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                                                                                                                                                                                                          April 15, 2018 • 3rd Sunday of Easter
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Apostles’ Creed (pages 6 and 15)
   Invite the children to turn to page 6 in their Catechism handbooks. Here they will find a summary of what we profess in the Apostles’ Creed.
Pray the Creed together. Invite the children to ask any questions they may have about what they just said. Pages 7–14 of the Catechism handbook explain some of the more difficult concepts. If you feel unprepared to answer a question when it is asked, tell them so and commit
to coming to the next class session with an answer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes 263 pages to the Apostles’ Creed. It is your best source of solid information to help you understand so that you may find a way to help children understand what they profess.
Study the prayer with the children. Help them see that there are three sections—one dedicated to each Person of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
1. The first section acknowledges God as Father and Creator.
2. The second section follows the life of Jesus—conception, birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension.
3. The third section tells about the Holy Spirit’s action through the Church today and in the future.
Direct the children to turn to page 15 to complete the activity there. Solution: I believe in God the Father, and in Jesus, the Son of God, and in the Holy Spirit.
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
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
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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                        Name Activity
 We Believe
The word creed means all the beliefs of your faith. We pray the Nicene Creed during Mass, and we pray the Apostles’ Creed during the Rosary. Both creeds describe our faith in the Trinity and especially in Jesus. We also show our faith by praying the Sign of the Cross.
Remember the Three Divine Persons of the Trinity to fill in the blanks in this Sign of the Cross. Pray the Sign of the Cross as you say it.
  The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the
and of the   , and of the
  Live the Gospel
Objective The children will create a Creed statement in pictures.
Activity l We Show We Believe in Jesus
(page 4) In the lesson for March 4, the 3rd Sunday of Lent, the children pantomimed ways they show they belong to Jesus. This activity gives them words for that commitment and belonging.
Celebrating Baptism and Eucharist are two primary ways Good News children can a rm their Easter faith in Jesus. Use this activity as an opportunity to review what the children know about these two Sacraments of Initiation.
Ask: What is the name of the  rst sacrament we receive? Baptism. Ask: What happens during a baptism? What do we become when we have been baptized? Children of God, members of the Church.
Ask: What is the name of the sacrament Jesus started at the Last Supper? Eucharist. Ask: What happens to the bread and wine at Mass? They become Jesus’ Body and Blood. They are given to the community to nourish our faith and help us grow closer to Jesus. Ask: When we leave the Mass after receiving Holy Communion, what are we sent out to do? Be the Body of Christ in the world. Love others as Jesus loves us.
Read the instructions to this activity aloud with the children. Distribute scissors and glue. Move around the room, talking to the children and helping those who need help. Tell the children to cut out the pictures  rst, then place them in the boxes on the page. Caution them to wait to glue them down until they’re sure they have all the pictures in the correct boxes.
Closing Prayer Stand in a circle with the children holding their copies of page 4 of Good News. Explain to them that this is a very simple creed. Tell them they will need to follow the arrows as you read the words together. Tell them this will be your prayer. Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross.
Close your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Lesson Wrap-Up
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