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                                    March 25, 2018 • Palm/Passion Sunday
 path for the donkey to travel on. People ahead of Jesus shouted, “Hosanna!” This is like shouting, “Hooray!” They shouted, “Hosanna! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the coming kingdom of our ancestor David. Hosanna for God in Heaven above!”
Have the children look at the cover illustration and retell the story to you. Remind the children about how Matt and his family welcomed Grandma. Ask: How did they show Grandma was a special person? How did the people of Jerusalem welcome Jesus? What did they do to show they loved him? What did they shout? What would you have shouted to welcome Jesus?
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
on the donkey. Read the words Welcome, Jesus. Direct them to print their names on the palm with the line for that purpose, then cut out the palms.
Dramatic Play l We Welcome Jesus Make a path in the classroom for the road to Jerusalem. Choose a child to be Jesus, one to be the donkey, and two or three children to walk beside Jesus. Make ears for the donkey. (Jesus doesn’t really sit on the donkey; he makes believe. Practice this before you begin.)
Jesus and his friends start at one end of the path and go to the other. Children line up on both sides, waving their branches and shouting, “Welcome, Jesus! Hosanna!” As Jesus gets to the end of the path, sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Shout Hosanna.”
Closing Prayer Have the children sit where they are as you pray the following prayer. Ask the children to wave their palm branches and respond “Hosanna” after each of the prayer statements.
Leader: God sent Jesus to show us love... Hosanna. Leader: Today, Jesus comes in peace... Hosanna. Leader: We welcome Jesus... Hosanna.
Leader: You love us, Jesus. We love you... Hosanna.
Tell the children to take their palms home and place them near the blessed palm they or their families receive at Mass on Palm Sunday.
Bring your prayer and session to a close by playing and singing “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
We Remember: Lent and Easter (page 12)
 Read the page title. Ask: Who do we remember today? Someone will probably say Jesus. Explain that we remember Jesus all during the year but, at certain times, we remember special events in Jesus’ life.
Lent is the season when Catholics prepare with prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to celebrate Easter, the great feast of Jesus’ Resurrection. Lent includes hearing stories of how Jesus died, doing extra things to make other people happy, sharing what we have with others, and saying more prayers at home and at church. Give the children time to trace the letters of the words Lent and Easter.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 3–4.
    Live the Gospel
Objective The children will dramatize welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem.
Activity l Welcome, Jesus! (pages 3–4) Gather the children in the work area. Distribute Seeds pages 3–4. Point out the word Hosanna. Remind the children that Hosanna was the welcoming word the people used when Jesus rode into Jerusalem
  Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #8 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-11
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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