The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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The Corporal Works of Mercy are:
Feed the hungry.

Give drink to the thirsty.

Clothe the naked.

Visit those in prison.

Shelter the homeless.

Visit the sick.

Bury the dead.
For example: Volunteering at a soup kitchen. Donating clothes to charities. Visiting a nursing home. Adopting a family at Christmas time. Being an altar server. Doing chores around the house when not asked.


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FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian, Works of Mercy






The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
Admonish the sinner.

Instruct the ignorant.

Counsel the doubtful.

Comfort the sorrowful.

Bear wrongs patiently.

Forgive all injuries.

Pray for the living and the dead.
For example: Charitably correcting a friend when they do something wrong. Listening to someone who is going through a difficult situation. Volunteering as a catechist’s aid. Forgiving someone who has hurt you. Praying for family and friends who have passed away on the anniversary of their death.


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Lesson 11—The Sacrament of Reconciliation







Grace and Forgiveness




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As human beings we are not perfect and living a moral life is not an easy task. We do not need to despair, however, because God has given us a great gift. He offers each person His forgiveness and His grace. In the story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus teaches that no matter the sin, all a person must do is repent and God will always offer forgiveness.

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If a person is truly sorry for their sins, asks for God’s forgiveness, and performs acts of penance to make up for the wounds their sin caused the community, they can be assured of God’s pardon and continued love.

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BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses, Public Relations for Reconcilers





God gave the Church the beautiful gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that each person might confess their sins, be absolved of their stain, and receive sanctifying grace.

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FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers, Twenty Questions



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Sanctifying grace comes from the Holy Spirit to heal the wounds of sin on the soul and return the person to a state of holiness.

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FindingGod.com: A Model of Holiness






Grace is not earned by being good, but is what aids each person to do good.

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God is always giving each person graces. They just need to accept them.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation




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Reconciliation is the sacrament by which each person receives God’s merciful forgiveness for personal sins. Through the absolution of the priest each person is able to reconcile with God, the Christian community, and each other.

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FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers, Twenty Questions


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The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift to help each person strengthen their relationship with God.

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FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions


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Before receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation each person must perform an examination of conscience.

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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.

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BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions





In order to receive the Sacrament, one must confess all mortal and venial sins.

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FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions



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The Sacrament of Penance is an opportunity to encounter a God of mercy through the person of Jesus Christ.

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BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions





The human heart is made for God, and true happiness is found when following the way of Christ.

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us




The greatest gift for each person is to know and accept God’s love.

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us




Monthly confession, even in the absence of mortal sin, is advised because it strengthens our relationship with God.

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An Examination of Conscience
To promote this practice, an examination of conscience should be provided for each student in the class. There are many different formats for this practice available which can be handed out to each student. If time permits, the students could create a prayer card with the examination of conscience and act of contrition on them to place by their bed to be said each night.



Example:
The First Commandment

Has my love of something been placed before my love for God?

Have I spent more time and effort on myself or material things than my relationship with God?

Have I practiced worship of any other god?


The Second Commandment

Have I used the name of God in a disrespectful and inappropriate manner?

Have I blasphemed by speaking with contempt about God, the Church, or the saints?

Have I lied under an oath or promise that I spoke the truth?

Have I used vulgar language directed toward God?
The Third Commandment

Have I missed Sunday Mass because I did not want to go?

Have I missed mass on a Holy Day of Obligation?
The Fourth Commandment

Have I obeyed my parents?

Have I spoken or thought disrespectfully to my parents?

Have I shown disrespect to my teachers, civil authorities, and elder family members in my thoughts or actions?


The Fifth Commandment

Have I acted out of uncontrolled anger?

Have I used food or exercise in a way that is unhealthy for my body?

Have I used drugs or alcohol?

Have I respected life through my thoughts, words, and actions?

Have I acted in a way or with the intent to lead another to sin?

Have I intentionally harmed myself or another physically or verbally?

The Sixth and Ninth Commandment

Have I dressed immodestly?

Have I acted with the intent to draw inappropriate attention to my body and sexuality?

Have I used vulgar language that disrespects the body and sexuality?

Have I lived chastely in my thoughts, words, and actions?

Have I treated others with the respect they deserve as the creature of God?



The Seventh Commandment

Have I taken something that is not my own without permission or paying or returning it?



  • Have I intentionally harmed another one of God’s creatures?

  • Have I littered or intentionally disregarded care for the earth?


The Eight Commandment

  • Have I lied to anyone?

  • Have I continued to tell a story that I do not know is true?

  • Have I shared private information about someone to another?


The Tenth Commandment

  • Have I focused too much on gaining and retaining earthly goods?

  • Have I failed to share my money, time, or talent with someone in need despite the opportunity?

  • Have I felt sad at the good fortune of another?

  • Have I been happy when something bad happens to another?

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BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets

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