Christ Our Life 2016 Grade 2 Catechist Parish Edition

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The New Evangelization The Essential Mission of the Church Entrusted by Jesus Jesus’ Commission  In the Gospel of Matthew, after his Resurrection, Jesus gives this mandate to the apostles: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20) The Acts of the Apostles tells us that the apostles and disciples were at first afraid. But their fear disappeared with the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (Acts of the Apostles 2:1–41). Peter went out and boldly proclaimed the Gospel to the gathering crowd. The mission of the Church to know, proclaim, witness, and share the Word did not end with the early Church. Jesus Christ is with us and continues to send the Holy Spirit to inspire us and give us the courage to proclaim the Gospel. Every generation is called to share the Good News of God’s love with the world. Catholic parents are especially called to recognize their vocation as the first catechists for their children to see that they learn the fundamentals of the faith. The children will then be prepared to enter the world with the knowledge they need to become evangelizers for their generation.

The Holy Fathers Speak  The popes since the Second Vatican Council have called the Church to realize how central the mission of evangelization is to our identity as Catholics. The call for the Church to be an evangelizing community began in modern times with the Second Vatican Council. This was seen especially in the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (1965) and The Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church (1965). This was followed up in 1975 with Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation, On Evangelization in the Modern World. Building on the initiative of Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II stressed the need for a New Evangelization in his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America. There Pope John Paul II wrote, “The program of a new evangelization . . . cannot be restricted to revitalizing the faith of regular believers, but must strive as well to proclaim Christ where he is not known.” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made New Evangelization the theme of the 2012 Synod of Bishops. Following up the synod, the bishops of the United States published a new document, Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization. Pope Francis has made evangelization a

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49)

primary focus of his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. In that Exhortation, Pope Francis encourages all the Christian faithful “. . . to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” The primary language Pope Francis asks Christians to use is “. . . the language of mercy, which is more about gestures and attitudes than words.”

Catechesis and the New Evangelization  The National Directory for Catechesis affirms that catechesis leads believers to a deeper knowledge and love of Christ and his Church. With the New Evangelization, catechesis is given a missionary dynamic to evangelize the culture, affirming what aligns with Jesus’ teaching and challenging what does not. (NDC 17.D) Among its pastoral directives, the NDC encourages dioceses and parishes to adopt and implement the goals of Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States. A summary of some fundamental objectives follows: (NDC 17.E) • for every believer to experience a personal conversion to Jesus Christ that leads to renewal and participation in the life of the Church • to encourage knowledge of Holy Scripture and Tradition of the Church • for believers to work toward renewing every parish, especially through implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults • for believers to rededicate themselves to the Word of God and the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and to commit to celebrating the Eucharist every Sunday • to make evangelical and social justice connections to the Sunday Eucharist • to call believers to daily prayer, in particular, to pray the psalms and the Liturgy of the Hours, to contemplate Christ’s life in the Mysteries of the Rosary, and to revere the Eucharist through adoration of the Blessed Sacrament THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

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THE NEW EVANGELIZATION • to make all parishes and Catholic institutions welcoming and accessible to all

The New Gather and Go Forth Pages in Christ Our Life The addition of the Gather and Go Forth pages to the Christ Our Life program is a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization including that of Pope John Paul II, who has asked each Catholic to evangelize in a way that is “new in its ardor, in its methods, in its expressions.” We become members of the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. We celebrate the Eucharist, the source and summit of Christian life, every Sunday. There we hear the Word of God that helps to prepare us to evangelize. As Pope Francis tells us, “God’s Word, listened to and celebrated, above all in the Eucharist, nourishes and inwardly strengthens Christians, enabling them to offer an authentic witness to the Gospel in daily life” (The Joy of the Gospel, 2013). The Gather and Go Forth pages in the Student Book show children ways to know, proclaim, witness, and share their faith. In the Catechist’s Edition, the threestep teaching plan (Inspire, Proclaim, Transform) guides catechists to help children become more aware and active in their personal relationship with God, the Church, and their call to invite others to the faith. Beginning on page T246, you can find catechist instruction that accompanies all 25 chapters of the Gather and Go Forth pages in the Student Book. You will also find a full correlation of Grade 2 that shows how these pages align with the goals and objectives expressed by the U. S. bishops in Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.

If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel? If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed? If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim? —excerpt from Prayer for the New Evangelization (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

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In the document Go and Make Disciples, the U. S. bishops’ vision of the New Evangelization is centered around three goals: • Goal 1—to bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others; • Goal 2—to invite all people in the United States, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ so they may come to join us in the fullness of the Catholic faith; • Goal 3—to foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good of our society, so that our nation may continue to be transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ Vision Is Our Own Being Jesus’ witness requires energy, renewed conviction, personal conversion, and enthusiasm from every baptized Catholic.

For Whom Is the New Evangelization Intended? Jesus’ commission to the apostles is at the heart of our call to know and share our faith with others. Every member of the Church plays a part in the New Evangelization. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops identifies various relationships that people may have to Jesus and his Church. The bishops tell us that each type of relationship has a role in the New Evangelization: “Evangelization, then, has different implications depending on our relationship to Jesus and his Church. For those of us who practice and live our Catholic faith, it is a call to ongoing growth and renewed conversion. For those who have accepted it only in name, it is a call to re-evangelization. For those who have stopped practicing their faith, it is a call to reconciliation. For children, it is a call to be formed into disciples through the family’s faith life and religious education. For other Christians, it is an invitation to know the fullness of our message. For those who have no faith, it is a call to conversion to know Christ Jesus and thus experience a change to new life with Christ and his Church.” (Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States: #27)

Roles of Life in the Church  Catholics share a common vision to express faith according to their chosen role and state of life. To proclaim Christ is not solely for foreign missionaries, parish priests, bishops, or the pope. Young and old, ordained clergy, professed religious, and the laity share in knowing, proclaiming, and sharing God’s Word in ways suitable to their lives.

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“‘[E]veryone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:13–15)

Additional Resources Second Vatican Council Documents on Evangelization www.vatican.va • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium) • On the Mission Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes) Vatican Documents on Evangelization www.vatican.va • Address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family • Lineamenta for the 2012 Synod: New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith • Message for the 2012 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Gifts of Service  Each member of the Church uses the Gifts from the Holy Spirit to evangelize. A young person might witness to Christ among friends, playing sports, volunteering, or at school. A parent may express faith in his or her workplace, demonstrating acts of kindness and charity, or championing Catholic Social Teaching in the neighborhood. A priest might share in the Church’s mission by leading Scripture study groups, celebrating the Mass on Sunday, or providing counseling to parishioners. A religious sister might share faith by teaching, volunteering in the community, or offering prayers and devotions for the living and the dead. In these and similar ways, Catholics reflect and spread Christ’s light and attract others to him. Embracing the Challenge  Catholics who are brimming with joy for God’s Word might meet resistance in a culture and society whose values are often on a collision course with Jesus’ teaching. Indeed, Catholics are challenged to be “in the world” but not “of the world.” Saint Paul reminds us: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) The world is a good place that God created out of his love for us. He sent his Son to live among us and save us from sin. Our Catholic challenge is to live the values of the Kingdom of God as Jesus taught us.

