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Our Response to God’s Gifts

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School Catechist Guide


Catechist Preparation Unit 1

God, Our Creator and Father Unit 1 focuses on creation and emphasizes that God the Father created us and continues to care for us and call us to live in God’s kingdom. In this unit children will learn the following.

Session 1

God Creates Us

All that exists is the work of the Trinity: God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is revealed with a distinct mission. The Father created the universe, and he upholds it through his Son. The Holy Spirit gives us the grace to believe and to understand God as our loving Father and Jesus as the Son of God.

Session 2

God Saves Us

This session focuses on the story of Adam and Eve’s fall. The Holy Spirit helps us understand this story and what it teaches about the human condition. Adam and Eve’s fall resulted in Original Sin. Original Sin influences our power of free choice, making it subject to error and inclined toward sin. God promised a Savior, one who would reconcile humanity with him.

Session 3

Un it Sa in t

Saint Augustine Augustine helped Catholics think about how much God loves the world and to think about the Trinity—God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Augustine always encouraged people never to give up hope in God and in Jesus Christ. Augustine died in a.d. 430.

God’s Revelation

The Old Testament is a record of the Covenant God that made with the human family through Abraham and Sarah. This Covenant, which has never been revoked, is renewed through Moses, to whom God gave the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments tell us what it means to belong to God’s loving community.

Session 4

God Directs Our Lives

God’s direction for our lives is revealed in the Ten Commandments. The Old Testament Law is completed in the New Testament. The Son of God became man in Jesus so that we could share in God’s life. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God and the way to happiness in the Beatitudes.

Session 5

Celebrating Ordinary Time

Children learn the meaning of Ordinary Time, why we celebrate it, and explore how Ordinary Time is celebrated in our Church.

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CATECHIST PREPARATION

Prayer in Unit 1

Together as One Parish

In each session of Unit 1, establish the pattern and tone for prayer. Children pray prayers of petition and thanksgiving as well as participate in a guided reflection. Children also recall and pray the following prayers: the Lord’s Prayer, the Morning Offering, and the Glory Be to the Father.

Catholic Social Teaching in Unit 1 In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29–37), Jesus makes clear our responsibility to care for those in need. The Church articulates this responsibility in Catholic Social Teaching. Following are the themes of Catholic Social Teaching integrated into this unit. Care for God’s Creation  God is the Creator of all people and all things, and he wants us to enjoy his creation. The responsibility to care for all God has made is a requirement of our faith. We are called to make the moral and ethical choices that protect the ecological balance of creation both locally and worldwide. Call to Family, Community, and Participation  Participation in family and community is central to our faith and to a healthy society. As the central social institution of our society, the family must be supported and strengthened. From this foundation people participate in society, fostering a community spirit and promoting the well-being of all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Life and Dignity of the Human Person  The Catholic Church teaches us that all human life is sacred and that all people must be treated with dignity. As Catholics we strive to respect and value people over material goods. Our belief in the life and dignity of the human person is the foundation of our moral vision.

Religious Education with the Parochial School To celebrate the beginning of a new year of faith formation, add an insert to your parish bulletin that introduces the religious education team in one combined list with catechists’ names from both your religious education program and the parochial school. Introduce the list by sharing common goals for children who participate in the programs.

Literature Opportunity Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau You might wish to read aloud this story of Jeannie, who lives on the shores of a lake, and through talking with her grandfather, learns the importance of her environment and the creatures in it. God’s Creation

Rights and Responsibilities  The Catholic Church teaches that every person has a right to life as well as a right to those things required for human decency. As Catholics it is our responsibility to protect these fundamental human rights in order to achieve a healthy society. Solidarity  Because God is our Father, we are all brothers and sisters with the responsibility to care for one another. Solidarity is the attitude that leads Christians to share spiritual and materials goods. Solidarity unites rich and poor, weak and strong, and helps build a society that recognizes that we all live in an interdependent world.

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Catechist Preparation: Just for Schools

Catholic Social Teaching: Unit 1 Project The following is an optional project that you can have children complete as you experience Sessions 1 through 5. Children practice the theme Call to Family, Community, and Participation. They make artwork to display in an art gallery that will be open for other classes and families to tour.

mat er ia l s ▶▶ Art supplies ▶▶ Clay, papier-mâché,

paint, paintbrushes ▶▶ Note cards ▶▶ Unit 1 Project Blackline

Master (page S-355) UNIT 1 PROJECT

Set the Stage Photocopy and distribute to each child Unit 1 Project Blackline Master. Begin by having children pray the Glory Be to the Father. Explain that this prayer is a doxology, or prayer of praise. This particular prayer gives praise to the Trinity. Say: We will be learning about people who have expressed their ideas about the Trinity through pictures. Have volunteers read aloud the paragraphs.

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Images of God People have drawn pictures to express their ideas about God and the Trinity since the early days of Christianity. Many of these pictures illustrate passages from the Bible and show the Three Persons of the Trinity. God the Father is depicted many different ways. Some works depict God the Father as Creator, such as in the opening passages of Genesis. Other images illustrate God the Father as protector, rock, or shelter. The earliest images of Jesus date from the beginning days of the Church. In these images Jesus is often pictured as a shepherd. The shepherd is a symbol for the peace Jesus brings and the care he shows for his people. Artists often depict Jesus in a way that reflects their own culture. Two images—a dove and flames of fire—are often used to depict the Holy Spirit. These images are based on passages from the Bible. After Jesus was baptized . . . the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [ and] coming upon him. Matthew 3:16

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

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Acts of the Apostles 2:2–3

Look for images of the Persons of the Trinity in your church or school. Consider how God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are portrayed.

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Top: Sandra Stajkovic/Shutterstock.com; Left: Booted Cat WebWorks/Shutterstock.com; Right: Crisan Rosu/Shutterstock.com; Borders: Keo/Shutterstock.com

After reading say: During Unit 1 we’re going to make pieces of art that represent the image of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as one— the Trinity. Then you’re going to set up your artwork in an art gallery named T he T rinity and invite other classes and families to tour it.

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Make an Artwork Have children select the image of God they wish to represent in their artwork, painting, sculpture, or drawing. Then have them make a project for display.

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Scout for Inspiration  Have children look through their books and tour the church and parish grounds for images to inspire their artwork. Encourage children to make sketches. Make a Work of Art  Ask children to choose the medium they will use to complete their artwork. Have children think about how they might relate the mission of the Person of God they chose to represent. When children are finished, have them name their artwork and make a note card telling about it. Then have children set up the art in the classroom or other available space.

Close the Project At the end of Unit 1, have a gallery opening for your class, other classes, and families. Together pray a prayer that asks for help in recognizing God in the world around you and in one another.

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CATECHIST PREPARATION: Just for Schools

Bulletin Board: Unit 1

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The Books of the Bible  The following is an optional bulletin board that you can have children complete as you experience Sessions 1 through 5. Children learn about the Bible and how it is organized. Children make a bulletin board showing the books of the Bible and highlighting favorite Bible stories from each book.

▶▶ Art supplies ▶▶ Bulletin-board supplies

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Set the Stage Tell children that God spoke to the prophets. Say: We read God’s Word in the Bible. Explain that the Bible is organized into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament contains the holy books of the Hebrew people. These books are also holy for Christians and important to Muslims. There are 46 books in the Old Testament. The first five are of special importance. They are called the Torah, or Law, by the Jewish people. For Christians the promises of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament, which is the story of Jesus. The New Testament contains 27 books, including the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Make the Bulletin Board In advance make a giant cutout of an open book to represent an open Bible. On the left page, write the headings Pentateuch, Historical, Wisdom, and Prophets. On the right page, write the headings Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation. Assign small groups to each heading. Have each group record the names of the books that go under the assigned heading and then together draw a picture that illustrates one favorite story from that collection of books. Post the pictures near their corresponding heading. Title the board The Books of the Bible.

Books of the Bible Pentateuch

Gospels

Historical

Acts

Wisdom

Letters

Prophets

Revelation

Close the Project After finishing the bulletin board, say: The Bible tells the story of the Salvation of God’s people over hundreds of years. Choose one book of the Bible that you want to learn more about and make a commitment to read a few verses from that book each day.

Use the Bulletin Board  During appropriate times in Sessions 1 through 5, call children’s attention to the bulletin board to remind them of the books of the Bible.

Prayer Pray the Sign of the Cross together. Say: Rest for a moment in Jesus’ presence. Then thank God for revealing himself to us in the Bible. Ask him to help you think of one way that you can respond to his gift of the Bible in your daily life.

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Catechist Preparation Ses sion 1

God Creates Us 3-Minute Retreat As you prepare your session, take a moment to notice God’s loving presence. Be aware that he is with you on this journey of growth and discovery. Genesis 1:1–2 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Reflection This Biblical image of Creation begins with a picture of chaos. Each of us knows the chaos of searching, wondering, and waiting for direction. In the Genesis story, it is the Word of God that brings order, balance, unity, and beauty to Creation. We still experience the presence of God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—at work in our world and in our lives today. When we consider the beauty of the world and understand that “God saw how good it was” after each act of Creation, we become increasingly aware that our special place in creation gives us unique dignity and value. In turn, we have both a responsibility to care for creation and to give God praise and thanks.

Knowing and Sharing Your Faith in Session 1 Consider how Scripture and Tradition can deepen your understanding of the session content.

Scripture Genesis 1:1–2 introduces us to the story of how God created the heavens and the earth. Hebrews 11:3 explains that, through faith, we understand creation as ordered by God’s Word.

Tradition Creation is the action of the Trinity—God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is revealed with a distinct mission. The Father created the universe. He keeps it going through his Son, who, by virtue of the Incarnation, became man in Jesus while remaining divine. The Holy Spirit gives us the grace to understand God as our loving Father and Jesus as the Son of God and our brother.

Catholic Social Teaching In this session the integrated Catholic Social Teaching themes are Care for God’s Creation and Call to Family, Community, and Participation. See page 1b for an explanation of these themes.

Questions

Window on the Catechism

When I find myself under pressure or in a chaotic situation, how do I respond? How can I look for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit to bring order, balance, unity, and beauty to my life?

How we can know God and the importance of Revelation is discussed in Catechism of the Catholic Church 36–38. The distinct missions of the Persons of the Trinity—the Father as Creator, the Son as Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as teacher and inspirer—are covered in CCC 257–260.

Prayer Speak to your heavenly Father, using this prayer or one of your own. God, you bring beauty out of chaos. Form my life, through the Son and the Holy Spirit. Grant me the

General Directory for Catechesis Catechesis that is Christocentric, or centered on Jesus, will inevitably lead us to an understanding of the Father of all creation.

grace to reflect your love and presence through my words and deeds.

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catechist Preparation: Just for Schools

Five-Day Classroom Session Planner Session 1 

God Creates Us

Session Theme: God creates and upholds the world through the power of his Word.

Day 1: Engage

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Unit Saint: Saint Augustine

Favorite Things Song

My Favorite Things Acrostic

pages 1–2

page 3

God Creates Us

Time: 20 minutes

page 3

Time: 10 minutes

Small-Group Project Optional

If you wish to have children complete the small-group project on page S-1D, have small groups begin now. Allow time on days 1 to 5 for children to work.

Materials: writing supplies, art supplies, construction paper Ask children to write their names vertically on a sheet of construction paper. Have them make an acrostic poem using each letter of their names as the first letter of a short sentence describing something they think is beautiful or special. Invite children to end by writing a short prayer of thanks across the bottom of the page, giving praise to God for the gift of life and for the wonders of his creation. Encourage children to make illustrations to decorate their finished acrostics.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 2: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

God Created the World

Session 1 BLM

Days of Creation Mural

page 4

page T-301

Creation Is the Work of the Trinity

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: butcher paper, art supplies

page 5

Organize children into groups, and assign each group one day of the Creation story. Then have children make a wall mural illustrating the days of creation. Invite one member of each group to incorporate the Scripture verse that corresponds to its day somewhere in its section of the mural.

Time: 15 minutes

Time: 30 minutes

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Prayers Honoring the Trinity

Day 3: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Art Print: The Flower Seller

Art Studio: Inspired By Nature

Movement: Creation Charades

Children’s Book

Print Back

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Day 4: Reflect

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

God Invites Us to Reflect

Paper Collage

My Prayer Journal

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page 6

Reflecting on Creation

Time: 15 minutes

page 7

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: drawing and writing paper, cardstock, hole punch, yarn Have children make a prayer journal by gathering several sheets of writing and drawing paper. Using cardstock, have children make a front and back cover for their journal. Encourage them to decorate covers with images that have special meaning to them. Then have children punch holes in the journals and use yarn to make a booklet. Have children keep the journals in a special place and use them to record their thoughts and feelings after prayer time. Remind children that these journals are private and will not be read by anyone else.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 5: Respond Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Living My Faith

Love and Care Poster

Presentation or Wrap-Up BLM

Page 8

page 8

Time: 10 minutes

Materials: completed project or Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up (page S-356) If children completed the small-group project of the week, have each group present its environmental report and slide shows. If children did not complete the project, have them complete Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up. Discuss the activity after children complete it.

