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10:33 AM
Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen!
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 1 & April 8, 2018
Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognize signs of Easter around them.
l Recognize ways to help others grieve.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Easter Song” (CD-
2, #4). Lyrics may be found at
Gathering Prayer Remain in your prayer circle. (Before you begin, read the response aloud to the young people, and have them repeat it after you.)
Leader: We come together to celebrate Easter, the most important feast time of year. Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith—
All: Christ has died. Christ is Risen. Christ will come again.
Cover Activity l Alleluia! Jesus Is Risen Have the young people describe what they see in the Easter photos. Read the directions and allow time for them to complete the activity. Easter symbols include: water, lilies, candle, Baptism, fire, and empty cross.
Article l Camp Erin: A Place to Grieve (pages 2-3) Introduce the story by having the group use the title and photos to suggest what it is about. Read aloud the poem on page 2; then have volunteers from the group take turns reading the story aloud through page 3, including the poems on page 3.
Turn to the Talk questions on page 3. Answers:
1. Open-ended. 2. Making friends who know what losing a loved one is like helps. Knowing others will listen helps.
Together those who are grieving don’t feel so alone. 3. Crying expresses loss and sympathy for others. If one doesn’t feel the loss, one can’t remember the person. 4. Talking helps keep memories alive and living in the hearts of the grieving. 5. Fun helps take one’s mind off loss. Loved ones want us to live positive and productive lives.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Learn how the first witnesses to the Risen Jesus believed in
different ways.
l Review Jesus’ mission.
l Interpret the signs of Jesus’ new life in the Easter liturgy.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is Risen and Greets
His Friends (pages 4-5) This long Gospel is actually three Gospels: the Easter morning Gospel, the Gospel for the second Sunday of Easter, and the Gospel about Mary Magdalene that comes
between them. Choose six strong readers to proclaim the parts of Narrator 1, Mary Magdalene, Narrator 2, Beloved Disciple, Jesus, and Thomas, and assign the rest of the class to be Angels and Other Disciples. Because this Gospel is so long, act it out in a large, open space, moving from one corner to the next with each new scene.
Discuss Talk on page 3. Answers: 1. They see the stone has been moved away, that the tomb is empty, the wrappings used to cover Jesus’ body are on the ground, and
the cloth for Jesus’ head is rolled up by itself. They think someone has taken Jesus. 2. He believes immediately because he has great faith. 3. He feels anxious, afraid, yet eager to see the tomb. Peter goes inside the tomb but comes to no conclusion. Perhaps his regret over denying Jesus during his Passion keeps him from focusing on what might be happening—Jesus is Risen. 4. She recognizes him when he calls her by name. 5. Thomas wants to see Jesus before he believes. He believes when he touches Jesus’ wounds.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Gives Us Joy (page 5) Read aloud as a summary of Sunday’s Gospel concept, and to introduce the catechism portion of this week’s lesson.
Turn to the Talk questions on page 5. Answers:
1. We believe by reading Scripture, participating in Mass regularly, and sharing the Good News with others. Sacred
Tradition transmits the message of the Gospel in the Church from the preaching of the Apostles to the present day. We hear the Word as the earliest believers did. 2. Open-ended; emphasize that the presence of Jesus may be felt anywhere and anytime.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Jesus’ Mission (page 11) Baptism (page 22)
Invite the young people to describe Jesus’ mission to one another in pairs and in their own words.
Ask volunteers to read the two paragraphs on mission aloud, each reading 1–2 sentences at a time. Ask the question again: What was Jesus’ mission on earth? To reveal God’s love and to ensure our salvation.

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