• On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi) • The Door of Faith United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Documents on Evangelization www.usccb.org • Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States • Sons and Daughters of the Light: A Pastoral Plan for Young Adult Ministry • Teaching the Spirit of Mission Ad Gentes: Continuing Pentecost Today • The Hispanic Presence in the New Evangelization in the United States Diocesan Evangelization Resources www.usccb.org/ about/bishops-and-dioceses/all-dioceses.cfm

As the Church, the People of God, we pray for ourselves and for one another. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us to know, proclaim, witness, and share the Good News courageously, even in difficult situations. We ask for the saints’ intercession, praying that the example of our lives, lived faithfully and authentically, welcomes others to the Church and invites them to know the Father.

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Inspire

Gather and Go Forth

1. Read aloud the page title

Gather and Go Forth. Discuss how we “gather and go forth” in our daily lives. ✦✦ What are some gatherings you go to each day or week? Do you practice a sport or have piano or swimming lessons? Which gatherings are your favorite? ✦✦

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Gathering and going forth sums up the Catholic way of life. We gather to pray and learn, and then we go forth to share our faith and God’s love for us.

Scripture in the sidebar on page 9. Explain that God speaks to us through the Gospels and the sacraments. ✦✦ Have children name any of the four Gospels and sacraments they know. When we receive God’s message from the Bible or in the celebration of the sacraments, God wants us to share it with others. This is a big job, but one we can all do because God is with us always. Pray together: Thank you, God, for the Gospels and the sacraments. Amen.

Proclaim  1. Read the Know and Proclaim introduction and chart with children. ✦✦ Ask children to name something God created in our world. ✦✦

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Ask children to think of someone in the room. Who made this person and loves this person? (God) God made and loves everyone. Lead children in prayer, beginning and ending with the Sign of the Cross: Loving God, help us love everyone. Thank you for making us in your image. Amen.

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God made everything. God loves everyone.

As Catholics, we respect God’s creation, especially people.

God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity.

Catholics remember the Trinity when praying the Sign of the Cross. It is a sign of our faith.

gather to hear God’s Word and celebrate the sacraments. “Go . . . proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

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God gives us our lives. We share the gift of life with others.

When do Catholics gather every week? (at Mass) What does the priest say at the end of Mass? (“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”)

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Fill in the circle that best completes the sentence. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are: saints. disciples. the Trinity. the Sign of the Cross.

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How did we begin and end our prayer? (with the Sign of the Cross) Who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? (the Trinity)

2. Discuss everyday signs. What signs do you see and use every day? (road signs; signs in school) The Sign of the Cross is an important sign. What does it tell others about you? (I am a Catholic.)

3. Direct children’s attention to the Test Your Catholic Knowledge section.

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Knowing our Catholic faith helps us know God and share his love. Read aloud this section. When all children have finished, discuss the correct answer.

Sunday Connection  Explore this Sunday’s Scripture readings with children by accessing www.loyolapress.com/sunday. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 93. To foster an appreciation of God’s Word

The Church Evangelizes  Many Catholics pray before meals at home, but not in restaurants or other public places. Explain to children the importance of praying before meals and invite them to talk with their parents about when and how their family prays together. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 97. To foster a deeper sense of prayer

See pages T296–T298 for a full correlation to the USCCB Go and Make Disciples national plan.

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4. Read aloud A Catholic to

Know. Discuss Saint Bernadette. ✦✦ Role models are good examples. They show us how to live like Jesus. What do the saints model for us? (how to love and follow Jesus) Invite volunteers to tell about saints. ✦✦

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A Catholic to Know Bernadette was born in France in 1844. When she was a young girl, she was visited by Mary at a cave near her home. Mary gave her a message of penance and prayer to share with others. Bernadette told the truth about what she saw. Hardly anyone believed her at first, but Bernadette never backed down. Today, millions of people have visited Bernadette’s town in France seeking God’s healing in their lives.

Saint Bernadette is a good role model. Mary, Jesus’ mother, visited Bernadette. Many people did not believe Bernadette at first, but she was brave and told the truth. It is important to tell the truth, even when others might not believe you. God will guide you and give you strength.

Witness and Share Listen to each faith statement. Think about what you believe.

My Way to Faith

Have children discuss a modern-day hero who models strength and courage like Saint Bernadette.

• I believe that God made everything and everyone. • I believe that God made me in his image.

5. Explain the concept of witness.

• I remember the Trinity when I pray the Sign of the Cross.

A witness is someone who sees or hears something and then tells the truth about it. How can you give witness to Jesus? (by hearing and sharing Jesus’ message)

Share Your Faith Write one way you can share your Catholic faith.

6. Read the Witness and Share

introductory text. Lead a reflection on the My Way to Faith statements. ✦✦ Explain that faith grows over time. To grow in our faith, we must take time to think about our beliefs. ✦✦

After I read a statement, think about it quietly. Read aloud each faith statement, allowing time for reflection.

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We are called to grow closer to God. Ask God to help you grow in your faith.

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Ask children to choose one faith statement to discuss with a parent or a trusted adult. Encourage children to grow in this area and then come back to the page later in the year and complete it again.

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Invite friends to tell more ways to share God’s love.

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Español  Invite Spanishlanguage speakers to access www.loyolapress.com/espanol.

1. Ask children to reflect on what

they wrote in Share Your Faith. What special gift or talent will help you share God’s love? Read aloud Matthew 5:14–16. Have children think about their own special light.

Goal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 115. To foster cultural diversity within the unity of the Church

2. Invite children to imagine

shining their light everywhere. Our special light from God gets brighter the more we share it.

7. Discuss ways to share our faith. Why is faith meant to be shared? (It helps us and others grow closer to God.)

8. Read aloud the directions for

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Inspire

Gather and Go Forth

1. Read aloud the text and

Scripture on page 17. ✦✦ Discuss the power of love. Whom do you love? How do you show that you love someone? [Let children respond.] ✦✦

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Share faith stories, personal or from current events, that illustrate acts of selfless love.

Jesus gives us new life. We share this life with others through our loving actions.

