The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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




Catechism

Liturgical

FG Reference

1066–1070


The liturgy is the celebration of the life of Christ. As members of God’s family, we remember why Christ came to earth. We affirm that Christ, in our every day life, is central to the life of a believing Christian. The Liturgy helps us to hope for the future that we will continue to make Christ central in our lives so that we may look forward to eternal life with God in heaven.

12, 101–106, 139a–c, 139, 250, 283, 286, 288

BLMs: 33, 34, 38, 48

FindingGod.com: Many People, One Family

Song: “Song of Love”



1071


Liturgy calls us to fully participate with our minds and hearts in the worship of God.

139, 250, 288, 296

BLM: 48


Song: “Song of Love”

1121


The sacraments are the means through which God gives His life to each person through grace.
The Sacraments are an outward sign of God’s love and mercy.

99, 102–106, 155, 246, 286, 293

131c, 155, 293

Song: “I Say Yes, Lord”


1212, 1275


Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are the Sacraments of Initiation that bring us into a special relationship with Jesus. They are the foundations of Christian life.


121a, c, d, 123–130, 155a, 155, 156, 246, 282, 284, 285, 293

Reflection: 128

BLMs: 40, 42

FindingGod.com: Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Song: “I Say Yes, Lord”


1212



Baptism unites us with the life of Jesus; Eucharist feeds us with Jesus' Body and Blood; Confirmation strengthens us through the Holy Spirit.



121a, 123, 127, 246, 282, 284, 285, 287

Reflection: 128

BLMs: 41, 42

FindingGod.com: Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Song: “I Say Yes, Lord”


1277


BAPTISM is new life in Christ. It is necessary for eternal life with God and makes us members of the Catholic Church.



105, 121d, 123, 126, 127, 246, 282

BLMs: 41, 42

FindingGod.com: Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Song: “I Say Yes, Lord”



1213, 1263


Baptism is the gateway to the other sacraments.


105, 121d, 123, 126, 127, 282

BLMs: 41, 42



1278


At each person’s Baptism they are immersed in water or water is poured over their head.
During the Baptism the priest says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.”

126, 142, 246

1280


At Baptism each person receives a special sign on their soul. Baptism is received only once.

121d, 126

1303, 1316–1317


CONFIRMATION confirms and strengthens the grace we receive at Baptism.

121a, 121d, 127, 247, 284

BLM: 42


1395


At Confirmation the person receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

127, 284

1299–1300


At Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes down on each person. This occurs when the Bishop anoints the head with Holy Chrism and says, “be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Through Confirmation we are bound more firmly to Christ and the Church.
This sacrament strengthens us to be witnesses to our Christian faith. It is received only once.

247

127, 142, 284

127, 247, 284


1425


RECONCILIATION or PENANCE: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift to help each person strengthen their relationship with God because of inclination to sin.
God gives each person the free will to choose what is good or what is evil. Each person fails to choose what is good at some time in their life and sins.


121a, 133, 134, 155a, 248, 292, 293

BLMs: 43, 44, 45, 56

Song: “Peace Walk”
173, 174, 177, 261, 286

BLM: 16, 43, 44, 45, 56


FindingGod.com: WWTHFD—What Would the Holy Family Do?; 3 Good Questions +3 Good Answers = 1 Moral Choice; Commandment Match; Jesus Said No—Can You?

Song: “Peace Walk”



1730, 1790



Personal sin is any word, action, or desire contrary to God’s law that we ourselves choose to commit.


134, 137, 291, 294

BLM: 45


Song: “Peace Walk”

1496–1497



Each personal sin offends God, and hurts the person, but also wounds the People of God, the Church.
God is gracious and He gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to reconcile us with Him and with the community.

131, 134, 137, 256, 257, 294

BLM: 45
131, 134, 155a, 248, 285, 293

BLM: 45

Song: “Peace Walk”



1493, 1785


Before each person receives the Sacrament of Reconciliation they must examine their conscience.

