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Nota a los padres: En el Evangelio del domingo, Jesús pregunta qué hijo hace lo que el padre le pide—el hijo que está de acuerdo en ayudar, pero no lo hace, o el hijo que dice no pero se arrepiente de su negativa y va a trabajar. Promise ayudan a los niños a reconocer las opciones que hacen, su habilidad de decir sí o no a las solicitudes, y la oportunidad de cambiar.

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A letter from Sister Joan Welcome to the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program – a complete liturgy-based catechesis! As we speak with religious educators, we’re frequently asked why we base our program on the liturgy and how that helps children learn about their Catholic Faith. They also want to know how the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies present the Catechism of the Catholic Church in age-appropriate, lively, and relevant ways. Since religious educators across the country ask many of the same questions you might have about liturgybased learning, we will address these issues in the pages that follow. Read through our “Questions and Answers” (page 6). See how our program offers the best of both worlds – comprehensive catechesis centered on the Sunday liturgical Celebration. If you have additional questions, give us a call. Our religious education consultants will be happy to help. Have a wonderful year. We hope the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program helps you make an important and lasting difference in the lives of the young people you serve. With Thanks,

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Simple and direct teaching guides . . . with 1. Sharing Life Stories uses children’s own experiences to help explain the Gospel meaning.

2. Listening to God’s Word allows children to proclaim, dramatize, and celebrate the Gospel.

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3. Building Christian Community allows young people to put the Gospel to work hands-on in their lives and suggests ties to parish activities, community service, and building relationships.

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balloons. Ask for a of hands of those who show have made similar commitments. Read aloud the text and questions in the white box. Have your group write their respo nses on a separate sheet of paper. Invite volunteers to gives examples of their responses. Story: Difficult Note s (pages 2-4) Have your class use the illustrations to spec ulate what the story is about, then read story alone silently the or aloud as a class . Discuss the TALK questions on page 3. Answers: 1. Pio doesn’t want kids his age to stereotype him as old-fashioned beca his grandfather’s band use . Pio prefers rock musi he plays with is booked for the night c, and his band the mariachi band plays. 2. The canceled gig gives him free time. On his walk home he realizes he and his grandfather both sing beca He also recognizes use they love it. his grandfather neve r puts him down. He sings with him out of love. 3. Open-end ed.

Objective: The youn g people will esta blish classroom commitments. Living the Gospel: Solidarity: A Prom ise to Work Together (pages 6-7) Read aloud the directions for playin works like Bingo. Once g KNOW. It all the young people complete a K-N-O-W, have them break into threes or fours. Have them fill in the top and bottom squares on the cross individually, then complete steps 3 and 4 together. Conc lude by reading the quote from Pope Benedict at the botto m of pages 6-7. Catholic Social Teac hing This unit of Vision s explores many aspects of Catholic social teaching. Page s 13 and 14 of this guide are reproducible activ ities that expand on the Gospel and lesso themes. These activ n ities are excellent for students who need break from class time a or who learn more conc retely. Doctrine: Jesus Calls Us to Do His Word (pag featu e 8) re as a summary of Read this Listen to th Sunday’s Gospel conc e Gospel Concluding Prayer ept. Make copies of the Visions Pledge on page Sunday Gospel: The 12 of this guide and Case of Two Sons hand them out. Recit (page 4) Have six e the pledge together students take parts a praye r. Have the students post their and proclaim the Gosp as el in drama form. commitment crosses Discuss the TALK ques display area one at in a tions on page 4. Answ a time and say aloud one of their ers: 1. The chief commitments. Read aloud Pope Benedict’s words again, join hands, and pray the Our Father together. TG1-3

Objectives: Identifies the specific outcomes to be achieved that week

Teaching guides in English and Spanish are available at pflaum.com/pgwguides. Unit 4 We Live in the Holy Spirit Date/Sunday

The Teaching Guides for Good News, Venture, and Visions also include open-ended and multiple-choice assessment materials, reproducible activities, and a catechetical overview.

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atechesis that follows the lectionary and liturgical year, as Good News for Children does, is both Christocentric and Trinitarian, like the Creed. Christocentric catechesis sees Jesus Christ as the center of salvation history and its ultimate meaning. Christocentric catechesis leads to Trinitarian catechesis because Jesus lives and ministers in communion with his Father and Spirit and reveals their life to us. The Sundays of Easter celebrate the fullness of salvation we find in the risen Jesus. He is the one who comes when we are at our most doubtful.

Gospel Theme

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He is the good shepherd. He is the sender of the Spirit, who will never leave us alone. The Gospel readings of the Easter season give us every reason to shout Alleluia. The Good News lessons for Holy Week, Easter and the two Sundays following Easter immerse children in the passion, death, and resurrection stories from the Gospels as the Church celebrates them with ritual and song. The Good News activities and prayer services prepare children to participate with their families in the liturgies of Holy Week. The commitment of parishioners

Catholic Social Teaching Solidarity: we are one human family

March 16, 2008 Matthew 26.14— Palm/Passion Sunday 27.66 Jesus’ Passion March 23/30, 2008 Easter/2nd Sunday

John 20.1-31 Jesus is Risen

April 6, 2008 3rd Sunday of Easter

Luke 24.13-35 Road to Emmaus

April 13, 2008 4th Sunday of Easter

John 10.1-10 Good Shepherd

April 20, 2008 5th Sunday of Easter

John 14.1-12 Jesus Reveals God

April 27, 2008 6th Sunday of Easter

John 14.15-21 Jesus’ Spirit

May 4, 2008 Ascension

John 17.1-11 Mission of the Church

Acts of the Apostles

May 11, 2008 Pentecost Sunday

John 20.19-23 Pentecost

The Pentecost story

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Creed

Jesus suffers, dies, and is raised up.

2 Sacraments Celebrating Holy Week

The leaders of the Church are our shepherds. Gospel Review

Care for creation

Holy Week prayer book

We are Church: people who rise with Jesus

Easter Candle prayer

Eucharist: Jesus is present

We are Church: people who celebrate Eucharist

Meal prayer

Holy images

We are Church: people who care for each other

We pray as a community

We are Church: people who live in Jesus’ Spirit

Followers of Jesus prayer

We are Church: people who live in Jesus’ Spirit

Forms of prayer

We are Church: people who live in Jesus’ Spirit

Commissioning prayer service

We are Church: people who live in Jesus’ Spirit

Pentecost prayer

Jesus sends the Spirit to the Church. Jesus sends the Spirit to the Church.

Option for the poor and vulnerable

Sacramental life of Christians

Jesus returns to God’s right hand The Spirit empowers us to spread Jesus’ good news.

3 Life in Christ 4 Prayer We are Church: people who follow a suffering Jesus

Easter Alleluia hymn; Jesus’ resurrection is an unfailing source Easter Candle of life. Dignity of the human Jesus is present in Word and Eucharist. person

who participate in these liturgies will leave lasting impressions in children’s minds and hearts. During Easter time, the Sunday Gospels explore our life in the Church and in the Spirit. Taking its lead from these Gospels, Good News explores Jesus’ continuing presence among us in Word and Sacrament. In John’s Gospel, Jesus breathes upon his followers on Easter night and calls the Spirit upon them. The whole Church, including ourselves and the children we teach, live in the Spirit, who shows us how to follow Jesus’ way in our everyday lives.

