The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Traditions and Devotions F




Catechism

Content

FG Reference

971

Marian Devotions

Introduce the prayers of the Rosary. Pray a decade a week for special intentions.



A Parent Guide to Prayer: 554–60

1156–1158

Hymns: When we sing a hymn we pray to God in a special way. Choose a hymn the children know and let them sing it.


16, 37, 53, 72, 81, 100, 115, 119, 121, 166, 199

FindingGod.com: Sing Along, Song: Christians Do Their Best, Song: Church, Song: Jesus Calls Us, Song: We Know That Jesus Is Alive, The Commandment Song



524



Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. It is when we prepare for Jesus’ coming. The liturgical color is purple. Have an Advent wreath or Jesse Tree in the classroom

202–205, 273

BLM: 66


FindingGod.com: Preparing for the Birth of Jesus Activity, Welcoming Jesus Wrapping Paper, Creating an Advent Tree of Kindness, Good Deeds Chain, Searching for Advent

525–526

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ on earth. The liturgical color is white. Have a birthday party for Jesus and give the gifts that are collected to someone who is in need.


46, 49, 76–78, 207, 275

BLM: 26


FindingGod.com: A Choral Reading from Luke, A Message from the Angels Magnet, A Gift for Jesus, Following the Star, Hope for the World

1438


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. Have a box to save money for the poor, i.e., Rice Bowl. Introduce the Stations of the Cross to the students by breaking them down and presenting them one at a time.

211–213, 279

BLM: 68


FindingGod.com: How I Grow With God, Lenten Prayer Bowl, My Special Message to Jesus, A Lenten Quiz, Change–of–Heart Tree

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.


67b, 68, 70, 73, 219–220, 222, 282

BLM: 70


FindingGod.com: Easter Celebration, Alleluia!, Coloring Easter Eggs, Jesus Appears to His Friends, Song: We Know that Jesus Is Alive, Where is Jesus?

2175


All Saints Day celebrates the lives of the saints. Have the children portray or tell stories of their favorite saints.


202, 227–229, 273

BLM: 72


FindingGod.com: Cupcake Celebration for the Saints, Favorite Saint and Me Portrait, Saint Prayer Circle, Saint Paper Chain, A Billboard of Saints, A Portrait of Saint Ignatius and You, A Saint’s Story


Prayers


F

Content

FG Reference

The Sign of the Cross

131a, 132, 135, 238

FindingGod.com: Sign of the Cross Necklace



Our Father

51a–51d, 52–53, 56–59d, 60–61, 64–65, 76, 79, 239

BLMs: 17, 20, 21, 22, 26

FindingGod.com: Lord’s Prayer Circle, The Lord’s Prayer Mural, Order of the Mass


The Hail Mary

112, 119, 240

Record: Saying Yes to God

FindingGod.com: Hail Mary Scramble, Praying the Hail Mary with Actions, Team Vocabulary Bee


Prayers before and after meals


243, 139c, 139, 143–144, 146, 157, 243

FindingGod.com: Prayer Before-and-After Meals Banner



The Glory Be

32, 39, 238

FindingGod.com: The Glory Be with Actions



Angel of God

241

Spontaneous Prayers of Praise, Sorrow and Petition

FindingGod.com: Creating Prayers of Petition, Group Prayer

The Apostles' Creed

FindingGod.com: Order of the Mass



Signs and Symbols

F


Content

FG Reference

Altar

248

FindingGod.com: Compare and Contrast



Baptismal Font

135

Crucifix




Holy Water

131a, 131c, 133, 135–138, 159

Sanctuary




Sign of Peace

28, 99c, 103, 116, 142

FindingGod.com: Role-Playing Sign of Peace, Sharing the Sign of Peace, Order of the Mass



Statues

111

BLM: 36


Ambo

248

FindingGod.com: Church and Ambo Visit



Christmas Crib

50

Genuflection/Genuflect

154, 277

Kneeling

154

Sanctuary Light

249

Stations of the Cross

My Special Message to Jesus

Tabernacle

249

Finding God, Grade 2

Correlation to Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana 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

Content

COL 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.



5, 15, 8, 20–23, 33, 51–53,144, 145, 163–169, 171–177, 179–185, 187–193, 195–197

BLMs: 28, 49, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65

FindingGod.com: The Great Commandment, Banner, Mirror of God, We Are Special Awards




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.



11-17, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 294-295

FindingGod.com: A Memory Book of Jesus





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.”



14–15, 299

FindingGod.com: Christians Do Their Best, A Memory Book of Jesus



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.




7, 20-23, 38, 199, 307

Record: Trust in God

BLMs: 44

FindingGod.Com: A Community of Love, Trinity Song, Visualizing the Sign of the Cross







Six Tasks of Catechesis

Task 1: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.






Catechism

Content

COL Reference


279, 316

God the Father is the Creator of all. Everything He created is good. God creates each person out of love.

