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                                                                                                                                                          April 22, 2018 • 4th Sunday of Easter
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Meditation (page 43)
Introduce this section by noting
   that beauty in creation has always inspired our prayers. Take turns reading aloud the section on
meditation in the section on ways to pray.
Lead the children in a simple guided meditation on sun and rain, which are both scriptural images of God’s presence with us. Gather in the open area. Each child needs to find a spot that is comfortable and far enough away from the other children to avoid distraction. Ask the children to sit with their hands loosely gathered in their laps and shut their eyes.
l Ask the children to imagine the sun rising outside the window of their house or apartment. It is very dim at first. Then it becomes brighter and stronger. They feel its warm rays on their arms. They relax in the heat, but the heat does not burn them. It feels comforting.
l They thank the sun for bringing warmth and light. They praise God for making something that is so good to us. They notice the birds sitting on the phone wires in the sun, the cat snoozing in a patch of sun, the flowers lifting their faces to the sun.
l As they watch, a dark little cloud works its way across the sun. Soon it is joined by other clouds. The sun is hidden now. The air feels cooler. Then splat splat sounds begin. They are big raindrops. The children slide backward under an awning. They watch the rain hit the sidewalk and the leaves of the trees. They see puddles beginning to form. The dust on the flowers washes away in the rain. The birds take a drink from rainwater caught in a leaf. Now the rain is falling more gently. The children thank God for making rain come, so the sun is not too strong for us. Soon the rain stops. We open our eyes and enjoy a world washed clean and green.
l Give the children a few quiet minutes. Then invite them to open their eyes and rejoin the class.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
  March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent Year B
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?
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I Can Take an Active Role
The Sacrament of Con rmation perfects and deepens the grace we receive in Baptism. Con rmation strengthens us to take a more active role in the Church. A good way to understand this “more active role” is to think about the di erence between what a small child and an older child can do in a family.
Activity 16
 Read the following list, and place a checkmark next to things you could do as a three- or four-year-old. Then draw a star next to the actions that you can do now but not when you were four. Finally, write down one new responsibility a confirmed person might carry out for the Church.
___ Brush my teeth
___ Do chores at home
___ Decide what to wear
___ Discuss plans with my parents
___ Help out at the parish food pantry ___ Take care of a pet
___ Get ready for bed on my own
___ Get myself a snack
___ Help the family get ready for Mass ___ Help my siblings without being told ___ Say bedtime prayers on my own
___ Pack my own bag for school or sports
___ Make a sandwich
___ Teach a younger sibling about Jesus ___ Pray the Rosary
___ Remember to pray on my own
___ Remember to say please and thank you ___ Scramble eggs
___ Set the table
___ Sing in the parish choir
___ Tie my shoes
___ Unload the dishwasher
___ Help take care of a younger sibling ___ Be an altar server
Sacrament of Confirmation
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   Our Catholic Faith l A Good Shepherd Knows, Protects, Unites (page 5) Have the children read this feature and complete the questions in class or as homework. Answers: Jesus leads us to the Eucharist, where God’s Word nourishes us and we share the bread and wine Jesus made the signs of his love. Jesus loves us and takes care of us, even though it meant
he would be cruci ed. Just as Jesus and his Father share one divine life, Jesus shares his divine life with his followers and shares human life with us too.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Assess how they use Earth’s resources and commit to simple ways of conservation.
l Appreciate how their peers commit to caring for the earth.
Living the Gospel l We Care for Earth’s Water and Air (pages 6–7) Another principle of Catholic social teaching is that our individual rights involve us in responsibilities. Our right to clean water and air means we are responsible to see that others have clean air and water, too. This activity involves children in assessing their own and their family’s use of water and energy and suggests ways to use less water and pollute the air less. Children will enjoy the water survey. Provide an incentive for them to complete it and bring it back next week. Set aside time to combine your totals and make recommendations for conservation.
KidTalk l How Can We Care for the Earth? (page 8) Children are very current on how they can and should care for Earth. If you haven’t already done so, read their responses together. Ask which ones your group would  nd easiest to implement and be faithful to.
Closing Prayer The Rosary is a form of meditative prayer. Turn to page 54 for instructions for saying the Rosary. If available, distribute a set of Rosary beads to each child. Say a decade of the Rosary—perhaps the Luminous Mysteries—to conclude your time together.
Lesson Wrap-Up
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