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         January 21, 2018 • 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Jonah 3:1–5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20
For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus calls people to be his followers. Jesus needs people to help spread the Good News of God’s love and to be part of his ministry.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Children begin to learn to love God and to love and respect each other from their family. The love they experience and their loving responses are nurtured in other groups to which they belong. The cycle continues as they learn to give love back. As a teacher of preschoolers, you nurture and promote the cycle of loving and responding to love as God created us to do.
“The Christian community is the context in which individuals undertake their journey in faith toward conversion to Christ and discipleship in his name” (National Directory for Catechesis, 29C). See also Catechism of the Catholic Church, 804, 851–52.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Encourage families to use the chart on page 4 of the Seeds lesson to help keep track of their child’s efforts to follow Jesus. When their child performs an action at home that follows Jesus’ example of loving, including, or forgiving, parents write it on the chart and invite the child to color the fish next to those words. When all five fish have been colored, suggest they praise their child for being a follower of Jesus.
                                          Materials
●  Seeds Student Lesson for 1/21
●  Catechism handbook, page 22
●  CD player and Seeds CDs
●  crayons, pencils, puppet
●  coat hangers or dowel rods
●  tape, hole punch, and yarn
●  small photos of the children (optional) NOTE: Cut out large fish on pages 3–4.
Suggested Music
●  “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1)
●  “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
●  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  “Follow Me” (CD-1, #10)
Lesson Resources
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #13
●  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.
com/catechists-teachers)
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.
 60-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● The New Teacher
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes)
●  Activity ● Gospel Warm-Up
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● We all follow Jesus. (page 1)
●  Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama
●  Activity ● Jesus says, “Follow me.” (pages 2–3)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 22.
Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Making a Fish Mobile (pages 3–4) ●  Activity ● I Follow Jesus at Home (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer and Song ● “Follow Me” (CD-1, #10)
Take-Home
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #13
●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● The New Teacher
●  Activity ● Stretch and Sing “God’s Family” (CD-2, #16)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
●  Activity ● Gospel Warm-Up
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● We all follow Jesus. (page 1) ●  Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama
●  Activity ● Jesus says, “Follow me.” (pages 2–3)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 22.
●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #13 Live the Gospel (15–20 minutes)
●  Activity ● Making a Fish Mobile (pages 3–4)
●  Activity ● I Follow Jesus at Home (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer and Song ● “Follow Me” (CD-1, #10)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 4 together.
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