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For Catechists
and Teachers
Teaching Guides
Teaching guides can be found in both English and Spanish. Print any quantity you need.
Early Start Lessons & Late Close Lessons
Lessons for each level, preschool through grade 8, are designed especially for schools and parishes that start before our publishing year begins on September 24 or continues past our last scheduled lesson date. Each lesson includes a two-page guide and a student activity page.
Spanish Resources
Many resources are also available in Spanish, including teaching guides, Gospel at Home, Seeds and Promise student seasonal resources, a Handout for Families: An Introduction to the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, as well as Spanish translations of the student lessons for Seeds, Promise, and Good News.
Weekly Review Templates
Children will better understand and retain the week’s Gospel concept when they can express it in their own words and drawings. Free review templates continue the learning at home, build a relationship with families, and reinforce the week’s Gospel lesson. Print them out for children to complete at home or attach them to a weekly email. Weekly review templates can be found in both English and Spanish.
For Families
The Gospel at Home
A weekly guide for parents with a summary of the Sunday Gospel, home discussion starters and activities, and ideas for living the Gospel message. Available in English and Spanish.
Assessment Program
Pre-tests, lesson quizzes, unit tests, and year-end assessments (for grades 2–8) are downloadable in PDF or Word formats. Weekly review templates are in both English and Spanish.
Resource Manuals for Each Level
How children learn, our three-part lesson plan, organizing the classroom, managing class time, strategies for engaging children, plus year-long scope and sequence charts.
Scope and Sequence
Download the scope and sequence charts for all ages as well as the concept development chart for Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program.
Seasonal Activities
These age-appropriate puzzles and other reproducible activities, coordinated with Church seasons, can be used in a classroom setting or printed by parents for use in the home. Each unit includes Saints of the Season, Feasts of the Season, and a family prayer service.
Family Guide
May 7th 4th Sunday of Easter
The Gospel at Home
This Week’s Gospel: John 10:1–10
Sunday’s Gospel describes Jesus as a good shepherd, who has come so that his followers might have life to the fullest. Shepherds lead, protect, and provide for their sheep. Shepherds know their sheep and the sheep know the shepherd’s voice. In Jesus’ time, shepherds slept at the entrance to the sheepfold like a gate that keeps the sheep in. Jesus is the gateway to the Christian community. Baptism makes us members of that community.
Exploring the Gospel Message
Seeds (Preschool): Children love the image of the Good Shepherd and his care for the animals. The image can help your child notice God’s care in the family that surrounds them with love
and provides food, shelter, and a safe and happy place to be.
Promise (Grades K-1): Your child played
a game to discover how to care for others and who cares for him or her. Ask your child to tell the family why Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. Make a list of ways your family can show love and care for others.
Good News (Grades 2-3): Your child learned about some events in the life of St. Peter after the Resurrection. Ask your child to tell the family about the mission Jesus gave the Apostles before he returned to heaven. Talk, too, about Jesus as the Good Shepherd and decide on
ways your family can share the Good News with others.
Venture (Grades 4-6): Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. Talk together about the lessons of the Good Shepherd Gospel and how Jesus calls us each by name. Ask your child to
retell the story “Get on the Bus.” The Sisters asked members of their community what their needs were, and then formed a plan to address them. Spend some time talking about some needs in your community that could use your family’s time and caring.”
Visions (Grades 7-8): In class, your child explored the metaphor of Jesus as the sheep gate for entry into God’s family. They read about Father Stanley Rother, a missionary and martyr, who gave his life for the people he loved. The young people also discussed the popularity of Psalm 23, in which David sees the Lord as his shepherd. Does your family experience God
as your loving shepherd and do you see Jesus
as your Good Shepherd? Talk about ways
your family can bring the message of the Good Shepherd to others. Plan a summer project that provides help to those in need.
Pray Together
Pray together Psalm 23, the Good Shepherd Psalm. Ask God to care for your family and keep you safe. Promise one another that you will always try to “dwell in the house of the Lord” all your days.
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Guía para la familia
7 de mayo 4.o Domingo de Pascua
El Evangelio en el hogar
El Evangelio de esta semana:
Juan 10,1-10
El Evangelio de este domingo describe a Jesús como un buen pastor que ha venido para que sus seguidores puedan tener vida plena. Los pastores guían, protegen y cuidan sus ovejas; las conocen y las ovejas conocen la voz de su pastor. En la época de Jesús, los pastores dormían en la entrada del corral como una puerta que mantiene a las ovejas dentro. Jesús es la puerta a la comunidad cristiana. El Bautismo nos hace miembros de esa comunidad.