2. Discuss the idea that Jesus is

a gift. Jesus is a gift from God our Father. He is the most precious gift of all. Jesus tells us about the Father’s love and how we can grow closer to him. of thanksgiving. Have children finish this prayer: Thank you, Father, for the gift of your Son, because he    . Amen. Take turns praying aloud children’s prayers.

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We are Jesus’ followers too. What can we do to be closer to Jesus? Explain that everything Jesus’

know that Jesus is God’s best gift to us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16

We become more like Jesus when we love others and pray.

Jesus is the: Son of the Father. first disciple.

Proclaim introduction and chart with children. Draw three boxes on the board connected by arrows. In the first box, write God gives us Jesus. In the second box, write Jesus gives us grace. Then ask children what grace gives us. Write their responses in the third box. (Examples: Grace gives us the strength to love others. Grace gives us new life.)

Read aloud Acts of the Apostles 2:41–47. What did followers of Jesus do after his Death, Resurrection, and Ascension? (listened to Jesus’ teachings; prayed; gave witness; praised God; shared with one another)

During Easter, Catholics celebrate that Jesus is alive. We receive his gift of new life at Baptism.

As Catholics, we

Fill in the circle that best completes the sentence.

1. Read aloud the Know and

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Jesus came to give us new life, which we call grace.

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disciples and followers of Jesus. ✦✦ Read aloud Matthew 4:18–20 and 10:8. What were some things Jesus’ disciples did before Jesus died? (listened to Jesus’ words; followed him; cured people of diseases)

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Jesus’ friends, the disciples, became the Church.

3. Invite children to write a prayer

2. Discuss the actions of the

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first followers did, Catholics can do today.

3. Direct children’s attention to

the Test Your Catholic Knowledge section. ✦✦ Read aloud the sentence and the answer choices. Give children time to record their answer before discussing the correct answer. ✦✦

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DRE Connect  Share ideas with an online community for faith formation leaders by accessing dreconnect.loyolapress.com. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 99. To foster a sense of discipleship among Catholic adults and children

Point out that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit (choice 3) together are called the Trinity (choice 4), which is God.

The Church Evangelizes  Have children write and decorate brief “Welcome to Mass” notes. Coordinate with the pastor and those responsible for the liturgy to have children tuck their notes inside the pages of bulletins or Mass booklets. Goal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 106. To make every Catholic institution more welcoming

See pages T296–T298 for a full correlation to the USCCB Go and Make Disciples national plan.

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4. Read aloud A Catholic to

Know. Discuss Saint Peter. ✦✦ Peter was the leader of the Church. But he was not perfect. He made some mistakes along the way. Jesus chose him anyway. ✦✦

Point out that Jesus knows we aren’t perfect. What do we have to do to be a leader for Jesus? (love Jesus; tell others about Jesus)

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Discuss with children someone in your community who is a leader in the Church. Invite children to pray for him or her.

A Catholic to Know Peter was a fisherman and one of Jesus’ closest friends. Jesus saw that Peter was a strong leader. He made Peter the leader of the Church. After Jesus ascended to heaven, Peter preached the Good News. He also worked miracles. Peter loved Jesus very much. He gave his entire life to Jesus.

Witness and Share Listen to each faith statement. Think about what you believe.

5. Read the Witness and Share

My Way to Faith

introductory text. ✦✦ To be a leader for Jesus, we have to take time to think about our beliefs. When we know what we believe, we can share our beliefs with others. ✦✦

Explain that you will read some faith statements aloud. Invite children to think about each one.

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Read aloud the first faith statement. Think about this statement. Hold it in your heart.

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Read aloud the other faith statements, giving children time for reflection.

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Remind children that we are called to become more and more like Jesus. To be like Jesus, we help those in need. We share what we know about God.

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Ask children to choose one or more faith statements to discuss with an adult they trust. Encourage them to write this statement in a journal and revisit it later in the school year to consider how their faith has grown.

6. Read aloud the directions for

the Share Your Faith activity. Ask children to name words that describe Jesus and write them on the board. Then invite children to think about these words before they begin the activity.

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• I believe that Jesus came to save us. • I rejoice that Jesus rose on Easter. • I pray and do good deeds to become more like Jesus.

Share Your Faith Write one way you can be more like Jesus this week.

Invite family members to help you be more like Jesus.

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Transform  1. Have small groups share what

they wrote for Share Your Faith. Ask groups to choose one idea and make up a simple cheer that tells its main idea. Invite each group to teach its cheer to the other children.

Daily Inspiration  Find insightful meditations on Scripture at www.loyolapress.com/ daily. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 93. To foster an appreciation of God’s Word

2. Encourage children to teach a

faith cheer to a sibling, relative, or friend in the coming days.

The Church Evangelizes  Discuss with children how Catholics of all ages can participate in retreats, which are gatherings designed for prayer, reflection, and sharing one’s faith with others. Going on retreat helps us love God more and makes us want to share our joy with others. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 91. To foster an experience of conversion and renewal in the heart of every believer, leading to a more active living of Catholic life

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Inspire

Gather and Go Forth

1. Discuss names. ✦✦

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Imagine that nobody in our school had a name. How would things be different? (It would be confusing. It would be difficult to get someone’s attention.)

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Why are names important? (They help us communicate. They help us tell one person from another.)

Through Baptism, we receive God’s grace. We want to share God’s love with others.

2. Read aloud the text and the

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Scripture on page 25. ✦✦ This Scripture passage is about names. Peter is reminding early Christians who they are. Who are they? (God’s people) ✦✦

In what sacrament do we receive the name child of God? (Baptism)

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What other name did we receive at Baptism? (our personal name)

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In Baptism, we receive the gift of grace. We become members of God’s family.

Catholics receive the Sacrament of Baptism, which takes away Original Sin.

Christians believe Jesus is the Son of God.

As Catholics, we love others as Jesus did.

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As Catholics, we share in God’s life through Baptism. Once you were “no people” but now you are God’s people. 1 Peter 2:10

3. Have children pray this prayer

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with gestures. [Place your hands over your heart.] Thank you, God, for the gift of my name. [Hold your arms open.] Thank you, God, for the gift of my family. [Bless yourself.] Thank you, God, for the gift of Baptism. [Raise your arms above your head; bring them down at your sides.] Amen.

Fill in the circle that best completes the sentence. When we are baptized, we become members of: Original Sin. our parents’ family. the United States. the Church. Jesus Lives in His Church CHAPTER 3

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Proclaim  1. Read the Know and Proclaim introduction and chart with children. ✦✦ What do you picture when you hear the word grace? [Let children respond.] ✦✦

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In Baptism, grace flows into us like water or light. It washes away Original Sin. Grace is so strong that it wants to overflow. How does your family help others? [Let children respond.] These are examples of grace flowing outward or overflowing.

