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     Lesson Theme: God forgives our sins.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs. Day 4
Day 1
Share Experiences
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  Gathering Prayer (see page TG3-34)
●  Activity ● I can forgive. (page 2)
●  Story ● Make-a-Sentence Maze (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to follow your rules and treat others with kindness. Amen. (Repeat.)
Live the Gospel
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to grow closer to you through the sacraments. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  Activity ● Who needs forgiveness? (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to be willing to forgive and to
ask for forgiveness. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to be willing to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  Weekly Review
●  Closing Prayer (see page TG3-35)
●  Closing Song ● “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
Curriculum Connections
●  ELA: Invite the children to write an informative paragraph about the dark. They can write about what they already know about the dark, or you can share facts with them prior to writing. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2)
●  Tech: Being a Christian includes loving God’s world. Discuss some of the environmental problems facing the earth (i.e., climate change, invasive plants, pollution, etc.). In small groups, have the children design an invention to help humans better care for the earth. (ISTE2016.3d)
   Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
 ●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to follow your rules and treat others with kindness. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  GospelRitual●“GloryandPraisetoYou,LordJesusChrist”(CD-2,#23)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus teaches us to love the truth. (page 1)
●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17)
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to turn to Jesus as our light
and guide. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to turn to Jesus as our light and guide. Amen. (Repeat.)
Distribute the students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 6.
●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #30
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to grow closer to you through
the sacraments. Amen. (Repeat.)
    Additional Resources
●  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
●  Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
●  Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW.
●  Extending Activities (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
It’s often difficult to do what is right and good. Celebrate good deeds
to remind your group how wonderful it is to do what is right. Invite nominations of good deeds done by group members. Select one for each person and share it with the group.
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
●  March 15: Saint Louise de Marillac – Saint Vincent de Paul thought peasant women would best understand the needs of the poor. He sent Louise on missions, and she began to train women to serve the poor and sick. These Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul established 40 houses throughout France. Saint Louise is patron of social workers.
●  March 17: Saint Patrick – Patrick served as a missionary in Ireland and is credited with converting the people from a Celtic religion to Christianity. In the dioceses of Ireland, this day is celebrated as a solemnity and a holy day of obligation. Along with Saints Brigid of Kildare and Columba, Patrick is the patron of Ireland.
Extending the Lesson
 Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-33















































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