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Finding God, Grade 6

Correlation to Diocese of Lafayette, IN Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines
Legend:

Page numbers reference SE/TE



Record references Guided Scripture Stories and Guided Reflections

BLMs reference Blackline Master numbers

FindingGod.com references activities found via the Finding God online activity finder


Foundational Truths of Faith







Catechism




Finding God Reference


27–30,

44–45

God created each person to know and love Him. God imprinted His own image on each person. True happiness in this life will occur to the extent that each person lives in communion with God.


39, 167, 175




50–53,

68–69


Out of His goodness and wisdom God reveals Himself through the person of Jesus Christ. The life of Jesus teaches each person what it means to be fully human.



25, 36, 115, 292, 312

BLM: 49

FindingGod.com: Getting to Know Jesus the Healer




65–66,

73


Jesus Christ reveals the way to true freedom and happiness. Following the teachings of Jesus prepares each person for eternal life with God in heaven. Pope John Paul II said, “Jesus reveals to us what it means to be fully human.”


25, 33, 40, 74, 140, 166–167, 295

BLM: 46



150–152,

176–178


God gives us grace, His very own life. We respond to God’s grace and love by faith, accepting what God has revealed and saying “Yes,” entrusting ourselves to Him. Life with God is lived in union with the Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


61, 66, 67b, 112, 161b, 166–167, 168, 193

BLM: 34



50, 53, 66–67, 101–102

God’s revelation is a communication of His mystery and may be understood through deeds and words. Through Divine Revelation each person can know God as a personal God.


6, 36, 112, 172–173, 204, 307

FindingGod.com: What’s the Solution?






Six Tasks of Catechesis

Task 1: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.s of Faith





Catechism

Content

Finding God Reference


261

There are three persons in one God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



309, 311


FindingGod.com: Celebrate Your Baptism, Titles of Jesus


103, 105

Inspiration is the gift of the Holy Spirit by which a human author was able to write a biblical book that has God as the author and that teaches faithfully and without error the saving truth that God willed to be consigned to us for our salvation.


1a, 4, 8


BLM: 13



105–106, 136

Since God inspired the biblical writers He is the author of Sacred Scriptures.


1a, 1c, 1d, 4, 7, 9, 235, 291





106, 108–114

Because the human authors needed to use the language and thinking of their time, we need to study the conditions and use of language in the context of their time and understand what they intended to communicate, remembering that these human authors might not have been conscious of the deeper implications of what God wanted to communicate.


4



80–83, 97–98

God communicates His Word to us in two ways: in written form (Scripture) and unwritten form (Tradition). Both make up the Deposit of Faith.


234




120, 138

The canon of Sacred Scriptures (Bible) has 73 books in it. It is divided into two parts: the Old Testament or Old Covenant with 46 books, and the New Testament or New Covenant with 27 books.


234–235, 291, 302, 303




120, 138

Each book in the Bible is divided into chapters and verses. In John 3:16 for example, the Gospel of John is the book of the Bible, 3 is the chapter, and 16 is the verse


7, 235





85, 100, 107, 109–110, 137

We trust that Sacred Scripture is true through our life of faith. Our faith that Scripture is true is supported by other writings that explain the events of the time.


6



85, 100, 107, 109–110, 137

The Sacred Scripture was originally passed down by oral tradition (stories). Later, it was written down and copied for all people by scribes.


5



121–123, 134

The Old Testament is OUR history; it is our heritage. The Old Testament tells us of our fathers in faith. The whole Old Testament leads up to the coming of Jesus Christ.


10, 75, 77, 103, 203, 234–235

Record: Faith That Works



121–123, 134

The Old Testament is divided into 4 parts: Law, also known as the Pentateuch or Torah (Genesis–Deuteronomy), Historical (Maccabees) Wisdom (Job–Sirach), and Prophetic (Isaiah–Malachi).


40, 97, 234–235, 310, 312

BLM: 31



290, 316

In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God created the earth and all that is on the earth and saw that it was good.


1a, 11b, 12, 14, 18, 36, 179b, 179

BLMs: 2, 4, 5, 13



343, 356–357

The highest point of God’s creation is mankind because God created male and female in His own image and likeness.


