Handbook

“Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”
(The Gospel of John, Chapter 15, verse 45)

Sacred Heart of Jesus, guide our families.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Letter to Parents

 

A Letter from the Directors of Religious Education

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

Welcome to our Faith Formation Handbook!

Within these pages we hope to provide answers to questions regarding our programs, as well as providing a resource not only for catechists, but first to parents in their role as the primary catechists for their children.

St. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:1, “I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.”  We all share the same Baptismal call to holiness. Within that call, we each play a different role: parent, catechist, student. Disciples.Life is privileged to assist parents in their primary role as catechist to their children.

Our culture and modern society does not support Christ’s call to holiness. However, we should not fear because  if we live in the embrace of the love of the Father, He will not only strengthen us to say “no” to sin, but He will also love and forgive us with His mercy. A perfect example of this is St. Peter. Jesus called Peter out into stormy water and Peter was able to walk on top of the waves until he took his eyes off Jesus. His faith was shaken, but Christ was there to keep him from sinking. We catechize to share this hope.

As we embark on a new year in growing in our own faith and passing the faith onto our children, may we learn keep our eyes firmly on Jesus so we continue walking toward him through the storms and come to know, live, and share the joy of the Gospel together. May we pray for one another, our Bishop, priests, religious, leaders, catechists, families, benefactors, and especially our children.  I assure you of my prayers and thank you for your patience and dedication.

Your servants in Christ,

Janet VanEerden and Leslie Gahr

DREs, Faith Formation

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction, Acknowledgements, Commitment to Fidelity

Letter from the Directors

Disciples.Life:

Primary Mission

Overview of Our Roles

The Role of the Parent(s)

The Role of the Catechist

Parents and Catechists

Protection of Children Policies

Admission Policies

General Class Information

Why Faith Formation? And how?

Main Formation Chart

Doctrinal Formation: Introduction

Scripture and Communication

Bible Literacy

Kindergarten: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Overview

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Life Teen and Youth Program Overview

Confirmation Program Overview

Liturgical Formation Introduction and Links

Moral Formation: Introduction and Links

Disciples.Life Code of Conduct

Student Conduct

Disciplinary Process

Spiritual Formation: Introduction and Links

Communion of Saints

Prayers to Learn by 8th Grade

Thank you, Parents and  Resources

Free Apps:

The Pope App – Everything going on with the Pope, his messages to people all around the world.

Laudate – Everything from prayers to scripture, the complete Catechism and the ability to search for paragraphs.  You name it, this App has it.

Catholic Study Bible App  by Ignatius Press and Lighthouse Media: in app purchases, but full Bible available for free.

Online

www.disciples.life   Saint Marys Inter-Parish Fatih Formation website.

Cancelation Notification Set-up (site to be announced)

www.lifeteen.com  Outreach for teens, great blogs, information, and encouragement.

www.kofc.org/un/en/catechism.html  If you cannot use the Laudate App mentioned below.  This is an easy way of searching the Catechism of the Catholic Church online.

Introduction

Welcome to Disciples.Life Faith Formation Program Handbook. The Disciples.Life (DL) Handbook is an overview of the program, requirements, and expectations of the families, catechists, and students based upon the Church, the Diocese, and our local program. It was formed to help with consistency from year to year and unity of purpose. Catechesis is a mission for us all; no one person can do it alone. We hope this handbook will answer questions and give you an overview of the program.

Acknowledgements

From the dawn of the Church her Mission given by Christ has been to spread the Gospel message to gain believers for Christ. Catechesis is the work of the heart of the Church. We acknowledge the Apostles and all who handed down the faith to our century. We thank particularly our Pope, Bishop, and priests. We thank the Popes who worked to produce the Catechism of the Catholic Church for all the Church to utilize. Specifically, we thank Sister John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P. from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan who has given us permission to use a modification of their program goals, catechesis statements for age groups, and select pages from their Remain in Me Faith Formation Curriculum in our own Handbook. We thank Disciples in Christ, Education in Virtue, Family Honor, Life Teen and Catholics United for the Faith with Ignatius Press for all their labors of love for the families and catechists of the Church. We thank our Faith Formation leaders, staff, and catechists  for their dedication and courage to live and share the true faith.

 

Commitment to Fidelity

With prayer and devotion this Handbook has been formed for the benefit of the families and catechists involved in our local Faith Formation program. We submit this handbook to right Church authority. Therefore if anything in the following pages is contrary to the Faith and we are made aware of it, we will promptly remove it and adjust the program accordingly.

The following goals, charts and applications are modified slightly from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist  Remain in Me Faith Formation Program book. We thank them and apologize for any misrepresentations of their work that may have been overlooked.

Disciples.Life Primary Mission

The Disciples.Life Faith Formation Program will aim to fulfill its mission from Christ through the Catholic Church by supporting parents in their primary role in passing on the Catholic faith through fostering…

“ A deep love and knowledge of the Faith”

– by providing a continuous and unified catechesis beginning with Scripture; allowing the Word to enlighten the student’s life experience.

– with motivated, prepared catechists who witness the love of the true Faith to families and in the classroom.

– through opportunities for sharing and discussion.

– with positive communication and support of parents to help them share the faith with their children.

 

“ Love of the Church rooted in the Faith”

– with liturgical and catechetical experiences which foster love for the Church.

– with experiences with the various members of Christ’s Body (priests, religious, and laity).

 

“Formation of both intellect and will”

– through study of the deposit of Faith.

– by teaching and practicing the development of virtues.

– by discussing the options of vocations to the religious and consecrated life.

 

“Participation in the life of the Church”

– through Sacramental living (especially Eucharist and Confession).

– by scheduling around Mass and providing additional liturgical experiences

 

“Awareness of and attention to social responsibilities”

– by providing experience with the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

– in paying attention to the needs of others, especially younger students.

 

“Development of a rich interior life”

– through regular prayer time.

– by offering experiences of various forms of prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of our Roles:

“Building a Catholic Culture”[2]

We are a family in Christ; therefore we each have a role in passing on the faith to one another and the children.  Parents are the first educators of the faith; catechists serve as supporters to the family and student.

 

  Spiritual Life Intellectual Life Social Duty
Parents Sunday Mass

 

Sacraments

 

Daily  Prayer

 

Family Prayer

 

Scripture Reading

 

Lives of the Saints

 

Family Honor (7-8)

 

Help student with studying and assignments

 

Be Good Samaritans

 

Model the Faith

 

Talk about your faith with your children

Catechists Sunday Mass

 

Sacraments

 

Daily Prayer, especially  Adoration

 

Liturgical celebrations

 

Ongoing training

 

Retreat

 

Preparation of lessons

 

Correct assignments and assessments

 

Plan service opportunities

 

Encourage and support parents

 

Model the Faith

Students Sunday Mass

 

Sacraments

 

Liturgical Activities

 

Daily prayer

 

Family prayer

 

Scheduled Catechesis

 

Retreat

 

Family Honor (7-8)

 

Assignments

 

Works of Mercy Service Hours

 

 

Support fellow students

 

 

“catechesis is more than instruction, it is an apprenticeship in the Christian life.” The word apprentice comes from a Latin root meaning “to learn.” There are many ways “to learn” what it means to be Catholic, but none more important or more complete than participation in the Sunday Eucharist.” – Bishop Saltarelli’s pastoral letter on Catechesis

 

The Role of the Parent(s)

Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for their children.  They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators of their children.  (National Directory for Catechesis,, 54C)  They catechize primarily by the witness of their Christian lives and by their love for the faith. (NDC, 54C)

It is the role of the parish to assist parents in nurturing the faith of their children. Parent(s) who enroll their children in our local inter-parish faith formation program will be assisted and enabled in their role as the primary educators of their children in faith knowledge and practices.  Parent(s) are encouraged to approach the staff with ideas to meet specific needs in raising healthy and holy Catholic children and youth.

At the same time, it is essential that parents cooperate with the parish and work with those who are the designated leaders of the inter-parish  program. Parents are asked to fulfill the following expectations in order to promote the faith growth of the children and youth and to insure a quality program.

A parent(s) who would like their child to attend the program:

  1. Attends Sunday Mass weekly with the child
  2. Must be a registered member of a parish.
  3. Is responsible for providing the parish with information regarding the child’s baptism and other sacraments if applicable.
  4. Takes responsibility for their role as primary educator of the faith.
  5. Collaborates with the catechist(s) in the program by sharing faith with the child (ren) at home and by making sure the child does any required follow-up to the lessons taught in class.
  6. Teaches the child the traditional prayers of the Church at home.
  7. Maintains an open line of communication with the child’s catechist.
  8. Brings the child to class at the prescribed time and picks her/him up promptly at the conclusion of class.
  1. Makes sure the child enters the building where classes are held and goes to the classroom.
  1. Brings his/her child to class dressed appropriately for the weather, ready to participate.
  1. Attends parent meetings when requested.
  2. Is supportive of the catechist, especially in the area of discipline.
  3. Reads this handbook, completes and turns in the forms necessary for registration.
  1. Informs the religious education leader of the rights of the non-custodial parent in the case of divorce. This is essential to ensure that the program acts in the best interest and safety of the child(ren).
  1. Informs the religious education leader of any pertinent medical and emergency information (complete on Registration or Health form).

 

The Role of the Catechist

A catechist is called to…

  • Be a witness of the Good News of Christ and the Catholic faith and be a model of the attitudes and actions of a disciple of Christ.
  • Display a positive attitude toward the students and families.
  • Be willing to share his/her faith story, when appropriate, with the students.
  • Be a practicing Catholic who accepts the teachings of the Church and follows its laws.
  • Be a person of prayer, attending weekly Eucharistic Liturgy.
  • Share the love of Christ with the students through openness, listening, respect and forgiveness.
  • Continue to grow in his/her own understanding of Christ’s call and Church teachings.
  • Continually evaluate his/her performance as a catechist and try to improve.
  • Communicate the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Pray and celebrate liturgy with the students.
  • Challenge the students to live lives of justice and love based on Scripture and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Foster community among the students in the classroom.
  • Follow the policies and procedures set forth in this handbook.

 

Duties of the Catechist

When a person accepts the role of catechist in the religious education program, it is assumed that the person is willing to complete the following tasks and accept the following responsibilities. Catechists who have questions about any of the following duties should discuss them with the religious education leader.

