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                                                                                                                                                                                              May 13, 2018 • Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Praise and Celebrate (page 19) Prayer to the Holy Spirit (page 53)
  Have volunteers take turns reading the four paragraphs on page 19. Review the meaning of key words. Ask the following questions:
l What is an apostle? One who is sent. The Twelve are sent to
tell the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Mary Magdalene is called the apostle to the apostles because she is sent to them. Paul is called an apostle, too, a missionary.
l What is a witness? Those who saw and participated in all Jesus said and did.
l Who is the Church? We are Christ’s Body.
l What is liturgy? The public worship of the Church.
l What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? Inspires us to share
Jesus’ teachings, gives us heart and courage.
Remind the young people that the Church celebrates Pentecost next Sunday, May 20. Conclude this portion of the lesson by praying the Prayer to the Holy Spirit together.
Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.
 Catholic Faith Word l Evangelize (page 4) Read aloud the definition to introduce the Our Catholic Faith feature and introduce discussion of Pentecost.
Our Catholic Faith l Who Forms the First Christian Community? (page 5) Distribute Bibles and read the feature aloud. Give the students time to look up the Bible passages and to record their responses. Afterward, encourage sharing. As they share, point out that women, including Jesus’ mother, were very active founders and members of the first Christian communities.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The young people will:
l Explore how they can find, make, and nurture good
l Create a prayer activity they can work on during the
Lesson Wrap-Up
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Living the Gospel l Making Friends, Keeping Friends (pages 6–7) Young people at this age are very influenced by their peers. Identifying the qualities of good friends and how to make and keep solid friendships are essential skills.
l Read the directions at the top of page 6. Then give the young people time to complete the chart and answer the three questions. Have the students share their responses in pairs and then bring the large group together to discuss.
l Look at the chart at the top of page 7. Identify the qualities
the young people selected as most important in a friend. Is there consensus? Then ask for volunteers to share their responses to the statement: This is the kind of friend I want to be.
l Move to the chart titled “What Risks Will I Take This Summer
to Make New Friends?” Ask if there were any risks they definitely would or would not take to make a new friend. If there are strong feelings—positive or negative—ask why.
Closing Prayer l Live the Gifts of the Holy Spirit This Summer (page 8) Explain to the young people that the stained-glass activity is a long-term project to help keep them connected to the Spirit over the summer.
Say the prayer at the bottom of the page together. The young people repeat the mantra in red. As the leader, you read the
line in black. Encourage the young people to read both parts at home as their prayer ritual when working on their stained-glass activity.
         March 11, 2018
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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Gift or Fruit?
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are virtues that help us follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit to live moral lives. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are the qualities that the Holy Spirit forms in us. We fully receive these Gifts and Fruits in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Activity 7
 Draw a gift box around any quality that is a Gift of the Spirit. Draw an apple around any quality that is a Fruit of the Spirit. Check your work by looking at pages 59 of your Catechism handbook.
charity patience
modesty piety gentleness
faithfulness counsel
kindness generosity
God the Holy Spirit
chastity joy
fortitude peace
fear of the Lord
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Use Activity #7 from the Visions Activity Book book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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