1a, 12, 17, 36, 39, 175, 179b

BLM: 4



362–366, 382

Each person created by God is made of body and soul. Because mankind has a soul, each person can have a special personal relationship with God.


15, 102





354, 373

God made mankind the steward or caretaker of all creation.



1a, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 36, 121e, 179a–179c, 180–183, 185, 185, 186, 195, 196, 200

BLMs: 4, 5, 59, 59, 417

FindingGod.com: Magnet Mania, Nature Scavenger Hunt, Seeing God’s Creation, Share God’s Beauty




55, 397

God established a covenant with the first couple, who were named Adam and Eve. They disobeyed God. They committed the first sin called original sin.



14, 15, 20, 36, 293

BLMs: 8, 13

FindingGod.com: A Timeline of God’s Friends, Who Am I?




55, 70, 410

After Adam and Eve committed the first sin, God did not abandon them but in His compassion He promised a redeemer to save all people from sin.


19a, 20, 306

FindingGod.com: TV News Report



399, 416, 418

Original sin affects each person. Through the Sacrament of Baptism original sin is washed away but mankind’s weakness to commit sin remains. This is called concupiscence.


19b, 291, 303





56, 71

The first sin led to many other sins. Soon the whole earth was filled with people who had turned against God. Noah and his family were the only ones following God’s law. God told Noah to build an ark to save Noah’s family and each species of animal from the flood. God made a covenant with Noah and his family; the rainbow is a sign of this covenant and of God’s fidelity.


1a, 19b, 20–21, 22–23, 25, 26, 36, 102, 293

Record: God Chooses Noah

BLMs: 9, 13, 16

FindingGod.com: A Timeline of God’s Friends



59

God called Abram and told him to leave his home in Ur and to follow God to the land of Canaan.


45

BLM: 9




59

God made a covenant with Abram and changed his name to Abraham. In the Sacred Scriptures God often gives a person a new name when he or she receives a special calling.


27b, 59a, 206, 293

BLMs: 10, 13, 16

FindingGod.com: Who Am I?





62, 72, 705

In the covenant with Abraham, God promised to give Abraham many children, a kingdom, and a land of his own. In this covenant God picked Abraham’s tribe to be His chosen people.


27a–27b, 28, 30, 36, 45, 75, 77, 102, 292, 293

BLM: 10

FindingGod.com: Who Am I?




62, 72, 705

God asked Abraham to trust Him completely and to sacrifice his son Isaac. Just before Abraham was to kill Isaac an angel of God came upon him and told Abraham to spare Isaac. In this story Abraham trusted God so much that he was willing to sacrifice his only son. Because of this, Abraham is the model of faith for us; he is our father in faith.


27b, 28, 29, 31, 75, 102, 289

BLMs: 11, 12, 13, 16

FindingGod.com: A Model of Holiness, A Timeline of God’s Friends






62, 72, 705

This event prefigures God the Father’s sacrifice of His son, Jesus, on the cross.


30, 86


BLM: 11


62, 72, 705

Isaac’s son was Jacob.


44–45


BLM: 10

FindingGod.com: Who Am I?




62, 72, 705

Jacob, also known as Israel, had 12 sons. His 12 sons become the 12 tribes of Israel. These 12 tribes prefigure Jesus’ 12 disciples.


45, 47, 52, 75, 77, 134

Record: Jacob Deceives His Brother

BLMs: 14, 16




62, 72, 705


Israel’s favorite son, Joseph, had many dreams of himself as a king over his brothers. This made his brothers very angry. They were so mad they sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt. Joseph’s brothers then told Israel that Joseph died.




62, 72, 705

Many years later there was a famine and there was food only in Egypt. While in Egypt Joseph had befriended the Pharaoh and was second in command, almost like a king. Joseph was in charge of the food supply.


52

BLM: 26




62, 72, 705

Jacob’s sons went to Egypt to buy food and found Joseph. They repented for selling Joseph, and the whole family moved to Egypt. This story teaches that God cares for each person and can make good out of bad situations.