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5) Your seventh and eighth graders may have been attending Sunday Eucharist for more than 10 years. As junior high students, they are able to understand more about the structure of the Eucharist and the history and symbolism behind the readings at Mass. Read this feature aloud together. Take time to for examine the Chi Rho symbol. Look the chart showing the two main parts of Mass. articles will It’s Future your link between each weekly student explain individual parts. lesson and the section in the student handbook, What the Church and Teaches, which expands on that theme. Doctrinal content WCBT, p. 23, The Eucharist. EmphasizeBelieves the first two in the handbook helps children understand how the Catechism treats paragraphs. Also, WCBT, p. 47. this theme for people Divide the young people into pairs or groups of three to their age. discuss together the two questions. Conclude by telling them the Praise and Celebrate vineyard imagery is in next Sunday’s Gospel, too.

weekly links to reinforce doctrinal concepts

(perfumed oil consecrated by the bishop), the laying on of the minister’s hand, and the words “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” The minister of the sacrament is the bishop or a priest designated by the bishop.

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Objective: The young people will establish classroom d commitments. Here are some examples Living the Gospel: Solidarity: Promise to Work Together from early fallA issues. (pages 6-7) Read aloud the directions for playing KNOW. It works like Bingo. Once all the young people complete a K-N-O-W, have them break into threes or fours. Have them fill in the top and e bottom squares on the cross individually, then complete steps 3 and 4 together. Conclude by reading the quote from Pope Visions, Sept. “What is Our Work in the Benedict at the25: bottom of pages 6-7. h Church?” leads students to the teaching in Catholic Social Teaching This unit of Visions explores many What the Church Believes and Teaches aspects of Catholic social teaching. Pages 13 and 14 of this guide that are is the center of our liturgy: thatonthrough reproducible activities that expand the Gospel and lesson Transubstantiation and Holy Communion Jesus themes. These activities are excellent for students who need a . becomes one with us. break from class time or who learn more concretely. Doctrine: Jesus Calls Us to Do His Word (page 8) Read this Venture, 2: Goodofdecisions depend on featureOct. as a summary Sunday’s Gospel concept. a well-formed conscience. The activity called Concluding Prayer Make copies of the Visions Pledge on page “Difficult Decisions” asksthem students to discuss 12 of this guide and hand out. Recite the pledge together as several tough situations before leading them to a prayer. Have the students post their commitment crosses in a the teaching Church display areaon oneconscience at a time and in sayWhat aloud the one of their Believes and Teaches. commitments. Read aloud Pope Benedict’s words again, join hands, and pray the Our Father together. Good News, Oct. 9: God invites all of us to TG1-3 attend the great Wedding Feast. Young people discover in What the Church Believes and Teaches that in order to enter the Wedding Feast we must also accept the Lord’s invitation to learn and obey the Ten Commandments. GN30-3

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6. The Eucharist The Eucharist (the word means “thanksgiving” in Greek) is the heart and summit of the Church’s life. In the Eucharist, Christ • associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the Cross to his Father • pours out the graces of salvation on the members of the Church The Eucharistic celebration, which is also called the sacrifice of the Mass, is one single act of worship that includes: • the proclamation of the Word of God • thanksgiving to God the Father for all his blessings, above all the gift of the Son • the consecration of bread and wine • reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood

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will remember this experience for the rest of my life. That is what is so special about being older and receiving your sacraments. You get to be part of the whole process and are old enough to remember it always.

The King’s Party

Messengers: Come and celebrate! Come to the king’s feast for his son who is getting married. Shopkeeper: I am too busy. Farmer: Who will do my work if I go to the party? Others: Don’t bother us about parties, or you’ll be sorry! Messengers: King, we invited your friends, but no one will come. King: I am disappointed, but I will have the party anyway. Go, invite everyone you see, no matter who they are.

1. Why does the king invite new guests?

Jesus: The messengers went out and rounded up all kinds of people. They had a great party after all.

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3. To what great party for Jesus does God invite us?

2. How is God like the king?

Praise and Celebrate Sacraments

Baptism Baptism is the beginning of Christian life. It is like being born again into the new life of Christ. The action of Baptism is being immersed in water or having water The words and actions of the poured over your head. The words sacraments are signs. They show of Baptism are: I baptize you in us what Jesus is doing for us. Jesus the name of the Father, and of the really comes to us in the Eucharist. Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism Jesus really forgives our sins in the and Confirmation mark you as Sacrament of Reconciliation. The power of the sacraments comes from belonging to Christ and make you a member of the Catholic Church. the Passion, Death, Resurrection, The invisible sign, or mark, received and Ascension of Jesus. in Baptism and Confirmation is called the “character.” Because the Sacraments of Initiation character is permanent, Baptism Baptism, Confirmation, and and Confirmation are received Eucharist are sacraments of only once. Christian Initiation. They bring us into a special friendship with Confirmation Jesus. Remember that this special Confirmation strengthens and friendship is called sanctifying completes the graces received grace. Baptism is the beginning at Baptism. The Holy Spirit of this new life. Confirmation celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit strengthens the bond a baptized person has with Christ and and makes our new life stronger. with the Church. The grace of Eucharist feeds it so that it can grow deeper and more loving. With Confirmation helps you to do Christ’s work in the world.

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the grace of these sacraments, we become more like Jesus. We begin to think like Jesus. We act like Jesus. We love as he does. We are more Christ-like.

The sacraments are actions of Christ and the Church. They are ways God gives his life, called grace, to us. The Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments. They are Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.

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Nihil Obstat: George W. Brucker Imprimatur: +Howard Hubbard, Bishop of Albany, May 11, 2011. GOOD NEWS Copyright © 2011 by Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Peter Li, Inc. Editor: Therese Sherlock, CSJ. Printed in the USA. Material in this issue may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form or format without special permission from the publisher.

Seeds, Sept. 25: This welcoming issue informs young people that they will discover Jesus’ love for them this year. Then they turn to What the Church Believes and Teaches to discover that their weekly participation in worship with their parish community is the ideal place to learn the whole story of God’s love.

The Church offers the Eucharist in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead to obtain spiritual or temporal (worldly) benefits from God. Anyone who wants to receive the Eucharist must be in the state of grace. Those in mortal sin must receive absolution in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance before receiving the Eucharist.

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with me, and we made our communion together. I even took a sip of the wine.

King: Messengers, go out and invite all my friends. I want to celebrate my son’s wedding!

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The transubstantiation, a unique kind of change, of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus is brought about by the words of consecration and the action of the Holy Spirit. Christ himself—his Body and Blood, his soul and divinity— becomes present under the appearance of bread and wine.

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Jesus: Here is a story about what God is like. Once there was a king whose son was getting married. The king decided to throw a big party.

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The essential signs of the Eucharist include: • wheat bread and grape wine, on which the blessing of the Holy Spirit is invoked • the words of consecration spoken by Jesus on the night before he died: “This is my body which will be given up for you…. This is the cup of my blood.”

