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 What do you see in church that helps you remember Jesus?
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How Is Jesus with Us Now?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday of Easter
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize the many ways Jesus is present in our Christian communities.
l Reflect on the power of story to keep someone alive in our hearts.
Gather in a circle and sing “He Is Risen, Alleluia!” (CD-2, #2) to start your class session.
Gathering Prayer The children stand while you pray: “Jesus, we gather together to learn about you. Help us to be loving and kind to each other. Help us to listen well to the stories about you. We love you. Thank you for loving us.”The children respond, “Amen. Alleluia.”
Cover Activity l How Is Jesus with Us Now? (page 1) Move to the work area. Distribute Good News and give the children time to enjoy the cover illustration. Read the title aloud as well as the question at the bottom of the page. Write the children’s answers on the board. The bread and wine will soon be Jesus’ Body and Blood; the Gospel book tells his story; the cruci x shows Jesus’ love; the Easter candle celebrates his Resurrection, the tabernacle in the side niche holds the consecrated hosts from an earlier Mass and the light tells us Jesus is there; the baptismal font is where we all become Christians; the priest will say the words Jesus said at the Last Supper; the people gathered are Jesus’ Body today; the money gifts are ways to support the good works of the parish and the larger Church; the people are showing care for each other. All these are signs of Jesus living among us now. If possible, tour your parish church so children can identify these and more ways Jesus is present there too.
Story l Remembering Buddy (page 2) Invite the children to use the title and illustration to infer what the story is about. Settle them comfortably and read the story aloud to them. Put a lot of expression in your voice so they get to know Buddy through Jason’s eyes. Ask: What good things do you remember about a pet? Give the children plenty of time to tell their stories of their own pets.
Discuss the Know question related to the story. Read the last two lines of the story again and ask what Jason meant. Give the children time to answer the question
by giving examples from their lives. Some may even make the connection with how the Gospels have told Jesus’story for two millennia.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Consider what the Good News of Jesus is.
l Realize that the Creed is a summary of the Good News. Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to
prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Appears to His Friends (page 3) Direct the children’s attention to the illustration on page 3, read the Gospel title, and ask: Who is in the picture?
What is happening? Jesus, with the marks of the nails in his hands and feet, is trying to persuade his surprised friends that he is alive again. A child is o ering him a  sh to eat. Assign parts and have six children proclaim the Gospel for the rest of the class.
Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel.
1. Jesus’ friends are very confused. They know Jesus died a terrible death, yet some people claim he is alive. 2. When
Jesus suddenly appears in the room, without even coming through the door, the disciples are afraid. They think they must be seeing things. Jesus has to show them that he is alive again. 3. Jesus wants his friends to get over being scared and to tell everyone the Good News that he taught them. Give the children time to write out the message about Jesus they want to give to others in response to question 4.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine
(page 4) Read “We Believe” together. Explain to the children that if they’re going to share Jesus’ Good News,
they need to know what it is. Learning the Creed we say at Mass each Sunday (either the Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed) will help them remember the main points of the Good News.
Catholic Faith Word l Creed (page 3) Read together the definition of Creed on page 3. Tell the children the name of the Creed your parish says at Sunday Mass.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
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