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                                           January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Corinthians 7:32–35; Mark 1:21–28
             For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus teaches during Sabbath synagogue worship and expels an evil spirit who interrupts him. The people who witness this are amazed at his authority. They comment that he is a far greater teacher than any of their rabbis.
In Mark’s Gospel, this is the first cure Jesus performs as he begins his public ministry. The Gospels for the next two Sundays continue the story of his healing and liberating mission to the People of God.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Promise explores the importance of teachers in the children’s lives.
“Christ’s methodology was multi-dimensional. It included his words, his signs, and the
wonders he worked. He reached out to the poor, to sinners, and to those on the margins of society. He proclaimed insistently the coming of the Kingdom of God, the forgiveness of sins, and reconciliation with the Father” (NDC, 28A.2). See also CCC, 517, 540.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Promise explores all the teachers in children’s lives. Encourage parents to reminisce with their child about who taught him or her to tie shoelaces, cross the street, or sing a special song. Suggest that parents read the rebus story with their child and talk together about what Jesus teaches, especially those teachings most important in daily life.
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
●  Story ● I can learn. (page 3)
●  Activity ● I need teachers. (page 4)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus is our teacher. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 23. Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Sister Thea teaches us to love all people. (page 2) ●  Closing Prayer ● Jesus Teaches Me
●  Closing Song ● “This Little Light of Mine”
Take-Home
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #13
●  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto
do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.
TG3-8 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
Materials
●  Promise Student Lesson for 1/28
●  Catechism handbook, page 23
●  CD player and Promise/Good News
CD-2
●  scissors
NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4 in advance.
Suggested Music
●  “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
●  “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6)
●  “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
Lesson Resources
●  Promise Activity Book, Activity #13
●  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) ●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● I can learn. (page 3)
●  Activity ● I need teachers. (page 4)
●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6) Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) ●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus is our teacher. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 23.
●  Activity ● Promise Activity Book, Activity #13 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Sister Thea teaches us to love all people. (page 2) ●  Closing Prayer ● Jesus Teaches Me
●  Closing Song ● “This Little Light of Mine”
Take-Home
         Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.
  Jesus is our teacher.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time



































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