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Appreciating the Wonders of God Some people spend their lives appreciating the wonders of God’s creation and praising him for all that he has given us. These people are called mystics. One such mystic was Julian of Norwich, who lived more than 600 years ago in England.

Julian of Norwich Julian of Norwich was a holy woman who lived in the 1300s. In a vision God asked her to hold a tiny hazelnut in her hand. She held it tenderly. God asked her to imagine that the hazelnut was the size of the whole universe. He told her that just as tenderly as she was holding the hazelnut, he holds the universe in his hands. This is how much he loves all things and continues to love them.

In His Hands Trace each of your hands and cut out the handprints. Then glue the handprints to a sheet of construction paper. In each hand draw a picture of something from God’s creation, or cut out images from magazines and glue them on the hands. At the bottom of the page, write a short prayer thanking God for his love and care.

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SESSION 1 WRAP-UP

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Small-Group Project of the Week: Environmental Report Materials: computers, slide show presentation software

Have children work in small groups to find information about a national or an international organization devoted to protecting the environment. Have each group make a computer-generated slide show to report on the following: the mission of the organization, when and why it was started, the work it has accomplished, what children might do to help. Have groups present their reports to the class.

NOTE: See page 1d for Prayer in Session 1, materials lists, and how to teach this session in one hour.

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catechist Preparation

One-Hour Session Planner

God Creates Us

Session 1 

Prayer in Session 1

Session Theme: God creates and upholds the world through the power of his Word.

In this first session begin to establish the pattern and tone for prayer. The short opening and closing prayers invite children to a reflection that is directly related to the focus of the session. Each prayer also provides opportunities for children to add their own personal intentions. A short guided reflection is used for the first time in this grade. This special prayer opportunity will help children relate the main focus of the session to their own personal prayer. In this session children will also review the Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be to the Father, or doxology.

Before This Session ▶▶ Prepare a prayer center. See page EC-2 for ideas. ▶▶ Establish group rules and procedures. See page EC-2–EC-3 for ideas. ▶▶ Bookmark your Bible to Genesis 1:1–2 and Hebrews 11:3. Place the open Bible

in your prayer space. ▶▶ Read the Guide for this session, choose any additional If Time Allows activities

that you might have time to complete, and gather the listed materials.

Steps

Approximate Time

Engage Unit Saint: Saint Augustine  God Creates Us 

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Pages 1–2

Page 3

Explore God Created the World 

  30–40 minutes

Page 4

Creation Is the Work of the Trinity  Prayers Honoring the Trinity  Art Print: The Flower Seller 

Page 5

Page 5

Art Print and Print Back

Reflect Prayer: God Invites Us to Reflect  Reflecting on Creation 

  15–20 minutes

Page 6

Page 7

Respond

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Living My Faith page 8

Materials Required ▶▶ Art Print 1: The Flower Seller and Children’s Book page 225 ▶▶ Writing supplies ▶▶ Art supplies

▶▶ CD 2, Track 3: “Sing Out, Earth

and Skies” (2:13)

(page 4)

▶▶ CD 2, Track 4: “Sing Out, Earth

and Skies” (Instrumental)

▶▶ CD player

if time allows ▶▶ Song “My Favorite Things” (page 3)

▶▶ CD 2, Track 2: “Song of Love” (5:00)

▶▶ Session 1 BLM, T-301 (page 4)

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recycling containers (page 5) ▶▶ Construction paper (page 6) ▶▶ Session 1 Assessment,

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Engage UNIT

1 God, Our Creator and Father

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5-Minute Approach Children’s Pages

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Saint Augustine Saint Augustine is the patron saint of theologians—people who study about God. Augustine wrote a book about his relationship with God. This book is titled Confessions. 1

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known Christian saint, he was not always Christian. He spent his youth getting into trouble with his friends. In Confessions Augustine tells us that, as a young boy, he and some of his friends stole pears from a tree. They did not even intend to eat this fruit. In fact they threw it to the pigs. They stole simply for the fun of doing something that was not allowed.

2 Introduce the Saint Have a volunteer read aloud the paragraph. Explain that Saint Augustine was a teacher whose writings brought many people closer to God. Ask: Who helps you learn more about God? (Possible answers: parents, catechists, priests) Point out the heart in the picture on the page. Explain that Saint Augustine is sometimes pictured with a heart because he often wrote about love. Say: We remember Saint Augustine because he wrote about the Trinity, helped Catholics understand God’s love, and encouraged people to have courage and hope in God. Read aloud the page. Point out that like most people, Augustine did not always make the right choices, but the Church did come to recognize him as a saint. Say: In our first sessions, we will learn about God our Creator’s love and about the Trinity. Have children turn to page 3.

Eventually Augustine became a teacher, but he was not happy with the life he was living. Then he met Ambrose, the bishop of Milan, who led him to study the Bible. While reading the Bible, Augustine realized that he wanted to be close to Jesus Christ. At the age of 32, Augustine was baptized a Christian. He thought that he would live as a monk. However, the people of the town of Hippo, North Africa (the region where Augustine had been born), wanted him as their leader. So he became bishop of Print of Saint Augustine with Hippo. As bishop he preached and helped a heart, one of his symbols his people. He also wrote about God and religion. He helped Catholics of his time and of every century since then to understand how much God loves them, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Until his death in A.D. 430, Augustine encouraged his people, telling them to have courage and hope in God. His feast day is August 28.

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Have the instrumental version of “Song of Love” [CD 2, Track 2] playing softly in the background as children arrive. Introduce yourself and say: I’m looking forward to our sessions together. Distribute the Children’s Books. Then say: Use this book with the blessing of Jesus. Have children open their books to page 1. Read aloud the unit title. Say: The sessions in our first unit will help us understand that God is our Creator and Father and that we grow closer to him by loving and serving others.

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Engage TOGETHER

This page describes a program-wide intergenerational event that is offered in a supplemental component.

Optional Unit Opener Intergenerational Event

1 Prepare Work with your catechetical leader to use the Finding God Together kit to plan an intergenerational event for Unit 1.

2 Open the Event Gather families in one space. Use Finding God Together to open the event, introduce Finding God, and discuss the main theme for Unit 1. Together, enjoy an entertaining skit.

3 Implement the Saint Stations

Use Finding God Together to help families learn more about the saints at their grade-level saint stations. Be sure all families feel welcome and are engaged in the process.

Unit 1

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Saint Augustine Feast Day: August 28

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Ideas to Share

4 Close Gather families in one space for a guided reflection. Use Finding God Together to close the event.

5 Transition to

Doctor of the Church

Events Guide Finding God Together: An Intergenerational Events Guide by Mary Lynn Hendrickson and Tom McGrath

Children’s Book

When children arrive for the faith formation session, discuss the event, distribute the Children’s Books, and review information about the unit saint. Have children open their books to page 3.

TOGETHER

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Saint Augustine’s writings and teaching are considered some of the most influential in the history of the Church. Augustine was named a Doctor of the Church, which means that the Church believes his insights and writings are essential contributions to Church teachings, such as Original Sin, free will, and the Trinity. His writings solidified many Church beliefs and teachings in the face of religious heresies. Above all Augustine was a defender of truth and a pastor to his people.

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Engage SESSION

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Session 1 Outcomes ▶▶ Tell the story of how God created

the world with beauty and order. ▶▶ Describe ways God continues to care

for creation and ways we can care for the world.

Think of all the beautiful things that you enjoy through God’s gift of life.

▶▶ Explain the mystery of the Trinity.

What things are special to

▶▶ Define doxology and Eucharistic

you? Make a list. Share your

Prayer.

list with others in your group. Use this as a way

1 Set the Stage

to introduce yourself

God Creates Us to them.

Invite children to close their eyes and think of their favorite things in nature. Suggest some starter ideas that reflect your locale—oceans, mountains, forests, gardens, animals, weather, and so on. After a moment ask volunteers to share their favorites. God’s Creation

2 Get Started Prayer God, source of all that is, let everything around me speak of you. Help me grow in loving you and trusting in your care.

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Favorite Things Song PlayPDF a version the song_______ “My Favorite Things” fromEditorial the musical Signoff: of Production Design _______ _______ The Sound of Music. Discuss the favorite things mentioned in the song. Then invite children to name some of their favorite things from God’s creation. List their ideas. Together add a new verse to the song by singing the children’s suggestions.

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Read aloud the session title. Give children a moment to look at the picture and to read the paragraph silently. Allow time for children to list their favorite things and to share their lists with others. Say: God created everything in the world, including all your favorite things. And you yourselves came from God. Everything can remind us of God if we are aware of his presence.

Prayer Turn children’s attention to the prayer. Introduce the prayer by saying: God is the Creator of all things and everything that we love. Let us ask God for help in appreciating all that he has given us. Have children pray the prayer silently while you pray aloud in a soft and reverent voice. Conclude by praying Amen.

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EXPLORE

Explore

1 Begin

God Created the World The Bible tells the story of how God created the earth

Ask children to imagine the world without their favorite things. Ask: What if the world were only a mass of darkness, wind, and water? This is how the Bible describes the world as God starts the work of creation. Ask children to close their eyes and think about this idea for a few moments.

from what was disorder and chaos. This story of Creation is in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

The beginning of Genesis tells how God created the universe and all things in it. The story repeatedly uses the sentence “God saw how good it was.” We, too, experience the wonder and beauty of God’s creation when we

2 Connect Invite a volunteer to read aloud the first two paragraphs as the rest of the children imagine the picture being described. Turn to the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Remind children that this is the first book in the Bible. Say: The word Genesis means “beginning” in Greek, and the word abyss means “a vast, bottomless ocean.” Ask a child to read the third paragraph aloud. Ask: What were some things created on the other days? (light, sky, land, life, and so on) Read aloud the remaining paragraphs. Briefly discuss the last paragraph, focusing on God’s unlimited love for us and the value God places on his creation.

3 Close Direct children’s attention to the feature at the bottom of page 4.

Reading God's Word Read aloud the Scripture verse. Say: Through faith we can look at the order and beauty in the world around us and understand that God created everything.

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take time to truly look at the world. By thinking about the world and its beauty and order, we can come to realize that we are part of an order beyond ourselves. We can come to know God in two ways—from outside and from inside. We can see God’s work in the visible world around us, and we can also look inside ourselves and realize that we are incomplete and part of a larger plan. The sentence, “God saw how good it was,” shows God’s love for his creation. It also shows the value and dignity of work in God’s eyes. Like God’s work of creation, our work and efforts are valuable and important too.

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Message Through Media: Planet Earth Have children view a 5- to 10-minute excerpt from a nature program such as Planet Earth, which is a moving documentary chronicling various wildlife in different habitats. As they view, ask children to reflect on God’s creation and their role in preserving and caring for it.

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Explore Creation Is the Work of the Trinity All that exists is the work of the Trinity: God as

Ask volunteers to explain the meaning of a mission. Explain that a mission can be a special job or goal. Ask: Who are some people who have a special job or mission? (Possible answers: priests, scientists, police officers)

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one God, yet there are Three distinct Persons in God. This is known as the mystery of the Trinity. Each Person of the Trinity has a special mission. ▶

The Father created the world. He made us and everything in the universe.

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God’s Son, Jesus, become man in order to save us.

The Holy Spirit gives us grace to believe. The Spirit helps us understand that God is our loving Father and Creator, and that Jesus is the Son of God and our brother.

Prayers Honoring the Trinity

Holy Trinity, Anonymous.

One way we show our belief in the Trinity is by praying the Sign of the Cross. Another way is to pray the Glory Be to the Father. This prayer gives praise to the Three Persons of the Trinity. A prayer of praise to the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is called a doxology. At mass, the Eucharistic Prayer ends with a doxology of praise and adoration of the Trinity.

Link to Liturgy At Mass our sung expression of praise of the Trinity is the Gloria. With it we proclaim our belief in the Three Persons of the Trinity.

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Have the group read the first section silently. Then invite volunteers to describe in their own words the mission of each Person in the Trinity. Explain that creation is the work of the Trinity and that, although God reveals himself as the Trinity, he still remains a mystery beyond words. Have volunteers read aloud the last section. Invite the group to pray the Sign of the Cross and the Glory Be to the Father. Explain that both prayers express our belief in the Trinity. Say: The Sign of the Cross reminds us of our Baptism, when our foreheads and all our senses were marked by the cross to show that we belong to Christ. Point out that we use the Sign of the Cross to begin and end most prayers and at several points during the Mass.

