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       February 18, 2018 • 1st Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Genesis 9:8–15; 1 Peter 3:18–22; Mark 1:12–15
        For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus was driven into the desert by the Spirit to pray and reflect before he began his public life of teaching and healing. The message Jesus preached after this prayerful time was “God loves us very much and wants us to be close to him.”
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
We began the season of Lent last Wednesday. Traditionally, Lent is the time when Christians reflect on their spiritual lives and perform the acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that promote closeness with God. This follows the example of Jesus in the Gospel.
Preschool children cannot reflect much upon themselves, but they do like to be bearers of good news. Seeds celebrates their talents and their growth, both in size and ability—and in being loving members of God’s family.
Lent “is the primary penitential season in the Church’s liturgical year.... [Lent] reflects the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer” (NDC, 37A). See also CCC, 538–40.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Encourage parents to spend some quiet time today talking with and listening to their child. Suggest that they discuss what he or she learned in Seeds class, what was best about the day, or anything else he or she wants to talk about. Talking and listening are loving actions that model for children how to express love and also teach them about God’s love for them.
  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.
Materials
●  Seeds Student Lesson for 2/18
●  Catechism handbook, page 32
●  CD player and Seeds CDs
●  16˝ yarn lengths, one for each child
●  crayons, pencils, scissors
●  tape measure
●  aides to help with activity
NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4.
Suggested Music
●  “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18)
●  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  “God Loves Me” (CD2, #15)
Lesson Resources
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #22
●  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
 60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● Alaina Learns to Pray
●  Activity ● Who teaches you to pray? (page 2)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus teaches Good News about God. (page 1)
●  Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 32.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
●  Activity ● What me grow during Lent. (pages 3–4) ●  Activity ● I am a child of God. (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “God Loves Me” (CD-2, #15)
Take-Home
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #22
●  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto
do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18) ●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● Alaina Learns to Pray
●  Activity ● Who teaches you to pray? (page 2) ●  Activity ● Stretching
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (45–50 minutes)
●  GospelRitual●“TwoLittleEars”(CD-1,#4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus teaches Good News about God. (page 1) ●  Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 32.
●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #22 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● What me grow during Lent. (pages 3–4) ●  Activity ● I am a child of God. (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “God Loves Me” (CD-2, #15)
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.
         TG3-20 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
 Jesus teaches Good News about God.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
February 18, 2018
1st Sunday of Lent






























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