The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Task 3: Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.




Catechism

Moral

COL Reference

2064–2068

The Church teaches how to live a moral life.

BLMs: 20, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 69, 70

606, 615


Jesus always obeyed His Father’s will.


44, 45, 48

FindingGod.com: A Memory Book of Jesus



2052


The Ten Commandments tell us how to obey God our Father, by living good lives.


47, 49, 76, 172, 264, 299, 307

BLMs: 15, 24, 26, 56

FindingGod.com: Making Classroom Rules


1733


Choosing not to live the commandments is to choose what is wrong. This brings unhappiness into our lives.

172

2055



Jesus taught us how to love and be good. He shared with us the first and greatest Commandment: "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind.” Jesus added: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

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

Record: The Good Samaritan

BLMs: 28, 49, 51–55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65

FindingGod.com: The Great Commandment Banner, Showing God’s Love



1730


God gives each person free will so that we can choose the good and follow Him

171–177

BLMs: 57, 58, 60



1442


Jesus teaches us about the forgiveness of sins. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation our sins are forgiven.


91, 93–95, 99–106, 116–117, 175, 248, 306, 307

BLMs: 32, 35, 36

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers


1440


Each person’s sins are forgiven through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This increases the life of grace in them.


91, 93–95, 99–106, 116–117, 175, 248, 306, 307

BLMs: 32, 35, 36

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers


2840


We share forgiveness in relationships with our families, our friends, and others. We choose this instead of expressing anger and resentment.


120, 301

BLM: 30


FindingGod.com: Band-Aid of Love, Forgiveness



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




Catechism

Prayer

COL Reference

2566–2567


Every heart has a desire for God. St. Augustine taught that our hearts are restless until they find God, and make Him the center of our lives. God is constantly inviting us into a special relationship with Him. This continues to grow when we are attentive to the life of prayer.

8, 16, 24, 39, 79, 96, 109, 113,119, 136, 149, 159, 192, 199, 206, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230, 239–240, 235–243, 304–305

2560



Prayer is communication with God who loves us.


8, 16, 24, 39, 79, 96, 109, 113,119, 136, 149, 159, 192, 199, 206, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230, 239–240, 235–243, 304–305

BLMs: 8, 9, 43

FindingGod.com: Prayer-Before-Meals Puzzle, Prayer Circle, Creating Prayers of Petitions


2559

Each person should pray to God with their minds and their hearts. We need to be silent to hear God’s voice.

192

1073

In the Eucharist we gather with God’s people to pray and celebrate God’s love. This is the greatest prayer in the life of the Church.

BLM: 51

2564

We pray because we have a personal relationship with God.

8, 16, 24, 39, 79, 96, 109, 113,119, 136, 149, 159, 192, 199, 206, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230, 239–240, 235–243, 304–305

2637–2643

We praise and thank God through prayer

155, 253, 305

BLMs: 1, 2, 7



2634, 2798



Jesus prayed to God His Father, and He teaches us to pray.


136

BLMs: 8–9, 43

FindingGod.com: Prayer-Before-Meals Puzzle


2773–2774



Jesus taught us how to say the “Our Father.”


22, 24, 149, 237, 280–281

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



2600, 2615

When we suffer we pray and ask God for help.

BLM: 8

2691, 2696


Prayer can be by ourselves, with our family, and with God’s people in church.


8, 16, 24, 39, 79, 96, 109, 113,119, 136, 149, 159, 192, 199, 206, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230, 239–240, 235–243, 304–305

BLMs: 8, 9, 43

FindingGod.com: Prayer-Before-Meals Puzzle, Prayer Circle, Creating Prayers of Petitions


2691, 2696


A prayer to the Trinity is “Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.”


8, 236

FindingGod.com: The Glory Be with Actions



2618, 2676,

2682

We say the Hail Mary to ask for Mary’s intercession.


382

FindingGod.com: Hail Mary Scramble, Praying the Hail Mary in a Group, Praying the Hail Mary with Actions



2631, 2838

Asking forgiveness from God is a part of our prayer life.

FindingGod.com: Letter to God

2631, 2838

There are different types of prayers; some prayers ask God for certain favors and others give thanks for gifts received.

8, 16, 24, 39, 79, 96, 109, 113,119, 136, 149, 159, 192, 199, 206, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230, 239–240, 235–243, 304–305

BLMs: 8, 9, 43

FindingGod.com: Prayer-Before-Meals Puzzle, Prayer Circle, Creating Prayers of Petitions



Task 5: Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church.