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Read aloud this feature. Review the Gloria with children.

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The Flower Seller

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Prayer

Follow the steps to guide children through the prayer on page 6.

God Invites Us to Reflect Prayer is time we spend with God in our minds and hearts. Often we begin this holy time with the Sign of the Cross.

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prepare  Pray the prayer in advance to become familiar with it.

Imagine yourself in your favorite place. See yourself there. Enjoy being there. What

Pray  Begin by saying: Now we’re

does it look like? What do you hear?

going to get ready for our special prayer time. Let’s free our minds of outside distractions so that we can listen and talk to God in our hearts. At this time play the instrumental song “Sing Out, Earth and Skies” [CD 2, Track 4] softly in the background. Give children a few moments to look at the picture. Suggest that this picture might show someone’s favorite place. Invite children to use their imaginations. Say: Let us reflect on our favorite things, and think about the love and care God has put into all that he has created. Read aloud the first paragraph. Then pray together the Sign of the Cross. Ask children to close their eyes and fold their hands. Remind children to remain still and to answer questions silently. Read aloud each paragraph, pausing at the end of each to allow children time for personal reflection. Conclude the prayer time by praying Amen. Then say: With the same spirit of quiet prayerfulness, let’s move on to apply what we have learned and how we can make it part of our everyday lives.

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Jesus. Show him around. Tell him why this place is so special to you. Walk or sit together. Tell Jesus what’s on your mind. He listens, then says something to you. How do you respond? Enjoy each other’s company for a while. Thank Jesus for spending time with you. Thank God for his work of creation. Tell God how glad you are to be able to experience it. It’s time to say good-bye for now. When you are ready, end this prayer time with the Sign of the Cross.

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Reflect Reflecting on Creation Think about God and about the beauty and

Play “Sing Out, Earth and Skies” [CD 2, Track 3]. Have children listen to the lyrics and think about how they relate to the session. Discuss children’s thoughts as a group and then offer your own. Replay the song. Invite children to join in using the lyrics to the song provided in the back of the books.

wonders of God’s creation. A. Complete the sentence starters below to tell what

things are special to you. Use colored pencils or markers to help you express yourself.

I see . . .

I hear . . .

I taste . . .

I touch . . .

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2 Connect Distribute colored pencils or markers while children silently read the directions for the activity. Suggest that children close their eyes and think about their answers before they write. Encourage children to use their imaginations to recall things they have seen at various times and in various places. As children complete the activity independently, play the instrumental version of “Sing Out, Earth and Skies” [CD 2, Track 4] softly in the background.

I smell . . .

B. What do the beauty and order of creation tell you about God?

Possible answer: The beauty and order of creation tell me that God is good and beautiful like the world he created. C. Write a short prayer to God in thanks and praise of creation.

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With the background music playing, invite children to share their answers for sections A and B. Then as a group, pray the Sign of the Cross. Close by having children pray silently their prayers of thanks and praise.

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Faith Summary  Have a volunteer read aloud this paragraph. Ask children to restate in their own words the mission of each of the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity.

2 Connect Words I Learned  Read aloud each term. Ask children to suggest words or phrases that clarify the meaning of each term. Have children read aloud the Glossary definitions if necessary.

Faith Summary

Living My Faith

1 Begin

God created the world and continues to love and care for it and for us. There are Three Persons in God, but there is only one God. This mystery is called the Trinity. Each Person in the Trinity has a mission. The Father is the Creator. The Son continues the Father’s work in the world. The Holy Spirit helps us know the Father and the Son.

Words I Learned

Ways of Being Like Jesus

doxology

Jesus continues the work of God the Father.

Eucharistic Prayer

Show respect for the things in creation by recycling your trash at home and around your neighborhood.

Prayer Thank you, God, for creating me and caring for me. Thank you for giving me all the people who care for me. Let me show my gratitude by caring for all people and things that you have created.

Ways of Being Like Jesus  Have a volunteer read aloud this section. Say: Jesus showed great love and respect for creation. In his parables he often used examples from nature. Ask: What ways can we show love and care for creation? (Accept reasonable responses.)

With My Family Activity Do something with your family to show your love and respect for the world that God created. Plant flowers, remove weeds, or pick up trash. Use your work to praise God.

God’s Creation

Faith on the Go Ask one another: If you could visit anyplace on earth, where would you go and what would you want to see?

Prayer Have children close their eyes, fold their hands, and pray along silently as you pray the prayer aloud. Allow a few moments at the end for personal prayer time with God. Together pray Amen and the Sign of the Cross.

Family Prayer Creator God, bless our family. Help us to respect and care for one another and for all the things in creation.

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Love and Care Poster With My Family  Ask children to read silently the three suggestions in this section. Invite children to choose one or more to complete at home.

Display posterProduction board with the following sentence starter: show PDF a Signoff: _______ Design _______ Editorial I_______ respect for creation and love and care for others when I . . . . Keep markers near the poster, and invite children to finish the sentence with their own ideas. Periodically share with the group new additions to the poster.

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Session Assessment Option

Collect materials and return them to the appropriate places. Encourage children to discuss the With My Family section at home. Say: Remember, we are part of God’s creation. We have a responsibility to love and care for the world God created and for one another. Let’s start today!

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God Saves Us 3-Minute Retreat As you prepare your session, pause for a few moments to quiet yourself. Take a few deep breaths, calling to mind God’s loving presence. 1 Corinthians 15:21 the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being.

The theme of the struggle between good and evil is found in novels, movies, newspapers, TV reports, and our daily interactions with others. The Bible presents this theme many times, particularly in the story of Adam and Eve. Although sin exists within us and in the world, we are saved through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Pray, using these words or others that come to mind for you. God of mercy, along with Jesus my Savior, and Holy Spirit my guide, be with me each moment of this day. Through the saving grace of your Son’s

Scripture Romans 5:12 shares Saint Paul’s understanding of how sin entered the world.

Tradition

Reflection

How does my view of the world reflect the hope in the Resurrection? How is my faith in the Resurrection shared in my sessions?

Consider how Scripture and Tradition can deepen your understanding of the session content.

1 Corinthians 15:21 relates how Saint Paul explains that new life comes through Jesus.

For since death came through a human being,

Questions

Knowing and Sharing Your Faith in Session 2

Every day we hear news of the tragic consequences of human sin. We also read stories of heroism and of people caring for one another. The human family forms a unity—created by God. But this unity is damaged by sin. The weakness of the “fallen state” that people experience today is the result of a personal decision of our first parents. However, God, from the beginning, promised a Savior, one who would reconcile the human family with him.

Catholic Social Teaching In this session the integrated Catholic Social Teaching themes are Life and Dignity of the Human Person and Solidarity. See page 1b for an explanation of these themes.

Window on the Catechism The consequence of Adam’s sin for the human family is discussed in CCC 402–408. The first promise of a Savior is presented in CCC 410–411.

Resurrection, renew my relationship with you and

General Directory for Catechesis

with those around me. Nurture in me and in the

As catechists, we proclaim “Good News!” The Good News is that despite our sinfulness, we find Salvation in Jesus. The story of Adam and Eve is only the first chapter in the story of sin and redemption that culminates in Jesus’ Paschal Mystery. Jesus’ role in revealing God’s Salvation for us is summarized in GDC 102.

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Five-Day Classroom Session Planner Session 2 

God Saves Us

Session Theme: From the beginning, we have been promised a Savior to free us from Original Sin.

Day 1: Engage

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

God Saves Us

Good-News Heroes

Heroism Bumper Stickers

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page 9

Time: 5 minutes

Time: 35 minutes Small-Group Project Optional

If you wish to have children complete the small-group project on page S-9B, have small groups begin now. Allow time on days 1 to 5 for children to work.

Materials: bumper stickers, sentence strips, writing supplies, art supplies Show children examples of bumper stickers. Explain that a bumper sticker presents a message in a few words or phrases. Using sentence strips, have children make bumper stickers that promote heroism and positive actions. Suggest that children think of images or slogans that might encourage people to do positive things in their community. Display children’s bumper stickers in the room.

Time: 20 minutes

Day 2: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

The Human Condition

Session 2 BLM

Good-News Collage

page 10

page T-302

The Nature of Sin

Time: 15 minutes

page 10

Materials: newspapers, magazines, news stories printed from Internet Web sites, poster board, art supplies Have children sort through newspapers, magazines, and news stories to find articles about people overcoming hardship and suffering. Invite children to cut out the articles and glue them on a sheet of poster board to make a collage. Allow time for children to share their finished project and tell about one of the stories they found.

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Time: 15 minutes

Time: 30 minutes

Day 3: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Art Print: Saint Peter Claver

Art Studio: Heroism

Movement: Prime Time

Print Back

Print Back

Time: 20 minutes

Time: 20 minutes

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Day 4: Reflect

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Making Good Choices

Walk in Love

My Heart Home

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page 13

Social Justice Roundtable

Time: 15 minutes

page 13

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: art supplies Ask children to close their eyes and imagine the journey to their Heart Home as they pictured it during the recorded guided reflection. Ask: What path did you take? What did you see along the way? When you reached the curly end of the string, what did you see? Have each child draw a picture of himself or herself with Jesus in their Heart Home. Invite children to share their drawings with the class and describe both the journey and the place they finally ended up. Remind children: Remember, when you want to talk with Jesus, you can always take this journey. He’s always there to welcome you.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 5: Respond Activity 1

Activity 2

Living My Faith

We Pledge

Presentation or Wrap-Up BLM

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Time: 10 minutes

Time: 10 minutes

Materials: completed project or Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up (page S-357)

Here are some real-life young people who took action to solve a problem.

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One fifth grader noticed that some of her classmates were making fun of some students because they were of a different culture. She spoke up and told her classmates to stop bothering them. She went further and befriended the students who were being picked on. As a result of her actions and determination, all the students in her school began playing together.

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Talking Turkey One Thanksgiving, Danny Nally and his sister Betsy learned that the local food bank was short of turkeys. So Danny and Betsy went around the neighborhood and collected 36 turkeys for those who were poor. Since then they have started an organization called Turkeys 4 America. In recent years they have collected more than 6,000 turkeys to give to people who are poor at Thanksgiving.

Reaching Out to the World Kori Smith, a teenager from Michigan, and her friend Natalie Alhonte established a group called Teens for Humanity. They travel to poor countries around the world to deliver food, clothing, and toys to underprivileged children.

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Change the World Poster Work with a partner to brainstorm a list of ways you can make a positive change in the world. Choose one of the ideas from your list and together make a poster promoting your cause. At the top of your poster, complete the sentence We will . change the world by

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If children completed the smallgroup project of the week, have each group present its social-action flyer. If children did not complete the project, have them complete Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up. Discuss the activity after children complete it.

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SESSION 2 WRAP-UP

60 minutes

Small-Group Project of the Week: Social-Action Flyer Materials: computers with Internet access, art supplies

Have small groups research on the Internet groups started by young people that provide help to local or international communities. Have children use their information to make an informational flyer about the organization. Flyers should include a short summary of the organization and information about the founder. Ask children to include a list of ways others can support this group in its efforts.

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One-Hour Session Planner Session 2 

God Saves Us

Session Theme: From the beginning, we have been promised a Savior to free us from Original Sin. Before This Session ▶▶ Review the Plan Ahead notes at the end of Session 1. ▶▶ Bookmark your Bible to Romans 5:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:21. Place the open

Bible in your prayer space. ▶▶ Read the Guide for this session, choose any additional If Time Allows activities

that you might have time to complete, and gather the listed materials.

Steps

Approximate Time

Engage God Saves Us 

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Page 9

Explore The Human Condition  The Nature of Sin 

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Sin and the Promise of Salvation  Art Print: Saint Peter Claver 

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Art Print and Print Back

Reflect Prayer: Making Good Choices  Social Justice Roundtable 

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Respond

Prayer in Session 2 In Session 2 you have the option of using an extended guided reflection entitled “Making Good Choices” [CD 1, Track 6]. If you choose this option, prepare by listening to the reflection in advance. If instead you choose to lead the guided reflection yourself, follow the script [pages T-290–T-293], noting pauses and tone. Use the the script or adapt it as you wish. Consider playing instrumental music in the background as you read to enhance the sense of prayerfulness. As an alternative approach to prayer in this session, use the Prayer on the children’s page.