131b, 256, 285

BLM: 45


1491



To receive this Sacrament three things are necessary: sorrow for sin (contrition), confessing our sins, and the intention of making reparation for them. The priest absolves sins “in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Each person must make reparation by doing the act of penance given by the priest.
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.”
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 _________.
Once the penitent has confessed his or her sins the priest will give direction that will help the penitent to avoid sin in the future.
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.
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.”
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.

131b, 293
258, 291, 293

136, 258, 293


136, 258, 293

136, 258, 293

136, 258, 293

136, 258, 293


136, 258, 293


136, 258, 293

1407



EUCHARIST: We receive the gift of Jesus’ Body and Blood, which He shares with us at Mass as He did with His apostles at the Last Supper.

100, 121d, 127, 140, 142, 247, 285, 286, 288

BLM: 42


1415


Receiving Jesus in Holy Communion continues our life-long relationship with Jesus that began at our Baptism.

19c, 127, 140, 285, 286

1346, 1348,

1408

At Mass we gather together as God's family. Christ acts through the priest as we celebrate the Mass. The Mass includes:

100–106, 139, 143, 146, 250, 288


1349




Liturgy of the Word: The Liturgy of the Word includes readings from the Old and New Testaments and a homily. The Liturgy of the Word is an encounter with Christ through the Word of God proclaimed.

142, 245, 251, 287–290




1391–1392




Liturgy of the Eucharist: Jesus gives Himself to each person as the Bread of Life. Jesus is really and truly present, Body and Blood in the Eucharist.

141, 142, 145, 252, 285, 288




1353




At the epiclesis the priest asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit so that the bread and the wine will become the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ.




1413

At the consecration the priest raises the bread and wine in his hands and says the Eucharist Prayer. He prays, “this is my body, this is my blood” and at that moment bread and wine are changed into the Body of Christ and Blood of Christ. This is what we call Transubstantiation.


141, 142, 144, 252, 284

BLM: 47



1409

The Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection, which becomes present to us at every Mass.


141, 144, 252, 285, 288

BLM: 47



1415

To receive Christ in the Eucharist, one must be in the state of grace. This means to be free from any serious sins.


285, 286, 294

BLM: 47



1387


Each person is required to fast from food and drink, except water and medicine, for one hour before receiving the Holy Eucharist.


285



1193


We are obligated to go to Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation to give praise and worship to God.


143, 144, 174, 250, 253, 287, 288

BLM: 57



2174, 2176


The desire for God lies deeply in the heart of each person and Christ’s resurrection is the most significant event of Christ’s life on earth. This calls forth in each person the act of belief in what we cannot see. From this there is a moral obligation to worship in gratitude for our salvation.


143, 144



1194


The Church has a liturgical year. The central focus and mystery of this holy year is the person of Jesus Christ. By following the Church through various seasons of this liturgical year, people are called to continually grow in their understanding of Christ and to follow Him.


201–230



524

The liturgical year begins with the Advent season, which prepares for the coming of Christ.


203–206, 281

BLM: 66



436–437


The Christmas season celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfills the hope of the Old Testament. The Christmas season ends with the Baptism of Jesus.
Ordinary Time has two periods. The first begins with the Sunday after Epiphany until the beginning of Lent. The second period begins after Pentecost and ends with the Feast of Christ the King.
Lent is the six-week preparation time for the celebration of Easter. Lent is a time of penance and sacrifice. It begins with Ash Wednesday.
It is a Lenten practice to give up something or do something for others. These acts of sacrifice are blessed by God.
The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday. This begins Holy Week which focuses on the sufferings and death of Christ.
The Easter season celebrates Christ rising from the dead. It is a joyous time lasting for 50 days.

207–210, 285

BLM: 67


201, 202, 285, 288, 291

211–214, 282, 288

BLM: 68

213, 288


BLM: 68

215–218, 287, 290

BLM: 69

219–222, 285



BLMs: 70, 71


Task 3: Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.

Faith


Catechism

Moral

COL Reference


2083–2196


The Church teaches us how to live a moral life. The Greatest Commandment is to love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and the second is to love one another as we love ourselves.


53, 98, 106, 259, 286




2318, 2258, 2270, 2276

We show respect for God and others by caring for ourselves and doing our best. We should care for all people, including the unborn and aged, by respecting the life and property of other people.


