The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Mark is believed to have been a companion of St. Peter. He wrote for the persecuted Christians. His symbol is a lion with wings because his Gospel begins with St. John the Baptist’s voice crying like a lion out in the wilderness.

13, 23, 63–64, 67, 69, 131, 314, 315–317

BLM: 2-1


FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth




Matthew was one of the 12 apostles. He was a tax collector that left everything behind when Christ called him to follow Him. He wrote for the Jewish converts to Christianity. His symbol is a man with wings because the Gospel begins with the human ancestry of Christ.

13, 23, 117–118, 124, 131, 136, 140, 152, 174, 286, 314, 315–317

BLMs: 3-1, 3-5

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?





Luke was a Greek doctor, a Gentile, and a companion of St. Paul. He directed his Gospel to his fellow Gentiles (non-Jewish Christians). His symbol is an ox with wings because he opens with Zechariah offering a sacrifice.

13, 23, 131, 171–172, 179, 314, 315–317

BLM: 4-1


FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth




The Gospel of John was written approximately in A.D. 90–100. It was written for the Christians defending their faith.

9–10, 12–13, 23, 27, 35, 314, 316

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth






John was one of the 12 apostles. He is believed to be the youngest of the apostles and was present at the Transfiguration with his brother, James, and Peter. He was the only apostle present at Christ’s passion and death where he was entrusted with the care of Mary, and he accompanied St. Peter to Jesus’ tomb after the Resurrection. His symbol is the eagle because his Gospel starts with thoughts soaring above the Earth: the Divine Word.

9–10, 12–13, 23, 24, 27, 35, 314, 316

Record: The Transfiguration

BLMs: 1-1, 1-3

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?, Imaginary Interviews



512–667


The Synoptic Gospels contain:

The story of Jesus’ birth (Matthew and Luke)

The Baptism of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus

The sermon on the Mount (Matthew), Sermon on the Plain (Luke)

The teachings of Jesus, including the Parables

The miracles

The Last Supper, the Passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension



314, 368

BLMs: 1-1, 4-5

FindingGod.com: Looking from a Different Angle, Miracles of Jesus, Parable Posters, To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?


1223, 1329, 1337, 1366, 1412, 1521–1522, 1532, 1708–1992, 2020


The Gospel of John contains:

The Prologue

John uses Christ’s dialogues and personal testimony and is more mystical

John treats miracles as signs of Christ’s glory/divinity

The Bread of Life discourse

Christ’s Last Supper discourse and Priestly Prayer

The Passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ


9–10, 12–13, 23, 27, 35, 314, 316

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 1-1

FindingGod.com: Miracles of Jesus, To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?






Because each Gospel was written for a different audience, each Gospel focuses on a different aspect of the person of Christ. The emphasis on particular aspects of Christ creates four distinct portraits of Christ.

22–24, 355

BLMs: 1-1, 1-3, Unit 1

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?





Mark emphasizes Jesus as the Suffering Servant.

13, 23, 63–64, 67, 69, 131, 314, 315–317

BLMs: 4-1

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?





Matthew emphasizes Jesus as the Teacher.

13, 23, 117–118, 124, 131, 136, 140, 152, 174, 286, 314, 315–317

BLMs: 3-1, 4-1

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?


241, 291

Luke emphasizes Jesus as the Savior.

13, 23, 131, 171–172, 179, 314, 315–317

BLMs: 4-1

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?


547–550


John emphasizes Jesus as the Word of God.

9–10, 12–13, 23, 27, 35, 314, 316

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth,

Who Do You Say I Am?





Everything that Jesus taught is “Good News” for all people of every time.

21, 198, 199

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body






Lesson 4—Jesus, True God and True Man







The Incarnation







The Incarnation refers to the eternal Son of God taking upon Himself a complete human nature.

67, 69, 70, 73, 120–121, 174–176, 286–287, 315–317, 357

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes






The Catholic Church firmly teaches that Jesus Christ was God incarnate in human flesh.

67, 69, 70, 73

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body



464–469


Jesus Christ is one person who is fully God and fully man. This means that at the same time He is completely divine and completely human. This is a mystery accepted by faith.

67, 69–71, 73, 124, 199, 351, 354, 369

BLMs: 1-4, Unit 2



470, 526


Jesus was fully human. He was like us in every way except sin. He worked with a human body, thought with a human mind, acted with a human will, and loved with a human heart.

