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Palm/Passion Sunday
begins Holy Week. Jesus entered Jerusalem, where people welcomed him as a king by waving palms, laying down their cloaks, and shouting his praises. Join the Church as it celebrates this glimpse of glory but then reads the Passion story for the first time.
Holy Thursday
celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with
his followers. During this meal Jesus asked them to remember him through the signs of bread and
wine that he took,
blessed, and gave to his
friends as his Body and
Mass of the Lord’s Supper __________ p.m.
Good Friday
celebrates Jesus’ saving Death on the Cross. Pray with the Church for the needs of the whole world on this day.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion _______________ p.m.
Holy Saturday
is a day and night
of waiting for the Resurrection. Celebrate the Easter Vigil, the holiest night of the year. The Church lights the new Easter candle, a symbol of the Risen Jesus, blesses water, and baptizes new Christians. Then the Church celebrates the first
Mass of Easter.
Easter Vigil __________ p.m.
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Prepare for Holy Week by finding the times for the liturgies in your parish.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 25, 2018
Palm/Passion Sunday
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Appreciate how prayer sustains us.
l Recognize the events in Jesus’ life that the Church
celebrates during Holy Week.
Cover Activity l Holy Week Calendar Have volunteers read aloud the descriptions of the days of Holy
Week. Ask the young people to recall their own experiences of celebrating Holy Week. What do they remember? What did they like? Encourage the young people to attend the liturgies with family or friends. Provide the times your parish will celebrate the Holy Week liturgies so the young people can write the times on the covers.
Gather the young people in a prayer circle. Explain that this Sunday’s readings will take us through a range
of events and emotions—starting with Jesus’ joyful
entrance into Jerusalem and concluding with his Death on the Cross. But we know that this is not the end. Play and sing “We Will Walk With God” (CD-2, #8).
Gathering Prayer On the Cross, Jesus cries out to his Father, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Ask the young people to think of times they feel alone and discouraged. Pause, then join hands and pray the Lord's Prayer as a unifying starting point for class.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Dramatize the story of Jesus’ Passion.
l Appreciate the continuity of the Christian story with the
story of the People of Israel.
l Recognize what the season of Lent–Easter celebrates.
l Review the Church calendar as they move into the Easter
Passion Play l The Road to the Cross and Beyond (pages 2–8) Assign parts, read, and walk through the play with your class. Page 2 includes both a cast list and a possible stage layout. This play works best with a minimum of
17 cast members. If your group has more than 17 young people, separate as many of these paired parts as you have young people to play them. If your group is smaller than 17, combine additional roles or improvise.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
Palm Sunday Procession and Mass __________ a.m.
l Prepare the props: Make an 8-foot by 4-foot cross by nailing or bolting together two 2x4s of the right length, but feel free to improvise to suit your needs. Freezer paper works for the white road, and brown mailing paper works well for the brown road.
l Prepare the young people: The Road to the Cross and Beyond presents a great opportunity for your class to work and grow as a community. Assist the young people in choosing the cast. Stress the importance of all the roles and encourage all young people to participate. The job of holding the cross is an opportunity for quiet students to participate with the class.
Read through the play, noting how it picks up where the Advent play, The Road from Beginning to End, left off.
l Scene 1: Mark opens the scene by saying he’s writing a story about Jesus’ journey on the road through death to life, the point where the Advent play broke off. Ask your young people what they remember about the Advent play. Who were the main characters? What did they do?
l Scene 2: Invite your class to connect the events in Jesus’ life that Holy Week celebrates with the scenes in the Passion Play. Scene 2 includes what happens on Palm Sunday. Have the class interpret what the red paper hearts signify. They illustrate Jesus’ love that he gives freely.
l Scene 3: dramatizes both Holy Thursday and Good Friday events.
l Scene 4: dramatizes Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter, the zenith of the Liturgical year.
Have the young people read through the play several times before attempting to act it out. Assist the young people in rehearsing how they will mime the actions the stage directions describe. Practice several times, then invite the young people to perform the play for younger grades at school, the whole religious education program, their parents, or perhaps the entire parish.
Catholic Faith Word l Hosanna (page 8) Call attention to the definition. Read it aloud. Point out how “hosanna” is a prayer and “Jesus” is the answer to prayer. Challenge the young people to memorize this definition.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus’ Life and Death Show His Love (page 8) Read aloud the doctrine, which address both
the opening Gospel (Mark 11:1–10) and the Passion story (Mark 14:1—15:47). Emphasize how Jesus’ ride into Jerusalem is similar to our journey into Lent—it's both emotional and spiritual.

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