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Review for Unit 4 of PromiseEach week, Promise brings the Good News of Jesus to children in ways appropriate to their social, spiritual, and psychological development. Each lesson has stories, the Sunday Gospel, and sense-involving activities that lead children to learn about Jesus’ story and to praise God in Jesus’ name as developing members oftheirparishcommunity.Unit4ofPromiseleadsthechildrenthroughLenttothejoy of Easter. They have read and acted out the Gospels the Church uses to prepare catechumens for Baptism. They have joined the community in the solemn liturgies of Holy Week and the joyous celebration of Easter. Use this page to find out what in these parish experiences and in the Promise lessons has touched the hearts of the children and left a lasting impression on them.GOSPEL STORIESSelect which of the Gospel stories in this unit you wish to review with the children. Choose ones that had an impact on them and led to interesting questions and discussion. Do not worry if the children do not tell the entire story. Listen instead for what they remember about Jesus and his attitude toward the people who turn to him as well as the ways he helps them.• The Transfiguration: Jesus’ friends will remember God said Jesus is his beloved Son.• The Samaritan Woman: Jesus makes friends with people who are unlike him. He talks and listens to them.• The Man Born Blind: Jesus gives the gift of sight to a man who believes in him.• Mary, Martha, and Lazarus: Jesus loves this family and feels sad when Lazarus dies. Jesus calls him back to life.• Palm/PassionSunday:ThepeopleofJerusalemrecognize Jesus has come from God.• Easter: Jesus was put to death, but rose on Easter Day. He lives with God in heaven now.• The Supper at Emmaus. Jesus’ friends recognize him at a meal like our holy meal, known as the Mass.• TheGoodShepherd:ThisisafavoriteimageofGod’s everlasting love for us.LIVING LIKE JESUSPromise-age children are very concrete. They enjoy everything about the world around them and can talk forever about what they experience. This kind of talking may not seem appropriate to religion class where we expect the topic to be God, but awareness of the world around them and their efforts to make sense of it help develop religious readiness in children.The Promise activities for Lent do not emphasize prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Rather they ask children to be aware of their senses and feelings and praise God for all that they are and see and hear and touch. The lessons for Holy Week and Easter immerse the children in Jesus’ story in sense-involving ways. Review the Holy Week booklet with the children. Ask about liturgies they attended during these days and what they remember. View the Easter story strips together and let themretell the stories to you or read them from the back of the illustrations.Promise wants children to know they are part of a Church family. Ask these simple questions to assess their understanding of the Sunday gathering for the Eucharist—• WhendoyougotoMass,SaturdayorSunday?• WhatisyourfavoritethingaboutbeingatMass?• How do you join people in praising God? By singing? Sayingthe responses? Going up for a blessing? Putting money in the collection basket? Greeting people at the Sign of Peace? Praying The Lord’s Prayer?Conclude this sharing by walking to the church to show thechildren the Easter candle. It will stand by the altar or baptismal font all year to remind everyone that Jesus was put to death but rose again and is with God. The candle reminds us of Jesus’ promise that he is with us still and that we can join him in heaven someday.HABITS OF PRAYERThis is an ideal time to review the common prayers of the Church the children learned in this Promise year—the Sign of the Cross, The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and a prayer to their guardian angels. They also learned to sing a meal prayer, to pray spontaneous prayers of thanks, and to make prayers of petition for concerns and worries they have. Use pages 29 and 30 in What the Church Believes and Teaches to review these prayers. Ask the children for questions about the words of the prayers. There are always misunderstandings to clear up.ADDITIONAL LESSONS FOR MAYDoes your Promise group continue to gather during May? If so, the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies website has three additional lessons for you to use. They are on creation, Jesus’ Ascension, and Pentecost. Go to, click on Catechists/Teachers, then Promise (Grades K-1), then Early Start/Late Close Lessons.Coming in 2017–2018!1. New Family Connection on all levels with the same question of the week and family prayer so families can discuss and pray together each week.2. New Expanded Teaching Guides contain flexible weekly pacing guides for parish programs; and a five-day-a-week lesson planfor Catholic schools. Now in full-color, the guides have a clear link between the weekly lessons and the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism Handbooks.3. New systematic linking of the Gospel and Catholic Doctrine found in each lesson increases the emphasis on Catholic Identity and helps children appreciate the importance and beauty of being Catholic.4. New resources to meet the needs of catechists and teachers include activity master books to enhance and extend each week’s lesson, video links, and lesson and unit assessments. Plus, we have new music composed by well-known liturgical and catechetical composer, John Burland.

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