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                                                                                                                                                                               May 6, 2018 • 6th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48; 1 John 4:7–10; John 15:9–17
                                                For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
“As the Father loves me, so have I loved you,” Jesus tells his followers as he bids them farewell in Sunday’s Gospel. This Gospel is taken from Jesus’ long talk with his disciples at the Last Supper. He is preparing them for their lives without him. He calls them to live on in his love. He gives them one rule to follow: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus anticipates his Death in this Gospel. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” he says. Jesus does not call his followers disciples or apostles; he calls them friends. God has sent Jesus and in Jesus has chosen us as friends. Our friendship with Jesus has a purpose—that we go forth, bear fruit, and love one another.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
May is the month when we especially remember and pray to Mary, the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church. To honor Mary is to affirm our belief in the Incarnation. Jesus was not just God pretending to be human. Jesus was born of God and of Mary, a fully divine and fully human being. Mary and Jesus are as truly mother and child as any of us. This is the great love of God for us.
The Word became flesh so that we might know God’s love and have a model of holiness (CCC, 458–59). Jesus makes charity the new commandment. By loving his own to the end, he makes manifest the Father’s love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.” And again: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (CCC, 1823).
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 Love One Another (page 1)
l Article l Mary, Our Mother, Our Neighbor (pages 2–3) l Discuss the first Think question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Love One Another (page 4)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the first Think question related to doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 17.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Mary in the Bible Timeline (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 Last Things: Heaven (Venture Activity Book, #12) 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 (note: they will need to carefully save this part of the lesson after they cut out the activity on pages 7–8).
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
l Gathering Song l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l Love One Another (page 1)
l Article l Mary, Our Mother, Our Neighbor (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions related to the article.
l Catholic Faith Word l Rosary (page 3)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Love One Another (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 17.
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l The Last Things: Heaven (Venture Activity Book, #12) l Activity l Mary in the Bible Timeline (pages 7–8)
l Saints l Saint Mother Theodore Guérin (page 6)
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.
Materials
l Venture Student Lesson for 5/6
l Catechism handbook, page 17
l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l Pencils, pens, scissors, a set of Rosary beads,
slips of paper, bowl of holy water
l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13) l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l “Mary, a Woman of Faith” (CD-2, #16)
Lesson Resources
l Venture Activity Book, Activity #12
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.
com/assessments)
         TG4-28 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
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