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FROM OUR EDITORS—October 10, 2021 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FROM OUR EDITORS—October 10, 2021 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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In this Sunday’s Gospel, a man that had followed God’s law all his life walked away from Jesus because he could not do the one thing he was unable to do: give to the poor. On October 16, we celebrate World Food Day. Let’s take this opportunity to share what we have with those less fortunate. We encourage you to contribute to social service organizations, such as Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, or your local food bank.

Every week in the GROW newsletter, you will find helpful tips for teaching your Gospel Weeklies lesson, a reflection on the Sunday Gospel, and links to online resources.

Video of Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 10:17–30)
Use this video as you discuss today’s Gospel. Please preview all videos you plan to share with your class:
     Holy Heroes
     Mark 10:17–31: Who’s Your God?
     The Rich Young Ruler

Seeds
Lesson Theme: Jesus teaches us how to be happy.

This week, the Gospel message is about sharing. For young children, sharing does not come easily. It is important for them to have many experiences of sharing in order to experience the happiness that comes from giving. Make sure you affirm the children when they share with others, not only during this lesson, but anytime you see them exhibiting this behavior in the future.

Teaching Guide
Find a coloring page to accompany “David and Stephanie Help” here.
Parent Teaching Pages
Extending Activities
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Word of the Week
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     Weekly Gospel Videos and Coloring Pages
     Bible Bag Gospel Lesson with Mrs. Cole

Promise
Lesson Theme: Jesus asks us to share.

Plan ahead to bring a poster board, magazines, scissors, and glue to this class session.

You can extend The Clown’s Candy activity (page 2) by bringing in enough pieces of small candy for each child in your class to receive multiple pieces. Before starting this activity extension, make sure that the number of candies is an exact multiple of the number of children present for this class session. Invite them to figure out how x number of children can share x pieces of candy. Example: Twelve children need to share forty-eight pieces of candy. You may do this several times by varying the number of candies. At the end of the activity or class session, share the candy with the children.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
Extending Activities
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Word of the Week
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     Weekly Gospel Videos and Coloring Pages
     Bible Bag Gospel Lesson with Mrs. Cole

Good News
Lesson Theme: Jesus wants us to share our treasures.

When covering the Ten Commandments as presented in the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbook, the Teaching Guide (page TG1-19) suggests that you assign each pair of students a commandment. Each pair is then to come up with three ways children can keep that commandment. Encourage the children to review the explanation of their commandment on page 31 to help them with this activity. They will find some good ideas there. Discourage them from simply copying the ideas on page 31 for their report to the class. Encourage them to use the explanation and ideas to help them come up with some more ideas of their own.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     Ten Commandments with Hand Motions
     The 10 Commandments!

Venture
Lesson Theme: Jesus invites us to follow him.

Jesus isn’t too interested in a person’s material wealth. Helping the poor, the vulnerable, the outsider—these are the things that Jesus values. Consider inviting the children and their families to join you at Sunday Mass; this can be a way to encourage them to follow the Third Commandment and our obligation to keep Sunday holy. Don’t forget coins or other game markers for the game in this lesson.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     St. Teresa of Avila
     This Is Discipleship

Visions
Lesson Theme: Christians respond to Jesus’ call.

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus challenges a rich man to give up what he values so that he is free to follow Jesus as a disciple. Ask the students: What would you do if Jesus asked you to give up your phone? Remember coins or other markers to play the game on pages 6–7.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     This Is Discipleship
     Hannah’s Lunchbox
     The Hunger Project
     St. Oscar Romero

Image credit: Volodymyr TVERDOKHLIB

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David Dziena
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