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Ask children to write grace in the center of the sun and loving actions on the sun’s rays.

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Your sun reminds us of Jesus. Jesus loves us, which encourages us to love others.

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the Test Your Catholic Knowledge section. ✦✦ Read aloud this section. Give children time to fill in a circle before discussing the correct answer. ✦✦

We belong to our family, our parish, our community, and our country. We belong to the best group of all—the family of God, the Church.

3-Minute Retreat  Invite deeper reflection on God’s Word by accessing www.loyolapress .com/retreat. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 93. To foster an appreciation of God’s Word

The Church Evangelizes  Some Catholics get together to look at the problems of their neighborhood, city, or world through God’s eyes. Through prayer, study, and conversation, they respond to the question, “What would God want us to do to make this situation fairer for all?” Goal 3: To foster gospel values, promoting dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good 125. To involve every Catholic in areas of public policy

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4. Read aloud A Catholic to

Know. Discuss Saint Pius X. ✦✦ Have children recall the change Pope Pius X made to Church laws to allow younger children to receive the Eucharist. ✦✦

A Catholic to Know Giuseppe Sarto was born in Italy in 1835. He believed God called him to help those who were poor. Giuseppe worked to improve their lives. Later he became Pope Pius X. As pope he helped lead the Church in a more reverent celebration of the Mass. He allowed children aged seven and older to receive Holy Communion. Pope Pius X did great things for God.

How does this change affect you? (We will receive the Eucharist for the first time this year.) When we follow Jesus and do God’s work, we can make a big difference.

5. Read the Witness and Share

introductory text. Lead a reflection on the My Way to Faith statements. ✦✦ Without ever playing a game before, would you be able to play the game well? Why or why not? [Let children respond.] It’s the same with God’s work. To do it well, we have to know our faith. ✦✦

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Witness and Share Listen to each faith statement. Think about what you believe.

My Way to Faith • I show my faith in God. • I believe Jesus’ grace takes away Original Sin at Baptism. • I love others as Jesus did.

Think about each of the following faith statements. Everyone’s faith journey is unique. Read aloud the statements and give children time to reflect. Ask children to choose one or more faith statements to discuss with an adult they trust. Encourage them to write this statement in a journal and revisit it later in the school year to consider how their faith has grown.

Saint Pius X

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6. Read aloud the directions for

the Share Your Faith activity. Remind children that faith requires trust. We don’t have to know everything to have faith in God. We just have to trust in God.

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Have children think of a problem they are facing. Invite them to write about it and tell how faith will help them handle it.

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When we have faith in God, his grace makes us feel peaceful about whatever may happen.

Sunday Connection  Explore this Sunday’s Scripture readings with children by accessing www.loyolapress.com/sunday.

2. Have children pray for someone they know who is facing a challenge. The next time you see this person, invite him or her to trust God and feel God’s peace.

Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 96. To foster a greater appreciation of the power of God’s Word in our worship

1. Have children reflect on what

they wrote for Share Your Faith. Trusting God when we face a problem helps us grow closer to him.

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Share a time when you faced a challenge and trusted God, and what you learned from the experience. (Example: a misunderstanding with a friend.)

The Church Evangelizes  If your parish has a “Coffee Sunday” gathering after Mass, teach the children a favorite hymn appropriate to the readings of the day that they can sing for those gathered for the celebration. Goal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 106. To make every Catholic institution more welcoming

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1. Read aloud the text and

Scripture on page 33. Who are the race, nation, and people in this Bible passage? (us; God’s people) God wants all human beings to be members of his family.

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Know and Proclaim

2. Discuss the phrase “royal

We listen to God’s Word in the Bible. Like the saints, we share God’s Word with others.

priesthood.” When we are baptized, we become members of a royal priesthood. We are royal because we are God’s people. We are priests because it is our job to serve others and share the Good News of Jesus.

We Know Our Faith

3. Explain that it is the calling

of all baptized Christians to serve others. Have children turn to page 217 in their books. Together, pray aloud the Prayer for Vocations.

you with a demonstration. [Ask two children to hold hands and form a circle.] The Old Testament tells us who God is and who we are. [Have a third child join the circle and make it bigger.] Jesus stretches these ideas to include more people. [Invite the fourth child to join the circle.] The Holy Spirit keeps stretching these ideas to reach new places, times, and people.

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The New Testament tells about Jesus.

Catholics tell others about the Good News of God’s love.

believe all people are called to serve others. You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.”

1 Peter 2:9

We learn about Jesus’ life in the: Old Testament.

introduction and chart with children. ✦✦ The Scripture passage we discussed is from the New Testament, but Peter is using phrases from the Old Testament. Often, ideas from the Old Testament take on new meaning for the followers of Jesus.

2. Ask for four volunteers to help

As Catholics, we believe all people are part of God’s plan.

As Catholics, we

Fill in the circle that best completes the sentence.

1. Read the Know and Proclaim

In the Old Testament, God tells the Jewish people that they are “a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:6) Later, Jesus tells us that anyone who loves him, the Father, and one another is a member of this nation. Anyone can belong!

The Old Testament tells about God’s plan for all people.

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Sacrament of Baptism. New Testament. Book of Genesis.

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Who helps the Holy Spirit spread God’s Word? (We do.) Look back at the chart in your book. Who can show us how to answer God’s call with love? (the saints)

3. Direct children’s attention to the Test Your Catholic Knowledge section. Read aloud this section. After children make a choice, discuss the correct answer.

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Español  Invite Spanishlanguage speakers to access www.loyolapress.com/espanol. Goal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 106. To make every Catholic institution more welcoming

The Church Evangelizes  Discuss with children the idea that God is everywhere, not just in church. Explain that his Spirit is with us any time we notice something beautiful or do something loving. Have children watch for God in the everyday world and then tell about it in class the next day. Goal 1: To bring about enthusiasm for faith so it is freely shared with others 100. To foster active and religious experience through communal experiences in which the Good News is shared, experienced, and applied to daily life

See pages T296–T298 for a full correlation to the USCCB Go and Make Disciples national plan.

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Know. Discuss Saint John Bosco. ✦✦ Point out the word mission. What is a mission? (a task or a job) A mission can be something we are asked to do or feel in our hearts that we should do. Who asked John Bosco to care for struggling boys? (God) ✦✦

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A Catholic to Know John Bosco was born in Italy in 1815. He became a priest. God called him to help boys become the best they could be. John opened a home where boys could study, pray, play, and work. Later he started an order of priests who continued his mission. John’s faith in God helped him help others.

God wants each of us to go on a mission. [Draw a word web on the board. In the center, write Serve others. Invite children to name people who serve others. Write their names on lines branching out from the web.] (Examples: Dad, Mom, me, Aunt Jane) All of us have the same mission: to serve others.