52

TE: 85





62, 72, 705

The Israelites spent 400 years in Egypt. During this time the Israelites became slaves of the Egyptians because of the Egyptian racism against the Jews.


52–53, 299




62, 72, 705

God called Moses to free his people. This event is known as the Exodus.


52–53, 206, 296

BLMs: 17, 20, 26

FindingGod.com: A Timeline of God’s Friends




62, 72, 705

One day when Moses was in the desert he saw a bush on fire without burning down. God spoke from the bush. God revealed His name to Moses: Yahweh, which means, “I am who am.”


53, 77, 312

BLMs: 17, 26



203

Moses went to Pharaoh to ask for the freedom of the Israelites. Pharaoh wanted to keep them in Egypt so he refused to let the Israelites go. God then sent 10 plagues to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave.


53, 60, 299





Just before the Israelites left Egypt God instructed them to celebrate Passover. For the Passover each family was told to prepare a special meal of unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and lamb. When the lamb was killed its blood was put on the doorpost. The lamb and the blood was a substitute for the death of the first-born. When the angel of death came and saw this blood it would pass over the house.


51b, 53, 54–55, 57, 76, 289, 299, 304

BLMs: 18, 19, 26



1334, 1363

This is a very important feast to Jewish people because it shows God’s great love for His people. This special meal is known as a Seder Meal to modern Jews. It prefigures the Eucharist. Jesus was celebrating the Last Supper (Passover) when He surprised the apostles by teaching them how to celebrate the Eucharist.


51b, 54–55, 304

Record: Celebrating Eucharist

BLMs: 18, 26





1094, 1219

After being freed from Egypt, Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea and to Mount Sinai. The crossing of the Red Sea prefigures the Sacrament of Baptism.


61, 140


BLMs: 21, 26, 47


1094, 1334

While in the desert there was no food for the Israelites to eat. Moses pleaded with God and God sent manna for the Israelites to eat. The manna was called bread from heaven. Manna prefigures the Eucharist because the Eucharist is our bread from Heaven.


60



62, 2056, 2068

At Mount Sinai God made a covenant with Moses and the nation of the Israelites. God gave them the Decalogue, also known as the Ten Commandments.


59a, 59b, 62–66, 292, 293

BLMs: 22, 26, 27

FindingGod.com: Commandment Mobiles, Create Your Own Mezuzah




2112–2114

When Moses returned from receiving the Ten Commandments he found the people being superstitious and worshipping a golden calf. This made God and Moses very angry and the Israelites had to make atonement for their sin by 40 years wandering in the desert.





62–63

After reading the law to the assembly of people, Moses had a tent made for the Ten Commandments, also known as the Ark of the Covenant. He decorated the tent with a special kind of angel called Seraphim to remind people of God’s presence.


115, 116, 289, 290, 308

BLM: 27

FindingGod.com: Commandment Mobiles




1222

After Moses died, Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River. There, they battled against the Canaanites, Philistines, and other peoples to conquer the land. Each of the 12 tribes (the descendents of Jacob’s 12 sons) received a piece of land.


75



1222

The land that the Israelites received was called the Promised Land. By giving the Israelites this land God fulfilled His promise to Abraham.


132, 305




1222

After the death of Joshua the Israelites forgot their covenant with God and abandoned their faithfulness to God. They mingled with the Canaanites and began to worship idols. God sent judges to bring the people back to Him.


293



1222


During the period of the Judges, people began to ask for a king. Samuel, a prophet, warned them that if anyone besides God was their king trouble would arise. The people were persistent and continued to ask for a king.




1222

God directed Samuel to anoint Saul as king. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham that Abraham would be the father of a great nation through Saul’s kingship. Saul did not follow God’s laws and so God told Samuel to anoint another.


75



1222

God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint one of his sons as king. When Samuel saw David he knew that David was the one.


205


BLM: 23

FindingGod.com: A Timeline of God’s Friends




2579

David was a good and righteous king. God said that David was a man after God’s own heart.


76, 102


BLM: 23


2579

During his time as king, David made Jerusalem the capital city of Israel and brought the Ark of the Covenant into Zion (Zion is another name for Jerusalem).


