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     Lesson Theme: Jesus tells God’s Good News.
 Five-Day Lesson Pacing Guide
Note: This pacing guide suggests how to present the lesson over five days. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs. Day 4
Day 1
Share Experiences
●  Gathering Song ● “Hello, Jesus” (CD-2, #18)
●  Gathering Prayer (see page TG3-22)
●  Story ● Alaina Learns to Pray
●  Activity ● Who teaches you to pray? (page 2)
●  Activity ● Stretching
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to listen with open minds and hearts. Amen. (Repeat.)
Live the Gospel
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to remember Jesus’ suffering for us and the suffering of others. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  Activity ● What me grow during Lent. (pages 3–4)
●  Activity ● I am a child of God. (pages 3–4)
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to respond to your love during
Lent—and always. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 5
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to respond to your love during Lent—and always. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  Weekly Review
●  Closing Prayer (see page TG3-23)
●  Closing Song ● “God Loves Me” (CD-2, #15)
Friday Take-Home
Remind the students to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on pages 3–4 together.
Curriculum Connections
●  ELA: Ask the children to think about what they know about God. Then have them finish this sentence starter: “I know that God ________________.” Invite them to draw a picture to accompany their sentence.
●  Math: As a class, come up with 40 ways the class does or can be kind to others.
   Day 2
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
 ●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to listen with open minds and hearts. Amen. (Repeat.)
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus teaches Good News about God. (page 1)
●  Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama (page 1)
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to believe that you are near
and that you love us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Day 3
●  Gathering Prayer ● Loving God, help us to believe that you are near and that you love us. Amen. (Repeat.)
Distribute the students’ What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 32.
●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #22
●  Closing Prayer ● Loving God, help us to remember Jesus’ suffering
for us and the suffering of others. Amen. (Repeat.)
    Additional Resources
Extending the Lesson
Saints and Feast Days to Celebrate
 ●  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
●  Seasonal Resources (gospelweeklies.com/seasonal)
●  Video Links: Go to gospelweeklies.com/blog to subscribe to GROW.
●  Extending Activities (gospelweeklies.com/catechists-teachers)
Catholic Identity Project of the Week
Lent is a time for us to fast, to think of others before ourselves, and to focus on our relationship with God. Invite each child to identify one thing they are going to give up or add into their lives this Lent. Help each child write it down on a cross cut-out and share with the group.
●  February 21: Saint Damien – Father Damien was born in Belgium—a long way from the Hawaiian island of Molokai where he ministered to people afflicted with leprosy. Molokai was lawless and chaotic. Under his leadership, the community built houses and a church. Damien eventually contracted leprosy and died nine years after he arrived!
●  February 22: The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle – Cathedral comes from the word for “throne” or “chair.” A cathedral is where the chair of the bishop is. The chair we celebrate this day indicates the person who leads the universal Church. This feast commemorates Jesus calling Peter to sit as the earthly leader of the whole Church.
Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him ● TG3-21














































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