Saint John Bosco

Witness and Share Listen to each faith statement. Think about what you believe.

My Way to Faith • I open my heart to know God’s plan for me. • I read the Bible to hear God’s Word.

We serve others in different ways. But we are all called to teach in God’s name. [Add the word teach to the web with your name. Invite volunteers to name their talents and write them on lines in the web next to their names.] God wants us to use our talents to serve others.

• I learn about the saints.

Share Your Faith What Bible story can you share with someone in your family?

5. Read the Witness and Share

introductory text. To do our best for God, we have to exercise our faith so that we will have the strength for our mission.

Invite family members to read this Bible story with you.

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Explain that you will read some faith statements about ways to exercise our faith in God. Invite children to think about each one.

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Read aloud each faith statement, giving children time for reflection.

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Ask children to choose one faith statement to discuss with a parent or a trusted adult. Remind children that they can come back to this statement later and consider how they have grown in their faith.

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After children complete the sentence, have them practice telling the Bible story to a partner.

2. Encourage children to take a

Transform  1. Have children think about the

Bible story they named in Share Your Faith. ✦✦ What did someone in your chosen story do to serve God and others? [Let children respond.]

similar action to serve God and others.

DRE Connect  Share ideas with an online community for faith formation leaders by accessing dreconnect.loyolapress.com. Goal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 111. To cultivate an active core of the baptized to serve as ministers of evangelization

the Share Your Faith activity. Remind children that the Bible is at the center of the Catholic faith.

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Read aloud some stories from a children’s Bible, and allow time for children to choose one. What is your favorite Bible story? Why? [Let children respond.]

The Church Evangelizes  Send home a list of key biblical images of Jesus, e.g., the Good Shepherd, Bread for the Hungry, Light of the World, Prince of Peace, etc. Have each family choose one image of Jesus that they will try to imitate during the coming week and tell how they can make that happen. G oal 2: To invite all people to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ 108. To develop within families the capacity to share the Gospel

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Contents

Program Overview

OV-1

Planning Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OV-16 Scope and Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OV-18 Correlations to NCEA IFG: ACRE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . OV-24

Unit 1

God Gives Us Life and Love

T1

Note to Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T1a Chapter 1

God Is the Giver of Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T2

Chapter 2

Jesus Is God’s Best Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T12

Chapter 3

Jesus Lives in His Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T22

Chapter 4

God Speaks to Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T32

Unit 2

Jesus Calls Us to Give Ourselves in Love Chapter 5

T41

Jesus Shows Us How to Love God Our Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T42

Unit 4

Jesus Gives Us the Gift of Himself

T137

Chapter 15 Jesus Promised the Gift of Himself . . . . T138 Chapter 16 We Celebrate God’s Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T148 Chapter 17 Jesus Invites Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T158 Chapter 18 We Listen and Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T168 Chapter 19 We Prepare Our Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T178

Chapter 6

Jesus Shows Us How to Love Others . . . . T52

Chapter 20 Jesus Offers Himself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T186

Chapter 7

We Give Love to Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T62

Chapter 21 We Receive the Bread of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . T194

Chapter 8

Jesus Calls Us to Live in Love . . . . . . . . . . . . T70

Chapter 22 We Share God’s Love with Others . . . . . . T204

Unit 3

Jesus Gives Us the Gift of Peace

T79

Unit 5

The Church Celebrates God’s Care

T213

Our Friend Jesus Forgives Us . . . . . . . . . . . . T80

Chapter 23 We Are One in the Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T214

Chapter 10 Jesus Leads Us to His Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T92

Chapter 24 Mary, Mother of the Church, Cares for Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T226

Chapter 9

Chapter 11 The Holy Spirit Helps Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T102 Chapter 12 We Meet Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation . . . . . . . . T112

Chapter 25 The Church Celebrates God’s Love . . . . . T234

Chapter 13 We Become Better Persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T120 Chapter 14 Jesus Calls Us His Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T128

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Student pages follow each chapter.

The New Evangelization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T243 Unit 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T246 Unit 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T254 Unit 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T262 Unit 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T274 Unit 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T290 New Evangelization Correlation Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T296

Special Seasons and Lessons

T299

The Year in Our Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T299  1 Feast of All Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T300  2 Advent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T305  3 Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T314  4 Lent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T320  5 Holy Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T327  6 Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T333  7 Pentecost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T338  8 The Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T343  9 Reconciliation Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T350 10 Eucharist: Planning a Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T352

What Catholics Should Know

T357

Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer and How We Pray Stations of the Cross The Seven Sacraments Holy Days of Obligation Commandments Making Good Choices The Bible Showing Our Love for the World

T357 T359 T366 T370 T374 T375 T376 T377 T378

Student Book Cover Prayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T379

Saints and Feast Days

T381

Calendar of Saints and Feast Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T381 September T382 October T382 November T383 December T384 January T384 February T385 March T385 April T386 May T386

The Catechist’s Handbook

T387

The Catechist’s Handbook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T387 Profile of a Second Grader T388 Areas of Growth T389 The Catechist T390 Tips for Good Catechesis T392 What the Catechism Says to Catechists T393 Techniques and Tools of Teaching T394 Creative Activities T400 Inclusion: Meeting Special Needs T402 Multicultural Awareness T405 Assessment T406 Catechist’s Resources T407 Sacramental Preparation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T409 Music List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T424 The Ten Commandments Song for Little Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T430 Directory of Suppliers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T432 Online Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T434

Glossary Index

T445

Scripture Index

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UNIT

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God Gives Us Life and Love Goals The children will come to appreciate everything and everyone as a gift from God. They will have a deeper understanding of Baptism and the Church.

1 God Is the Giver of Gifts

The living God shares with each person the gift of human life and calls each one to eternal union. The children learn that their life is a sign of God’s love and that they are led to a deeper awareness of God’s presence in the love, beauty, and goodness of the other gifts given to them each day.

2 Jesus Is God’s Best Gift

The Father reveals his love for the human family in the gift of his Son. Jesus shows us how we can come into the fullness of our being and enjoy life with God forever. The children learn how they can begin to live in union with God, who has come to dwell among us.

3 Jesus Lives in His Church

Baptism initiates us into a way of life that leads to personal fulfillment and to oneness with all peoples and with the Father, in and through Christ, together with the Holy Spirit. It joins us to the Church, a community of people who believe in Jesus and try to live together in love and unity under the leadership of our Holy Father, the pope. The children learn how Baptism opens their hearts to God’s love and is the beginning of a new life. They learn that the Church proclaims and teaches God’s Word, celebrates God’s presence among us, and devotes itself to living in the power of God’s love. They share in the mission of Christ as members of his Church.

