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December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 Christmas and EpiphanyChristmas Readings: Isaiah 9:1–6; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14 Epiphany Readings: Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians 3:2–3a, 5–6; Matthew 2:1–12For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundThe Christmas narrative in the Gospel of Luke emphasizes the humble circumstances in which God took on human flesh. Luke also tells of the great joy with which ordinary shepherds and the hosts of Heaven welcomed this event. Matthew’s story of the Magi who seek the new king of Israel shows that Jesus came for all people.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineChildren learn by using their whole bodies. Setting up the Nativity scene and retelling the stories to their families will bring the Christmas mystery home to them. Promise aims to have the children understand Jesus is as real as their next-door neighbor.“In the mystery of his incarnation, Christ has united himself to every human being. He is the perfect man who reveals to all human beings their own true nature and their eternal destiny in communion with God. If we seek to know ourselves and the meaning of our lives, we should look to Christ” (NDC, 25H). See also CCC, 2628.“Christ calls all the faithful to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world and to hand his message on to successive generations” (NDC, 15). See also CCC, 30–35, 2628.Editor’s Note: If you will not meet for Sundays 12/31 or 1/7, consider duplicating the guide and sending it and this Promise lesson home for the children to complete with their families.Single-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.Materials●  Promise Student Lesson for 12/25 and 1/7●  Catechism handbook, page 9●  CD player and Promise/Good News CDs●  crayons or colored pencils●  butcher paper, construction paper scraps, and glue●  Magi completed in the last lesson NOTE: Fold one Nativity scene.Suggested Music●  “Christmas Time” (CD-1, #14)●  “Glory to Our God” (CD-1, #11)●  “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)●  “Christmas Star” (CD-1, #12)Lesson Resources●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #3●  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.com/Catechists-Teachers)60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “Christmas Time” (CD-1, #14)●  Gathering Prayer●  Activity ● We Celebrate Christmas●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Glory to Our God” (CD-1, #11)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)●  Cover Activity ● Jesus is born. (page 1)●  Activity ● Nativity Scene (pages 1 and 4)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)●  Sunday Gospel ● The Christmas and Epiphany Story (page 4)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 9.Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)●  Activity ● Dear Whiskers (page 2)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Christmas Star” (CD-1, #12)Take-Home●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #3●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families andto do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “Christmas Time” (CD-1, #14)●  Gathering Prayer●  Activity ● We Celebrate Christmas●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Glory to Our God” (CD-1, #11)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)●  Cover Activity ● Jesus is born. (page 1)●  Activity ● Nativity Scene (pages 1 and 4)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)●  Sunday Gospel ● The Christmas and Epiphany Story (page 4) ●  Activity ● Creative DramaDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 9.●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #3 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)●  Activity ● Dear Whiskers (page 2)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Christmas Star” (CD-1, #12)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.TG2-28 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansJesus is born.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 25, 2017and January 7, 2018 Christmas and Epiphany


































































































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