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                                                       April 1 & 8, 2018 • Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter
 name, when she went back to Jerusalem to tell everyone she had seen Jesus. Note that Mary Magdalen is the first witness to Jesus’ Resurrection in all four Gospels.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Live the Gospel
Objective The children will create Alleluia butterflies to express the Church’s joy that Jesus is Risen.
Activity l Alleluia Butterflies (pages 3–4) Remain in the work area and distribute scissors. Explain that butterflies are symbols of Easter. The butterfly’s life cycle symbolizes the life of Jesus. The caterpillar represents Jesus’ life on Earth. When the caterpillar enters its chrysalis, this represents Jesus’ Death and time in the tomb. The butterfly that emerges from the chrysalis represents Jesus rising from the dead.
Demonstrate how to cut out the two butterflies. If the children are skilled with scissors, they may cut around the butterfly shapes. They may also leave the butterflies within the rectangular shapes as illustrated on page 3. The illustrations show how to fold each butterfly so it has wings. You may hang them from coat hangers with fishing line.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Invite the children to name people they wish to pray for. After each petition, lead the children in saying, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Conclude your prayer by having the children repeat each line of the following prayer after you:
Thank you, God, for signs of spring.
Thank you, God, for butterflies.
Thank you, God, for raising Jesus to new life. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
End your prayer and gathering by playing and singing “He Is Risen, Alleluia!” (CD-2, #2).
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
Promises (page 5)
 Move to the work area and help the children find page 5 in their Catechism handbooks. Read the questions and possible answers aloud, pausing to let them mark their answers.
Remind the children of the promises of God and Jesus on page 4 as they consider the promise they could make to God. This may help them formulate their own promise.
Read the text at the bottom of the page when the children have completed the activity. This will help you summarize and reinforce the discussion you have had.
Give each child a large paper heart. Ask them to copy their promise to God onto the heart. Then have them draw a picture of how they will fulfill their promise. Have the children take home their heart pictures as reminders of their promise to God. Encourage them to tell their family about the promise and the picture. Suggest that they display their pictures at home where they can be reminded every day of their promise.
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Promise, pages 3–4.
      Lesson Wrap-Up
Visit to download Promise Weekly Review template.
Use Activity #1 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
Unit 4: We Celebrate Jesus’ Death and Resurrection l TG4-15
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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