The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

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


Community Life

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2, 1461, 2013

In the Old Testament God formed a community with the Israelites. The Israelites were the chosen people who lived a covenant relationship with God.

20–22, 36 How It Came to Be

God created people to be social and have a need for one another. For this reason people live in various types of communities.

84–85, 265

BLM: 10 Source of Strength

The Catholic Church is a universal community under the pope who represents Jesus on earth. The universal Catholic community believes in Jesus Christ and His place in the Blessed Trinity.

85–86, 89, 92, 94–95, 116

BLM: 28 Faces of the Church, The Church is Apostolic


When we love each other we grow in love for God. When we love God we grow in love for each other.


BLMs: 4, 10

Record: Jesus Judges All Kindness Calendar

A person cannot live alone because people need one another. The Church is a community of people who worship God and care for one another.

84–86, 264–265

BLMs: 4, 10, 27


Catholics locally belong to a parish community where they come together to worship God and be fed spiritually.


BLM: 36 Back the Future, Letters of Belonging


Every parish has a pastor who is a priest. The name of our pastor is ________________. The pastor is called by the Church to lead and unite the community both in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and in the caring for one another.

85, 94–95

BLM: 28 Diocesan History, Back to the Future, Our Christian Leaders

1669, 1674

The sacramental life unites us more closely to the Body of Christ, another name for the Church.

84, 155–156 Sacramental Dictionaries

Your class is a community who comes together to learn about Christ. Each person can follow the way of Christ by loving and being kind to all members of the class and not excluding anyone.

BLMs: 2, 27 Kindness Calendar, Bully, No Bully, Care Jars, Yarn-Web Prayer

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. The family is known as the “domestic church.”


BLMs: 33, 34 Family Shields

957, 969, 2030

The Virgin Mary and the saints are examples of living the faith of the Church.

1–2, 5, 12, 14, 28, 41–42, 60, 81–82, 93, 121–122, 133, 161–162, 164, 180, 183 A Mural of Model Saints

6, 2052

Those who earnestly strive to follow God's law will be with God for all eternity in heaven.


BLM: 55

Record: Jesus Judges All, Called to Holiness

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


Missionary Life

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1271, 1273

The Missionary life is rooted in each person’s baptismal call to serve other people. This missionary spirit is based in the reality that each person can offer service within their parish community by participating in activities that help other people.

63, 76, 109–110

BLMs: 20, 22

Record: The Prayer of Saint Ignatius Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame

Prayer is an important part of the missionary call. When the Church offers prayers at Church on behalf of the missions we are living out this call. St. Thérèse of Liseux is the patroness of the missions because of her prayers for the missions around the world.

BLM: 20 Prayer for Vocations, Little Flowers for God


We must care for the needs of all people, both bodily needs and spiritual needs.

124, 263–265

BLMs: 22, 36, 37, 49, 50

Record: Jesus Judges All


Jesus gave us an example of love for the poor and suffering. We must put the needs of the poor first. When we love the poor, we love Jesus.

124, 127–128, 164

Record: Jesus Judges All


Every human being is created in the image of God. Therefore we are all equal. God created us with many differences. Because all humans have equal dignity, each person must treat those who are different from them with respect.

167, 174–175, 182, 260, 264–265 Care Jars, Respect for Life—A Seamless Garment


The Catholic Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, supports our response to God's love by teaching us what is right. The Church helps us to form right consciences by giving us examples of those who have lived as holy people.

1–2, 5, 12, 14, 28, 41–42, 45–46, 60, 81–82, 93, 121–122, 133, 161–162, 164, 180, 183 A Mural of Model Saints, Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame


Living a moral life is very important in sharing the Gospel. To proclaim Jesus, we must also live like Him. Our actions will tell people we are followers of Christ.

166, 179–181, 260–261

BLM: 60 Care Jars

The laity of the Church must seek holiness by actively sharing their Faith with the world around them. One way to do this is through prayer, another way to do this is through acts of service.

109–110, 263

BLMs: 20, 22, 28, 36, 37

Record: The Prayer of Saint Ignatius Going on a Mission, Mission Picture Frame


We must love and care for people in both body and spirit. Each person can imitate Christ through practicing the Spiritual Works of Mercy such as instructing, advising, counseling, comforting, forgiving, and being patient when others mistreat them.

188, 191–192, 263

BLM: 50 Works of Mercy, Works of Mercy Tableau


Each person can care for the physical needs of others by practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy. These are: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.

188, 191–192, 263

BLMs: 36, 37 Works of Mercy, Works of Mercy Tableau, Collection Jars

1946, 1269–1270

Like the Apostles, all Christians are called to continue telling others about God and spreading the teachings of Jesus. We must pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance in this mission.

60–61, 69–73 The Church is Apostolic

767–769, 904–907

Some missionaries go to foreign countries to preach the Gospel and care for the poor. We must remember them in our prayers and acts of charity.

60, 93

BLMs: 20, 53

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In baptism, each person receives God’s grace and becomes an adopted son or daughter of God and members of His family, the Church.

7, 59–65, 108, 283

BLMs: 19, 21 A Reminder to Be Holy, Back to the Future

1465, 1468

In the Sacrament of Penance, each person receives God’s grace. Each person encounters Christ in the person of the priest and experiences His forgiveness for all the times they have failed to love.


BLMs: 47, 48 Public Relations for Reconcilers


In the Eucharist a person receives God’s grace in a very special way. In this sacrament each person receives Christ as the nourishment of the special life God gave when the person was baptized. This nourishment enables each person to love one another as Christ has loved the world.

