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       May 6, 2018 • 6th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Acts 10:25–26, 34–35, 44–48; 1 John 4:7–10; John 15:9–17
         For Catechists and Teachers
Scripture Background
Sunday’s Gospel comes from Jesus’ farewell discourse to his disciples at the Last Supper. It is a summary of his message of love. God sent Jesus to show the unlimited love God has for us.
Connecting Scripture and Doctrine
We respond to God’s gift of love by imitating that love for those around us. Sometimes preschoolers think the only way to show love is to hug and kiss or give a present. Seeds explores other ways young children can give and receive love by sharing, helping, and cooperating.
“Christ invited his listeners to a whole new manner of life sustained by faith in God, encouraged by hope in the kingdom, and animated by love for God and neighbor” (NDC, 28A.2). See also CCC, 1823.
Sharing the Lesson with Families
Jesus has just one rule for us: Love one another. Children learn to love by experiencing caring and loving actions toward them. Suggest that parents invite their child to use the storybook in Seeds to tell the story of the boy who wanted a present for his mother. Encourage them to praise their child for all the ways he or she shows love in the 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 (15–20 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Story l Charley Looks for a Gift
l  Activity l Stand-Up Story Cards (pages 3–4)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus has one rule for us: Love one another.
(page 1)
l  Cover Activity l Love brings us together. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to pages 28–31.
Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l  Story l How Many Marys?
l  Prayer Activity l The Hail Mary (page 2) l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “LOVE God” (CD-2, #21)
Take-Home
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #4
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 (20–25 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Easter People” (CD-1, #14)
l  Gathering Prayer
l  Story l Charley Looks for a Gift
l  Activity l Stand-Up Story Cards (pages 3–4)
l  Activity l Stretch and Sing “God Made the Animals” (CD-1, #2)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes)
l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  Sunday Gospel l Jesus has one rule for us: Love one another.
(page 1)
l  Cover Activity l Love brings us together. (page 1)
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 28–31.
l  Activity l Seeds Activity Book, Activity #4 Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)
l  Story l How Many Marys?
l  Prayer Activity l The Hail Mary (page 2) l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “LOVE God” (CD-2, #21)
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.
         TG4-28 For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplans
 Materials
l  Seeds Student Lesson for 5/6
l  Catechism handbook, pages 28–31 l  CD player and Seeds CDs
l  Mary image or statue
l  crayons or colored pencils, scissors NOTE: Separate pages 1–2 from 3–4.
Suggested Music
l  “Easter People” (CD-1, #14)
l  “God Made the Animals” (CD-1, #2) l  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  “LOVE God” (CD-2, #21)
Lesson Resources
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #4 l  Weekly Review Template
(gospelweeklies.com/catechists- teachers)
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May 6, 2018
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Love brings us together.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
6th Sunday of Easter
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