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     February 18, 2018 • 1st Sunday of Lent
 prayer by signing each of their foreheads with a cross and praying, “God bless you as you pray and do loving actions during Lent.”The child responds, “Amen.” Encourage them to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday if possible.
Play and sing “These Ashes” (CD-1, #15) to bring your Promise session to a close.
    Duplicate the following note and put it in the bottom of each child’s prayer box. When the child shows his or her family the prayer box, they will find this message from you:
Note to Parents
Your child made this prayer box in Promise class and put a prayer strip in it. We hope you will continue this activity in your home during Lent. Make more prayer strips with the names of people you wish to pray for or with worries your family has.
Plan a family time to write out these prayer strips and put them in the prayer box. At meals or other family gathering times, draw out a prayer strip and ask God to bless the person or help with the worry. You may wish to light a candle during this time and conclude with a formal prayer such
as the Lord’s Prayer or Hail Mary. Add more prayer strips as concerns arise.
Also put in prayers of thanks for blessings your family receives or for the new life of spring. This Lenten activity will help your whole family share prayer.
  Live the Gospel
Objective The children will create a prayer box.
Activity ● Make a Prayer Box (pages 3–4) Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise. Read the title aloud. Point to the words “We pray during Lent,” and read them aloud. Ask: When do you pray? What kinds of prayers do you pray? With whom do you pray?
Hold up Promise again and call on volunteers to describe the pictures on pages 3–4. These pictures will be on the outside and inside of the prayer box. The children may notice that two of the pictures—Creation and the birthday party—are in two parts. They will fit together when the box is assembled. Talk about
the picture of Jesus and the children praying last. Then show
the children the prayer box you have made from your own copy of Promise. They will each make a prayer box like this for their homes. (You may wish to add prayers to your prayer box to use in class in the coming weeks.)
Move to the work area. Distribute crayons so the children can color in the word Lent. Collect the crayons and distribute scissors. Direct the children to cut on the heavy solid lines on page 3 that have scissors icons. Collect the prayer strips to distribute later. When everyone has finished, show the children how to fold on all the dotted lines. Be sure they fold twice, backward and forward, so the sides of the box will be easy for them to manipulate. When a child is ready to glue or tape the sides together, check his or her work before providing a glue stick or tape.
As the children finish their boxes, give them a prayer strip and talk individually about people or concerns for which they want to pray. Write or help each child write a petition on the prayer strip. When everyone has finished, gather in a prayer circle.
Closing Prayer Direct the children to sit in a circle with their prayer boxes in front of them. Show the picture of Jesus on the bottom of your box. Read the words and have the children repeat them. Read the prayer strip from your box and lead the children in responding, “We pray in Jesus’ name.” Continue with all the prayer petitions the children wish to share. Conclude your
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
  ●  Jesus rose from the dead and promises us new life in Heaven with God. This is symbolized here by the empty tomb or cave with the stone that was used to seal it lying on the ground. A Cross with a white cloth draped on it is a sign of Jesus’Resurrection.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, pages 3–4.
   Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #9 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-23

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