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 April 1 & 8, 2018 • Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
Activity l Gospel Drama Direct the children in acting out the Gospel for the 2nd Sunday of Easter. Assign children to the parts of Jesus, John, and Thomas. Conclude by moving to the work area and giving the children time to color the Alleluia on the cover.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read “Easter Brings Us Joy.” Help the children see that Jesus’ Death led to new life not only for him but also for us. Through Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, we are promised life in Heaven if we follow him.
Catholic Faith Word l Easter (page 4) Help the children associate the word Easter with east, where the sun rises. Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene very early on Easter morning, when the sun was just rising.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will: l Complete an Easter word find. l Pray an Easter prayer.
Activity l Easter Symbol Word Find (page 4) You talked about signs of Easter earlier in your class. Remain in the work area and direct the children to turn to page 4. Read the signs of Easter on the left and invite the children to find them in the illustrations pages 4. Ask: Which symbols are missing? Lamb and prayer. Direct the children to find all the words in the word find. If time is limited, you may have them work in pairs or send this activity home.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Invite the children to name people they wish to pray for. After each petition, lead the children in saying, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Conclude your prayer by having the children repeat each line of the following prayer after you:
Thank you, God, for signs of Easter.
Thank you, God, for raising Jesus to new life.
Thank you, God, for the promise of life with you in Heaven. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
End your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “New Life” (CD-2, #1).
Lesson Wrap-Up
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Easter and the Easter Season (page 19)
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Invite the children turn to page 19 of their Catechism handbooks. Read the first section aloud
together with a different child reading each sentence. Needing to be ready for their turn keeps the children attentive.
Bring Easter symbols to display in your class area. After you have read the last paragraph in the first column, Invite the children to identify the symbols and tell how they are about Easter. Many of the symbols can be found in chocolate form: eggs, chick, lamb, cross, flowers, butterfly.
Direct the children to turn to the inside back cover of their handbooks. Point out the wedge that represents the Holy Triduum—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday/ Easter Sunday. Note also the large wedge called the Easter Season. Invite the children to color those two areas.
Return to page 19 and read the paragraph about the Easter Season. Impress upon the children that Easter is such an important celebration that it goes on for 50 days. Even when the Easter season is over, we continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection every Sunday. This makes every Sunday a little Easter celebration. (That’s also why we don’t count the Sundays during Lent in the 40 days of Lenten sacrifice.)
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent Year B
Name Activity
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
Catholic Tradition
Think about ways to get out of cleaning your room.
Divine Revelation and Sacred Tradition
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1. In the story “Four-Square Trouble,” why do all of the girls get bounced out of the game?
2. What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
3. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn about why God sent us Jesus?
4. What is one way you can show love to a friend?
5. Who is our light in the darkness, showing us how to live happy lives?
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We learn about God from Sacred Scripture. We also learn about God from the Catholic Church. When something important is shared with people for many years, it becomes a tradition. Your pastor, your family, and the Church all help to keep Sacred Tradition alive.
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Use Activity #2 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l
Circle the different ways that you can keep Tradition alive. Draw a line through the activities that might distract you from learning the Church’s Tradition.
Learn the Sign of the Cross.
Tease your younger sibling if the priest is talking for a long time.
Attend Mass and follow along with all the prayers and songs.
Learn the Hail Mary.
Learn about Jesus and all he taught us.

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