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Living My Faith page 14

Materials Required ▶▶ Art Print 2: Saint Peter Claver and 

Children’s Book page 226

if time allows ▶▶ Session 2 BLM, T-302 (page 10) ▶▶ Poster board (page 11)

▶▶ Writing supplies

▶▶ Colored paper (page 13)

▶▶ Art supplies

▶▶ Session 2 Assessment,

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▶▶ Magazines ▶▶ Newspapers ▶▶ CD player ▶▶ CD 1, Track 6: “Making Good

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Session 2 Outcomes ▶▶ Explain

the nature of sin.

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Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promise of Salvation.

▶▶ Identify

ways of working for social justice.

Think of some problems that exist in the world. Think of some problems that

▶▶ Define

human condition.

exist in your neighborhood. What problems do you

1 Set the Stage

think are important to solve?

Before opening their books, ask children to tell some recent news stories. Ask: Are news stories mostly positive or negative? Discuss problems the news reveals about our world and community. Direct children’s attention to the picture. Ask: What problem are the children working to solve? (pollution, littering, preserving the earth)

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Prayer Jesus, my Savior, help me find the way to you through the problems I meet. Sometimes it’s really tough. Please show me how to do what is right.

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Good-News Heroes Have children someone who Design helps others. children that PDF Signoff:name Production _______ _______TellEditorial _______ they may choose someone from a TV news story, a famous person, or someone they know personally. Discuss this person’s heroic qualities and then have children draw a picture showing how this person acts like Jesus. Life and Dignity

Go to www.findinggod.com/sessionextenders for articles that relate to social justice.

Read aloud the session title and the text in the blue box. As a group identify some problems that need solutions. Make a list that separates world problems from neighborhood problems. Discuss what problems are most important to solve and why. Say: In this session we will learn ways people help create solutions.

Prayer Turn the group’s attention to the prayer. Say: Jesus has been sent to strengthen our relationship with God and others. Let us ask Jesus to help us be good and to make the right decisions when we are confronted with a problem. Invite children to pray along silently as you pray aloud. Say: Now that we have asked for Jesus’ help, let us spend a few moments in personal prayer with him. Conclude the prayer by praying Amen.

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Explore

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The Human Condition All around us there are reports of war, crime,

Provide newspapers and magazines to small groups. Direct them to draw stars next to good-news headlines and underline the bad-news headlines. After a few minutes, have groups share their findings. Ask: What kinds of problems did the headlines describe? As you discuss, have children group the headlines by local, national, and world events.

violence, and unfair treatment of people. There are also stories of heroism and of people being kind to one another. This is the contradictory nature of the human condition. The Bible helps explain the human condition to us. It tells us that we are basically good because God created us to be that way. However, we are part of a human family and have a tendency to sin and to do wrong.

The Nature of Sin To explain human weakness, the Book of

2 Connect

Genesis in the Bible tells the story of Adam and Eve. They were the parents of the human race. They gave in to temptation and disobeyed

Have a volunteer read aloud the first two paragraphs on page 10. Remind children that a contradiction is an opposite. Ask: What is the contradictory nature of the human condition? (While there are people who make bad choices that inflict pain on others, there are also people who make good choices and work to help those in trouble.) Read aloud the last two paragraphs. Review by asking: What damaged the human family, resulting in human weakness? (Adam and Eve’s sin) What is sin? (humans’ rejection of God and opposition to his plan)

God’s command. To reject God was their personal decision. Their sin, which resulted in Original Sin, damaged the human family. Because of Original Sin, we are inclined to do wrong. However, we still have freedom to choose to say yes or no to God. Saying no to God results in personal sin that can lead us to reject God. What are some ways people say no to God?

Possible answers: People ignore God and his Commandments; they are selfish; they deliberately hurt one another. Adam and Eve leaving the Garden of Eden, Amanda Hall.

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Session 2 BLM Share Good News  Have children complete Session_______ 2 PDFthe Signoff: Production _______ Design _______theEditorial Blackline Master [T-302] to share the good news of someone who shows kindness toward others.

Inclusion: Autism Spectrum Newspaper and Magazine Preview  If you have children with autismspectrum disorder, you might wish to preview the newspaper activity for them. Point out that they will work in small groups and explain that the noise level in the room may increase. Physically walk children through the steps of the activity. Then help children understand that they will go back to their regular seats when the activity is over.

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Explore Sin and the Promise of Salvation In one of his letters to the early Christian churches, Saint Paul describes

Open the Bible to the Letter to the Romans. Point out that it is one of several New Testament books called epistles, originally letters written to the early Christian groups. Mention that Saint Paul’s letters help us understand God’s plan of Salvation.

how sin came into the world. Therefore, just as through one person sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all.

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Romans 5:12

Paul is referring to Adam’s sin and its devastating effects on all. However, from the beginning, God promised a Savior. The Savior would restore us to friendship with God. This Savior is Jesus, the Son of God, who became man.

2 Connect

Paul describes the promise of Salvation in another of his letters.

Ask volunteers to read aloud each paragraph. Explain that the word reconcile means “to restore to friendship or harmony.” Ask children to think of a time when they reconciled with a friend after an argument. Ask: What were the effects of Adam’s sin? (Sin entered the world, and with it came death.) What is the promise of Salvation? (God promised to send a Savior.) What does Jesus bring to the world? (victory over sin and death)

He makes a contrast: Just as sin and death came into the world through Adam’s choice, victory over sin and death comes from Jesus. Jesus reconciles us to God.

Saint Paul wrote his letters, using items such as these.

Meet a Saint Saint Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan, in northeastern Africa, in about 1870. At the age of seven, she was stolen by slave traders and sold into slavery. She became the property of an Italian diplomat. In Italy she was sent to a convent school and in 1890 was baptized. Eventually she became a nun. At the convent she did ordinary tasks with a constant smile. She died in 1947 and was declared a saint on October 1, 2000. Her feast day is February 8.

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Read aloud the feature. Ask: What example of sin do we find in this story? (slavery) How did Josephine Bakhita overcome oppression? (She believed in God’s promise of Salvation.) What do we mean by Salvation? (Jesus’ saving us from sin and death.) Say: Josephine Bakhita overcame suffering by holding on to her faith in God’s promise of Salvation. She is an example of living in grace.

3 Close Display Art Print 2: Saint Peter Claver. Use the Art Print 2 instruction to teach this section. Art Print teaching instruction can also be found on page 226.

Saint Peter Claver

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Prayer

Choose an approach and pray with the children.

Making Good Choices It is not always easy to do the right thing. You try to do good, but you sometimes fail. You see much good in

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people, but you also see them act badly,

Recorded Guided Reflection

doing such things as fighting or lying. You might even wonder how you can be a better person and still have friends.

Prepare  Listen in advance to the recorded guided reflection “Making Good Choices” [CD 1, Track 6]. Decide if you will use the recording or lead the reflection yourself. If you choose to lead, listen to the recording a second time, following the script [pages T-290–T-291] and noting pauses and tone. You can then use the script or adapt it as you wish.

Imagine that you are with Jesus when he is speaking to a crowd. You notice his patience and kindness with all the people. You imagine yourself dealing with such a noisy, demanding crowd. Would you be as patient and as kind? After the crowd leaves, Jesus comes over and sits with you. You tell him that you want to be like him, but sometimes you forget. Ask him to show you how to act when it is confusing or difficult. Jesus puts his arm around you and

Pray  During the session, play the recording or lead using the script, and join the children in reflective prayer. If you use the script, play reflective music softly in the background.

invites you to talk to the Father about what’s in your heart. You do that quietly. Thank Jesus for showing you how to follow him.

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Children’s Page Prepare  Pray the prayer on page 12 in advance to become familiar with it. Pray  Give children a few moments to study the picture. Say: Living like Jesus is not easy. Let us remember that we can turn to him for help. Then invite children to find a comfortable, quiet position for reflective prayer. Slowly read the page to the group. Pause for 10 seconds at the end of each paragraph to allow time for personal reflection. Close by inviting children to speak to Jesus about whatever else is in their hearts. Conclude the prayer by praying Amen. Then say: With the same spirit of prayerfulness, let’s review what we have learned and see how we can make it part of our everyday lives.

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Reflect Social Justice Roundtable We have a responsibility to love one another and treat one another fairly.

Invite children to discuss the concept of social justice. Say: Social justice is treating one another fairly and with respect. Explain that social justice is a way to work against the damage of sin.

As you participate in the following roundtable, think about how Jesus loved and cared for those who were treated unfairly. ▶

Read the problem. Brainstorm answers to the question. Then think about what a follower of Jesus would do. Write the group’s answers.

Decide on your group’s two actions.

Present your final solutions to the other groups.

Problem 1

Someone your age makes a racist remark. What do you say or do?

Problem 2

Someone in your class is always bullying other students. What do you say or do?

Problem 3

A non-English speaking boy joins your class. Classmates often leave him out and do not include him in their games. What do you say or do?

Problem 4

A group of kids makes fun of another student online and posts mean things about her. What do you say or do?

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Read aloud the directions and then arrange children into four groups. Assign one of the four problems to each group. Have each group choose a secretary and a reporter. Allow enough time for groups to read their problem, discuss it, and complete the activity. Then have each group report back with their solutions. Point out that each problem may have more than one correct solution. Ask children to brainstorm other solutions to problems that haven’t been mentioned yet. Ask children how they can make a difference each day toward resolving these problems.

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For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. 1 Corinthians 15:21

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One step toward avoiding prejudice is to ask Have you ever felt judged unfairly? How did that make you feel? Respecting differences means respecting others and treating them as you would like to be treated. People who fear differences put up walls and deprive themselves of a chance to learn. Such thinking can lead to hurt feelings and even to hatred and violence.

Remind children to include everyone, to respect differences, and not to turn their backs in the face of unfairness. Direct children’s attention to the feature at the bottom of page 13.

Reading God's Word Read aloud the passage. Then say: Adam’s sin brought death into the world and broke our friendship with God. When Jesus became man and died for our sins, he gave us new life, restored our friendship with God, and brought the promise of everlasting life.

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Respond

Faith Summary  Read aloud this paragraph. Invite children to discuss their understanding of sin and how our friendship with Jesus reunites us with God. Ask them to list some of the effects of Original Sin. (Humans are inclined to sin and do wrong.)

2 Connect

Faith Summary

Living My Faith

1 Begin

The human family is in a weakened condition, and it is inclined to do wrong because of Original Sin. However, God gave us a Savior, Jesus, who helps us heal our relationship with God.

Words I Learned human condition

Ways of Being Like Jesus Jesus showed he loved and cared for people who were poor and sick, or shunned by society. Comfort those who are excluded from a group or who are being treated unfairly.

Words I Learned  Read aloud the term. Ask children to suggest words or phrases that clarify the meaning of the term. Have children read aloud from the Glossary if necessary.

Prayer Jesus, thank you for being my Savior and bringing me to the Father. Give me the wisdom and courage to know how to help others, particularly those who are being treated unfairly.

Ways of Being Like Jesus  After reading aloud the feature, remind children of Gospel stories where Jesus welcomes everyone—rich and poor, holy and sinful. Tell children that there are stories of Jesus curing lepers and befriending social outcasts. Invite children to list ways we can include someone who is being excluded.

With My Family Activity Think of a community action that your family can perform. You could visit an elderly neighbor, take food to a local food pantry, or collect clothing for a charity. Make a plan and follow through with it together. Faith on the Go Ask one another: If you could solve one problem in the world today, what would it be? How would you do it? Family Prayer Loving God, you are so patient with us, even

Life and Dignity

when we struggle. Help us always to be kind and to treat one another fairly.

Prayer Have children close their eyes, fold their hands, and listen quietly as you pray the prayer aloud. Give children a few moments to add their own prayers of thanks. Close the prayer by praying aloud Amen.

With My Family  Ask children to read silently the three suggestions in this section. Invite children to choose one or more to complete at home.

3 Go in Peace Collect materials and return them to the appropriate places. Encourage children to discuss the With My Family section at home. Say: Always remember that Jesus loves us and will help us stay close to God.

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We Pledge Remind childrenProduction that Jesus attended to the needs ofEditorial those who were PDF Signoff: _______ Design _______ _______ sick, lonely, and outcast. Help children write a pledge stating that the class will follow Jesus’ example by not excluding anyone from work or play activities. Display the pledge.

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Catechist Preparation Ses sion 3

God’s Revelation 3-Minute Retreat As you prepare your session, pause for a few moments to rest in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue your ministry. Genesis 17:7 [God said to Abraham,] “I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”

Reflection A covenant is a sacred promise that has a profound impact on those who enter into it. We know how situations change in our lives, and keeping commitments can be difficult. In the Bible we find a different message. Our God is a faithful God who desires to give to his people abundant blessings. The Covenant that God made with Abraham ultimately finds its fulfillment in Jesus, who renews and fulfills the promise of abundant blessing given to Abraham.

