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      For Catechists and Teachers
 Observing Lent and
Celebrating Easter
The liturgical season of Lent-Easter immerses us in the mystery of redemption—of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection and their meaning and promise for all who believe in him. Making Jesus known is our work as catechists. “At the heart of catechesis we find...a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father... who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 426; citing On Catechesis in Our Time, 5).
“Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations” (CCC, 1088; citing Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 7). Young children cannot understand the
faith that motivates people to gather for Eucharist, but they
can experience and appreciate the family spirit of their parish community. Seeing their parents, family members, friends, and neighbors pray, sing, listen, and participate at Mass provides children with powerful and critically necessary role models in their faith development. The liturgies of Holy Week are full of sensory experiences that will take root in them and nourish their growing faith.
The Seeds program promotes the belief that Jesus calls us to live life in the spirit of joy, peace, and love. This is the basis of the
moral life. What children need to understand and celebrate at ages three and four is that they are basically good and all that God created is good. When children appreciate God’s gifts and are happy with themselves and others, they live the Gospel and are a living example of God’s presence in the world.
Overview of Unit 4
Catechesis that follows the Lectionary and liturgical year, as Seeds does, is both Christocentric and Trinitarian. Jesus Christ is the center of salvation history and its ultimate meaning. Jesus lives and ministers in communion with his Father and the Holy Spirit and reveals the life of the Trinity to us.
The stories and activities in this unit will help the children follow the events in the life of Jesus that culminate in his Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. They will learn the following lessons:
l God gives us life and food.
l We welcome Jesus.
l Jesus is Risen!
l Jesus appears to his friends.
l Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
l Jesus is the vine. We are the branches.
l Love brings us together.
l Jesus returns to his Father and sends the Holy Spirit.
Sunday Gospels
Sacraments & Liturgy
         March 18, 2018 5th Sunday of Lent
John 12:20–33 The Grain of Wheat
Jesus is the Bread of Life (#1338)
Eucharistic community
     March 25, 2018 Palm/Passion Sunday
Mark 14:1—15:47 Jesus’ Passion
Jesus suffers and dies (#629)
Recreating Palm Sunday; hospitality
     April 1 & 8, 2018
Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
John 20:1–9 & John 20:19–31 Jesus Is Risen
God raises Jesus up (#989)
Celebrating Easter
     April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday of Easter
Luke 24:35–48
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Jesus is with us (#764)
Eucharist: Sign of Peace
     April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
John 10:11–18
The Good Shepherd
Jesus is our Good Shepherd (#754)
Parish community is a community of caring
     April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
John 15:1–8
The Vine and the Branches
    May 6, 2018
6th Sunday of Easter
John 15:9–17
Jesus’ Great Commandment
Jesus gathers a new community (#960)
Jesus’ rule is love (#228, 592)
Creation shows forth God; Jesus is our friend; we are connected
 Honoring Mary
        May 13, 2018 Ascension of the Lord/ 7th Sunday of Easter
Mark 16:15–20 /
John 17:11b–19 Preach the Good News
Jesus returns to the Father (#665–667)
Eucharist is a celebration
           Imprimatur: =Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, December 24, 2017.
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