Each catechist will…

  • Attend meetings or training sessions scheduled by the religious education leader
  • Be present for each catechetical session at least 15 minutes in advance of the scheduled starting time and remain at least 15 minutes after the session is finished.
  • Complete a year schedule of classes and activities
  • Spend an appropriate amount of time planning before each class, by following the format provided in the catechist handbook for each session.
  • Supervise the students in the class he/she is teaching, making sure to provide a safe catechetical environment.
  • Use the time during class to form and inform the faith of the students in his/her care.
  • Keep records of the each student’s progress for the parents and the program.
  • Maintain discipline in the classroom following the policies outlined in this handbook.
  • Provide prayer experiences for the students in the class.
  • Follow diocesan and parish policies regarding catechesis.
  • Seek diocesan certification as a catechist in a timely manner.

Parents & Catechists

Catechists that teach the classes in the religious education program are volunteers.  The program has made every effort to screen them to insure that they are capable of handling the responsibility involved in this ministry.  The program also offers training courses that increase the skills needed for the catechists to be successful. Catechists are strongly encouraged to participate in Diocese of Erie Department of Religious Education catechist formation process.

The director of religious education  supervises the catechists in order to help them fulfill their responsibility.  As parents you are asked to recognize the challenges involved in being a volunteer catechist and to support them in whatever ways possible.  If any problems arise however, please first contact the catechist to discuss the situation.  If that does not lead to a satisfactory resolution, please contact the director of religious education.  All parishioners have the right to final recourse from the pastor of their parish.

 

Cultivating a Catholic Environment

At Home or in the Classroom 

Take an imaginary walk through your  home or classroom.  What do you see?

  • Do you have any crucifixes in your home? Where? Images of the Saints or the Blessed Mother?  A shrine?
  • Are there any scripture quotes adorning any walls?
  • Is there an image of the Last Supper in your kitchen or dining room to link your family meals with the Eucharistic banquet?
  • Images of your children’s name saints if available? A picture of the Holy Father?
  • Other images to provoke the religious imagination?
  • Is there a copy of the Scriptures in some prominent place?
  • Are there DVD’s of bible stories for the children in your home?
  • Is the a Catholic children’s Bible in the home?

 

Protection of Children

Diocese of Erie Policy

The Diocese of Erie is committed to protecting the children and youth who are entrusted to its care and to ensuring that those in ministry with our young people are in right relationship with the children/youth receiving services. Here at Disciples.Life Faith Formation program, we realize sharing in the ministry of Christ is a great privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility. The privilege is the joy of sharing in the mission of Jesus Himself. The responsibility is acting in a way that conforms to the attitude and actions of Christ.

In this spirit, the diocese has issued a ministerial Code of Conduct, which can be accessed at http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/codeofconduct.pdf. The code is included in the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children, which also includes mandates for creating safe environments. To read the policy, go to http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/protectionpolicy.pdf. For more information, you may contact Mrs. Karen Streett, at the diocesan offices at 814-824-1195.

At Disciples.Life, the Diocesan policies are completely adhered to for our staff and volunteers that have contact with parish children and youth. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Janet VanEerden at our St. Marys office 781-1042 or Leslie Gahr at St. Boniface at 885-8941 .

 

Disciples Life – Faith Formation Program Policy

The Saint Boniface, Queen of the World, Sacred Heart, and Saint Mary’s Pastors, Faith Formation staff and all volunteers who work with children are required to have clearances completed from the PA State Police (Criminal Record Check) and the PA Department of Public Welfare (Child Abuse History Clearance). They must complete all appropriate forms as identified by the diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children,

http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/protectionpolicy.pdf .  They are also bound by the Pennsylvania Revised Code and Diocesan Policy of Protection of Children to report suspected or actual child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities. All staff, paid and volunteer, must complete an in-service training on protection of children, identification of child abuse and appropriate reporting procedures.

 

Admission Policies

Enrollment

Disciples.Life Faith Formation program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, physical or mental challenges.

Any family that is registered in Saint Boniface, Queen of the World Church, Sacred Heart Parish, or Saint Marys Church may enroll their children in the catechetical program.  In  order for their children to be admitted, the family must complete the appropriate registration and student information forms and indicate that they have read and accept the policies contained in this handbook. These forms are available online.  Parents are also required to fill out a health form on each of the children they seek to enroll in the program.

Students are typically enrolled in the grade in which they are currently attending in school, unless other arrangements are made with the religious education leader.  An exception to this may be necessary to meet specific requirements for sacramental preparation.

Enrollment is completed online at disciples.life or ourdiscipleslife.com.

 

Baptismal Certificates

Families with children who were not baptized at this parish are requested to bring a copy of the baptismal certificate, along with any other sacramental records, when they initially enroll their child in the program.  Children who have not been baptized will be accepted into the program provided the family intends to have them baptized and enrolls them in the children’s initiation program.

Homeschooling

The Diocese of Erie has specific requirements concerning homeschooling. As a parish of the Diocese of Erie, we follow these policies and guidelines.  If you are interested in homeschooling, please contact the religious education leader for a copy of the diocesan guidelines concerning homeschooling. Once you have read the guidelines and feel that you would like to undertake this project, please contact the religious education leader as she/he has been delegated to oversee this process.

** The sacramental years and LifeTeen do not have a homeschool option.**

Book and Material Fees

See disciples.life for tuition schedules and fees.

No student will be prevented from attending because of his/her parents’ inability to pay.  An inquiry to either the pastor or the religious education leader is all that is necessary to have fees excused.  Please know that this is offered in the spirit of a community called to assist one another in love.

Book and material fees are non-refundable after the start of classes.

 

General Class Information

Attendance

Children who are enrolled in the parish catechetical program are expected to be in attendance for each scheduled class session.  It is the responsibility of parent(s) to insure their presence.  If your child is to be absent, you are asked to contact the catechist in advance. Attendance will be taken weekly.

 

Missed Classes

Each class session builds on the material covered in preceding classes. Children who are absent miss a great deal and will have to make up the material covered in the missed class.

 

Weather and Other Emergency Situations

Cancellation of Classes

Classes may be canceled from time to time because of inclement weather.  The following directions for parent(s) is offered:

IF THE LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE CANCELLED OR DISMISSED EARLY, THERE WILL BE NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES.

**Disciples.Life will send instructions to sign up for email or text notifications.

 

Safety Procedures for Fires and other emergencies

There are safety procedures posted in each room for fire, tornado and other emergencies. Catechists will instruct the students in these procedures the first week of class. An annual safety drill will be conducted in the fall so that the procedures can be practiced. n case of fire or a tornado, attendance will be taken after an emergency evacuation and no child will be dismissed without their parent or guardian. Parent(s) must check with the religious education leader before leaving with their child to avoid unnecessary search and rescue operations.

 

Sickness and Injury

Sickness

Should a student become ill while in class, parent(s) will be contacted according to the information provided on the student medical form. If the parent is unavailable, attempts will be made to reach the backup person listed. The religious education leader will make every effort to keep the child comfortable until he/she is picked up. Medications will not be administered to the child.

Medications

Children are not to bring medications with them to religious education classes without advance permission of the religious education leader. It is the responsibility of parent(s) to notify the religious education leader immediately of any changes in allergies or dietary restrictions.

Injury

Catechists are asked to report any injury to the religious education leader immediately.  If an injury occurs, first aid will be administered in strict accordance with the Blood-borne Pathogens regulations of the Diocese of Erie and the parent(s) will be contacted.  If the injury requires immediate medical attention, the religious education leader will call the appropriate emergency services, followed by a call to the parent(s).  A first aid kit is available in the religious education office and a safety kit with band aids and gloves in all classrooms.

Classroom Visits

Parent(s) are permitted and encouraged to visit their children’s classroom at any time. They are required to sign in with the director of religious education before entering the classroom.

Homework

Catechists are encouraged to assign work for the children to do at home with the assistance of their parent(s). Parent(s) are encouraged to ask their children about homework after each class period.

Optional: Student Progress Reports

Parent(s) may be sent a Student progress report for each of their children twice a year, so the catechist may give formal feedback on their behavior and participation and cooperation in the classroom. The student progress report will be sent at the end of November and again in early April. The purpose of this progress report is to inform you of your son’s / daughter’s participation, performance, weak and strong areas in the class and other information pertinent to the Faith Formation Program.  You are to review this report with your child, discuss the topics covered.

Why Faith Formation? And How?

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

(John 15:5)

 

“When Christ chose the vine and the branches to symbolize the Christian life, He wanted to show us how we would thrive only when drawing life and sustenance from Him. Our growth in Christ begins in Baptism where we receive God’s life in our souls. Through sanctifying  grace received in this sacrament, we become members of Christ’s Body and continue to grow as one in the Holy Spirit, bearing good fruit in word, thought and deed. In Baptism we are grafted onto Christ the vine and He enters us and remains in us as long as we desire His presence. When we respond to His grace and love, then we remain in Him. In this way, we are transformed by Christ and can, by God’s grace, say with St. Paul: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; cf CCC 1266).” …If we are to fulfill this call to be one with Christ, if we are to find true happiness, we must not only preserve God’s grace within us, but help it to increase day by day…”[3] This is why faith formation of one another and the children is so essential. We desire, with God’s constant help, to assist the parents “to increase day by day” opportunities for the young to seek and find the “true happiness;” which is only found in Christ.

How do we attempt something so profound? First we recognize “the growth of the supernatural life, as with any life, is dependent on the proper environment and the proper nutrition.”[4]  Second, we must encourage one another, whether at home or in the classroom, in building the environment with the “proper nutrition” so as to “encourage a living, explicit, and fruitful profession of faith (GDC 66)” for all to share and grow. This means having adults living the Catholic faith and catechists who desire to serve God; families who share the Faith with truth, charity, and love for the sake of the child and for “the greater glory of God.”[5]  This requires prayer and cooperation on the part of parents and catechists, and a foundational program where the “four major areas of formation… doctrinal, liturgical, moral, and spiritual”[6] are interwoven in the classrooms, at home and  in each of our lives.

The following pages overview the four foundational areas to support parents and catechists in attaining the goal of faith formation. It is with hope that we all will become “fruitful branches, solidly connected to the vine, yet growing out into the world spreading the fragrance and flavor of the vine to all parts of the world. Moreover, with this goal comes the promise of eternal joy.”[7]  Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us.

 

Main Formation Chart

Goals, Application, and Reference

This chart shows how families and catechists are to aim to attain the main goals.

