The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Plan B

Junior High Growing in Prayer

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


Catechism

Content

COL Reference




Session I—Introduction to Prayer




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God as Creator reaches out to each person giving them His faithful and steadfast love. Our minds think about these blessings from our loving God. Our hearts respond to God’s love with gratitude and a desire to love Him in return.

17, 18, 21e, 22–23, 41a, 65c, 81, 252, 253

FindingGod.com: The Church; The Good Shepherd




27, 30



God desires to have a personal relationship with each person. He created in every human a longing and desire for Him.

17, 18, 21e, 22–23, 41a, 65c, 81, 252, 253

FindingGod.com: The Church; The Good Shepherd




30



A great saint who lived hundreds of years ago stated, “Your have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. (St. Augustine)

193e, 196–197sn

FindingGod.com: List of Saints for Kids; Doctors of the Church; Saint Augustine and the Trinity




Growing in spirituality also requires that a person listen to God. Listening to God occurs when a person can be quiet before God. God cannot be heard speaking as though one can hear God with human ears. Rather, God gives the gift of grace to know His will. By listening to God the heart will be moved to love God more, and love other people who are created in His image.

65c, 70, 183c

FindingGod.com: Grace; Sanctifying Grace




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Praying is communication with God. Praying is both thinking about God and allowing the heart to be moved by love for God. In all good relationships a person thinks a lot about another and has love for that person.

18, 21e, 22–23, 25, 35–36, 41e

Record: CD 1, Track 3

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus; How Catholics Pray



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A person must be humble when praying. Humility recognizes that God is Creator and Lord of all. Humility teaches us that we are God’s creatures and are totally dependent on Him. Through humility each person is able to see that the good within them comes from God alone. We also recognize that we can turn away from Him by choosing what is wrong and sinful.

Luke 18:9–14

203e, 294–295

FindingGod.com: Weak Enough to Love God; Washing Feet: Serving Others During Lent






Scripture helps us to understand that we have a covenant relationship with God.

16, 51c, 56, 227b, 227c, 228–230, 231–232, 235

FindingGod.com: The Great Commandment; Covenant; Old Testament Themes




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Scripture speaks of a covenant relationship as having two commitments. God’s commitment is the first part of the covenant. The Old Testament affirms God is Lord of the Covenant. His love is steadfast, meaning He will always be faithful. The other part of the covenant is the person’s response. A person can accept or reject their part of the covenant relationship. It is their choice.

16, 51c, 56, 227b, 227c, 228–230, 231–232, 235

FindingGod.com: The Great Commandment; Covenant; The Good Shepherd




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By having faith in God and saying ‘yes’ to Him, a person strengthens their personal relationship with God through prayer. Prayer must become a habit. People stay in touch with others by communication, such as talking. Prayer is talking to God and becoming familiar with Him through daily communication.

18, 21e, 22–23, 25, 35–36, 41e

Record: CD 1, Track 3

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus; How Catholics Pray


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During His life on earth, Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven. He was taught by his mother, Mary. When He went to the temple He prayed with others.

Record: CD 1, Track 6

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray






Prayer can be private or communal. Private means praying alone. Communal prayer is gathering together with others to pray. The Church calls us to pray as a community as well as in private.

18, 25, 38, 112, 166, 351, 363

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 12, 13, 21, 22

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray



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During the celebration of the Eucharist the people of God pray together in a parish church. They are united to Christ in their worship. Through Christ the gathered community is joined to the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Trinity.


31b, 33, 41c, 46, 80, 205, 239, 369

FindingGod.com: The Sacrament of the Eucharist: A Holy & Sacred Celebration; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray



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Because all members of the Church gathered in prayer are united to the Blessed Trinity, they are also a worldwide community all participating in the sacramental liturgy of the Church.


31b, 33, 41c, 46, 80, 205, 239, 295, 338–339, 358–359, 359, 369

FindingGod.com: The Church; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray






The worldwide community prays together through the Church’s Liturgical Year.


173c, 176, 279–280

FindingGod.com: Activities for Liturgical Year [A, B, or C], Family Prayer for the Liturgical Year






Just as the secular world has a special calendar to help people celebrate events so does the Church. The Church’s calendar is called the Liturgical Year. This calendar helps the universal Church to celebrate together. For example, all Catholic celebrate the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, on January 1st.

