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Father Damien
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John Baptist de La Salle
Elizabeth Seton
Martin de Porres
Kateri Tekakwitha
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Matthew, the Gospel writer
Teresa of Avila
Cyril and Methodius
Kolbe Oscar Romero
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Mother Marianne
May 13, 2018
The Ascension of the Lord/ 7th Sunday of Easter
Katharine Drexel
Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize some Spirit-filled followers of Jesus.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “New Life” (CD-2, #1).
Gathering Prayer “Jesus, we thank you for our year together. We thank you for our friendship with each other and the joy of your teachings.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Cover Activity l Jesus Sends Us Out (page 1) Gather the children in a story circle. Distribute copies of Good News. Share the following information about the people pictured on page 1:
l Juan Diego is the Aztec peasant to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared.
l The crowd of 120 (see Acts 1:15) received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Among them were Jesus’ mother and Peter.
l Paul first persecuted Christians but then became a missionary for Jesus.
l Matthew was one of Jesus’ first followers and a Gospel writer. l John Baptist de La Salle founded the Christian Brothers to
teach poor boys.
l Teresa of Avila is one of the four women Doctors of the Church l Katharine Drexel grew up in Philadelphia and started schools
for African-Americans and Native Americans.
l Marianne Cope joined Father Damien in caring for lepers.
l Archbishop Romero, a native of El Salvador, was martyred in
l Cyril and Methodius brought Jesus’ Good News to Slavic
l Martin de Porres cared for poor and sick people in Peru.
l Maximilian Kolbe gave his life in a Nazi concentration camp to
save another man.
l Elizabeth Seton founded many Catholic schools in the United
l Father Damien lived in Hawaii and cared for people with an
infectious disease.
l Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American saint.
Ask: What do the people on the cover have in common? They told Jesus’ Good News, helped people who were poor or ill, loved and prayed to God, gave their lives for others, started groups so others could do their work too. Ask: Who are some living “saints” you know—people who have some of the same characteristics
as the saints on page 1. What about you? What shows that you’re Spirit-filled? When we study and learn, use our bodies in healthy play, participate in family life, stand up for those who need help, then we are holy, Spirit-filled people too.
If your class will continue to meet after this week, invite volunteers to find out more about the holy people pictured. They can use the parish or school library or find information on the and websites.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Give the children a chance to move and stretch as you play and sing “Saints” (CD-2, #22).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Learn about the Ascension of Jesus.
l Learn about Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit.
Activity l Gospel Warm-Up Gather the children in the Gospel storytelling area. Tell them that this Gospel will finish the story of Jesus’ life on earth and tell about the gift he promised his followers. Invite the children to listen carefully to some of Jesus’ last words to his friends: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me” (Acts 1:8, The Bible for Today’s Family, Contemporary English Version).
Ask: What did Jesus promise his followers? The Father will send the Holy Spirit to help them, guide them, show them what is true, teach them, remind them what Jesus said, give them power to tell others about Jesus. Emphasize that even though they had heard Jesus’ promises, the Apostles were probably upset and confused when Jesus ascended (rose up) into Heaven.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel Prayer Service l We Have Jesus’ Holy Spirit (page 2) Note that this page includes the Gospel for the Ascension of the Lord as well as the Gospel for Pentecost (May 20). Assign the parts of Readers 1 and 2, Jesus, Peter, and Leader. Proclaim the Gospel. Invite the children forward one by one with their copies of Good News open to page 2. Print the child’s name in the space at the top of their Good News Herald and say, “(child’s name), the Holy Spirit is with you.” Each child responds, “I will share Jesus’ Good News.” Conclude this commissioning by playing and singing “The Holy Spirit” (CD-2, #8).
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 2)
Read together “We Live in the Holy Spirit.” Note that the Holy Spirit helped Jesus’ disciples share the Good News and helps us too.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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