The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Each person’s conscience helps them recognize what is right and wrong.

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How to make a good confession:







When entering the confessional kneel or sit and wait for the priest to speak. The priest will begin with “In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

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Next, the priest will invite the penitent to confess their sins. At this time the penitent responds, “Bless me father, for I have sinned. It has been ________ weeks/months since my last confession. My sins are _________.”

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Once the penitent has confessed his or her sins the priest will give direction, which will help the penitent to avoid sin in the future.

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Next he will ask the penitent to pray the Act of Contrition. If the penitent does not know the whole prayer or forgets it he or she can tell the priest and the priest will help.

88, 89, 344

BLM: Unit 2






After the penitent prays the Act of Contrition, the priest will extend his hand and pray the Prayer of Absolution. Once he is finished with this prayer he will say “go in peace” or something similar; the penitent will reply, “Amen.”

88, 89, 344

BLM: Unit 2






If a person gets confused at any point during their confession they should let the priest know and the priest will help them to make a good confession.

88, 89, 344




Sin




1874


Sin is a deliberate choice to disobey God. A person cannot sin by accident.

89, 341, 367

1440


Sin wounds our relationship with God and His Church.

89, 367

BLM: 2-3





Sin can weaken and destroy our life as God’s sons and daughters.

89, 367

BLM: 2-3


1854–1855

There are two types of sin: mortal and venial.

89, 341, 360, 367, 369

1858–1859

Mortal sin destroys the very life of God within us.


341, 360

1857


For a sin to be mortal the following conditions must be met:
It must be a serious matter.

You must know it is wrong.

You must act with full consent of your will.


341, 360

1855


Mortal sin results in a serious loss of grace. “We cannot be reunited with God unless we freely choose to love Him. But we cannot love God if we sin against Him, against our neighbor, or against ourselves . . . To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from Him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called “hell” (CCC 1033).

341, 360

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Venial sin strains our relationship with God. It does not break the covenant with God or deprive a person of God’s grace, but weakens their relationship with Him.

89, 341, 369

1865

The Capital Sins







Sin creates a tendency toward additional sin and the growth of vices. The end result is inclinations that corrupt what is good into something evil.

89, 341

BLM: 2-3


FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues

1866


The early Church Fathers identified the main vices, calling them the capital sins. These vices are “capital” because they encompass all other sins and vices. They are also known by the title of the Seven Deadly sins. They are called “deadly” because they are like poison to the soul, slowly destroying goodness and a relationship with God.

89, 341, 350

BLM: 2-3


FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues




Through the practice of virtue one can overcome vice. Practice of specific virtues helps combat a particular vice.


79–81, 82, 89, 205, 323, 341, 350, 370

BLM: 2-3


FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues

1866


The seven capital sins and their opposing virtues (sometimes called the seven capital virtues) are:
Pride vs. Humility

Avarice vs. Generosity

Envy vs. Charity

Wrath vs. Meekness

Lust vs. Chastity

Gluttony vs. Temperance

Sloth vs. Diligence

79–81, 82, 89, 205, 323, 341, 350, 353, 364, 367, 368, 370

BLM-: 2-3

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues, What Holds You Back?





Lesson 4—Honoring God







Our relationship with God is the focus of the first three commandments.

89, 232–233, 239, 244, 311, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Hear, O Israel, Read for Life, Seeing the Good in Others, Walking in Their Shoes, True Love, Learning to Be Truthful, What Did You Say?



2084–2132

The First Commandment—“I am the Lord, your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.”

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets





The first commandment calls each person to love God above all other things.

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


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Putting anything or anyone before or loving anything or anyone more than God is idolatry. Idolatry does not just mean worshipping statues or other gods, but putting more time and effort in the pursuit of power, popularity, money, or pleasure than a relationship with God.

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


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The false idols put before God cannot satisfy and will lead to an unfulfilled life.

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


2142–2159

The Second Commandment – “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”


89, 233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



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Each person must show great respect for God and for His name. To misuse God’s name shows a lack of respect due to God.

89, 233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets






To speak in vain means to say something that has no importance or positive result.

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FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



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To show contempt or to use the name of God, the Church, or saints in an offensive way is blasphemy.

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FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



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Perjury is lying under oath. To call upon God, the speaker of truth, to be the witness to a lie is a serious offense.

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FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets






Vulgar language, by itself, is not sinful. It is crude, offensive, and not fitting for an authentic Christian life.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets




Vulgar language, however, can be sinful when it is used to express uncontrolled anger or rage and to purposely offend or put down another person. It is the circumstance and intent that make this action sinful.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets




It is when it is directed toward God that it is an offense against the second commandment. When directed toward another person it is an attack upon their human dignity and therefore comes under the fifth commandment.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life

2168–2188

The Third Commandment—”Remember the Sabbath day.”

237c, 239, 244

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


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The Sabbath recalls creation. In six days, God created the world and it was on the seventh day He rested. As an image of God, we are called to imitate God’s action. Like our Heavenly Father, we need a day of rest to be refreshed in body and soul.


239, 244, 322, 337, 338–339, 365

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship, Commandment Booklets


2170–2171


After the exodus from Israel, God prescribed the Sabbath to be a day of remembrance of the covenant between God and His people.

140, 237c, 239, 244, 311, 313

BLM: Unit 5



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For Christians, the Lord’s Day is Sunday. Sunday fulfills the requirements of the third commandment because it is set aside as a day of rest honoring God.

239, 244, 322, 337, 338–339

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship, Commandment Booklets





We should avoid unnecessary work and shopping on Sundays.

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FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets: Family Sundays, Preparing for Sundays



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Attending Sunday Eucharist is an important part of setting Sunday aside as a day of rest for God.

