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Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 11:1–10
SUNDAY GOSPEL Jesus Comes to Jerusalem
Narrator 1: Jesus decided to go to Jerusalem. He said to two of his followers:
Jesus: Go ahead and bring me the colt that is tied up near the road. Narrator 1: So they did.
Narrator 1: Jesus rode the colt down the hillside toward Jerusalem. People came out to welcome Jesus like a king. They cut down leafy branches from the fields and scattered them on the road.
First Follower: Here is the colt. I’ll put my cloak on it.
Second Follower: Good idea. I will too. Jesus can sit on them.
Pbleeospsleed:.HYosuanconma!eJeinsuGs,oydo’sunaarme e. Dramatize Jesus’ last journey to Jerusalem. Color the Hosanna.
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2:00 PM
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 25, 2018
Palm/Passion Sunday
EDITOR’S NOTE: The instructions below direct teachers to do each Good News page individually, having the children proclaim the Gospel, discuss it briefly, and add color to the illustrations. This is step one in the lesson. Step two is planning a prayer journey in which the children can act out Jesus’ story as a whole, moving from a place of welcome (cover story) to one of gathering and eating (page 2), to one of seriousness (page 3). Create these three spaces in your education area or use sections of your parish church.
Share Experiences
Objective The children will understand that we celebrate our love for special people.
Gather in a circle and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) as you begin your Good News session.
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Jesus, thank you for bringing us together. We welcome you into our hearts and into our lives. Help us to welcome others as you welcome us today.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Warm-Up Activity l Celebrations and Special Guests Stay in the circle and ask: When have you celebrated a new baby or other special family event? How do you celebrate a special event? Give the children time to share some of their experiences and the excitement of these occasions.
Ask: How do you prepare your home or classroom for a special visitor? Prepare special foods, clean, put clean sheets on the guest’s bed, display things you’d like your visitor to see. How do you welcome your visitor? Greet them at the door, say “Welcome, we’re glad you’re here,” offer them a chair or food/drink or both, spend time with them to let them know they are special to you.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will recognize that we celebrate events in Jesus’ life during Holy Week.
Explain to the children that Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord is the only Sunday on which we hear two Gospels at Mass. You will break the second Gospel into two parts in this class session. Encourage the children to pay attention to the different feelings and moods of the people in the different Gospel readings you share today.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel, Part 1 l Jesus Comes to Jerusalem (page 1) Gather in a story circle. Invite four children to read the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem. Discuss the feelings of the people, why they put leafy branches on the road and shouted, “Hosanna,” which originally meant “Save, please” and came to mean “Hooray! Salvation has come!” Move the children
to their work area. Distribute crayons and invite them to color the Hosanna with joyful colors.
Play and sing “Hosanna! Shout Hosanna!” (CD-1, #18) to bring this first Palm Sunday Gospel to a close.
Sunday Gospel, Part 2 l Jesus Celebrates with His Friends (page 2) Direct the children to return to the work area turn Good News to page 2. Invite them to tell what they already know about the story the illustration pictures. Then give the children time to color the border. When they have finished coloring, assign three children the individual speaking parts and dramatize Jesus’ story. All take the Friends part. Repeat the second- to-last sentence as often as you need until each child has been called and had a chance to say, “God’s love is forever.”
Catholic Faith Word l Passover (page 2) Read the definition of Passover aloud. Explain that as Jews, Jesus and his Apostles celebrated the feast of Passover every spring. The Last Supper that Jesus shared with his Apostles is commonly thought to have been a Passover meal.
Discuss the Know questions related to this Gospel. 1. During the Eucharistic Prayer. 2. The Eucharist (also Holy Orders).
Sunday Gospel, Part 3 l Jesus Is Arrested and Put to Death (page 3) Assign children the nine speaking parts and read through the Gospel drama. Ask: What did Jesus’ friends do? Slept when Jesus asked them to stay awake, Judas betrayed him, Peter denied him. most everyone else ran away. Invite volunteers to pretend to be Peter and retell the part of the story Peter would know. Ask: Who in this story recognizes who Jesus really is? Roman soldier.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read “We Remember Jesus’ Last Days.”
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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