4 God Speaks to Us

We celebrate God’s gifts by using them for others. The children review the main concepts of Unit 1. They participate in a celebration of their belonging to the Church community.

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God Is the Giver of Gifts Faith Focus We were made like God and given many gifts.

Reflecting on the Faith Experience Take a few moments to reflect prayerfully before preparing the lesson.

Listening You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!

The psalmist, reflecting on how the human person surpasses the other marvels of creation, says When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place— What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet.

Psalm 139:13–14

Reflecting Poets capture in words the wonder of the world and the vitality of life. Their sensitivity to sights, sounds, and feelings helps us see familiar things in a new way and increases our awareness of the greatness of God. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. Romans 1:20

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Psalm 8:4–7

Do I express thanks to God aloud in the presence of my students and other people?

Responding God, giver of all good gifts, thank you for your gift of life to my students and me.

Scripture for Further Reflection Genesis 1:27–30  We are created in the image of God. Luke 12:24–29  God provides for his creatures. James 1:17  Every perfect gift comes from God.


Preparing for the Faith Experience Scripture in This Chapter

Church Documents

Gather and Go Forth

Psalm 139:14  Psalm of Praise

Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The themes of this chapter correspond to the following paragraphs: 299, 301, 355–358, 422.

Find catechist instruction for Gather and Go Forth student pages 9–10 on T246–T247.

National Directory for Catechesis #48.  Children should learn to recognize their own dignity and their importance not only for what they will do in the future but for who they are now.

Enriching the Faith Experience

Mark 16:15  Share the Gospel

Catholic Social Teaching • Life and Dignity • God’s Creation

Sharing Catholic Social Teaching  (USCCB). Our Catholic tradition teaches us that every person is precious and that people are more important than things.

Before You Begin 1. God reveals himself as a

loving Father who has given us everything in nature and even a chance to participate in divine life.

2. All creation speaks of the

wonders of our God, who calls us to an ever-closer intimacy.

3. God’s gifts are given for all

people and are to be shared by all. We are called to care for the rest of creation.

4. Our lives are precious gifts

from God our Father, who has formed all people in his image. God made us with the power to think, to choose, and to love.

5. God has set humankind over

the rest of the created world and calls us to cooperate in bringing it to perfection. The story of Creation in the Book of Genesis is placed at the very beginning of the Bible for a reason: to make the emphatic statement that all of creation comes from God, is directed toward God, and is good.

Use the activities at the end of the chapter to enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class.

7. Presenting the religion book

in a prayerful ceremony encourages the children to regard it as a special book that can help them come closer to Jesus. If a priest cannot be present for this, perhaps he can bless the books beforehand. You may wish to ask the parents to cover the books with clear plastic.

6. A person whose vision of life

is shaped by the Christian faith sees God manifesting himself in all of creation, in the events of everyday life, and especially in the people who faithfully image God’s loving kindness.

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Get-Ready Guide Steps

Learning Outcomes

Action Plan

Materials

Welcome the children. ✦✦ Help the children to get to know you and one another. ✦✦ Distribute the student book to children.

Name card or button

Pages 1–2 ✦✦ These will be removed and sent home.

Student book for each child

Page 3 ✦✦ Read and discuss God’s Gifts Show His Love. ✦✦ Discuss how people are God’s gifts. (T6)

Gift box with a mirror taped inside so that when the children look inside the box, they see themselves

Page 4 ✦✦ Read and discuss We Are Gifts.

Bible

The children will be able to

Centering

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5–10 minutes

describe their newly received religion book as a way to get to know God and share love with others.

Pages 1–2

Sharing

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explain that we are made in the image of God. name three things we can do because we are created in God’s likeness. explain how to give ourselves as gifts. describe God’s never-failing care for creation. identify the different levels of being. describe the dignity of each person. define the Word to Know. Trinity See the Glossary for definition.

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Page 5 ✦✦ Option: God Gives Us Gifts activity ✦✦ Tell Jesus’ story about how God cares for all creation. (T8) ✦✦ Discuss how we can care for creation. (T8) Page 6 ✦✦ Option: Read and work God Cares for His Gifts. ✦✦ Pray A Moment with Jesus. ✦✦ Do the Ladders of Creation exercise and have a discussion. (T9)

Song such as “Come Along with Me to Jesus” for Centering #2

Crayons and pencils

Pictures of mountains, flowers, animals, and children that reflect things that appeal to the senses Stepladder (or a drawing of ladder steps on the board) Rock Plant Picture of an animal such as a dog, a turtle, or a bird Picture of a person

Page 7 ✦✦ Option: Read and work God’s Gifts Are Special.

Acting

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5–10 minutes

use the chapter review page to help reinforce key concepts learned.

Page 8

Page 8 ✦✦ Work the Each Person Is a Special Gift activity. ✦✦ Present We Remember, We Respond, and Words to Know. ✦✦ Option: BLM 1 Quiz ✦✦ Encourage children to share what they learned.

Option: BLM 1 Quiz

Gather and Go Forth  ✦  NEW EVANGELIZATION Inspire Proclaim Transform 15–20 minutes

apply principles of the New Evangelization. ✦✦ demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in this chapter. ✦✦

Pages 9–10

Page 9 ✦✦ Inspire children to share God’s Word. ✦✦ Help children connect Catholic beliefs with practices. ✦✦ Pose a faith knowledge question.

Bible

Page 10 ✦✦ Discuss Saint Bernadette. ✦✦ Guide reflection on faith statements. ✦✦ Invite others to a discipleship promise.

Additional Background  For definitions of the following key terms, go to www.christourlife.com: angels, creation, creature, image. T4

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Centering 1. Warmly welcome the children. ✦✦

Call each child by name to the front to receive a name card or button.

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You have come to learn more about Jesus so that you can grow to be more like him.

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A Letter Home Dear Parents and Family,

Welcome to Christ Our Life! You have the opportunity to be involved in your child’s learning about the Catholic faith. Your interest, participation, and discussions at home will expand your child’s understanding of these lessons and convey a message about their importance.

During this year together, we will help one another know and love Jesus more as we come to know one another better. We will share ideas and pray together.

This first unit of Christ Our Life introduces your child to an all-loving God who cares personally about each of us. Your child will learn that everything and everyone are gifts from God and be led to a greater awareness of God’s presence in the everyday.

2. Play a song and have the

children walk around the room. ✦✦ Take one child by the hand and walk a little. ✦✦

In the second chapter, the children learn that God’s greatest gift is his Son, Jesus, who freed us from sin. Jesus shows us how we can enjoy life with God forever.

Have him or her join hands with another child so that three of you are walking together. Continue until the entire class is walking hand in hand.

