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Find all the ways the children are connected to one another. Draw lines between them.
Put yourself in the picture and show who you connect with.
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We Are Connected to Each Other
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize ways they are like other children.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “He Is Risen, Alleluia!” (CD-2, #2).
Gathering Prayer Invite the children to share the names
of people and concerns they want to pray about. Summarize their petitions then pray: “Loving God, you always care for us and watch over us. Please take care of the people and concerns we have mentioned today. Please bless this Good News class as we learn more about you.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l We Are Connected to Each Other (page 1) Remain in the prayer circle. Distribute Good News and read the title and instructions aloud. Give the children a moment to study the illustration and then ask volunteers to point out connections they see. Some possible answers: Two children with musical instruments, two with music club shirts, two with pets, three with sports equipment, three with Boltz team shirts, two boys with baseball equipment, boy with soccer ball and girl in soccer uniform, two with Food Drive bags, two with Math books.
Ask: How are you connected to any of the children in the illustration? Direct them to move to the work area. Distribute crayons and pencils. Invite the children to draw themselves in the open space in the middle of the page. Then direct the children to draw as many connection lines as they can, including lines that connect themselves to the other children.
Article l Get Connected Invite the children to stand in a circle in the open area. Have them clasp hands, then drop hands and back up three steps. Tell them this ball of yarn will show how children in the circle are connected. Start by holding the ball of yarn yourself. Say a sentence about any boy or girl in the group, such as“Someone in our class has a new pet.”When the children guess the identity of the child, toss the ball of yarn to him or her, holding the end in your hand.
The child to whom you have thrown the ball will toss it to the child named in the next clue, but will keep hold of the yarn so a net begins to form. Soon the yarn will crisscross the circle and connect everyone together. Conclude by taking the yarn ball from the last child and rolling it up as the children sing “New Life” (CD-2, #1).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will explore Jesus’ image of the vine and branches.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l We Share Jesus’ Life (page
2) This week’s Gospel is told in a strong visual format. Jesus is
the trunk of the vine (bottom of the page). The children are the branches with their leaves and fruit. Notice the children are of many different ethnic groups. The vine has traveled far since Jesus’ time. Point out Jesus to the children and read his voice balloon yourself. Invite the children to take turns reading the other voice balloons. Notice that their words all express connection—share, belong, remember, and teach.
Discuss the Know question related to the Gospel. 1. Jesus is like a vine that’s planted in good soil and reaches its roots way down. His roots are in God, his
Father. He is the source of our faith. He is solidly rooted in God’s love. He gives us his life in the sacraments. His words have traveled all over the world. 2. We are like branches because we’re connected to Jesus by Baptism. We’re part of his family just as we are part of our own families. Just as we need our families to love us and teach us how to love others, we need Jesus to love us and teach us how to love and serve God. We need to stay connected to our own families and to Jesus. We grow strong and beautiful when we stay connected to Jesus and to his Church where we hear his teachings and receive him in the sacraments. There are many of us who grow out of the one trunk. Some are old big branches and some are new ones, still green and flexible. Use a plant to illustrate how branches connect to the main stem of the plant.
Catholic Faith Word l Fruitful (page 2) Invite the children to find the highlighted word in the Gospel presentation. Ask: What do you think it means to make our lives fruitful? Refer to the definition at the bottom of page 2. Help the children understand that if we stay connected to Jesus our vine, our lives will bear fruit in the form of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). These are called the Fruits of the Spirit.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Read together “Jesus Calls Us to Bear Fruit.” Emphasize the point that an important way to stay connected to Jesus is through prayer.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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