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                                           February 18, 2018 • 1st Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Genesis 9:8–15; 1 Peter 3:18–22; Mark 1:12–15
             For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus goes to the desert to get ready to do God’s work in the world. The message Jesus preached after this prayerful time was “God loves us very much and wants us to be close to him.”
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Lent is a time for Jesus’ followers to reassess how they witness to God’s action in their lives. Traditionally, Christians practice prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent. This follows the example of Jesus in the Gospel.
Promise asks young children to practice loving actions as their participation in the Church’s Lenten season. Promise also provides a prayer box that families can use to gather their prayers of praise, thanks, and petition.
Lent “is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year.... [Lent] reflects the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer” (NDC, 37A).
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Promise gives children two Lenten challenges—to do loving actions and to pray. Young children will answer both these challenges primarily in the context of their families. Encourage parents to decide with their child what loving actions on page 2 he or she can do. Use the prayer box to gather and share your family prayers of petition, thanks, and praise during Lent.
  Single-Session Lesson Pacing Guides
Note: These pacing guides are suggestions for how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.
Materials
●  Promise Student Lesson for 2/18
●  Catechism handbook, page 18
●  CD player and Promise/Good News CDs
●  crayons, pencils, scissors, glue or tape
●  aides to help with prayer box activity
●  parent notes about the prayer box NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4. Make one prayer box.
Suggested Music
●  “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17)
●  “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23)
●  “These Ashes” (CD-1, #15)
Lesson Resources
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #9
●  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
 60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Cover Activity ● Lent is a time to get ready for Easter. (page 1)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus takes time to pray.
●  Activity ● Lent is a time to... (page 2)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 18.
Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Make a Prayer Box (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “These Ashes” (CD-1, #15)
Take-Home
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #9
●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Cover Activity ● Lent is a time to get ready for Easter. (page 1) ●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (45–50 minutes) ●  Gospel Ritual ● “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ”
(CD-2, #23)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus takes time to pray. ●  Activity ● Lent is a time to... (page 2)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 18.
●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #9 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Make a Prayer Box (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “These Ashes” (CD-1, #15)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
         TG3-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
  Lent is a time to get ready for Easter.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 18, 2018
1st Sunday of Lent
































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