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                Teaching This Week’s Lesson
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Objective The children will enjoy a story about giving valentines to those we love.
Gather in a circle and sing “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1) to start your class session.
Gathering Prayer “God, you give us people to love and who love us. Thank you for sending Jesus to us to show us how much you love us.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Story ● Sammy’s Valentine (page 2) Tell this story about a boy who made a valentine for his grandma:
Sammy has a big imagination. While he was coloring the valentine for his grandma, Sammy imagined her turning cartwheels when she received it. It was the nicest valentine Sammy had ever made.
Sammy took the stamp his mom gave him and put it on the envelope. His mom wrote Grandma’s address. Then Sammy got his jacket and went outside to put the valentine in the mailbox. Down the porch steps, Sammy jumped, one-two-three. “I’m a bunny,” he said. He crouched down and hopped. “If I were a bunny, I would hop to Grandma’s with my valentine. She would pet me and feed me lettuce.” Then he remembered, “I don’t like lettuce! I don’t want to be a bunny.”
Sammy began flap his arms up and down. “I’m a bird,” he said. “I’m soaring high in the sky. I’m flying over Grandma’s house and dropping her valentine down the chimney. I can fly all day. I only come down to eat bugs.” Then he thought, “Eat bugs? Ewww! I don’t want to be a bird.”
Sammy saw a big water puddle. He made big swimming motions with his arms. “I’m a fish swimming through the water with my
fish friends,” Sammy said. “I will swim Grandma’s valentine to her house. I will stop just long enough to eat some worms.” Then Sammy remembered, “I won’t eat worms! I don’t want to be a fish.”
Sammy was reaching up to put Grandma’s valentine in the mailbox when he saw a caterpillar. Sammy flopped down to get a closer look. He watched the caterpillar move its body up and down as it moved along. Sammy tried to move his body like the caterpillar did. “It hurts my stomach to crawl like this,” Sammy said. “I couldn’t eat anything if I were a caterpillar. My tummy would hurt too much from crawling.”
Sammy jumped up and put Grandma’s valentine in the mailbox. Then he skipped up the driveway to his house, singing, “I’m glad I’m me. I’m going to eat a cookie.”
Activity ● Creative Movement Move
to the work area and distribute pages 1–2 of Seeds. Invite the children to turn to page 2 and identify the bunny, bird, fish, and caterpillar. Distribute crayons and tell the children they may color the heart shape by each picture after first making a movement like that creature.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will tell Good News about Jesus. Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare the
children for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus heals a man with leprosy. (page 1) Direct the children to place their copies of Seeds on the floor in front of them as they listen to this Gospel story.
Once when Jesus was with his friends, a man who was sick with leprosy came up to him. Leprosy means the man had sores on his body that wouldn’t get better. The man knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “Jesus, if you want to, you can make me better.” Jesus said, “Of course, I want to. Be healed.” Right away, the man’s sores healed up. “Don’t tell anyone,” Jesus said. But the man was so happy, he told everyone he saw! “Jesus healed me!” Then everybody wanted to be with Jesus.
Ask: What was wrong with the man? What did he say to Jesus? What did Jesus say back? Then what happened? Why do you think Jesus healed the man? Conclude by stressing that Jesus came to show us how much God loves us. Making people better is a sign of God’s love.
Call the children’s attention to the illustration of this Gospel story on the cover of Seeds. Have them find Jesus, his friend standing next to him, the leper running to tell people he was healed, the people all passing on the Good News about Jesus
to each other. Notice the two people at the bottom of the page who don’t look happy. Not everyone thought Jesus should talk
to people like the leper. They were angry with Jesus. Remind the children they can use this picture to tell the story about Jesus and the man with leprosy to their families.
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children in singing the song “Like Jesus” (CD-1, #6). Add appropriate gestures.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
 I tell Jesus’ Good News.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 11, 2018
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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