The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

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Make it a practice to pray a decade of the Rosary together in class. Introduce the Glorious and Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

246–247, 248–249, 293

956, 1195

All Saints Day celebrates the lives of the saints. Study patron saints. Celebrate All Saints Day as a class. Introduce, in prayer or song, the Litany of Saints.

202, 227–230, 281


Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. It is when we prepare for Jesus’ coming. The liturgical color is purple. Create Classroom Advent Wreath to prepare for Christ. This tradition carries many symbols: the circle of the wreath represents God who is eternal, the evergreen represents Christ who is always living and gives us eternal life, the holly berries represent drops of Christ’s saving blood, the candles represent the light of the world (Jesus) coming closer as we light each additional candle, the three violet candles represent repentance and preparation for the Birth of Christ, the rose candle represents Gaudete Sunday, a celebration of the Sunday half way to Christmas. Create a Jesse Tree which will trace the genealogy of Christ: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse . . .” (Isaiah 11:1)

202–206, 281


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ on earth. The liturgical color is white. Prepare a classroom nativity or crèche. The nativity was first arranged by St. Francis of Assisi. Explore Christmas in song. Investigate the meaning of lyrics, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, or have the students write their own songs about this season.

202, 207–210, 283


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. Participate in a Lenten spiritual exercise.

202, 211–214, 288


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. Recognize the entire season; beginning with the Resurrection, the Ascension 40 days later, and ending after 50 days with Pentecost. In addition, explain how the end of the Easter season, Pentecost, also marks the birth of the Church.

202, 219–222, 285




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The Sign of the Cross


Our Father

12, 217, 238

The Hail Mary

238, 239

The Apostles’ Creed

64, 242, 282

Act of Contrition

128, 241

Angel of God

The Glory Be to the Father


Finding God, Grade 5

Correlation to Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

Page numbers reference SE/TE

Record references Guided Scripture Stories and Guided Reflections

BLM references Blackline Master numbers references activities found via the Finding God online activity finder

Foundational Truths of Faith



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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.

3–10, 36

BLM: 3 Praising Creation, Who Am I?, Personal Prayer



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.

44, 53, 76 A Model of Holiness



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.”

11, 44, 76 A Model of Holiness



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.

46, 49, 76 Personal Prayer

Six Tasks of Catechesis

Task 1: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.s of Faith



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279, 316, 358–359

God is the Creator of all that is seen and unseen. God created each person in His image. He desires that each person know and love Him in this life and be with Him forever in heaven.

3–10, 36, 47 Praising Creation, Who Am I?, Wonder World


There are three persons in one God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

7, 9, 36, 47, 49

BLM: 13


God is all good. He is the one true God. Each person is called to love Him.

21, 37

BLM: 7 Personal Prayer, Who Am I?, Hear, O Israel


God gives each person the grace to know what is good, how to love, and to avoid evil.

166–169, 180–181

BLMs: 54, 55


Because evil happened when Adam and Eve sinned, suffering and temptations are part of life. We are called to choose good over evil.

13–15, 36, 44

BLM: 5 Adam and Eve

73, 1150

God revealed Himself to us by sending His Son, Jesus, to earth. Jesus is the fulfillment of the covenant made by God with the community of Israel.

20, 22, 25, 36, 49

BLMs: 42, 58

Record: The Incarnation

A covenant is an agreement between God and His people. God’s part of the covenant is that He will be faithful always. Our part of the covenant is that we will say yes in faith to what God asks of us.

20, 22, 25, 36

Record: The Story of Abraham

153, 50

Jesus is the New Covenant. He fulfills God's promise and is God’s self-revelation. He is the Son of God and savior of humankind.

7, 20, 22, 25, 36

BLMs: 42, 58

Jesus is the second person of the Blessed Trinity.

7, 9, 47, 49

Record: The Incarnation

458, 480–482

He is the Son of God and both fully human and fully divine. He is truly God and truly man.

7, 44, 53, 75, 290

BLM: 58

Record: The Incarnation A Community of Love


Jesus Christ became incarnate to show us how to live and enter into a personal relationship with Him.

11, 44, 49, 76

BLM: 59, 60

Record: The Incarnation A Model of Holiness, Following in Jesus’ Footsteps


God is the source of all life. Each person participates in God's life of grace through the Sacraments.

46, 53, 57, 61, 76 Sacramental Dictionaries, Blessings

726, 1076

The Church of Christ became present to the world at Pentecost. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Apostles, gathered with Mary, received the special gift of the Spirit. Tongues of fire appeared over their heads. This happened fifty days after Easter.

60, 68, 72, 223–226

BLM: 23 Pentecost Update, Report from Jerusalem, The Coming of the Holy Spirit Poster

571, 1067

The most important events of Christ’s life began with his suffering and death for the sins of all people on Good Friday. The Resurrection took place after three days when Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. These saving events of Christ’s life are called the Paschal Mystery.

126, 215–222, 296 An Interview with Thomas

1357, 1374

At each Eucharist the Paschal Mystery is celebrated and Christ becomes present. He is present in the Words of Scripture; in the people gathered in worship; and most especially in the bread and wine transformed into His Body & Blood.

125–127, 132, 156, 296

BLM: 42

Record: The Eucharist TV News Interview


When God’s people gather to celebrate the Paschal Mystery this action is called the liturgy.

127, 132, 135, 156, 296 Come and Worship, TV News Interview

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