76, 84–85, 290

BLM: 23



2580

When David died his son Solomon became king. God asked Solomon what he would like and Solomon asked for wisdom. Thus, Solomon is known for his great wisdom. Solomon had a Temple built for the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was placed in the Holy of Holies, a very special place in the middle of the Temple.


84–85, 86, 89, 102, 115, 116, 290, 310, 312

Record: Solomon’s Temple

BLMs: 28, 39

FindingGod.com: A Timeline of God’s Friends



After Solomon’s death there were a series of bad kings and then good kings and then bad kings again. The people fell away from worship of the true God.


124, 125




The leadership of the nation fell apart and the once unified country broke into two. The ten northern tribes became their own nation called Israel. The two southern tribes also became their own nation called Judah.



124

64, 201, 243, 702

To help His people, God sent the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, as a guide to the prophets so that they might comfort the Israelites and convince them to turn back to God.



85, 121a, 121d, 124–125, 126, 127, 129, 131, 132, 155, 156, 157, 289

BLMs: 40, 44, 52

FindingGod.com: Secret Hope Notes



64, 201, 243, 702

Prophets had a special gift from God which allowed them to speak God’s word to the people. Through the prophets God made a covenant with all people scattered across the world.


85, 121d, 122, 126, 129, 155, 156, 157, 204, 206, 293

BLMs: 9, 40

FindingGod.com: Meet a Prophet, The Prophet Experiment




64

The people in Israel quickly turned from worship of the true God to idolatry. Because of their failure to follow God’s laws their land was conquered by the Assyrians and they were exiled.


125, 131b, 132, 296

BLMs: 13, 43



710

The people of Judah also were unfaithful to God’s law. They were exiled to Babylon and the Temple built by Solomon was destroyed. This time is known as the Babylonian Exile.


125, 131b, 131, 136, 137, 138, 224, 296, 310

BLMs: 13, 43



710


Judah was exiled two more times from the Promised Land, and conquered by other nations. Eventually, Judah was conquered and occupied by Rome.




710

Isaiah was a great prophet who warned the people of Judah that they needed to reform their ways and return to God. If they did not, evil would continue to come to them.



121c, 125, 125, 127, 133–134, 137, 157, 306

Record: God Calls Isaiah

BLMs: 3, 45, 52

FindingGod.com: A Message from Isaiah Bookmark



601

Isaiah is known for his image of the suffering servant, Emmanuel, and other images that prefigure Christ.



134–135, 138, 295

Record: God Calls Isaiah

BLMs: 45, 52

FindingGod.com: A Message from Isaiah Bookmark, Cry Out With Joy and Gladness



601

The prophet Amos told the Northern Kingdom of Israel that they must repent. He predicted the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom. His prophecy only came true in Christ.


125, 157


BLMs: 41, 42



601

The prophet Jeremiah preached to both Israel and Judah and promised them that one day the kingly line of David would be restored. This promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ who is from the line of David.


125, 134–135, 157

BLMs: 41, 42



601

Ezekiel preached to those already exiled in Babylon. He comforted them, urged them to repentance, and gave them hope for the future. After many years of exile a few of the Jews were able to return home to rebuild the Temple.


224, 226, 306, 310

BLM: 43

FindingGod.com: A News Report from Ezekiel 37:1–12, Events From Ezekiel 37:12 Comic Strips




601

The Sacred Scripture tells of many other brave men, and also women, who called the people to follow God even when it was the unpopular thing to do.


132, 133, 137, 307

BLM: 24

FindingGod.com: Meet a Prophet, Voices That Challenge, Secret Hope Notes




522, 2763

During the course of Salvation History there were many wise and faithful people who recorded their knowledge and experience in poetic literature. There are seven books (Job, Psalms [150], Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom, and Sirach) in the Sacred Scriptures known as Wisdom Literature.


81a, 92, 94, 96, 97, 116, 117, 136, 234–235, 312

BLMs: 31, 32, 39




522, 2763

Wisdom literature gives examples of great men, such as Job, who endured great trials but did not turn away from God. It includes wise sayings, poems (Psalms) of praise to God, poems (Psalms) of sorrow, wisdom on how to live a good life (Proverbs), and even a love story (Song of Songs).


