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WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOK
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Follow Jesus (page 29)
Read aloud the first two paragraphs
Living the Gospel l Scavenger Hunt for Faith (pages 6–7) Read the directions at the top of pages 6–7 aloud. Encourage the children to collect the signature of each parish person they meet as a way to show that they met and talked with that person. Have the children work with a partner to fill in their scavenger hunt sheets outside of class and to return with data to share with others.
Closing Prayer l O Sons and Daughters
(page 8) This Easter song tells the entire Resurrection Gospel in its eight verses. Invite a parish choir member or music director to teach it to the children. Give the children time to color the frame or encourage them to do it at home. Sing the song together as a prayerful way to conclude the lesson. Play “He Lives!” (CD-2, #3) as the children leave your Venture class.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
April 1 & April 8, 2018 • Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
together. Ask the children whether they remember reading about Saints Katharine Drexel
or Maximilian Kolbe. Re-read the last line: “Catholic lay people continue to do good wherever God calls them.” Ask a volunteer to explain who “lay people” are to the rest of the class. They are people who have not taken religious vows, but are “ordinary” Catholics who answer the call to use their gifts in service of others.
Have a volunteer read the third paragraph. Ask: How do you try to model your life after Jesus’ life? Be specific. Possible responses: I offer mercy and forgiveness to others. I show love and compassion to people who are outsiders.
Read the remaining three paragraphs about grace, the sacraments, free will, and sin.
Ask: What does grace help us accomplish? Why do you imagine that God gave us free will? Wouldn’t it have been easier for us to just follow his Commandments? Help
the children if they hesitate. Assure them that these are challenging questions and affirm their efforts.
Conclude this section of the lesson by reminding the children that they have made good progress in saying yes to God through their Lenten commitments. Encourage them to continue these practices throughout the Easter season and beyond.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 4.
Catholic Faith Word l Resurrection (page 4) Read aloud this definition to emphasize this foundational belief—we believe that Jesus rose from the dead for our salvation. Alleluia!
Live the Gospel
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With My Family and Friends
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Objectives
The children will:
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Paschal Mystery: The Resurrection
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l Explore the signs of faith in their parish church and community.
l Express their Easter joy in prayer, song, and a coloring activity.
Visit gospelweeklies.com/assessments to download this week’s lesson review.
Use Activity #8 from the Venture Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Lesson Wrap-Up
Name:
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
1. In “Living a Lie,” why does the narrator start to feel guilty?
2. In the Sunday Gospel, which people love the light?
3. Who prefers the darkness?
4. The Catechumenate is a time for what?
5. What does it mean to love someone?
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent Year B
Name ________________________________________________ We Celebrate the Paschal Mystery
We celebrate the Paschal Mystery in every Mass. The Paschal Mystery is the highest point of Jesus’ life on earth. (“Paschal” comes from the Greek word for “Passover.”) It is the story of Jesus’ Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. Each Sunday, especially Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead on the third day.
Draw a picture from the story of Jesus’ Resurrection. Who was there? What was happening? Check a Bible if you need to remember any details.
Activity 8
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