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December 10, 2017 • 2nd Sunday of AdventLive the GospelObjective The children will hear, retell, and dramatize the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.Saint Story ● Our Lady of Guadalupe (pages 3–4) Tell the children a special feast day for Mary is Tuesday, December 12. It is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Read the story below or tell it in your own words:A long time ago, a poor Aztec Indian in Mexico was walking to Mass. His name was Juan Diego. It was December, and Juan was cold.All of a sudden, Juan heard birds singing and a voice calling him. “Juan,” the voice said. “Little Juanito.” It was a woman’s voice, and she was speaking in the Aztec language. Juan looked up the hill, and there was a beautiful woman with a turquoise cloak full of stars. She had dark skin and dark eyes, just like Juan had.The woman said, “Juan, I am Mary, the Mother of God. I want you to tell the bishop of Mexico to build a church here in my honor.”Juan said, “Mother, he will not listen to me. I’m just a poor Indian. But I will go.” Juan was right. The bishop wouldn’t listen to him. “Go home. Don’t waste my time,” he said to Juan.When Juan told the beautiful woman he had failed, she asked him to try again. So Juan went to the bishop a second time. The bishop said, “Bring me a sign to prove this woman is the Mother of God.”When Juan got back to the beautiful lady, he said, “Mother, you will have to send someone more important.” “I have chosen you, Juanito,” the lady said. “I will give you a sign for the bishop. Gather roses and take them to him.” “But, Mother,” Juan said, “roses don’t grow in December.” Then Juan looked around him. He saw bushes and bushes full of roses. He picked so many he had to use his cloak to carry them. Juan took the roses to the bishop’s house.“What are you carrying in your cloak?” the bishop asked. Juan opened his cloak, and the roses spilled out. The bishop got down on his knees. Juan looked down and saw a picture of the woman on his cloak.“I will build a church where the Mother of God appeared to you,” the bishop told Juan. The church is still there today, and Juan Diego’s cloak with the picture of the Mother of God is there too.Give the children time to express their feelings about the story. Lead them in telling it to you, scene by scene. Emphasize that the Mother of God asked someone with no power or prestige to help her. Mary and Jesus both like little people.Move to the work area. Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise and scissors. Show the children how to make the horizontal cuts. Then demonstrate how to fold the two pieces to make a booklet. Point out that the page numbers show which part tucks inside.Read through your booklets once together. Then ask the children to read the story with a partner. Go around the room, listening to their reading and talking about the story.Activity ● Advent Calendar Call the children’s attention to the Advent calendar from last week’s Promise. Ask: Which getting-ready activities have you done? Note behaviors you saw in class today that are on the calendar. Encourage them to show their families Mary and Juan Diego’s pictures on the Advent calendar and to read their storybook to them.Closing Prayer Gather the children in the prayer circle. Make petitions to Our Lady of Guadalupe, asking her to watch out for the people of the world who are suffering and alone. Invite the children to mention people they know from the news or in their own lives who need the love and care of Our Lady.Close your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2).Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.Ask: What do you think the Holy Family did every day? Help them think of ordinary things their families also do—eating together, sharing news, praying, and working. Mary worked at home—cleaning, baking bread, washing clothes, and so on. Joseph was a carpenter. Jesus helped Mary and Joseph. He played with his friends.Direct the children to form groups of three. Have the groups role-play scenes from the life of the Holy Family. Then invite each child to draw a picture of the Holy Family doing something that their own family might do.Play and sing “The Holy Family” (CD-1, #10).Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, pages 3–4.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Promise Weekly Review template.Use Activity #11 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-19

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