The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Task 4: Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ. F




Catechism

Prayer

COL Reference


2566–2567

Every heart has a desire for God. God is constantly inviting us into a special relationship with Him. This begins and grows through constantly being attentive to the life of prayer.


11, 12, 22, 25, 48, 79, 236–245, 285, 286, 291

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis, Go Forth

BLM: 8

FindingGod.com: God Is the Key, Our Father





Prayer is a conversation with God who loves us.

48, 79, 236–237, 238

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis





2617–2618,

2676–2677


A very special person to go to in prayer is Mary. She will intercede for each person with her son Jesus Christ. The “Hail Mary” is a special prayer to Mary because it tells who she is and asks her to pray for us during our life and at the time of our death.

108–110, 112, 113, 116, 288

BLMs: 37–39

FindingGod.com: Thank-You Cards to Mary



The Rosary is a special prayer that asks for Mary’s help. In the rosary a person should recall the mysteries of Christ’s life. Some of these mysteries are special events in His life such as: His birth, His presentation in the Temple, His passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven.

108–110, 112, 113, 116, 246–247, 248–249, 288, 293

BLMs: 37–39

FindingGod.com: Thank-You Cards to Mary



2031



An active prayer life is very important to leading a moral life.


236–245, 285, 291

Reflection: Go Forth

FindingGod.com: Our Father



1742


God's grace, when accepted, gives each person the strength always to do what is right and good.


11, 12, 22, 25, 286

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis

BLM: 8

FindingGod.com: God Is the Key





2626, 2643

There are five types of prayer:

blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.

236–245, 285, 291

Reflection: Go Forth

FindingGod.com: Our Father



2626


The prayer of blessing is our response to God’s gifts. God blesses each person and is the source of all blessings. In return the human heart blesses God.

236–245, 285, 291

Reflection: Go Forth

FindingGod.com: Our Father



2629


Through the prayer of petition we ask God for forgiveness or various favors.

236–245, 285, 291

Reflection: Go Forth

FindingGod.com: Our Father



2637


The Church prays the greatest prayer of thanksgiving through the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving.

48, 79, 236–237, 238

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis



2639



The creed is a statement of things we believe. We pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

243


Task 5: Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church. F




Catechism

Community Life

COL Reference


2, 1461, 2013

In the Old Testament God formed a community with the Israelites. The Israelites were the chosen people who lived a covenant relationship with God.


45, 164–166, 169, 204, 234, 284, 290, 295

BLMs: 53, 54, 66

Reflection: The Ten Commandments

FindingGod.com: Paper-Bag Puppets, Round-Table Discussion, Community Mobiles




God created people to be social and have a need for one another. For this reason people live in various types of communities.

13, 84, 89, 92–95, 283, 290, 291

BLMs: 32, 39

FindingGod.com: Alleluia Instruments



The Catholic Church is a universal community under the pope who represents Jesus on earth. The universal Catholic community believes in Jesus Christ and His place in the Blessed Trinity.

92, 93, 291

BLMs: 32, 39




When we love each other we grow in love for God. When we love God we grow in love for each other.


5, 7, 9, 43, 45–49, 52–57, 117

Record: The Great Commandment

Reflection: The Prayer of Saint Francis

BLMs: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14–17, 23, 40, 46–47, 55, 60

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Words That Heal



A person cannot live alone because people need one another. The Church is a community of people who worship God and care for one another.

13, 84, 89, 92–95, 283, 290, 291

BLMs: 32, 39

FindingGod.com: Alleluia Instruments



2179


Catholics locally belong to a parish community where they come together to worship God and be fed spiritually.

13, 84, 89, 92–95, 283, 290, 291

BLMs: 32, 39

FindingGod.com: Alleluia Instruments



1566–1568


Every parish has a pastor who is a priest. The name of our pastor is __________________. He helps us to learn about and worship God in the celebration of the Mass.

94, 290

FindingGod.com: Meet the Priest




Your class is a community who comes together to learn about Christ. Each person can follow the way of Christ by loving and being kind to all members of the class and not excluding anyone.

94, 290

FindingGod.com: Meet the Priest



2204, 2205


The family is a special community within the Church. The father and mother are equal before God. They have different but complementary roles. Children are a blessing from God. The family is an image of the Trinitarian communion.

148–151, 153



2030, 957, 969


The Virgin Mary and the saints are examples of living the faith of the Church.


108–110, 112, 113, 116, 227–228, 283, 288

BLMs: 37–39

FindingGod.com: Thank-You Cards to Mary, A Saintly News Report, Heroes and Saints, Let’s Celebrate, Talk Show, Who is St. Teresa of Avila?



2052, 6


Those who earnestly strive to follow God's law will be with God for all eternity in heaven.

22, 25, 29, 62, 293

BLM: 8


FindingGod.com: Adam and Eve



Task 6: Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.




Catechism

Missionary Life

COL Reference


1271, 1273


The Missionary life is rooted in each person’s baptismal call to serve other people. This missionary spirit is based in the reality that each person can offer service within their parish community by participating in activities that help other people.

290

FindingGod.com: Magnet Mania




Prayer is an important part of the missionary call. When the Church offers prayers at Mass on behalf of the missions we are living out this call. St. Thérèse of Liseux is the patroness of the missions because of her prayers for the missions around the world.

48, 68, 79, 236–237, 238

Reflection: The Prayer of St. Francis





2288


We must care for the needs of all people, both bodily needs and spiritual needs.


