The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

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


Missionary Life

Finding God Reference


The faith that God revealed to the Patriarchs, our fathers in faith, was never meant to be kept to just one group of people. Through our baptism we are called to share our faith with the entire world.

27a, 100–101, 105, 106, 107, 108–109, 116, 141, 145, 291

Record: Faith That Works A Model of Holiness, A Reminder to Be Holy, Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, Little Flowers for God, Christ’s Body, Jesus Wants You, Our Christian Leaders, Persons of Courage, Saints and Symbols, Vocational Brochures, Prayer for Vocations

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 Lisieux is the patroness of the missions because of her prayers for the missions around the world.

164–165, 170, 301 Prayer for Vocations


One way in which each person can share their faith is by acting justly toward all people. Social justice happens when each person has what is rightly theirs.

60, 99, 127, 129, 130, 187a, 187, 200

Record: Faith That Works

BLM: 65

1879, 1889

Participating in Society” means living, working, helping, learning, communicating, celebrating, and worshipping with other people. By their very nature, human beings are called to participate in society. All participation in society must be based on charity, the love of God and neighbor.

99, 106, 143, 153, 161d, 170, 176, 200, 292

Record: Belonging to God

BLMs: 36, 65 “I Belong” Poetry, A New Year’s Wish for the World, Back to the Future, Beatitude Prayers, Belonging to God, Experiencing the Liturgy of the Hours, Welcome to Those Newly Initiated, Family Sundays, Serving the Body of Christ

1888, 1892

The human person should be the most important concern in all governments and community groups. To build a good society, the people in the society must turn their hearts to God and do what is good for others.

41, 43, 60, 127, 187, 200

Record: Belonging to God A New Year’s Wish for the World, Boxes of Hope, Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Care Jars, Easter Baskets for Children, Yarn-Web Prayer, Be a Peacemaker! Week, Litany of Love, They’ll Know I’m a Christian, Wall of Opposition


A well-ordered and prosperous society needs authority. The role of the governing authority is to ensure the common good of all people. God wants us to respect and obey all good laws.

84–85, 128

BLMs: 64, 65

1925, 1926


God calls each person, not just authorities, to work for the common good of all people. The common good includes three things:

  • respect for personal rights and dignity

  • development of spiritual and physical goods for the group

  • peace and security

18, 41, 43, 66, 87, 89, 120, 121e, 127, 128, 139c, 143, 145, 148, 160, 174, 182–183, 187, 189, 191, 193, 194, 196, 209, 266–267 A New Year’s Wish for the World, Boxes of Hope, Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Care Jars, Catholic Social Teaching Mobile, Easter Baskets for Children, Yarn-Web Prayer, Be a Peacemaker! Week, Litany of Love, They’ll Know I’m a Christian, Wall of Opposition

Each person has a right to life and dignity from the moment they are conceived in their mother’s womb until natural death. Abortion and euthanasia, for example, are gravely wrong and attacks on human life.

18, 29, 87, 148, 149, 153, 175, 191, 266–267 Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Discrimination Role-Plays, Respect for Life—A Seamless Garment, Messages of Hope and Healing, Read for Life


Each person has a right to the things that are needed to live a good human life: food, clothing, housing, education, work, respect, privacy, freedom of religion, freedom to follow conscience, freedom to choose a vocation and set up a family. There are many injustices in our world; for example, many people are poor and do not have these basic needs. Each person has a responsibility to share their goods so that everyone has what they need.

18, 36, 57, 58, 60, 102, 127, 129, 130, 167, 182–183, 187a, 189, 190, 191, 193, 194, 196, 266–267, 311 Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Care Jars, Catholic Social Teaching Mobile, Discrimination Role-Plays, Share God’s Beauty, Trust Box


To have social justice we must respect the dignity of each human being. Each person is called to respect the dignity of others by following the commandment of Jesus to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

18, 29, 36, 60, 108, 129, 130, 147c, 189, 190–1919, 193, 194, 195, 196–197, 260, 266–267 Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Care Jars, Catholic Social Teaching Mobile, Discrimination Role-Plays, Share God’s Beauty


God created all people in His image, and all people have equal dignity. God designed us with many differences. It is very wrong to discriminate against people because of their differences. God gave us our differences as a gift so that we can help each other to become better people, and so that we can grow in generosity through helping one another.

18, 29, 81e, 87, 90, 108–109, 130, 171a, 187, 196–197, 266–267, 306

BLMs: 6, 13, 39 Bringing Joy to the Sick and Elderly, Care Jars, Discrimination Role-Plays


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.

110, 126, 130, 162, 164–165, 170, 173, 178, 188

Record: My Call to Be Holy

BLM: 56 A Model of Holiness


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.

41, 49, 80, 97, 99a, 101, 127, 163, 181, 266–267

Record: My Call to Be Holy

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.

99a, 99, 101, 110–111, 130, 163, 172–176, 177, 199, 266–267, 300

Record: Faith That Works, My Call to Be Holy A Model of Holiness, Beatitude Prayers, Tombstone Epitaphs


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.

105, 193, 196–197, 265, 293, 309


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.

265, 293

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.

87, 88, 89, 90, 101, 108–109, 110–111, 116, 140, 143, 145, 172–176, 177, 178, 290, 301

BLMs: 36, 37 Create a Family Crest for the Church, Diocesan History, Illustrated Dictionary, Jesus Wants You, Looking at Our Diocese, New Testament Search, The Church in the United States, The Church is Apostolic, What Does Courage Look Like?

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.