7, 9, 22–23, 36, 64

BLMs: 2, 13, 28

FindingGod.com: Showing God’s Love,

God’s Blessings, God’s Creation




358–359

1731

God created us to know and love Him in this life and be with Him forever in heaven.

5, 15, 20–23, 33, 302

FindingGod.com: Mirror of God, We Are Special Awards



454



God the Father gives us the gift of His Son, Jesus.


15, 209, 210

BLM: Precious Gifts

FindingGod.com: Giving Precious Gifts



454



Jesus Christ is the second person of the Blessed Trinity.


7, 36, 38, 87, 199, 306, 307

BLM: 3


FindingGod.com: A Community of Love, Trinity Song, Visualizing the Sign of the Cross


479–483

Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. He is truly God and truly man.

15


238–242



We learn about God the Father from Jesus the Son, who during his life on earth helped us to understand God the Father.

44, 45, 48

FindingGod.com: A Memory Book of Jesus



508–511



Jesus, the Son of God, who existed from all eternity, "was born of the Virgin Mary and became Man".

108–109, 119, 304

Record: Jesus is Born

BLMs: 5, 67



437



Mary of Nazareth became the Mother of Jesus; Joseph was His foster father on earth. Together, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are called the Holy Family.


41, 42

Record: Jesus is Born

BLM: 16

FindingGod.com: The Holy Family




430, 452



Jesus is the fulfillment of all God’s promises to the Israelites. Jesus came to save us from sin. The name Jesus means “God Saves.” This is why He is also called our Savior.


13–15, 17, 28, 87, 94, 117, 304, 305, 307

BLM: 19, 32

FindingGod.com: It’s All in a Name, Name

Poems, My Special Message to Jesus



404


Every person born into the world inherits original sin. This was because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God. There are two exceptions. Jesus was without sin and Mary was conceived without sin. This special gift from God is called the Immaculate Conception.

87, 305

BLM: 39



561


During His life on earth Jesus taught us many ways of doing God’s will and called us into a personal relationship with Him. Jesus loves each person.

44, 45, 48

FindingGod.com: A Memory Book of Jesus



564


The way to happiness is to imitate Jesus during His earthly life. Everything He did was good.

40, 55, 77, 80, 89, 120, 151, 169, 193, 217

619–621, 629


Jesus gave His life for our salvation.


13–15, 17, 28, 35, 87, 94, 117, 304, 305, 307

BLMs: 19, 32

FindingGod.com: It’s All in a Name, Name Poems, My Special Message to Jesus


610–611, 1407

At the Last Supper Jesus celebrated the First Eucharist with His apostles.

148, 303

BLM: 69


604, 613


God the Father loves us and sent Christ to save us from our sins.

13, 17, 35, 307

631,

651–655


Jesus died for us on the cross, and rose from the dead. This is called the Resurrection which is celebrated on Easter Sunday.


54–55, 134, 220, 306

BLMs: 69, 70

FindingGod.com: Easter Celebration,

Alleluia!, Coloring Easter Eggs, Jesus Appears to His Friends, Song: We Know that Jesus Is Alive, Where is Jesus?



665–667


Jesus returned to the Father. This is called the Ascension into heaven.


242, 253

FindingGod.com: We Proclaim Our Belief, The Right Hand of the Father



665–667


As He promised us at the Last Supper, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, to be with us always. This event is called Pentecost.


202, 223, 224–25, 305

BLMs: 10, 71

FindingGod.com: Holy Spirit, Source of

Unity


1088, 1131


Jesus is present: In each of us through the life of grace in our souls.

87, 301

BLM: 44


1111, 1348


In the assembly of God’s people who gather for worship.


282, 283

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship



1349


In His Word from the Bible, is proclaimed at Mass.


234, 298, 304g

BLMs: 58, 61, 63

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Ribbon, Words of Wisdom


1350, 1373 1381


Christ is fully present in the Eucharistic bread and wine.


126, 134, 149, 152, 156, 254, 300, 303, 306

FindingGod.com: Breaking Bread Together



498, 148–149, 201, 331–333


Angels are Jesus’ helpers. Jesus gives each person a Guardian Angel to help and protect them in this life. It is not possible to see angels but we know that they are real.


298

BLM: 5


FindingGod.com: A Message from the Angels Magnet, Angel Ornaments, Angelic Megaphones

828, 945, 2030


There are many people who lived holy lives and now dwell in heaven with God. They are known as saints. Each person can ask the saints to pray for them and their family and friends in times of need.


1, 2, 12, 13, 41, 42, 62, 63, 65, 76, 81, 82, 121, 122, 124, 161, 162, 167, 183, 188, 191, 202, 223–226, 227–229, 297, 303, 307

BLMs: 27, 40, 53, 72

FindingGod.com: Cupcake Celebration for the Saints, Favorite Saint and Me Portrait, Saint Prayer Circle, Saint Paper Chain, A Billboard of Saints, A Portrait of Saint Ignatius and You, A Saint’s Story

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