4 Areas of Formation

with References

Main Formation Goals

K-8

Program, Home, or Classroom Applications
Doctrinal[8]

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21

 

CCC 5, 426, 188

 

GDC 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Knowing God leads to loving God. An understanding of the Faith leads to a deepening of the gift of the faith.

 

2. Love leads to desire for knowledge of the object of that love.

 

3. Doctrinal formation must be a gradual grasping of the whole truth.

 

4. Doctrinal formation nourishes the life of faith and equips us to explain our faith.

1. Teaching of doctrine which is challenging and penetrates both mind and heart.

 

2. Memorization of scripture, truths and terms per grade level

 

3. Scripture reading and oral retelling of Scripture by the Catechist and students.

 

4. Use of vocabulary, review questions and Diocesan evaluation questions to assess what the children are learning.

 

Liturgical[9]

 

2 Peter 1:3-4

 

CCC 426, 1074-1075

 

GDC 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Christ is present in liturgical celebrations.

 

2. Liturgical formation strives for full, conscious, and active participation.

 

3. Students must understand the meaning of the liturgy.

 

4. Teachers must educate for prayer, repentance, thanksgiving, and communion.

 

 

1. Participation with reverence in The Holy Mass

 

2. Regular opportunity for confession.

 

3. Sacramental Preparation

 

4. Liturgical year celebrations; use Advent and Lenten virtues

 

5. Encourage children to be altar servers at their home parishes.

 

Moral[10]

 

1 Cor. 12-13

 

 

CCC 1971, 2033, 2049

 

GDC 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Transformation implies walking in the footsteps of Christ.

 

2. True discipleship means transmitting the attitudes of the Master.

 

3. By participation in the Paschal Mystery (liturgy), we pass from the old man to the new.

 

4. Personal witness is key: the Word is not just proclaimed, it is lived.

 

1. The teacher must be a witness since the way we treat our students will be the way they treat each other. Always avoid sarcasm, public criticism, and generalizations.

 

2. Teach and practice the virtues; learn them through Biblical stories and the lives of the Saints

 

3. Discipline should be preventative.

 

4. Students should learn the various needs of the community and reach out in service.

Spiritual[11]

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 and Psalm 40

 

CCC 426, 2688, 1674

 

GDC 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Communion with Christ leads to prayer.

 

2. Pray as He did: adoration, praise, thanksgiving, filial confidence, supplication, and awe.

 

3. The program must foster a climate of prayer.

 

4. It is especially important when the Gospel seems demanding: This is when they feel weak and need to discover the mysterious action of God in their lives.

1. Time for silence. Silence, reverence, and a sense of awe must be fostered. ie: proper postures during classroom time, prayer time, liturgical time, etc.

 

2. Regular opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration and visits to church.

 

3. Various prayers and types of prayer should be taught in class and program wide.

 

 

 

Doctrinal Formation

 Introduction

 

Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life (CCC 26).” In order for the child to respond to God in faith, he must come to know God through study of Divine Revelation. This study must be intellectually rigorous and faithful to the Church, showing how the truths of the Faith never contradict the truths of reason. The ultimate goal of doctrinal formation is union with Christ so that He becomes the inner rule of all of our activity.[12]

The following pages create an overview of our inter-parish doctrinal formation. The information will assist parents and catechists to better understand at what grade certain doctrinal material is learned. The content has been gathered from the Erie Diocese curriculum for grades 1-8, the Remain in Me Faith Formation Curriculum  by Sister John Dominic, O.P., and Ignatius Press’s Faith and Life Series.  References are cited throughout.

First you will find the Scriptural information. Then the next pages are divided by grade level and each include:

  • Overview
  • Diocesan Overall Goal
  • Diocesan Content Goals
  • “Virtues to be Cultivated”
  • Vocabulary
  • Memorization
  • “Signs of Transformation”
  • Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation

The goals are guides for the reasons why we teach the content in the grade. The vocabulary, prayer and Mass parts are important to build on the previous years learning and to grow in knowledge and love of God. The Signs of Transformation help adults to encourage and also to recognize the action of the Holy Spirit in each child. Lastly, the evaluation questions are to assist us with making sure the children understand the essential concepts taught. These questions are supported by the age-appropriate quizzes and tests given throughout the year.

The Role of Scripture and Communication

And (Jesus) said to them,

“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”[13]

-Mark 16:15

 

“Saint Jerome is the patron saint of Scripture studies because he collected hundreds of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin manuscripts of the Bible, translated them into Latin, and wrote extensive explanations of the Sacred Scriptures. He was a man of the Bible.”[14]  He is known for the famous quote, “Ignorance of Scripture, is ignorance of Christ.” Meaning we cannot live or share what we do not know.

“The Scriptures are our primary text and if a one is to be shaped by the Word of God one must have a basic knowledge of the Scripture. Therefore, in addition to the knowledge objectives for each grade level (we) ask the parish to ensure that each student is well versed in the Scriptures.”[15]  Hence, the Saint Marys Faith Formation Program requires Scripture homework for every grade. Together at home a parent and their children will read the assigned Scripture verses, sometimes it may be the same readings as in other grades. After listening to or reading the verses, the student will then communicate what they read in an age appropriate manner onto paper. It will need to be signed by the parent and handed in at the next class.

The manner of the students communicating onto paper will follow simple directions that over the years will help the student build the general communication skills necessary for witnessing to others about Christ. Homework details will be sent home through the catechists.

Speaking is essential to communicating Scripture. The assignments will provide opportunities for the children to practice this while learning the essential Scripture accounts throughout the year. The following pages contain the list of Biblical stories all students will be expected to know and communicate by the end of eighth grade, and the suggested means of communicating them. Every year the Christmas, Last Supper and Easter Narratives will be expanded upon so all the students will be able to tell these stories in age appropriate manners.

Erie Diocese Bible Literacy[16]

The following Biblical stories will be learned in manners appropriate to the students’ ages.  More Biblical stories may be added.

Creation:  Genesis 1-2 The Good Shepherd: John 10:1-18
Adam and Eve: Genesis 3 Baptism of Jesus: Matthew 3:13-17
Noah and the Flood: Genesis 6-9 Money Changers: Mark 11:15-19
Abraham & Sarah: Genesis 12; 15; 17-18 The Repentant Woman: Luke 7:36-50
Joseph: Genesis 3:40-47 The Healing of the Paralytic: Lk 5:17-26
Moses: Exodus 1-15 The Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-13
Ruth and Naomi: the Book of Ruth St. Paul’s Conversion: Acts 9:1-19
David: 1 Samuel 17; 2 Samuel 5-7 Wedding at Cana: John 2:1-12
Solomon: 1 Kings 5-6 Martha and Mary: Luke 10:38-42
Jonah: Book of Jonah Call of the Disciples: Luke 5:1-11
Zaccheus: Luke 19:1-10 Woman at the Well: John 4:1-30
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37 Widow of Naime: Luke 7:11-17
Prodigal Son: Luke 15: 11-32 Raising of Lazarus: John 11:1-12:19
Feeding of the 5000: Matthew 14:13-21 Peter on the Water: Matthew 14:22-33
Jesus is Tempted: Matthew 4:1-11 Calming of the Storm: Mark 4:35-41

 

The students will be able to tell the Nativity, Last Supper, and the Easter narratives in Grade 1, expanding in detail each year as they approach grade 8.

Nativity Narrative Paschal  Narrative Easter narrative
John the Baptist Story:

Mt 3:1-12

Palm Sunday: Mk 11:1-11 Women at the Tomb:

Luke 24:1-12

Annunciation:

Luke 1:26-38

Last Supper:

Luke 22:7-13

Emmaus Story:

Luke 24:13-35

Visitation: Luke 1:39-56 Washing of the Feet:

John 13:1-20

Thomas Story:

John 20:24-29

Nativity: Luke 2:1-15 Agony in the Garden:

Mt 26:36-46

Ascension: Acts 1:6-11
Epiphany: Mt 2:1-12 Betrayal/Arrest: Mt 26:47-56 Pentecost: Acts 2:1-13
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple: Luke 2:22-38 Peter’s Denial: Mk 15:66-72
Finding Jesus in the Temple: Luke 2:41-52 Jesus’ Trial: Mt 26:57-68
Way of the Cross:

Luke 23:26-31

Crucifixion: Mt 27:32-55
Burial of Jesus: Lk 23:50-56

 

The students will be able to retell and/or explain at least these parables.[17]

The Lost Sheep Luke 15:4-6
The Mustard Seed Mark 4:30-32
The Yeast Matthew 13:33, Lk 13:21
The Seed that Grows Itself Mark 4:26-28
The Merchant and the Pearl Matthew 13:45-46
The Hidden Treasure Matthew 13:44

Catholic Bibles

The Faith Formation program  provides a Catholic Bible to each sixth grader as they enter the Middle School program. The Middle School students are expected to bring their Bibles to class each session. However, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide at home an age appropriate Catholic Bible for their elementary children.   Catholic Children’s Illustrated Bible by Anne dGraaf is one that may suit your family.

Grade Level Ways to Communication Scripture

The catechist will assign a Scripture story and model how to do the assignment first so the students will understand. The parents need to read with the student, make sure the work is completed, and sign the bottom of their work each week. The student hands the assignment in at the next session.

First grade: draw pictures about the scripture read, maybe creating a book throughout the year.

Second grade: read with a parent, draw the story,  then retell to the parent using the picture as a guide.

Third grade: read with a parent, then retell the scripture story to the parent, while the parent writes down on paper what the student retells, word for word.

Fourth grade: read with a parent, retell  to parents in the beginning of the year and later begin to write their own retelling by themselves.

Fifth grade: read with a parent, then writes a summary of the main events read including the moral taught.

Sixth grade: read with a parent, write a narration of the scripture reading getting as many details as possible

Seventh grade: the same as sixth grade, but then having to read what they wrote to the class or class mate at least once a year.

Eighth grade: outline the scripture story and retell it with comparisons to real life

Kindergarten

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

“The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children? If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it – placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, lay in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God.”[18] 

First Grade

Overview[19]

“In first grade the students are introduced to the Holy Trinity through studying the development of salvation history and presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Students are also introduced to God’s plan and their participation in God’s family, which includes Mary, the angels, and the saints.  The emphasis of the first grade curriculum is for students to grow to know, love, and trust God. Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references. They will learn that God shows his love and mercy by giving us the Church and the sacraments to restore our life of grace. Special emphasis is given to Baptism and the Eucharist.  Throughout the first grade, students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service through imitating the life of Jesus.  Students will begin to develop a prayer life that informs their Christian living. They learn the basic traditional Catholic prayers and are introduced to spontaneous prayer. They also learn that giving praise and thanksgiving to God are forms of prayer and that prayer is talking with God.