67, 69–71, 73, 124, 199, 351, 369

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body



512–534


We can see Jesus’ humanity displayed in the events of his life. For example: Jesus could experience suffering, pain, and sorrow. We see this by His hunger and thirst in the desert, temptation by the devil, sorrow at the death of Lazarus, agony in the garden, and His death on the cross. His love for the little children, care for women, relationships with the apostles, and honor of His parents show us that He also experienced joy, love, happiness, and lived a virtuous human life.

316, 171–223

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Feeding of the 5,000

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, To Tell the Truth


356, 358, 1700–1709


Humans are created in the image and likeness of God. To live a fulfilled life, each person must learn and become who they were created to be. Each person must accept their humanity and use their gifts of intellect, free will, and love to become a reflection of God.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 347, 352, 355

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us






Because Jesus is fully human, He is the perfect example in how we should live.

316, 171–223

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, To Tell the Truth






Jesus reveals what it means to be fully human. He teaches that by giving one’s life to God and others is how one can truly be who they were created to be.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 347, 352, 355

FindingGod.com: Messages of Hope and Healing






The Incarnation affirms that human beings, although needing salvation, are good and meant for eternal life.

67, 69, 70, 73, 357

FindingGod.com: Hope for the World






Mary




461, 469


Mary plays a key role in salvation history. God chose her to be the vessel through which Christ would come into the world.

173 b and c, 177–178, 282, 286

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows






God prepared Mary for her important role by first saving her from the stain of Original Sin. This grace is called the Immaculate Conception.

173 b and c, 178, 356

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes



490–494


At the Annunciation the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and announced that she would be the Mother of God.

173 b and c, 177–178, 282, 286, 348

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes



484–487


Mary, out of love and faith, accepted God’s plan for her.

173 b and c, 177–178, 282, 286

BLMs: 1-4

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows





With her “yes” she became the Mother of God and consequently the Mother of the Church.

329

FindingGod.com: Illustrated Dictionary, Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows, Personal Prayer, Growing in Prayer



507


Mary is called the first disciple because she was the first to believe and follow Jesus Christ.

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows






Lesson 5—The Missions and Message of Jesus







The Mission







Christ came to restore the proper relationship between God and man that had been lost at the fall of Adam and Eve.

229–230, 341

BLM: 1-1


396–406


Adam and Eve broke their covenant with God and justly they were punished by the loss of paradise, original grace, original holiness, and original justice.

178, 229–230, 341, 362

BLM: 1-1


407–412, 1708


Part of their punishment was that all their descendants would be born with the stain of original sin. The effect of the original sin is a tendency toward sin called concupiscence.

178, 229–230, 341, 362

410–412, 422–451


Out of love for His creation, God promised that a Savior would come to redeem the world. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this promise. He came to suffer on behalf of sinful humankind giving each person access to eternal life.

107, 108, 176, 353

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us

BLM: 4-1





Christ came both to rectify the relationship between God and man, and to teach man how to live in this relationship so they might find their fulfillment in God.

107, 108, 176, 353

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us






The Message







In preparation for His public ministry, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and overcame the temptations of the Devil in the desert. In this way He set an example for everyone.

70–71, 72, 179

FindingGod.com: Wall of Opposition



2819


Christ’s message calls each person to live in a way that prepares him or her for the coming of the Kingdom of God. When people follow the call of God they help to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

76–78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 132, 208, 75–85

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us

BLMs: 2-2, Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Beatitude People, Looking from a Different Angle, New Testament Search



954, 962


The Kingdom of God is the glorious reign of God that will bring love, peace, and justice to all. The Kingdom of God has already begun during our life on earth. We experience it through the life of the Church, most especially the Sacramental Life of the Church, and through our choice to live the life the Gospel calls us to live. When Jesus was on earth He preached about the Kingdom of God and its fulfillment in Heaven. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is participation in the Kingdom of God on earth. At the end of time, God will reign over Heaven and Earth. Proclaiming the Kingdom of God was Christ’s central theme while He was on earth.

76–78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 132, 208, 75–85

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us

BLMs: 2-2, Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Beatitude People, Looking from a Different Angle,

New Testament Search





Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God through His parables and the way He lived His life.

77–78, 106

BLMs: 1-1, Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Looking from a Different Angle, Parable Posters





Jesus made the Kingdom of God present through His presence on earth, His love for others, and His miracles.

86, 106, 111, 360, 362

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Feeding of the 5,000

BLM: 1-1

FindingGod.com: Miracles of Jesus






Jesus chose twelve apostles to help Him spread the Kingdom of God on earth.

