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What the Church Believes and Teaches
How Can God Be Both One and Three (the Trinity) (page 8) Prayer to the Holy Spirit
(page 53)
May 13, 2018 • Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Gospel l Jesus’ Disciples Are His Witnesses (page 4) Ask all the children to take the Narrator part and one child the Jesus part. Proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the three questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Open-ended; this can be a famous person, like Mother Teresa, or someone special the children know well. 2. This
is open-ended, but some possible answers include loving, caring, forgiving, faithful to his Father. 3. To witness the Good News to others; to share the same love, care, and forgiveness that Jesus shares with us; accept all answers.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Live in the Holy Spirit (page 4) Read aloud the doctrine related to this Sunday’s Gospel. When Jesus
Ascended to Heaven, he didn’t leave his followers alone. The Holy Spirit guided the early Church and remains with us today.
Turn to doctrine questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Even though Jesus shared how he would return to his Father, the Apostles likely were anxious and afraid. The presence of the
Holy Spirit likely gave them confidence and hope. 2. Open-ended; accept all efforts to explain the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Catholic Faith Word l Pentecost (page 4) Read aloud this definition to introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature.
Our Catholic Faith l Jesus Sends His Spirit (page 5) Saint Luke is the author of Acts of the Apostles, the sequel to his Gospel. We read his story about the coming of the Spirit each Pentecost. It reflects the experience of Jesus’ first followers when they found themselves brave enough to preach and heal in his name. You will need two narrators, Peter, Visitor 1 and 2, and people to read the parts in the center column.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Determine Spirit-filled responses to everyday problems.
l Offer their classmates affirmations and summer blessings.
Living the Gospel l In the Spirit, We Continue Jesus’ Work (pages 6-7) Assign one of the dilemmas
on pages 6–7 to each group. Have each small group read its dilemma and responses to the rest of the class. Discuss whether the group’s responses show how to act as Jesus’followers. Encourage alternatives and new ideas from the class.
Activity l Have a Great Summer! (page 8) Many of us have kept notes from friends. Personal written messages can last forever. Read the sentence starters aloud. Ask the young people to put their own name in the sun in their copy of Venture, then leave it at their place for others to come around and write on it. Give five quiet minutes for the activity. Sign the pages yourself.
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
Turn to page 8. Before you read the section aloud, ask the children what Catholics do when they begin to pray. Close their eyes, bow their heads, make the Sign of the Cross. The Sign of the Cross names all three parts of the Holy Trinity, the focus
of this catechism lesson. Read the section about one of the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church.
Explain to the children that next Sunday, May 20, the Church celebrates Pentecost. Since most classes will not meet after
this week, this Venture lesson explains this Church feast, which recalls the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus’ first followers. Tell the children that Pentecost is very much like the birthday of the Church. Pray the Prayer to the Holy Spirit together.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 4.
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?
• Builds, sanctifes, and unites the Church • Transforms bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood •
Closing Prayer Pray the Lord’s Prayer together. Lesson Wrap-Up
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counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord • Shows us new ways to pray, think, and live
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
MakesChristpresentintheChurch•MakesustemplesofGod•CompletesthegracesofBaptism •
Guides church leaders • Gives the Pope the gift of infallibility • Grants the gifts of wisdom, understanding,
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God the Holy Spirit
7/16/17 10:33 PM
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent Year B
Name ________________________________________________
Actions of the Holy Spirit
We have mental images of what God the Father and God the Son look like to us. The Holy Spirit can be harder to see in our minds. Yet the Holy Spirit is alive and constantly at work in the Church.
This frame lists many things the Holy Spirit does for us. Choose one of the Spirit’s actions and draw a picture to illustrate it inside the frame.
Activity 7
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Use Activity #7 from the Venture Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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