 Diocesan Overall Goal[20]

To help the children know, love, and serve God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Diocesan Content Goals[21]

To know the persons of the Holy Trinity, their identification and roles.

To know they are members in the Catholic community and domestic church.

To know they have the responsibility to advance the Kingdom of God through love of others and care for creation.

 “Virtues to Be Cultivated”:[22]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following are recommended to cultivate throughout first grade

Virtue Meaning
Joy “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus for you!”

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Silence At prayer time; when listening to scripture; at Mass time
Orderliness Cleaning and putting things away; keeping one’s appearance clean; completing ones responsibilities in a logical order.
Reverence Visit Church, respect and care for holy objects (Bible, holy water, etc.)

 

 

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[23], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is necessary.

Angel
Apostle
Baptism
Bible
Catholic
Christian
Christmas
Church
Creator
Easter
Eucharist
Faith
Good Friday
Gospel
Grace
Holy Spirit
Jesus Christ
Kingdom of God
Last Supper
Mary
Mass
Prayer
Savior
Sign of Cross
Trinity

 

Memorization:

Memorized Prayer Mass Parts[24]
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father  
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy, Holy
The Glory Be  
Angel of God Scripture
  As assigned: book order and verses
First 5 books in the Old Testament

 

“Signs of Transformation”[25]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Gives prayer intentions

Participates in class, asks questions

Uses prayer postures

In kind actions towards others

Makes effort in practicing virtues

Shows remorse when corrected

Makes acts of kindness and gratitude

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation[26]

These are basic questions to ask yourself to see if the child is learning the faith.

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The purpose of life?
  2. The three persons of the Holy Trinity and their distinctive roles, i.e., Father as Creator; Son as Savior, teacher, brother, friend; Spirit as helper, Sanctifier?
  1. They belong to the Catholic community, the Church?
  2. Baptism is the celebration at which they became members of the Church?
  3. The parish patron saint and their personal Baptismal patron saint?
  4. Jesus was born, died and rose from the dead?
  5. Prayer is talking to God?
  6. Sign of the Cross, Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be from memory?

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Respect themselves, others, and creation as God’s gifts?
  3. Realize their God given-gifts must be shared through service?
  4. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  5. Feel that they belong to the Catholic community?
  6. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community?

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service and social functions?
  1. Share the take-home material with their families?

Second Grade

Overview[27]

The students are prepared for the sacraments of Penance (for 2nd grade) and the Eucharist (for 3rd grade) through studying the development of salvation history.  As students learn about God’s plan of love and mercy, they begin to understand that the sacraments are God’s gift to us and that they too are part of God’s loving plan. Special emphasis is given to preparation for and reception of these sacraments, as well as learning about the Mass.  They develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references… Students continue to learn that God shows his love and mercy by giving us the sacraments to restore the life of grace. The sacraments emphasized  are the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Eucharist.  Students will develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person; learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service through imitating the life of Jesus. The students will continue their development of a prayer life that includes learning the basic traditional Catholic prayers and praying spontaneous prayers. They continue to learn that prayer is talking with God. Special emphasis is given to learning about the Mass as the perfect form of prayer.  They will study the Sacrament of Penance ( 2nd grade) and Eucharist (3rd grade)  in preparation to receive them for the first time.  They will learn about sin, God’s mercy, confession of sins, reconciliation, the steps to a good confession, and the matter, form, effects, and minister of the Sacrament of Penance.  They will also study the Passover, Last Supper, the institution of the Eucharist, transubstantiation, the priesthood, sacrifice, the order and parts of the Mass, personal union with Christ in Holy Communion, Eucharistic devotion, and the matter, form, effects, and minister of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

Diocesan Overall Goal[28]

To develop the children’s participation in and knowledge of the sacraments with special emphasis on Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Diocesan Content Goals[29]

To know the Sacraments as celebrations of God’s presence.

To know sin, or choosing to do wrong, affects relationships with God, friends, and the larger community. And to know any sin is forgiven if we are sorry.

To know Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s forgiveness.

To know the four presences of Jesus in the Liturgy.

To know the two major parts of the Mass.

To know the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are celebrated at the Eucharist which is sacrifice and meal.

To know the signs of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation

“Virtues to be Cultivated” [30]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following are recommended to cultivate throughout first grade.

Virtue Meaning
Gratitude Thankful disposition of mind and heart.
Kindness Expressing genuine concern about the well-being of others, anticipating the needs of others.
Obedience Assenting to rightful authority without hesitation or resistance.
Patience Bearing present difficulties calmly.

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[31], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is necessary.

 

Absolution                                 Act of Contrition                          Advent

Altar                                           Baptism                                        Bishop

Blessed Sacrament                     Body of Christ                             Chalice

Communion                               Confession                                   Confirmation

Conscience                                Contrition                                     Eucharist

Examination of Conscience       Genuflect                                     Holy Thursday

Homily                                       Incarnation                                   Last Supper

Lent                                            Liturgy of the Eucharist               Liturgy of the Word

Mass                                           Parish                                           Patron Saint

Penance                                      Reconciliation                              Resurrection

Sacrament                                  Sin                                                Tabernacle

Ten Commandments

 

 

Memorization: Italicized terms are review.

 

Memorized Prayer Mass Parts[32]
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Angel of God  
Act of Contrition Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals As assigned: book order and verses
  The 4 Gospels
   

 

 

“Signs of Transformation”[33]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

 

Gives prayer intentions

Participates in class, asks questions

Uses prayer postures

In kind actions towards others

Makes effort in practicing virtues

Shows remorse when corrected

Makes acts of kindness and gratitude

 

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation[34]

 

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The sacraments celebrate God’s presence?
  2. The three Sacraments of Initiation?
  3. Sin is freely choosing to do what they know is wrong?
  4. The difference between sin, an accident, and a mistake?
  5. If they are sorry, God forgives all sins?
  6. Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s forgiveness?
  7. Ways in which Jesus is present during the Mass?
  8. The Eucharist is a sacrament of unity; Eucharist means thanksgiving; and

Eucharist is both meal and sacrifice?

  1. The two major parts of the Liturgy?
  2. Jesus saved us and that they celebrate this at the Eucharistic Celebration?
  3. Jesus is actually present in the bread and wine at Mass?
  4. The story of the Last Supper?
  5. An Act of Contrition from memory?

 

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Respect themselves, others, and creation as God’s gifts?
  3. Realize their God given-gifts must be shared through service?
  4. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  5. Feel that they belong to the Catholic community?
  6. Understand that sin hurts themselves and their relationships with God and others?
  7. Feel responsible for their own actions?
  8. Believe that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is important to their lives?
  9. Have a sense of reverence and respect for places of worship?
  10. Believe that the Eucharist is a way of life?
  11. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community?

 

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Try to live as Jesus lives?
  6. Express forgiveness and reconciliation with others?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Grade

Overview[35]

Through studying the development of salvation history, students become immersed in the life of Jesus and develop a deeper understanding of God’s loving plan and of how they are a part of his plan. (Third grade focuses on preparing to receive Holy Communion.)

Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references as listed below and in the teacher’s manual. All of the sacraments are presented in the third grade curriculum. The sacraments emphasized in the third grade are the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance. Students learn that through their full participation in the sacramental life of the Church they participate in the Paschal Mystery and receive grace that will help them in their pursuit to become holy and good Christians. Throughout the third grade, students develop an understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus. Throughout the third grade curriculum students develop a prayer life that includes participation in the Mass as the greatest prayer, learning traditional Catholic prayers, and praying spontaneous

prayers.

 

Diocesan Overall Goal[36]

To introduce the children to the fact that God has a Church to help transform the world.

 

Diocesan Content Goals[37]

To know the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are the basic summary of beliefs of the Catholic community.

To know the Ten Commandments were given by God to guide people in living good lives.

To know the Sacraments of Initiation, Healing, and Vocation.

To know the Church, the Body of Christ, preaches God’s Word, builds community, worships God, and serves all people. (The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy)

To know the Church, led by ordained and lay ministers, is made up of God’s people who use their gifts and talents for the Church and world.

 

“Virtues to Be Cultivated”[38]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in third grade.

 

Virtue Meaning
Honesty Being sincere, open, and truthful in one’s words and actions
Moderation Creating a balance in one’s life
Patriotism Paying due honor and respect towards one’s country with a willingness to serve
Respect Acting according to a person’s rights, status, and circumstances
Sincerity Building trust by words and actions: honesty and enthusiasm with another person

 

 

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[39], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is a necessity.

 

Anointing of Sick                               Annunciation                       Apostles’ Creed

Ash Wednesday                                 Assumption of Mary            Baptism

Bishop                                                Blessing                               Cardinal

Communion of Saints                        Confirmation                       Covenant

Creed                                                 Diocese                                Disciple

Eucharist                                            Faith                                    Gospels

Grace                                                Great Commandments           Holy Spirit

Justice                                               Kingdom of God                  Marks of the Church

Mass                                                 Messiah                                Ministry

Original Sin                                      Pentecost                              Pope

Resurrection                                     Revelation                            Sacrament

Sacraments of Initiation                   Ten Commandments            Worship

Transubstantiation

 

Memorization: Italicized are review.

 

Memorized Prayer Mass Parts[40]
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Act of Contrition  
Angel of God Scripture
Blessings before meals As assigned: book order and verses
Blessing after meals
The Apostles Creed

 

 

“Signs of Transformation”[41]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the

children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit, intentions for others

Classroom participation, especially questions

Listening and responding to the Gospel and homily

Reflecting on one’s own actions in relation to Christ’s life

Insightful comments about Scripture and Jesus

Appropriate body language (posture, hands, genuflecting) in the presence of the Eucharist.

Showing respect for others by words and deeds.

 

 

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation:[42]

 

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The definition of the Kingdom of God?
  2. The definition of the word creed and that the Apostles’ Nicene Creeds are the essential creeds of the Catholic Church?
  3. The four marks of the Church?
  4. The Apostles’ Creed and the Two Great Commandments from memory?
  5. The Ten Commandments are rules given by God to help them live good lives?
  6. The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy are Catholic guidelines for their spiritual life?
  7. The Sacraments of Initiation, Healing and Vocation?
  8. The Church is the People of God who prays, preaches God’s word, builds community, and serves others?
  9. The roles of the Pope and a bishop?
  10. The name of the current pope, their current bishop, and their pastor?

