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               Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objective The children will understand the importance of loving and caring for family members.
Gather in a circle and sing “Come Gather” (CD-2, #2) to begin your class session.
Gathering Prayer “Jesus, you have given us families to take care of us. Thank you for mothers and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Thank you for neighbors too. Help us learn today how to be more loving to everyone.”The children respond, “Amen.”
Story ● A Party for Grandma Gather the children in the listening area. Ask: How many of you have grandparents? Invite volunteers to tell about their grandparents—where they live,
how often they come to visit, when their families visit them. Some children might have grandparents living with them. Ask: What is so special about grandparents. They listen to you, give you gifts, play with you, have time for you. Tell the following story:
One day, Danny came to school feeling very sad. Miss Flynn, the teacher, noticed it at once. “What is wrong today, Danny?” she asked. “The ambulance came to Grandma’s house and took her to the hospital.” Danny said. “Grandma is very sick. Our whole family is sad and worried.” Miss Flynn had the class say a special prayer for Danny’s grandma.
Each day when Danny came to school, Miss Flynn and the children asked him about Grandma. They made get-well cards and sent them home for Danny’s mom to take to the hospital. One day, Danny came to school with good news. “Grandma came home from the hospital last night,” he said. The next Monday, Miss Flynn asked the children what special thing they had done over the weekend. Danny’s hand shot up in the air. “We had a BIG party at Grandma’s house,” he
said. “My aunts and uncles and cousins came from all over to visit Grandma. People in her neighborhood came too. We all brought food and had a big dinner.” Then Danny gave Miss Flynn a card that Grandma had written. “Thank you, Miss Flynn,” the card said. “Thank you, Preschoolers. Your cards and prayers helped me get better. Love, Danny’s grandma.”
Discuss the story. Ask: Why did Danny and his family worry about Grandma? How did they feel when Grandma got home? What did they do to celebrate? Who came? What special foods do you think they brought to the big dinner?
Creative Drama Invite the children to stand at one end of the open area. Tell them that Grandma’s family and friends came to her party on different kinds of transportation. Uncle John and
Aunt Susan and their children came by car. Children pretend to drive a car. Her next door neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, walked. Children link arms in pairs and walk across the room. The paper boy rode his bicycle to Grandma’s house. Children ride bikes across the room. Danny’s family took the train. Children use arms and voices to be a train.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will recognize the love and care Jesus has for others.
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare the children for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel ● People of all ages follow Jesus (page 1). Review the story about Danny’s sick grandma, emphasizing the love and care everyone showed. Tell the children this story about how Jesus cared for a sick grandma and brought her and her family joy and happiness:
One day, Jesus went with Peter and Andrew to their hometown
of Capernaum. James and John went along too. When they got to Peter’s house, Peter’s wife was sad because her mother was sick in bed with a bad fever. So Jesus went to her bed, put his hand in hers, and she stood right up. Her fever was gone. She began to work to make Jesus and his friends comfortable.
When everyone else in town heard about what happened, they said, “Let’s take our sick friends and family over to Peter’s house.” So they did. Jesus healed many people who were sick.
The next day, Jesus got up very early. He went out alone to a quiet spot to pray. When Peter got up, he wondered where Jesus was. He looked and looked and finally he found him. “Everyone wants you, Jesus,” Peter said. Jesus said, “Come with me. We will go to other towns and tell them the Good News about God’s love.” Jesus’ friends went with him. They walked all over Galilee, telling everyone about how much God loves us and healing many people who were sick.
Distribute Seeds and have the children examine the cover illustration. Ask: What is Jesus doing? How does the grandma feel? How does Jesus feel? Who is looking in the window and doorway? Probably Peter, his wife, and their children. Ask: How do they feel?
Have the children take turns being the sick grandma and Jesus, who heals her. She then follows Jesus, happy and skipping. Conclude by saying that Jesus wants people to be happy. Jesus always loved and cared for people.
 People of all ages follow Jesus.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 4, 2018
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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