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                                           January 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Jonah 3:1–5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20
         For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Jesus calls his first four disciples in Sunday’s Gospel, thus initiating his public ministry. From now on, Jesus will be busy teaching, healing, answering objections, and bringing the Good News that God loves everyone and that we can come to know and love God.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
When Jesus calls the fishermen, they respond wholeheartedly. This is what little children do best also. They are eager to be part of community, whether it is the classroom or day care, the family or their neighborhood. Promise will build on this eagerness to belong by encouraging the behaviors and attitudes that build community among us.
“The Christian community is the context in which individuals undertake their journey in faith toward conversion to Christ and discipleship in his name” (National Directory for Catechesis, 29C). See also CCC, 804, 851–52.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Four fishermen in Galilee had ears to hear Jesus call them. Children have ears with which to hear God’s Word and listen to others. Parents have ears with which to listen to their children. To be heard is to be treated as a real person. Encourage parents to listen to their child tell about his or her favorite friends, animals, books, songs, people.
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.
   60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Activity ● I Can Listen
●  Story ● Listening to Emma (page 2)
●  Activity ● Listening to Emma (page 2)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1)
●  Activity ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 26.
Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● What does a good listener look like? (page 3)
●  Activity ● Thank you, God! Megaphone (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Take-Home
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #10
●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) ●  Gathering Prayer
●  Activity ● I Can Listen
●  Story ● Listening to Emma (page 2)
●  Activity ● Listening to Emma (page 2)
●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) ●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1) ●  Activity ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 26.
●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #10 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● What does a good listener look like? (page 3) ●  Activity ● Thank you, God! Megaphone (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.
Materials
●  Promise Student Lesson for 1/21
●  Catechism handbook, page 26
●  CD player and Promise/Good News CD-2
●  crayons
●  pencils
●  reflective but joyful music
NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4 in advance.
Suggested Music
●  “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
●  “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14)
Lesson Resources
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #10
●  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.
com/catechists-teachers)
         to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 3 together.
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January 21, 2018
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