The children will be offered a deeper understanding of Baptism and the Church in Chapter Three. Baptism is an initiation into a new life united with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This leads to a discussion of a key mystery of our faith, the Trinity. Baptism also joins us to the Church. The children will learn how the Church shares and teaches God’s Word, celebrates his presence among us, and is dedicated to living in his love.

3. Present the religion books. ✦✦

This year is special because you will be preparing to meet with Jesus in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

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Today you will receive a special book to use this year. [Show the religion book and ask someone to read the title.]

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How do you think this book will help you? (It will help us learn more about Jesus.) This is a special book. How can you care for it? (Handle it carefully; keep it clean; do my best work in it.)

At the end of three of the chapters in this unit, the children will bring home a review of the chapter along with the “Building Family Faith” feature. This feature gives you a quick review of what your child learned and offers practical ways to reinforce the lesson at home so that the whole family may benefit. At the end of the fourth chapter, the review for this unit, the children will bring home a Family Feature handout to help nurture the family’s faith at home.

1 God Gives Us Life and Love UNIT

Visit www.christourlife.com for more family resources.

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UNIT 1 God Gives Us Life and Love I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! Psalm 139:14 1

4. Direct the children to write

their names on the inside front cover of the books.

5. At the end of the lesson,

the children will be directed to tear out and take home pages 1 and 2.

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Sharing How many of you have made something, drawn a picture, or picked flowers as a gift for your mother, father, or friend? What is it that you did? Why did you give these gifts? (to show my love)

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Someone has given all of us hundreds and hundreds of gifts out of love.

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2. Turn to God’s Gifts Show

His Love on page 3. ✦✦ Have the children close their books. Then invite them to listen while you read aloud each stanza of the poem and discuss the gifts it mentions: ✦✦

[after stanza 1] What gifts of God did you enjoy this summer?

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[after stanza 2] What things in the world are your favorite gifts?

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[after stanza 3] Who are some of the people who love and care for you?

God’s Gifts Show His Love God is the GIVER OF GIFTS. God gives the gift of summer. I feel the warm sun on my back and cool blades of grass beneath my feet. And I know that GOD IS GOOD! God sends the gifts of rain, colorful flowers, trees to climb, and lakes with waves. I know the gift of the touch of a soft, furry kitten and the sight of a puppy’s wagging tail. And I know that GOD IS GOOD!

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God gives the gift of people who love me and care for me when I fall and scrape my knee, who help me with my school work, who hug me when I feel sad or lonely or scared. And I know that GOD LOVES ME!

books again to page 3. ✦✦ What is the title of the poem? (“God’s Gifts Show His Love”) ✦✦

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1. Discuss gifts.

Read the poem again and have the children say the words in all capital letters with you.

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4. Present the gift box and

discuss how people are made in God’s image. ✦✦ I want to show you another of God’s wonderful gifts. You will know what this gift is when you look inside the gift box. Who would like to unwrap the box and look inside to find out what the gift is? Don’t tell us what you see.

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Let all the children look inside to discover that the gift is themselves.

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Why did you laugh or smile when you looked into the box?

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You saw an image or likeness of yourself. [Write image on the board. Explain that it means a likeness; something that is like another thing in form.]

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We all have strengths and weaknesses, but God loves each of us, and that is why God made us. We are special gifts. We are made like God in some ways.

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The Bible tells us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. [Read the following adaptation of Genesis 1:27 from the Bible.]

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What can people do that the mountains, flowers, and animals God made cannot do? [Show pictures of these things.]

God created man and woman in his own image; in the image of God he created them.


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Have a volunteer read aloud the first two paragraphs of We Are Gifts on page 4. ✦✦ How can you tell that the child in the picture is enjoying life? What gifts has God given him? ✦✦

Who created all things? (God)

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What is another name for God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? (Trinity) We recognize the Trinity every time we pray the Sign of the Cross. [Point out that Trinity is a Word to Know.]

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What three things can we do because we are made in the image and likeness of God? (think, choose, love) God’s Creation

We Are Gifts God made everything. He made the sun and the moon. He made plants and animals. All creation is a gift from God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this the Trinity.

Have a volunteer read aloud the rest of the page. ✦✦ How can we give the gift of ourselves to others? (give our time to help someone, give someone a smile or a kind word) ✦✦

God made us. We are gifts too. God made us like himself. We can think. We can choose. We can love. Gifts are to be given. We give ourselves to others. We give ourselves to God.

How can we give ourselves back to God? (by offering ourselves to God in prayer; by doing everything for God)  Life and Dignity

I give you thanks for making me so wonderful. adapted from Psalm 139:14

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7. Option Guide the children

through God Gives Us Gifts on page 5. ✦✦ Have the children do each activity. ✦✦

God Gives Us Gifts God gives us a mind so that we can think.

Invite one of the children to share his or her responses.

Print one thing you learned last year.

8. Tell Jesus’ story about how God

cares for all creatures. ✦✦ Jesus wanted people to know that God our Father cares for everything he made but that God cares for people in a special way. ✦✦

We can choose, too.

In the Bible, Jesus tells us about God’s loving care. Listen to what Jesus said:

“Look at the ravens. They don’t plant seeds or store food in storehouses or barns. Yet God our Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Look at the flowers that grow wild in the field. They don’t spin thread or weave cloth to make clothes. Yet not even a king has clothes as beautiful as theirs. Now if this is how God clothes the wild grass in the field, which is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more will he take care of you! You are worth so much more than the birds and the flowers.”

Choose the pet you like best. Make a circle around it.

God has also given us a heart to love with. Whom do you love in a special way?

Write their names or draw their pictures in the heart.

(adapted from Luke 12:24–29)

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Do birds plant seeds or store food in barns? (no)

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Why don’t birds do this? (God provides food for them in nature.)

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Do flowers have to make cloth and sew clothes to look beautiful? (no) Why are flowers so beautiful? (God makes them that way.)

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Do you think God will take care of us? (yes) Why? (We are worth more than all the other creatures.)

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Discuss with the children how they can care for creation. ✦✦ God asks us to take care of ourselves, other people, and all the things he has made and given to us. Why do you think God wants us to look after all these things? ✦✦

How are people special? (God made us in his image. We can think, choose, and love.)

How can you take care of yourselves? (eating well, learning) How can you take care of other people? (sharing with them)

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Remember that whether you are happy, sad, excited, or afraid, God is always with you and will take care of you.

How can you help take care of the beautiful land God has given us? (not littering or destroying the land)

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How can you take care of the water in the lakes, rivers, and streams? (by not polluting)

If time permits, share a personal experience of God’s care and invite the children to share theirs.