 

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Sense that they belong to the worldwide Catholic Church?
  4. Believe that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is important to their lives?
  5. Believe that Eucharist is a way of life?
  6. View the Church as having a purpose to help change the world?
  7. Realize that each member has a responsibility for the work of the Church?
  8. Believe that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is important to their lives?
  9. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community?

 

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Exhibit the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in their daily lives?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Grade

 

Overall:[43]

“Through studying the development of salvation history, students come to a better understanding of God, his plan for man, and our relationship with God. Students develop a better understanding of their purpose and goal in life and a deeper appreciation for the Church as the very means that God has given us on our pilgrimage to heaven. Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references…All of the sacraments are presented in the fourth grade. The sacraments emphasized in fourth grade are the sacraments of initiation and the Sacrament of Penance.  Throughout the fourth grade, students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus. Special emphasis is given to the Ten Commandments.  Throughout the fourth grade, students develop a prayer life that includes participation in the Mass, which is the greatest prayer, and praying traditional Catholic prayers. In the fourth grade, special emphasis is given to spontaneous prayer.”

 

Diocesan Overall Goal:[44]

To introduce the children to Catholic moral teaching and to foster moral living.

 

Diocesan Content Goals[45]

To know grace is God’s life in us.

To know the Church is a community responding to God’s invitation to fullness of

life.

To know that through the Sacrament of Reconciliation God’s mercy and love is

shown.

To know the significance of conscience in determining right and wrong and

differentiating mortal and venial sin

To know the recognition of the Two Great Commandments, Eight Beatitudes and

Ten Commandments as our guides to living a Christian life.

 

“Virtues to Cultivate”:[46]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented

on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each

child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in fourth grade.

 

Virtue Meaning
Honesty Being sincere, open, and truthful in one’s words and actions
Moderation Creating a balance in one’s life
Patriotism Paying due honor and respect towards one’s country with a willingness to serve
Respect Acting according to a person’s rights, status, and circumstances
Sincerity Building trust by words and actions: honesty and enthusiasm with another person

 

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[47], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is a necessity.

 

Absolution                             Act of Contrition                       Adam / Eve

Beatitudes                              Bible                                          Chastity

Conscience                            Conversion                                 Covenant

Disciple                                 Eucharist                            Examination of Conscience

Eucharistic Prayer                 Evangelist                                   Faith

Free Will                               Grace                                  Great Commandments

Holiness                                Kingdom of God                        Mercy

Messiah                                Mortal Sin                                   Moses

New Testament                    Old Testament                            Original Sin

Penance                                Pentecost                              Precepts of the Church

Reconciliation                      Reign of God (Kingdom of God)

Sabbath                                Salvation                                     Service

Sin                                       Ten Commandments                   Venial Sin

Virtue

 

 

Memorization: Italicized terms are review.

 

Prayer Mass Parts[48]
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Act of Contrition  
Angel of God Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals
The Apostles Creed As assigned: book order and verses
The Rosary and Mysteries

 

 

“Signs of Transformation[49]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the

children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

 

Praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit, intentions for others

Classroom participation, especially questions

Listening and responding to the Gospel and homily

Reflecting on one’s own actions in relation to Christ’s life

Insightful comments about Scripture and Jesus

Appropriate body language (posture, hands, genuflecting) in the presence of the Eucharist.

Showing respect for others by words and deeds.

 

 

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation:[50]

 

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. A definition of grace?
  2. Sin is a personal choice to turn away from God?
  3. The difference between sin, an accident, and a mistake?
  4. The difference between mortal sin and venial sin?
  5. The purpose for Reconciliation?
  6. God forgives those who are sorry?
  7. The Scripture passages which reveal the Two Great Commandments, Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments?
  8. That the Eight Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments are guidelines for moral people?
  9. The importance of an informed conscience?
  10. The Hail Holy Queen from memory?

 

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Recognize the importance of the need for Reconciliation?
  4. Understand the consequences of sin?
  5. Feel responsibility to seek reconciliation with those they have harmed?
  6. Desire to follow Jesus by following the Beatitudes and Ten Commandments?
  7. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community?

 

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service, and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Strive to be caring, loving, faithful disciples by living the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments?
  6. Make peace with God and with others?
  7. Grow in the power to make moral decisions?
  8. Participate in a Penance Service and make use of individual

 

 

 

 

Fifth Grade

Overview:[51]

“Through studying the Creed and the development of salvation history, students are immersed in the Profession of Faith. They develop a deeper understanding of each component of the Creed as it is part of salvation history. Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ and the Church through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references …  All of the sacraments are presented in the fifth grade. The sacraments emphasized in fifth grade are the sacraments of initiation and the sacraments of healing.  Throughout the fifth grade, students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and learn to respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus.  Throughout the fifth grade, students develop a prayer life that includes participation in the Mass, which is the greatest prayer, and praying traditional Catholic prayers as well as spontaneous prayers.”

Diocesan Overall Goal:[52]

To enable the children to become knowledgeable of and active participants in the sacramental life of the Church.

Diocesan Content Goals:[53]

To know the significance of the seven Sacraments

To know there are many signs of God’s presence

To know the Sacraments of Initiation, Healing and Vocation

To know the meaning of Jesus as sacrament

To know the meaning of Church as sacrament

Virtues to Cultivate”[54]:

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in fifth grade.

Virtue Meaning
Docility Willingness to be taught
Meekness Serenity of spirit while focusing on the needs of others
Modesty Acting with purity of heart, especially with regard to one’s dress, word, thoughts, and actions
Prayerfulness Being still; listening and willing to talk to God as a friend
Self-control Joyful mastery over one’s passions and desires

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[55], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is a necessity.

Absolution                             Anointing of the Sick                  Baptism

Blessed Sacrament                Catechumen                                Celebrant

Chalice                                  Chasuble                                     Confession

Confirmation                         Conscience                                  Consecration

Conversion                            Diocese                                       Easter Vigil

Eucharist                               Holy Orders                                Holy Saturday

Holy Thursday                      Lectern                                        Lectionary

Liturgy                                  Liturgy of the Eucharist              Liturgy of the Word

Liturgical Year                     Lord’s Supper                             Marriage

Ministry                               Mortal Sin                                   Original Sin

Paschal Mystery                   Penance / Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation                      Rite                                             Rite of Christian Initiation

Sacrament                             Sin                                              Venial Sin

Vocation

Memorization: Italicized terms are review.

Prayer Mass Parts[56]
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Kyrie
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Act of Contrition  
Angel of God Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals As assigned: book order and verses
The Apostles Creed
The Rosary and Mysteries

“Signs of Transformation[57]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit, intentions for others.

Classroom participation, especially questions

Listening and responding to the Gospel and homily

Reflecting on one’s own actions in relation to Christ’s life

Insightful comments about Scriptures and Jesus

Appropriate body language (posture, hands, genuflecting) in the presence of the Eucharist.

Speaking at appropriate times

Completing assignments and duties on time

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation:[58]

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. There are many signs of God’s presence?
  2. Jesus is the sacrament of God?
  3. The Church is the sacrament of Jesus?
  4. The Church’s seven Sacraments and their respective signs?
  5. Sacraments are celebrations of the presence of God?
  6. The Church’s seven Sacraments bring about what they promise?
  7. The Sacraments of Initiation, Healing and Vocation?
  8. The Prayer to the Holy Spirit from memory?

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Appreciate what the sacraments do for them?
  4. Appreciate God’s presence in people, places events and things?
  5. Realize that sacraments require faith?
  6. Realize they have a part to play in working for peace and justice?
  7. Realize they should become sensitive to the needs of others?
  8. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community?

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Attend the celebration of the seven sacraments?

Sixth Grade

Overview:[59]

“Students learn about their Christian life of love, the law of God, their human frailty in following that law, and the means that God gives them to follow his law especially through graces received in the Holy Mass. By focusing the study of salvation history on typology in the Passover feast and the Last Supper, the students are brought to a deeper understanding of the Eucharist. The sixth grade concludes with a study of the last things in light of God’s mercy and our hope for heaven.  Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references. All of the sacraments are presented; Special emphasis is given to the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus. Emphasis is given to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Students develop a prayer life that includes participation in the Mass as the greatest prayer, traditional Catholic prayers, and spontaneous prayers.”

Diocesan Overall Goal:[60]

To introduce the children to the Holy Scripture, and to help them appreciate that it is God’s self-revelation for them.

Diocesan Content Goals:[61]

To introduce the students to the Christian Scriptures

To read the Scriptures from within the Catholic tradition.

To know salvation history and Jesus as the fulfillment of these covenants.

To cover the basic information about the Bible including categories and references

To explore the literary forms found in Scripture.

“Virtues to Cultivate”[62]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each

child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in sixth grade.

Virtue Meaning
Docility Willingness to be taught
Meekness Serenity of spirit while focusing on the needs of others
Modesty Acting with purity of heart, especially with regard to one’s dress, word, thoughts, and actions
Prayerfulness Being still; listening and willing to talk to God as a friend
Self-control Joyful mastery over one’s passions and desires

Vocabulary:

The following vocabulary are the minimum required by the Diocese[63], additional vocabulary will be included with each class lesson. Learning these and the class vocabulary is a necessity.

Abraham / Sarah         Acts of Apostles     Ark of the Covenant       Baptism

Bible                              Covenant                 Creation                          David

Epic                               Epistles (Letters of the New Testament)

Exile                              Exodus                     Genesis                          Hebrew Scriptures    Holiness                        Inspiration               Israel                              Jews

Joseph                           Judah                       Literary forms               Moses

Myth                             New Testament        Noah                              Old Testament        Oral Tradition            Parable                      Passover                         Prophet

Psalms                         Revelation                  Sacred Scripture           Saga

Seder                            Shalom                       Synagogue                     Temple                      Yahweh

 Memorization: Italicized titles are review

Prayer Mass Parts
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Angel of God  
Act of Contrition Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals As assigned: book order and verses
The Apostles Creed
The Rosary and Mysteries
Hail Holy Queen
Memorare

 

“Signs of Transformation[64]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Questions: asking for reasons to believe

Analytical and critical thinking: going beyond rote memory

Probing for more depth

Relying on God as security

Deeper experience of prayer in response to God’s grace

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation[65]

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The two major divisions of the Bible?
  2. Scripture is the revealed word of God?
  3. The Bible as a collection of literary forms?
  4. The major figures in the Old Testament and how they prepared the way for the fulfillment of God’s promise?
  5. How to locate passages in the Bible?
  6. The definition of covenant?
  7. The major divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament?

