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                                                                                                                                                                                               April 29, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Easter
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Forms of Prayer (page 40)
  Explain that the Old Testament has 150 psalms. We pray part of a psalm after the First Reading at every Mass—the Responsorial Psalm. The psalms include prayers in all six prayer forms described on page 40.
Arrange the young people into six small groups and assign one of the prayer forms to each. Have the groups review the form and compose a prayer as an example of that form. Give them a few minutes to complete these tasks, and then have each group report.
Explain that the Visions activity on pages 6–7 will explore psalms of praise and thanksgiving for Creation.
Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.
  Catholic Faith Word l Ecumenism (page 4)
Read aloud the de nition to connect the Sunday Gospel message to the Our Catholic Faith feature.
Our Catholic Faith l Ecumenism Works to Reunite Christians (page 5) This feature highlights the history of how Jesus’ followers, the Christians, become segmented into di erent “branches.” It also explains that the Catholic Church acknowledges the split and works with other Christians toward unity. Ask a few of your strongest readers to read this feature aloud. Help your young people identify non-Roman Catholic Christians to interview. Make sure to give them time to share what they learn during your next Visions class.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The young people will:
l Explore the literary form of the psalms. l Write their own creation psalm.
Living the Gospel l Write Prayer Poems Like Israel’s Psalms (pages 6–7) Use the introduction, page 6, to teach your group step by step how Israel’s prophets and poets write poetry.
l On page 6, go through the example in the left column
together and talk about how details build up and strengthen the descriptions. Then do the same with Psalm 23 in the right column.
l Introduce and read aloud the verses from Psalm 46. Ask the group to describe the e ect the poet creates by building up details. Even if earth, mountains, and sea rock God is present. Invite the young people to do bubble maps around two contrasting words in the psalm—refuge and fear. Compare the two maps.
l On page 7, read aloud the verses from Job 12. Allow time for individuals to mark repeated ideas and add their own line.
l Distribute Bibles, and read aloud the directions for “My Creation Psalm.” Allow time to do the activity or assign it as homework.
Closing Prayer l We Celebrate Our Unity in Christ—Our Common Vine (page 8) Conclude this week’s lesson by sharing this prayer service together. It’s a commitment to loving actions—even when those actions may be di cult. Read aloud the introductory copy. Then assign the parts for Reader 1–5 and take the Leader part yourself. Everyone should read aloud the parts marked “All.”
Remind the young people to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
   Lesson Wrap-Up
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4th Sunday of Lent Year B
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
1. What does Father Greg Boyle say is the surest way to save the life of a young person who lives in his violent community in East Los Angeles?
2. What does Homeboy Industries do for gang members?
3. In this Sunday’s Gospel, whom does Jesus say prefers the light? The dark?
4. How does John 3:16 summarize the entire Gospel?
5. What is your conscience? What forms a conscience?
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Prayer Writing
The Church is blessed with several traditional forms of prayer, developed over many centuries. We can understand prayer better by thinking about how it is similar
to human conversations. We listen for God’s voice and, in turn, share with him all aspects of our lives.
Activity 30
 Review the forms of prayer described on page 40 of your Catechism handbook. Choose two of the forms, and write a prayer below for each of those forms. For example, you might write a prayer of thanksgiving that expresses how grateful you are to God for something good that happened recently and a prayer for intercession to ask God to help someone who is facing a hardship. Let each prayer be at least four sentences long.
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