173c, 176, 279–280

FindingGod.com: Activities for Liturgical Year [A, B, or C], Family Prayer for the Liturgical Year






The Liturgical Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent which usually falls in late November or early December.


173c, 176, 279–280, 281–284

FindingGod.com: Activities for Liturgical Year [A, B, or C], Family Prayer for the Liturgical Year






The Liturgical Year is divided into seasons: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, and Easter. Each season has its own liturgical color.

173c, 176, 279–280, 281–284, 285–288, 289–292, 297–300

FindingGod.com: Liturgical Colors






The seasons of Advent and Lent are represented by violet which symbolizes that these two seasons are times of penance. During Advent the Church prepares, waits and performs acts of penance for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Lent is a very penitential season in which the Church recalls the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

281–284, 289–292

FindingGod.com: Advent—Waiting for Jesus Christ, Getting to the Heart of Lent






The seasons of Easter and Christmas are represented by white which symbolizes joy and purity. Easter and Christmas are times of great celebration in the Church. Easter is the most important season of the Liturgical Year because it celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ which confirms that all He said was true and He brought salvation for each person.

285–288, 297–300

FindingGod.com: Easter and the Liturgical Year; The Christmas Season






Ordinary Time is represented by green which symbolizes the new life won by Christ. During Ordinary Time the Church celebrates the events of Christ’s life and the saving power of God throughout all of history.

176, 279

FindingGod.com: Ordinary Time






Almost every day in the Liturgical Year remembers a special event or saint, these are called Feast Days. On the many Feast Days of the saints who died as martyrs the liturgical color will be red to represent the bloodshed by the saint to protect the Faith.

132

FindingGod.com: Marian Feasts; A Monthly Saints Calendar to Encourage Conversation!






Prayer is a gift of God’s grace. People who are faithful to regular prayer speak of the effects in their lives. They grow in virtue, overcome temptations and are more loving as people.

65c, 70, 183c, 355

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray






Prayers students should know by heart:







The Sign of the Cross


72, 175sn, 146, 210, 326

A Parent Guide To Prayer: 34

FindingGod.com: Sign of the Cross; Traditional Catholic Prayers in Latin; Praying the Rosary






Angel of God (Guardian Angel Prayer)

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 36

FindingGod.com: Guardian Angel Prayer






Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)


21c, 24–26, 27, 28, 126, 156, 178–179, 200, 209, 210, 254, 270sn, 326

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 35

FindingGod.com: Lord’s Prayer; Traditional Catholic Prayers in Latin; Praying the Rosary






Morning Offering


327

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 37

FindingGod.com: Morning Offering






The Hail Mary


154sn, 159e, 166, 208sn, 326

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 36

FindingGod.com: Hail Mary; The Words of the Hail Mary; Traditional Catholic Prayers in Latin; Praying the Rosary






The Angelus

FindingGod.com: The Angelus Prayer




The Apostles’ Creed

129e, 131, 137, 299, 328

FindingGod.com: Apostles’ Creed; Praying the Rosary






Act of Contrition


327

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 46

FindingGod.com: Act of Contrition






The Glory Be To the Father (Doxology)


180, 274, 327

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 34

FindingGod.com: Glory Be to the Father (Doxology); Traditional Catholic Prayers in Latin; Praying the Rosary






Act of Faith


328

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 47

FindingGod.com: Act of Faith






Act of Hope


105c, 112, 328

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 47

FindingGod.com: Act of Hope






Prayer before and after meals

327

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 38

FindingGod.com: Prayer Before Meals; Prayer After Meals






The Forms of Prayer




27–28


Whether or not a person is aware of it, God places in each person’s heart a desire for a relationship with Him which is the most important of all relationships. Life on earth is a journey towards eternal life with God.


17, 18, 21e, 22–23, 41a, 65c, 81, 252, 253

FindingGod.com: Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer






There are various ways of expressing prayer as we grow in relationship with God. These are referred to as forms of prayer. They are adoration/blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.


234–235

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13, 24–25

FindingGod.com: Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer



2096, 2097, 2628


Adoration and blessing acknowledge the great gifts God gives to each person through His revelation of love. God is almighty, our Creator and loving Father. Prayers of adoration are the proper acknowledgement of God who is the giver of all gifts. Scripture accounts that at His birth on earth, the shepherds and the Three Kings came to adore Him. They recognized He was the long awaited Messiah, promised in the Old Testament who came to save all people from the darkness of sin.

