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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, 19–28For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundThe Sunday 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.Connecting Scripture and DoctrineThe weeks of waiting for Christmas can seem interminable to a child. This Seeds lesson helps them relate to the people in Jesus’ time who waited for him to come too. The love for Jesus we celebrate on his birthday spills over into a sharing of that love with each other.“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, 525.Sharing the Lesson with FamiliesEncourage parents to take time to share with their child the real meaning of Christmas—God’s coming to live with us in Jesus. Suggest they ask their child to teach them the Christmas song, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.”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●  Seeds Student Lesson for 12/17●  Catechism handbook, page 14●  CD player and Seeds CD-1●  scissors, envelopes, crayons●  magazine photos showing emotions●  Christmas countdown chain●  puppet (optional)●  Advent wreath and candle from 12/3 NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from pages 3–4.Suggested Music●  “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)●  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)Lesson Resources●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #18●  Weekly Review Template(gospelweeklies.com/Catechists- Teachers)60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)●  Gathering Prayer●  Warm-Up Activity ● Loving Actions and Words●  Story ● The Christmas Countdown ChainDiscover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)●  Sunday Gospel ● The whole world welcomes Jesus. (page 1) Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes andTeaches handbooks. Turn to page 14. Live the Gospel (20—25 minutes)●  Activity ● Welcome, Jesus—A Christmas Card (pages 1–2)●  Song ● “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” (page 3)●  Activity ● A Matching Game (page 4)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)Take-Home●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #18●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families andto do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20–25 minutes)●  Gathering Song ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7) ●  Gathering Prayer●  Warm-Up Activity ● Loving Actions and Words ●  Story ● The Christmas Countdown Chain●  Activity ● Stretch and PlayDiscover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)●  GospelRitual●“TwoLittleEars”(CD-1,#4)●  SundayGospel●ThewholeworldwelcomesJesus.(page1)Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 14.●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #18 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)●  Activity ● Welcome, Jesus—A Christmas Card (pages 1–2) ●  Song ● “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” (page 3)●  Activity ● A Matching Game (page 4)●  Closing Prayer●  Closing Song ● “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7)Take-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.TG2-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansThe whole world welcomes Jesus.Welcome,Jesus!PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 17, 20173rd Sunday of Advent


































































































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