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                                                                                                                                                        March 18, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 5:7–9; John 12:20–33
                          For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
When a single grain of wheat falls into the ground, it appears to die, but in fact it bursts its hull, sprouts, and grows into a stalk of wheat with many grains of wheat upon it. The Gospel writer uses the growth cycle of wheat as a metaphor for what happens in Jesus’ life. In his Death, Jesus’ life seems to end but in fact grows into a rich harvest of followers.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Good News explores how wheat becomes bread and how the bread Jesus gives us in the Eucharist is the nourishment of our spiritual lives. Young children aren’t able to understand Jesus’ metaphor, but they are aware of food and eating. The theme of Good News is giving thanks to God for nourishing our lives with his Body and Blood. This can serve as preparation for First Communion or a good reminder for those who already receive the Eucharist.
“The event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward
life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1085). “The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, that is, of the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action” (CCC, 1409).
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
    60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer and Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Cover Activity l Wheat Becomes Bread (page 1)
l Story l Making Bread Together (page 2)
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
l Activity l Stretch and Sing “Have You Ever Seen...?” (CD-2, #15)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Like a Grain of Wheat (page 3) l Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 20.
Live the Gospel (20—25 minutes) l Activity l A Eucharist Crossword (page 4)
l Catholic Faith Word l Eucharist
l Scripture l I Am the Bread of Life (page 4)
l Activity l Lenten Calendar (page 4)
l Closing Prayer and Song l “Take This and Eat” (CD-1, #21)
Take-Home
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer and Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l Cover Activity l Wheat Becomes Bread (page 1)
l Story l Making Bread Together (page 2)
l Discuss the Know questions related to the story.
l Activity l Stretch and Sing “Have You Ever Seen...?” (CD-2, #15)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (45–50 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Like a Grain of Wheat (page 3) l Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel.
l Activity l Creative Movement
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 20.
l Activity l Good News Activity Book, Activity #14 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l Activity l A Eucharist Crossword (page 4) l Catholic Faith Word l Eucharist
l Scripture l I Am the Bread of Life (page 4) l Activity l Lenten Calendar (page 4)
l Closing Prayer and Song l “Take This and Eat” (CD-1, #21)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
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Good News Activity Book, Activity #14
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
Materials
l Good News Student Lesson for 3/18
l Catechism handbook, page 20
l CD player and Promise/Good News CDs
l pencils, stalk of wheat or wheat seeds
l ingredients for bread or risen dough
l books about growing wheat & making bread l Lenten calendar
Suggested Music
l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23)
l “Have You Ever Seen a Mustard Seed?” (CD-2, #15) l “Take This and Eat” (CD-1, #21)
Lesson Resources
l Good News Activity Book, Activity #14
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)
  The NEW Gospel Weeklies
 Wheat Becomes Bread
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Farmers use combines to cut the wheat and to separate the grains of wheat from the stalks and hulls.
At the mill, the grains of wheat are ground into flour.
Bakers mix flour with water, salt, and yeast to make dough.
They stir and knead the dough. They make different kinds of bread to eat.
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