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                                           May 13, 2018 • Ascension of the Lord/ 7th Sunday of Easter
Ascension Readings: Acts 1:1–11; Ephesians 4:1–13; Mark 16:15–20
7th Sunday Readings: Acts 1:15–17, 20a, 20c–26; 1 John 4:11–16; John 17:11b–19
           For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
In Sunday’s Gospel for the Ascension, Jesus commissions his disciples to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”This theme of sending appears in the Gospel for the 7th Sunday of Easter when Jesus prays, “As you sent me into the world, so
I sent them into the world.” Jesus’ followers will be equipped for their mission with the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
It’s appropriate that we end this year of Promise with a Gospel of Jesus sending the disciples to share the Good News. We send out our Promise children to do the same.
“Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again.... Jesus, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever” (CCC, 665–666).
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Encourage parents to celebrate with their child what he or she has learned about Jesus in Promise class this year. Suggest that they take small steps toward greater parish involvement—sit closer to the front at Mass, volunteer to take up the gifts of bread and wine, stay for social time after Mass, or enroll their child in a summer program. Assure them of your ongoing prayers for their family.
  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 (10–15 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “New Life” (CD-2, #1) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Activity l Doorways of Change
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l  Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus returns to his Father. (page 1) Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and
Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 27. Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l  Activity l The Holy Spirit unites Jesus’ followers. (page 2) l  Activity l I can share the Good News. (page 3)
l  Activity l Promise Certificate (page 4)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “The Holy Spirit” (CD-2, #8)
Take-Home
l  Promise Activity Book, Activity #7
l  Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and
to do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “New Life” (CD-2, #1) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Activity l Doorways of Change
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus returns to his Father. (page 1) l  Activity l Stretch and Sing “The Holy Spirit” (CD-2, #8)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 27.
l  Activity l Promise Activity Book, Activity #7 Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l  Activity l The Holy Spirit unites Jesus’ followers. (page 2) l  Activity l I can share the Good News. (page 3)
l  Activity l Promise Certificate (page 4)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “The Holy Spirit” (CD-2, #8)
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.
         TG4-32 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
Materials
l  Promise Student Lesson for 5/13 l  Catechism handbook, page 27
l  CD player and Promise/Good News
CD-2
l  crayons, pencils
NOTE: Index cards with word pairs. Fill out certificates, leaving children’s name spaces blank.
Suggested Music
l  “New Life” (CD-2, #1)
l  “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) l  “The Holy Spirit” (CD-2, #8)
Lesson Resources
l  Promise Activity Book, Activity #7 l  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
  Jesus returns to his Father.
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