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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 with a Gospel of Jesus sending the disciples to share the Good News. We send out our Seeds 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 Seeds 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 “Easter People” (CD-1, #14) l  Gathering Prayer
l  Story l The Animals’ Celebration
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes) l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
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 Jesus is my teacher. (page 2)
l  Activity l How do I show I am a follower of Jesus? (page 4) l  Activity l I am Jesus’ follower. (page 3)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “Let’s Celebrate Now” (CD-2, #12)
Take-Home
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #7
l  Remindthechildrentosharetheirlessonwiththeirfamiliesandto
90-Minute Lesson
Share Experiences (15–20 minutes)
l  Gathering Song l “Easter People” (CD-1, #14)
l  Gathering Prayer
l  Story l The Animals’ Celebration
l  Activity l Creative Movement and Song “Let’s Celebrate Now”
(CD-2, #12)
Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40–45 minutes) l  Gospel Ritual l “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
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. l  Activity l Seeds Activity Book, Activity #7 Live the Gospel (25–30 minutes)
l  Activity l Jesus is my teacher. (page 2)
l  Activity l How do I show I am a follower of Jesus? (page 4) l  Activity l I am Jesus’ follower. (page 3)
l  Closing Prayer
l  Closing Song l “Let’s Celebrate Now” (CD-2, #12)
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  Seeds Student Lesson for 5/13 l  Catechism handbook, page 27 l  CD player and Seeds CDs
l  scissors, tape, crayons
l  drinking straws (4 per child)
l  tissue paper or paper napkins
l  aide(s) to assist with activity
NOTE: Cut circles on pages 3–4 in advance. (optional)
Suggested Music
l  “Easter People” (CD-1, #14)
l  “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4)
l  “Let’s Celebrate Now”(CD-2, #12)
Lesson Resources
l  Seeds Activity Book, Activity #7
l  Weekly Review Template (gospelweeklies.
com/catechists-teachers)
          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
 Jesus returns to his Father.
Draw and color Jesus returning to Heaven.
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