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                                                                                                                                                                                 April 29, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 9:26–31; 1 John 3:18–24; John 15:1–8
               For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares himself to a vine and us, his followers, to the branches. The branches of a vine grow from the nutrients that its common roots find in the soil.
The Church has spread like a vine. From its roots in Jesus’ life, Death, and Resurrection in Palestine, Jesus’ followers have become witnesses who have taken his message throughout the world.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
When we believe in Jesus Christ, partake of his mysteries, and keep his commandments, the Savior himself comes to love, in us, his Father and his brethren, our Father and our Brethren (CCC, 2074). “The Holy Spirit is like the sap of the Father’s vine which bears
fruit on its branches” (CCC, 1108). “The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 737).
Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions on 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 What Makes Our Church Catholic? (page 1) l Article l Two Congregations, One God (pages 1–3)
l Discuss the first Talk question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Vine, We Are the Branches (page 4)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 40.
l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Write Prayer Poems Like Israel’s Psalms (pages 6–7) l Closing Prayer (page 8)
Take-Home
l Have the young people write their own Creation Psalms (page 7) at home.
l Activity l Prayer (Visions Activity Book, #30)
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 “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l What Makes Our Church Catholic? (page 1) l Article l Two Congregations, One God (pages 1–3)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to the article.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Is the Vine, We Are the Branches (page 4) l Discuss the Talk questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 40.
l Catholic Faith Word l Ecumenism (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l Prayer (Visions Activity Book, #30)
l Activity l Write Prayer Poems Like Israel’s Psalms (pages 6–7) l Closing Prayer (page 8)
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.
Materials
l Visions Student Lesson for 4/29
l Catechism handbook, page 40
l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l A Bible for each child
l Pencils or pens, notebook paper
l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “Yes Lord I Believe” (CD-2, #14) l “Easter Alleluia” (CD-2, #1)
Lesson Resources
l Visions Activity Book, Activity #30
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/
assessments)
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    What Makes Our Church Catholic?
TWO CONGREGATIONS,
The word catholic means “all-inclusive, general, and universal.” When we profess in the Nicene Creed that we believe in “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church,” we profess that the Church is universal.
What languages do Catholics in your parish speak? What nations are they from? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ How does your parish or school welcome Christians from other denominations? _______________________________________ _______________________________________ In Sunday’s Second Reading, 1 John 3:18- 24, how should Christians show their faith to others? _______________________________________ _______________________________________
Saint Anne-Saint Patrick Parish in Fiskdale, Massachusetts, is a Catholic congregation that
is home to about 1,300 families. It was established in 1883. But it hasn’t always been a spiritual home to only Catholics. From 1994 to 2004, Saint Anne-Saint Patrick hosted the families of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Sturbridge. The two congregations worshipped in the same church building. Then and now, the members of these Christian communities believe that everyone there serves the same God,
and despite some differences in their
religious beliefs, they are united in
that same purpose.
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The sanctuary cross at Bethlehem Lutheran was crafted from pews in the sanctuary at Saint Anne-Saint Patrick Parish.
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