The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines

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Traditions and Devotions



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Marian Devotions

Memorize all of the Rosary Prayers. Have a May Crowning ceremony. Gather the students to sing Marian hymns and place a crown of flowers on a statue of Mary.


BLM: 37 Rosary Prayer Cloths


Hymns: When we sing a hymn we pray to God in a special way. Choose a hymn the children know and let them sing it.

270–295 Sing Along, Song:

Christians Do Their Best, Song: Church, Song: Jesus Calls Us, Song: We Know That Jesus Is Alive, The Commandment Song


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. Learn Traditional Catholic Hymns of waiting for, and celebrating the Birth of Christ.

19–25, 35–36, 202–205, 297

BLM: 66 Preparing for the Birth of Jesus Activity, Welcoming Jesus Wrapping Paper, Creating an Advent Tree of Kindness, Good Deeds Chain, Searching for Advent, Stars Who Give Us Light


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. Let the students be grateful for the gift of Christ in their lives and all the good things God has given them. Ask them to bring in a gift of canned goods for Christ. Once the canned food is collected it can be given to the local food bank.

202, 299

BLM: 68 A Choral Reading from Luke, A Message from the Angels Magnet, A Gift for Jesus, Following the Star, Hope for the World


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. Encourage the participation in a Lenten promise, a commitment to give up something or take on a task.

202, 211, 212–13, 298, 303

BLM: 68 How I Grow With God, Lenten Prayer Bowl, My Special Message to Jesus, A Lenten Quiz, Change-of-Heart Tree

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.

Make or decorate with Easter Lilies. This Easter symbol gained religious significance because they resemble trumpets to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus.

54–55, 134, 220, 306

BLMs: 69, 70 Easter Celebration, Alleluia!, Coloring Easter Eggs, Jesus Appears to His Friends, Song: We Know that Jesus Is Alive, Where Is Jesus?

All Saints’ Day celebrates the lives of the saints. Have the children portray or tell stories of their favorite saints.

1, 2, 12, 13, 41, 42, 62, 63, 65, 76, 81, 82, 121, 122, 124, 161, 162, 167, 183, 188, 191, 202, 223–226, 227–229, 297, 303, 307

BLMs: 27, 40, 53, 72 Cupcake Celebration for the Saints, Favorite Saint and Me Portrait, Saint Prayer Circle, Saint Paper Chain, A Billboard of Saints, A Portrait of Saint Ignatius and You, A Saint’s Story



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The Sign of the Cross

7, 36, 38, 87, 199, 306, 307

BLM: 3 A Community of Love, Trinity Song, Visualizing the Sign of the Cross, Sign of the Cross Necklace

Our Father

22, 24, 149, 237, 280–281 Lord’s Prayer Circle, The Lord’s Prayer Mural, Order of the Mass

The Hail Mary

382 Hail Mary Scramble, Praying the Hail Mary with Actions, Team Vocabulary Bee

The Apostles’ Creed

242, 253 We Proclaim Our Belief

Act of Contrition

96, 239

BLM: 39 Order of the Mass

The Glory Be to the Father

8, 236 The Glory Be with Actions

Signs and Symbols


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149, 258, 297 Compare and Contrast




126, 149, 156, 299

BLMs: 43, 45, 52

Christmas Crib



Easter (Paschal) Candle



BLM: 11




Pictures of Saints

1, 41, 81, 121, 161



Sign of Peace

149 Role-Playing Sign of Peace, Sharing the Sign of Peace, Order of the Mass

Stations of the Cross My Special Message to Jesus


15, 259, 307

BLM: 11

Finding God, Grade 3

Correlation to Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines


Page numbers reference Student Edition or Teacher Edition

Record references Guided Scripture Stories

Reflection references Guided Reflections

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

Song references songs used in teaching

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.

1f, 3, 13, 14, 19b, 22, 35, 39, 98

BLMs: 5, 6, 19

Songs: “Song of Love,” “All You Works of God,” “What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?”



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.

12, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 31, 44, 171d

BLMs: 5, 6, 19, 46

Songs: “Here I Am, God,” “Song of Love,” “What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?”



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.”

17, 31, 52, 65, 67, 171c, 172,

BLMs: 11, 12, 19, 46 Fired Up for Jesus

Songs: “Here I Am, God,” “Song of Love,” “What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?”



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.

13, 24, 36, 70, 74, 86, 98, 102, 286, 295

BLMs: 13, 19, 46 We Proclaim Our Belief

Songs: “Song of Love,” “All You Works of God,” “Here I Am, God,” “What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?”

Reflection: Prayer, Apostles’ Creed

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