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December 17, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of AdventSunday Readings: Isaiah 61:1–2a, 10–11;1 Thessalonians 5:16–24; John 1:6–8, 19–28.ydaerWegetOuBrOPOarKish ChCraiosrtofmlsasFor Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundThis Sunday’s Gospel again features John the Baptist who tells the Jews who come to listen to him that he is not the messiah they are waiting for. Promise does not use this story but tells instead the part of the Christmas Gospel that leads up to the birth of Jesus.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineThe lesson invites the children to tell about the preparations their families make for their Christmas celebration. Praying, listening to stories about Christmas, and singing about it are other simple ways for the children to prepare for Christmas at their level of understanding and participation.“Catechesis will also be centered on Christ if the Gospels occupy a pivotal place within it. They ‘are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate Word, our Savior’ (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation [Dei Verbum], 18). They transmit the life, message, and saving actions of Jesus Christ and express the teaching that was proposed to the first Christian communities. Catechesis must be centered in the Gospels, because ‘Jesus Christ is their center’ (CCC, 139)” (NDC, 25A). See also CCC, 523, 719.Sharing the Lesson with FamiliesEncourage parents to ask their child to tell them the story of the Just-Right Christmas Plate in which the littlest child makes a just-right gift for parents. Suggest that they display their child’s Getting-Ready Mobile.Materials●  Promise Student Lesson for 12/17●  Catechism handbook, page 22●  CD player and Promise/Good News CDs ●  crayons, scissors, tape●  Advent wreath●  coat hangers or dowel rods●  yarn of varying lengths, 5 per child NOTE: Aides needed for help with cutting.Suggested Music●  “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)●  “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6) ●  “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)Lesson Resources●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #18●  Weekly Review Template(gospelweeklies.com/Catechists- Teachers)Draw lines between the items that go together.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 17, 20173rd Sunday of AdventSingle-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)●  Gathering Prayer●  Cover Activity ● We get ready. (page 1)●  Story ● The Just-Right Christmas Plate (page 2)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)●  Sunday Gospel ● Mary and Joseph are ready for Jesus. Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes andTeaches handbooks. Turn to page 22. Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)●  Activity ● A Getting-Ready Mobile (pages 3–4) ●  Activity ● Advent Calendar●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-Home●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #18●  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20–25 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2) ●  Gathering Prayer●  Cover Activity ● We get ready. (page 1)●  Story ● The Just-Right Christmas Plate (page 2)●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6) Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)●  Sunday Gospel ● Mary and Joseph are ready for Jesus.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 22.●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #18 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)●  Activity ● A Getting-Ready Mobile (pages 3–4) ●  Activity ● Advent Calendar●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.TG2-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans


































































































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