239, 244, 322, 337, 338–339

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship



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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Church’s life; therefore it is necessary to live a devout life.

237c, 239, 244




Attendance at Sunday Mass and on Holy Days of Obligation is one of the precepts of the Catholic Church.

322, 337, 338–339

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship






Lesson 5—Honoring Family







Because all humans were made in the image and likeness of God, all people have dignity and deserve to be treated as such. Each person must respect everyone else and treat them as they would want to be treated.

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life



2197–2246

The Fourth Commandment“Honor thy father and mother.”

205, 241–243, 245

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Walking in Their Shoes


2214–2219


Each person should honor his or her parents by giving them: obedience, respect, gratitude, and assistance.

205, 241–243, 245

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Walking in Their Shoes


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God gives men and women who marry the special privilege of cooperating in His greatest act of creation: the creation of a new human person. Corresponding to this special privilege is a married couple’s serious responsibility to take good care of the children God gives them.


161–162, 164–165, 188, 337

BLMs: 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Praising Creation, Sacraments Dictionaries, Walking in Their Shoes





Parents have been given the authority by God to guide their children to know and to do what is right and good.


161–162, 164–165, 188, 337

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Sacraments Dictionaries, Walking in Their Shoes


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Through the Sacrament of Marriage, parents are given a special grace to raise their children. This grace gives them authority that should be respected and obeyed. The Sacrament also calls them to be the primary teachers of their children in all areas of their life especially their faith.

161–162, 164–165, 188, 337

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Sacraments Dictionaries, Walking in Their Shoes


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The fourth commandment includes respecting other authority figures established for the public good, such as: teachers, counselors, coaches, youth leaders, priests, and civil authorities.

157, 201, 205, 241–243, 245

BLMs: 3-4, 5-2, 5-4, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Walking in Their Shoes


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Obedience is not required if the request is to do something known to be morally wrong.

237c, 209, 361

FindingGod.com: Walking in Their Shoes






The Holy Family is the perfect model of familial respect and love.

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God wants all families to become little communities of love like the Holy Trinity. This comes about when all of the members of the family truly care about one another and help one another in their daily lives.

Reflection: Living in Relationship

BLMs: Unit 1, 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Family Shields, Family Unity, Walking in Their Shoes





Junior High students have more abilities and opportunities to help make their families communities of love. Helping around the house without being asked, helping care for younger siblings, being kind and considerate toward all members of the family, and respecting parents’ authority to make decisions are all signs of love and maturity on the part of the young people.

Reflection: Living in Relationship

BLMs: 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Family Shields, Family Unity, Walking in Their Shoes





Lesson 6—Respect for Life




2258–2330

The Fifth Commandment—“You shall not kill.”


129c

BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for life




Being made in the image of God implies that human life is sacred.

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life






This commandment calls for a respect for life and protects the dignity and sacredness of human life.

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: Paul Writes to Philemon

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Litany of Love, Read for Life






It also calls for a respect for all aspects of the human person—their mind, body, and soul.

74, 147, 129c , 235, 345

Record: Paul Writes to Philemon

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Litany of Love, Read for Life



2268–2274, 2276–2283

Murder, abortion, suicide, euthanasia, and unjust war are all sins and offenses against the dignity of human life.

135, 247–257, 341, 347, 354

FindingGod.com: Read for Life






Human life begins at conception. Thus, from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death, human life must be protected and nurtured.

247–257, 341, 347

FindingGod.com: Read for Life



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Induced abortion is the direct intended killing of an innocent, unborn human being and is a grave sin against the fifth commandment. Abortion is never the right choice to make when faced with a difficult or unintended pregnancy.

135, 247–257, 341, 347

FindingGod.com: Read for Life






Offering one’s child for adoption is an act of love toward a child whom one conceived but cannot responsibly raise. There are thousands of childless couples in our country who are eager to adopt a child and give him or her a loving home.

247–257, 341, 347

FindingGod.com: Read for Life




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Contraception is another offense against the dignity of human life because it removes the ability for the human body to function and reproduce as God intended.

251–252, 164, 341, 343

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?, Read for Life



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To act in a way that leads others to sin is disrespectful of the other person and their soul. Scandal is behavior or an attitude that leads another person to sin.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Read for Life




To dare someone to act in a sinful way or to bribe or threaten someone leading them to sin does not respect their spiritual life and dignity.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Read for Life




Bullying does not respect the dignity of another person. To maliciously make fun of someone or to violently threaten them does not give their feelings or body the respect that is due to them.
For example: Melanie might make fun of the way Jill dresses in her older sister’s clothes. She does this to feel better about herself because she does not dress the way Jill does. When Jill comes in the next day with a fashionable outfit Melanie comments on how cute it is that Jill is trying to be fashionable, putting Jill down once again. Melanie is not loving or respecting Jill, and her attempts to be loved and respected fail because no one wants to be friends with someone who has a reputation of being mean.

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BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Read for Life




Offensive language used specifically to offend, shock, or put down another does not respect their human dignity.

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BLM:3-3


FindingGod.com: Read for Life




Physically harming another is an act of violence that offends against the fifth commandment.

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: Paul Writes to Philemon

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life






Uncontrolled anger that offends or leads to improper behavior or thoughts is another way in which we can disrespect the human dignity of ourselves and others.

BLM: 3-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Messages of Hope and Healing






Excessive or abusive use of food, alcohol, or drugs does not show the proper respect of the human body. Likewise, excessive exercising and dieting do not respect the body. It takes something good and distorts it so it is no longer healthy. These things sometimes become the main focus of our lives and no longer are good and healthy, but little idols that separate us from God.

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BLM: 3-3







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