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s work of salvation accomplished by his life, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. This work is made present by liturgical action. Only validly ordained priests can consecrate the bread and the wine so

godparents. Actually, I have two sets of godparents. My Auntie Lizzie and Uncle Phil live in Hawaii, so I decided to have Brenda and Steve for my “at home” godparents. Megan already made her First Communion, but she got to walk up

Promise, Oct. 2: After the children discover their role in caring for the people, pets, and plants around them, they turn to What the Church Believes and Teaches and learn that creation is the sign of God’s love for all people. As such, creation demands our respect and care.

that they become the Body and Blood of Christ.

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Everything God made is good. Everything God made shows us the love of God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. Draw a picture of something God made.

We care for creation.

God made all people, too.

We are children of God.

God made you.

God is our Father who loves us.

You are wonderful.

God made us to be happy with him.

Write your name below.

God made us to share in his love

God made ______________________________

and goodness.

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God made us to be like Jesus, his Son.

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Liturgical catechesis: Integrating learning with the life of the parish community Q: What is liturgical catechesis? A: Liturgical or liturgy-based catechesis integrates

the instruction of young people with the ongoing life of the parish community as experienced primarily in the Sunday Eucharist. With the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies the content of the program flows from the Sunday Gospel. Children learn their faith within the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year.

Q: Is liturgical catechesis the same as A:

lectionary-based catechesis?

Liturgical catechesis includes lectionary-based catechesis, but it is a much broader concept. Lectionary-based catechesis, strictly speaking, is instruction on the Sunday readings themselves. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, however, are comprehensive. They build on the foundation of the Sunday Gospels and the Sunday Eucharist to provide thorough instruction on doctrine, sacraments, commandments, and prayer. In addition, each child receives a catechism, or handbook, What the Church Believes and Teaches. The handbook contains all the items from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that the bishops of the United States consider essential at each level.

Q: How is the Creed addressed? A: The Scriptures of the liturgical year tell the

same story of God’s love we profess in the Creed. Jesus reveals God’s love and sends the sustaining, life-giving Spirit among us who gather in his name. His death and resurrection is the promise of our own. Every liturgical year places Jesus’ story within the larger story of God’s love for us.

Q: How are the sacraments presented? A: Every level of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

explores the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Good News, the second and third grade level, emphasizes Eucharist and Reconciliation. Venture, the middle-grade edition, presents all seven sacraments. Visions (junior high) emphasizes Confirmation, Eucharist, and Reconciliation.

Q: Are the Commandments emphasized? A: We call young people to live the Commandments,

the Beatitudes, and other teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and actively to work for justice

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in their communities. We include stories at each level in which people face moral choices like those children of various ages must make. Every lesson of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies works at living and doing the Word.

Q: What about prayer? A: Children learn to pray by praying! The Pflaum

Gospel Weeklies structure prayer into their lessons so young people learn the common prayers of Catholics by praying them together. Lessons also contain opportunities for prayer at the beginning and at the end of every class.

Q: What about the Old Testament? A: Although all the lessons flow from the Sunday

Gospels, the people and stories of the Old Testament are featured in middle-grade and junior high materials.

Q: Are the lessons age appropriate? A: By all means! The five editions of the Pflaum

Gospel Weeklies suit their presentation of liturgical and Gospel themes as well as the doctrinal content to the needs of the young people at each age level. There is a simple three-part lesson plan that is catechetically sound for all ages.

Q: How does this liturgy-based approach A:

affect young people’s attitudes toward Sunday Mass?

The program enables young people to participate more fully in worship because they have had a chance to wrestle with the Gospel on their own level. The program opens them up to the richness of the celebration because the Gospel is already familiar to them.

Q: How does this liturgical catechesis help families?

A:

In the liturgical approach to catechesis, all the children in the program are studying the same Gospel proclaimed in church on Sunday. This simple fact encourages family Mass attendance and fosters a good deal of faith sharing in the home. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provide comprehensive catechesis within a liturgical approach. The lectionary is our table of contents. The National Directory for Catechesis is our guide. A deep love of young people is our motivation.


2011-2012 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

Preschool

LITURGICAL YEAR

EASTER

LENT

ORDINARY TIME

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

ORDINARY TIME

Date

Sunday Gospels

DOCTRINAL CONTENT Profession of Faith

Sacraments/Liturgy

Christian Life

Christian Prayer

September 25, 2011 26th Sunday

Matthew 21.28-32 God’s Will

Jesus teaches us with stories (#561)

Celebrating as a community

We are free to choose

Singing our prayer

October 2, 2011 27th Sunday

Matthew 21.33-43 God’s Vineyard

God wants us to grow (#44)

The Church as community

Appreciating God’s love for us

Using our bodies to pray

October 9, 2011 28th Sunday

Matthew 22.1-14 Wedding Feast

Jesus invites us to his table (#804-05)

Sunday Eucharist

Belonging to a parish community

Eucharistic prayer

October 16, 2011 29th Sunday

Matthew 22.15-21 Caesar and God

Baptism welcomes us to God’s family (#265, 985)

Sacrament of Baptism

Remembering our Baptisms

Baptismal rite

October 23, 2011 30th Sunday

Matthew 22.34-40 Great Commandments

Jesus’ rule is love (#228, 592)

Praying as a family

Doing loving actions

Family prayer

October 30, 2011 31st Sunday

Matthew 23.1-12 The Greatest Serve Others

Jesus shows us how to serve (#561)

Learning about saints

Serving others

Praying for Christian dead

November 6, 2011 32nd Sunday

Matthew 25.1-13 Wise and Foolish

God is always with us (#319)

Gathering in church

Valuing family and friends

Praying for our local church

November 13, 2011 33rd Sunday

Matthew 25.14-30 Talents

God gives and sustains life (#315)

Celebrating community

Using our talents

Thanking God

November 20, 2011 Christ the King

Matthew 25.31-46 Works of Mercy

God judges us on love (#678, 682)

Parish community as doers of justice

Sharing gifts and possessions

Thanking God

November 27, 2011 1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 13.33-37 Be Alert!

Advent prepares us to celebrate Christmas (#524)

Celebrating Advent

Preparing for Christmas

Advent prayers

December 4, 2011 2nd Sunday of Advent

Mark 1.1-8 Jesus Is Good News

Jesus grew as a human (#483)

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Giving gifts

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 11, 2011 3rd Sunday of Advent

John 1.6-8, 19-28 The Baptist Prepares for Jesus

Jesus is born of Mary (#509)

Celebrating Advent

Showing love to others

Christmas carols

December 18, 2011 4th Sunday of Advent

Luke 1.26-38 Mary’s Yes to God

Jesus is human and divine (#744)

The Christmas story

Telling the Christmas story

Hail Mary

December 25, 2011 Christmas

Luke 2.1-14; 2.22-40 Jesus Is Born

Jesus is born in Bethlehem (#525)

Celebrating Christmas

Telling the Christmas story

Christmas carols

January 1, 2012 Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2.16-21 Mary Is Mother of God

Mary is Mother of God (#509, 723)

Mary is Jesus’ mother and our mother

Learning about Mary

Hail Mary

January 8, 2012 Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-12 Coming of the Magi

All nations come to Jesus (#528)

Celebrating Epiphany

Appreciating diversity

Epiphany house blessing

January 15, 2012 2nd Sunday Ordinary

John 1.35-42 Jesus Calls Followers

Jesus calls us to follow him (#852)