78, 324, 349

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13

FindingGod.com: Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer






Many people pray prayers of adoration when they visit a chapel that has the Body of Christ exposed on an altar. During Eucharist Adoration a very decorative holder called a monstrance contains the wafer of bread that has become the Body of Christ during the consecration at Mass. With the attitude of the faith, many Catholics find it fruitful to come to adore God in this atmosphere of silence.

193c, 199, 199sn, 200, 200sn, 295

FindingGod.com: Eucharistic Devotions; Real Presence



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Petition is the form of prayer which asks God to grant requests. The Scriptures state: “Ask and you shall receive.” The prayer of petition is a very common form of prayer. Sometimes in their human desires a person prays for something that is ultimately not good for them, thus God in His goodness answers their prayer in an unexpected way. We must remember that God always hears our prayers. If a prayer is not answered in the way a person expects that does not mean that the prayer is unanswered. God answers all prayers according to His wisdom which desires the greatest good for each person.

21c, 27–28, 228sn, 241sn, 292, 324–325, 363

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13

FindingGod.com: Prayer of Petition; Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer



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Prayers of intercession are very similar to prayers of petition. Intercessory prayers ask God’s help for other people. At Mass the prayers of intercession pray for the needs of many, always beginning with the intentions of the Holy Father.


89sn, 101–102, 101sn, 111sn, 203b, 207–208, 211

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13

FindingGod.com: Intercessory Prayer; Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer






Intercessory prayer asks for healing of the sick, aid for the poor, faithful marriages, vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, etc. Intercessory prayer is very important and powerful.


203b, 207–208, 211, 329, 348

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13, 48

FindingGod.com: Intercessory Prayer; Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer



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Prayers of thanksgiving are powerful and important prayers. God our Father and Creator is the giver of all gifts, some seen and others unseen. At the Mass or celebration of the Eucharist, the very meaning of ‘eucharist’ is thanksgiving. A heart that is grateful gives thanks for all the blessings and goodness God gives. Even suffering brings about various blessings if properly accepted. St. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances.”


73, 83sn, 185, 200 all chapters end with a prayer of thanksgiving found in the TE side notes of the “What” page.

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13, 24

FindingGod.com: Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; The Sacrament of the Eucharist: A Holy & Sacred Celebration; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer



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Prayers of Praise recognize that God is the One who is above all others. This prayer expresses love for the God who IS. Singing hymns is a common way of praying prayers of praise. The Book of Psalms from the Old Testament has many psalms of praise.


19sn, 72, 105e, 110, 166, 227e, 234, 283, 284, 300, 325, 363

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 13

FindingGod.com: Psalms of Praise; Raising Our Hearts and Minds to God: Forms of Prayer; Praying with Jesus: Many Ways to Pray; How Catholics Pray; Prayer and Forms of Prayer






Many times a special prayer to the Trinity is said. This prayer is: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


180, 274, 327

A Parent Guide to Prayer: 34

FindingGod.com: Glory Be to the Father (Doxology); When Our Own Words Aren’t Enough: Traditional Prayers Connect Us to Something Bigger; Traditional Catholic Prayers in Latin; Praying the Rosary






During the Liturgical Year (the Church’s Year) the expression ‘alleluia’ is heard. This word means “Praise the Lord.”

173b, 173c, 176, 279, 280, 337

FindingGod.com: Alleluia Instruments



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The greatest prayer of praise and thanksgiving is the celebration of the Eucharist, the Mass. The Church requires of each Catholic to participate by going to Mass each Sunday.

175–176, 193a–e, 193, 194–195, 197–199, 200, 201, 336, 339, 353

FindingGod.com: The Sacrament of the Eucharist: A Holy & Sacred Celebration



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The Gospel of John, 6:51, 54, 56 reveals that Jesus is the living bread who comes down from heaven to nourish us. If we believe in Christ and worthily eat the bread and drink the wine which has been consecrated to become His body and blood, we will have eternal life forever with God in heaven.

175–176, 193a–e, 193, 194–195, 197–199, 200, 201, 336, 339, 353

FindingGod.com: The Sacrament of the Eucharist: A Holy & Sacred Celebration



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Through the Mass we are united with Christ and our lives over time are changed so that we have a greater desire for goodness and truth. We become like Christ as we grow in love and are united to all people through love/charity. True happiness is found by allowing God to change our lives so that we may bring the way of Christ to all people.

295, 338–339

FindingGod.com: The Sacrament of the Eucharist: A Holy & Sacred Celebration


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