The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Task 5: Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church. F




Catechism

Community Life

COL Reference


2, 1461,

2013


In the Old Testament God formed a community with the Israelites. The Israelites were the chosen people who lived a covenant relationship with God.


God created people to be social and have a need for one another. For this reason people live in various types of communities.
The Catholic Church is a universal community under the pope who represents Jesus on earth. The universal Catholic community believes in Jesus Christ and His place in the Blessed Trinity.

284

11, 59, 63, 65, 81b, 121b, 140, 175, 179b

BLM: 22
11, 12, 21, 121b, 121e, 140




832, 833, 836

The apostles were chosen by Jesus to lead and serve His people. He chose Peter to be their leader, who was the first Pope.


41a, 60–66, 91a, 91b, 91, 92, 282

BLMs: 20, 21

Song: “Here I Am, God”

Reflection: Jesus Calls Peter



946, 828, 2683


The bishops are successors of the apostles. Holy Orders is the Church's Sacrament of anointing leaders—bishops, priests, and deacons. These leaders continue Jesus' work of teaching, sanctifying, and governing.


62, 91b, 282, 287




2179


Catholics locally belong to a parish community where they come together to worship God and be fed spiritually.


EC4, 11, 74, 139, 143, 179b, 290

BLM: 21



1566–1568

Every parish has a pastor who is a priest. The name of our pastor is __________________. He helps us to learn about and worship God in the celebration of the Mass.


Your class is a community who comes together to learn about Christ. Each person can follow the way of Christ by loving and being kind to all members of the class and not excluding anyone.

74, 90, 290


11, 20, 22, 23, 25, 33, 49, 139

BLMs: 18, 19

Song: “Song of Love”




2204, 2205


The family is a special community within the Church. The father and mother are equal before God. They have different but complementary roles. Children are a blessing from God. The family is an image of the Trinitarian communion.


EC5, 29, 31, 33, 35, 36, 40, 99b, 108, 139, 179b, 179–182, 186, 200, 262

BLMs: 34, 37, 59, 60, 61

FindingGod.com: We Are Fam-I-Ly, ABC of Love, Clay Footprints Reflection: Faith in Jesus

Songs: “Song of Love,” “Hold Them in Your Heart”



946, 828, 2683

Saints are special friends of Jesus who lived their lives doing God’s will. They now live in heaven and are part of our Church family.

1, 14, 42, 45, 68, 81a, 81, 82, 110, 117, 121, 151, 161, 162, 164, 166, 183, 186, 188, 194, 293



Task 6: Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.




Catechism__Missionary_Life__COL_Reference'>Catechism

Missionary Life

COL Reference


981, 1086

After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent time preparing the apostles to continue His work.


202



1946, 1269–1270

Like the Apostles, all Christians are called to be evangelizers by telling others about God and spreading the teachings of Jesus. We must pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance in this mission.


60–63, 65, 66, 71, 81, 93, 116, 121, 124, 164, 170, 289

BLM: 18

Song: “Here I Am, God”




1271, 1273


The Missionary life is rooted in each person’s baptismal call to serve other people. This missionary spirit is based in the reality that each person can offer service within their parish community by participating in activities that help other people.


Prayer is an important part of the missionary call. When the Church offers prayers at Church on behalf of the missions we are living out this call. St. Thérèse of Liseux is the patroness of the missions because of her prayers for the missions around the world.

45, 66, 81, 121, 124, 164, 170


45, 65, 66, 81, 82, 121, 124, 164, 170, 291




767–769, 904–907

Some missionaries go to foreign countries to preach the Gospel and care for the poor. We must remember them in our prayers and acts of charity.


46, 66, 121, 124





In God’s Image F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference

355–361



Each person reflects the image of God. God, our Creator, made each person to become like Him by sharing in His truth, goodness, and beauty though His life of grace. He sent His Son, Jesus, to live on earth for 33 years to show how to become God-like. Each person has special dignity. God wants each person to love like He loves.

EC20, EC 21, EC 25, EC 28, 11–15, 59–66, 81b, 106, 187b, 187c, 187, 284

BLMs: 2, 5, 6, 20, 21, 22, 64



494


God asked Mary to be the mother of Jesus, and she accepted. Jesus grew in Mary's womb for nine months before He was born in Bethlehem.

28, 107a–c, 107–114, 288


1652

Children are the greatest gift that God can give to a husband and wife.

108, 109

BLM: 37



2221–2230


God gave us mothers and fathers, biological or adoptive, to love us and take care of us, body and soul, and to help us become the loving persons God wants us to be.


10, 18, 26, 34, 40, 50, 58, 66, 73, 74, 80, 89, 90, 98, 106, 114, 120, 129, 138, 146, 154, 178, 186

BLMs: 34, 37



1877

Everyone has a vocation from God to become a loving person, whether in marriage and family life, the priesthood, religious life, or single life.