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Appreciate their covenant with God and the community?
  4. Recognize that Jesus saves them and loves them?
  5. Appreciate the richness and variety found in the writings of the Bible?
  6. Sense the meaning of holiness from the life and teachings of Jesus?
  7. Realize the long range effect that infidelity and fidelity can have on a whole people?
  8. Indicate they are aware of their dignity as God’s anointed people?
  9. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community.

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service, and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Plan and participate in a Bible enthronement ceremony

Seventh Grade

Overview:[66]

“Students learn about God’s loving gift of revelation through creation, the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church. Grace is understood as being central to our relationship with God because it unites us with him and allows us to share in his eternal life.  The seventh grade places special emphasis on the role of grace in the seven sacraments and in developing the virtues. Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references… Salvation history and scriptural references are used throughout the seventh grade to emphasize how grace is received through the Paschal Mystery and as part of God’s great plan.   All of the sacraments are presented in depth in the seventh grade. Throughout the seventh grade, students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus.

Throughout the seventh grade, students develop a prayer life that includes participation in the Mass as the greatest prayer, traditional Catholic prayers, and spontaneous prayers.”

Diocesan Overall Goal:[67]

To internalize and incorporate Catholic Christian doctrine and values into daily life.

Diocesan Content Goals:[68]

The seventh grade will cover:

DOCTRINE

CHURCH

JESUS AND THE GOSPELS

COMMUNITY AND SERVICE

JUSTICE

PERSONAL GROWTH

CHASTITY  EDUCATION WITH THEIR PARENTS

WORSHIP AND PRAYER

“Virtues to Cultivate”:[69]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in seventh grade.

Virtue Meaning
Foresight Considering the consequences of one’s actions
Generosity Giving of oneself in a willing and cheerful manner for the good of others
Humility Admitting that all one’s gifts come from God; recognizing the gifts of others
Magnanimity (Literally: large soul) Seeking with firm confidence to do great things in God
Perseverance Taking steps necessary to carry out objectives in spite of difficulties
Simplicity Acting with sincerity without seeking the approval and attention of others

Vocabulary: The students are to become familiar with the vocabulary provided by the catechist. The vocabulary will be given at each session and may be quizzed upon the following class.

Memorization: Italicized terms are review.

Prayer Mass Parts
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Angel of God  
Act of Contrition Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals As assigned: book order and verses
The Apostles Creed
The Rosary and Mysteries
Hail Holy Queen
Memorare
The Nicene Creed
Come Holy Spirit

“Signs of Transformation”[70]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Questions: asking for reasons to believe

Analytical and critical thinking: going beyond rote memory

Probing for more depth

Relying on God as security

Deeper experience of prayer in response to God’s grace

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation[71]

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The two major divisions of the Bible?
  2. Scripture is the revealed word of God?
  3. The Bible as a collection of literary forms?
  4. The major figures in the Old Testament and how they prepared the way for the fulfillment of God’s promise?
  5. How to locate passages in the Bible?
  6. The definition of covenant?
  7. The major divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament?

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Appreciate their covenant with God and the community?
  4. Recognize that Jesus saves them and loves them?
  5. Appreciate the richness and variety found in the writings of the Bible?
  6. Sense the meaning of holiness from the life and teachings of Jesus?
  7. Realize the long range effect that infidelity and fidelity can have on a whole people?
  8. Indicate they are aware of their dignity as God’s anointed people?
  9. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community.

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service, and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Plan and participate in a Bible enthronement ceremony

Eighth Grade

Overview:[72]

The eighth grade covers the history of the Church – its founding by Christ, its birth and life in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one true Church, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the saints, and the role of religious communities in Church history. Also covered is the structure and hierarchy of the Church, the Magisterium, clergy, religious, and laity.  Students come to know and love the Church as Christ’s Body, to better understand the nature of their life in the Church, and to respond to the teaching of the Magisterium as the sure voice of Jesus, strengthening their lives in the Church and leading them to discern their specific vocations and to live lives of Christian holiness in the world today. Students develop an understanding of the mystery of Christ through age appropriate teachings on Church doctrine and scriptural references as listed below and in the teacher’s manual. All of the sacraments are presented in the eighth grade level.  Throughout the eighth grade, students develop their understanding of the dignity of the human person. Students learn to live out their faith and respond to what they learn by forming a moral conscience and by living out their call to justice and service by imitating the life of Jesus, particularly through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.Throughout the eighth grade, students develop a prayer life that includes participation in traditional Catholic prayers, the Mass as the greatest prayer, and spontaneous prayer.”

Diocesan Overall Goal:[73]

To internalize and incorporate Catholic Christian doctrine and values into daily life.

Diocesan Content Goals:[74]

The eighth grade will cover:

DOCTRINE

CHURCH

JESUS AND THE GOSPELS

COMMUNITY AND SERVICE

JUSTICE

PERSONAL GROWTH

CHASTITY  EDUCATION WITH THEIR PARENTS

WORSHIP AND PRAYER

CHURCH HISTOR

The students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the major personalities, events, and divisions in Church history within this framework:[75]

?? to 325 AD, to include:  Pentecost, the rapid spread of the faith through the preaching of the apostles, the conflict between the early Church and Jewish tradition, the organizing efforts of Church leaders, persecution of Christians, and the conflict between the Church and the Roman Empire.

325 AD to 800 AD, to include:  collapse of the Roman Empire, the end of persecutions, the rise of monasticism and feudalism, the impact of the Church on the Barbarians, the response of the Church to major heresies, and the impact of the Church Councils

 800 AD to 1400 AD, to include:  the Crusades, the conflict between the Popes and secular forces, schism, the Age of Christendom

 1400 AD to 1700 AD, to include:  the relationship between the Church and the Renaissance, the rise of Protestant religions, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and the Inquisition

 1700 AD to 1962 AD, to include:  the age of science and the rise of secular humanism, the Church in the United States, and the effects and impact of the Second Vatican Council

 1962 AD to the present, to include:  Catholic social teachings and World Youth Days, etc.

“Virtues to Cultivate”:[76]

“The theological and cardinal virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit presented on the Remain in Me Chart are foundational to cultivating the life of virtue in each child.” Practicing the virtues is essential in becoming Christ-like. The following virtues are to be cultivated in eighth grade.

Virtue Meaning
Foresight Considering the consequences of one’s actions
Generosity Giving of oneself in a willing and cheerful manner for the good of others
Humility Admitting that all one’s gifts come from God; recognizing the gifts of others
Magnanimity (Literally: large soul) Seeking with firm confidence to do great things in God
Perseverance Taking steps necessary to carry out objectives in spite of difficulties
Simplicity Acting with sincerity without seeking the approval and attention of others

Vocabulary: The students are to become familiar with the vocabulary provided by the catechist. The vocabulary will be given at each session and may be quizzed upon the following class.

Memorization: Italicized terms are review.

Prayer Mass Parts
Sign of the Cross The Amen
The Our Father Lord Have Mercy
The Hail Mary Holy, Holy Holy
The Glory Be Lamb of God
Angel of God  
Act of Contrition Scripture
Blessings before meals
Blessing after meals As assigned: book order and verses
The Apostles Creed
The Rosary and Mysteries
Hail Holy Queen
Memorare
The Nicene Creed
Come Holy Spirit

“Signs of Transformation”[77]

These are behaviors that will help you recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in the children. It is a process. We want to cultivate these in ourselves and in the children.

Questions: asking for reasons to believe

Analytical and critical thinking: going beyond rote memory

Probing for more depth

Relying on God as security

Deeper experience of prayer in response to God’s grace

Diocesan Outcomes and Evaluation[78]

Knowledge Do the students know:

  1. The two major divisions of the Bible?
  2. Scripture is the revealed word of God?
  3. The Bible as a collection of literary forms?
  4. The major figures in the Old Testament and how they prepared the way for the fulfillment of God’s promise?
  5. How to locate passages in the Bible?
  6. The definition of covenant?
  7. The major divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament?

Attitudes and Beliefs Do the students:

  1. Feel that God loves them personally?
  2. Have an attitude of reverence for the Bible?
  3. Appreciate their covenant with God and the community?
  4. Recognize that Jesus saves them and loves them?
  5. Appreciate the richness and variety found in the writings of the Bible?
  6. Sense the meaning of holiness from the life and teachings of Jesus?
  7. Realize the long range effect that infidelity and fidelity can have on a whole people?
  8. Indicate they are aware of their dignity as God’s anointed people?
  9. Realize the importance of personal sharing for the development of community.

Behavior How do the students:

  1. Pray as a part of their daily life?
  2. Responsibly participate in all class activities including worship, service, and social functions?
  3. Share the take-home material with their families?
  4. Participate regularly in the Eucharist?
  5. Plan and participate in a Bible enthronement ceremony

LIFETEEN

CATECHESIS AND LIFE TEEN

Life Teen aims to present the truths of the Catholic faith in a relevant format for high school youth. The format of Life Teen is designed to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, educational, and social needs of high school youth. The Life Teen curriculum is designed after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.” In accordance with the Diocesan Curriculum Framework, Life Teen recommends that a 2-year (or 4 semester) catechetical plan be implemented in each parish to ensure that complete and quality catechesis is offered to every teen involved in a Life Teen program.  Below is an overview of the entire 4-semester plan:

Sacred Scripture                                  Sacraments

Person of Christ                                   Morality

Paschal Mystery                                  Social Justice

Church                                                  Vocation

WHY 9TH AND 10TH GRADE CATECHESIS?

Why not?  Faith Formation is a life-long journey.  It wouldn’t make sense to not want to grow in faith and draw closer to Christ.  Our teaching model is intended to provide a fun and engaging atmosphere where teens learn about their faith and grow in community.  And as we all know, our faith journey begins at home.  Life Teen is here to be a supplemental resource for families that is taught by Church leaders who come with energy, love of Church and love of Christ who are committed to bringing teens closer to Christ.  A more straightforward answer, the Diocese of Erie requires that each student must have 2 years of catechesis before entering Confirmation prep.  The Life Teen curriculum provides systematic catechesis to properly prepare a teen to enter the Sacrament of Confirmation classes. 

WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO…..

The 9th and 10th grade Life Teen has proudly been in the St. Marys community for over 15 years.  The curriculum encompasses all aspects of the faith necessary for spiritual growth including catechesis, how to have a relationship with God and fellowship.  Each Life Night begins on Sunday evening with bringing the community together in Eucharistic celebration at a contemporary praise and worship Mass.  In addition to lots of fun, laughter, faith sharing, praise, worship and learning, the teens have the opportunity to take action in the community by completing various service projects and participating in other youth ministry events.

GO, MAKE DISCIPLES

Today, more than any other time in the Church, it is imperative that those called to pass on the truths of the faith, especially to the youth, be committed to the mission of making disciples. The task of catechesis requires both humility and boldness. We at Life Teen are committed to praying for you and offering our support.

Liturgical Formation

“The Liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.”  In the liturgical life of the Church, the sanctifying grace received at Baptism is nourished and protected, and thus increases. Our life becomes more intimately woven with that of Christ the Vine, and so we are better able to remain in Him, therefore bearing much fruit. Through the daily worship and praise of our Eucharistic Lord at Mass, Christ  comes to live in us (cf: Gal. 2:20) through the Father, by the working of the Holy Spirit. In this way, we are immersed in the Paschal Mystery (cf: CCC 1214) and continuously transformed by the saving love of Christ.”[79]

Diocese of Erie Liturgical Recommendations[80]

  • Practice a variety of prayer forms guided by Catholic Tradition, e.g., ( for example ) ( 2567; 2644; 2660; 2684; 2685 )
  • Participate in celebrations of the liturgical year, i.e., (that is) Sunday Mass (Liturgy) ( 2174-2188 ) Holy Days ( 2042-2043; 2180 ) Special feasts/saints/Marian feasts ( 484-507; 963-972; 2673-2679 )
  • Participate in a retreat. (day long experience) ( 2691 )
  • Experience the enthronement of the Bible at the beginning of the catechetical year and maintain the presence of the Scripture in a prominent place during every catechetical session. ( 102-103; 131-133 )
  • Participate in a Penance service with the opportunity for individual Reconciliation. (3-8 grade)
  • Plan and participate in a Eucharistic Celebration. ( 1348-1355 )

(ie: visits to the Blessed Sacrament or Eucharistic Adoration)

  • Plan and participate in a Scripture prayer service.
  • Plan and participate in a Seder Meal focusing on its relationship to the   (1337-1340 )

Liturgical Formation Ideas: Links [81]

The following three links give ideas on monthly liturgical themes for family life and classroom. Making a liturgical calendar and referring to the Main Formation Chart in the beginning of this guide will make these suggestions complete.

Liturgical Year Suggestions: August – December

Liturgical Year Suggestions: January – May

“The Three Forms of Penance and Lenten Virtues”

Moral Formation Introduction

“In Baptism we are grafted onto Christ the Vine and He enters us and remains in us as long as we desire His presence. By freely choosing to live as one with Christ, we permit Him to transform us from within. This life in Christ is rooted in the virtues and gifts received at Baptism (cf: CCC 1266). “If faith is like the root, charity is like the sap that nourishes the trunk and rises into the branches, the network of virtues, to produce the delicious fruit of good works” (Morality: The Catholic View by Servais Pinckaers, O.P.). Moral formation, which is nourished by God’s Word (Commandments and Beatitudes), is manifested by growth in the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and a joyful heart (cf: CCC 2563). This formation includes classroom and school-wide discipline plans that find their foundation in the dignity of the human person.”[82]

“Education in Virtue”[83]

This year the program is introducing the learning of virtues. In the doctrinal grade level overviews various virtues were highlighted. Also, each catechist has been given a  Virtue Chart Pack  to learn the basics about the virtues. In addition to the grade level virtues the Theological virtues, Cardinal virtues and the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit are learned.

Moral Formation Links[84]

The following links will assist us and our joint mission of guiding the young toward choosing right over wrong, whether at home or in class. Our greatest tool however, is our modeling of the virtues and Christ’s moral example.

The Human Person                                       Prayer and “Sacramental Living”

Sin “To Miss the Mark”                                 Conscience, Vices, Virtues

Grace                                                               “Charity Always”

Concupiscence and Passions

Saint Marys Inter-Parish Faith Formation Code of Conduct

Student Conduct

Everyone involved in the program is challenged by the words and example of Jesus to respect each person’s right to be treated not only with dignity and respect but also with love. In order to provide for a safe and well ordered program, in which students and catechists can learn to follow Jesus’ call to love, some rules for behavior are necessary.  Students are expected by their behavior to make the classes safe and positive experiences for themselves and their classmates. The program exists for student growth and in turn students are expected to carry out the following responsibilities:

  • The student will attend each session unless he/she is sick or family has serious emergency.
  • After 3 missed and made up classes additional assignments will be assigned. For example, presenting a talk on a  saint to the class.
  • Show respect to catechists, other students and other adults leaders.
  • Students are expected to display Christian values in their manner of dress, speech and behavior. No hats are to be worn during class time. Cut offs, offensive T-shirts, mid-riff or revealing shirts are not acceptable.
  • Treat the property, good name and physical safety of others with respect.
  • No chewing gum. Personal cell phones or electronic devices / toys are to be turned off, or will be collected by the catechist until the end of class time.
  • Be present only in the areas of the building for which they have permission at a specific time.
  • Act in a safe manner in and around the building.
  • Use voice and display actions in a manner appropriate for a classroom.
  • Be respectful of the study time of others.
  • Use of, or possession of illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is strictly prohibited. Such items will be seized and parents notified immediately.  The child will be immediately removed from the environment.

Good discipline is self-discipline and is always aimed toward growth. We recognize that children may make mistakes and the role of the catechist at times will be one of guiding and correcting those mistakes in a positive manner. These corrections will always be done with the best interest of the child in mind and at no time will SMIFF accept the demeaning or intimidation of children in the name of discipline.

Disciplinary Process

  1. At the time of the first correction, the student will be warned.
  2. Students whose behavior becomes a continual problem in the classroom will be sent out of class to the religious education leader. Anytime a student is sent from class for disciplinary reasons their parent(s) will be contacted either by phone, in person, or in writing.
  1. If the student’s behavior continues to be a problem, the student will be removed from class and the parent(s) will be contacted again. In order to return to the classroom, the student and parent(s) will meet with the catechist and religious education leader to resolve the issues. At this time the parent(s) may be asked to sit in on the class for a few weeks to observe their child and his/her interaction with the catechist and other students.
  1. As a last recourse, when a conflict between a student and catechist cannot be resolved, the parent(s) will be asked to finish the year at home with the child.

Any form of abusive treatment (either verbal or physical) or corporal punishment of a student by staff or volunteer catechists is strictly forbidden.  If  a catechist strikes or injuries a child or if there is a serious altercation between a catechist and a student or between students, the event must be reported immediately to the religious education leader and Pastor. SMIFF will support the catechist in the event of legal action arising from such an incident only if the catechist was acting in self–defense or was in imminent danger from the student.

Cell Phone Policy

Personal cell phones must remain turned off during class time and Mass. If violated, your child’s phone will be confiscated until the end of class of Mass. If a child repeatedly violates this policy, the parent(s) will be notified to pick up the phone in the office.

Guidelines for use of Photographic Images

Guidelines for taking and use of photographic images of children and youth were written April 2005 stating that “parent permission with a signed release form must be obtained for any photographic images of children under 13 years of age that are used for publicity, brochures, newsletters websites, etc.”

Photographs from student cameras and cell phones are prohibited during religious education class, parish events, Masses or any event hosted by the Diocese of Erie. In the event of a violation, SMIFF will not be held responsible for anything posted in any public forum (ex.: on-line)

Weapons Policy

In order to ensure a safe and Christian environment, it is forbidden for anyone to possess a weapon or any object/material/substance that could be used as a weapon or confused with a real weapon by any reasonable person (toy guns, etc.) in the buildings, or within the geographic boundaries of (parish name), or in any location used by the parish to conduct any catechetical activity, or in any conveyance providing transportation to or from any activity related to the religious education program.

Weapons or potential weapons will be confiscated by the religious education leader when this action does not place the religious education leader in danger.  If the student has used a weapon against another person or will not surrender the weapon or offending object/material/substance immediately and willingly, the local police will be called first, followed by notification of the parent(s).  This is a zero tolerance policy. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to immediate parish disciplinary action over and above any civil/criminal action brought by injured parties. The student will be removed from the religious education class. Judgments about re-admittance to the program for the following year will be made on a case by case basis and this decision is at the sole discretion of the pastor.

If the incident involves an exchange of bodily fluids (for example, as in a wound which breaks the skin), the student(s) will be asked to submit to medical tests for transmittable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B as recommended by a doctor.  These tests will be at the parent(s) expense. In the name of being a community of Christians motivated by care and respect, this policy asks that the results of these tests, which are governed by guidelines of strict confidentiality, be openly shared with the respective parties on a need-to-know basis.

Threats of Violent Behavior

As a community of believers who value patience over aggression, and love above all else, it is inconsistent with our basic values to tolerate an environment of threat or fear. Threats of harm made against another individual or group of individuals are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

This policy recognizes that in any community of people there will always be some conflict. Students will always be encouraged to manage their conflict in a positive, non-aggressive manner. Behavior such as cursing, pushing or fighting will not be tolerated.

In cases which are deemed by the catechist or religious education leader to be “minor” (meaning: no reason to believe the situation would lead to physical harm) the students will be separated and encouraged to work out their differences after a “cool-down” period.   If the catechist regards the altercation as “serious” (meaning reasonable expectation that the conflict will lead to physical harm) the students will be immediately separated, the religious education leader will be notified, and the parent(s) of the students will be called.  The religious education leader must determine that the conflict is resolved before the students will be readmitted to the program.

Students are expected to report to their catechist or religious education leader any threat made by a student, which mentions the killing or harming of any person. Such threats will be immediately reported to the police for investigation. The student making such threats will be suspended from the program until such time as the police investigation is completed and the appropriate authorities are satisfied that there is no real threat of harm. in such a case, judgments about re-admittance to the program will be made on a case by case basis and this decision is at the sole discretion of the pastor.