Sunday Eucharist

Signs of Jesus’ followers: gathering

Prayer of Jesus’ followers

January 22, 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.14-20 Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

God acts in our lives (#68)

Belonging to a parish

Signs of Jesus’ followers: loving actions

Communal prayer

January 29, 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.21-28 Jesus Teaches with Authority

Jesus is fully human and fully divine (#483)

Sacramentals

Signs of Jesus’ followers: full of light

Praying with sacramentals

February 5, 2012 5th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.29-39 Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees

Jesus gathers followers (#804)

Sacrament of Anointing

Signs of Jesus’ followers: telling good news

Meal prayer

February 12, 2012 6th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.40-45 Jesus Heals a Leper

We share Jesus’ good news (#850)

Telling good news

Signs of Jesus’ followers: sharing with others

Prayers of petition

February 19, 2012 7th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 2.1-12 Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Jesus loves and forgives us (#594)

Forgiveness

Signs of Jesus’ followers: forgiving

Forgiveness prayer

February 26, 2012 1st Sunday Lent

Mark 1.12-15 Jesus Is Tempted

Jesus brings us to God (#71-73, 538-40)

Ash Wednesday

Keeping Lent

Teachers of prayer

March 4, 2012 2nd Sunday Lent

Mark 9.2-10 Transfiguration

Jesus is human and divine (#554-56, 744)

Celebrating Lent

Thanking God, our creator

Our Father

March 11, 2012 3rd Sunday Lent

John 2.13-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Jesus shows us how to pray (#2759)

Celebrating Lent

Praying to God, who loves us

Prayer book

March 18, 2012 4th Sunday Lent

John 3.14-21 Jesus Gives Us Light

God is always with us (#620)

Celebrating Lent

Loving God, who forgives us

Thanking God

March 25, 2012 5th Sunday Lent

John 12.20-33 The Grain of Wheat

Jesus brings life (#805)

Eucharistic community

Loving God, who feeds us

Eucharist

April 1, 2012 Palm/Passion Sunday

Mark 14.1—15.47 Jesus’ Passion

Jesus suffers and dies (#629)

Recreating Palm Sunday

Taking part in Holy Week

Welcoming Jesus

April 8 and 15, 2012 Easter Sunday/2nd Easter

John 20.1-31 Jesus Is Risen

God raises Jesus up (#658)

Celebrating Easter

Celebrating Easter

Alleluia

April 22, 2012 3rd Easter

Luke 24.35-48 Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus is with us (#935)

Eucharist

Eucharist

Praising God

April 29, 2012 4th Easter

John 10.11-18 The Good Shepherd

Jesus is our good shepherd (#807)

Parish community

Eucharist

Psalm 23

May 6, 2012 5th Easter

John 15.1-8 The Vine and the Branches

Jesus gathers a new community (#960)

Creation shows forth God

Building church community Giving thanks for creation

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2011-2012 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

Grades K & 1

DOCTRINAL CONTENT

LITURGICAL YEAR

EASTER

LENT

ORDINARY TIME

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

ORDINARY TIME

Date

8

Sunday Gospels

Profession of Faith

Sacraments/Liturgy

Christian Life

Christian Prayer

September 25, 2011 26th Sunday

Matthew 21.28-32 God’s Will

God makes us free to choose (#1799-1800)

Gathering as a community

Being part of Church community

Singing our prayer

October 2, 2011 27th Sunday

Matthew 21.33-43 God’s Vineyard

God cares for creation (#287, 315)

Church

Caring for creation

Prayer of thanksgiving

October 9, 2011 28th Sunday

Matthew 22.1-14 Wedding Feast

Jesus invites us to his table (#804-05) Eucharist

Sharing with others

Sunday Eucharist

October 16, 2011 29th Sunday

Matthew 22.15-21 Caesar and God

Baptism welcomes us to God’s family (#265, 985)

Baptism

Baptized into Jesus’ family

Baptismal promise

October 23, 2011 30th Sunday

Matthew 22.34-40 Great Commandments

Jesus’ two great commandments (#1970-72)

Eucharist

Loving and unloving actions Prayer for others

October 30, 2011 31st Sunday

Matthew 23.1-12 The Greatest Serve Others

We serve like Jesus (#561, 1822-23)

Christian community

Learning about saints

Our Father

November 6, 2011 32nd Sunday

Matthew 25.1-13 Wise and Foolish

God lets us choose (#1732-34)

The Church is a community

Making choices

Using our bodies for prayer

November 13, 2011 33rd Sunday

Matthew 2 5.14-30 Talents

God gives us talents (#941)

Friendship

Sharing talents

Prayer for friends

November 20, 2011 Christ the King

Matthew 25.31-46 Works of Mercy

God judges us on love (#678)

Eucharist is thanksgiving

Seeing Christ in our neighbor

Prayer for Thanksgiving Day

November 27, 2011 1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 13.33-37 Be Alert!

Jesus promises to come again (#681-82)

Advent calendar

Being ready for Jesus’ coming

Advent prayer card

December 4, 2011 2nd Sunday of Advent

Mark 1.1-8 Jesus Is Good News

The liturgy makes Jesus present among us (#780, 1073-74)

Celebrating Advent

Growing as Jesus’ followers Advent prayer

December 11, 2011 3rd Sunday of Advent

John 1.6-8, 19-28 The Baptist Prepares for Jesus

God sent Jesus, our savior (#744)

Celebrating Advent

Preparing for Christmas

Advent prayer

December 18, 2011 4th Sunday of Advent

Luke 1.26-38 Mary’s Yes to God

Jesus is human and divine (#483)

Celebrating Advent

Saying yes to God

Hail Mary

December 25, 2011 Christmas

Luke 2.1-14; 2.22-40 Jesus Is Born

Jesus is born of Mary (#508-511)

Our parish celebrates Christmas

Telling the Christmas story

Christmas carols

January 1, 2012 Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2.16-21 Mary Is Mother of God

Mary is Mother of God (#509, 723)

Mary is Jesus’ mother and our mother

Learning about Mary

Hail Mary

January 8, 2012 Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-12 Coming of the Magi

Jesus came for all people (#528)

Our parish celebrates Epiphany

Telling the Epiphany story

Epiphany house blessing

January 15, 2012 2nd Sunday Ordinary

John 1.35-42 Jesus Calls Followers

Jesus gathers a community (#768, 780)

Church community

Recognizing Christian community

Prayer of peace

January 22, 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.14-20 Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

Jesus calls disciples (#804-06)

Using our senses in worship Listening

January 29, 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.21-28 Jesus Teaches with Authority

Jesus has healing power (#548-50)

Liturgy of the Word

Following good teachers

Rebus prayer

February 5, 2012 5th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.29-39 Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees

Jesus calls a woman disciple (#561)

Sacrament of Anointing

Being peacemakers

Ritual of healing

February 12, 2012 6th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.40-45 Jesus Heals a Leper

Jesus heals (#620, 1421)

Sacrament of Anointing

Showing care for others

Praying for others

February 19, 2012 7th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 2.1-12 Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Jesus forgives (#594)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Forgiving and accepting forgiveness

Ritual of forgiveness

February 26, 2012 1st Sunday Lent

Mark 1.12-15 Jesus Is Tempted

Jesus is faithful to God (#538-40)

