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     February 4, 2018 • 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
     Live the Gospel
Objective The children will identify the Sacrament of Anointing as one of the Seven Sacraments.
Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Some of the children may have experienced or participated in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Invite them to tell what the priest did and what the person being anointed experienced. This sacrament gives a special grace to a Christian experiencing the difficulties of serious illness or old age.
Demonstrate to the children what an anointing might be like. Invite the children to imagine a child is sick in the hospital and a priest comes to anoint him or her. Invite a volunteer to
be that child. The other children will be family members and friends. Priests may lengthen or shorten the rite as needed. This enactment makes it as simple as possible:
Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Scripture Reading: Sunday’s Gospel is a recommended reading. Priest: Loving God, through this holy anointing, come and comfort (Name) with your love and mercy.
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
Priest: Relieve the suffering of all who are sick. Assist all dedicated to the care of the sick. Give life and health to our brother (or sister).
Priest: (anoints the sick person on the forehead and hands with blessed oil) Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.
The priest prays a final prayer, and everyone says the Lord’s Prayer together. The sick person may then receive the Eucharist.
Activity ● Making Care Cards Distribute drawing paper and crayons. Ask: Who knows someone who is sick or very old? Allow the children to name the people they know. Mention parish members and residents of local nursing homes. Direct the children to create cheerful cards for these people. Print “Thinking of You” and “Praying for You” on the board for the children to copy. Collect and mail/deliver the cards or send them home for the children and their families to deliver.
Closing Prayer “Thank you, Jesus, for loving us and taking care of us and our families. Please bring comfort and healing to those who are sick, especially... (children name people). Help us to trust in your care for us.” The children respond, “Amen.”
End your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #18).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
   Emphasize that God took care of Noah and his family because Noah believed and trusted God.
Give the children time to act out the story of Noah. They can pretend to be the parade of animals to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching.” Use these adapted lyrics:
The (animals) go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah The (animals) go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah The (animals) go marching two by two,
Because Noah knows what God will do.
And they all go marching on to the ark
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Children will know that we still have floods and other natural disasters. These aren’t punishments from God. God didn’t say there would never be another flood but that no flood would ever again destroy the whole world. God cares about each creature and wants everyone to be saved. Even if people die through a natural disaster, God will bring those who are faithful to him into forever happiness in Heaven.
After the children complete the activity on page 10, ask for examples of how God cares for people, animals, and the earth. Challenge the children to come up with one example for each band of the rainbow.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise.
      Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #19 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-15

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