72, 92–93, 94, 97, 98, 116, 117, 136, 234–235, 306, 312

BLMs: 31, 32, 39
FindingGod.com: Praying Your Emotions



522, 2763

The book of 150 Psalms that were prayed in the Old Testament are still prayed today in the Liturgy of the Word.


72, 92, 234–235, 300, 306

FindingGod.com: Praying Your Emotions, Singing the Psalms



457–458, 2763

About 100 years before the birth of Christ a group of Jewish people, called the Maccabees, revolted against the Roman government and fought for freedom. Unfortunately, they were only temporarily successful.






522, 2763

Through God’s Divine Providence, the entire story of our salvation history reached its highpoint with the life of Christ. Christ is the fulfillment of all the promises of the Old Testament.


41a, 133, 134–135, 294

BLMs: 26, 50




1042–1044

Christ came to earth to restore salvation to mankind because it was lost through original sin.


FindingGod.com: TV News Report




Christ is the happy ending to the story of salvation history. Christ is the happy fulfillment of the Old Testament and the goal all of history. Because of His actions each person can spend all eternity with the Trinity in heaven.


75a, 134–135






Jesus is the second person of the Blessed Trinity.


86, 110, 311





He is the Son of God and both fully human and fully divine. He is truly God and truly man.






450, 480–482

Jesus Christ became incarnate to show us how to live and enter into a personal relationship with Him.


102, 110, 112

FindingGod.com: Getting to Know Jesus the Healer



564

The most important events of Christ’s life began with his suffering and death for the sins of all people on Good Friday. The Resurrection took place after three days when Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. These saving events of Christ’s life are called the Paschal Mystery.


304, 307




571, 1067

The Church of Christ became present to the world at Pentecost. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Apostles, gathered with Mary, received the special gift of the Spirit. Tongues of fire appeared over their heads. This happened fifty days after Easter.


100, 115, 116, 304




726, 1076


In the end of time God will make each person a new creation where we will praise God in the Heavenly New Jerusalem.



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




Catechism

Liturgical

Finding God 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.


103, 137, 292, 295






1071–1073

Liturgy is the public work of the people of God at worship. It includes the rites and ceremonies of the Mass and Sacraments.


252–255, 301





96, 131–133, 141, 1093, 1095, 1100, 1190

The words of Sacred Scripture are used in all of the rites for the sacramental life of the Church. A special form of prayer, called Lectio Divina, provides a method of praying which follows from the words of Scripture.


72, 122


BLM: 32

FindingGod.com: Experiencing the Liturgy of the Hours




1154

One place we see the Sacred Scriptures in the sacraments is at Mass. They are read by a lector, deacon, or priest from the Lectionary at the ambo of the Church during the Liturgy of the Word.


252–255, 294, 300


FindingGod.com: Bible Memory Chart


1154

The Liturgy of the Mass is composed of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


55, 57, 180, 252–255

BLM: 34



1350–1355, 1323

The Liturgy of the Eucharist:

At the Last Supper Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Through the reception of this Sacrament a person receives the very Body and Blood of Christ. Christ is truly present under the appearance of Bread and Wine.

55, 57, 85, 103, 252–255, 291, 295, 300

Record: Celebrating Eucharist

FindingGod.com: TV News Interviews




1093–1904

In the Old Testament the Israelites did not have the Sacraments that Catholic Christians celebrate. However, many of the Old Testament practices prefigure Christian Sacraments.


51b, 54–55



1113

There are seven Sacraments that come to us through the Church. They are: Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.

87, 141–144, 148–149, 153, 156, 171a–171b, 172–173, 196, 250–251, 289, 291, 292, 301, 307

BLMs: 48, 52, 57, 58




1275

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. By receiving these three sacraments a person becomes fully a member of the Christian Community which is the Body of Christ.


87, 139b, 140, 14, 142, 145, 250–251, 292, 307

BLMs: 35, 48

Record: Belonging to God

FindingGod.com: Welcome to Those Newly Initiated!, Win, Lose, or Draw



–BAPTISM is the first Sacrament of Initiation.