Ash Wednesday

Lent: Doing good actions

Ash Wednesday

March 4, 2012 2nd Sunday Lent

Mark 9.2-10 Transfiguration

Jesus is God’s beloved Son (#460)

Our parish celebrates Lent

Lent: Making loving choices Using our bodies to pray

March 11, 2012 3rd Sunday Lent

John 2.13-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Jesus teaches us to pray (#747, 777)

Our parish celebrates Lent

Lent: Asking for forgiveness Prayer asking forgiveness

March 18, 2012 4th Sunday Lent

John 3.14-21 Jesus Gives Us Light

God forgives our sins (#620)

Our parish celebrates Lent

Lent: Forgiving others

Our Father

March 25, 2012 5th Sunday Lent

John 12.20-33 The Grain of Wheat

Jesus is our food (#805)

Our parish celebrates Lent

Lent: Showing love

Using our bodies to pray

April 1, 2012 Palm/Passion Sunday

Mark 14.1—15.47 Jesus’ Passion

Jesus suffers and dies for us (#2305)

Triduum

Learning about Jesus’ love

Holy Week prayer

April 8 and 15, 2012 Easter Sunday/2nd Easter

John 20.1-31 Jesus Is Risen

God raises Jesus up (#656)

The Easter mystery

Finding signs of life around us

Easter Peace Prayer

April 22, 2012 3rd Easter

Luke 24.35-48 Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus gives us peace (#935)

Eucharist: Sign of Peace

Making peace

Prayer of thanksgiving

April 29, 2012 4th Easter

John 10.11-18 The Good Shepherd

Jesus is our good shepherd (#807)

Christian leadership

Belonging to a parish

Singing our prayer

May 6, 2012 5th Easter

John 15.1-8 The Vine and the Branches

We share God’s life (#737)

Praying for families

Belonging to a family

Sending-out prayer

Prayer of thanksgiving


Grades 2 & 3

LITURGICAL YEAR

ORDINARY TIME

Date

Sunday Gospels

DOCTRINAL CONTENT Bible

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS ORDINARY TIME

Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Christian Living

Christian Prayer

Catholic Social Teaching

Matthew 21.28-32 God’s Will

God the creator

God makes us free to choose (#1799-1800)

Gathering as a community

Making decisions of conscience

Communal prayer

October 2, 2011 27th Sunday

Matthew 21.33-43 God’s Vineyard

Sunday scripture readings

The Church is the people of God (#777)

Sunday Eucharist

Belonging to a church community

Baptismal promise

Option for the poor and vulnerable

October 9, 2011 28th Sunday

Matthew 22.1-14 Wedding Feast

Ten Commandments

The people of God receive Baptism (#261, 1212)

Baptism, Eucharist

Remembering our baptisms

Prayer of thanksgiving

Call to family and community

October 16, 2011 29th Sunday

Matthew 22.15-21 Caesar and God

8th Commandment

The people of God build community Reconciliation: right and wrong Recognizing right and actions; 8th commandment (#229) wrong actions

October 23, 2011 30th Sunday

Matthew 22.34-40 Great Commandments

Jesus’ great commandment of love

The people of God love with their whole selves (#228, 592)

Reconciliation: exam- Keeping Jesus’ law of Prayer of petition ination of conscience love; 10 Commandments

Solidarity

October 30, 2011 31st Sunday

Matthew 23.1-12 The Greatest Serve Others

The people of God serve others (#561, 1822-23)

The communion of saints

Learning about Christians who serve

Making a prayer book

Option for the poor and vulnerable

November 6, 2011 32nd Sunday

Matthew 25.1-13 Wise and Foolish

The people of God pray (#2565)

Daily prayers

Daily prayer

Communal prayer

November 13, 2011 33rd Sunday

Matthew 2 5.14-30 Talents

The people of God use their talents (#941)

Reconciliation: accept- Responding to grace ing responsibility

Thanksgiving prayer service

November 20, 2011 Christ the King

Matthew 25.31-46 Works of Mercy

The people of God do works of mercy (#678, 682)

Reconciliation: loving actions

Doing works of mercy

Singing our prayer

Creation awaits fulfillment (#46, 315)

Family Forgiveness Prayer

Advent prayer and song Family forgiveness prayer; Our Father

Israel awaits a savior (#702)

Acts of justice

Modeling on Saints: St. Nicholas;

Christmas carols

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christmas carols

Mark 1.1-8 December 4, 2011 2nd Sunday of Advent Jesus Is Good News

LENT

Profession of Faith

September 25, 2011 26th Sunday

Last Judgment

November 27, 2011 Mark 13.33-37 1st Sunday of Advent Be Alert!

EASTER

2011-2012 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

Isaiah and John the Baptist

The Church awaits Jesus (#523-24) Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 11, 2011 John 1.6-8, 19-28 The 3rd Sunday of Advent Baptist Prepares for Jesus December 18, 2011 Luke 1.26-38 4th Sunday of Advent Mary’s Yes to God

Angel messenger

Prayer asking for forgiveness

Mary, model of believers (#273, 509)

The Hail Mary

Inculturating our faith

Hail Mary

Jesus is true God and true human (#479, 483)

Telling the Christmas story

Telling the Christmas story

Christmas liturgies

Mary is Mother of God

Learning about Mary

Magnificat

Telling the Epiphany story

Telling the Epiphany story

Epiphany liturgies

Eucharist: Liturgy of the Word

Learning about Jesus in Psalm 40 scripture

Eucharist: Call and response

Learning about Jesus’ neighborhood

Prayer responses at Eucharist

Dignity of the human person

Option for the poor and vulnerable

December 25, 2011 Christmas

Luke 2.1-14; 2.22-40 Jesus Is Born

January 1, 2012 Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2.16-21 Mary Is Mother of God

January 8, 2012 Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-12 Coming of the Magi

January 15, 2012 2nd Sunday Ordinary

John 1.35-42 Jesus Calls Followers

The prophet Samuel Jesus reveals God to us (#73)

January 22, 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.14-20 Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

The land of Galilee

January 29, 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.21-28 Jesus Teaches with Authority

Jesus has healing power (#548-50) Eucharist: Sacrament of healing

Using our power for good

Prayer of petition

February 5, 2012 5th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.29-39 Jesus Raises Finding Gospel Up, Heals, Frees passages

Jesus’ life is a continual teaching (#561)

Eucharist: the Gospel

Modeling on saints: Martin de Porres

Prayer of petition

Option for the poor and vulnerable

February 12, 2012 6th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.40-45 Jesus Heals a Leper

Saints show the power of the Spirit in us (#961)

Eucharist: the homily

Modeling on saints: Damien of Molokai

Praying with our bodies

Solidarity

February 19, 2012 7th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 2.1-12 Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Jesus’ actions show he is the Savior (#594)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Forgiving and being forgiven

Act of Sorrow

February 26, 2012 1st Sunday Lent

Mark 1.12-15 Jesus Is Tempted

Jesus chooses his father (#71-73, The rainbow covenant with Noah 538-40)

Ash Wednesday prayer service

Lenten practices: prayer

Ash Wednesday prayer service

March 4, 2012 2nd Sunday Lent

Mark 9.2-10 Transfiguration

Mark’s Gospel

Jesus is both human and divine (#460, 568)