EC1–3, 14, 93, 147a, 147–154, 179a, 296

BLMs: 49, 50





Understanding the Catholic Church F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


2179




Structure—Parish: Review the elements of a parish.

A pastor is a priest and the leader of a parish. Our pastor’s name is _______________.

Each parish has a special name. The name of our parish is ________________.

Families belong to a parish. Each of them is a parishioner.

Lay ministers help the priest in a special way to carry out the duties of a parish within the community.

We receive our sacraments at our parish.


EC4, 63, 74, 90, 93–95, 117, 146, 289, 290, 293

BLM: 40



833


Diocese: Many parishes make up a diocese. We are part of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend. A diocese is a collection of local churches led by a bishop. The name of our bishop is _____________________.

90, 93–95, 97, 117, 282, 285, 290




871, 873


Tradition—Vocation: Each person is called to live a life of holiness. Some people are called to become a priest, nun, sister, or brother. Others are called to dedicate themselves to a husband or wife in marriage or to being single.

EC1–3, 93–95, 99b, 147a, 147–154, 167, 249, 292, 296

BLMs: 49, 50



811, 865


Marks of the Church

The Marks of the Church are four qualities that define the essential elements of the Church. These elements explain that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.


95, 97, 282, 283, 286, 288, 290






Saints


F

Content

COL Reference

Immaculate Conception



253


St. Mother Theodore Guérin






St. Thomas the Apostle





St. Elizabeth Ann Seton





St. Patrick





St. Martin de Porres






Traditions and Devotions F




Catechism

Content

COL Reference


971


Marian Devotions
Make it a practice to pray a decade of the rosary together in class. Have a May Crowning ceremony. Gather the students to sing Marian hymns and place a crown of flowers on a statue of Mary.

81a, 107d, 110–114, 116, 241, 288, 293

BLMs: 36, 37, 38, 39

FindingGod.com: Blessed by God, We Pray Mary’s Prayer, Praying the Rosary

Reflection: Rosary

Song: “Holy is Your Name”




1156–1158

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.


264–280



1073

Plan a liturgical prayer service for a particular feast. Teach the children to choose a reading from Scripture related to the feast. Help them formulate prayers of petition. Practice simple Mass responses.


119



524



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

201–206, 281

BLM: 66



528



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.

143, 144, 207–210, 201, 283

BLM: 67



1438



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. As a class, participate in a reconciliation service. Make sacrifices by fasting from favorite treats and/or doing very special deeds.

202, 211–214, 288

BLMs: 68, 69



1169



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. Recognize the entire season, beginning with the Resurrection, the Ascension 40 days later, and ending after 50 days with Pentecost.

67b–d, 144, 202, 219–226, 282, 285, 291, 295

BLMs: 70, 71



1052, 1032

To celebrate All Soul’s Day have a special prayer service praying for family members who have died.


281



2175


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

143, 144, 202, 227–230, 253, 281, 293

BLM: 72




Prayers


F

Content

COL Reference

The Sign of the Cross

12, 16–18, 111, 142, 235, 258

BLM: 4


Our Father

19b, 19c, 20, 21, 23–25, 36, 111, 235

The Hail Mary

108, 111, 112, 236

The Apostles’ Creed

6, 8–10, 32, 34, 67a, 69, 70, 72, 74, 96, 107b, 111, 118, 238, 282

Act of Contrition

121b, 131c, 136, 237, 258

Angel of God




The Glory Be To the Father

13, 17, 18, 111, 236

Prayer before and after meals

236



Signs and Symbols



F

Content

COL Reference

Altar

254, 281

Ambo

254, 281

Ashes

282

Baptismal Font

282

Bread

49, 103, 105, 114, 144, 247, 252, 253, 285

Chalice

254

Christmas Crib




Ciborium




Crucifix

254

Cruets




Easter (Paschal) Candle

67b, 254

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament




Genuflecting/Genuflect

286

Holy Water

103, 105, 166, 246

Kneeling




Lectionary

288

Monstrance




Pictures of the Saints

45, 68, 84, 92, 103, 114, 122, 130, 154, 164

Prayer Corner/Table

EC7, EC10, 8, 154

Reconciliation Room/Confessional

134

Sanctuary




Sanctuary Light

255

Sign of Peace

134, 252

Stained-Glass Windows

FindingGod.com: Stained-Glass Illustrations

Stations of the Cross

74, 105, 217, 244, 245

Statue of Mary




Statues

103

Tabernacle

255, 282, 294

The congregation/the people of God gathered

140

The Presider/the priest or bishop

255, 282, 292

Wine

105, 144, 247, 252, 253, 285



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