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FROM OUR EDITORS—October 17, 2021 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FROM OUR EDITORS—October 17, 2021 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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On Monday, October 18, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Luke, the Evangelist. As this Church Year winds down, we are preparing to begin Year C of the Sunday Lectionary Cycle. During Year C, we will hear Gospels primarily from the Gospel of Luke. Find more about Saint Luke here.

Those who use the Gospel Weeklies as a basal series realize the value of grounding every lesson in Sacred Scripture. Those who use the Gospel Weeklies as a supplement also recognize the value of our model of liturgical catechesis and of preparing young people to hear the Sunday Gospel proclaimed at Mass and broken open in the Homily. William O’Leary suggests ways to “soak” our lessons “in Scripture and thus bring about a more intimate encounter with Jesus Christ.” Find his article “Soaked in Scripture” here.

I happen to be writing this post on the Feast of Saint Jerome (9/30). Saint Jerome is especially known for translating the Bible into Latin, a version that became known as the Vulgate. He is also known for saying that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

May we all seek to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God, through our growing knowledge of the Bible. Amen.

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 many online resources.

Video of Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 10:35–45)
Use this video as you discuss today’s Gospel. Please preview all videos you plan to share with your class:
     Holy Heroes
     Why Serve?

Seeds
Lesson Theme: Those who serve are important.
For this lesson, we encourage you to bring a picture of your parish pastor so the children can recognize the leader of your parish family. If your pastor is available, invite him to come and say hello to your class.

Jesus uses the term servant in the Gospel, but the children will be more familiar with the word helper. Make sure that they make the connection of servant and serve to helper and help.

Teaching Guide
Find a coloring page to accompany “Who’s the Boss? 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 calls us to serve others.
For this lesson, make sure to bring 24-inch lengths or yarn or string (one per child) for the “What makes me important?” medallion activity. You may wish to have an aide or aides to assist with this activity.

Jesus uses the term servant in the Gospel, but the children will be more familiar with the word helper. Make sure that they make the connection of servant and serve to helper and help.

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: We are important to God.
For this lesson, you’ll need the Liturgy of the Word cards you used in the lesson for Sunday 9/26. You will also need to make a similar set of Liturgy of the Eucharist cards. The main parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist are noted in the first paragraph of the What the Church Believes and Teaches box on page TG1-11: Offertory, Eucharistic Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Sign of Peace, and Holy Communion. Note that they appear here in the order they occur during Mass.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     The 10 Commandments

Venture
Lesson Theme: Jesus asks us to serve rather than be served.
This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that the greatest among us are those who humbly serve others. Remind the children that service is something everyone can do. Have student Bibles available; it’s often a good idea to pair students together who are more and less familiar with Bible lookup. If time is limited, assign just one reading to each pair, and have them report back to the group.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     HBE Service Club

Visions
Lesson Theme: To be great as a leader is to serve.
This Sunday’s Gospel is about service. Emphasize that service is something anyone can do—and it is something we are all called to do! Remember scissors to cut out the activity cards.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     Serving at the Border
     The Common Good: Catholic Social Teaching
     Catholic Social Teaching in 3 Minutes

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