Questions How do I look and listen for God’s direction in my life? How can I help children be faithful to God?

Prayer Speak to God, using these words or your own. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank you for your faithful love.

Knowing and Sharing Your Faith in Session 3 Consider how Scripture and Tradition can deepen your understanding of the session content.

Scripture Genesis 12:1—17:16 is the story of how God calls Abraham and Sarah to establish his Covenant. Exodus 3:6 tells how God identifies himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Tradition The Old Testament is an indispensible part of the Bible. Its books are divinely inspired, and the story that they tell is of the Covenant between God and the Chosen People. This Covenant has never been revoked. Christians venerate the Old Testament, the same Scriptures that Jesus learned and prayed. From within the Old Testament, early Christian writers found the ideas they needed to help them understand who Jesus was—the fulfillment of God’s promise for a Savior.

Catholic Social Teaching In this session the integrated Catholic Social Teaching themes are Care for God’s Creation; Call to Family, Community and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; and Solidarity. See page 1b for an explanation of these themes.

Window on the Catechism The Covenant that God made with Abraham and the people of Israel is treated in CCC 59–63. The importance of the Ten Commandments is discussed in CCC 1961–1964.

General Directory for Catechesis As a catechist, it is important that our presentation of the Christian message include the “great stages of the Old Testament.” The critical role of the Old Testament in catechesis is covered in GDC 108, 115, 130, and 240.

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Five-Day Classroom Session Planner Session 3 

God’s Revelation

Session Theme: God’s Covenant with Abraham finds its fulfillment in Christ.

Day 1: Engage

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

God’s Revelation

Guessing Bible Characters

Guest Speaker

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Time: 5 minutes

Time: 15 minutes Small-Group Project Optional

If you wish to have children complete the small-group project on page S-15B, have small groups begin now. Allow time on days 1 to 5 for children to work.

Materials: writing supplies Arrange to have a representative of a Jewish or Muslim community meet with your class. Invite the speaker to explain some of the basic beliefs and traditions of the religion, especially concerning the role of Abraham and the Old Testament. Prior to the presentation, work with children to prepare questions to ask the speaker. Allow time at the end for children’s questions.

Time: 40 minutes

Day 2: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

The Story of Abraham

Session 3 BLM

Abraham’s Story

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page T-303

The Old Testament and the Story of Salvation

Time: 15 minutes

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Time: 15 minutes

Materials: writing supplies, art supplies Arrange children into four groups. Reread the story of Abraham [Genesis 12:1—17:16]. Then assign each group one of the following scenes: [1] God tells Abraham to leave his home; [2] Abraham tells Sarah of God’s request; [3] God makes the Covenant with Abraham; [4] Abraham tells Sarah of the Covenant. Have each group write and illustrate its scene. Compile all the sections together to make a book of Abraham’s story.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 3: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Art Print: Moses and the Tablets

Art Studio: The Tablets

Movement: Live and Learn

Print Back

Print Back

Children’s Book

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Day 4: Reflect

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Living God’s Way

Illustrated Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer in Other Languages

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The Ten Commandments

Time: 20 minutes

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Materials: computer with Internet access, construction paper, crayons or markers Have children choose a language other than English. Then have them research on the Internet to find the Lord’s Prayer in that language. Invite them to write the prayer or print it out from the Internet, and glue it to a sheet of construction paper. Have children illustrate the prayer and identify the language of its origin.

Time: 15 minutes

Time: 25 minutes

Day 5: Respond Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Living My Faith

What the Commandments Tell Us to Do

Presentation or Wrap-Up BLM

Time: 10 minutes

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Time: 10 minutes

Materials: completed project or Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up (page S-358)

Name

Date

Old Testament Leaders The Old Testament is filled with stories of God’s people. This part of the Bible is an important source of wisdom for Christian life. Both Abraham and Moses were important figures in the Old Testament. God chose each of them to lead his people.

Abraham or Moses A. Read each statement below. Write A

If children completed the small-group project of the week, have groups present their picture books. If children did not complete the project, have them complete Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up. Discuss the activity after children complete it.

if the statement tells about Abraham. Write M if it tells about Moses. If the statement describes both men, write B. 1.

His story is found in the Torah.

2.

Ancestor of Jesus’

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Had a son named Isaac

4.

Received the Ten Commandments from God

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Made a covenant with God

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Led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt

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Married to Sarah

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His covenant with God begins the story of Salvation on earth.

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Saw God appear as a flaming bush Spoke to God on Mount Sinai

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B. Do your own research on Abraham and Moses. Write one interesting fact

you learn about each.

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Time: 40 minutes

Small-Group Project of the Week: Wordless Picture Book Materials: Bibles, art supplies

Organize children into five groups and assign each group one of the five books of the Torah. Have children spend time looking through and reading parts of their assigned book. Then have groups make a wordless picture book to represent their book of the Bible. Encourage each child to make at least one page. Together have children make a cover showing the name of their assigned book and including a short summary of its main focus. Allow time for groups to share their finished project.

NOTE: See page 15b for Prayer in Session 3, materials lists, and how to teach this session in one hour.

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One-Hour Session Planner Session 3 

God’s Revelation

Session Theme: God’s Covenant with Abraham finds its fulfillment in Christ. Before This Session ▶▶ Bookmark your Bible to Genesis 12:1—17:16 and Exodus 3:6. Place the open

Bible in your prayer space. ▶▶ Read the Guide for this session, choose any additional If Time Allows activities

that you might have time to complete, and gather the listed materials.

Steps

Approximate Time

Engage God’s Revelation 

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Page 15

Explore The Story of Abraham 

The Old Testament and the Story of Salvation 

Page 17

Art Print and Print Back

Reflect Prayer: Living God’s Way  The Ten Commandments 

In this session continue to establish the pattern and tone for prayer. The short opening and closing prayers invite children to a reflection that is directly related to the focus of the session. Children are encouraged to add their own personal intentions. The Lord’s Prayer is also prayed in this session.

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Art Print: Moses and the Tablets 

Prayer in Session 3

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Respond

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Living My Faith page 20

Materials Required ▶▶ Art Print 3: Moses and the Tablets and Children’s Book page 227

if time allows ▶▶ Slips of paper, bowl (page 15)

▶▶ Writing supplies

▶▶ Material for costumes: old clothes,

▶▶ Session 3 BLM, T-303 (page 16)

bedsheets, belts (page 17)

▶▶ Art supplies ▶▶ CD player

▶▶ Material for sets and props: cardboard,

▶▶ CD 1, Track 1: “The Story

of Abraham” (3:25) ▶▶ CD 2, Track 17 or 18:

paper tubes, butcher paper (page 17) ▶▶ Session 3 Assessment,

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Session 3 Outcomes ▶▶ Tell the story of Abraham and

The Bible is divided into the Old Testament and the New Testament. What people can you name from the Old

Share them with the group.

God’s Revelation

▶▶ Explain the Ten Commandments

Judaism, Muslims, and Revelation.

1 Set the Stage Point out that people often tell stories from the past and that some stories may be funny and some may be sad. Invite children to share stories about their parents or grandparents. Say: These stories make up your family history, or the story of how your family came to be.

2 Get Started

Prayer Gracious God, you are faithful to your people through the ages and now. Help me to know that I can always count on you.

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about them do you know?

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Guessing Bible Characters Arrange children into two_______ groups. Write the names of people from PDF Signoff: Production Design _______ Editorial _______ the Bible, Old or New Testament, on slips of paper and put them in a bowl. One at a time, have a child from each group draw a name from the bowl and use clues to describe the person so that the other team may guess. Allow children to ask teammates for help if they do not know the person whose name they drew. For example: I saw the first rainbow. I helped save many animals. I built an ark. (Noah) Have teams compete for the most correct answers.

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Read aloud the session title and the text in the blue box. Explain that Old Testament stories took place thousands of years ago, from about 2000 b.c., in what is now the Middle East. Invite volunteers to mention names and stories from the Old Testament. Prompt children by mentioning Noah, Moses, and David. Say: In this session we will learn about the history of our faith through Old Testament stories.

Prayer Turn the group’s attention to the prayer. Say: God cares for the human family he has created. Let us thank God for his guiding presence in our lives and ask his help in appreciating the history and strength of our families. Ask children to pray silently. Conclude by praying together Amen and the Sign of the Cross.

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Explore

1 Begin

The Story of Abraham Abraham was a just man. He and his wife,

Invite children to relax and get comfortable. Tell them that they will be listening to a story about Abraham from Genesis 12:1—17:16. Then play the dramatized version of the Scripture passage “The Story of Abraham” [CD 1, Track 1]. After listening to the story, ask: What were the results of the covenant? (Abraham and Sarah had a son. Jesus was a descendant of Abraham’s family.)

Sarah, were elderly, and they didn’t have any children. One day God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his home and to travel to a new land. Abraham heard and obeyed God’s call. He and Sarah trusted in God. At each place the pair stopped in their travels, they set up a shrine to worship God. At one of these stops, God told Abraham about the covenant, or agreement, he wanted to make with him. God said that Abraham would become father of many nations and that Abraham and his wife would have a child.

2 Connect

Abraham accepted the covenant. He

Have children open their books to page 16. Invite them to read the story silently. Then ask: What three words do you think best describe Abraham? (Possible answers: trusting, obedient, honest) Have volunteers read aloud the last two paragraphs. Review the words Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and ask children to explain how they are connected. Invite children to think about the conversations God had with Abraham. Ask: What if God had chosen to speak these words to you? Have children close their eyes and consider the setting, their feelings, and how they might have responded. After a few minutes, invite volunteers to share their thoughts. Direct children’s attention to the feature at the bottom of page 16.

God and to obey him.

Reading God's Word Read aloud the feature. Say: In this passage God tells us that the covenant he made with Abraham is continuing through time.

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Abraham, Sarah, and the Angel, Jan Provost, c. 1500.

adapted from Genesis 15:1−17:22

Abraham and Sarah had a son, who was named Isaac. He in turn had a son called Jacob. They were the ancestors of a people known as the Hebrews. Jesus, the Savior that God promised after the fall of Adam and

Eve, was also a descendant of Abraham’s family. The story of Salvation on earth begins with Abraham. He is considered a holy person by three of the world’s religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Judaism, the religion of the Hebrews, or Jews, reveres Abraham

as its father. Christianity, too, honors him. Islam also recognizes Abraham as an important person.

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Inclusion: Hearing Dramatized Scripture Passage  If you have children with hearing impairments, you might wish to make copies of the CD script for “The Story of Abraham” on page T-285. Provide the script for children to read or follow along as the audio version is played aloud. If children are wearing hearing aids, seat them near the CD player for the clearest sound and the least amount of background noise.

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Explore The Old Testament and the Story of Salvation Many of the stories in the Old Testament tell about Abraham and his descendants, the Hebrews. The Old Testament recounts the story of Salvation. It reveals God’s plan for the human family and the covenant he made with the Hebrew people. The books in the Old Testament are important to Jews, Christians, and Muslims (followers of Islam). The fundamental belief that Christianity received from the Old Testament is that God is One. The principal prayer of Judaism is “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord.” Christians believe that the promise of God’s covenant was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. They believe the Old Testament is God’s Revelation, or his communication of himself to us through words and deeds. This Revelation continues in the New Testament. The Old Testament tells the story of God’s people before the time of Jesus. It has 46 books. The New Testament tells the story of Jesus and the early Church. It covers a shorter period of time and has 27 books.

A Jewish boy wears a traditional yarmulke on his head and holds the Torah, a sacred book containing five books from the Old Testament.

Link to Liturgy The first reading during Sunday Mass is usually from the Old Testament. The second reading is from the New Testament.

Link to Liturgy

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Service: Scripture Plays Arrange children into small PDF Signoff: Production _______ groups. Using the list of Scripture stories in the Bible, have each group choose an Old Testament story and write a script for a short skit. Allow time to plan, make sets and costumes, find props, and practice. Then have children act out the skits for younger children or elderly people in your parish. Family and Community

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Read aloud the title on page 17. Ask: What do we mean by “the story of Salvation”? (Adam and Eve sinned, and the human family needed a Savior.) Ask a volunteer to read the first paragraph aloud. Ask: To whom are the books of the Old Testament important? (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) Have volunteers read aloud the second and third paragraphs. Then ask: What is the fundamental belief that Christians receive from the Old Testament? (God is One.) Point out that at the time of the Old Testament, people worshiped many different gods. Then reinforce that Christians believe the Old Testament is God’s Revelation, which is continued in the New Testament. Have children name any books in the Old and New Testaments that they know. List their answers on the board. Have children look up their favorite Bible stories and write on the board which book they come from.

