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                                           March 25, 2018 • Palm/Passion Sunday
Sunday Readings: Mark 11:1–10; Isaiah 50:4–7; Philippians 2:6–11; Mark 14:1—15:47
           For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
This Sunday begins the special liturgies of Holy Week. The Palm Sunday procession recalls how the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus. The Mass that follows includes the reading of the Passion.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
Holy Week is an ideal catechetical opportunity for young children because there are so many sense-involving rituals—receiving and waving palms on Palm Sunday; washing hands or feet on Holy Thursday; adoring the Cross on Good Friday; fire, bells, and water on Holy Saturday. Experiencing any or all of these holy days is the best way for children to learn about Jesus’ act of redeeming love.
The Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection stands at the center of the Good News that the Apostles—and the Church following them—are to proclaim to the world. “Christ’s saving action in the Paschal Mystery is celebrated in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist” (NDC, 20.2). See also CCC, 629.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Consider sending a note home with the children’s Holy Week booklets giving the time of the Holy Week liturgies in your parish and encouraging parents to bring their Promise child to at least one of them. Suggest that parents talk with their child about each event in the Holy Week booklet.
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)
l  Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Warm-Up Activity l Celebrations
l  StorylWelcome,Maria!
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23) l  Sunday Gospel l Welcome, Jesus! (page 1)
l  Gospel Drama l We Welcome Jesus
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 12.
Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l  Activity l My Holy Week Booklet (pages 3–4)
l  Activity l Holy Week (page 2)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “Hosanna! Shout Hosanna!” (CD-1, #18)
Take-Home
l  Promise Activity Book, Activity #8
l  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Warm-Up Activity l Celebrations
l  Story l Welcome, Maria!
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (45–50 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23) l  Sunday Gospel l Welcome, Jesus! (page 1)
l  Song l “Hosanna! Shout Hosanna!” (CD-1, #18)
l  Gospel Drama l We Welcome Jesus
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 12.
l  Activity l Promise Activity Book, Activity #8 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l  Activity l My Holy Week Booklet (pages 3–4)
l  Activity l Holy Week (page 2)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “Hosanna! Shout Hosanna!” (CD-1, #18)
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.
Materials
l  Promise Student Lesson for 3/25
l  Catechism handbook, page 12
l  CD player and Promise/Good News CDs l  scissors, crayons, pencils
l  yellow cardstock, star patterns
l  hole punch, fishing line, drawing paper l  aides to assist with cutting
NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4.
Suggested Music
l  “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)
l  “Glory and Praise to You...” (CD-2, #23) l  “Hosanna! Shout Hosanna!” (CD-1, #18)
Lesson Resources
l  Promise Activity Book, Activity #8 l  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
         do the Family Corner activities and prayer on page 2 together.
TG4-8 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
   Welcome, Jesus!
Finish coloring the picture.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 25, 2018
Palm/Passion Sunday

































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