Eucharist: Our Father

Lenten practices: listening

Our Father

March 11, 2012 3rd Sunday Lent

John 2.13-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

The Ten Commandments

Jesus calls us to holiness (#592, 2052)

Ten Commandments

Lenten practices: 10 Commandments

10 Commandments prayer service

March 18, 2012 4th Sunday Lent

John 3.14-21 Jesus Gives Us Light

Jesus shows God’s love (#620)

Reconciliation: forgiveness

Lenten practices: forgiving

Love prayer service

March 25, 2012 5th Sunday Lent

John 12.20-33 The Grain of Wheat

Jesus nourishes us with his body and blood (#805)

Eucharist: bread is Jesus’ body

Lenten practices: Eucharist

Eucharistic prayer

Remembering Jesus’ last days

Veneration of the Cross

Mary, Mother of God Mary is the Mother of God (509, 723) Jesus comes for all people (#528)

Jesus is the Messiah, God’s son (#561)

Mark 14.1—15.47 April 1, 2012 Palm/Passion Sunday Jesus’ Passion

The Passion story

Jesus suffers, dies, and is raised up Veneration of the Cross (#620)

April 8 and 15, 2012 John 20.1-31 Easter Sunday/2nd Easter Jesus Is Risen

Jesus is risen

God raises Jesus to new life (#658)

Water is a sacramental

Witnessing to Jesus’ resurrection

Reconciliation and peace prayer

April 22, 2012 3rd Easter

Luke 24.35-48 Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Jesus is present in the Church (#935)

Eucharist: Creed

Being Catholic

The Creed

April 29, 2012 4th Easter

John 10.11-18 The Good Shepherd

God is Father, Son, and Spirit (#261)

Recognizing Church leaders

Living in the Spirit

Psalm 23

May 6, 2012 5th Easter

John 15.1-8 The Vine and the Branches

Jesus is the new creation (#349)

Creation reveals God to us

Care for creation

Sent by the Spirit prayer service

God the creator

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Grades 4, 5 & 6

LITURGICAL YEAR

EASTER

LENT

ORDINARY TIME

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

ORDINARY TIME

Date

10

Sunday Gospels

2011-2012 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE DOCTRINAL CONTENT

Bible

Profession of Faith

September 25, 2011 26th Sunday

Matthew 21.28-32 God’s Will

Sunday Gospels

Jesus calls us to do his word (#561)

October 2, 2011 27th Sunday

Matthew 21.33-43 God’s Vineyard

Vineyard of God

October 9, 2011 28th Sunday

Matthew 22.1-14 Wedding Feast

October 16, 2011 29th Sunday

Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Christian Living Christian Prayer

Catholic Social Teaching

Creating community

Vineyard prayer

God’s Son reveals God’s love (#73, 138)

Including others

Psalm 80

Sunday Bible Readings

Church is sacrament of God’s Eucharist: public union with us (#747, 1071-72) worship

Feeding the hungry; Meal prayer including others

Every person has a right to life’s necessities

Matthew 22.15-21 Caesar and God

1st & 3rd Commandments

God alone is God (#201-02, 228, 261)

1st and 3rd CommandBaptismal rite ments; living our Baptisms

Solidarity: We are one human family

October 23, 2011 30th Sunday

Matthew 22.34-40 Great Commandments

Jesus’ Great Commandments

God is love. God is one (#228, Eucharist: Prayer of 231, 592) the Faithful

Jesus’ Great Commandments

Dignity of the human person

October 30, 2011 31st Sunday

Matthew 23.1-12 The Greatest Serve Others

Sacraments build up the People of God (#1534)

Eucharist: Preparation of Gifts; Sacraments of Service: Litany of the Saints Holy Orders & Marriage Marriage and Holy Orders

November 6, 2011 32nd Sunday

Matthew 25.1-13 Wise and Foolish

Jesus calls us to holiness (#941, 1060)

Eucharist: Responsorial Psalm

Making Christian choices

Singing our prayer

November 13, 2011 33rd Sunday

Matthew 2 5.14-30 Talents

Jesus calls us to holiness (#941, 1060)

Eucharist: First Reading

Using talents to serve

Prayers of petition

November 20, 2011 Christ the King

Matthew 25.31-46 Works of Mercy

Christians are Christ’s witnesses (#942, 1060)

Thanksgiving

Works of mercy

Serving others prayer service

Jesus teaches us to be ready (#542, 561)

Advent Calendar and Blessing

Gift-giving

Advent wreath prayer

Proverbs 31: Ideal Wife

Eucharist: the Lectionary

Sacrament of Baptism

Great Commandments prayer

Option for the poor and vulnerable

November 27, 2011 Mark 13.33-37 1st Sunday of Advent Be Alert!

Isaiah 40: Babylonian Exile

December 4, 2011 Mark 1.1-8 2nd Sunday of Advent Jesus Is Good News

Ten Commandments John the Baptist prepares Jesus’ way (#523)

Advent

Commandments; moral Advent wreath dilemmas and choices prayer

December 11, 2011 John 1.6-8, 19-28 The 3rd Sunday of Advent Baptist Prepares for Jesus

Isaiah 61; Magnificat John the Baptist prepares Jesus’ way (#523)

Advent

Recognizing signs of presence

Magnificat, Advent prayer

December 18, 2011 Luke 1.26-38 4th Sunday of Advent Mary’s Yes to God

King David; Jesus’ OT ancestors

Mary is Mother of God (#50809, 744)

Advent, O Antiphons

Sharing the gift of self

O Antiphons

December 25, 2011 Christmas

Luke 2.1-14; 2.22-40 Jesus Is Born

Nativity accounts

In Jesus God becomes a human (#452, 479, 483)

Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

Christmas blessings

January 1, 2012 Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2.16-21 Mary Is Mother of God

Mary, Jesus’ mother

Mary is Mother of the Church (#963)

Mary, Mother of God

Learning about Mary

Hail Mary

January 8, 2012 Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-12 Coming of the Magi

Jesus’ ancestors

Jesus is savior of the world (#528)

Epiphany

Family faith

Epiphany blessing

January 15, 2012 2nd Sunday Ordinary

John 1.35-42 Jesus Calls Followers

Jesus’ first followers; Capernaum

Jesus invites disciples (#849)

Sacraments of Marriage Vocation to follow Prayer for and Holy Orders Jesus; Pope John XXIII vocations

January 22, 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.14-20 Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

Gospel according to Mark; Jonah

Jesus calls fishers of people (#96, 136, 849)

Mark’s Gospel

January 29, 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.21-28 Jesus Teaches with Authority

Africans in the Bible

Jesus teaches with authority (#427, 548-50)

February 5, 2012 5th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.29-39 Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees

Jesus’ public ministry

Jesus calls disciples to serve (#561)

Anointing of the Sick

Being compassionate

Healing prayer

February 12, 2012 6th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.40-45 Jesus Heals a Leper

Jesus’ public ministry

Jesus brings healing (#561, 620)

Eucharist: homily

Acting with empathy

Heartfelt prayer

February 19, 2012 7th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 2.1-12 Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Jesus forgives sins (#561, 985-86)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciling

