The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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The effects of receiving the Eucharist:

It strengthens our union with Christ and each other.

Forgives venial sin and “preserves us from mortal sin.”

It impels us to serve the poor as we recognize Christ in them.



123, 159c, 175, 176, 193b, 193c, 199, 201, 202, 336

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1393–1395, 1397


After we receive the Eucharist, we should spend the time of thanksgiving recognizing Christ within us. Christ remains present in us about nine minutes from the time we receive the consecrated host into our bodies.







Only Catholics in the state of grace may receive the Eucharist at the Catholic Mass. Eucharist receiving communion with non-Catholic Christian churches is not permitted.





1398–1401



The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity.

31b, 33, 41c, 80, 356, 369

BLM: 1–3


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688

“The Holy Spirit, whom Christ pours out on his members, builds, animates, and sanctifies the Church. She [the Church] is the sacrament of the Holy Trinity’s communion with men.”


17, 22–23, 31b, 31c, 32–34, 38, 39, 81, 119b, 121

BLM: Unit 1

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Scripture is written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

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The Holy Spirit guides and inspires the Church’s Magisterium in their effort to faithfully adhere to Sacred Tradition which is comprised of the beliefs and practices of the Church which have been preserved by the Holy Spirit.

134–135, 359


105

The Holy Spirit sustains us in the sacramental life of the Church.




31b, 33, 81, 119b, 121

BLM: Unit 1

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688

The Church is the temple of the Holy Spirit.



33–34, 81, 121


688,

797

The Holy Spirit is symbolized in many ways in Scripture: water, anointing, immersion, fire, cloud of light, seal, hand, finger, and dove.

32, 33, 39

BLM: Unit 1




694–701


On the day of Pentecost, when the seven weeks of Easter ended, Christ’s Passover was fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. On that day the Holy Trinity was fully revealed.

9, 13, 120, 187, 279, 301, 303, 304

BLM: 4-1


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The Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is a gift of God’s grace which increases and deepens baptismal grace.

179, 183b, 188, 191, 299, 336, 351

BLM: Unit 4

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As true witnesses of Christ, the confirmed are “more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (LG 11; cf. OC, Introduction 2).


126, 127, 131, 162, 179, 183b, 188

BLM: Unit 3

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The sacrament gives us a “special strength of the Holy Spirit…to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross” (cf. Council of Florence [1439]: Ds 1319; LG 11: 12)

179, 183b, 188, 191, 299

BLM: Unit 4




1303


Through Confirmation, Jesus Christ marks a Christian with the seal of His Spirit and clothes that person with divine power to be His witness. This is the “character” of Confirmation – the perfection of the common priesthood of the faithful received in Baptism and the power to profess faith in Christ publicly.

179, 183b, 188, 191, 192, 208, 299

BLM: Unit 4

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The seal of Confirmation “marks our total belonging to Christ, our enrollment in His service forever, as well as the promise of divine protection” at the end of the world.

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BLM: Unit 4





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Like Baptism, Confirmation imparts a character – a permanent change in the soul – and so can only be received once.

183b


1303–1304


Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

it unites us more firmly to Christ

it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us

it renders our bond with the church more perfect

It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross”


179, 183b, 188, 191, 192, 197, 299, 351, 366

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The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with Chrism (special blessed oil) on the forehead, by the laying on of the hands, and the words “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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BLM: 4-4





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“To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace.” Candidates should pray intensely in preparation for the sacrament that they might be responsive and docile instruments of the Holy Spirit.





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“Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents” (cf. OC Introduction 5; 6; CIC, can. 893 1–2)




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Normally a bishop confers Confirmation—a practice that is appropriate to the very meaning of the sacrament. As one who has received the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders, the bishop can best welcome Christians to the task of bearing witness to Christ.

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“The sign of peace that concludes the rite of the sacrament signifies and demonstrates ecclesial communion with the bishop and with all the faithful’ (cf. St. Hippolytus, Trad. Ap. 21; SCh 11, 80–95)”

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The Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are dispositions of the intellect and will towards others and God. These gifts help Christians live a moral life and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

188, 197, 208, 323, 355

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit




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The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are:

Wisdom

Understanding

Counsel

Fortitude

Knowledge

Piety

Fear of the Lord

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BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit



Wisdom perfects a person’s reason in matters of judgment on the truth.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit






Understanding perfects the apprehension of the truth.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit






Counsel perfects the ability to respond prudently in light of the truth.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit






Fortitude, or courage, perfects the strength of will to do what is right and avoid evil.

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FiindingGod.com: Persons of Courage; Gifts of the Holy Spirit






Knowledge perfects a person’s practical reasoning in making judgments.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit






Piety, or reverence, instigates due honor and respect to God.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit




Fear of the Lord is a healthy fear of separation from God and offending Him. It is not a fear of punishment but wonder and awe of the goodness of God and a fear of losing Him forever.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit





Christ, the perfection of humanity, possessed the fullness of all seven gifts.







They are called gifts, because God decides which ones, when, and who will receive them. Because God is our Father, we can pray and ask that He grant us these gifts more fully out of His love and mercy.

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The Sacrament of Confirmation bestows and strengthens these gifts within us.

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FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit






The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are formed in us by the Holy Spirit. These perfections are the first rewards of eternal glory that we are given as gifts on earth. The fruits develop through a moral Christian life. They are the fruits of living in communion with the Holy Spirit.

247c, 248, 303, 323, 355

BLM: Unit 5

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The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are:

Charity


Joy

Peace


Patience

Kindness


Goodness

Generosity

Gentleness

Faithfulness

Modesty

Self control



Chastity

247c, 248, 303, 323, 350, 355

BLM: Unit 5

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The Call to Apostolic Service
God calls each person to be witnesses of Christ to the world by imitating Christ and sharing His teachings. This must come from a true love and respect for God.

106, 183b, 188, 298, 299, 370

BLM: 3-3






Each person is called to love and care for people in both body and spirit. We imitate Christ by practicing the works of mercy.

68, 323, 351, 368

FindingGod.com: Works of Mercy; Words That Heal; Messages of Hope and Healing




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The Works of Mercy are ways that we can serve our neighbor by aiding them in their spiritual and bodily needs.

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FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian: Works of Mercy; Messages of Hope and Healing




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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.



68, 323, 368

BLM: 3-3


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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.



68, 323, 351

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The Rite of the Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation most often occurs at Mass, after the reading of Scripture and the homily.

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Presentation of the Candidates
As the name of each person to be confirmed is called, each one stands to be seen by the community; they then goes up to the Bishop.





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The Laying on of Hands
The Bishop lays his hand on each person to be confirmed. The hands are a symbol of the power and strength that will come to them through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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This special increase of the grace of the Holy Spirit calls them to go forth and be witnesses to all people of the power of Christ in their lives.

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Anointing with Chrism
The Bishop says the name of the candidate. The name of a Saint can be a name chosen by the candidate. Some may choose to use their present name, if it truly is the name of a Saint.







The Bishop then signs the candidate with the sign of the cross on their forehead with the oil of chrism. This oil is a sign of being chosen by God.

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The practice of anointing has biblical roots. In the Old Testament; prophets, priests, and kings were anointed as a sign of being set apart by God to do His work.

BLM:4-4




Likewise, every baptized person is anointed as a sign of being chosen by God to live a life of faith.

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Then the Bishop says, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Followed by, “Peace, be with you.” The candidate responds, “And also with you.”



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