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                                                                                                                                                           March 18, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent
 Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Explore how the seventh, ninth, and tenth commandments work in their lives.
l Appreciate how the life and death of Oscar Romero is like the metaphor of the grain of wheat.
Living the Gospel l Three Commandments Call Us to Respect Others’ Belongings and Friendships (pages 6–7) For each of the three dilemmas, ask the children to identify the problem, think of as many alternative courses of action as possible, consider their consequences, and then write down a personal response to the dilemma in the spaces provided.
Ask the children to share their responses to the dilemmas in the large group. Remind the children that the Commandments are about respecting each other’s rights, not finding a legal way to get around them.
Saints l Blessed Oscar Romero (page 8)
The anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s assassination, March
24, always occurs in Lent, when we read the Gospel about the grain of wheat that dies in order to produce a rich harvest. Many other church workers in El Salvador were martyred during the repression of the 1980s, including four American churchwomen and six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter in 1989. Like Archbishop Romero, they stood for equality and opportunity for the poor of the nation.
Closing Prayer Pray the Lord’s Prayer to conclude your time together. Encourage the children to keep their loved ones in prayer throughout the week.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Beatitudes (page 36)
 Begin by reading The Beatitudes on page 36 aloud, with a different child reading each of
the eight. You may choose to have them substitute the word happy for the word blessed. Beatitude means a state of utmost bliss, that which we may expect to experience in Heaven.
Ask for reactions to what the children read and hear. Some might say, “These sayings make no sense. Poor people and sad people are not happy.” Some of the children may have questions about words like meek, inheriting the earth, or righteousness. The Gospel writers Matthew and Luke wanted the Beatitudes to confound us and make us question.
Read the Beatitudes again—this time only reading the first words of each one. Ask if this makes it easier to understand.
By now the children may be able to give examples of how a merciful person is happy or one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, which is doing God’s will. Perhaps Will in the story is blessed in his mourning for Bailey by the memories he has of a special pet. Archbishop Romero was happy to give his life for his people.
Summarize this brief introduction to the Beatitudes by saying they are sayings of Jesus that people didn’t write down until almost 40 years after he died. They were already memories of Jesus’ teaching that people told each other. These memories have come down to us in the Gospels.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
  Lesson Wrap-Up
 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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The Eucharist: Jesus Gives Us Himself
In the Eucharist, Jesus is really present. The bread and wine become his Body and Blood. Jesus calls his family together to be with him, to hear his words, and to dine at his table. How much do you know about celebrating the Eucharist?
Complete the crossword puzzle about the Eucharist.
Activity 17
    Catholic Faith Word l Lord’s Prayer (page 5) Read aloud the definition to introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature.
Our Catholic Faith l We Pray the Lord’s Prayer
at Mass (page 5) The Creed and the Lord’s Prayer are two prayers of the Mass that belong to both the people and the priest celebrant—that is, we say them aloud together. Give the children time to respond to the questions at the bottom of the page. If time permits, ask for volunteers to share their responses. It’s a good time to remind the children that prayer can happen at any time, not just during Mass or in their Venture class.
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Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l
1. To celebrate Mass, you need bread from _______ and wine from _______.
3. To receive the Eucharist, you must be free of ________ or mortal sin.
6. Less serious sins are ________ when we receive the Eucharist.
7. The _________ says the same words Jesus spoke the night before he died.
8. The Eucharist always includes readings from _________.
2. The _______ changes the gifts of bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood. 4. We can always receive God’s forgiveness in the _______ of Penance.
5. This great sacrament makes you _______ with Christ, body and soul.
Sacrament of the Eucharist
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