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December 10, 2017 • 2nd Sunday of AdventSunday Readings: Isaiah 40:1–5, 9–11; 2 Peter 3:8–14; Mark 1:1–8For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundIn Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist teaches the people that God has promised to come and be with them. He tells them to make their hearts a place for God to come. “Be ready for him,” John says, echoing the words of the prophet Isaiah.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineSeeds helps children continue their preparation for Christmas and recognize the importance of giving gifts as a sign of love for others. Bringing joy and happiness to others is a reminder of God’s love to us by giving us his Son at Christmas.Seeds also tells the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of all the Americas. The special love of Mary for Juan Diego assures children of Mary’s love for all of us.“Catechesis aims to bring about in the believer an ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deeper knowledge and love of his person and message, and a firm commitment to follow him.... With God’s grace, catechesis develops initial faith, nourishes the Christian life, and continually unfolds the mystery of Christ until the believer willingly becomes his disciple” (NDC, 19A). See also CCC, 1095.Sharing the Lesson with FamiliesEncourage parents to ask their child to tell the story of Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe using pages 3 and 4. They may also act out the story as a family.Single-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 ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)●  Gathering Prayer●  Activity ● Getting Ready for Christmas●  Story ● Jenny Gets Ready for Christmas●  Activity ● Match the Shapes (page 2)Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)●  GospelRitual●“TwoLittleEars”(CD-1,#4)●  SundayGospel●JesuslearnedstoriesaboutGod.(page1) ●  Activity●StretchandSing“ThePromise,Part2”(CD-2,#3)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 7.Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)●  Saint Story ● Juan Diego Meets the Mother of God (page 3)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Mary, Our Mother” (CD-2, #23)Take-Home●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #11●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families andto do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.TG2-16 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansMaterials●  Seeds Student Lesson for 12/10●  Catechism handbook, page 7●  CD player and Seeds CDs●  pencils and crayons●  Advent wreath and candle from 12/3Suggested Music●  “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)●  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)●  “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-2, #3)●  “Mary, Our Mother” (CD-2, #23)Lesson Resources●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #11●  Weekly Review Template(gospelweeklies.com/Catechists- Teachers)90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20–25 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7) ●  Gathering Prayer●  Activity ● Getting Ready for Christmas●  Story ● Jenny Gets Ready for Christmas●  Activity ● Match the Shapes (page 2) ●  Activity ● StretchDiscover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus learned stories about God. (page 1) ●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-2, #3)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 7.●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #11 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)●  Saint Story ● Juan Diego Meets the Mother of God (page 3) ●  Activity ● Creative Drama (page 3)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Mary, Our Mother” (CD-2, #23)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.Jesus learned stories about God.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 10, 20172nd Sunday of Advent


































































































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