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      For Catechists and Teachers
 Observing Lent and Celebrating Easter
Catholics celebrate the mystery of our redemption in Christ each year during Lent and Easter. “The Paschal mystery of Christ’s cross and Resurrection stands at the center of the Good News that the apostles, and the Church following them, are to proclaim to the world” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 571). This unit of Good News includes the last two Sundays of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, and the Sundays of Easter.
During Lent, we hear the foundational stories of the Bible that point to Jesus as God come among us. Our response is sacramental. We prepare new members for Baptism during Lent and celebrate their dying and rising with Christ at Easter. The Eucharist creates a community committed to living as Jesus did, pouring out our lives in self-giving love.
The liturgies of Holy Week are full of sensory expressions of our faith in Jesus. On Holy Thursday, we celebrate reenact Jesus washing of the feet of his Apostles. The adoration of the Cross on Good Friday shows children the people of the parish at their most humble and grateful. At the Easter Vigil, we act out leaving the darkness of sin behind and walking in the light of Christ. The Alleluias trumpet our joy in Jesus’ Resurrection.
Easter is much more than a single day. It’s a liturgical season. Good News takes the children beyond the fact of the empty tomb
and immerses them in Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances. These Easter season lessons culminate with Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and the anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Overview of Unit 4
Catechesis that follows the Lectionary and Liturgical Year is both Christocentric and Trinitarian. Jesus Christ is the center of salvation history and its ultimate meaning. Jesus lives and ministers in communion with his Father and the Holy Spirit and reveals the
life of the Trinity to us. Jesus’ story forms the heart of every Good News lesson. Each lesson is built around the Sunday Gospel. Every week, the children hear Jesus speaking and see him acting in the Gospel for that Sunday. They join the parish community that seeks to listen to and live the Word of God.
Jesus’ Incarnation and his Death and Resurrection are the central mysteries of our faith. These eight Good News lessons focus on the events of Holy Week and the continuing presence of the Risen Jesus with us in the Christian community, the sacraments, and the love we show each other. Making Jesus known is our work as teachers and catechists.
The stories and activities in this unit will help the children follow the events in the life of Jesus that culminate in his Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. They will learn the following lessons:
       March 25, 2018 Palm/Passion Sunday
        April 1 & April 8, 2018
Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
John 20:1–9 & John 20:19–31 Jesus Is Risen
Jesus is Risen
        April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday of Easter
Luke 24:35–48
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Care for the earth
        April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
John 10:11–18
The Good Shepherd
Solidarity: we are one human family
        April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
John 15:1–8
The Vine and the Branches
God the Creator
        May 6, 2018
6th Sunday of Easter
John 15:9–17
Jesus’ Great Commandment
The life of Jesus
       May 13, 2018
Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter
Mark 16:15–20/John 17:11b–19 Preach the Good News
The Ascension and Pentecost stories
Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, January 1, 2018.
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Sunday Gospels
Catholic Social Teaching
     March 18, 2018 5th Sunday of Lent
John 12:20–33 The Grain of Wheat
Dignity of the human person
     Mark 14:1—15:47 Jesus’ Passion
The Passion Story

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