EC20, EC21, 62, 74, 98, 113, 187–194, 262

BLMs: 11, 12, 21, 22, 63, 64

Song: “Song of Love”




1999


Through the life of the Church each person receives God’s grace which strengthens a person to live a moral life. God’s grace is the gift of God’s life in each person. This grace will one day lead the person to eternal happiness in Heaven.


57, 69, 74, 86, 102, 171d, 173, 189, 286, 289

BLMs: 43, 56, 63

Song: “Song of Love”




2052

The Ten Commandments teach us how to avoid sin and live holy lives.




51b, 52–54, 57, 75a, 171a–c, 174, 176, 177, 195, 196, 259, 262, 295

BLMs: 57, 58, 59

Reflection: Kingdom of God




1496


Going against what Jesus taught is a sin. When we are sorry for our sins, God forgives us through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


23, 53, 73, 121a, 131a, 131d, 137, 291, 293, 294

BLM: 45

Song: “Peace Walk”




1855, 1875

A venial sin is an offense against God. A venial sin does not break our relationship with God.


131d, 135, 137, 291, 294, 295

Song: “Peace Walk”



1855, 1874



Mortal sin is a serious offense against God, which is freely chosen, willingly and knowingly. Mortal sin destroys God’s life within us.

131d, 135, 137, 289, 291, 294

Song: “Peace Walk”



1858–1859

For a sin to be mortal all 3 conditions must be met:

It must be a serious offense against God.

You must know it is wrong.

You must freely choose to do it anyway.

289, 294



1803, 1833

A virtue is a good habit which each person must practice. By practicing virtue we strengthen our will against doing what is wrong and sinful. The two special types of virtues are: Cardinal and Theological.


165, 166, 168–170, 195–197, 295

BLMs: 53, 54, 55, 62, 65

Reflection: Letter to the Ephesians

FindingGod.com: Interview with a Saint, Our Love Grows, Can You Tell How I Care?, Jesus, Help Me to Be Virtuous




There are four Cardinal Virtues. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.


165, 166, 185, 286, 287, 292, 294




1812–1829

There are three Theological Virtues. They are: faith, hope, and charity.


161c–f, 165, 166, 168–170, 195–197, 283, 285, 287

BLMs: 53, 54




Task 4: Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ. F




Catechism

Prayer

COL Reference


2566–2567


Every heart has a desire for God. God is constantly inviting each person into a special relationship with Him. This begins and grows through constantly being attentive to the life of prayer.


EC6, 6, 8, 16, 48, 67, 72, 83, 88, 91, 96, 104, 405, 107, 123, 136, 145, 146, 152, 192, 291




2680, 2721, 2560

Prayer is talking to God. It is communication with God who loves us. In prayer each person can develop a personal relationship with God.


EC6, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 16, 17, 19, 24, 25, 27, 32, 39, 51, 64, 65, 67, 83, 88, 89, 91, 96, 104, 105, 1436, 152, 291




1073

In the Eucharist we gather with God’s people to pray and celebrate God’s love. This is the greatest prayer in the life of the Church.


67b, 100–106, 139a, 285




2664


We can pray by ourselves, with our families, or with God's people in church.



3, 8, 11, 16, 17, 19, 24, 26, 32, 33, 35, 39, 51, 56, 64, 65, 67, 75, 79, 80, 83, 88, 91, 96, 104, 105, 107, 112, 113, 136, 145, 152, 159, 176, 192, 291




2590

Our minds and our hearts help us pray. Our minds help us to know God loves us. We can think of all the good things God has done for us. Our hearts thank God and praise Him.


EC8, EC9, 3, 6, 8, 11, 16, 17, 19a, 25, 33, 49, 56, 67, 73, 75, 83, 91, 96, 104, 105, 107, 113, 123, 136, 176, 192, 291




2644

There are different types of prayers; some prayers ask God for certain favors and others give thanks for gifts received.


EC9, 3, 8, 27, 43, 49, 57, 59, 75, 79, 88, 91, 96, 99, 194, 195, 197, 112, 113, 123, 128, 131, 136, 152, 176, 192





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