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FREE Online Resources to Support Your Pflaum Gospel Weeklies
For Program Directors
Video Workshop
This short video will walk you through a typical lesson plan and demonstrate how easy it is to use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Leader Handbooks
The handbook explains the components of the program, implementing the program, recruiting catechists and teachers (School and Parish Editions).
Family Catechesis
Our Weekly Newsletter and Blog
Subscribe to our GROW Blog, and every week, receive links to Sunday Gospel reflections as well as timely teaching resources and links to additional classroom and at-home activities, upcoming feast days, and relevant videos.
GO TO GOSPELWEEKLIES.COM
Directors, catechists, and teachers will find helpful information to present the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies in the classroom with additional activities to enhance the lessons, assessment templates, and more. Online resources for parents help them feel comfortable and competent in their important role as the first educators of their children.
GROW blog
Additional Online Resources
You can also order evaluation copies of any or all ages, print out additional copies of this User’s Guide or even print copies of the song lyrics for the all new music collections for the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Music is correlated to the seasons of the liturgical year and features songs by well-known Catholic composer John Burland.
PFLAUM Gospel Resources of the Week
The Gospel for All Ages program includes gathering rituals and discussion questions based on the Sunday Gospels. The large-group sessions are based on the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lessons. Also includes how-to guides to plan four major seasonal events.
Family Catechesis
Weekly Discussion Questions
5th Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2017
Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 37.12-14; Romans 8.8-11; John 11.1-45 FOR THE PARISH BULLETIN
Question from Life: What feelings and questions have you experienced at the grave of a loved one?
Question from the Gospel: What difference does it make to you that Jesus faces death and dies?
LIFE AND GOSPEL QUESTIONS BY AGE LEVEL
Exploring the Sunday Readings (Adults)
Reflections and prayers centered on Sunday readings make a spiritual connection between Scripture and daily life. Exploring the Sunday Readings provides short commentaries on each reading and practical questions for reflection. View sample copies in English and Spanish at exploringthesundayreadings.com.
Visions (Grades 7-8)
Life Question: How have friends helped you during sad times?
Gospel Question: What does the story of Lazarus promise all of us who are friends of Jesus?
Venture (Grades 4-6)
Life Question: Why do Jesus’ friends Martha and Mary want him to be with them? Gospel Question: Why do Martha and Mary send a message to Jesus? How does Jesus help their brother?
Good News (Grades 2-3)
Life Question: Who listens to your sad feelings?
Gospel Question: Why do Martha and Mary send a message to Jesus?
Promise (Grades K-1)
Life Question: What are some feelings you have?
Gospel Question: How does Jesus care about his friends?
Seeds (Preschool)
Life Question: Who are some of your friends? Gospel Question: Who are some of Jesus’ friends?
Gathering Ritual
5th Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2017
Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 37.12-14; Romans 8.8-11; John 11.1-45
Song: “Jesus, Remember Me.” Use the index of the first lines and common titles to find the recommended songs in your parish hymnal.
All: We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Let us pray. Jesus, you are the Resurrection and the life. Help us to live a life of compassion and trust. You reached out to heal the sick, raise the dead, and welcome outcasts. Help us to see how we can fol- low you. Help us to build your Kingdom.
All: Amen.
FIRST READING
Reader: A reading from the Prophet Ezekiel that prom- ises God will bring the people of Israel back from exile Thus says the Holy One: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am God when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am God. I have promised, and I will do it, says God. The word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL
Leader: Let us prepare to listen to the Gospel. Loving God, open our ears to hear your call.
All: Help us to walk in the light of your life.
Leader: Open our hearts to live the Gospel.
All: Help us to walk in the light of your life.
Reader(s): A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
(Use the Gospel in reader parts from Venture and Visions.)
REFLECTION
Jesus risks his life to visit his friends Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Their village is only one hill away from Jerusalem. The news that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead travels fast to Jerusalem, and the priests and
elders grow eager to stop Jesus. By raising Lazarus to life, Jesus puts his own life on the line. His action leads to his arrest, suffering, and death.
Raising Lazarus gives us a hint about Jesus’ even greater future. When Jesus gives his life for us, God raises him up to new life. The Risen Jesus promises Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and all of us who believe in him that he will give us life with God forever. Jesus says,
“I am the Resurrection and the life.” Like Jesus’ friend Martha, we believe Jesus is the messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world.
Let us go into our sessions and discuss risks we can take in our lives to show we are followers of Jesus and friends to all in the community.
CONCLUDING PRAYER
Leader: What have you learned in your classes about how Jesus cares for his friends? Invite three or four children of different ages to volunteer responses. Have them speak into a microphone or repeat their responses so all can hear.)
Leader: God, who creates and sustains all life,
All: We are made in your image and likeness.
Leader: God of spirit and truth,
All: You call us into communion beyond our borders. Leader: Jesus, light of the world,
All: We walk in the light of your life.
Leader: Jesus, Resurrection and life,
All: We believe Jesus is the messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world.
Song: “We Remember.” Use the index of the first lines and common titles to find the recommended songs in your parish hymnal.
The Gospel for All Ages is a service of Good Ground Press and Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc.
Family Catechesis
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