In God’s Image F



Finding God Reference


God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are a community of love that we call the Holy Trinity.

86, 110, 112, 168, 301, 311 Celebrate Your Baptism, Titles of Jesus


Each person is created in the image of God, who is a Trinity.

175, 311

BLM: 4 Celebrate Your Baptism, Titles of Jesus


Mankind was created as the highest of all creatures. Man and woman are the only creatures that were made in the image and likeness of God.


BLMs: 4, 7

369, 371–372

God made man and woman for each other; they are equal as persons but different so that they complement and complete one another (Genesis 2:18–25.)



Because mankind is made in the image of God and has the highest dignity of all creatures, the Catholic Church teaches that we must act with modesty and chastity.

175, 292

Understanding the Catholic Church F



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Structure—The Universal and “particular” church

The Catholic Church is the Universal Church because Christ is present and brings the fullness of salvation, and because all of humankind is called to partake in the Catholic Church.

The expression “particular” church refers to the community of believers that make up the Church in a local region, which is a diocese. A diocese, with the guidance of a bishop ordained in apostolic succession, is a group of the faithful. A diocese is fully catholic because it is in communion, in faith, and in the Sacraments, with the Church of Rome.

85, 111, 115a, 174, 290, 291, 294, 311

BLM: 50 Create a Family Crest for the Church, Diocesan History, Faces of the Church, I Am a Catholic, Illustrated Dictionary, Looking at Our Diocese


Tradition—The Mission of the Magisterium

The mission of the Magisterium of the Church is to convey the Truth to the People of God. The Pope, cardinals, and bishops of the Magisterium are to provide understanding and examples of faith and morals. This is to be accomplished through the infallibility of the Pope, successor of Peter, together with the Bishops, the successors of the apostles. Together they are the teaching office of the Church.

4, 6, 8, 290, 300

BLMs: 13, 33, 65

811, 865

Tradition—Marks of the Church

The Catholic Church is identified by its four marks. The Church is One by a three-fold bond of unity: confession of faith, Sacraments, and Church leadership. She is Holy because the Trinity is holy and makes the Church holy. She is Catholic (universal) because She is present throughout the entire world. Finally, She is Apostolic because She gains Her authority through the unbroken apostolic succession.

85, 107a–107b, 108–109, 110–111, 113, 116, 119, 290, 300, 303

BLMs: 38, 39 Report from Jerusalem, Jesus’ Friends, Who is Saint Peter?




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Our Lady of Fatima

St. Jerome


St. Frances Xavier


St. Dominic Savio

St. Thérèse of Lisieux


BLMs: 53, 65

St. Maria Goretti

Traditions and Devotions F



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

244–249, 307


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 halfway to Christmas. Create a Jesse Tree that will trace the genealogy of Christ: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse . . .” (Isaiah 11:1)

201, 202, 203–206, 295, 306

BLM: 66, The Liturgical Calendar A Message from Isaiah Bookmark


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.

95, 201, 202, 207–210, 292

BLMs: 67, The Liturgical Calendar Name That Holiday, Picture Tableau, United in Peace


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.

95, 146, 201, 202 , 211–214, 309

BLMs: 68, The Liturgical Calendar


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.

95, 100, 201, 202, 219–222, 290, 292, 294, 304, 307

BLMs: 39, 70, The Liturgical Calendar Group Role-Play of “The Disciples Bear Witness,” Name That Holiday

Ordinary Time makes up the majority of the liturgical year. The liturgical color is green. Celebrate the Feast Days of the saints throughout Ordinary Time. Give an explanation of the daily saint and involve the saint in class prayer: “Saint [name . . .] pray for us.”

201, 202

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar


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.

201, 202, 227, 230, 289

BLMs: 65, 72, The Liturgical Calendar Name That Holiday, Sharing a Prayer With My Family


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.

201, 202, 223–226, 304

BLM: The Liturgical Calendar

2180–2181, 2185

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.


BLM: The Liturgical Calendar Advertise Sunday—It’s God’s Day




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The Sign of the Cross

BLM: 1

Our Father

39, 104, 106, 238

Record: Reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer

BLM: 1

The Hail Mary

24, 26, 238

BLM: 1 Praying the Hail Mary in a Group

The Apostles’ Creed

24, 290

Act of Contrition

152, 154, 239

The Glory Be to the Father

Act of Faith

168, 242

Act of Hope

32, 242

Prayer before and after meals

106, 239

Signs and Symbols



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Baptismal Candle Celebrate Your Baptism

Baptismal Font Celebrate Your Baptism

Baptismal Garment Celebrate Your Baptism


Chrism (oil)

292, 303 Celebrate Your Baptism

Christmas Crib





Easter (Paschal) Candle


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament





Holy Water

BLM: 47 Celebrate Your Baptism



Imposition of Hands








Pictures of the Saints

1–2, 13, 41–42, 81–82, 87, 162, 164–165, 173, 228

Prayer Corner/Table

EC7, EC10, 39, 72, 79, 128, 206, 210, 214, 218, 226

Reconciliation Room/Confessional

Rings in Marriage

Sacred Scripture

4, 5


Sanctuary Light

Sign of Peace


Stained-Glass Windows

170, 240, 311

Stations of the Cross

Statue of Mary



Symbols of the Holy Spirit

26, 264

BLM: 71


85, 310

Ten Commandments

59a–59b, 62–63, 64–65, 66, 260, 292

BLM: 9, 22, 27, 39 Commandment Mobiles

The Congregation/People of God



252, 254



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