The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

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Plan B

Junior High Confirmation Preparation

Task 2: Catechesis promotes a knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments



COL Reference

The Sacraments of the Catholic Church


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

121, 124, 233, 270


Liturgy is the public work of the Church. It includes the rites and ceremonies of the Mass and Sacraments.

155, 338–339, 358, 359, 365


A sacrament is an outward sign of God’s grace. The sacraments were instituted by Christ and are received through the life of the Church. Through the action of the Holy Spirit each sacrament brings a special divine grace into our lives.

187–188, 189, 336–337, 365


There are seven sacraments that come to us through the Church. They are:

Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.

187–188, 336–337, 365

BLMs: 2–4


Each sacrament has its own special rite. The rite is the words and gestures that are necessary to assure the proper administration of the Sacrament.

187–188, 336–337, 365


The Sacraments of Initiation:


The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. By receiving these three Sacraments a person becomes fully a member of the Christian Community, the Body of Christ. Baptism is the gateway to all other sacraments; it is the first sacrament to be received. Confirmation is the completion of Baptism. The Eucharist in most cases is received as the third sacrament of Christian Initiation. The Eucharist is the continual nourishment of Christian life, and is received many times. Because it is the source and summit of all Christian life, the Eucharist has the highest place among the seven sacraments.

188, 214, 336, 366

BLM: Unit 4


Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation. Through this sacrament, either by the immersion in or pouring on of water in conjunction with the proper use of the ritual, one is freed from Original Sin. A person then becomes united to Christ through grace and becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit and a member of the Church. Baptism is received only once.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4


Confirmation is the sacrament that completes the grace of Baptism. The person receives an increase of the gift of the Holy Spirit that “seals” and strengthens the baptized person to take on the full responsibilities of the Church, in particular the apostolic life.

206–208, 214, 336, 351

BLM: Unit 4


Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Lord Jesus Himself, under the appearance of bread and wine, is present, offered and received. By this sacrament, the Church lives and grows. Emphasis needs to be placed on the real presence of Jesus under the appearance of bread and wine. We gather at the Eucharistic celebration to praise and thank the Father, to receive God’s word and to celebrate Jesus’ Paschal Mystery. Jesus feeds us with His own Body and Blood making us one with Him and each other. It is the greatest of the sacraments of the Church and the Church’s most important act of worship.

64, 108, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365, 362

BLM: 1-1

The majority of Catholics receive the Sacraments of Initiation during childhood. They receive Baptism as infants, first Eucharist around the age of 7 or 8, and Confirmation around the age of 13 or 14. However, there are many people who, for some reason, did not receive the sacraments at these ages. For these people the Church has a special process of Christian initiation which was begun in the early Church. This process is called the Catechumenate. In the Catechumenate a person studies all about the Catholic Faith so that they can decide if they truly want to be a member of the Church. Once they have gone through the Catechumenate they receive the Sacraments of Initiation, usually at the Easter Vigil.

188, 214, 336, 353, 366

The Sacrament of Baptism

1217–1222, 1223–1225

The Sacrament of Baptism is pre-figured in the Old Testament in the Spirit of God hovering over the waters at creation, in Noah’s ark, and in the crossing of the Red Sea and of the Jordan River.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349 How It Came to Be


Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been preached and who have had the opportunity to ask for it. Infants who are not baptized are entrusted to the mercy of God.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4

Through the sacrament of Baptism:


We are incorporated into Christ.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4


We become members of Christ’s body, the Church.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLMs: Unit 4


We are freed from original sin and all personal sins.

150, 178, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 229–230, 336, 341, 349

BLM: Unit 4


We become adopted children of God participating in Christ’s divine nature.


BLM: Unit 4

Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Church, the people of God and of the New Covenant.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4


The Sacrament of Baptism places on our soul an indelible mark which cannot be erased or repeated.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4


Even though all sin is removed, there exists a weakness of character and an inclination to sin that the Church calls concupiscence. The temptation to sin can be overcome by the grace of Christ.

89, 178, 229–230, 341, 362 Lead Us Not Into Temptation


The most Holy Trinity gives the baptized the grace to believe in God, to have hope in Him, and to love Him. These are the three Theological virtues: faith, hope, and love.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80–81, 271–272, 350, 354, 356 Faith, Hope, and Love, Love Mobiles, The Language of Hope

1270, 2013

The gifts of the Holy Spirit, received at Baptism, assist the baptized as they grow in holiness and perform the missionary mandate of the Church.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Our Family Tree

Baptism is the beginning of the spiritual life of all Christians.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4

We renew our baptismal promises at the Easter Vigil. At this time the children who have reached the age of reason and adults are baptized, receive Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist.



The essential rite of Baptism consists of a triple immersion in baptismal water, accompanied by the words, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” These words must be used as indicated, if other words are used the person is not validly baptized.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349


The usual minister of baptism is an ordained priest or bishop. However, in times of great danger of death before a priest can be found, any person, even a non-baptized individual, can administer this rite.
For example: Newborn infants in danger of death are often baptized by one of the parents before a priest can arrive.

Baptism is the source of both rights and responsibilities. The baptized have the right to receive the sacraments, be nourished by the word of God, and be sustained by other spiritual helps of the Church. The baptized have the responsibility of being actively involved in their parish and in other charitable and missionary acts. It is through the Christians good example of life that they live out the Church’s mission to evangelization.

