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                                                                                                                                          March 18, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Sunday Mass (page 20)
Draw from children’s life experience what makes Sunday a special day for their families. Ask: What special things do you
   and your family do on Sundays?
Lead the children to understand that the most important way to observe Sunday is by gathering to celebrate the Eucharist, or Mass. We remember what Jesus did for us at every Mass—his Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension.
Talk about how the Mass really doesn’t end when we leave church. We have received the Body of Christ. We take Jesus out into the whole world. We have become the Body of Christ. Now we do the work of Jesus in the world. Ask: What are some ideas of how we can do Christ’s work on Sunday and every day of the week?
Ask: Whose family has a special meal together on Sundays? Talk about how a family meal can reflect the Mass.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.
                Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize the words of Jesus as the central part of the Eucharistic Prayer.
Loving God, thank you for the food you give us for our bodies. Thank you for giving us Jesus as our friend and brother. Thank you for the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
Help us to grow more and more like Jesus.
Help us to be Jesus’ Body in our world. Amen.
Lead the children in singing “Take This and Eat” (CD-1, #21) to bring your 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.
receiving Jesus’ Body and Blood at Holy Communion. Note that the words of Jesus come from John’s Gospel.
Activity l Lenten Calendar (page 4) Show your
copy of the Lenten calendar. Direct the children’s attention to the four calendar squares on page 4. Invite them to guess the Lenten word—GROW—and read through the suggested actions. These actions will help us grow as Jesus’ followers. Remind the children to do each of the growing activities before gluing or taping the squares on their Lenten calendars. This will complete their Lenten calendars.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Direct the children to repeat each line of the prayer after you. Pray:
 l Complete their Lenten calendars. Lesson Wrap-Up
Activity l A Eucharist Crossword (page 4) Give the children time to complete the crossword. When everyone has finished, read the completed sentences together, inviting different children to fill in the missing words. Make sure the children realize that the words Jesus spoke at the Last Supper are the words the priest uses during the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass. The answers are 4. Jesus, 5. Supper, 2 down. bread, 7. eat, 6. love, 1. Mass, 3. altar,
2 across. Body, 8. Amen.
Catholic Faith Word l Eucharist (page 4) Review the meaning of the word Eucharist with the children. Make sure they understand that this term can be used to refer to the Mass and also to Holy Communion.
Activity l I Am the Bread of Life (page 4) Invite the children to examine the photo at the top of page 4—a child
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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 #14 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l
Activity Understanding the Liturgy of the Eucharist 14
The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the part of the Mass when we receive Jesus in Holy Communion. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist we share the Sign of Peace. Before we receive Holy Communion, we offer each other a sign of friendship.
For each set of situations, circle the best way to show friendship during Mass.
      Your brother ate part of your breakfast. No Sign of Peace for him today.
Your brother ate part of your breakfast, but you reach over and give him a hug.
   You see your friend at church. You smile and nod.
You don't like the way the person next to you looks. You shake hands with someone else instead.
You see your friend at church. You yell, “After Mass, meet me outside!”
You share the Sign of Peace with all the people seated around you.
The Mass: Liturgy of the Eucharist
    You and your sister flash two fingers and say, “Peace out.”
You and your sister look at each other and say, “Peace be with you.”
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