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Read aloud the feature. Say: The readings are part of the Liturgy of the Word, a very important part of the Mass.

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Moses and the Tablets

Display Art Print 3: Moses and the Tablets. Use the Art Print 3 instruction to teach this section. Art Print teaching instruction can also be found on page 227.

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Reflect Prayer

Prayer

Follow the steps to guide children through the prayer on page 18.

Living God’s Way Following what God asks of us can be difficult. The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer that Jesus taught the disciples. Pray this prayer

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as the disciples did.

The Lord’s Prayer

Prepare  Pray the prayer in advance to become familiar with it.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;

Pray  Begin by saying: Let’s get ready for our special prayer time. We need to be very quiet to listen for God in our hearts. Let’s now quiet ourselves and find comfortable prayer positions. Pause for 10 to 15 seconds before continuing. Then say: We often pray certain prayers to renew our acceptance of God’s lessons and Jesus’ teachings. Invite a volunteer to read aloud the brief introduction to the prayer. Pray together the Lord’s Prayer. Then have children close their eyes and fold their hands as you pray aloud the prayer. Pause after each line. Pause longer after the line “Give us this day our daily bread” and invite children to tell God their own needs silently. Continue the prayer. Finish by praying aloud Amen. Then read aloud the last paragraph, pausing after each suggestion. Invite children to use these ideas and talk to God. Conclude by saying: God always hears us and knows what we need. Let us end the prayer by praying the Sign of the Cross. Then say: With the same prayerful spirit, let’s move on to review what we have learned and how we can make Jesus’ teachings part of our everyday lives.

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thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Jesus invites you to talk to the Father. Talk to God about his holiness and his will for you. Tell God about your daily needs (your “daily bread”). Thank him for his forgiveness. Talk to him about the temptations you need to avoid. Thank the Father for hearing your prayer.

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Reflect The Ten Commandments Review the Ten Commandments at the back of the book. Then find the the law to Moses on Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments tell you how to live as God wants you to live. Put God first in your life. Do not swear or say God’s name in anger. Worship God publicly. Respect your parents and those

in authority. 5. Do not hate others or cause them harm. 6. Love and be faithful to your marriage partner. 7. Do not take something that belongs to someone else. 8. Tell the truth. 9. Do not be jealous and want your neighbor’s spouse. 10. Do not be jealous when other people have things you want.

Living by the Ten Commandments

Icon of Moses, Livanus Setatou.

2 Connect

List ways you can keep the Ten Commandments.

Answers will vary.

List things that would break the Ten Commandments.

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Say: God provided Moses with the Ten Commandments as a way for the people to live within God’s law. We try to live by these Commandments to be closer to God. Point out that the Ten Commandments are like a set of rules. Discuss how rules are important in our everyday lives. Remind children that rules and laws are designed not to hinder us, but to help us make a peaceful world. Invite volunteers to read aloud the list. Point out that these are shortened versions of the Ten Commandments found in the Bible. Direct children to the longer version of the Ten Commandments on page 208.

Ten Commandments in the Bible, Exodus 20:1–17, in which God gives

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After children have finished, discuss with the entire group about how the Ten Commandments apply to our lives.

Rights and Responsibilities

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Faith Summary  Read aloud this paragraph. Ask: What’s the importance of the story of Abraham and his descendants? (God’s agreement with Abraham led to the coming of a Savior.) What part of the Bible teaches that God is One? (the Old Testament)

2 Connect

Faith Summary

Living My Faith

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God promised to send a Savior. He made a special Covenant with Abraham and his descendants, who became God’s people. God gave us the Ten Commandments. The Old Testament tells the beginning of the story of Salvation, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

Words I Learned

Ways of Being Like Jesus

Hebrews

Judaism

Jesus obeyed God’s will as expressed in the

Islam

Muslims

Ten Commandments. Try to honor God above

Jews

Revelation

all things. Be kind and compassionate to others.

Prayer

Words I Learned  Ask volunteers to define the words or use them in sentences. Refer children to the Glossary if necessary.

Loving God, thank you for keeping your promise of sending a Savior and revealing yourself to us in the Bible. Thank you for giving us the Ten Commandments to show us how to be good.

Ways of Being Like Jesus  After reading aloud this feature, say: Jesus fulfilled his role in God’s plan of Salvation. How did Jesus do this? (by faithfully following God’s law and dying for our sins) Tell children that their role is to follow God’s Ten Commandments. Ask volunteers to name ways to honor God and to be kind to others.

With My Family Activity By learning the stories of our family history from our parents, our grandparents, and even our greatgrandparents, we learn more about ourselves. With members of your family, write a family history. Faith on the Go Ask one another: If you could go back in time to be a part of any Old Testament Bible story, which would you choose? Why? Family Prayer Pray together the Lord’s Prayer. Then spend a few minutes thinking or talking—whichever is more comfortable—about what it means.

Prayer Have children find a comfortable prayer position. Pray the prayer together. Then say: Now that we have thanked God for his guidance, let’s spend a few more moments talking to him silently. Close the prayer by praying aloud Amen.

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P l a n A he a d With My Family  Ask children to read silently the three suggestions in this section. Invite children to choose one or more to complete at home.

Get Ready for Session 4 Consult the catechist preparation pages to prepare for Session 4 and determine any materials you will need.

3 Go in Peace Collect materials and return them to the appropriate places. Encourage children to discuss the With My Family section at home. Say: God has been part of people’s lives throughout history. Remember, God continues to be part of your life today.

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Catechist Preparation Ses sion 4

God Directs Our Lives

Knowing and Sharing Your Faith in Session 4

3-Minute Retreat

Consider how Scripture and Tradition can deepen your understanding of the session content.

As you prepare your session, pause for a few moments to set aside distractions. Take a few deep breaths and rest in the loving presence of Jesus, who is with you as you continue to share in his mission.

Scripture Matthew 18:1–5 tells how Jesus explains who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 18:4–5

Mark 10:15 is where Jesus tells us that we are to accept the Kingdom of Heaven like a child.

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one

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child such as this in my name receives me.

Reflection Our society’s emphasis on independence, strength, and power runs counter to what Jesus shares with his disciples in this passage from Matthew. Jesus turns the idea of greatness upside down and tells his disciples that childlike dependence on God is the path to Salvation. In the Beatitudes Jesus provides us with direction as we seek to grow in virtue and share more fully in God’s life.

Questions As a catechist how do I welcome children whom God has placed in my care? What can their childlike trust and dependence teach me?

Prayer Speak to God, using this prayer or one of your own. Loving Jesus, help me depend on you more each day. Thank you for the blessing of sharing with others the faith you give me.

Jesus tells his disciples that they have to be like children to be members of his kingdom. In biblical times children were not considered important. By setting up the child as a model for the kingdom, Jesus was not speaking in terms of childlike innocence. He was speaking of the child as totally dependent. Jesus requires humility from his believers so that self-reliance can be turned into trust in God. Jesus asks us to practice humility and service by living the Beatitudes.

Catholic Social Teaching In this session the integrated Catholic Social Teaching theme is Call to Family, Community, and Participation. See page 1b for an explanation of this theme.

Window on the Catechism The relationship between the Old and the New Law is found in CCC 1965–1970. Background for the Beatitudes is discussed in CCC 1716–1717. The Theological Virtues are discussed in CCC 1813–1829.

General Directory for Catechesis We strive to help our learners reform their lives and rearrange their priorities. Jesus makes it clear that love of God and love of neighbor is the basis of all the Law and the prophets. Love of God and love of neighbor are “lived in the spirit of the Beatitudes.” This concept is explored in GDC 115.

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Five-Day Classroom Session Planner Session 4 

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Session Theme: As a sign to the world of God’s goodness, Jesus calls us to live in his kingdom.

Day 1: Engage

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

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“I Promise” Pledge

Thank-You Certificate

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Page 21

Time: 5 minutes

Time: 30 minutes Small-Group Project Optional

If you wish to have children complete the small-group project on page S-21B, have small groups begin now. Allow time on days 1 to 5 for children to work.

Materials: writing supplies, art supplies Talk with children about the people whom they depend on. Invite children to choose one person and make a thank-you certificate for him or her. Have children include the person’s name and the reasons why they are thankful. Then encourage children to present their certificates to the recipients.

Time: 25 minutes

Day 2: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Jesus, the Child, and the Kingdom

Session 4 BLM

Class Beatitudes Mural

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page T-304

Time: 15 minutes

The Members of God’s Kingdom page 23

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: butcher paper, markers Have children work together to write their own personal beatitudes. Provide several examples such as the following: Blessed are our parents and caregivers. To them may love be given in return. Then have children make a mural by writing the following title on butcher paper: The Beatitudes of Grade 5. Have partners use markers to write their beatitudes in decorative lettering.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 3: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Art Print: Saint Philip Neri

Art Studio: What We’re Made Of

Music: Showing Love

Children’s Book

Print Back

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Day 4: Reflect

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Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Asking God for Grace

Morning Journal

Consecrating the Day

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The Meaning of the Beatitudes

Time: 5 minutes

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Time: 25 minutes

Materials: candle, writing materials Explain that the Morning Offering prayer originated in the mid1800s at a Jesuit seminary in Vals, France, and it served as a way for the seminarians to consecrate each day and recognize that all their activities had spiritual value. To follow in this example, work with children to write a short prayer service that they can use each morning. Have them include the Morning Offering along with their own special prayers of thanksgiving, praise, and petition. Then light a candle to remember Christ’s presence. Encourage children to begin each day with the service they wrote.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 5: Respond Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Living My Faith

Beatitude Matching Game

Presentation or Wrap-Up BLM

Time: 10 minutes

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Time: 10 minutes

Materials: completed project or Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up (page S-359) If children completed the smallgroup project of the week, have groups present their pages from the illuminated manuscript. If children did not complete the project, have them complete Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up. Discuss the activity after children complete it.

Name

Date

A Day in the Life of a Monk Throughout the history of the Catholic Church, there has been a variety of ways people have tried to follow Jesus’ teachings and live a life of virtue. Monasticism is one way of following Jesus. Monks live a contemplative life. They spend much of their time in prayer.

Saint Benedict’s Rule Saint Benedict of Nursia was a monk who lived from 480 to 543. He developed guidelines for living the monastic life. Following these guidelines, monks began living in communities called monasteries. They prayed at scheduled times and read Scripture. They also performed physical labor or mental labor such as copying manuscripts. The monk’s entire day—work, recreation, eating, private time, and prayer—was centered on God.

Your Own Schedule Make a schedule of your day. Add special ways that you can live like Jesus and make prayer more central in your life. Monk’s Day Wake to listen to Scripture. Community meditation in chapel Personal time and breakfast Prayers of praise and Mass Work

Midday prayer and dinner Afternoon prayer Free time Work Just for Schools

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Personal prayer, Scripture, supper Evening prayer Meditation

Time: 40 minutes

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Night prayer

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Small-Group Project of the Week: Illuminated Manuscripts Materials: writing supplies, art supplies

Tell children that Saint Benedict developed guidelines for monks living in monasteries. Explain that these guidelines, known as the Rule, were designed to help monks follow the teachings of Jesus. Invite children to think about their class rules, or guidelines, that helps them follow Jesus’ teachings. Brainstorm a list, such as completing assignments, including everyone in activities, and helping one another with work. Show children examples of illuminated manuscripts, similar to ones that monks in monasteries might have made. Then organize children into small groups. Have each group choose one rule to write and decorate. Compile the pages to make an illuminated book of the class rule.

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One-Hour Session Planner Session 4 

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Session Theme: As a sign to the world of God’s goodness, Jesus calls us to live in his kingdom. Before This Session ▶▶ Bookmark your Bible to Matthew 18:1–5 and Mark 10:15. Place the open Bible

in your prayer space. ▶▶ Read the Guide for this session, choose any additional If Time Allows activities

that you might have time to complete, and gather the listed materials.

Steps

Approximate Time

Engage God Directs Our Lives 

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Explore Jesus, the Child, and the Kingdom  The Members of God’s Kingdom  Art Print: Saint Philip Neri 

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Art Print and Print Back

Reflect Prayer: Asking God for Grace 

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The Meaning of the Beatitudes 

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Respond

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Living My Faith page 26

Prayer in Session 4 In this session children review the Morning Offering. This prayer was inspired by a vision of Saint Mary Alacoque [1647–1690], in which Jesus asked to be honored under the symbol of the Sacred Heart to reflect his suffering and love for the human family. In the mid-1800s, a group of Jesuit seminarians decided to consecrate each day so that they would recognize that all their activities, no matter how mundane, had spiritual value. Soon the idea spread throughout France and then throughout the whole world. Today millions of Catholics all over the world begin their day by reciting the Morning Offering.