150, 195–196, 198–199, 214, 336, 349

BLM: Unit 4 Back to the Future


Sacramentals are an extension of the sacraments. Sacramentals are sacred signs (objects, actions and blessings) which specially prepare a person to receive the graces of the sacraments. Sacramentals do not impart grace. Sacraments impart grace while sacramentals prepare a soul to receive the graces that are proper to the Sacraments.

176, 185, 189, 366 Sacramental Dictionaries

A few examples of sacramentals are: the Rosary, the Sign of the Cross, and Holy water.

38, 176, 178, 185, 189, 326, 356, 366

Living as a follower of Christ


The precepts of the Church are the minimum obligations for all Christians.

90, 322, 337, 338–339, 363 Come and Worship, Sacraments Dictionaries, Forgive Us Our Trespasses

The precepts are:

~ To attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

~ To confess mortal sins at least once a year. (Anyone conscious of a mortal sin should seek reconciliation immediately.)

~ To receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.

~ To observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.

~ To help provide for the needs of the Church.

90, 322, 337, 338–339, 363

BLM: 5–3 Come and Worship, Twenty Questions, Sacraments Dictionaries, Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Living as a follower of Christ requires a person to be a disciple of Jesus Christ by following Him and sharing in His mission, and in His joys and sufferings.

Reflection: Called by Name

BLM: Unit 2 Jesus Wants You

Desire for God

27–30, 44–45

Because each person is created by God, there is a desire and thirst in each person’s heart that only God can satisfy. God is truth and love and desires to have a special relationship with each person He created.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

Record: The Feeding of the 5,000, The Transfiguration

Reflection: Living in Relationship

A person can exercise their free will and reject God and try to find other ways to satisfy their longing for God, but God will always be present.

41c, 121, 124, 347, 355

A famous saint rejected God until one day he realized that only God could satisfy the longing of his heart. He is St. Augustine of Hippo.

44–46, 48, 121, 124

Only in God can lasting joy and peace be found in this life and the next.

121, 124

The Life of Faith in God

Faith is the assent given in trust and obedience to the truth.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


Faith is an act of giving our entire self to God. Our hearts give our love to God and our intellect believes the revelation in Scripture and in Tradition.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

Faith is God’s entire free gift. It must be nurtured to grow.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


Faith must be and is a personal act of commitment to God through Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. Every person has the freedom to believe or not believe what is revealed in Scripture and Tradition about God.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


True faith is believing and trusting everything God has revealed. Faith is not picking and choosing those things we like to believe and disregarding those things we dislike.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

A creed is a statement of things believed. The Apostle’s and Nicene creeds summarize the content of the faith as it is revealed by God through Sacred Scripture and Tradition.


Faith is a relationship—a loving yes to God who has first loved us. Faith is our response to God’s love.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


Faith is certain; because what has been revealed comes directly from God who can neither deceive nor be deceived.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


“Faith seeks understanding (St. Anselm, Prosl. Prooem.: PL 153,225A) If you have faith you have a desire for a deeper and better understanding about God. Our understanding develops over time and will not be completed until we see God face to face. As our understanding grows our faith grows as well.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

Reflection: Face to Face


The virtue of faith is a supernatural gift of God. It is a grace. Grace is God’s activity in our lives. Faith is a response to God’s grace given out of love.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80–81, 271–272, 350, 354, 356 Letters of Belonging, Our Family Tree of Faith

We can lose this priceless gift of faith through carelessness or sin.

89, 139c, 143–144, 257c, 367, 369

Temptations are situations that lure us to sin. However, a person does not actually commit a sin unless he or she freely and knowingly chooses to commit an act that is against God’s law or fails to do something that God’s law requires. One cannot commit a sin on accident.

89, 139c, 143–144, 257c, 367, 369 Lead Us Not into Temptation

The effects of original sin make it more difficult to make good choices. We can be mistaken into believing sinful choices are good choices. Sin limits our ability to give and receive love.

89, 178, 229–230, 341, 362

God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to show us how to love God and each other. This final revelation in Christ demonstrates how much God loves each of us.

33–34, 63, 64, 66, 68, 176, 121, 124 Christ’s Body

By revealing himself to us, God invites us to enter into a loving relationship with him. We respond to this invitation with trust and faith.

33–34, 121, 124


Faith is meant to be exercised in a community. We need other people to teach and pass on God’s Revelation. We also need others to support us in our belief. This is why God gave us the Catholic Church to support and guide us in our life of faith.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

BLMs: 1–5

more about the Church


Faith has been revealed to be essential to eternal life. Without faith it is impossible to please God, but God’s mercy and love are not limited to our human understanding.

107, 108, 176, 353

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Someone who does not have the opportunity to know Christ but seeks God with a sincere heart may receive eternal life.

107, 108, 176, 353


Human beings have free will. God created us with the ability to choose good or evil; to choose to believe in Him or not to believe in Him. No one can be forced to embrace the faith unwillingly.

41c, 42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354, 355

Faith enables us to enjoy on earth the very life of God. Faith in this life is the beginning of eternity. “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354


We can look to Mary as the perfect model of faith.

120–121, 174–176, 286–287, 315–317

BLM: Unit 4 Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows


It is for her obedient “faith that all generations have called Mary blessed.” (Luke 1:48)

27, 287, 359 Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows


Mary’s “yes” to the message of the angel gives us inspiration to say “yes.”

120–121, 174–176, 286–287, 315–317 Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows

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