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                                                       February 11, 2018 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  home. The leper was left out of the market, the synagogue, and his family. The leper was sitting by himself outside the gate to the city when Jesus came by. “Please make me well,” the leper said to Jesus. “I will,” Jesus answered. “Be well.”
The leper was cured! All his sores went away. He was so happy that he ran to his family, visited the market, and went to the synagogue. Everywhere he went, he told people how good Jesus was.
Ask: How do you think the leper felt before Jesus healed him? How do you think the leper felt after Jesus healed him? What can you do to make sure no one feels left out?
Distribute crayons and invite the children to add color to the page.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objective The children will name those who love them.
Activity ● Jesus Cares Valentine (pages 3–4) Gather the children in the work area. Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise and invite the children to turn to page 4. Read the title aloud. Read the top heart and recall Peter’s mother-in-law and all the people Jesus healed. Read the next heart. Recall the leper. Read the bottom heart and have the children point to themselves on the word me.
Direct the children to cut the stem along the left edge of the page first. Next, cut apart all the hearts; then cut carefully around the individual hearts. Direct the children to glue the stem in the middle of a sheet of construction paper, then arrange the three big hearts on the paper and glue them down. Finish with the three small hearts. Point out the small sample on page 4 for placement. Have them write their names on their papers.
Closing Prayer Gather the children in the prayer circle, standing and holding their Jesus Cares Valentines. Invite them to repeat this prayer after you: “Jesus, you care for the sick. / You care for those who are left out. / You care for us. / Thank you, Jesus. / Amen.”
Play and sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6) to conclude your Promise class session.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
     Display a picture or statue of Saint Francis of Assisi. Explain that Saint Francis is known for his love of God’s Creation. He showed us that we can love God by taking care of the earth.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise pages 3-4.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
God Asks Us to Love (page 11)
 After the flood, God asked Noah and his family to take care of the earth. Help the children to understand that God calls them to take care of his Creation today. Ask: How do you take care of
●  the earth, water, air? ●  plants and animals? ●  God’s people?
Invite each child to choose one way he or she takes care of the earth and draw a picture of that. Next have each child draw one way he or she takes care of another person. Work with the children to illustrate things they really do, not things they may do some day. Gather the children in
a circle. Invite them to take turns sharing their drawings. Let each child choose one pictures to describe to the group. Follow each presentation with positive and encouraging comments.
Help the children plant seeds that will germinate quickly, such as beans, grass, or carrots. Place the pots in a sunny spot in the classroom or send them home with the children. Encourage them to watch how sun and water affect the growth of the seeds.
  Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #29 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-19
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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