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FROM OUR EDITORS—September 19, 2021 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FROM OUR EDITORS—September 19, 2021 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Welcome to the 2021–2022 year of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies!

Today, as we begin a new program year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday with the theme: “Say the Word and My Soul Shall be Healed” (see Matthew 8:8, Luke 7:7). The past eighteen months have put a spotlight on so many ways that we need the healing that Jesus alone can bring. As we enter yet another program year with uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we remind you of our pledge to accompany you in your ministry and our prayers for you, the children, and the families in your care.

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.

Videos of Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 9:30–37)
Use these videos as you discuss today’s Gospel. Please preview to select the video appropriate for your group:
     Holy Heroes
     Mark 9:30–37
     Mark 9:30–37: I’m Awesome, Right?

Seeds
Lesson Theme: We learn about Jesus.

Welcome to a new Seeds year! This is a good week for nametags, icebreakers, and setting class expectations. Please follow your parish or school guidelines for sanitizing, physical distancing, or sharing snacks. Communicate these expectations clearly to your students and families. Remember to prepare 18″ lengths of yarn or thin ribbon (one per child) and to fill in spaces on each child’s medallion in advance of the lesson. Check the Materials list on page TG1-4 for other supplies you’ll need.

Teaching Guide
Find instructions to create a paper chain here.
Parent Teaching Pages
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: We learn to follow Jesus.

Welcome to a new Promise year! This is a good week for nametags, icebreakers, and setting class expectations. Please follow your parish or school guidelines for sanitizing, physical distancing, or sharing snacks. Communicate these expectations clearly to your students and families. Remember to prepare large paper hearts (one per child) in advance of the lesson. You’ll also need a Bible and ball. Check the Materials list on page TG1-4 for other supplies you’ll need.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
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’ followers serve others.

Welcome to a new Good News year! This is a good week for nametags, icebreakers, and setting class expectations. Please follow your parish or school guidelines for sanitizing, physical distancing, or sharing snacks. Communicate these expectations clearly to your students and families. Remember to collect several recent parish bulletins or newsletters for this class. You’ll also need a ball. Check the Materials list on page TG1-4 for other supplies you’ll need.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Video related to pages 3 and 4: How We Can Serve Others

Venture
Lesson Theme: Who is greatest?

Welcome to a new Venture year! This is a good week for nametags, icebreakers, and setting class expectations. Your parish or school may still have some Covid-19 guidelines in place, including sanitizing, distancing, or sharing snacks. Communicate these items clearly with your students and families. Remember scissors and construction paper for the class activity in this lesson.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     What Is the Church?
     Role of the Assembly

Visions
Lesson Theme: Who is greatest?

Welcome to a new Visions year! This is a good week for nametags, icebreakers, and setting class expectations. Your parish or school may still have some Covid-19 guidelines in place, including sanitizing, distancing, or sharing snacks. Communicate these items clearly with your students and families. Bring materials—colored cloth, candle, lighter/matches, Bible, cross—to have your students set up a prayer space where your class meets. Let this be the students’ responsibility this year.

Teaching Guide
Parent Teaching Pages
The Gospel at Home
Weekly Review Template
Online Assessment
Seasonal Resources
Videos
     Role of the Assembly
     7 Things You Didn’t Know About CRS

Family-Parents
Family Prayer: A Celebration of School and Learning

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Joan McKamey
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