Reconciliation prayer service

February 26, 2012 1st Sunday Lent

Mark 1.12-15 Jesus Is Tempted

Noah; covenant

Jesus faces temptation (#538- Lent 40)

Covenants/ Commandments

Ash Wednesday prayer service

March 4, 2012 2nd Sunday Lent

Mark 9.2-10 Transfiguration

Abraham & Sarah; 4th Commandment

Jesus wants us to share his divinity (#72, 460)

Lent

Fourth Commandment

Believer’s prayer

March 11, 2012 3rd Sunday Lent

John 2.13-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Exodus, Covenant; Ten Command- Jesus fulfills God’s commandments (#228, 593) ments; 5th Commandment

Lent

Fifth Commandment

Exodus prayer drama

March 18, 2012 4th Sunday Lent

John 3.14-21 Jesus Gives Us Light

8th Commandment

Jesus is Savior (#593, 620)

Lent

Eighth Commandment

Our Father

March 25, 2012 5th Sunday Lent

John 12.20-33 The Grain of Wheat

7th, 9th, and 10th Commandments

Christ is firstborn from the dead (#629, 658)

Lent; Reconciliation

7th, 9th, and 10th Forgiveness Commandments celebration

April 1, 2012 Mark 14.1—15.47 Palm/Passion Sunday Jesus’ Passion

Passover

Jesus gives his life for us (#628)

Triduum

Jesus’ Passion

The Passion

April 8 and 15, 2012 John 20.1-31 Easter Sunday/2nd Easter Jesus Is Risen

Resurrection

His disciples encounter the risen Jesus (#656)

Easter

Celebrating life

Easter Alleluia

April 22, 2012 3rd Easter

Luke 24.35-48 Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Resurrection appearances

His disciples recognize Jesus Eucharist: Eucharistic in the breaking of bread (#656) Prayer

Building Christian community

Eucharistic Prayer

April 29, 2012 4th Easter

John 10.11-18 The Good Shepherd

Biblical shepherds

Jesus gives himself for our salvation (#620)

Leading in care for Blessing of Church Care for creation creation leaders

May 6, 2012 5th Easter

John 15.1-8 The Vine and the Branches

Nature images in the We are Jesus’ witnesses in the Preparing for world (#561, 941-42) Bible; Holy Spirit Pentecost

Vocation: Saying yes to God

Good News prayer

Option for the poor

Solidarity

Call to community

Spreading the Good Singing our prayer: Solidarity: We are one human family News; discipleship spirituals

Living in the Holy Spirit

Spirit prayer service

Solidarity

Called to community

Duties and responsibilities

Life and dignity of the human person

Dignity of the human person


Grades 7 & 8

LITURGICAL YEAR

EASTER

LENT

ORDINARY TIME

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

ORDINARY TIME

Date

Sunday Gospels

2011-2012 SCOPE AND SEQUENCE DOCTRINAL CONTENT

Bible

Profession of Faith

Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Christian Living

Christian Prayer

Catholic Social Teaching

September 25, 2011 26th Sunday

Matthew 21.28-32 God’s Will

Sunday scripture readings

Jesus calls us to do his word (#561)

Eucharist: Liturgy

3rd Commandment; work- Our Father ing together as a class

Solidarity: a promise to work together

October 2, 2011 27th Sunday

Matthew 21.33-43 God’s Vineyard

Parables; vineyard metaphor

God’s love sustains us (#73, 620)

Seven sacraments

Being a Catholic Christian

Apostles’ Creed

Dorothy Day, Option for the poor

October 9, 2011 28th Sunday

Matthew 22.1-14 Wedding Feast

Jesus teaches us hospitality (#561, 1071-72)

Eucharist: Hospitality

Feeding the hungry

Meal prayer

Challenging world hunger

October 16, 2011 29th Sunday

Matthew 22.15-21 Caesar and God

God’s being is truth and love (#231)

Living Catholic Social Teaching

Justice prayer

Catholic Social Teaching; living wage

October 23, 2011 30th Sunday

Matthew 22.34-40 Great Commandments

God is love. God is one (#228)

Eucharist: Prayer of Building Christian the Faithful community

Prayer of petition

Solidarity

October 30, 2011 31st Sunday

Matthew 23.1-12 The Greatest Serve Others

Biblical imagery

Jesus became like us to make us like him (#479)

Marriage, Holy Orders: Marriage and family Praying for the Sacraments of Service living dead

November 6, 2011 32nd Sunday

Matthew 25.1-13 Wise and Foolish

Eucharist: First Reading

Jesus is the wisdom of God (#315) Eucharist: First Reading

Making wise choices

Prayer of wisdom

November 13, 2011 33rd Sunday

Matthew 2 5.14-30 Talents

Proverbs 31: Ideal wife

Jesus calls us to use our talents (#942)

Choosing positive attitudes

Prayer of praise

Dignity of work

November 20, 2011 Christ the King

Matthew 25.31-46 Works of Mercy

Jesus as shepherd and king

Jesus will judge us on works of mercy (#561)

Works of mercy; Serving the least

Thanksgiving prayer service

Solidarity; Works of Mercy

November 27, 2011 1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 13.33-37 Be Alert!

Psalm 96

Creation finds its goal in Christ (#315)

Advent; Eucharist: Opening Prayer

Preparing for Christmas

Tree blessing

December 4, 2011 Mark 1.1-8 2nd Sunday of Advent Jesus Is Good News

Exodus and Exile

God sends the Son and Spirit (#678, 682)

Advent

Giving gifts

O come, Emmanuel Solidarity

December 11, 2011 3rd Sunday of Advent

John 1.6-8, 19-28 The Baptist Prepares for Jesus

Nativity accounts: Matthew, Luke

John the Baptist prepares Jesus’ way (#523)

Advent; Our Lady of Volunteering Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 18, 2011 4th Sunday of Advent

Luke 1.26-38 Mary’s Yes to God

O Antiphons

Mary is the Mother of God (#50809, 744)

Advent; O Antiphons

Deepening trust

Hail Mary; O Antiphons

December 25, 2011 Christmas

Luke 2.1-14; 2.22-40 Jesus Is Born

In Jesus God becomes incarnate (#479)

Christmas traditions

Bringing Christmas to children

Family prayer

January 1, 2012 Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2.16-21 Mary Is Mother of God

Mary, Mother of God

Mary, Mother of the Church (#963)

Christmas carols

Mary, model believer

Christmas carols

January 8, 2012 Epiphany

Matthew 2.1-12 Coming of the Magi

Epiphany

Jesus is the hope of nations (#319, 528)

Icons

Religious art

Praying with icons

January 15, 2012 2nd Sunday Ordinary

John 1.35-42 Jesus Calls Followers

How Jesus calls

Jesus gathers disciples (#935)

January 22, 2012 3rd Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.14-20 Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

Gospel according to Mark

Jesus calls fishers of people (#849)

January 29, 2012 4th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.21-28 Jesus Teaches with Authority

Galilee: Jesus’ home Jesus heals (#547-50, 561) territory

February 5, 2012 5th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.29-39 Jesus Raises Up, Heals, Frees

Women in Mark

February 12, 2012 6th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 1.40-45 Jesus Heals a Leper