153, 154, 348

Record: The Feeding of the 5,000






The twelve apostles are: Simon Peter, James the Greater, John, Andrew, James the Lesser, Thomas, Matthew, Simon, Philip, Bartholomew, Judas, son of James, and Judas Iscariot. The twelve apostles call to mind the twelve sons of Jacob whose descendants formed the twelve tribes of Israel.

153, 154, 348




In the same way Jesus called the apostles, He calls each person to be His disciple to continue the work He began on earth.

143, 156

Record: The Man Born Blind, Paul Writes to Philemon

Reflection: Called by Name

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, Jesus Wants You


2055


Jesus wanted to show people how to live a happy life by keeping the Covenant. He gave us the two Greatest Commandments which sum up the Ten Commandments:

The first, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind."

And the second, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."


89, 311, 313, 320, 322, 355

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



1716–1729


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the Beatitudes. They are at the heart of the teachings of Christ.

130–132, 134, 321, 367

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People



1717


The Beatitudes are a good portrait of what it means to be a part of the Kingdom of God.

130–132, 134, 321, 349

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People





The Beatitudes are a source of hope. They guide all people to bear witness to and proclaim the Gospel in every aspect of life.

130–132, 134, 321, 349

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People, What Does Courage Look Like?



1718


“Blessed” refers to the true happiness and joy that comes from knowing and believing that God is our Father. True spiritual joy and happiness can be found by following God’s way shown through Jesus’ life on earth.

130–132




The Beatitudes are:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

130–132, 134, 321, 349

BLMs: 3-2, 3-3

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People





Lesson 6—The Passion and Death of Jesus




597


The individual responsibility of those involved in Christ’s trial and sentence is known to God alone. Therefore, the blame for the death of Christ is not to be judged by us. On the cross, Jesus forgave the people who killed him. It is unjust to lay the responsibility for Jesus’ death upon Jews of different eras.

316, 171–223

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth



598


It is all sinners who “were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured” (Roman Catechism I, 5, 11). Christ took upon Himself the sins and punishment of all people; therefore all people take part in the Passion and death of Christ.

107, 108, 176, 365

599


The Passion and death of Jesus are all part of God’s plan. Human reason cannot understand all parts of this plan. This is why God’s plan for salvation is called a mystery.

10, 64, 67, 107–108

601


Scripture foretold the passion of Christ. In the book of Isaiah the prophecy of the “Suffering Servant” is told. This foretells the story of “the righteous one, my servant” who freely suffers for the sins of another bringing redemption of another (Isa. 53:11). Christ’s passion and death is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

176, 217, 315, 316

Record: On the Road to Emmaus

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews

BLMs: 1-1, Unit 4



610


The night before he died, Jesus celebrated the Passover with the Apostles. It was at this Last Supper that the Sacrament of the Eucharist was instituted.

214–215, 294, 295, 358, 362




The continued gift of Himself is Christ’s True Presence in the Eucharist.

151, 155, 214, 215, 218, 221, 238–240, 336, 338–339

BLM: 3-4


FindingGod.com: Come and Worship, Eucharistic Prayers, Sacraments Dictionaries

611


Jesus includes the apostles present at the Last Supper at His offering of the Eucharist and instructs them to “do this in remembrance” of Himself. At this moment, Christ not only institutes the Sacrament of the Eucharist, but He ordains the apostles as priests of the New Covenant.

214–215, 294, 295, 358, 362

612


After the Last Supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. There, He freely accepted the will of the Father and freely offered Himself up for the sake of humanity.


214–215, 294, 295, 358, 362

624, 629


Jesus truly died on the cross. In God’s plan, Jesus experienced the fullness of death. Christ’s soul left His body and His body and soul remained apart for three days until they were rejoined at the Resurrection.

10, 64, 67, 107–108, 109, 162, 217, 298–299

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interview



615


By His obedience, Christ makes up for the disobedience of all.

107, 108, 176

616, 620


The Paschal Sacrifice is a sacrifice of love. It is Christ’s love for humankind that leads Him to the cross.

10, 64, 67, 107–108, 109, 162, 217, 298–299


618


Because of His sacrifice, all people can be united with God in Heaven at the end of time.

107, 108, 176, 353





Just as Christ endured many sufferings during His Passion, we must all endure suffering in this life and unite it to His.

10, 64, 67, 107–108




The symbol of the crucifix is a reminder of how much God loves each person.

10, 64, 67, 107–108

623

Through the Passion and death of Jesus the separation between God and humanity—which is caused by sin—has been bridged.

10, 64, 67, 107–108




Lesson 7—Jesus Christ: Glorious and Triumphant







The Resurrection







Through the life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, all humanity has the opportunity to share in the eternal life God has planned for each person from the beginning of time.