Harassment

Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual is a basic precept of Catholic

doctrine and therefore of SMIFF program.  Each person is entitled to work in an environment free from discriminatory practices such as any form of harassment based on race, sex, creed, color, age, or disability including sexual harassment. Parish leadership wishes to be vigilant regarding harassment whether between or among catechists and/or parish leaders, among students or between catechists/parish leaders and students. Such behavior will not be tolerated and if persistent harassment is proven, the offender will be dismissed when this is appropriate. Harassment of all forms is illegal as well as immoral and individuals will be encouraged to seek legal protection when necessary.

The term “harassment” refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally

offensive and that fails to treat others with dignity and respect.  It includes treating someone unfavorably because of his or her race, sex, creed, color, age or disability. Harassment may take the form of discrimination, unwelcome or critical comments or action.  Harassment on the basis of sex might include unwelcome sexual advances, requests or demand for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct, including, but not limited to:

  1. Verbal conduct such as epithets, derogatory jokes or comments, slurs or unwanted sexual advances, intimations or comments.
  2. Visual contact such as derogatory and/or sexually oriented posters, photography, cartoons, drawings or gestures.
  3. Physical contact such as assault, unwanted touching, blocking normal movements, or interfering with work, study or play because of gender.
  4. Retaliations for having reported or threatened to report such harassment. The term “sexual harassment” refers to harassment based on the gender of the offended individual when the people involved are of different “levels” within the parish. It involves threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of employment, grades or other benefits or to avoid some other loss and offers of benefits in return for sexual favors. t also means creating a hostile environment for the student or employee such that it is an unfit environment for learning or work. Examples include, but are not limited to repeated unwelcome sexual advances, repeated sexually explicit jokes or comments, or the displaying of sexually inappropriate materials.

Allegations and complaints of any type of harassment must be reported as soon as possible.  Parent(s) who become aware of incidents of sexual harassment should report them immediately to the pastor or to the religious education leader.

Spiritual Formation:

Introduction

“Prayer develops that conversation with Christ which makes us his intimate friends: ‘Abide in me and I in you’ (Jn 15:4).” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, #32, Apostolic Letter, Pope John Paul II) Friendship with Christ is at the heart of Spiritual Formation. By regularly recalling the presence of God throughout the day, students and (adults) experience the inner-peace which is the result of remaining in Christ the Vine. This encounter takes place within the Catholic culture especially through prayer time, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and seasonal devotions.”[85]

SMIFF Program Wide Devotion

Baptism entered each of us into the family of God. Since the beginning of the Christ’s Church at Pentecost, the Holy Trinity has not abandoned the Church, God’s family. Over the centuries countless Saints have taught us and encouraged us to practice devotions which are particularly exceptional for families.

Therefore, this year the SMIFF program is dedicating itself, all the families, and the catechists to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each classroom will have their own blessed pictures of the Two Hearts to remind us that we are joined together under one canopy of love, mercy, and guidance. In doing so, we ask you to strive to carry out this devotion in your homes and entrusting your families to the Two Hearts. If you would like pictures of the Two Hearts for your home, please send us an email with the request.

The Family Rosary is a proven devotion for you to begin to entrust yourself to God and to carry the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart of Mary into your homes. For the Rosary approaches the Heart of Mary and asks her to help us to focus on the Heart of Her Son, Jesus. Ever interceding for us, Mary guides us to Jesus. She loves you, your children, and is always ready to assist you.

Spiritual Formation Links[86]

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus                   Prayer: Virtues and During Class

Types of Prayer                                                     Devotion to the Blessed Mother

Communion of Saints

Where would we be without the positive influences of the good and holy? It is encouraged for each classroom to learn about as many Saints as possible throughout the year: talking of their feast days and the virtues these Saints attained while on earth. SMIFF program also extends the desire for the Saints to asked for intercession in the classrooms, in planning, and in the homes.

The Patron Saints for the SMIFF program are Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica.

They were Holy Twins, brother and sister by blood, and brought even closer in Christ. May we too join them and be a family in Christ.

St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, pray for us. 

Traditional Prayers

For Learning by Heart

Each year a few prayers are to be learned; you can view which ones by grade earlier in this handbook. Below the prayers are written for your convenience. .

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Father

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.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Angel of God

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here.

Ever this day, be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer thee my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.

I offer them for all the intentions of thy Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians.

I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops and of all the Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God,

the Father Almighty,

Creator of Heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again

from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right

hand of hand of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee. I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of they grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that thou art one God in three Divine Persons: Father, Son,  and Holy Spirit. I believe that thy divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths that the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because thou hast revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.

Act of Hope

O my God, relying on thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of they grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Act of Love

O my God, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because thou art all good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of thee. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.

Stations of the Cross

  1. Jesus is condemned to death.
  2. Jesus carries his cross.
  3. Jesus fall the first time.
  4. Jesus meets his Mother.
  5. Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrene.
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
  7. Jesus falls the second time.
  8. Jesus speaks to the women.
  9. Jesus falls the third time.
  10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes.
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
  12. Jesus dies on the cross.
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.
  14. Jesus is placed in the tomb.

 

Mysteries of the Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries

  1. The Annunciation
  2. The Visitation
  3. The Nativity
  4. The Presentation
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion

The Glorious Mysteries

  1. The Resurrection
  2. The Ascension
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption
  5. The Coronation

The Luminous Mysteries

  1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
  2. The Miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
  4. The Transfiguration of Our Lord
  5. The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

Additional Rosary Prayers:

Decade Prayer: Prayer of Fatima

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls into heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our live, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate thine eyes of mercy toward us. And  after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit our thy womb, Jesus.

Pray for us, Oh holy Mother of God

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother: to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful snd sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

St. Michael, the Archangel

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Prayers to Learn in 7-8 Grade

Come Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V: Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.

S: And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

LET US PRAY. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us, in the same Spirit, to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, snd rose again on the third day in accordance with Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Thank You, Parents

Thank you for your trust and support. We hope this handbook has helped you better understand the faith formation components and how we can cooperate together in the great privilege in transmitting the faith to the young. Below you will find a few resources you may enjoy.

 

 

[1] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Building a Catholic Culture.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 13.. Print

[2] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Building a Catholic Culture.” Remain in Me: Faith

Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 14. Print

[3] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Building a Catholic Culture.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 11. Print

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid

[7] Ibid

[8] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 15.. Print

[9] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Liturgical Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 99.. Print

[10] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Moral Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 117.Print

[11] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Spiritual Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 133. Print

[12]  Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 15.  Print

[13] Ignatius Press. “Mark 16:15.” New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition. N.p.: n.p., n.d. N. pag. Print.

[14] Marshall, Taylor. “Ignorance of Scripture Is Ignorance of Christ (Saint Jerome) – Taylor Marshall.” Taylor Marshall. Taylor Marshall, 30 Sept. 2010. Web. 28 July 2015. <http://taylormarshall.com/2010/09/ignorance-of-scripture-is-ignorance-of.html>.

[15]  Erie Diocese. “Bible Literacy.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/biblicalliteracy.pdf>.

[16] Erie Diocese. “Bible Literacy.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/biblicalliteracy.pdf>.

[17] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: FaithFormation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24.  Print

[18] “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.” N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Aug. 2015. <http://www.ltp.org/m-7-catechesis-of-the-good-shepherd.aspx>.

[19] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Second  Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[20] Diocese of Erie. “First Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[21] Diocese of Erie. “First Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[22] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 20. Print.

[23] Diocese of Erie. “First Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[24] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24.. Print

[25] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 30. Print

[26] Diocese of Erie. “First Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[27] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Second  Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[28] Diocese of Erie. “Second Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.16

[29] Diocese of Erie. “Second Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.16

[30] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 30. Print.

[31] Diocese of Erie. “First Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[32] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24. Print.

[33] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith

Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 30. Print.

[34] Diocese of Erie. “Second Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.16

[35] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Third Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[36] Diocese of Erie. “Third Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[37] Diocese of Erie. “Third Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[38]Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 39. Print.

[39] Diocese of Erie. “Third Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[40] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24. Print.

[41] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 39. Print.

[42] Diocese of Erie. “Third Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

[43] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Fourth Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[44] Diocese of Erie. “Fourth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[45] Diocese of Erie. “Fourth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[46] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 39. Print.

[47] Diocese of Erie. “Fourth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[48] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24. Print.

[49] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 39. Print.

[50] Diocese of Erie. “Fourth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[51] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Fifth  Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

48 Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

49Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

50Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith

Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 53. Print.

 

[55] Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[56] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 24. Print.

[57] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 53. Print.

[58] Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[59] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Fifth  Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28

July 2015.15

56Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

57Diocese of Erie. “Fifth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 28 July 2015.

58Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith

Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 53. Print.

[63] Diocese of Erie. “Sixth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[64]  Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith

Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 53. Print

[65] Diocese of Erie. “Sixth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[66] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Seventh Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[67] 2005, December. Elementary and Middle School Religion Curriculum Guidelines (n.d.): 14-16. Diocese of Erie. Erie Dicese, 2005. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/schools/religcurr.pdf>.

[68] 2005, December. Elementary and Middle School Religion Curriculum Guidelines (n.d.): 14-16. Diocese of Erie. Erie Dicese, 2005. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/schools/religcurr.pdf>.

[69] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 73. Print

[70] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 73. Print

[71] Diocese of Erie. “Sixth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[72] Catholics United for the Faith, and Ignatius Press. “Seventh Grade Curriculum.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 28 July 2015.15

[73] 2005, December. Elementary and Middle School Religion Curriculum Guidelines (n.d.):17-19. Diocese of Erie. Erie Dicese, 2005. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/schools/religcurr.pdf>.

[74] 2005, December. Elementary and Middle School Religion Curriculum Guidelines (n.d.): 17-19.Diocese of Erie. Erie Dicese, 2005. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/schools/religcurr.pdf>.

[75] 2005, December. Elementary and Middle School Religion Curriculum Guidelines (n.d.): 19. .Diocese of Erie. Erie Dicese, 2005. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. <http://www.eriercd.org/pdf/schools/religcurr.pdf>.

[76] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 73. Print

[77] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Doctrinal Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 73. Print

[78] Diocese of Erie. “Sixth Grade Religion Curriculum.” N.p., n.d. Web. 2 August  2015.

[79] Kennedy, Carol, and Sr John Dominic. Rasmussen. “Liturgical Formation.” Remain in Me: Faith Formation Curriculum. Ann Arbor, MI: Spiritus Sanctus Publications, 2001. 99. Print

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