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        January 28, 2018 • 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Corinthians 7:32–35; Mark 1:21–28
            For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus commands an unclean spirit to leave a possessed man, and it does. In Mark’s Gospel, this is the first cure Jesus performs as he begins his public ministry. The Gospels for the next two Sundays continue the story of his healing and liberating mission to the People of God.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Seeds tells the message of Jesus’ love for us and desire to heal us in art and story. The children will realize they have within themselves the capacity to love and forgive, pray and ponder, act and react because they are made in God’s image. Jesus came to show them how precious they—and all God’s children—are in God’s sight.
“Christ’s methodology was multi-dimensional. It included his words, his signs, and the wonders he worked. He reached out to the poor, to sinners, and to those on the margins of society. He proclaimed insistently the coming of the Kingdom of God, the forgiveness of sins, and reconciliation with the Father” (NDC, 28A.2). See also CCC, 517, 540.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Children need to learn that their feelings are neither right nor wrong and that God loves each of us all the time. Suggest that parents create a peaceful place in their home for the expression of difficult emotions.
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 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Come Gather” (CD-2, #2)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● Pippa’s Problem and Her Peaceful Path (page 2)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (25—30 minutes)
●  Activity ● Gospel Warm-Up
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus heals an unpeaceful man.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 4.
Live the Gospel (20—25 minutes)
●  Activity ● I can be a peacemaker. (page 3)
●  Activity ● The Holy Spirit brings us peace. (page 4)
●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “The Spirit Song” (CD-1, #15)
Take-Home
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #19
●  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (20–25 minutes)
●  Gathering Song ● “Come Gather” (CD-2, #2)
●  Gathering Prayer
●  Story ● Pippa’s Problem and Her Peaceful Path (page 2) ●  Activity ● Peace Parade “The Spirit Song” (CD-1, #15)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
●  Activity ● Gospel Warm-Up
●  Gospel Ritual ● “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
●  Sunday Gospel ● Jesus heals an unpeaceful man.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 4.
●  Activity ● Seeds Activity Book, Activity #19 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
●  Activity ● I can be a peacemaker. (page 3)
●  Activity ● The Holy Spirit brings us peace. (page 4) ●  Closing Prayer
●  Closing Song ● “The Spirit Song” (CD-1, #15)
Take-Home
Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
         to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
TG3-8 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
Materials
●  Seeds Student Lesson for 1/28
●  Catechism handbook, page 4
●  CD player and Seeds CDs
●  crayons, colored pencils, or markers
●  stapler or tape, drinking straws
●  5-inch white paper squares
●  aide to help with tracing hands.
Suggested Music
●  “Come Gather” (CD-2, #2)
●  “The Spirit Song” (CD-1, #15)
●  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
Lesson Resources
●  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #19
●  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
 Jesus brings us peace.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time































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