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Have the children read the St. Brigid of Kildare story on page 8 at home.
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Pray, Act, Think activities on page 8 together.
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The three-step lesson process is color-coded to work with any pacing plan. In just two-pages each week, catechists and teachers now have lesson plans that can be accomplished in the time they have. This ensures that the children will complete the year’s material and won’t need two or three weeks to accomplish any lesson.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
This Sunday we hear Jesus’ great parable of judgment. The works of mercy describe very clearly what
people must do to build God’s kingdom on earth and to share in it for eternity. We must care for the least
of God’s children by seeing that everyone has sufficient food and drink, clothing and shelter, comfort and companionship to live a fully human life. Here, in this powerful Gospel, Jesus reveals the single requirement for being part of his kingdom—love of neighbor—a love he also equates with love of himself. Our mercy toward the least among us is, therefore, both a requirement for kingdom living and recognition of Jesus among us.
Recall the story in Venture about the school and parish in Iowa that joined Mary’s Meals to provide both food and an education to children at risk. Another school raised money for children with cancer and their families. Perhaps your school or parish has done something similar. Use the children’s experiences as a springboard to today’s lesson.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the works of mercy “are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbors in their spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead” (CCC, 2447). Learn more about the Church’s teaching on the works of mercy and love for the poor in Catechism paragraphs 2443–2449.
Materials
Sunday Readings: Ezekiel 34:11—12, 15—17;
1 Corinthians 15:20—26, 28; Matthew 25:31—46
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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Recognize the works of mercy.
Learn that love and mercy permeate Jesus’ teachings.
As you prepare the children to listen to this week’s Gospel, play the hymn “Come, Emmanuel.”
60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes)
l Gathering Prayer
l Activity l What do you do for others? (page 1) l Story l Doing the Words of Mercy (pages 2–3) l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l Sunday Gospel l Come! You have my Father’s Blessing (pages 4–5)
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 6)
l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Read together pages 49–50.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes) l The Works of Mercy Game (pages 6–7) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (25 minutes) l Gathering Prayer
l Opening Song l Sing “We Are Called” (Venture/Visions CD-2, track 12) l Activity l What do you do for others? (page 1)
l Story l Doing the Words of Mercy (pages 2–3)
l Discuss the Think questions related to the story.
l Service Projects l When did we help you, Lord? (page 4) Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)
l Gospel Acclamation l Sing “Alleluia” (Venture/Visions CD-1, track 1) l Sunday Gospel l Come! You have my Father’s blessing. (pages 4–5) l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.
l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 6)
l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Read together pages 49–50.
Live the Gospel (25 minutes)
l The Works of Mercy Game (pages 6–7)
l Saints l Brigid of Kildare (page 8) l Closing Prayer
Take-Home
l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Pray, Act, Think activities on page 8 together.
Sunday Gospel l Come! You have my Father’s Blessing. (pages 4–5) Explain that this Gospel reading is not exactly the one they will hear on Sunday. Venture has added reader parts and Chorus parts to create a choral reading. Assign the parts of Leader, Narrator, Jesus, and Children 1–12. The rest of the class will form the Chorus. Arrange an open area and plan where groups will stand for the Gospel reading. Children 1 to 12 need to stand facing the Chorus. Have the Narrator announce the first part of this proclamation: Come, You Have My Father’s Blessing. After each of the first six readers has read his or her lines and the Chorus answers, those readers should move to
the Chorus’s right. After the Narrator announces the second part and Children 7–12 and the Chorus speak their lines, those readers should move to the Chorus’s left. Direct the children to remain in place and ask use the Think questions to discuss the Gospel.
Ask the children the first Think question. Accept all answers. Have the children turn and talk to each other about questions 2 and 3. Call on volunteers to respond to the last question.
Review the meaning of the Faith Word “Parousia.” Be sure the children know how to pronounce the word.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 6)
Remind the children that the works of mercy are based on love, and that we can practice the works every day in simple ways. Read together “Jesus Teaches Us How to Love One Another.”
Discuss the doctrine using the Think questions. Call on as many volunteers as possible to respond to question 2. Remind the children to put their ideas into action.
For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans.
Catechist and teacher background is provided for the Scripture and the doctrine contained in the lesson.
Be prepared with this handy list of everything you will need for a successful session.
Pacing guides are provided for 60- and 90-minute lessons to  t parish needs and schedules.
Doctrinal content from the Catechism handbook is appropriately integrated into each lesson.
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Venture Student Lesson for the
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l WCBT handbook, pages 49–50
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pens or pencils
Suggested Music
l “Come, Emmanuel” (Venture/Visions CD-1, Track #3)
l “Gospel Acclamation” (Venture/Visions CD-1, Track #1)
Lesson Resources
l Works of Mercy Activity (Venture Activity Master Book, Activity #10)
l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies. com/assessments)
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Pray that Jesus will open their minds and hearts to hear his
word.
l Growinrecognition,understanding,andappreciationofthe
works of mercy.
l Appreciatethatchildrentheiragecanpracticetheworksof
mercy.
Gathering Prayer Sit in a circle. Start the prayer by saying, “Loving God, I am _____. I ask your blessing on our group today.” Invite each child to offer the same prayer. Conclude, “Loving God, we know you hear us. Thank you for this time together.” Have the children respond “Amen.”
Activity l What do you do for others? (page 1) The liturgical year culminates with this Sunday’s feast, the Feast of Christ the King. This year the Gospel is the works of mercy, the parable in which those to be judged at the end of time realize that whenever they encountered someone who was hungry, thirsty, homeless, and alone, they met Jesus. Distribute Venture. Ask a volunteer to read the question at the top of the page. Then have the children respond to this question by writing an answer to each question on the page. After everyone has finished, call on volunteers to share their response to each question. You may also want to share with the children your own response to each question.
Story l Doing the Works of Mercy (pages 2—3)
In this story, six boys learn about the works of mercy in their religion class and decide they could put them into action. Consider arranging your class into three groups by having them number
off. Each group will gather and read aloud together one section of the story. There are three sections, each of which begins with blue boldfaced text. Ask each group to be ready to describe for the rest of the class what the boys did in the section they read. Also, ask them to look for a quote from one of the boys that they like. When all are ready, gather in the large group for sharing.
Discuss the story using the Think questions. Encourage thoughtful insight and discussion.
When did we help you, Lord? (page 4) Read about service projects. Point out that Advent begins next week. The Christmas season offers many opportunities to share our wealth of money, time, possessions, and food with others. Conclude that Jesus was clear about what his criteria for holiness are and that they are things anyone can do.
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Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
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