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Our Response to God’s Gifts

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Contents

GRADE

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Unit 1

God, Our Creator and Father

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5

God Creates the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 God Creates People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Adam and Eve Make a Choice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 God Promises a Savior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Celebrating Ordinary Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Unit 2

Jesus, Our Lord and Savior

Session 6 Session 7 Session 8 Session 9 Session 10

Mary Says Yes to God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Joseph Says Yes to God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Jesus Is Our Friend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Jesus Heals Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Celebrating Advent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Unit 3

The Church, Our Community in the Spirit 61

Session 11 Session 12 Session 13 Session 14 Session 15

God Gathers Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Jesus Calls His Disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 God Sends the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Jesus Leads Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Celebrating Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Unit 4

Sacraments, Our Way of Life

Session 16 Session 17 Session 18 Session 19 Session 20

Jesus Calls Us to Pray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 The Church Celebrates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 The Church Welcomes Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Jesus Shares a Special Meal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Celebrating Lent and Holy Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

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Unit 5

Morality, Our Lived Faith

Session 21 Session 22 Session 23 Session 24 Session 25

God Calls Us to Make Good Choices . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 God Calls Us to Love Our Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 God Calls Us to Forgive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 God Calls Us to Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Celebrating Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

The Year in Our Church

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Advent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Lent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Holy Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Pentecost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 All Saints Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

Prayers and Practices of Our Faith

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Knowing and Praying Our Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celebrating Our Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Living Our Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Songs of Our Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What I See at Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Picture Glossary

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Glossary

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Index

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Acknowledgments 219

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Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

UNIT

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Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus Saint Thérèse and her simple life lead us to God. Color the picture of Saint Thérèse.

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God Creates the World

SESSION

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God’s Colorful World Black is the sky at night. Orange is the carrot. Yellow is the sunshine. Green is the parrot. God made them all With love and with care— Our colorful world, Our world to share.

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for creating all things. SESSION 1  •  God Creates the World

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EXPLORE

God Creates All Things God loves us. God creates the world and everything in it. Draw a line to match each word to the picture that shows God’s creation.

day night world plants animals

Reading God’s Word

God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Genesis 1:31 4

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EXPLORE

We Care for the World The world is beautiful and needs our care. Draw yourself in God’s beautiful world.

Did You Know?

We read about God and his creation in a book called the Bible. SESSION 1  •  God Creates the World

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Prayer

You Can Pray You can listen to and talk to God. We call this prayer. You can pray to God every day. You can pray about anything! Begin and end your prayers with the Sign of the Cross.

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REFLECT

We Pray the Sign of the Cross To pray the Sign of the Cross, we say: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. We use our hands too. Number the steps of the Sign of the Cross.

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L i v i n g My Fa i t h

RESPOND

Faith Summary

God creates all things. We can pray every day. With My Family Read the story with your family. Talk about it.

Sam looks out the creates. He sees the

to see things and

He sees a

in a

Look out your

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. What do you see?

How can you thank he creates? 8

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for what

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God Creates People

SESSION

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He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands He’s got the itty bitty babies in his hands. He’s got the girls and boys in his hands. He’s got the great big grown-ups in his hands. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for loving us and taking care of us. SESSION 2  •  God Creates People

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EXPLORE

God Gives Us Life God creates people. He makes us to be like him. The first people were named Adam and Eve. Color the picture of Adam and Eve.

Reading God’s Word

Then the Lord God formed the man , . . . and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

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EXPLORE

God Loves Us God loves and cares for us. God wants us to love and care for one another too. Whom does God love? Color the parts marked with a dot.

A Friend of God

Saint John followed Jesus. He tells us to love one another. SESSION 2  •  God Creates People

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Prayer

Thank You, God You created me. Thank you, God. You created my family and friends. Thank you, God. You created a beautiful world. Thank you, God. You made everything good. Thank you, God. Amen.

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REFLECT

God Gives Us Senses When God created us, he gave us five senses to learn about and understand his world. Draw pictures to fill in the chart.

I Use My Senses

I. I . I. I . I. SESSION 2  •  God Creates People

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L i v i n g My Fa i t h

RESPOND

Faith Summary

God loves and cares for us. God creates people to be like him. With My Family Read the story with your family. Talk about it.

creates everything in the What is the best thing

creates?

Is it a

?

? Is it a

Look in a

!

