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UNIT 2 OVERVIEW: We Celebrate Jesus’ ComingEditor’s Note: This unit may be interrupted by Christmas break. We encourage you to plan ahead for the entire Advent-Christmas season based on your program’s schedule. If you are back in session for the Sunday of Epiphany (1/7), do not send the Christmas and Epiphany lesson home with the children before Christmas break.Life in ChristChristian PrayerSharing talentsMorning PrayerSeeing Christ in our neighbor; Works of MercyMeal prayersBeing ready for Jesus’ comingAdvent family prayerWe grow as followers of JesusSaying yes to GodPrayer to Our Lady of GuadalupePreparing for ChristmasAdvent prayerGuardian Angel PrayerTelling the Christmas storyChristmas carols; Table grace for ChristmasActing as Jesus’ followersPrayer of peaceLiving Our FaithEach year, the Advent and Christmas season asks us to reflect on our human experience and who we are becoming in Christ. “Because the eternal Word assumed human nature, human experience is the locus for the manifestation and realization of salvation in him. By the grace of the Holy Spirit, persons come to know Christ, to know that he was sent from the Father, and to know that he died to save them in the midst of their human experience” (National Directory for Catechesis, 29A).December is busy in schools and parishes. Advent wreaths, Nativity scenes, Secret Santas, choir practices, and Christmas plays—all help us focus on the Incarnation of God in our world. It’s important to be clear that Jesus’ coming is not solely an event of the past; we can invite Jesus into our hearts each day. Jesus is also present in a very special way at every celebration of the Eucharist.The family is the first school of faith. Children absorb attitudes and imitate practices. As teachers and catechists, consider ways to support parents in their role as their child’s primary teachers of faith.What’s New for 2017-18Over the last year, we met with teachers, catechists, and program directors who use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies with their children. We asked questions, we listened, and we hope that the changes we’ve made will help you bring the Gospel to your children in even more meaningful, lasting ways.We expanded the lesson plans to help you pace the Weeklies for how you use them, whether your class meets every day or every week. We’ve worked with teachersto develop Curriculum Connections that tie the Weekliesto other learning areas, including language arts, social studies, math, and science. The new Catholic Identity Projects can be used to connect the children in your school or parish to the larger Church.We’ve also recently launched GROW—Gospel Resources of the Week—a new blog that brings together reflections on the Sunday Gospels, saints, feasts, prayers, video links, and free printables in one convenient spot. Find it at Let us know how we’re doing— by either commenting on the GROWblog or emailing us at blogMusic CDsThe Promise/Good News music two-CD setis available at This setcontains new songs by John Burland that correlate to the seasons of the liturgical year. The songs are easy for the children to learn through listening and singing along. This music can also be downloaded at Gospel Resources of the WeekAll numbers in parentheses refer to sections in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Bayard supports Pope Francis’s call to care for our common home. Please recycle this teaching guide properly. Thank you.For free at-home activities, visit NEW Gospel WeekliesMUSIC FOR THE LITURGICAL YEARSongs for Grades K-3

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