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 4th Sunday of Easter John 10:11–18
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4:09 PM
Find the eight hidden wolves.
Jesus Is a Good Shepherd
Narrator: Jesus talked to his friends.
Jesus 1: I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep. Jesus 2: A hired shepherd runs away when a wolf comes.
Jesus 1: The good shepherd stays with the
Jesus 2: The good shepherd loves the sheep.
Jesus 1: I know my sheep, and my sheep know me. Jesus 2: In the same way, my Father knows me, and I know the Father.
Jesus 1: I will give my life for my sheep.
1 How do good shepherds care for their sheep?
2 How is Jesus like a
good shepherd?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objective The children will learn about sheep and shepherds.
Gathering Prayer Gather near the classroom door or in the hall. Call them each by name and invite them to move into the room to gather in a prayer circle. Pray: “Jesus, you are our Good Shepherd. You love us and watch over us. Thank you for your care. Please take care of these people we are concerned about. (Children add their petitions.) We trust that you will take care of us all.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Play and sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14) to start your class session.
Activity l Sheep and Shepherds (page 4) Discuss with the children what they know about sheep and the job of a shepherd. Relate this to what the children may know from their experience of taking care of pets or other animals. Ask: Who takes care of you like a shepherd takes care of his sheep? Jesus, parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, pastor.
Distribute crayons or pencils and invite the children to complete the Find That Sheep and Find the Di erence activities in the middle of page 4. Answers: Find That Sheep—the sheep in center right with eyes open; Find the Di erences—There are seven di erences: rain, trees top right, number of men in distance, length of shepherd’s sta , pack on donkey, rock bottom left, direction of shepherd’s foot.
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
Objective The children will relate the characteristics of a good shepherd with Jesus.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Gather the children seated in the area you set aside for the Gospel storytelling. Direct all but the three children who will proclaim the Gospel to leave their copies of Good News at their worktables or desks. Ask: Have you ever heard Jesus called a shepherd? Show them the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that you brought. Tell the children that in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his friends that he is the Good Shepherd.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is a Good Shepherd (page 1) Invite three children to proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Know questions and help the children come up with answers by reflecting on what they know about shepherds as well as how the children
take care of pets. Continue with the second Know question. Jesus is like a good shepherd because he always has us in his heart and care. Jesus has given us other people to help us. Jesus has given us the ability to love and care for others so we can be good shepherds to others. Christians are Jesus’ sheep, but so are people who do not yet know about Jesus. Jesus wants us all to be one. Jesus feeds us with his Body and Blood at Communion, welcomes us into his family at Baptism, answers our prayers, helps us learn how to be like him through the Gospels.
Activity l Wolves in Hiding (page 1) Direct the children to return to the work area. Distribute pencils or crayons and invite the children to  nd and circle the eight wolves hidden in the illustration.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine
(page 4) Read “Jesus Leads Us” with the children. Ask: What is the name of the pastor of our parish? If there
are other priests and deacons who serve the parish, ask for their names also. Ask: Who is the pastor of the whole Catholic Church? The Pope. Ask: What is his name? Pope Francis.
Catholic Faith Word l Pastor (page 4) Read aloud this de nition and ask: What are some ways the pastor of our parish acts as our shepherd?
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Words to Know: bishop, deacon, priest, pope (pages 51–54)
Ask: Who are some of the shepherds of the Catholic Church? The Pope, our pastor, other priests, deacons. Refer to pages 51–54 of the Words to Know section of the Catechism handbook to go over the definitions of bishop, deacon, priest, and pope.

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