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The Catholic Church celebrates the Month of the Holy Rosary during October. We invite you to take this opportunity to ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us and protect us as we begin the 2020–2021 program year of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. We also encourage you to invite the children under your care and their families to pray the Rosary during this month.
On October 4, the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis issued his latest encyclical, Fratelli tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship). This is more than just another Church document. It is Pope Francis’s “cry from the heart” to all people of the earth to see beyond their differences—indeed to work with their differences—and begin to grow together to build a new and peaceful world. Read more here.
Every week in the GROW newsletter, you will find a helpful tip for teaching your Gospel Weeklies lesson, a reflection on the Sunday Gospel, and information about our online resources and seasonal activities. Here are tips for teaching the Gospel Weeklies lessons this week:
Lesson Theme: Jesus wants us to grow.
For this lesson, the children will learn that God created all of us, and he wants us to grow. Invite them to color the figure on page 4 so it looks like them — adding hair, glasses, or other special features. Then, encourage them to display it at home for their family to see. Find a story coloring page for “Leila Learns to Ride a Bike” here.
Lesson Theme: God cares for all of Creation.
Prepare name tags that read “God made ________ with love.” The children will print their names on the name tags to conclude the What the Church Believes and Teaches (gold box) segment of the lesson. In that same lesson segment (see page TG1-15), choose and plan ahead for one of the four bulleted ideas for celebrating God’s Creation.
Lesson Theme: God created everything.
For this lesson, you will need one Bible for every pair of children. They will get practice looking up Bible passages by finding this Sunday’s First Reading and Gospel in their Bibles. Find additional blocks for the Building God’s Creation activity here.
Lesson Theme: God cares for us.
For this lesson, you will need a rosary for each young person. The children will learn about how to pray the Rosary and will conclude the session by praying the Joyful Mysteries.
Lesson Theme: God calls us to grow and bear fruit.
For this lesson, you will need a rosary for each young person. The young people will learn how to pray the Rosary and will end this session by praying the Joyful Mysteries.
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