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                                                                                                                                                                             May 13, 2018 • Ascension of the Lord/ 7th Sunday of Easter
Ascension Readings: Acts 1:1–11; Ephesians 1:17–23; Mark 16:15–20 7th Sunday: Acts 1:15–17, 20a, 20c–26; 1 John 4:11–16; John 17:11b–19
                               For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
This is the last Visions lesson for the year. The young people know by now that the Scripture readings, especially the Gospel, are relevant to them and their lives. Commend them on their ability and willingness to reflect on Scripture and to let it guide their daily decisions and actions. The Gospel
for the Ascension of the Lord invites the young people to be witnesses for Jesus—just as he commissioned his disciples before he Ascended to Heaven. As you send these young people out
for the summer, remind them that all Catholics are called to be evangelizers, and "to proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
“Christ sent his apostles so that ‘repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations’” (CCC, 1122). “Jesus’ final apparition ends with the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud and by heaven, where he is seated from this time forward at God’s right hand” (CCC, 659). “The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and 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.
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       60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l If you really knew me, you would know—(page 1) l Story l The Retreat (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the first Talk question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Commissions His Disciples (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 pages 9 and 53.
l Catholic Faith Word l Evangelize (page 4) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
l Activity l Making Friends, Keeping Friends (pages 6–7)
l Closing Prayer (page 8)
Take-Home
l Activity l God the Holy Spirit (Visions Activity Book, #7)
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)
Materials
l Visions Student Lesson for 5/13
l Catechism handbook, pages 9 and 53 l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs
l Pencils and pens, Bibles for each
student
l Bible, cloth, candles, matches/lighter
Suggested Music
l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #14)
l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)
Lesson Resources
l Visions Activity Book, Activity #7
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.
com/assessments)
 Editor’s Note: The Ascension of the Lord is now celebrated in the United States on a Sunday (May 13 in 2018) except in the archdioceses of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, Philadelphia. In these archdioceses, Ascension is celebrated on the preceding Thursday (May 10), and they will observe the 7th Sunday of Easter on May 13.
   l Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #14)
l Gathering Prayer
l Cover Activity l If you really knew me, you would know—(page 1) l Story l The Retreat (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Talk questions related to the story.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes) l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)
l Sunday Gospel l Jesus Commissions His Disciples (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 pages 9 and 53.
l Catholic Faith Word l Evangelize (page 4) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)
Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l Activity l God the Holy Spirit (Visions Activity Book, #7) l Activity l Making Friends, Keeping Friends (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.
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For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
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Feel really happy when I
Have a friend who
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Don’t understand people who
Worry about
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4:06 PM
Almost every week, Visions asks you to share your opinions, thoughts, and feelings. But do your classmates really know you?
If you really knew me, you would know that I— Complete one statement.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
May 13, 2018
The Ascension of the Lord/ 7th Sunday of Easter
Sign your name on the foot. Your
teacher will
ask everyone to pass their copy of Visions to the person on their right. You will have a few moments to write a positive adjective about that person on their foot. Keep
going until you write on each foot.



















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