139b, 140




1263, 1278

–Through this sacrament, either by the immersion in or pouring of water in conjunction with the proper use of the ritual, one is freed from Original Sin.


291


BLM: 47


1277

– A person then becomes united to Christ through grace and becomes a member of the community of believers.


87, 107c, 139b, 140, 145

BLMs: 48, 52

FindingGod.com: Welcome to Those Newly Initiated!




1240

– During the Baptism the priest says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.” Baptism is received only once.


142, 225, 291




1219

– The Sacrament of Baptism is prefigured in the story of Noah’s Ark. In this story we see the sin of the people washed away by water. In the Sacrament of Baptism each person’s original sin and personal sin is washed away by Christ through the symbol of the water.


100, 303


BLM: 47




– Each person receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit which “seals” and strengthens the baptized person to take on the full responsibilities of the Church, in particular the apostolic life.


81a, 100, 102, 142, 156, 225, 290

BLM: 2

FindingGod.com: Fruits of the Holy Spirit Magnets




1320

– The outward sign of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism (a special blessed oil) on the forehead, by the laying on of the hand, and the words “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

139b, 142

BLM: 48



1406–1419

EUCHARIST has highest place among the seven sacraments.


51b


–We gather at the Eucharistic celebration to praise and thank the Father, to receive God’s word, and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.


55, 304


Record: Celebrating Eucharist



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.




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.


293, 310



1409

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


55, 58, 85, 301, 307



–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.”



55, 86, 308




1415

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


55



1387


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





1348, 1411


– Only validly ordained priests and bishops can preside at the Eucharist and change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.





1334, 1363

– The Sacrament of the Eucharist is prefigured by the manna in the desert. In the story of the manna in the desert God sends down bread from heaven to feed the people. In the Sacrament of the Eucharist God sends down His Son as the bread from heaven which feeds us spiritually.


60



1334, 1333, 1374–1377

– In the Blessed Sacrament, Christ is truly present in His Body and Blood even though it still looks like ordinary bread and wine. This is called real presence.


51, 55, 85, 103, 306




1485–1498

RECONCILIATION is the Sacrament by which we receive God’s merciful forgiveness for our personal sins. Through absolution given by the priest, we reconcile with God, the Christian community, and each other.


55, 147a, 148, 150, 154, 157, 289

BLM: 51



1425

– The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift to help us strengthen our relationship with God. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God helps us overcome our inclination to sin.


148, 150, 152, 154, 155






1493, 1785

– Before we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation we must examine our consciences.


150, 258, 295

BLM: 51



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.


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.

150, 259, 289, 292, 293

BLM: 51

FindingGod.com: Putting the Act of Contrition Together





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.


95, 201, 202, 203–230

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar

FindingGod.com: Creations to Celebrate the Liturgical Year




1194

The Church’s year is separated into the liturgical seasons. These are: Advent, Christmas,

Ordinary Time, Lent, and Easter. The Easter season ends with the Feast of Pentecost.

95, 201, 202, 203–230, 289

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar

FindingGod.com: Creations to Celebrate the Liturgical Year




1194

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


95, 203–206, 289

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar

FindingGod.com: An Advent Calendar for the Entire Group




524

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.


95, 134–135, 207–210

FindingGod.com: A Message from Isaiah Bookmark



524

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.



201, 202, 295

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar



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


201, 202, 211–214, 290, 307

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar



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 disciples and instituted the Eucharist and the Priesthood. On Good Friday the Church recalls Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.


215–218, 296

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar

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Task 3: Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.

Faith


Catechism

Moral

Finding God Reference


2074

Christ has taught the Church and teaches each person how to live a moral life.


110–111, 112, 127, 163

BLM: 63



2074

In the Old Testament the moral life was founded on the Ten Commandments.


FindingGod.com: Commandment Mobiles




2055, 2068, 2072–2073

In the New Testament Christ instructs us to continue following the Ten Commandments. He tells us that the greatest commandments are first to “love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind” and second to “love your neighbor as yourself.”


