23) Jesus, the Savior (page 10)
Review in column two the essential signs of Eucharist— the bread and wine and the words of consecration that tell the story of Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper.
Read aloud the meaning of transubstantiation, which is a big word to explain that Jesus is really present in the consecrated host and wine.

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