Materials Required ▶▶ Art Print 4: Saint Philip Neri and Children’s Book page 228 ▶▶ Writing supplies

if time allows ▶▶ Session 4 BLM, T-304 (page 21) ▶▶ Hole punch, string, heavy paper

(page 22)

▶▶ Art supplies

▶▶ Poster board (page 23)

▶▶ CD player

▶▶ Notebooks or paper for journals

▶▶ CD 2, Track 5: “Let the Children

Come to Me” (2:12) ▶▶ CD 2, Track 6: “Let the Children

Come to Me” (Instrumental)

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SESSION

Session 4 Outcomes ▶▶ Tell the story of how Jesus taught that

the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like little children. ▶▶ Summarize the Beatitudes as ways of

We all depend on one another in many ways. Think

living as members of God’s kingdom.

of ways that you depend

▶▶ Explain the meaning of the Beatitudes.

on people like your family,

▶▶ Define Kingdom of Heaven.

caregivers, teachers, and classmates. Make a list.

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Then make a second list

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about how those same

Have children think about the people they encounter every day. Ask: In what ways do you depend on some of these people? Discuss how children depend on these people and then share your own examples.

people and others depend on you.

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Prayer

Creator God, I depend on you for everything, starting with my life. Lead me to gladly search out and follow your will for me, and help me serve your kingdom.

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Read aloud the session title. Give children a moment to look at the picture. Ask: How does this picture show people depending on others? Read aloud the title and then the text in the blue box. Encourage children to complete the two lists independently. Then ask volunteers to share their answers. Say: In this session we will learn about ways that we depend on God and one another.

Session 4 BLM WePDF Depend onProduction One Another  Have children complete the _______ Session 4 Signoff: _______ Design _______ Editorial Blackline Master [T-304] to thank the people they depend on.

“I Promise” Pledge Have children review their lists of people who depend on them. Invite them to choose one or two people from the list and write an “I Promise” pledge giving specific ways that they plan to help the person. Encourage children to act on their promises and to include these people in their daily prayers. Family and Community

Go to www.findinggod.com/sessionextenders for a daily examen relating to the Beatitudes.

Prayer Invite children to join you in a prayer of petition. Say: We depend on many people to help us do all kinds of things. Let us ask for guidance from God and recognize how we depend on him. Ask children to pray along silently as you pray the prayer aloud. Close by saying: Now that we have asked God to help us make the right decisions, let’s spend a few moments talking silently with him. Together pray Amen and the Sign of the Cross.

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Explore

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Jesus, the Child, and the Kingdom Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of

Play the song “Let the Children Come to Me” [CD 2, Track 5]. Have children close their eyes and listen to the lyrics. Ask if children have ever heard this story. Then ask: Who is saying “Let the children come to me”? (the Lord, Jesus)

Heaven?” He used an example to explain the nature of his kingdom to

them—and to us. Jesus called a child over and told the disciples, Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3–4

What do Jesus’ words mean? Why did Jesus use the example of a child?

2 Connect

At the time Jesus lived, children counted for almost nothing. They were

Have a volunteer read aloud the first two paragraphs and the Scripture passage. Ask: Who did Jesus say was the greatest in the kingdom? (a child) Why do you think he said this? (A child is humble and recognizes his or her dependence on parents.) Point out that Jesus uses a child as an example of how we need to depend completely on God and trust him. Have volunteers read aloud the last three paragraphs. Ask: What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples to be humble? (to recognize their dependence on God and to trust him) Distribute a note card to each child. Have children write the following: In the story of the child being first in the Kingdom of God, Jesus wants to teach me     . Because of this story, I will     . Invite children to put the note card on their refrigerator at home as a reminder of Jesus’ lesson. As they work, play the instrumental version of “Let the Children Come to Me” [CD 2, Track 6].

as having the highest place in his kingdom, Jesus is speaking of someone

3 Close Direct children’s attention to the feature at the bottom of page 22.

completely dependent on their families. So in giving a model of a child who is totally dependent and trusting. Jesus asks the disciples to be humble. This means to recognize our dependence on God and trust in him. Jesus is telling us to let go of our selfish ambitions and trust that God cares for us.

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Reading God's Word Read the feature aloud. Say: As God’s people, it is important for us to love and trust God; and to recognize that everything we have comes from him.

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Explore The Members of God’s Kingdom Jesus’ words tell us what belonging to God’s kingdom means. Members

Ask a volunteer to retell the story of Jesus and the child. Say: Think about a time when you trusted and depended on God. Invite children to share their own experiences. Emphasize that the story of Jesus and the child reminds us to trust in God.

of God’s kingdom accept God’s direction for their lives. God first revealed that direction in the Old Testament—especially in the Ten Commandments. The Old Testament law is completed in the New Testament. To live the New Law means to practice Christian virtue and live in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

2 Connect

The Son of God became man to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Jesus gave God’s direction for us under the New Law in the Beatitudes. They tell us how to share in God’s life and be happy. They teach Christian virtue. How can we grow in virtue? We can study the meaning of the Beatitudes, live out their values, and keep on trying to follow them when it is difficult. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive the grace we need to

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practice Christian virtue, which the Beatitudes express. When we live the Beatitudes, we are living as members of God’s kingdom. We are acting as a sign of God’s goodness in the world. We are bringing happiness to others—and to ourselves.

Find the Beatitudes The Beatitudes are part of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. Read them in Matthew 5:3–12. On a separate sheet of paper, draw a way in which you can live the Beatitudes. Use colored pencils or crayons to illustrate your beatitudes.

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Have children read the section silently. Then ask: What are God’s directions in the Old Testament? (the Commandments) What are they under the New Law? (the Beatitudes) Why did Jesus give us the Beatitudes? (to show us how to share in God’s life fully and to be happy) Why are the Beatitudes important to follow? (They help us live as members of God’s kingdom and act as signs of God’s goodness in the world.) Invite children to name any of the Beatitudes. Ask children to give examples of living the Beatitudes in their everyday lives. Direct children to the final paragraph. Then give each child a Bible or have children turn to page 209 in their books. Have children locate the Scripture verse cited. Instruct children to read the Beatitudes and choose one to illustrate. Say: We live the Beatitudes every day by living as members of God’s kingdom.

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Asking God for Grace We can ask God for the grace we need to practice Christian virtue, which the Beatitudes express. When we wake up each

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day, we can pray the Morning Offering to greet God and to dedicate our day to him.

Prepare  Pray the prayer in advance to become familiar with it.

Morning Offering My God, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the

Pray  Say: Let’s prepare for our special prayer time with God. Let’s be still and quiet so that we can listen to and speak with God in our hearts. Pause for a few moments. Then direct children to look at the picture on page 24. Ask volunteers to share how the picture makes them feel. Say: The Beatitudes give us direction on how to live our lives each day. Today we are going to pray a prayer that also gives us direction for daily living. Read the introduction. Then invite children to pray the prayer silently. Have children close their eyes and reflect on their own morning routine as you pray aloud the Morning Offering. Give children a few moments of silence to speak with God. Then read aloud the final paragraph. Conclude the prayer by saying: Bring your attention back to the room and open your eyes. Lead children in praying the Glory Be to the Father. Say: With the same spirit of prayerfulness, let’s remember how we can practice Jesus’ teachings in our own lives.

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holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your Son’s Sacred Heart, for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of Christians. Amen.

After you pray the Morning Offering, spend some time with God. Tell God what you will be doing for the rest of the day. Ask for his help and blessing on yourself and on all you meet.

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Reflect The Meaning of the Beatitudes In this session you learned about the Beatitudes. Read the Beatitudes at

Tell children that the Beatitudes do not provide directions on how to live our lives, as the Ten Commandments do. Explain that the Beatitudes inspire us to adopt a mind-set or vision for life. Point out that through the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches us that to be happy, we must be peace loving, merciful, clean of heart, and meek.

the back of the book. Write the beatitude that goes with each statement below. 1. We feel sad when we see people in bad situations.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 2. We work to end bad feelings and arguments.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 3. Our possessions are not the most important things in our lives.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the

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kingdom of heaven.

Read aloud the directions. Then pair children with partners. Assist partners in finding the Beatitudes on page 209 in their books. Move around the room to provide assistance if needed. If partners have trouble with a particular action, suggest they skip it and come back to it when they are finished with the others.

4. We do not get angry easily, and we are kind and gentle with others.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 5. We do our best to see that everyone is treated fairly.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 6. We forgive those who hurt us.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

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7. We do something good even when others laugh at us.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 8. We are loyal to God’s commands and act with good intentions.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

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Faith Summary  Read this section aloud. Then ask children to list ways that they can serve God’s kingdom. Review the Beatitudes and how they help us live and love.

2 Connect Words I Learned  Ask volunteers to define the term. Refer children to the Glossary if necessary.

Faith Summary

Living My Faith

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Jesus taught us how to serve God’s kingdom. We are called to be dependent on God and trust in him. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes to show how to share God’s life fully and be happy.

Words I Learned Kingdom of Heaven

Ways of Being Like Jesus

Christ Our Brother, Brother Michael Moran, C.P.

Jesus was humble and recognized that we depend on God for all things. Show concern for others by volunteering to help those who are less fortunate.

Prayer

Ways of Being Like Jesus  Give examples of how Jesus lived a humble life. Tell children that Jesus mentions in the Gospels that he does not even have a place to rest his head [Luke 9:58]. Explain that he chose this way of life to set an example for us and that he was not concerned about himself but with others. Ask: How can

Thank you, Jesus, for giving me the Beatitudes to show me how to live. Help me live them in my life every day.

With My Family Activity Think of ways your family can live out the Beatitudes. List ideas for each one. Post the list on your refrigerator and try to check off at least one each week. Faith on the Go Ask one another: If you were in the crowd

we show this concern for others?

listening to Jesus give the Sermon on the Mount, what is one

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question you would have asked him? Family Prayer Loving God, let us be like little children and

Prayer

depend completely upon you. Help us to see the needs of others

Remind children to think about all that they are grateful for in their lives. Say: Let’s give thanks to Jesus for bringing us closer to God and for teaching us the Beatitudes. After we pray the prayer together, take a few moments to speak with Jesus on your own. Have a volunteer pray aloud the prayer. Allow time for children to reflect. Conclude by praying aloud Amen.

With My Family  Ask children to read silently the three suggestions in this section. Invite children to choose one or more to complete at home.

and care for them as you care for us.

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Get Ready for Session 5 Consult the catechist preparation pages to prepare for Session 5 and determine any materials you will need.

3 Go in Peace Collect materials and return them to the appropriate places. Encourage children to discuss the With My Family section at home. Say: God wants us to share his life fully and to be happy.

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Catechist Preparation Ses sion 5

Celebrating Ordinary Time 3-Minute Retreat As you prepare your session, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward and be aware of the loving presence of God. Exodus 23:25 The Lord, your God, you shall worship;

then I will bless your food and drink . . .

Reflection The Book of Exodus recounts the liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery. At Mount Sinai they receive the Ten Commandments. They discover that only by worshiping the true God alone can they live in relationship with one another. In Exodus 23:25, God promises to return true worship with blessings of food and drink. In faith we too continue the true worship that God calls us to with the celebration of the Eucharist. In the Eucharist we receive God’s blessing in the true food of Jesus Christ’s Body and Blood. We thank God for this gift, which we receive and share with others.

Question When am I most aware of the value of the gift given in the Eucharist?

Prayer Give thanks to Jesus in these words or others that come to mind for you. Jesus, help me lead a Eucharistic life filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Knowing and Sharing Your Faith in Session 5

Consider how Scripture and Tradition can deepen your understanding of the session content.

Scripture Exodus 23:25 recalls God’s promise to reward worship by blessing our food and drink.

Tradition Ordinary Time is celebrated on Sundays in two distinct periods. The first period is after the Christmas season until Ash Wednesday. The second period is after the Easter season until the First Sunday of Advent. There may be 33 or 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time. The term Ordinary is based on the word ordinal, meaning “numbered days.” These are the Sundays on which we reflect on the mystery of Christ in his day-to-day life. We receive the grace to live in Christ every day through the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Sacramentals remind us through prayers and actions how Jesus is with us. We ask that our work always find its origin in Jesus Christ and his help to bring it to completion.

Catholic Social Teaching In this session the integrated Catholic Social Teaching theme is Life and Dignity of the Human Person. See page 1b for an explanation of this theme.

Window on the Catechism The ways in which we may enter into fellowship with Jesus in the ordinary events of daily life is found in CCC 533.

General Directory for Catechesis The centrality of Jesus Christ for catechesis is found in GDC 98.

