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December 25, 2017 and January 7, 2018 • Christmas and EpiphanyDistribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.I am going to read a letter to you that talks about what a cat might have thought if the cat was in the stable with Mary and Joseph when Jesus was born. As I read the letter, I want you to close your eyes and imagine you are the cat in the stable. Think about what you are seeing, smelling, hearing, and feeling in the stable. I will stop a few times as I read the letter to ask: What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? How are you feeling?Read the letter from Paws to Whiskers on page 2. This experience should stretch the children’s imaginations and help them connect their senses to the Nativity story.Ask: How did it feel to pretend you were a cat in the stable when Jesus was born? What would you write back to Paws if you were Whiskers and you just received the letter? What questions do you have about what it was like when Jesus was born?Closing Prayer Invite the children to bring their copies of Promise to the prayer circle. Pray: “Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to be with us. We are happy he came. We will try to act like him and be good and loving to each other.”The children respond, “Amen.”Play and sing “Christmas Star” (CD-1, #12) as your closing prayer. The words are on page 3 of Promise.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesGod’s Promise to Adam and Eve (page 9)As you read the text with the children, stress that God wanted Adam and Eve—and all people—to be happy in Heaven forever.Read Matthew 1:20–21 from your classroom Bible. Pass out crayons or colored pencils and give the children timeto color the page and find out who God sent. They likely already know the answer. Tell the children that God sent his Son, Jesus, to save us and open the gates of Heaven for us.Have the children make a JESUS banner. Outline the letters of Jesus on a long piece of butcher paper. Be sure to draw big, chunky letters. Cut up multi-colored construction paper scraps into small (1/2 to 1 inch) irregular pieces. Let children fill in the letters of the word Jesus with colorful pieces to make a mosaic. Be sure to display their work where other children, parents, and parishioners can appreciate the message of the banner and the children’s good work.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, page 2.Live the GospelObjective The children will imagine being present when Jesus was born.Activity ● Dear Whiskers (page 2) Gather back in the work area. Show children how to unfold their Nativity scenes for a moment to look at page 2. Ask them to describe the illustration. It is the word Whiskers made to look like a cat. There is a cat’s paw print on the bottom. Ask: How many of you have a pet at home? Have you ever wondered what your pet is thinking or what they would say if they could talk like we can? Imagine that there are two cats that live far away from each other and they write letters to each other to talk about what is going on in their lives.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Promise Weekly Review template.Use Activity #3 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming ● TG2-31The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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