153, 181, 193, 207, 260, 261, 297, 302

BLMs: 22, 63

FindingGod.com: Commandment Mobiles, God’s Rules Are Our Rules




1697

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus gives us the Beatitudes as an additional guideline for living a life according to His teachings. The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ teachings.


261, 291, 308

BLM: 63

FindingGod.com: Beatitude People, Beatitude Prayers, Tombstone Epitaphs




580, 708

In the Old Testament there are many laws. Each time the Israelites sinned God gave them more laws to help them avoid sin. There were so many laws that they had to be written on stone because they could not be memorized. In the New Testament the law is clearly stated so that it can be written on each person’s heart. The new law is a law of love.


302



357

God made each person in His image; each person has a mind and a free will; each person can use their mind and free will to make choices to love or not to love.


67b, 67, 67–73, 171a, 175

BLM: 63



1778, 1784

Each person must listen to their conscience because it helps them recognize what is right and wrong. It is only through the teachings of the Church that a person learns what is right and wrong. If a person learns to follow the moral teachings of the Church, his or her conscience will be prepared to make the right decision in various situations.


67–73, 127, 128, 163, 181, 217, 293

BLMs: 15, 25, 63

FindingGod.com: Facing Difficult Decisions, Help!, Illustrated Guide to Making Good Moral Choices, Truth or Dare Activity, Lead Us Not Into Temptation, Jesus in the Desert Role-Play, Learning to Be Truthful, What Did You Say?, You Are What You Think



1493, 1861

There are two types of personal sin. Mortal sin breaks a person’s relationship with God. Sanctifying Grace is no longer in the soul. For a sin to be mortal all 3 conditions must be met:

- It must be a serious offense against God.

- You must know it is wrong.

- You must freely choose to do it anyway.



302, 305, 308, 309



1863

Less serious sins are called venial sins. Although venial sins do not break the person’s relationship with God completely, they harm this relationship and weaken the will.


55, 311




1863

Personal sin is a violation of God’s laws and commandments. A person may sin by failing to do something that they ought to do. This is known as a sin of omission. A person must freely and knowingly choose the wrong to commit a sin. A person cannot sin by accident.


305



1811

Sacraments provide the grace and strength needed to confront and faithfully resolve moral dilemmas.


155, 156, 158, 159, 163




1128

Cooperating with the graces of the sacraments assists in living out a moral life.


155, 156, 163




1022

At the time of death we encounter Christ and experience the particular judgment. Depending upon how we have lived our lives, we will experience our final destiny which may be immediate or eventual eternal union with God or immediate eternal separation from God.


297, 306,




1023–1024

Those who die united to God through the grace of a faithful life will experience heaven. Heaven is a perfect life in communion and love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, all the angels, and saints.


289, 297


BLM: 65



1030–1031

Those who die in God’s grace but still must undergo purification will experience purgatory. This is where one must be purified of sin and its effects so as to enter into the Eternal Kingdom of God forever.


229, 306



1033–1034

Those who have chosen in life to reject God are without love. They chose to exclude themselves from communion with God for all eternity. Eternal life without God is called hell.


297




1038–1039


At the end of time there will be the last judgment. All people, whether good or bad, will be gathered before Christ. In the presence of Christ the truth of each person’s life with God will be laid bare. Only God knows the day or the hour.




1803, 1833

When we trespass against God the Sacrament of Reconciliation gives us a chance to examine our consciences and repent of our sins so that we may spend eternity with God in the Kingdom of God.


150, 259, 295, 306, 307

BLM: 51



1866

Capital Sins weaken the moral life. The Capital Sins are: pride, envy, sloth, lust, greed, intemperance (gluttony), and anger.


291, 295



1804

Virtues strengthen the moral life. A virtue is a good habit and a strong decision to do what is right.


109, 163, 164, 166–167, 168, 169, 170, 195a, 196, 264, 310, 311

BLMs: 54, 55, 65



2521–2522

When we practice the virtue of chastity we dress modestly, act and speak in ways that are respectful of God’s creation of the human person.


292




2340–2341, 2348–2350

The virtue of chastity ensures that our thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions respect the beautiful gift of God’s love which He gives to a man and a woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony.


