The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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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.

20–22, 36

FindingGod.com: How It Came to Be





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

84–85, 265

BLM: 10


FindingGod.com: Source of Strength


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.

85–86, 89, 92, 94–95, 116

BLM: 28


FindingGod.com: Faces of the Church, The Church is Apostolic


1201



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

263–265

BLMs: 4, 10

Record: Jesus Judges All

FindingGod.com: Kindness Calendar





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.

84–86, 264–265

BLMs: 4, 10, 27



2179


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

109–110

BLM: 36


FindingGod.com: Back the Future, Letters of Belonging

1566–1568


Every parish has a pastor who is a priest. The name of our pastor is ________________. The pastor is called by the Church to lead and unite the community both in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and in the caring for one another.

85, 94–95

BLM: 28


FindingGod.com: Diocesan History, Back to the Future, Our Christian Leaders

1669, 1674



The sacramental life unites us more closely to the Body of Christ, another name for the Church.


84, 155–156

FindingGod.com: Sacramental Dictionaries






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.

BLMs: 2, 27

FindingGod.com: Kindness Calendar, Bully, No Bully, Care Jars, Yarn-Web Prayer



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. The family is known as the “domestic church.”

99–105

BLMs: 33, 34

FindingGod.com: Family Shields


957, 969, 2030

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

1–2, 5, 12, 14, 28, 41–42, 60, 81–82, 93, 121–122, 133, 161–162, 164, 180, 183

FindingGod.com: A Mural of Model Saints



6, 2052

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

180–181

BLM: 55


Record: Jesus Judges All, Called to Holiness





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.

63, 76, 109–110

BLMs: 20, 22

Record: The Prayer of Saint Ignatius

FindingGod.com: Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame




Prayer is an important part of the missionary call. When the Church offers prayers at Church 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.

BLM: 20

FindingGod.com: Prayer for Vocations, Little Flowers for God



2288



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

124, 263–265

BLMs: 22, 36, 37, 49, 50

Record: Jesus Judges All



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.

124, 127–128, 164

Record: Jesus Judges All




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.

167, 174–175, 182, 260, 264–265

FindingGod.com: Care Jars, Respect for Life—A Seamless Garment





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.


1–2, 5, 12, 14, 28, 41–42, 45–46, 60, 81–82, 93, 121–122, 133, 161–162, 164, 180, 183

FindingGod.com: A Mural of Model Saints, Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame



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.

166, 179–181, 260–261

BLM: 60


FindingGod.com: Care Jars


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.

109–110, 263

BLMs: 20, 22, 28, 36, 37

Record: The Prayer of Saint Ignatius

FindingGod.com: Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame



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.

188, 191–192, 263

BLM: 50


FindingGod.com: Works of Mercy, Works of Mercy Tableau

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.

188, 191–192, 263

BLMs: 36, 37

FindingGod.com: Works of Mercy, Works of Mercy Tableau, Collection Jars


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.

60–61, 69–73

FindingGod.com: The Church is Apostolic



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.

60, 93

BLMs: 20, 53







In God’s Image F


Catechism

Content

COL Reference


1279

In baptism, each person receives God’s grace and becomes an adopted son or daughter of God and members of His family, the Church.

7, 59–65, 108, 283

BLMs: 19, 21

FindingGod.com: A Reminder to Be Holy, Back to the Future



1465, 1468



In the Sacrament of Penance, each person receives God’s grace. Each person encounters Christ in the person of the priest and experiences His forgiveness for all the times they have failed to love.

140–145

BLMs: 47, 48

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers


1402


In the Eucharist a person receives God’s grace in a very special way. In this sacrament each person receives Christ as the nourishment of the special life God gave when the person was baptized. This nourishment enables each person to love one another as Christ has loved the world.

125–127, 132–133, 135

BLM: 42


FindingGod.com: Eucharistic Prayers


1640, 1661


The marriage of a baptized man and woman is a sacrament instituted by Christ to be a sign and instrument of His love for His bride, the Church.

93, 99–106, 116

BLM: 35




Understanding the Catholic Church F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


830–831

StructureUniversal Church

Catholic means universal. This understanding has two meanings. First, it should be understood that Jesus is present in the Church, and the Church receives the fullness of salvation from Christ. Secondly, all men and women are called by God to be part of His kingdom, united by the spirit.

284, 292

FindingGod.com: Faces of the Church, Illustrated Dictionary, Diocesan History, Marks of the Church





1209


TraditionApostolic Tradition

Apostolic Tradition applies not only to the passed-down Tradition of the Church; it recognizes that the faithful order in which the teachings were handed down will assure fidelity to liturgical tradition.



60–61, 86, 92, 145, 282

FindingGod.com: Faces of the Church, Illustrated Dictionary, Diocesan History, The Church is Apostolic





Saints


F

Content

COL Reference

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

28, 112

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report



St. Joan of Arc


28

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report



St. Thomas the Apostle


28,

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report, An Interview with Thomas



St. Dismas



28

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report



St. Jude



28,

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report



St. Lucy



28

FindingGod.com: Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report





Traditions and Devotions F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


971

Marian Devotions

Make it a practice to pray a decade of the Rosary together in class. Introduce the Sorrowful and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. Review the Glorious and Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.