Catechism

Community Life

COL Reference

1823

God calls us to share His love with all people. We can share God’s love with our words or acts of service.

76–77, 134–135, 137, 149

FindingGod.com: I Can Serve My Community



2204, 2205



The family is a special community within the Church. The father and mother are equal before God. They have different but complementary roles. Children are a blessing from God. The family is an image of the Trinitarian communion.




832, 833, 836


We belong to a Church family. The Church is a community made up of the people of God led by the priest.

70, 94, 140–145, 156, 250–255, 306

946, 828, 2683



Saints are special friends of Jesus who lived their lives doing God’s will. They now live in heaven and are part of our Church family.


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


2179


The parish is a community of people who gather with the priest at church to praise and worship God. The name of our parish is _________________________.



135, 305

FindingGod.com: Church and Ambo Visit, Random Act of Kindness, Looking at the Church



1566–1568


Every parish has a pastor who is a priest. The name of our pastor is __________________. He helps us to learn about and worship God in the celebration of the Mass.

70–71, 73

FindingGod.com: Our Christian Leaders



833, 894


Our parish is one of many parishes in this community that make up our diocese. We are part of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend. A diocese is lead by a priest who is a bishop. The name of our Bishop is ________________.

BLM: 24

880–882



The Pope is a bishop who is the head of all the dioceses of the Catholic Church. The Pope’s name is _____________________. He is the head of the family of the Church here on earth. The Pope lives in Rome, Italy, at Vatican City.

63, 65, 70, 305

BLM: 24



Task 6: Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.




Catechism

Missionary Life

COL Reference

848–849

We are all called to be evangelizers, sharers of the Good News of Jesus, through our words and actions.

BLM: 46

FindingGod.com: Messengers of Good News!



830–835


The Church is in every part of the world.

268, 269

934



Each person is called by God to love and serve in the community regardless of vocation: married, single, priests, deacons and religious brothers, nuns and sisters.

76–77, 134–135, 137, 149

BLM: 25


FindingGod.com: I Can Serve My Community

2838–2845, 2447

By forgiving others and being patient when they mistreat us, each person can be an example of God’s love and forgiveness.


120, 301

BLM: 30


FindingGod.com: Band-Aid of Love, Forgiveness

1801, 2447


God calls each person to bravely stand up for what is right and to encourage others to follow God’s laws.

Record: The Good Samaritan

BLMs: 54, 55

FindingGod.com: Good Friends Charades, Good Neighbor Game


2447


Each person should share God’s love by giving to the poor. God wants us to be fair by making sure that each person has what they need.

60, 61, 62, 161, 162, 167

767–769, 904–907


Missionaries are people who share the good news of Jesus. Missionaries also help people who are poor, sick, and hurting. Each person can help the missionaries by praying for them.

BLM: 46

FindingGod.com: Messengers of Good News!





In God’s Image




Catechism

Content

COL Reference

1710–1715

God is our father in heaven who created each one of us out of love for us.

23, 35

1710–1715

God created us in His own image and likeness. This means that God, our Creator, made us to become like Him by sharing in His truth, goodness, and beauty though His life of grace. He sent His Son, Jesus, to live on earth for 33 years to show us how to reflect the image of God. Each person has special dignity. God wants us to love like He loves.

7, 9, 22–23, 36, 64

BLMs: 2, 28

FindingGod.com: Showing God’s Love


1710–1715


Because God created us out of love for us and in His image, He knows and wants what is good for us.


8, 20–23, 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



Understanding the Catholic Church




Catechism

Content

COL Reference

2179


Structure—Parish

The pastor is a priest and the leader of a parish.

Families belong to a parish. Each family member is a parishioner.

People can help the priest in a special way to carry out the duties of a parish within the community.

We receive our Sacraments at our parish.


70–71, 73, 135, 305

FindingGod.com: Church and Ambo Visit, Random Act of Kindness, Looking at the Church, Song: Church, Our Christian Leaders



1194–1195


Tradition—Liturgical Calendar

The Church has its own calendar that helps us follow the life of Jesus Christ. This calendar is called the liturgical calendar.

Each season of the liturgical calendar has a unique color to represent it, and the calendar is filled with special days, holy days, and feasts.


150, 156, 201 257, 302

FindingGod.com: Offerings of Joy, Prayers of Thanksgiving, Song: Jesus Calls Us





Saints



Content

COL Reference

Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament




St. John the Baptist


204, 206

FindingGod.com: Meet John the Baptist



St. Juan Diego





St. Anne


41, 42


St. Michael the Archangel





St. Frances Xavier Cabrini




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