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Teaching GuideOVERVIEWThis Sunday Christians begin celebrating Holy Week. Promise focuses on the gifts Jesus gives us during the last events of his life on earth—a way to remember him at the Last Supper, his love on the Cross, the promise of his presence and life forever in his Resurrection. Plan to use this issue of Promise for both Palm/Passion Sunday and for Holy Week.Holy Week is an ideal catechetical opportunity for young children because there are so many sense-involving rituals— receiving and waving palms on Palm Sunday, washing feet on Holy Thursday, venerating the Cross on Good Friday, and lights, bells, water, fire on Holy Saturday. Experiencing any or all of these holy days is the best way for children to learn about Jesus’ act of redeeming love. Consider sending a note home with the children’s lessons, giving the time of the Holy Week liturgies in your parish and encouraging parents to bring their Promise child to at least one of them.MATERIALS: Crayons or colored pencils, scissors, tape or glue, yarn, stapler, battery-operated candle, Promise music CD, CD player, dowels. Separate pages 1-2 of Promise from pages 3-4 before class begins. Plan to have an aide for every two or three children. High school students are ideal for this task.SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will recognize welcoming as a way of showing love.1. GATHER AND SING If you have the Promise music CD, play “Jesus, I Will Stay With You.” The children will easily learn the refrain. If you do not have the CD, lead the children in singing “The Whole World Is in God’s Hands,” creating verses appropriate to the children, your parish or school, and city or neighborhood. If your parish uses “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” as a Palm Sunday song, have the parish music minister teach it to the children so they can participate more fully in the Palm Sunday procession.2. OPENING PRAYER Ask the children to stand or sit quietly as you say the opening prayer. They respond, “Amen.”Loving God, we are here today to learn about Jesus and his love for us. Help us to be good listeners.3. COVER ACTIVITY: How do we welcome someone?Distribute Promise and give the children time to read the cover sentence and find the hidden ways to welcome. Welcome banner, shaking hands, waving, confetti, streamers, balloons, hugs, trumpets, smile, gift, flowers, outstretched hands, hands making a heart shape.4. STORY: Welcome Back, Kim! Gather the children in the story area. Ask who has been in the hospital or home sickfor a long time. Let volunteers tell what happened when theycame back to school or day care. Then tell in your own words or read aloud the following story—Poor Kim! She rode her bike too fast down a steep hill, fell, and hit her head so hard she was knocked out. Her parents rushed her to the hospital.On Saturday two friends came to see Kim. That made her happy. On Monday she got a card from her first-grade class. That made her happy, too, but it also made her lonely. What if her classmates forgot about her? On Tuesday the doctor told Kim she could go home and back to school afternoons.When the children heard Kim was coming back, they planned a party. They made a welcome poster and a welcome card. They decorated a table and made treats. On Wednesday afternoon, the whole class waited for Kim to come. When she came in the door, Miss Brown and all the children shouted, “Welcome back!” They hugged Kim and brought her to a special place at the table. The whole class ate, sang, and played games together. Kim could hardly wait to tell her parents she hadn’t been forgotten.Discuss the story. Ask how the children showed they cared about Kim when she was in the hospital. How did they welcome her when she returned to class?5. STRETCH AND SING Gather in the open area. Ask the children if they know what will happen this Sunday in church. Everyone who comes will get a palm branch to hold during Mass and to take home afterward. If you can get a piece of palm from your parish church, show it to the children and let them handle it. Describe how the blessing and procession will happen in your parish. Pantomime the distribution of palmsto the children. Then process around the room waving the palms. Use the song with which you began class. Be creative. The idea is to prepare the children for the Palm Sunday events so they can enjoy them more and be more a part of them.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will listen to the stories of Jesus’ death and Resurrection and make an Easter booklet.6. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: My Easter Book Gather in the storytelling circle with the candle in the center. Use a completed copy of My Easter Book (pages 3-4) to illustrate the story of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Remind the children of the ways Kim’s classmates welcomed her, then use the illustration on the front of the Easter book to tell the story of people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem—The more Jesus taught, the more people heard about him and wanted to see him. One day Jesus decided to go to the most important city in his country to celebrate a feast day. Jesus rode a donkey into the city to show he was a man of peace. People cut palm branches and waved them. TheyApril 9, 2017 • Palm/Passion SundaySunday Readings: Matthew 21.1-11; Isaiah 50.4-7; Philippians 2.6-11; Matthew 26.14—27.66TG4-12

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