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                                                                                                                                                                                 April 29, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 9:26–31; 1 John 3:18–24; John 15:1–8
                  For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares himself to a vine and us, his followers, to the branches. All of the branches of a vine live from the nutrients that its roots find in the soil and its trunk brings to the branches. The Church has spread like a vine. From its roots in Jesus’ life, Death, and Resurrection in Palestine, Jesus’ followers have become witnesses who have taken his message throughout the world.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
This Venture lesson features children who are bearing fruit in their own neighborhood. The Highland Catholic students want the 135-acre development just blocks from their school to have room for everyone in the community. They follow the lead of the U.S. Catholic bishops in asking that the city consider the poor and vulnerable in its planning. They are acting as strong, healthy branches on Jesus’ vine.
“The Church, in her doctrine, life, and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes” (CCC, 98). “By the power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear ‘the fruit of the Spirit...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control’”(CCC, 736). “The Holy Spirit is like the sap of the Father’s vine which bears fruit on its branches” (CCC, 1108). “The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 737).
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.
               Materials
l Venture Student Lesson for 4/29
l Catechism handbook, pages 30 and 50 l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l A Bible for each child
l Pencils and pens; markers, crayons or
colored pencils; scissors; large potted plant l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14) l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
Lesson Resources
l Venture Activity Book, Activity #10
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l How Is the Church Like a Vine? (page 1) l Article l Kids Speaking Up (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the first Think question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus’ Is the Vine, We Are the Branches (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 pages 30 and 50.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Prayer Cards (pages 7–8) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
l Have the children complete the Saints feature on page 6 at home. l Activity l The Church (Venture Activity Book, #10)
l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families
and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 6 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l How Is the Church Like a Vine? (page 1) l Article l Kids Speaking Up (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the article.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Vine, We Are the Branches (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 pages 30 and 50.
l Catholic Faith Word l Kingdom of God (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l The Church (Venture Activity Book, #10)
l Saints l Saint Roque González (page 6) l Activity l Prayer Cards (pages 7–8)
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 6 together.
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How Is the
Church Like
a Vine?
What do you remember about these people on the vine Jesus planted?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 29, 2018
5th Sunday of Easter
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