You are the best thing under the How can you use your gifts to thank ? 14

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Adam and Eve Make a Choice

SESSION

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The Beautiful Garden One lily in the garden Is planted in a row. Please don’t pick the lily. Please let the garden grow. Two tomatoes in the garden Are planted in a row. Please don’t pick the tomatoes. Please let the garden grow. What else is planted in the garden? Prayer

Loving God, help us grow in love. SESSION 3  •  Adam and Eve Make a Choice

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EXPLORE

Follow the Rules Your parents give you rules because they love you. If you break a rule, you can hurt yourself or others. Read the rules. Connect the dots.

1 Take turns.

Be kind.

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3 Help your neighbor. 4

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Share with others.

Following rules makes you a star! Did You Know?

God gives us rules too. His rules help us live in love and peace. When we break God’s rules, we call this sin. 16

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EXPLORE

A Bad Choice God gave rules to Adam and Eve. The snake tempted them. They made a bad choice. They disobeyed God. Their choice brought Original Sin into the world. Cross out the snake in the garden. Then color the picture.

Reading God’s Word

The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. Genesis 2:15 SESSION 3  •  Adam and Eve Make a Choice

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Prayer

Help Me, God I know I don’t always follow the rules that you give me, God. I’m sorry for my bad choices. I’m sorry that I sometimes forget your love. Please help me not turn away from you. Please help me follow your rules. Amen.

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REFLECT

Stay Close to God We want to stay close to God. We want to follow his rules. Color the if the sentence tells a way to stay close to God.

I ask God for help.

I sin by breaking God’s rules.

I tell God I am sorry.

I help others.

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L i v i n g My Fa i t h

RESPOND

Faith Summary

God wants us to follow his rules. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. We are born with Original Sin  . With My Family Read the story with your family. Talk about it.

Mom asked Marco not to kick the in the . Marco kicked the  He broke the 

. .

Mom was

. Marco felt

.

What rule can Marco follow next time? 20

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God Promises a Savior

SESSION

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Safe and Sound I found a ladybug stuck to my sleeve. I set it gently on some leaves. My cat chased a mouse across the floor. I let the mouse out the kitchen door. A baby bird fell in the dirt. I picked her up—she wasn’t hurt. I put her back up in the tree. Safe and sound, all thanks to me!

Prayer

Loving Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save us. SESSION 4  •  God Promises a Savior

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EXPLORE

S  I s for Savior God promised a Savior to help us stay close to him. The Father sent his Son, Jesus, to save us from sin. Write the letter S in the blank spaces. Read the message.

J E    U    

U 

   AV E    

FROM

   I N    . J E    U     I     O U R    AV I O R . OUR  

I Go to Church

At Mass we ask God to forgive us for our sins. 22

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EXPLORE

Be Like Jesus Jesus saves us so that we can enter into the happiness of heaven. Draw a picture of yourself with Jesus.

Reading God’s Word

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him . . . might have eternal life.” John 3:16 SESSION 4  •  God Promises a Savior

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Prayer

God’s Promise Leader: The Father sent his Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. All: Jesus saves us. Leader: Jesus died for our sins. All: Jesus saves us. Leader: Jesus rose from the dead. All: Jesus saves us. Leader: Thank you, Jesus, for showing us the way to heaven.

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REFLECT

Thank You, God Praise the Father for sending Jesus. Trace the words on the prayer card. Draw a picture of Jesus.

Thank you  , Father, for sending Jesus. Amen  .

Did You Know?

Jesus is the Son of God. SESSION 4  •  God Promises a Savior

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L i v i n g My Fa i t h

RESPOND

Faith Summary

Jesus is our Savior  . Jesus saves us so that we can enter into heaven  . With My Family Read the story with your family. Talk about it.

Marta thinks of all the people saves

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saves

and

saves

and

saves Marta. Whom else does 26

saves.

save?

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Celebrating Ordinary Time

SESSION

5

Special Days and Seasons The Church has special seasons that are different from winter, spring, summer, and fall. One Church season is called Ordinary Time.

Prayer

Thank you, God, for times to celebrate your love. SESSION 5  •  Celebrating Ordinary Time

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EXPLORE

A Time of Praise Ordinary Time is a time to give thanks and praise. Draw a picture of yourself praising God in Church.

Reading God’s Word

Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.

Daniel 3:74

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REFLECT

The Grace of God At Mass during Ordinary Time, we learn about the life of Jesus. Our hearts are filled with God’s love and grace. Grace helps us follow Jesus. Color the footprints that follow the way of Jesus.

JESUS

Start

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L i v i n g My Fa i t h

RESPOND

Faith Summary

Ordinary Time is a time to learn about Jesus. We are filled with God’s grace  . With My Family Read the story with your family. Talk about it.

Julia goes to

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She sees The

on the wears

Julia learns about What season is it at 30

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over his robes. . ?

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