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                                                                                                                                                                                April 22, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Easter
 catch on to how it works. Be sure they know that when a symbol is already on a square they may stop there but may not put their own happy earth symbol there. Players can move forward or backward on their turns.
Distribute dice so that each small group has one. As the children play, circulate among them, listening to their conversations and clarifying the rules of play.
Closing Prayer Gather in the prayer circle. Invite the children to repeat each line of this prayer after you:
Jesus, we know you are our Good Shepherd.
You love us all and take care of us.
Please help the people and places we care about. Help us to take care of your Creation.
We trust you and we love you. Amen.
Play and sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14) to bring your Good News session to a close.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
               Live the Gospel
Objective The children will play a game about caring for Creation.
Activity l We Care for Creation (pages 2-3) Gather at the worktables. Put the children in groups of two
or three. Read the first paragraph on page 2 aloud. Tell the children that God needs us to take care of his Creation. We are like shepherds of our world. The word we use for that instead of shepherd is steward.
Invite the children to talk about ways they help care for Creation. They will have many examples to offer, ranging from composting their food waste to turning off the water while brushing their teeth to feeding their pets. Before moving on, direct each child to write three ways he or she really tries to help care for Creation.
Read the second half of column 1. Distribute scissors so the children can cut off their happy earth symbols. Distribute pencils so the children can write their initials on the symbols. Invite a volunteer to play a minute of the game with you so the children
Lesson Wrap-Up
  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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Use Activity #20 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Name Activity
We Can Grow in Service to God
The Sacrament of Holy Orders helps men grow in service of God as bishops, priests, and deacons. A deacon is an ordained minister who helps the parish priest and the bishop to serve the Church. Some deacons can become priests. A priest can become a bishop.
Sacrament of Holy Orders
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  Do you know your church leaders? Ask your teacher, your parents, or another adult to help you to learn this information. Then draw a picture of each leader below, and write the name of each.
  Our pope is
Our parish priest is
  Our bishop is
Our associate priest or deacon is
   Use flashcards or a Jeopardy-style game to quiz the children on the meaning of these words and the names of these shepherds they know. Ask: What is the sacrament that makes a man a deacon, priest, or bishop? Holy Orders. Ask:
l What is the ministry of a bishop? Shepherd and teacher, leader of diocese or archdiocese, can celebrate all the sacraments.
l What is the ministry of a deacon? Service, help the bishop and priests, distribute Holy Communion, assist at and bless marriages, proclaim the Gospel, preach the homily. A deacon may be a man who is preparing to become a priest or a man who God calls to serve the Church always as a deacon.
l What is the ministry of the Pope? Lead the whole Catholic Church in the world, the Pope is a bishop so his ministry includes all the ministries of a bishop, the Pope is the bishop of Rome.
l What is the ministry of a priest? Help the bishop;
often leads the people of a parish as pastor; celebrates
the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Reconciliation, Eucharist, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick. He may celebrate Confirmation if the bishop gives him special permission.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, pages 2-3.
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