111, 244–247

FindingGod.com: Rosary Prayer Cloths




524

Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. It is when we prepare for Jesus’ coming. The liturgical color is purple. Create Classroom Advent Wreath to prepare for Christ. This tradition carries many symbols: the circle of the wreath represents God who is eternal, the evergreen represents Christ who is always living and gives us eternal life, the holly berries represent drops of Christ’s saving blood, the candles represent the light of the world (Jesus) coming closer as we light each additional candle, the three violet candles represent repentance and preparation for the Birth of Christ, the rose candle represents Gaudete Sunday, a celebration of the Sunday half way to Christmas. Create a Jesse Tree which will trace the genealogy of Christ, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse . . .” (Isaiah 11:1)

206

FindingGod.com: A Message from Isaiah Bookmark, An Advent Calendar for the Entire Group, Our Jesse Tree




525–526

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ on earth. The liturgical color is white. Prepare a classroom nativity or crèche. The nativity was first arranged by St. Francis of Assisi. Explore Christmas in song. Investigate the meaning of lyrics, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, or have the students write their own songs about this season. Read the story of Christ’s birth from the Gospel of Luke 2:1–20.

210

FindingGod.com: Life of Saint Francis, “We Three Kings” Sing Along, Hope for the World, How It Came to Be




1674, 2669

Lent is the time of thinking about the sufferings of Christ on earth. The liturgical color is purple. The liturgical symbols of Lent are the crucifix, the crown of thorns, and the nail. Pray the Stations of the Cross. Participate in a Lenten spiritual exercise such as giving up something like watching T.V. or eating candy, or make special acts of kindness to people you find difficult.

213–214, 218, 248–249

BLMs: 29, 68, 69

FindingGod.com: My Lenten Journal



1169

Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. It is the most important feast of the liturgical year. The liturgical color is white. The very special symbol of Easter is the paschal candle. Recognize the entire season, beginning with the Resurrection, the Ascension 40 days later, and ending after 50 days with Pentecost. In addition, explain how the end of the Easter season, Pentecost, also marks the birth of the Church. Participate in or create a project around the custom of blessing the Easter baskets.

222

BLM: 70


FindingGod.com: Group Role Play of “The Disciples Bear Witness,” Pentecost Update, Report from Jerusalem, The Coming of the Holy Spirit Poster


2623

Celebrate Pentecost by showing support for those in the parish that have been confirmed and received the Holy Spirit. Have the students create cards to congratulate them or create a small gift.

55

FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Welcome to Those Newly Initiated!




2185, 2180

In addition to Sunday, there are six Holy Days of Obligation within the liturgical calendar. Highlight the importance of setting these days aside. If possible, plan to attend a Holy Day of Obligation liturgy as a class.

112, 255, 290


2175

All Saints Day celebrates the lives of the saints. Study patron saints. Celebrate All Saints Day as a class. Introduce, in prayer or song, the Litany of Saints.

28, 119

BLMs: 31, 72





Prayers


F

Content

COL Reference

The Sign of the Cross

7–8, 79, 119, 142, 244

Our Father


24, 238, 244, 254

BLMs: 44, 45

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses


The Hail Mary


111, 238, 244

FindingGod.com: Praying the Hail Mary in a Group



The Apostles’ Creed



47–48, 85, 88, 240, 244

Record: The Incarnation

BLM: 16

FindingGod.com: Creed Tic-Tac-Toe



Act of Contrition



144, 151, 239

FindingGod.com: Putting the Act of Contrition Together



Angel of God




The Glory Be to the Father

7, 79, 244

Act of Faith

242

Prayer before and after meals

104, 239



Signs and Symbols

F


Content

COL Reference

Altar

95, 132, 134, 281

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Ambo

281

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Ashes

282

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Baptismal Candle


54, 62, 64–65

BLM: 21


FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game

Baptismal Font

62–63, 75

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Baptismal Garment

54, 62

BLM: 21


FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game

Bread

124–125, 127, 129–130, 132–135, 137

BLMs: 41, 42, 45

Record: Jesus Feeds the Crowd

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Chalice

134

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Chrism (oil)

54, 62, 65, 70–71, 77, 95, 284

BLMs: 19, 25

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game


Christmas Crib

210

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Ciborium

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Crucifix

244

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Cruets

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Easter (Paschal Candle)

64

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game

Fire

64, 68–69, 72

BLM: 24


FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game

Genuflecting/Genuflect

289

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Holy Water

54, 62, 79, 222, 290

BLM:s 19, 21

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game


Host

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Imposition of Hands

55, 70–71, 95

BLMs: 19, 25

FindingGod.com: Laying on of Hands


Incense

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Kneeling

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Lectionary

134, 292

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Monstrance

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Pictures of Saints

FindingGod.com: A Mural of Model Saints, A Saintly News Report, Life of Saint Francis, Saints and Symbols

Prayer Corner/Table

39, 79, 119, 159, 199, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230

Reconciliation Room/Confessional

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Rings in Marriage

103, 117

FindingGod.com: Sacramental Dictionaries



Sanctuary

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Sanctuary Light

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Sign of Peace

135, 140, 254

BLMs: 44, 45

Poster: Parts of the Mass

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Stain Glass Windows

43, 69, 95, 140–141, 191, 227

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Stations of the Cross

86, 248–249, 301

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Statue of Mary

55, 107, 110

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Statues

43, 55, 107, 110

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Stole

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

68,

BLM: 24


FindingGod.com: Flying Doves, Holy Spirit Candles, The Coming of the Holy Spirit Poster, Wind Tunnel

Tabernacle

302

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words



Ten Commandments

22, 23, 25, 36, 144, 258, 302

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



The Congregation/People of God

127, 129, 132–133

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



The Presider/the Priest or Bishop

127, 129, 132–133

FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game



Wine

127, 129, 133–134, 137

BLM: 45


FindingGod.com: What Am I? Game
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