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     March 18, 2018 • 5th Sunday of Lent
  cut on the heavy dark lines on page 4. When they each have four cards, direct them to place them on their desks and pick up the one that shows Saint Kateri. Read Kateri’s story aloud. Ask: What shows that Kateri was from New York and Canada?
Do the same with the other three cards. Maximilian is shown with many other prisoners. He couldn’t wear his Franciscan habit in prison. His number shows his solidarity with all the other prisoners. Marguerite is shown in Montreal with the children and old people she helped. Archbishop Romero told Jesus’ Good News over the radio and at Mass. All four saints gave their energy to telling the Good News of God’s love.
Activity l Spring is the time for seeds to grow. Plant grass seed with the children. If the children take home their plantings today, add a note to parents telling them a little water and sun will result in a crop of beautiful green grass.
Closing Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Invite the children to plant themselves like little seeds, crouched to the ground. Direct them to slowly grow into beautiful plants as you say the following prayer:
God, you give life to us and to tiny seeds that fall to the ground and slowly sprout and grow. (give time for them to grow)
You water them with rain. (some children tiptoe around watering the plants)
You warm them with the sun. (one child goes around touching each of the others)
Help us to grow in loving you by our actions. (plants sway in the breeze)
Help us to care for others, share our things, and help our families and classmates to love you. (put arms around each other)
Lead the children in singing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6) to bring your session to a close.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.
    Live the Gospel
Objective The children will learn about four saints.
Activity l Saints Give Their Lives to God
(pages 3–4) Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise. Invite volunteers to read the names of the saints. Ask: What do you notice about each of them? Distribute scissors and show the children how to
 Remind the children of the Sign of the Cross, a prayer that’s both words and actions. Ask: Can you think of other prayer actions? Many actions are part of our celebration of the Eucharist, or the Mass. Invite the children to practice each prayerful action as you discuss it:
Genuflect—When we enter a church, we look for the tabernacle where Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament. We genuflect toward the tabernacle when we go into the pew and before we leave church. One knee should touch the floor. It’s a sign of respect and says we believe we’re entering the presence of God.
Bow—This is another sign of respect. We bow during the Creed. People also bow before receiving Holy Communion.
Sign of Peace—This handshake or hug offers a blessing, the peace of Christ, to our neighbor.
Kneel—We may kneel during the Eucharistic Prayer, especially during the consecration of the Eucharist. It is a sign of worship and adoration because we believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.
Stand—We stand when the priest or deacon reads the Gospel. This is a sign of special respect for God’s Word.
Make the Sign of the Cross on forehead, lips, and heart before the Gospel—We ask God to help us understand his Word, speak his Word, and love his Word.
Fold hands—We do this when we pray and also when we go to and return from Communion. This action helps us direct our attention to God.
Fold arms over chest—Show the children how to fold their arms over their chests when they approach the priest or extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Show them how they will bow and hold their hands when they receive Holy Communion in a year or two.
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 #14 from the Promise Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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