The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Task 2: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments.

of Faith


Catechism

Liturgical

COL Reference

1066–1070


The Liturgy is the celebration of the life of Christ. As members of God’s family, we remember why Christ came to earth. We affirm that Christ, in our everyday life, is central to the life of a believing Christian. The Liturgy helps us to hope for the future that we will continue to make Christ central in our lives so that we may look forward to Eternal Life with God in heaven.


83, 86–87, 115–116, 201–230 254–257, 288, 296

BLMs: 32, 41, 42

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1280



Through the Liturgy of the Eucharist we worship God each Sunday at Mass. This Liturgy has two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the Liturgy of the Word there are readings from the Sacred Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, and a homily. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is another way of talking about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

47, 134, 136, 137, 144, 156, 238, 252, 285

BLMs: 16, 18, 28, 57, 52

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1131


The Sacraments are the means through which God gives His life to each person through grace.


32, 86–87, 89, 103–105, 116, 125, 134, 137, 156, 220, 252–253, 282, 284, 285, 293

BLMs: 29, 34, 40, 41, 52

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The Sacraments are an outward sign of God’s love and mercy.


32, 86–87, 89, 103–105, 116, 125, 134, 137, 156, 220, 252–253, 282, 284, 285, 293

BLMs: 29, 34, 40, 41, 52

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1275


The Sacraments of Initiation are: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. They are the foundations of Christian life.

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 137, 156, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52




1277


BAPTISM is new life in Christ. It is necessary for eternal life with God and makes us members of the Catholic Church.

85–87


1213, 1263


Baptism is the gateway to the other sacraments. It cleanses our soul of original sin.

87, 287

1278

At each person’s Baptism they are immersed in water or water is poured over their head.

87

1240


In the Sacrament of Baptism each person is baptized in the “name ofthe grace we receive at Baptism.

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52





Through Confirmation we are bound more firmly to Christ and the Church.

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52





It strengthens us to be witnesses to our Christian faith.

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52




1395


In Confirmation we receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude, and fear of the Lord.

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52




1299–1300


At Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes down on each person. This occurs when the Bishop anoints the head with Holy Chrism and says, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

86–87, 89, 116, 134, 252, 282, 284, 293

BLMs: 29, 52




1346, 1348, 1408

At Mass we gather together as God's family. Christ acts through the priest as we celebrate the Mass. The Mass includes:

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1349



Liturgy of the Word: The Liturgy of the Word includes readings from the Old and New Testaments and a homily. The Liturgy of the Word is an encounter with Christ through the Word of God proclaimed.

254–257


1391–1392


Liturgy of the Eucharist: Jesus gives Himself to each person as the Bread of Life. Jesus is really and truly present, Body and Blood, in the Eucharist.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52





EUCHARIST The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the greatest of the seven sacraments

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52


1353



At the epiclesis the priest asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit so that the bread and the wine will become the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ.

47, 136, 144, 254–257



1376–1377, 1413



At the consecration the priest raises the bread and wine in his hands and says the Eucharist Prayer. He prays, “this is my body, this is my blood” and at that moment bread and wine are changed into the Body of Christ and Blood of Christ. This is what we call Transubstantiation.

47, 136, 144, 254–257


1413


We receive the Body and Blood of Christ to eat and drink.


134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52




The Eucharist, which means thanksgiving, is praise and thanksgiving to God our Father.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1409


The Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection, which become present to us at every Mass.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



The Eucharist is also a sacrifice, because it represents (or makes present) the sacrifice of the cross. “The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice.”

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1415

To receive Christ in the Eucharist, one must be in the state of grace. This means to be free from any serious sins.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1387


Each person is required to fast from food and drink, except water and medicine, for one hour before receiving the Holy Eucharist.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1374–1379

In the Eucharist we experience the real presence of Christ when we receive His Body and Blood.

134, 137, 156, 252–257, 285

BLM: 52



1425


RECONCILIATION: The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance is a gift to help each person strengthen their relationship with God because of their inclination to sin.


32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41



1493, 1785



Before a person receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation they must examine their conscience.

30–33, 126, 167–169, 258, 285

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis

BLM: 13

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1431, 1490


A person must have sorrow for sin and a desire not to sin again.


32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41




1495, 1441


During the Sacrament of Reconciliation the priest takes the place of Christ. However, it is Christ, Himself, through the action of the priest, who forgives sins.


32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41



1491



There are four actions in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For the one receiving the Sacrament, there are three actions: contrition, confession of sins, and reparation. The priest performs the action of absolution.

32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41


1461



Our sins are absolved in the name of the Trinity by the priest. The prayer the priest says is, “I absolve you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.

32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41




1460, 1496


Each person must make reparation by doing the act of penance given by the priest after absolution.


32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41



The Sacrament of Penance reconciles us with God and the Church, and strengthens us to love God and others.


32, 102–105, 125, 156, 220, 253, 289, 293, 295

Record: The Lost Sheep

BLMs: 34, 40, 41



How to make a good confession:
When entering the confessional kneel or sit and wait for the priest to speak. The priest will begin with “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Next, the priest will invite the penitent to confess their sins. At this time the penitent responds, “Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been ________ weeks/months since my last confession. My sins are _________.
Once the penitent has confessed his or her sins the priest will give direction, which will help the penitent to avoid sin in the future.
Next he will ask the penitent to pray the Act of Contrition. If the penitent does not know the whole prayer or forgets it he or she can tell the priest and the priest will help.
After the penitent prays the Act of Contrition, the priest will extend his hand and pray the Prayer of Absolution. Once he is finished with this prayer he will say “go in peace” or something similar; the penitent will reply, “Amen.”
If a person gets confused at any point during their confession they should let the priest know and the priest will help them to make a good confession.

259


1194


The Church has a liturgical year. The central focus and mystery of this holy year is the person of Jesus Christ. By following the Church through various seasons of this liturgical year, people are called to continually grow in their understanding of Christ and to follow Him.


201–230, 45, 66–72

BLM: 42


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524

The liturgical year has five seasons. The liturgical year begins with the Advent season which prepares for the coming of Christ.

202–206, 281


The Christmas season celebrates the Birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfills the hope of the Old Testament. The Christmas season ends with the Baptism of Jesus.

202, 207–210, 283


Ordinary Time has two periods. The first begins with the Sunday after Epiphany until the beginning of Lent. The second period beings after Pentecost and ends with the liturgical year, which is the Feast of Christ the King.

69, 202, 223–226, 291


The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the death and resurrection of Christ.

282


The week before Easter is known as Holy Week. During this week the Church prays and fasts in remembrance of Christ’s crucifixion. On Holy Thursday the Church celebrates the Last Supper where Christ gathered with His apostles and instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood. On Good Friday the Church recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the cross

202, 215–218, 287


The Easter season celebrates Christ rising from the dead. It is a joyous time lasting for 50 days. Easter Sunday is the greatest feast of the liturgical year.


202, 219–222, 285



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