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We Are Jesus’ Witnesses
Eyewitnesses share important details of what they actually see, hear, and experience
in person. Jesus’ disciples were eyewitnesses to his healing and teaching and his Death and Resurrection. You can be a witness for Jesus by sharing his Good News. Look at the following illustrations from Sunday Gospels
you have read this year. Choose one and recall the details (the citations are provided if you need a reminder). On a piece of paper, write down  ve keywords about the story. Then write the most important Gospel message. Be ready to share your responses and be a witness!
Mark 9:2–10
John 11:1–10 and Mark 14:1-15:47
Mark 1:14–20
Mark 1:29–39
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
April 15, 2018
3rd Sunday of Easter
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Identify and review important Gospel messages from 2017–18.
l Appreciate how they can be Jesus’ witnesses.
l Follow Paul on his journey of proclaiming Jesus’ Good
Gather in a prayer circle. Ask for a volunteer to place the class Bible at the center of your ritual space. Play and sing “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14). Lyrics are available at
Gathering Prayer Gather the young people in the prayer space. Invite them to focus on what it means to them to be a member of the Catholic Church. Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks, and turn to page 53; pray the Apostles’ Creed aloud together.
Cover Activity l We Are Jesus’ Witnesses (page 1) Distribute Visions, Bibles, notebook paper, and pens or pencils. Read aloud the instructions on the cover. Have the students work independently, and encourage them to recall the Gospel stories from memory before referencing them in their Bibles. Give them time to select one of the  ve stories, list keywords, and write the most important message. Ask for all responses as you go through each story.
Article l Paul Spreads Jesus’ Good News (pages 2-3) This  rst-person account of Paul’s travels invites young people to travel along with the famous Christian as he spreads the Good News. Have the young people take turns reading each of the text balloons.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers:
1. Paul changes his name from Saul; he stops persecuting Christians; he becomes a disciple of Christ. 2. Paul travels
the Middle East, sharing Jesus’ Good News with Jews and Gentiles alike. 3. Paul teaches all Jesus’ taught—love, forgiveness, peace— and proclaims Jesus’ Resurrection from the Death to new life.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognize that Jesus’ Death and Resurrection fulfill the
l Investigate the four marks of the Church. l Review the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Gospel Ritual Gather in the space you have prepared for reading the Sunday Gospel. Play and sing “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Appears to His Disciples (page 4) Have three young people take the parts of Narrators 1 and 2 and Jesus and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 4. Answers: 1. To experience Jesus with them is beyond the disciples’ wildest imagination, so Jesus’ presence scares them; they think
they see a ghost. 2. Jesus is not a ghost; he has flesh and bones; he can eat and drink. 3. Jesus wants them to recall that the Scriptures say the Messiah had to suffer and that he promised to be with them. 4. Paul, like the first Apostles, follows Jesus’ direction to go out and spread the Good News to people throughout the world. 5. Open- ended; the young people are part of Jesus’ community of friends when they gather as a community at the Eucharist (Mass).
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Easter Is a Wake-up Call (page 4) Read aloud the doctrine related to this Sunday’s Gospel. Lent has prepared us for Easter, and Easter now calls all believers to witness the Good News.
Turn to the Talk questions on page 4. Answers:
1. Open-ended; ask the young people how their Lenten commitments (e.g., donating the money they would have
used for treats) has made them aware of problems and needs
in their world. 2. Open-ended; encourage the young people to brainstorm in pairs or small groups, and then share answers with the whole class.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Marks of the Church (page 13) The Eucharist (page 23)
Arrange your class into four small groups. Number the groups 1-4, and have each choose a reporter. Have the groups turn to page 13, and assign one of the four marks to each. Have them read about and elaborate on what they

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