5, 7, 9, 43, 45–49, 52–57, 117

Record: The Great Commandment

Reflection: The Prayer of Saint Francis

BLMs: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14–17, 23, 40, 46–47, 55, 60

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Words That Heal



2448


Jesus gave us an example of love for the poor and suffering. We must put the needs of the poor first. When we love the poor, we love Jesus.


52, 53–55, 57, 76–77, 261, 282

BLMs: 18, 19, 26

FindingGod.com: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Walking with Jesus



1928–1933


Every human being is created in the image of God. Therefore we are all equal. God created us with many differences. Because all humans have equal dignity, each person must treat those who are different from them with respect.

6, 9, 29, 52, 53–55, 57, 76–77, 261, 282, 286

Reflection: God’s Wonderful Creation

BLMs: 6, 10, 18, 19, 26

FindingGod.com: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Walking with Jesus, Adam and Eve





1785

The Catholic Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, supports our response to God's love by teaching us what is right. The Church helps us to form right consciences by giving us examples of those who have lived as holy people.


30–33, 224–225, 262

BLM: 13


FindingGod.com: Fruit is Good for You, Wind Tunnel, Gifts From the Holy Spirit


2044–2045



Living a moral life is very important in sharing the Gospel. To proclaim Jesus, we must also live like Him. Our actions will tell people we are followers of Christ.


68, 125, 129, 165, 169

Record: Jesus on the Cross

BLMs: 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 46

FindingGod.com: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Paper-Bag Puppets




The laity of the Church must seek holiness by actively sharing their Faith with the world around them. One way to do this is through prayer; another way to do this is through acts of service.


68, 125, 129, 165, 169, 290

Record: Jesus on the Cross

BLMs: 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 46

FindingGod.com: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Paper-Bag Puppets




2447


We must love and care for people in both body and spirit. Each person can imitate Christ through practicing the Spiritual Works of Mercy such as instructing, advising, counseling, comforting, forgiving, and being patient when others mistreat them.

71, 73, 76, 80, 265, 290, 294

FindingGod.com: Magnet Mania




2447


Each person can care for the physical needs of others by practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy. These are: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.

71, 73, 76, 265, 290, 294

FindingGod.com: Magnet Mania




1946, 1269–1270



Like the Apostles, all Christians are called to continue telling others about God and spreading the teachings of Jesus. We must pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance in this mission.

109, 151, 153, 285, 286, 296

Reflection: Go Forth

BLMs: 38, 39

FindingGod.com: Forgiving Hands, Heroes and Saints



767–769, 904–907

Some missionaries go to foreign countries to preach the Gospel and care for the poor. We must remember them in our prayers and acts of charity.






In God’s Image F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


1723

Being a loving person is what will make each person truly happy, even though it is sometimes hard to love.




5, 7, 9, 43, 45–49, 52–57, 117

Record: The Great Commandment

Reflection: The Prayer of Saint Francis

BLMs: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14–17, 23, 40, 46–47, 55, 60

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Words That Heal



1786–1787

A person should always be aware of their feelings, but they must not always act on them. Love means doing what is right and good regardless of how we feel.




5, 7, 9, 43, 45–49, 52–57, 117

Record: The Great Commandment

Reflection: The Prayer of Saint Francis

BLMs: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14–17, 23, 40, 46–47, 55, 60

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Words That Heal



1825

Each person is called to love all people, to help them and care for them, even though they might not like a particular person.




5, 7, 9, 43, 45–49, 52–57, 117

Record: The Great Commandment

Reflection: The Prayer of Saint Francis

BLMs: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14–17, 23, 40, 46–47, 55, 60

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Words That Heal


Each person must respect and honor their own body and the bodies of others because each person is a Temple of the Holy Spirit.




68, 125, 129, 165, 169

Record: Jesus on the Cross

BLMs: 4, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 46

FindingGod.com: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Paper-Bag Puppets




1849, 1855, 1872

Sin not only offends God and hurts other people. It also hurts us. Sin lessens our ability to love, the very purpose for which God created us.



102, 105, 289, 290, 291, 294, 295

BLM: 35


FindingGod.com: Wanted



Understanding the Catholic Church F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


1593, 944


Structure—Ordained and Religious

We are all called to live a life of holiness. For some Catholics this is a call to live out their lives making a special commitment to God and the service of His flock.

Men who become bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained; they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

The Holy Father is a bishop. He is the bishop of Rome and leader of the universal Church. The Pope assigns each bishop a diocese to shepherd. Each bishop assigns priests to serve at each parish. The bishop ordains deacons to serve the people of God.

The religious life of brothers and sisters (nuns) is a life consecrated to God. This is characterized by a public profession of poverty, chastity, and obedience.


93, 94, 97, 282, 291, 292

BLMs: 32, 39

FindingGod.com: Meet the Priest, Spiritual Bouquet




2042–2043


Tradition—Precepts of the Church

The Precepts of the Church set out to bring us a solid understanding of what our behavior should be as Catholic Christians. These principals guide us in our faith and actions:

Attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.

Go to Confession at least once a year.

Receive the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.

Observe days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.

Help provide for the needs of the Church.


32, 125–127, 134, 135, 137, 156, 254, 257, 281, 287, 292, 293

BLM: 372, 376

FindingGod.com: All Saints Day, The Gift of Eternal Life Prayer Cards, God Is the Key


Marks of the Church

The Marks of the Church are four qualities that define the essential elements of the Church. These elements explain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.


13, 84, 89, 93– 95, 97, 243, 283, 291

FindingGod.com: Alleluia Instruments

BLMs: 32, 39




Saints


F

Content

COL Reference


Our Lady of Guadalupe





St. Katherine Drexel





St. Bernadette





Pope Pius X





St. Anthony of Padua





Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha



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