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How can you help take care of living things such as animals? (feeding, playing with, and loving your pets; respecting wild animals; not littering where wild animals live)

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How can you show God during mealtimes at home and in the cafeteria that you’re grateful for the gift of food? (Don’t waste food. Don’t play with food. Pray before and after meals.) God’s Creation


10. Option Let the children read and work God Cares for His Gifts on page 6.

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Lead the children in personal prayer using A Moment with Jesus on page 6. A Moment with Jesus is an opportunity for the children to turn to God in the quiet of their hearts. This is a time for personal, internal prayer. You may wish to use a soft chime or other musical tone to let them know when prayer time begins and ends.

One day Jesus said, “God loves you more than the birds. He loves you more than the flowers. God takes good care of you.” adapted from Luke 12:24–29

Trace the bird and the flowers. Color them.

12. Introduce the Ladder of

Creation exercise. ✦✦ You can help me make a very special ladder called the Ladder of Creation. ✦✦

What does creation mean? (things God made) We can also call whatever God made creatures. [Print the words on the board.]

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Let’s put a rock, a plant, and an animal on the right steps of the ladder.

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Something God made that is not alive belongs on the bottom step. What can we put on this step? (rock)

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Put a living thing that can grow, but cannot see or hear, on the next step. (plant)

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On the third step, put a creature that can do more than a plant can do. What are some things an animal can do that a plant can’t do? At the top of the ladder belongs someone God made in his own image and likeness. Who could this be? [Place a picture of a child on the top step of the ladder.]

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Why are people on the top step of the ladder? (People are greater than the other creatures God made on earth.)

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Why are people greater than the other things God has made? (God made people in his own image and likeness.)

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How are people like God? (They can think, choose, and love.) Because we are more advanced than other created things on earth, we have a responsibility to take care of them. God’s Creation

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14. Option Guide the children

in reading and working God’s Gifts Are Special on page 7. ✦✦ Have a volunteer read aloud the first sentence and the directions. ✦✦

God’s Gifts Are Special

Let the children draw their special gifts.

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Have them turn to the person next to or behind them and show their pictures.

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Read the rest of the page to the children, pausing to allow them to answer the questions.

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Give the children time to write their prayer on the lines. On the board, print words they will probably need: Jesus, love, thank, God.

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Ask volunteers to share their prayers with the other children. Respect the privacy of those who do not wish to share.

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Pick a gift of God that is special to you.

Draw the gift in the gift box above. Print your name on the tag.

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Was it hard to choose just one gift? God is good to give us so many gifts. What would you like to say to God when you think about God’s gifts to you?

1. Have a volunteer read aloud Each Person Is a Special Gift on page 8. ✦✦ Have the children complete the activity. ✦✦

How many people did you circle? (all of them)

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There are about 5 billion people in the world, and they’re all different. [Write 5,000,000,000 on the board.] How many of these people are special? (all of them)

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We Respond. ✦✦ I have two questions to ask you from a special part of your book called We Remember on page 8. [Ask the We Remember questions several times.] Try to memorize this section every week. ✦✦

Look at the We Respond section. It always has a prayer. Pray this one after me: “How wonderful are your gifts. They are more than I can count.”

3. Tell the children that important

words from the chapter are also listed on the review page in Words to Know.

Print it here:

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BLM 1 Distribute and administer BLM 1 Chapter 1 Quiz. Use this opportunity to assess the children’s understanding of the main concepts in the chapter.

5. Point out A Letter Home on page 2. ✦✦ Tell the children that the letter explains what they are learning. ✦✦

Help them tear out the page.

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Have them take it home for their parents to read.

6. Invite the children to share

with their families what they have learned. ✦✦ At the end of class, have the children tear out and take home page 8. ✦✦

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Encourage them to share Building Family Faith with their families.

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CHECKPOINT • Were the learning outcomes achieved? • Were the children able to demonstrate an understanding of giving themselves as gifts? • Were the children able to share ways they can care for creation?

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Use the following activities to enrich a lesson or to replace an activity with one that better meets the needs of your class. For additional enrichment ideas, such as preparing for the Sunday Scripture readings or using activities on the Christ Our Life Web site, see page T408. For activities related to the liturgical season, see Special Seasons and Lessons, which begin on page T299.

God made everybody. God loves everybody, too.

Circle each person God made and loves.

We Remember How did God make us? God made us in the image and likeness of himself. We can think, choose, and love. What is the Trinity? The Trinity is God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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We Respond How wonderful are your gifts. They are more than I can count.

1. BLM 2 Use BLM 2 Window of Love to help lead the children to a greater appreciation of the gifts of creation.

adapted from Psalm 40:6

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2. Talk about things the children can do with their senses. ✦✦ God has given us eyes to see. What do you like to look at? ✦✦

REFLECT “Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!” (Luke 12:24)

God has given us ears to hear. What do you like to hear?

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God has given us touch so that we can feel things. What do you like to touch and feel?

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God has given us a nose to smell. What smells good to you?

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ALL CREATION speaks of God’s love, beauty, and goodness, but human beings have a special relationship with God. Each one of us is made in the image of God, and we are called to do our part to take proper care of the world God has entrusted to us.

DISCUSS AS A FAMILY • How has God taken care of you in your life? • What are some typical ways that people take care of one another in our family? Visit www.christourlife.com for more family resources.

God has given us taste to enjoy food. What do you like to eat?

place a picture of an angel above the Ladder of Creation. ✦✦ God made some creatures who are his special helpers. What do we call them? (angels)

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PRAY Thank you, Lord, for all your gifts.

The angels are beautiful creatures who adore God in heaven. Angels can also do some of the things we do. What are some of these things? (They can think, choose, and love.) Angels take care of us. The Bible tells us that God made us a little like the angels. We are special people who share God’s life.

4. Make a class booklet with

drawings of good things God has given us. Let each child contribute one page. Have someone design a cover for the booklet and write on it the

title “God Fills My Life with Good Things.”

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Have the children decorate a large box in which to collect supplies for an animal shelter. Consider placing the box at the church entrance. God’s Creation

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Ask the children to think about and then share ways they can give someone the gift of themselves today. List suggestions on the board. Ask the children to choose from the list one way they can give themselves and the person to whom they will offer that gift. Allow time for them to write this on a sheet of paper, fold it up, and put it somewhere safe. Once they have done what they

indicated, they can dispose of the paper. Life and Dignity

7. Start a Good News box by

covering a small box with a lid and labeling it with the words Good News. Each week, have the children think of one or two important things they have learned. These might be taken from We Remember and We Respond or might be expressed in the children’s own words. Write them on cards, place them in the box, and use them for review the following week.

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Invite a veterinarian or wildlife rescuer to the class to talk about how to care for animals. God’s Creation

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