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                                    February 11, 2018 • 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Prayers to Say Often (page 33)
 Tell the children you are going to help them learn four short prayers. Help the children find page 33 in their Catechism handbooks. Even children who are not yet readers can follow along by pointing to each word as you say it together. You might want to print these prayers on the board so you can point to them as you say the prayers together as a group.
Focus first on “Jesus, I love you” since it is the shortest and easiest for the children to memorize. As the children become confident with it, move to “Holy Spirit, help me” and then on to “Mary, Mother of God, pray for me” and “Thank you, God, for the blessings you give me.” Don’t expect the children to memorize all four prayers in this class session.
Send home a copy of these four prayers as well as the Sign of the Cross so the children can practice and say these prayers with their families.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, pages 3–4.
     Live the Gospel
Objective The children will name those who love them.
Activity ● Jesus loves us all (pages 3–4) Gather
in the work area. Distribute scissors and pages 3–4 of Seeds. You may wish to have the hearts cut out ahead of time and distribute them to the children all ready to be written on and threaded onto a ribbon. Adjust the size of the slit to the width of your ribbon so the hearts will not slip down when the ribbon is hanging. Fold the heart as shown in the illustration and to cut the slits.
If you choose to have the children cut, demonstrate how to
cut the four heart squares on the heavy lines on page 4. If your children are good at cutting, they may cut the heart shapes out of the squares. You will need to help them cut the slits for the ribbon.
When each child has four squares or hearts, direct them to put the hearts with words faceup. Read the words aloud: Jesus loves us all. Print this on the board. Tell the children they are going to make a valentine ribbon to take home to their families. Place each child’s hearts in the correct order and orientation for threading onto the ribbon. When the children have threaded their hearts onto the ribbon, have them read with you: Jesus loves us all.
Ask: Does Jesus love everyone here? Have the children take turns saying: “I am (Name), and Jesus loves me.” Then tell the children to turn their heart ribbons over so the side without words shows. Move around the room and write on the hearts the names of family and friends the children want on their Jesus valentine. If there isn’t time to finish in class, tell the children to complete this at home with their families.
Closing Prayer Gather the children in the prayer circle, standing and holding their ribbons. Invite them to repeat this prayer after you:
Jesus, you love us.
You give us food, and family, and friends. Thank you, Jesus.
Play and sing “LOVE God” (CD-2, #21) to conclude your Seeds class session.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
  Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #29 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-19
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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