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Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Plan 7 January 17, 2008 6:30 PM ­ 8:00 PM

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. ( Isaiah 11:2)

OBJECTIVES · To explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit, broaden understanding of their application in daily life and renew a desire to use and live them.

OVERVIEW I. Large group prayer, scripture reading and intro to evening topic, collection for World Vision Sponsorship Paul McMahon. (25 min) Attendance taken in church and collected in the narthex before small group meeting. Break into small groups, go over presentation, read and discuss topic and/or parts of the Youth Update: "Gifts of the Holy Spirit ­ Yours to Open and Use." In your file last week was a copy of "Trinity: Model of our Relationships" which is for your review from last weeks session.


IV. Announcements, closing prayer & dismissal.


Greeting This week we will be beginning our session a little differently. Our last meeting in December had no Faith Challenge because it was the Traveling Manger Mass. So we will be doing the following exercise. In your bins you will find journaling worksheets to be distributed to each of your students. At the beginning of class, give each student a worksheet and ask him/her to complete each of the sentences. (A sample is included for you on the last page of this lesson plan). Give students about 15 minutes to journal the questions and complete one for yourself. Play some quiet, reflective background music while the students are journaling their thoughts. Stress total silence during this time. After 15 minutes or so ask for students to share what they wrote and ask them to share their thoughts if they feel comfortable. You may share yours first if you wish to open the discussion. Do not make this mandatory. Just ask for volunteers. This exercise could take up to 30 minutes total, depending on how talkative your group gets. Listed below are the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit for your reference. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit There are seven special gifts that the Holy Spirit showers upon us. These gifts are freely given and fill us with grace to help us and to benefit the whole church community. These gifts are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence and wonder and awe. These gifts help one listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit luring one to make good choices, live good lives, and be true followers of Christ. A brief explanation of each gift follows: (Explain that after Vatican II several of the gifts were updated into a more understandable term). · Wisdom is the gift of knowing the right choices to make to live a holy life. It helps one avoid the things that could lead you away from God. · Understanding is the gift of comprehension, the ability to grasp the teachings of our religion. It is the gift that helps one be tolerant and sympathetic of others. It helps one sense when someone is hurting or in need of compassion. · Right Judgment (Counsel) is the gift of prudence. This gift helps one make choices as a follower of Jesus. · Knowledge is the gift of knowing and enlightenment. It enables one to choose the right path that will lead to God and it encourages one to avoid obstacles that will keep someone from him. · Courage is the gift that helps one stand up and overcome any obstacles that would keep you from practicing your faith. · Reverence (Piety) is the gift of reverence for and confidence in God that inspires one to joyfully want to serve God and others. · Wonder and awe (Fear of the Lord) is the gift of wonder and respect that encourages one to be in awe of God. It is not to fear God but to so love him that you do not want to offend him by your words of actions.

Opening prayer You may use the following prayer or use one of your own: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth... Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit, You have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to Relish what is right And always rejoice in your consolation. From A Book of Prayers

Scripture Readings

Instruction: Choose at least one passage. Read with and discuss the passage with the students. Ask a few questions in reference to the scripture you choose. Acts 2:111 "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages." Isaiah 11:2 "The spirit of the Lord will give them wisdom..." 1) How do you think the believers felt when the "noise from the sky and strong winds" filled the house in which they were gathered? 2) What two gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the Isaiah reading? 3) How would you describe the Holy Spirit?

Background for Catechists Trinity Go over with your students the concept of the Trinity, three persons in one God. Use Youth Update (in your catechist file on 1/10/08) on the Trinity and anything you may have taken from JP Cafiero's presentation on Trinity last week. You may use this recap of the Trinity if you wish: Ø The central mystery of Christianity is the revelation of God as Trinity. Ø This mystery is "imaged" in creation and revealed in Scripture. Ø The third person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. With the Father and Son, the Spirit is eternal: without beginning or end. The Holy Spirit acted in the Old Testament and in Jesus' life. The coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' followers marks a quantum leap forward in the recreation of the world. It forms the disciples into Christ's body and makes them the signs and instruments of God's presence in our world--just as Jesus was in his world.

Shared Insights ­ Catechesis Explain to the student's that it is not only in Confirmation that one receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Through all the sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communion and Confirmation) these gifts are received. Through these sacraments, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit grow stronger within us. Explain that developing the Holy Spirit's gifts requires recognizing them. For example, when there is a crisis in their lives ask them to use the gift of right judgment in order to do the right thing. When they see a family member or friend in need, ask them to use the gift of understanding to sympathize with that person. As with each gift, they may call upon the Holy Spirit's help when they need to use them. By recognizing the gifts and using them frequently they can utilize the gifts they have been so graciously given through the sacraments. Questions for discussion. These are taken from the Youth Update, or you may use questions of your own. 1) Which gift of the Holy Spirit sounds like the best gift to you? 2) Which gift(s) do you need the most right now? Why? Explain. 3) Which gift(s) does our world seem to need most? Where? Why? Explain. 4) Are there spiritual gifts other than the seven mentioned at the beginning of class that you would like to have? Can you name them? Why do you need them? 5) How will you share your gifts with the world? Challenge for the week (Lived out FAITH) Throughout the next week make a conscious effort to be aware of how many times and how many gifts of the Holy Spirit you use. Write down a few after reflecting at the end of the day. Bring these to class next week for discussion at the beginning of class. Tell your parents about the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Encourage the students to take home their Holy Spirit journal sheets home to their parents for discussion. Use the acronym W U R K C R W (workcrew) to remember the gifts. W ­ Wisdom U ­ Understanding R ­ Right Judgment K ­ Knowledge C ­ Courage R ­ Reverence W ­ Wonder & Awe

Please remember to dismiss class at 8:00PM only. Do not dismiss students earlier.

Use these sentence starters to reflect upon and journal the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life.

1) A time in my life I showed courage was when....

2) A place in the world where I experience the wonder and awe of God is...... I feel this way because....

3) I show reverence in my life when I.....

4) Wisdom can grow in my life if I ......

5) Knowledge is important to me because....

6) A big decision (right judgment) that I had to make recently was.....

7) A person I need to understand better is..........because...............


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