Task 1: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith. Faith
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God is the Creator of all that is seen and unseen. God created each person in His image. He desires that each person know and love Him in this life and be with Him forever in heaven.
The story of the Church on earth is the story of God’s love for His people.
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to live for 33 years. During this time, Jesus revealed who God is and how God desires all people to live their life on earth.
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BLMs: 2, 3
Song: “All You Works of God”
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BLMs: 8, 10, 12, 14
Jesus is the Son of God. He is fully human and fully divine. He is truly God and truly man.
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Jesus came to earth to save each person from their sins. The very name of Jesus means “God Saves.” This is why Jesus is called our Savior.
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Mary of Nazareth is Jesus’ mother. Joseph is Jesus’ foster father. They are called the Holy Family.
Jesus did not want the apostles to be alone. At the Last Supper He promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with them always.
The other Sacraments are Confirmation, Penance and Reconciliation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. They bring God’s grace into the lives of all who receive them and believe in Christ and His Church.
The Church is described in various ways. Because it reflects the mystery of God’s love for all people, it can only be explained with various images. One image is the people of God.
Another image of the Church is the Body of Christ, human and divine, a mystery that is believed only by faith.
It is important to know that Church (with a capital “C”) is the Church founded by Jesus. The other church (a small “c”) is a building in which the community gathers.
Because Christ founded the Church, He is the head of the Church and the Church is holy.
The Church is also a community of people who are united in Christ, brought into a unityfrom the union of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Jesus chose the Church to be His continued presence on earth.
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The Church refers to the people gathered together to give praise and thanks to God, listening to His Word and receiving His Body and Blood in the Eucharist.
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The Church on earth brings people the communication of God’s love.
All human people, except Jesus and Mary, were born with original sin due to the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. During life each person has the choice of being good, growing in grace and love or refusing to be loving.
The Church teaches constantly how to be holy. In the Bible, the life of Jesus shows how a person can live a holy life.
Song: “Song of Love”
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BLMs: 11, 14, 15, 16
Jesus loved each person so deeply that He gave His life to save each person from sin.
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Jesus suffered and died on the Cross. On the third day He rose from the dead. This is known as the Resurrection. The Resurrection is celebrated on Easter Sunday.
After a period of time on earth with His disciples Jesus ascended into Heaven.
On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection the Church celebrates Pentecost. At Pentecost the apostles were gathered with Mary. The Holy Spirit was manifested and given to the Church in a very special way.
St. Peter became the first pope. Jesus called Peter to continue to lead the Church on earth. Through the Pope, Christ continues to live and act in and for the Church.
The Church teaches people to understand God’s will through the Bible. Through the life of the Church, God’s people are led to eternal life.
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BLMs: 14, 15
Within the Church there are many vocations. Each vocation is meant to be the fulfillment of God’s plan for each person’s life and serve the needs of the Church.
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BLMs: 49, 50
Through the Church, God leads people toward eternal life. It is through Christ that the way of salvation is offered to all people.
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There are four marks which describe the Catholic Church. The first mark is that the Church is One. This means the Church believes in one God.
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The second mark of the Church is that She is Holy. Christ died in order to make the Church holy. Through the Church all sinners find holiness through Christ. The Church honors Mary who is all-holy and the saints who have lived holy lives through the Church.
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The third mark of the Church is catholic. Because of Her union with Christ the Church proclaims the fullness of the faith to all nations. Thus, the meaning of the word “catholic” is universal.
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The fourth mark of the Church is that she is apostolic. The Church was founded upon the twelve apostles. Christ governs the Church through the Pope and all the bishops.
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The visible head of the Church is the Pope. The invisible head of the Church is Christ. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the successor of St. Peter.
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The Pope is assisted by the bishops.
The name of the present Pope is ___________________. The name of our present Bishop is ______________________.
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Most bishops are the head of a diocese. The bishop is assisted in the diocese by priests. A diocese is divided into parishes. Normally a parish is run by a pastor who is a priest.
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A priest is ordained through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. He has a special relationship to the bishop. God gives all priests a special grace to be able to celebrate the Eucharist, which changes the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
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A deacon receives the sacrament of Holy Orders. He is ordained to serve as Christ served. Assisting at liturgy, preaching and assisting the bishop in ministries such as to the poor and needy, prisoners, and the sick.
The laity are all the baptized who seek God through their life in the world. All laity are called to holiness and have their own call to serve the people of God. Some laity are called to leadership in the Church.
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Consecrated life is a way of “special dedication to God rooted in baptism.” Men and women who live the consecrated life follow Christ more closely, giving themselves to God and serving His Kingdom in charity.
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BLMs: 22, 28, 49
Each person must face the end of their earthly life. This is called death. Death is a result of the sin of Adam and Eve. Through Christ and the Church, death is transformed into a blessing.
In death, God calls men and women to Himself. It is good to be unafraid to face death. In the words of St. Paul the Apostle, “I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.”
At the time of death we encounter Christ and experience the particular judgment. Depending upon how we have lived our lives, we will experience our final destiny, which may be immediate or eventual eternal union with God or immediate eternal separation from God.
Those who die united to God through the grace of a faithful life will experience Heaven. Heaven is a perfect life in communion and love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, all the angels, and saints.
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Those who die in God’s grace but still must undergo purification will experience purgatory. This is where one must be purified of sin and its effects so as to enter into the eternal Kingdom of God forever.
Those who have chosen in life to reject God are without love. They choose to exclude themselves from communion with God for all eternity. This eternal life without God is called hell. Hell is the state of separation from God because each person is born with a desire for God. For this reason, pain of hell is sometimes likened to fire; however, the “fire” of hell is not physical, material fire.
At the end of time there will be the last judgment. All people, whether good or bad, will be gathered before Christ. In the presence of Christ, the truth of each person’s life with God will be laid bare. Only God knows the day or the hour.