64, 109, 162, 195, 217, 298–299, 365

BLM: 1-1


FindingGod.com: Servant Songs from Isaiah




The Resurrection is the event in which Jesus, who was truly dead, was raised from the dead. After the Resurrection he appeared to the Apostles and disciples in a glorious and resurrected body.

64, 109, 162, 195, 217, 298–299, 365

Record: The Transfiguration, On the Road to Emmaus

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews






We refer to Christ as glorious and triumphant because of His victory over sin and through the Resurrection.

64, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365

FindingGod.com: Servant Songs from Isaiah



639–640


The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ are real historical events. The empty tomb spoken about in the Gospels is physical proof of this event.

64, 109, 162, 195, 217, 298–299, 365

BLM: 1-1


FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews

641


Mary Magdalene and the other holy women were the first eyewitnesses of the Resurrection. They found the tomb empty and acted as the first messengers of the Resurrection bringing the news to the apostles themselves.

Record: On the Road to Emmaus

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews


644


The Resurrection of Christ is a mystery. Even the apostles struggled with doubts. They had seen Christ put to death with their very own eyes. The story relating Thomas’s doubt demonstrates the challenge to faith this event caused the apostles.

64, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365

Record: On the Road to Emmaus

BLMs: 1-4, Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews



652


The Resurrection fulfills the promises of the Old Testament as well as those made by Jesus in the New Testament. This is pointed out through the phrase, “in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3–4).

176, 217, 315, 316

Record: On the Road to Emmaus

FindingGod.com: How It Came to Be, Imaginary Interviews, Servant Songs from Isaiah


651, 652


Christ’s Resurrection verifies all He proclaimed. It confirms that Jesus is the Son of God, that all of His teachings are true, and that all of God’s faithful will be resurrected on the last day.

64, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365

655


At each person’s death their body and soul are separated. Like Christ’s Resurrection, on the last day each person’s body and soul will be reunited. This is called the Resurrection of the body.

64, 109, 162, 217, 298–299

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews






The celebration of Easter, when the Church celebrates Christ’s Resurrection, is the greatest feast in the Catholic Church.

215, 279, 297–300

654


The Paschal mystery has two main aspects:

By His Passion and death, Christ frees us from sin.

2. By His Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, Christ brings us to the way of new life.


64, 108, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365, 362

BLM: 1-1


659


After His Resurrection, Christ remained with the apostles for 40 days. During this time He continued to lead them and prepare them for the time when He would not be with them physically.

64, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 348, 365

Record: The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Imaginary Interviews





The Ascension




665


The Ascension is the event in which Jesus left the world to be with His Father in Heaven, thereby allowing Himself to be present to all people everywhere for all of time.

295, 348

BLM: 1-1


665


At the Ascension, Christ’s body and soul entered into heaven to remain until He comes again.

295, 348

BLM: 1-1


666

The Ascension of Christ, both body and soul, into heaven gives the hope that one day all people, body and soul, will be united with God.

295, 348

BLM: 1-1





Lesson 8—The Person of Christ







The meaning of Jesus’ name is “God saves.”

120–122, 357

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLM: Unit 2





Jesus was a carpenter by trade.

65b ,70, 71




The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word meaning, “Anointed One.” God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power.

120–122, 350

BLM: Unit 2






Saying Jesus is the Son of God identifies the unique and eternal relationship between God the Father and God the Son.

63, 64, 66, 68, 176, 357

Record: The Man Born Blind






The Prophet Isaiah prophesized the birth of the Messiah (Christ). The word “Emmanuel” (God with us) expresses the joyful expectation of the coming of the Messiah.

121, 122, 353

Record: On the Road to Emmaus

BLMs: 1-1, 3-1, 3-5, Unit 3





The many titles and prophesies of Jesus Christ point to who He is and why He came to earth.

120–122, 150

FindingGod.com: Titles of Jesus






Jesus Christ came to save all people of all time.

107, 108, 176

Record: The Man Born Blind






Jesus is the greatest friend a person could ever have.

10, 32–33, 34




Each person can deepen his or her friendship with Christ through reading Scripture, receiving the Sacraments, and praying.

Reading Scripture and Praying: Each Chapter

Receiving Sacraments: Unit 4






John the Baptist humbly lived his life pointing others toward Christ. We are called to live our lives so that all our actions point others toward Christ.

143, 156, 179

Record: The Man Born Blind, Paul Writes to Philemon

Reflection: Called by Name

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body





Mary stands out as the first follower of Christ. Through her intercession we can come closer to Christ.

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows


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