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How Earth Friendly Are You?
F Did someone drive you someplace that was fewer than three blocks away during the last week?
F Do you make an effort to buy products that have little packaging or can be recycled?
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No.
F Do you use LED (Light- Emitting Diode) bulbs to save electricity?
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No.
___ Yes. Subtract 10. ___ No.
F Do you use both sides of a sheet of paper?
___ No. Subtract 5.
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No.
F Did you buy a product in a foam cup or take-out container during the past week? ___ Yes. Subtract 5.
F Have you planted a tree or shrub in the past year?
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No.
___ No.
___ Yes. Add 10.
Take this Earth friendly quiz. Use the stamps for ideas about ways to live in more Earth friendly ways. Check your score on page 4.
F Do you recycle aluminium cans and foil?
___ Yes. Add 10.
___ No. Subtract 10.
F In the past week, did you turn off lights, the TV, or other electronics in an empty room?
F Have you volunteered to help out at a paper drive, litter pick-up, or other environmental concern in the last year?
F Do you recycle your Visions lessons?
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No. Subtract 5.
F Has your family planned meals for the week before grocery shopping? ___ Yes. Add 10.
___ Yes. Add 10.
___ No. Subtract 10.
F Do you recycle
glass and plastics?
___ Yes. Add 10.
___ No. Subtract 5.
F If your family
uses fertilizer on
your lawn, is it
___ Yes. Add 5.
___ No. Subtract 5.
F Does your house or apartment have water-saving toilets and/or shower heads? ___ Yes. Add 10.
___ Yes. Add 10. ___ No.
F Does your family have a vegetable garden?
___ No.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
___ No.
April 22, 2018
4th Sunday of Easter
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognize themselves as shepherds of the environment.
l Recognize the good shepherds in their lives.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Come Back” (CD-1,
#13). Lyrics may be found at
Gathering Prayer Remain in your prayer circle. Invite the young people to quiet themselves and think of special people they know. Leader: Shepherding God, we appreciate your care for us. We are grateful for those special people you put in our lives to act as shepherds and guides. We pray for them now and mention their names. (Invite young people to share  rst names aloud.) We also understand your call to shepherd others. We pray for those who need our help as we mention them by name. (Invite young people to share names again.) Thank you for being with us all.
All respond: Amen.
Cover Activity l How Earth Friendly Are You? (page 1) Thinking “green” seems like the popular thing to do right now. Thankfully, it is. However, it’s more than trendy—it is what Catholic social teaching calls us to do—that is, to care for Creation. Ask students to  ll out the cover quiz on their own. When  nished, direct them to score themselves by using the key at the bottom of page 4.
Story l Miles to Go (pages 2–4) Invite the young people to view the pictures and conjecture about the theme of the story. Have the young people take turns reading the story aloud.
Discuss the Talk questions on page 3. Answers: 1. Daniel is running to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research. He gives up a camping trip with friends so he can
train for the run. 2. Daniel’s grandpa taught Daniel how to set up a tent, how to swim and dive, took him to ball games, and spent quality time with him. 3. Daniel is a good grandson because he recognizes all the wonderful things his grandfather has done for him. Daniel remembers and runs out of gratitude. 4. Open-ended.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The young people will:
l Interpret what the good shepherd metaphor expresses
about Jesus’ leadership.
l Assess the qualities they admire in leaders.
l Identify how the Nicene Creed calls us to care for Creation.
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 Is the Good Shepherd (page 4) Choose readers to proclaim the Gospel. Have them read the Gospel at a fast pace, so the narrative holds together.
Use the Talk questions on page 4 to initiate discussion. Answers: 1. A hired shepherd may do a fine job of watching the flock when things are good, but is working for a wage,
so will probably protect him/herself before protecting the sheep
if they are attacked. A shepherd who owns a flock will sacrifice anything to protect the flock, including his or her own life. 2. Jesus gave himself even unto death so that we, the flock of believers, could have life in him and with him. 3. Jesus never wrote. We know Jesus through the memories of the disciples who followed him, handed
on his teaching, told stories about his actions, his Death, and his Resurrection. Over 40 years these memories became oral traditions which the Gospel writers wrote down so the traditions travel through time to us. We know Jesus through the Gospels.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Is Our Leader (page 4) Read aloud the doctrine on this Sunday’s Gospel.
Turn to the Talk questions related to the doctrine. Answers: 1. Make sure everyone gets a chance to respond. Their examples can be famous people whom everyone in the
class will know, or special people in their own lives. Their connection to Jesus is most important. 2. Remind the young people that Jesus reached out to sinners, outcasts, and apparent enemies. He reached out with forgiveness and love, again and again. Open-ended.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Nicene Creed (page 6) Human Beings (page 9)
Direct the young people to read The Nicene Creed aloud together. Point out that God our Father is “maker of heaven and earth.” Ask: Why do you think that our belief in God the

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