175



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




Catechism

Prayer

Finding God Reference


2566–2567, 2757

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


48, 49, 102, 236–237




2653

Prayer is a special conversation with God. It requires talking and listening.



128, 236–237

Record: God With Us, Reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer



2565

Prayer allows us to have a personal relationship with the Blessed Trinity.


102, 168, 236–237

Record: Reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer



2031

Being faithful to prayer and worship leads to the grace of living a moral life.



48, 127, 165, 168, 236–237

FindingGod.com: Truth or Dare Activity



1174

It is important to develop a habit of prayer. Praying in the morning and evening strengthens the habit of prayer.


236, 237



2568

Just as God called each of the Patriarchs, He calls each person today. Each person must pray so that they can recognize God’s voice when God is calling them.


78, 80, 102, 106, 118, 236–237

Record: God With Us



2569–2597

Each person can spend time in personal prayer or can participate in communal prayer. One very important community prayer is Mass.


64, 81a, 92, 116, 168, 180, 236–237, 292

BLMs: 32, 39

FindingGod.com: Experiencing the Liturgy of the Hours




2653

Sacred Scripture is a very important part of the Church’s prayer life.


92, 94, 95, 96, 234–235




2586, 2596–2597

The Wisdom books in Sacred Scripture (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom, and Sirach) are all very helpful books for prayer. By reading these books each person can begin to think like God thinks. When reading these books it is important to read them slowly and to meditate on what they teach.


56, 72, 92, 96, 97, 98, 234–235, 306, 312

BLMs: 3, 30, 31, 32

FindingGod.com: Bible Bookmarks, Praying Your Emotions




2626, 2643

There are five types of prayer: blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.


3, 88, 92, 236–237, 305

FindingGod.com: Praying Your Emotions



2626–2727
2628


The prayer of blessing and adoration has two parts:


–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.
– Through the prayer of adoration a person acknowledges that he or she is a creature before God our Creator.

92, 291, 293

FindingGod.com: Blessings



2629–2633

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


39, 88, 180, 236–237, 305





2634–2636

Through intercessory prayer we pray for the needs of others.


24, 58, 180, 236–237





2637–2638

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


Record: Celebrating Eucharist





2639

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


110–111, 112, 113, 241, 293, 303

FindingGod.com: The Creed Game



2679

Mary is our model for prayer. She prays with total humility and trust in the Lord.



24, 94, 111, 301

FindingGod.com: A Model of Holiness, Trust Stones



2674

We can ask Mary to intercede to Jesus for us.



24, 94, 111, 238

FindingGod.com: Thank-You Cards to Mary, Praying the Hail Mary in a Group



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




Catechism

Community Life

Finding God 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.

27a, 292, 293



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

187a–187b, 189, 190–191, 193, 198

FindingGod.com: Community Mobiles




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.

101, 102, 109, 292, 301, 305, 311
FindingGod.com: Create a Family Crest for the Church, Diocesan History, Faces of the Church, I Am a Catholic, Illustrated Dictionary, Looking at Our Diocese



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

190–191, 257


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.


101, 102, 105, 187a–187b, 189, 190–191, 193, 198

FindingGod.com: Community Mobiles



2179


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


90, 112, 170, 304

FindingGod.com: “I Belong Poetry,” Back to the Future, Belonging to God, Community Mobiles



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.

304, 305

BLM: 29


FindingGod.com: Invite Your Priest to Class

1669, 1674


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

90, 139–146, 172–173, 257

BLM: 35



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.

FindingGod.com: Community Mobiles, Create a Class Prayer Quilt, Name Game

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.”

EC5, 90, 114, 145, 175, 196, 294

Record: Belonging to God

FindingGod.com: Community Mobiles


957, 969, 2030


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

164–165, 173

FindingGod.com: A Mural of Model Saints



946–962


The Communion of Saints is an important part of the Church. As Catholics, we know that the saints in heaven pray to God on our behalf.


227–230, 291, 292

FindingGod.com: A Mural of Model Saints, Community Mobiles, Get-Out-And-Celebrate Commercials, How Can We Help?



6, 2052

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

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