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Love One Another
By carrying letters from one line to the next, you can fill in the seven principles of Catholic social teaching. The colored paths show
you which letters move down. You have to fill in the other letters yourself. Colors may change between the six missing words.
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
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May 6, 2018
6th Sunday of Easter
Answers are in the Teaching Guide.
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Identify key words in Catholic social teaching.
l See Mary as a woman of her time who answered the call to be
the mother of God’s Son.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-CD-2, #13). Lyrics are available at
Opening Prayer Explain to the children that May is “Mary’s Month” in the Church. Mary showed great love throughout her life and is our model of willing service to God. Pray the Hail Mary together in honor of the Blessed Virgin, Jesus’ mother.
Cover Activity l Love One Another (page 1) Catholic social teaching is the foundation of nearly every single Venture lesson (see chart on page TG4-2). The statements
in the cover activity were given to us by the U.S. bishops in their document Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Directions (1999). Answers: solidarity, social, Creation, responsibilities, poor, workers
Article l Mary, Our Mother, Our Neighbor (pages 2-3) Mary is often seen as a one-dimensional character, dressed in blue and white robes, holding Jesus, who is being
a perfect baby. It is hard to imagine her as a real woman who worked hard, got dirty and tired, enjoyed her neighbors, and
took delight in her home and family. This article aims to help the children see Mary as a young woman not much older than they are. Read the article aloud together or in pairs of weak and strong readers.
Discuss the Think questions on page 3. Use the questions to stimulate discussion. The Mary in the Bible Timeline activity on pages 7–8 will help the children
understand the events of Mary’s life even more. Close the discussion and transition to the Gospel Reading by asking, “How do you think Mary lives out Jesus’ commandment to love one another?”
Catholic Faith Word l Rosary (page 3) The children will be familiar with the Rosary from their April 22 Venture lesson on meditative prayer. Read the definition aloud as a review.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Identify ways they keep Jesus’ command to love one another. l Review the Marian feast days and prayers.
l Commit to spirit-filled acts they will complete this summer. l Participate in a summer Pentecost prayer service.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to proclaim this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Love One Another (page 4) Remind the children of the extensive work they did during Lent to learn and apply the Ten Commandments. Introduce this Sunday’s Gospel by noting that Jesus’ has a new commandment, but it does not replace the Commandments God gave to Moses. Ask three readers to take the three Jesus parts and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Jesus’ commandment is to love one another. Jesus knows he will be killed. He wants his friends to know he loves them
as his Father loves him. 2. He entrusts them with his joy and with
his mission to bear fruit. Anything they ask the Father will give them because they are Jesus’ friends and ask in his name. 3. Jesus himself laid down his life for his friends. Parents sacrifice everything for their children. Health workers, soldiers, people who run charities, priests, sisters, teachers, and others who work for the Church all lay down their lives for others. 4. We follow Jesus freely and love one another freely. We choose to accept Jesus as a friend.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Just One Commandment (page 4) Ask the children to close their eyes and concentrate on the doctrine
related to this Sunday’s Gospel. Jesus’commandment is simple and straightforward, but it can be so hard to follow. Remind the children that “to love” in this case does not mean hugs and kisses, but rather, it’s a choice to act in obedient, kind, selfless ways.
Turn to the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Jesus shows his friends love by laying down his life for him—and for us. One example of his love for his mother,
Mary, is when he makes sure she is cared for, even as he is dying on the Cross. 2. Explain that this exercise is not unlike an Examination of Conscience. We can always make a better effort to act in more loving ways, but God always offers his forgiveness when we fall short.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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