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Five-Day Classroom Session Planner Session 5 

Celebrating Ordinary Time

Session Theme: Ordinary Time is time to grow in the love of Jesus Christ through the sacraments.

Day 1: Engage

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Celebrating Ordinary Time

Seasonal Symbols

Liturgical Calendars

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Time: 25

Time: 5 minutes

Small-Group Project Optional

If you wish to have children complete the small-group project on page S-27B, have small groups begin now. Allow time on days 1 to 5 for children to work.

Materials: computer, calendar-creator program, art supplies, writing supplies, stapler In advance, use a calendar-creator program to make a year’s worth of monthly pages for each child. Assist children in labeling their calendar to show the beginning and end of each season for the current year. Have children decorate a cover and then staple the pages together to create their own liturgical calendar.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 2: Explore

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

We Grow with the Sacraments During Ordinary Time

Session 5 BLM

Sacrament Quiz

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Time: 15 minutes

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: reference books on sacraments, writing supplies In advance gather reference materials about the sacraments. Have children work with a partner to write three questions related to the sacraments’ signs and symbols, and when, where, and how they are administered. Collect the questions. Then organize the class into two groups and use the questions to play a sacrament quiz game.

Time: 30 minutes

Day 3: Reflect

60 minutes

Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

Mass During Ordinary Time

Service: Letters to Role Models

Church Walk

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Time: 15 minutes

Time: 15 minutes

Materials: paper, clipboards, writing supplies Give pairs of children a clipboard and paper. Explain that sacramentals are objects that remind us of Jesus and help us connect with him in our daily lives. Take children to church. Allow time for partners to search for sacramentals. Invite children to keep a list of those they find. Then meet together to compare notes.

Time: 30 minutes

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Day 4: Reflect

60 minutes

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Activity 1

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Art Print: Centering

Art Studio: Spiritual Objects

Using Imagination in Prayer: Being Present

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Time: 30 minutes

print back

Time: 20 minutes

Print back

Time: 10 minutes

Day 5: Respond Open

Activity 1

Activity 2

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Unit Assessment BLM

Presentation or Wrap-Up BLM

Materials: Unit 1 Assessment (pages T-306–T-308)

Materials: completed project or Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up (page S-360)

Time: 10 minutes

Time: 20 minutes

If children completed the small-group project of the week, have groups present their sacrament banners. If children did not complete the project, have them complete Just for Schools Session Wrap-Up. Discuss the activity after children complete it.

Date

Ordinary Time Is Not Ordinary Many people are misled by the word ordinary in Ordinary Time, but all days of our Church year are holy. In fact Ordinary Time is special because it provides us with time to reflect on ways we can be like Jesus and grow closer to him as his disciples.

Text the Good News Share the good news that Ordinary Time is anything but ordinary. Write a text message letting someone know the importance of Ordinary Time in the liturgical year.

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Time: 30 minutes

Name

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Small-Group Project of the Week: Sacrament Banners Materials: felt, sequins, buttons, scissors, fabric glue

Organize children into seven small groups. Assign one sacrament to each group. Have children work together to decide on symbols that represent their sacrament. Then invite children to use felt and embellishments to decorate a banner for their sacrament. Have children include the name of the sacrament somewhere on the banner. If possible, display the finished banners in the church.

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Celebrating Ordinary Time

Session Theme: Ordinary Time is time to grow in the love of Jesus Christ through the sacraments.  Before This Session ▶▶ Determine whether you will use the Unit Assessment option listed on page 30. ▶▶ Determine whether you will also discuss the All Saints Day and All Souls Day

seasonal pages in the back of the Children’s Book.

Prayer in Session 5

In this session children learn about Ordinary Time. Children learn how we strengthen our relationship with Jesus through the sacraments during Ordinary Time.

▶▶ Bookmark your Bible to Matthew 18:1–5 and Mark 10:15. Place the open Bible

in your prayer space. ▶▶ Read the Guide for this session, choose any additional If Time Allows activities

that you might have time to complete, and gather the listed materials.

Steps

Approximate Time

Engage Celebrating Ordinary Time 

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Explore

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We Grow with the Sacraments During Ordinary Time  Page 28

Reflect Mass During Ordinary Time  Art Print: Centering 

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Art Print and Print Back

Respond

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Living My Faith page 30

Materials Required ▶▶ Art Print 4: Centering and Children’s Book page 229 ▶▶ Writing supplies ▶▶ Art supplies

if time allows ▶▶ Session 5 BLM, T-305 (page 28) ▶▶ Session 5 Assessment,

www.findinggod.com (page 30) ▶▶ Unit 1 Assessment, T-306–T-308

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Session 5 Outcomes ▶▶ Point out that in Ordinary Time,

celebrating the sacraments and using sacramentals help sustain our faith. ▶▶ Explain that God touches our lives in

many different ways.

The liturgical year commemorates the life of Jesus,

starting with the preparation for his coming and his birth, his

▶▶ Define sacraments.

Death and Resurrection, to his Ascension, and his sending the Holy Spirit upon the apostles at Pentecost. Every day of the year is holy because God is always present to us.

1 Set the Stage

During the season of Ordinary Time, we celebrate our call to follow Jesus every day. We celebrate Ordinary Time in two

Describe your favorite season and what you like to do at that time of year. Ask children for their opinions. Explain that the liturgical year is the Church calendar that marks seasons and days in a special way.

parts. The first part follows the Christmas season and continues until Ash Wednesday. The second part follows the Easter season and goes through late fall. Toward the end of Ordinary Time, the Church celebrates All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Ordinary Time does not refer to “common time,” but rather it means “counted time.” It comes from the word ordinal and refers to time in a certain order.

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Prayer Dear Jesus, be with me each day of Ordinary Time. I know you love me and guide my steps every day.

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Inclusion: Autism Spectrum Draw Me a Season  Use this activity if you have children with autismspectrum disorders. Prepare by writing on the board the name of each Church season. Leave enough space under each title for a child to draw a picture. Begin the activity by playing soft music in the background. Invite children to the board and give each a piece of chalk. Help them read each title and draw a picture or write a few descriptive words about each one. After each child has completed the task, explain that the activity is over and turn off the music.

Read aloud the title and the first paragraph. Point out that Advent is a time of preparation; Christmas celebrates Jesus’ birth; and Lent, Holy Week, and Easter mark Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Read aloud the remaining paragraphs. Say: Imagine that you are hiking through a forest. A guide is leading the way, protecting you and sharing all you need to know to get through the forest safely. We call Jesus the Good Shepherd because he guides our steps every day. He leads us to follow the right path. In this session we’ll learn about Ordinary Time—the part of the year when we strive to understand Jesus better and think about how to follow his ways.

Prayer Say: Let’s pray together to ask Jesus to be with us during Ordinary Time. Ask a volunteer to read aloud the prayer. Then say: Let’s take a moment to talk to Jesus in our hearts. Allow children to finish their silent prayers. Together pray Amen and the Sign of the Cross.

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Explore

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We Grow with the Sacraments During Ordinary Time

Explain that one way to be more like Jesus is to celebrate the sacraments. Invite volunteers to tell about sacraments they have received. (Possible answers: Baptism, First Communion, and Penance and Reconciliation) Explain that experiencing the sacraments draws us closer to God and helps us better understand how God wants us to live our lives.

Ordinary Time is a time to grow in our faith. We can use this time to try to live the way Jesus wants us to live by focusing on our celebration of the seven sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. When we celebrate a sacrament, we experience the grace of God.

3 Close Direct children’s attention to the feature at the bottom of page 28.

Reading God's Word Read aloud the verse from the Bible as children follow along in their books. Say: God our Father calls us to live a life that follows the example of his Son, Jesus. We pray to Jesus and ask him to be with us and guide our steps to live as he did. When we ask this of Jesus, God our Father, in unity with the Holy Spirit, blesses our lives.

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What are some ways that you can grow and live like Jesus?

What are some ways that you can grow by celebrating the sacraments?

What are some ways that you can grow and serve others?

How Can I Grow? During Ordinary Time we grow closer to God through the celebration

2 Connect Have a volunteer read aloud the first paragraph on page 28. Explain that sacramentals are reminders of Jesus and that we use them to connect us to the sacraments. Read aloud the three questions following the first paragraph. Invite volunteers to answer as you pause between each question. Have a volunteer read aloud the activity directions. Offer an example for the activity: I would draw a picture of a man receiving Holy Orders because I respect and admire the call to serve God as a priest. Have children complete the activity independently. Invite volunteers to explain their pictures.

of the sacraments. Draw a picture representing one of the sacraments and write a sentence explaining its importance to you.

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Seasonal Sessions: All Saints Day and All Souls Day Explain that the Feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day are near the end of Ordinary Time in autumn. Work with children through pages 177–180 of the Children’s Book and this guide. This special session can take up to one hour to complete.

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Reflect Mass During Ordinary Time When you go to Mass during Ordinary Time, you will hear readings about Jesus’ life and his teachings. These readings remind us how Jesus lived and treated others so that we can try to live like him. Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church which help us grow in the grace we receive in the sacraments. We can see, hear, touch, and use sacramentals every day to connect our lives with Jesus.

What We Experience As you enter your church, you will bless yourself with holy water. On the walls of the church, you will see the Stations of the Sixth station of the cross, Laura James.

Cross. These are two more examples of sacramentals. Blessing ourselves and praying the Stations of the Cross help us prepare to receive the grace of God.

God Touches My Life Think of your life during Ordinary Time this last year. How has God

1 Begin Read aloud the first paragraph. Explain that sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church. They help us to live holy lives through the intercession of the Church. Say: Some sacramentals are things we can see, touch, and hold in our hands that allow us to experience a closer relationship with God. We can incorporate sacramentals into our everyday lives to help us remember how much God loves us and how he is ever present in our lives.

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touched your life? Was it through an experience at church? Was it through an everyday event at home or at school? Complete the sentence

Have children close their eyes while you read aloud What We Experience. Give children a minute to continue visualizing their church before asking them to open their eyes. Then invite children to complete the activity.

below to share your ideas. During Ordinary Time, God touched my life when .

Did You Know? Did You Know?

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Read aloud the feature. Explain that each feast and season in the Church’s liturgical calendar is represented by a specific color. Say: Vestments and altar cloths reflect this designated color: white is for Holy Thursday, Christmas, and Easter; red is for Pentecost, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and for celebrating Confirmations; green is for Ordinary Time; and violet is for Advent and Lent.

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Faith Summary  Ask a volunteer to read aloud this section. Ask children how they can grow during Ordinary Time by celebrating the sacraments. (Possible answers: Receive Communion. Go to Reconciliation.)

2 Connect

Faith Summary

Living My Faith

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Word I Learned  Ask children to suggest words or phrases that clarify the meaning of the word sacraments. If necessary, review the word in the Glossary.

Ordinary Time is the part of the Church calendar that falls outside of the four liturgical seasons during which we celebrate the mystery of Christ in very special and particular ways. We use this time to help us grow by participating regularly in the celebration of the sacraments and using sacramentals so that we can live the way Jesus wants us to live.

Word I Learned sacraments

Ways of Being Like Jesus Jesus loved to spend time with children. Always have a smile and a kind word to say to younger children who look up to you.

Prayer Dear God, thank you for the opportunity to grow in my faith during Ordinary Time. Help me to hear and follow your words

Ways of Being Like Jesus  Read this section aloud. Invite children to work with partners to discuss times when they were like Jesus in this way.

in my daily life.

With My Family Activity When you go to church during Ordinary Time,

Prayer

look for examples of the sacramentals described in this session. Talk about what you see.

Ask children to close their eyes, fold their hands, and pray silently as you pray aloud. Allow a few seconds for silent reflection. Pray Amen and the Sign of the Cross together.

Faith on the Go Ask one another: Why are the sacraments so important? Family Prayer Use Ordinary Time to invite family members to grow by praying at bedtime for someone who did a kindness for them that day.

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With My Family  Ask children to read silently the three suggestions in this section. Invite children to choose one or more to complete at home.

3 Go in Peace Collect materials and return them to the appropriate places. Encourage children to discuss the With My Family section at home. Say: During Ordinary Time this year, tell me some of the ways you’ve found to grow closer to Jesus through reading Scripture. I’m sure you will have some great things to share!

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Session Assessment Option An assessment this session can be found at www.findinggod.com. PDF Signoff: for Production _______ Design _______ Editorial _______

Unit Assessment Option If you wish, photocopy the Unit Assessment on pages T-306–T-308. Administer the assessment during the session or send it home.

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Get Ready for Session 6 Consult the catechist preparation pages to prepare for Session 6 and determine any materials you will need.

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