|December 14, 2021; class #12 (Tuesday after 3rd
Advent Sunday; Luke 3:10-18)
[lessons # 21, # 22, and # 23: How
do we celebrate Jesus Christ? Why does Jesus come to save
us? How did the Son of God enter human history?]
Christmas music playlist
playing at start of class.
Lets begin with the Sign of
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful.
Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your
Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the
face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Remember what color chasuble the priest was wearing at
Mass this weekend?
It was pink. On the 3rd Sunday of Advent, priests wear
pink which they call rose. Next week,
on the 4th Sunday of Advent, priests will wear purple
again. Then, at Christmas time, they will wear
white. In the Church, every year, we move thru a cycle,
year after year. All around the world, in all Catholic
churches, the readings are the same on Sunday in
different languages, but all Catholics follow the same
liturgical calendar. The church year begins with
Advent. It is the time when we prepare for Christmas,
when we remember the birth of Jesus, Gods gift to
At Mass this weekend, the Gospel reading was from the
Gospel of Luke. [Children's bulletin.]
. . . . . John the Baptist Prepares the Way.
. . . . . John preached to the crowd.
. . . . . He told them to bear fruit for God.
. . . . . John said, Share what you have.
. . . . . John also told the soldiers and tax collectors,
Be fair. Be content with your pay.
. . . . . John preached the good news.
John the Baptist taught people to change their lives and
avoid sin. He announced the coming of someone greater
than he. He said, I baptize you with water, but he
who is mightier than I is coming. He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit. ... And who was that person
greater than John the Baptist?
Father John video 15, telling of
John the Baptist, who came to tell people about the
coming of the Light of the World, Jesus. (John 1:6-8,
Jesus is the light of the world. Whenever you get lost
and confused about what to do in this world, look to the
light of Jesus and follow Jesus direction.
Hell get you to God.
Now we have some reading to do. ... Can you name any
seasons of the church year? What one are we in now?
Lets begin on page 189. [Read page.]
Now, lets go to page 195. Do you know what holy day
comes right after the time of Advent? [Read page. Do
group-read of Luke 1:2-38 (Gabriel bringing news to
Now, lets go to page 200. The message of Christmas
is that God loved the world so much that he gave us his
only son. The way that it says it in the Bible is this:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only
son. Were going to do the prayer on page 200.
The response words are, Glory to God in the
Read p. 201. Do activity at bottom of p. 201.
Do group-read of Luke 2:8-20 on p. 202 (Birth
Well have snack as we watch a Brother Francis
video. The video is about Advent, the time when we prepare
for Christmas. Remember: Advent is not
Christmas. Advent is the time to prepare for Christmas,
for the Christmas season.
... Now, well start snack time, and then Ill
start the Brother Francis video.
Remember our prayer before meals?
Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to
receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[snack: Christmas cookies and milk.]
Start video: Brother Francis video
Jesus is coming, (excerpt)
Brother Francis has some more to explain. Its about
how, for Catholics, Christmas does not end on Christmas
day. Christmas is a whole season, the Christmas season.
When we next see each other in January, well still
be in the Christmas season. It will be coming to an end,
but it will still be the Christmas season. Now Ill
let Brother Francis do the talking:
Video: Br. Francis video What
is the Christmas season? (excerpt)
After video: If we just watch TV or look at what is
happening in stores, we might think that the
Christmas season begins the day after
Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas Day. But, that time
before Christmas Day is the time of Advent. Then, many
people act as if, by the day after Christmas Day,
Christmas is over until the next year. But thats
wrong. The Christmas season has just begun on Christmas
Day. In the United States, the Christmas season goes from
Christmas Day until the the celebration of the Baptism of
the Lord. That will be on January 9th this Christmas
season. And before we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord,
we'll celebrate the Epiphany. The Epiphany is the day
when we remember the wise men who followed the star to
Nativity scene: (Show
image of nativity scene, online.)
Almost 900 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi made a manger
scene for Christmas Eve. We celebrate Jesus birth
on December 25. But were not sure what day Jesus
was born on. We just dont know for sure.
(Give Christmas-story coloring sheets.)
This is like a little book. Lets look at each
page, and you can tell what you see, and tell the
Christmas story thru the pictures you see.
(Pictures: Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary. Angel
appeared to Joseph in a dream. Mary and Joseph traveled
to Bethlehem. Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a
manger a box used to hold animal food. An angel
appeared to shepherds and told them the Saviour had been
born. The shepherds found Jesus lying in a manger; then
they went forth and told people the good news the angel
had told them. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple
40 days after he was born. to present Jesus to the Lord.
Wise men from the east followed a star in search of the
Christ Child. They gave him gold, frankincense, and
Closing prayers: Time to say good bye.
We'll begin with the Our Father. You know the words. And
you can read them as we all say them:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Saint Michael the Archangel, please
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.