Descubrir el mensaje del Evangelio
Seeds (Pre-escolar): A los niños les encanta
la imagen del Buen Pastor y cómo cuida a los animales. La imagen ayuda a sus hijos a darse cuenta del cuidado de Dios en la familia que los rodea con amor y les da alimento, refugio y un lugar feliz y seguro para vivir.
Promise (Kínder y Grado): Sus hijos tuvieron un juego para descubrir cómo cuidar de los demás y quiénes cuidan de ellos. Pidan a sus hijos que cuente a la familia por qué Jesús se llamó a sí mismo el Buen Pastor. Hagan una lista de las maneras en que su familia muestra amor y cuidado por los demás.
Good News (2.o y Grado): Sus hijos aprendieron acerca de algunos sucesos en la vida de san Pedro después de la Resurrección. Pídanles que cuente a la familia acerca de la misión que Jesús dio a los Apóstoles antes de regresar al Cielo. Hablen también acerca de Jesús como el Buen Pastor y decidan maneras en que su familia puede compartir la Buena Nueva con los demás.
Venture (4.o a 6.o Grado): Jesús se llamó a sí mismo el Buen Pastor. Hablen sobre las lecciones del Evangelio del Buen Pastor y cómo Jesús nos llama a cada uno por nuestro nombre. Pidan a sus hijos que les cuenten la historia “Get on the Bus”. Las hermanas preguntaron a miembros de su comunidad qué necesitaban y organizaron un plan para suplirlas. Dediquen tiempo a hablar acerca de las necesidades en su comunidad que puedan requerir del tiempo y el cuidado de su familia.
Visions (7. y 8. Grado): La clase investigó la
metáfora de Jesús como la puerta de las ovejas para entrar a la familia de Dios. Sus hijos leyeron sobre el padre Stanley Rother, un misionero y mártir que dio su vida por la gente que él quería. También comentaron sobre la popularidad del Salmo 23, en el que David ve al Señor como su pastor. ¿Ve su familia a Dios como su pastor amoroso y a Jesús como su Buen Pastor? Hablen acerca de maneras en que su familia puede llevar el mensaje del Buen Pastor a los demás. Planeen un proyecto de verano que ofrezca ayuda a los necesitados.
Recen juntos
Recen juntos el Salmo 23, el Salmo del Buen Pastor. Rueguen a Dios que cuide a su familia y la proteja. Prométanse que siempre tratarán de “vivir en la casa del Señor” por largos, largos días.
Inscríbanse en para recibir un correo electrónico cada vez que esté disponible una nueva Guía para la familia.
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Winter 2017
Honoring Mary
Throughout the year we honor our Blessed Mother on her special days. Use the names of these feast days to  ll in the crossword puzzle. Choose the words from the box below to complete the statements.
1. August 15 is the feast of the _______, which celebrates Mary’s being taken to heaven at the end of her life on Earth.
2. The _______, on May 31, celebrates Mary’s journey to her cousin Elizabeth, who honors Mary by saying, “Blessed are you among women.”
3. December 8 honors Mary’s _______ Conception, which means that, from the moment of her conception, Mary was preserved from original sin.
4. On February 11, we celebrate Our Lady of _______, who appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in a small town
in France.
5. On December 12, we celebrate Our Lady of _______, who appeared to
an Aztec Christian named Juan Diego near Mexico City.
6. On January 1, we celebrate the feast of Mary, _______ of God.
Choose from:
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Immaculate Mother Visitation
Assumption Guadalupe Lourdes
Winter 2017
Baptism Crossword
Monday, January 9, is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Complete this crossword to discover how much you know about the Sacrament of Baptism.
Choose your answers from
these words: BAPTIST
1. John the _______ baptized Jesus.
2. Baptism is the _______ of the sacraments. 3. Its primary sign is _______.
5. The white garment shows we have put
on _______.
6. The priest says, “I baptize you in the
_______ of the Father, and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.”
9. John the Baptist was Jesus’ _______.
4. Most of us are baptized when we are _______.
7. Baptism makes us members of the _______.
8. Jesus was baptized in the River _______.
10. The people who promise at our Baptism to help us on the road of Christian life are our _______.
A Service of Note to Parents: More activities at
© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.
A Service of Note to Parents: More activities at
© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.
Seasonal Activities
Parents can also print out activities at home or they can be sent home as a link in a weekly newsletter. Summertime activities are also available.
Handout for Families
This introduction to the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies is available English and Spanish and explains what the program is about, why it is unique compared with textbooks, and how it can help each family. 15
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