125–127, 132–133, 135

BLM: 42 Eucharistic Prayers

1640, 1661

The marriage of a baptized man and woman is a sacrament instituted by Christ to be a sign and instrument of His love for His bride, the Church.

93, 99–106, 116

BLM: 35

Understanding the Catholic Church F



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StructureUniversal Church

Catholic means universal. This understanding has two meanings. First, it should be understood that Jesus is present in the Church, and the Church receives the fullness of salvation from Christ. Secondly, all men and women are called by God to be part of His kingdom, united by the spirit.

284, 292 Faces of the Church, Illustrated Dictionary, Diocesan History, Marks of the Church


TraditionApostolic Tradition

Apostolic Tradition applies not only to the passed-down Tradition of the Church; it recognizes that the faithful order in which the teachings were handed down will assure fidelity to liturgical tradition.

60–61, 86, 92, 145, 282 Faces of the Church, Illustrated Dictionary, Diocesan History, The Church is Apostolic




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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

28, 112 Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report

St. Joan of Arc

28 Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report

St. Thomas the Apostle

28, Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report, An Interview with Thomas

St. Dismas

28 Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report

St. Jude

28, Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report

St. Lucy

28 Saints and Symbols, A Saintly News Report

Traditions and Devotions F



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Marian Devotions

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

111, 244–247 Rosary Prayer Cloths


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)

206 A Message from Isaiah Bookmark, An Advent Calendar for the Entire Group, Our Jesse Tree


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. Read the story of Christ’s birth from the Gospel of Luke 2:1–20.

210 Life of Saint Francis, “We Three Kings” Sing Along, Hope for the World, How It Came to Be

1674, 2669

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. Pray the Stations of the Cross. Participate in a Lenten spiritual exercise such as giving up something like watching T.V. or eating candy, or make special acts of kindness to people you find difficult.

213–214, 218, 248–249

BLMs: 29, 68, 69 My Lenten Journal


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. Participate in or create a project around the custom of blessing the Easter baskets.


BLM: 70 Group Role Play of “The Disciples Bear Witness,” Pentecost Update, Report from Jerusalem, The Coming of the Holy Spirit Poster


Celebrate Pentecost by showing support for those in the parish that have been confirmed and received the Holy Spirit. Have the students create cards to congratulate them or create a small gift.

55 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Welcome to Those Newly Initiated!

2185, 2180

In addition to Sunday, there are six Holy Days of Obligation within the liturgical calendar. Highlight the importance of setting these days aside. If possible, plan to attend a Holy Day of Obligation liturgy as a class.

112, 255, 290


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.

28, 119

BLMs: 31, 72




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The Sign of the Cross

7–8, 79, 119, 142, 244

Our Father

24, 238, 244, 254

BLMs: 44, 45 Forgive Us Our Trespasses

The Hail Mary

111, 238, 244 Praying the Hail Mary in a Group

The Apostles’ Creed

47–48, 85, 88, 240, 244

Record: The Incarnation

BLM: 16 Creed Tic-Tac-Toe

Act of Contrition

144, 151, 239 Putting the Act of Contrition Together

Angel of God

The Glory Be to the Father

7, 79, 244

Act of Faith


Prayer before and after meals

104, 239

Signs and Symbols



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95, 132, 134, 281 What Am I? Game


281 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words


282 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Baptismal Candle

54, 62, 64–65

BLM: 21 What Am I? Game

Baptismal Font

62–63, 75 What Am I? Game

Baptismal Garment

54, 62

BLM: 21 What Am I? Game


124–125, 127, 129–130, 132–135, 137

BLMs: 41, 42, 45

Record: Jesus Feeds the Crowd What Am I? Game


134 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Chrism (oil)

54, 62, 65, 70–71, 77, 95, 284

BLMs: 19, 25 What Am I? Game

Christmas Crib

210 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Ciborium What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words


244 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Cruets What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Easter (Paschal Candle)

64 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament What Am I? Game


64, 68–69, 72

BLM: 24 What Am I? Game


289 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Holy Water

54, 62, 79, 222, 290

BLM:s 19, 21 What Am I? Game

Host What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Imposition of Hands

55, 70–71, 95

BLMs: 19, 25 Laying on of Hands

Incense What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Kneeling What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words


134, 292 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Monstrance What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Pictures of Saints A Mural of Model Saints, A Saintly News Report, Life of Saint Francis, Saints and Symbols

Prayer Corner/Table

39, 79, 119, 159, 199, 210, 214, 218, 222, 226, 230

Reconciliation Room/Confessional What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Rings in Marriage

103, 117 Sacramental Dictionaries

Sanctuary What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Sanctuary Light What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Sign of Peace

135, 140, 254

BLMs: 44, 45

Poster: Parts of the Mass What Am I? Game

Stain Glass Windows

43, 69, 95, 140–141, 191, 227 What Am I? Game

Stations of the Cross

86, 248–249, 301 What Am I? Game

Statue of Mary

55, 107, 110 What Am I? Game


43, 55, 107, 110 What Am I? Game

Stole What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Symbols of the Holy Spirit


BLM: 24 Flying Doves, Holy Spirit Candles, The Coming of the Holy Spirit Poster, Wind Tunnel


302 What Am I? Game, Wheel of Words

Ten Commandments

22, 23, 25, 36, 144, 258, 302 What Am I? Game

The Congregation/People of God

127, 129, 132–133 What Am I? Game

The Presider/the Priest or Bishop

127, 129, 132–133 What Am I? Game


127, 129, 133–134, 137

BLM: 45 What Am I? Game

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