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                                                                                                                                                                              April 22, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 4:8–12; 1 John 3:1–2; John 10:11–18
              For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares friendship with him to the caring relationship between shepherds and their sheep. In this lesson, children will examine their relationship with the earth, recognizing how it cares for them, and how they, in turn, can care for it.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
By embracing in his human heart the Father’s love for people, Jesus “loved them to the end,” for no one has greater love than laying down one’s life for one friends (CCC, 609). The Church is a sheepfold, the sole and necessary gateway to which is Christ (CCC, 754).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church enjoins respect for the integrity of creation (CCC, 2415–2418). Catholic tradition teaches that we show respect for the Creator by our stewardship of Creation. Venture builds on the children’s com- mitment to the common good in their concern for Creation.
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions on how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
            60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l God Gives Us Earth (page 1)
l Article l Building a Community Garden (pages 2–3) l Discuss Think questions 1 and 2 on page 3.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Good Shepherd (page 4) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 43.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l We Care for Earth’s Water and Air (pages 6–7) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
l Have the children read the page 8 KidTalk feature at home if you do not use it as part of the cover activity.
l Activity l Sacrament of Confirmation (Venture Activity Book, Activity #16)
l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes) l Gathering Song l “Come Back” (CD-1, #13)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l God Gives Us Earth (page 1)
l Article l Building a Community Garden (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions on page 3.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)
l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Good Shepherd (page 4) l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 43.
l Catholic Faith Word l Good Shepherd (page 4) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l Sacrament of Confirmation (Venture Activity Book, Activity #16)
l Activity l We Care for Earth’s Water and Air (pages 6–7) l KidTalk l How Can We Care for Earth? (page 8)
l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
         TG4-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
Materials
l Venture Student Lesson for 4/22
l Catechism handbook, page 43
l A Bible and a rosary (if possible) for each child,
pens or pencils, crayons or colored pencils l Whiteboard or large sheets of paper
l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “Come Back” (CD-1, #13)
l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
Lesson Resources
l Venture Activity Book, Activity #16
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
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God Gives Us Earth
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
How do you care for our home?

































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