Sunday, January 8, 2012


GRADE ONE - Holy Families

  • Children will be able to articulate that God is the father of Jesus and that St. Joseph is Jesus’ foster father.
  • Children will understand that the term “Holy Family” refers to Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
  • Children will imagine how the member of the Holy Family treated one another with love.
  • Children will think how they can contribute to making their own family holy.
  • Children will recognize that our parish can also be considered a family.

HOMEWORK: Do pages 70 in the textbook.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION - Examination of Conscience

  • Children will know that the Holy Spirit can help us see ourselves clearly.
  • Students will learn the term “Examination of Conscience” and will know that these are questions we ask ourselves about how loving we have been.
  • Students will know that the Holy Spirit can help us get the answers to these questions.
  • Students will receive the Receiving God’s Peace booklets, and look briefly at the Examination of Conscience.
  • Children will think about ways the Holy Spirit can help us be loving people.

HOMEWORK: – Complete the worksheet. Practice doing a daily Examination of Conscience each night before you go to sleep. (Simply think - "When did I love God and other people today?"  "Did I hurt, or fail to love at any time today?") Parents – Read Chapter 18 to your children.

GRADE THREE - Purity, Honesty, Truth

  • Students will learn that our bodies are holy, temples of the Holy Spirit
  • Students will learn that the 6th and 9th commandments tell us to respect our bodies and those of others in thought and deed
  • Students will learn that we must respect the belongings of others (the 7th and 10th Commandments) in thought and deed
  • Students will learn that they must respect the truth (the 8th Commandment)

HOMEWORK: With your parents, read over Chapter 12 in the text.


  • Students will review the story of Abraham
  • Students will put together a short play of the story.
  • Students will recognize that a covenant has two parts - God's part and our part.
  • Students will further explore the concept of "types" or "figures".

HOMEWORK have your parents help you complete the “God’s Gift: Free Will” worksheet. Use the story in the textbook to help you.

GRADE FIVE - The Introductory Rites

  • Students will recognize that Love is at the center of the celebration of Eucharist.
  • Students will become familiar with the Introductory Rites..

HOMEWORK: Complete page 46 in the text.

GRADE SIX - Abraham and Isaac

  • Students will re-familiarize themselves with the story of Abraham and his sacrifice of his son Isaac.
  • Students will understand that Abraham sacrificed his will, which is what God wants each of us to do.
  • Students will explore how they could sacrifice their own will.
  • Students will become familiar with St. Edith Stein

HOMEWORK: Read the story of Abraham and Isaac in the Bible. Genesis 22: 1-18
Read through the scenarios in Master 21 and think what the loving thing would be to do – and how that would be a sacrifice of will.

GRADE SEVEN - The Kingdom of God

  • Students will know that Jesus’ public life began when he was around 30 years old, that until that time he lived a hidden life as a carpenter in Nazareth.
  • Students will know that Jesus was tempted in the desert.
  • Students will know that Jesus had many apostles and twelve disciples.
  • Students will be able to explain what a parable is.
  • Students will know that Jesus taught by telling parables.
  • Students will become familiar with a number of parables.

HOMEWORK: Look at Questions 66-70 on page 65. Be prepared to describe the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, mentioning His baptism, the calling of disciples, and his preaching. Be able to do this in the form of a little speech without notes. (One minute or less should do it!)

GRADE EIGHT - God Works Miracles Through Us

  • Students will have the opportunity to watch the video “A Man Called Norman”

HOMEWORK: Perform a random act of kindness this week; share it with your family and
challenge family members to perform a random act as well. Be ready to share yours or a family
members’ in class next week

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