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April 1 & April 8, 2018 • Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
Easter Sunday Readings: Acts 4:32–35; 1 John 5:1–6; John 20:1–9 2nd Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37–43; Colossians 3:1–4; John 20:19–31
For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Easter Sunday celebrates the core of Christian faith: that God raised Jesus, who was crucified, from the dead. The act of raising Jesus from the dead reveals ultimately who God is—the one who gives life. The power that gives life, as Jesus reveals it, is love, especially its concrete forms such as forgiving, serving others, and giving one’s life.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
“The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established in the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross” (CCC, 638). “Mary Magdalene and the
holy women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus...were the first to encounter the Risen One. Thus the women were the first messengers of Christ’s Resurrection for
the apostles themselves” (CCC, 641). “After his resurrection, Jesus’ divine sonship became manifest in the power of his glorified humanity” (CCC, 445).
Materials
l Visions Student Lesson for 4/1 and 4/8
l Catechism handbook, pages 11 and 22 l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l Pens or pencils, crayons or colored pencils l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
l A bowl of newly blessed holy water Suggested Music
l “Easter Song” (CD-2, #4)
l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1) l “He Lives!” (CD-2, #3)
Lesson Resources
l Visions Activity Book, Activity #15
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
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What symbols of Easter do you see in these images? __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________
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Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 1 & April 8, 2018
Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for 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 Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen! (page 1) l Article l Camp Erin: A Place to Grieve (pages 2–3) l Discuss the first Talk question on page 3.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Risen and Greets His Friends (pages 4–5) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 5)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to pages 11 and 22.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l We Celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and New Life. Alleluia!
(pages 6–7)
l Closing Prayer-Song l Celebrate Easter (page 7)
Take-Home
l Have the young people complete the puzzles on page 8 at home. l Activity l Sacrament of Baptism (Visions Activity Book,
Activity #15)
l Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families
and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes) l Gathering Song l “Easter Song” (CD-2, #4)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l He Is Risen! Alleluia! (page 1)
l Article l Camp Erin: A Place to Grieve (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Talk questions related to the article.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-1, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Risen and Greets His Friends (pages 4–5) l Discuss the Talk questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 5)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to pages 11 and 22.
l Catholic Faith Word l Symbol (page 5) Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l Sacrament of Baptism (Visions Activity Book, Activity #15) l Activity l We Celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection and New Life. Alleluia!
(pages 6–7)
l Puzzle l Easter.Dot.Game and A Decade of Days (page 8) l Closing Prayer-Song l Celebrate Easter (page 7)
Take-Home
Remind the young people to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.
























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