February 19, 2012 7th Sunday Ordinary

Mark 2.1-12 Forgiveness and Reconciliation

February 26, 2012 1st Sunday Lent

Eucharist: First Reading

Black Catholic saints

Icons of Justice Rutilio Grande, priest, martyr

Vocation: peer pressure Eucharistic Prayer

Rights and responsibilities

Eucharistic Prayer Feeding America

Handling anger and conflict

Jesus calls disciples to serve (#561)

Sacrament of Anointing

Resolving conflicts

Prayer starters

Dignity of the human person

Jesus brings healing (#561, 620)

Eucharist: Holy Communion

Practicing compassion

Prayer of praise

Option for the poor and vulnerable

10 Commandments; 8th Commandment

Jesus forgives and heals (#561, 986)

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Forgiving; Eighth Commandment

Prayer asking forgiveness

Mark 1.12-15 Jesus Is Tempted

Noah; covenant

Jesus shares our humanity (#538-40)

Lent

Acting as a Christian Ash Wednesday prayer service

March 4, 2012 2nd Sunday Lent

Mark 9.2-10 Transfiguration

God’s promise to Abraham

Jesus wants us to share his divinity (#460)

Lent

How Jesus transforms us

March 11, 2012 3rd Sunday Lent

John 2.13-25 Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Ten Commandments God is our origin and goal (#22829)

Lent

Ten Commandments Lenten prayer and relationships

March 18, 2012 4th Sunday Lent

John 3.14-21 Jesus Gives Us Light

John 3.16

Jesus sheds light on the mystery of evil (#324)

Lent

Examining conscience

Reconciliation service

March 25, 2012 5th Sunday Lent

John 12.20-33 The Grain of Wheat

Jeremiah

Jesus is like a grain of wheat (#629, 658)

Eucharist: Living bread

Nourishing others

Our daily bread

April 1, 2012 Palm/Passion Sunday

Mark 14.1—15.47 Jesus’ Passion

Passion

Jesus leads us from death to life (#620)

Holy Week/Triduum

Walking with Jesus

Stations of the Cross

April 8 and 15, 2012 John 20.1-31 Easter Sunday/2nd Easter Jesus Is Risen

Resurrection

Jesus leads us from death to life (#656, 658)

Easter; symbols of light and water

Celebrating Easter life

Celebrate the Easter symbols

April 22, 2012 3rd Easter

Luke 24.35-48 Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Early Christian communities in Acts

Jesus disciples witness him risen from death (#656, 658)

Eucharistic Prayer

Building Christian community

Eucharistic Prayer

April 29, 2012 4th Easter

John 10.11-18 The Good Shepherd

Shepherd imagery

Jesus is our good shepherd (#620, 2415-18)

Christian leadership

Psalm 23

Care for creation

May 6, 2012 5th Easter

John 15.1-8 The Vine and the Branches

God the creator

We live in the Holy Spirit (#733)

Living in the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit prayer

Care for creation

Gifts of the Spirit

Lenten prayer

Dignity of the human person Called to community

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Sunday Readings: Acts 14.21-27; Revelations 14.21-27; John 13.31-35 FOR THE PARISH BULLETIN

Gathering Ritual

Question from Life: In what ways can people tell you are a Christian? Question from the Gospel: How does the5th community of faith to which May you belong Sunday of Easter, 2, 2010 live out Jesus’ example and commandment? Sunday Readings: Acts 14.21-27; Revelations 14.21-27; John 13.31-35 LIFE AND GOSPEL QUESTIONS BY AGE LEVEL Sing: “What Wondrous Love Is This,” Worship #600 or “This Is My Commandment,” #603 or “Ubi Caritas,” #604. Sunday by Sunday (Adult) Life Question: What habitual action that you do for others reveals who you are? All:shows Let uslove begin the try name of the Father, and of the Gospel Question: What are the ways Jesus thatinyou to imitate? Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Leader: Let us pray. Jesus, you inspire us to remember Visions (Younger Teens) we have loved our families, friends, and others Life Question: What are qualities you lookthe for times in a friend? in our community. Continue us as we are invited Gospel Question: What community or group do you know that tries to to livehelp Jesus’ to love and honor everyone in our world. commandment to love one another? All: Amen. Venture (Grades 4-6) READING Life Question: When have you consideredFIRST a friend’s needs to be more important Print in large letters the names of the ten places where than your own? Paul andfollow Barnabas preach. Children can hold the Gospel Question: What will the world be like if we Jesus’ one commandnames high or have them on sticks. Have the reader ment – to love one another? walk from name to name to show Paul and Barnabas moving. Or, give the names to groups of children. Have Good News (Grades 2-3) them and welcome Paul and Barnabas when the Life Question: What are ways you show love to wave your family and classmates? names their town. Gospel Question: How can people tell whoreader follows Jesus? Reader: Reading from the Acts of the Apostles 14.21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the gospel Promise (Grades K-1) Derbeinand many disciples, Life Question: What actions show you loveinthose yourmade family, in your class?they returned to Iconium, Gospel Question: What does Jesus teachLystra, us about love? and then to Antioch, strengthening their disciples and encouraging them to persevere in the faith, saying, “We must suffer many afflictions to enter Seeds (Preschool) into the of God.” In each church they appointed Life Question: How do you show love for those in reign your family? elders with prayers and fasting commended them to Gospel Question: How does Jesus show love forand others? the Lord, in whom they had put their faith. Then Paul and Barnabas passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. After preaching the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had first been commended to the grace of God for the work they had completed. After they arrived and the church gathered, they reported all that God had helped them do and that God had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. GOSPEL Leader: Let us prepare to listen to the Gospel. Loving God, open our ears to hear your call to love one another as you loved us. All:: Open our hearts and hands to show love to others like Jesus taught us. Reader(s): A reading from the Gospel according to John 13.31-35.

REFLECTION Loving one another is every Christian’s hardest work. How do we love brothers and sisters when they act mean? How do we love parents when we don’t agree with them? How do we show love for people we don’t know? How do the people of one country show love to the people of another country? These questions are complex, but we must do what we can – pray, give money, extend friendship, and work for justice and peace. Likewise, we can count on the Holy Spirit to help us in all our work. Let us go into our sessions and think together how we, as a community of faith, can live out Jesus’ example and commandment. CONCLUDING PRAYER Sing: “Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest,” Worship #482, verse 1, or any Holy Spirit song (Invite the students who use Venture to come forward and lead the community in its final prayer.) Leader 1: Jesus asks us to love one another as true friends. In the spirit of friendship, we call on God’s Holy Spirit to bless us and our friends. All: Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your friendship and with love for one another. Leader 2: Strengthen us to get along with others in our schools and neighborhoods, All: Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your friendship and with love for one another. Leader 3: Help us know how deep God’s love is for us and how much God wants us to share that love with others. All: Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your friendship and with love for one another. Leader 4: Give us courage to share our gifts and Christ’s friendship for the good of all. All: Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your friendship and with love for one another. Leader 5: Wherever we go, whomever we meet, may the Spirit of God’s loving friendship shine through us. All: Come, Holy Spirit, fill us with your friendship and with love for one another. Leader 6: Let us turn to one another in friendship and share the sign of peace, saying, “The friendship of Christ be with you.” Concluding Song: “Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest,” Worship # 482, verse 2, or another Holy Spirit song.

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