Grade 5 Lesson 7. Before the lesson: Hand out Church Word Puzzle. Answers are in the back of the catechist manual.

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1 Grade 5 Lessn 7 Key Pints The Secnd Vatican Cuncil Vcatins The Marks f the Church are essential characteristics that distinguish Christ s Church and her missin: ne, hly, cathlic, and apstlic. The Mystical Bdy f Christ is the Church f which Christ is the head. All baptized members are part f the Mystical Bdy f Christ, whether they live here n Earth, r in Heaven r Purgatry. The Ppe is the successr f St. Peter, the bishp f Rme, and the head f the entire Cathlic Church. The Magisterium is the teaching ffice f the Church, which is all the bishps in unin with the Ppe. Infallibility is a gift f the Hly Spirit t the Church by which the Ppe and the bishps may declare that a matter f faith r mrals is free frm errr and must be accepted by the faithful. Materials Church Wrd Puzzle (p. 155E) Decipher the Clues (p. 166E) Picture f Ppe Francis Picture f Ppe St. Jhn Paul II Pster f All Ppes YuTube (Bring a tablet r laptp t yur lessn. Passwrd: AllisHly) Catechist Prayer befre the lessn: Jesus, I am yur witness. Strengthen my faith in yu, and help me live as yu taught. May I remember that yu are always with me, and may I act accrdingly. Amen. Befre the lessn: Hand ut Church Wrd Puzzle. Answers are in the back f the catechist manual. 1

2 [10 min] Invite The Church s Message (p. 155) Pray the Memrare Remember, O mst gracius Virgin Mary, that never was it knwn that anyne wh fled t thy prtectin, implred thy help, r sught thy intercessin was left unaided. Inspired by this cnfidence, I fly unt thee, O Virgin f virgins, my mther; t thee d I cme, befre thee I stand, sinful and srrwful. O Mther f the Wrd Incarnate, despise nt my petitins, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Recite the prayer n page 155 and recite the Scripture passage. [10 min] Discver A Time f Renewal (p ) Read r summarize the text n pages abut Vatican II. The Church s cre teachings (dgma) have never changed, but the uter frm f the Church can and des change thrugh the centuries. Here are sme f the main changes made during the Secnd Vatican Cuncil (Feel free t bring the class int Church t talk abut this): Mass was changed frm being said in Latin t English (r ther languages in different cuntries). The priest used t face the frnt f the Church twards the altar, instead f facing tward the peple. The Precius Bld was nt received by the cngregatin, nly the priest wuld drink frm the chalice. Peple wuld nly receive the Bdy f Christ at Cmmunin. (Nte: the Dicese f Madisn still practices this.) Early Christians used t make the sign f peace at Mass, but this wasn t dne fr a lng time until Vatican II restred the practice. [Optinal] Watch the first 3 minutes f this vide which discusses sme f the prblems that emerged frm peple misinterpreting the dcuments f Vatican II and taking the changes t far. [10 min] Discver Essential Characteristics (p ) At Mass, we pray the Nicene Creed, in which we say I believe in ne, hly, cathlic, and apstlic Church. These fur characteristics are called the Fur Marks f the Church. Divide the class int 4 grups and assign ne f the Fur Marks t each grup. Have each grup read abut their Mark in the purple bx n page 159 and the ther areas f the textbk mentined. Have each grup explain their Mark t the class. The Fur Marks f the Church are: One: The Church is ne because the pwer f the Hly Spirit unites all the members thrugh ne faith and ne baptism. The members f the Church are called the Mystical Bdy f Christ. Nte: There is a distinctin between the Mystical Bdy f Christ (The Church) and the Bdy f Christ (The Eucharist). Hly: The Church is hly because she is set apart fr Gd and his purpses. The Hly Spirit unifies the Church, and we are united in the Cmmunin f Saints, which is everyne wh fllws Jesus n Earth, Heaven, r Purgatry. 2

3 Cathlic: the Church is meant fr all peple in all times and all places. The wrd Cathlic means universal. Apstlic: the teaching authrity f the Church cmes directly frm Jesus and his chsen Apstles because the bishps are the successrs t the Apstles. [5 min] Live Peple f Faith (p. 161) Read and discuss St. Rbert Bellarmine. Discuss: In what ways can yu respectfully help peple understand the Church and her teachings? Discuss: D yu think it is difficult t talk abut religin with peple wh dn t agree with yu? [10 min] The Church n Earth (p ) Shw the picture f Ppe Francis. Explain that the Church has always had a Ppe t be its leader. Jesus appinted St. Peter as the first Ppe. The Ppe lives in Vatican City, which is a city-state lcated in Rme, Italy. Take the class t the Upper Level Parish Center t lk at a pster f all 266 Ppes. Ask: Wh was the first Ppe? What year did he becme Ppe? What year did Ppe Francis becme Ppe? Hw many Ppes were named Benedict? [Optinal] Shw a vide f Ppe Francis. [10 min] The Teaching Office (p ) The Magisterium is the teaching ffice f the Church, which is all the bishps in unin with the Ppe. Infallibility is a gift f the Hly Spirit t the Church by which the Ppe and the bishps may declare that a matter f faith r mrals is free frm errr and must be accepted by the faithful. Infallibility nly applies t dctrines, nt peple. Sme Ppes and bishps in Church histry were far frm perfect and did nt live accrding t Christian mrality, but despite this unfrtunate fact, the teachings f the Church have always been safeguarded frm errr, thanks t the guidance f the Hly Spirit. The Catechism f the Cathlic Church is a bk that cntains all the mst imprtant tpics f what we believe as Cathlics. There is a versin f the Catechism called the YuCat, which is written fr yung Cathlics. Hand ut Decipher the Clues. Answers are in the back f the catechist manual. 3

4 [10 min] Vcatins Everyne has a vcatin, which is what Gd calls each f us t be in ur lives here n Earth. Clergy (Leaders in the Church) Ppe head f the Church, the Vicar f Christ guided by the Hly Spirit Cardinals secnd-highest ffice in the Church, respnsible fr electing a new ppe Bishps third-highest ffice in the Church, leaders f a particular Dicese. Bishp Rbert Mrlin is the bishp f the Dicese f Madisn. Priests parish leader. Fr. Dnn Heiar is ur parish priest. Fr. Dug Dushack is a retired priest wh says Mass when Padre is away. Deacns assist parish priests, can be married. Deacn Je Staffrd is ur parish deacn. Religius (Live in cmmunity in mnasteries r missinary wrk) Mnks (Brthers) Nuns (Sisters) Laity Married Single (Includes Cnsecrated Celibacy, in which a persn fficially cmmits their single life t Gd.) Watch this vide abut vcatins: Discuss: What are sme f the gd things abut a religius vcatin? What are sme f the challenges? Getting invlved at Mass is a gd way t help discern yur vcatin. There are many rles that peple help with at Mass: Lectr reads the Bible passage Cantr leads the cngregatin in sngs Hspitality staff greets peple when they arrive Sacristan prepares the bread and wine fr cnsecratin befre Mass Altar server Assists the priest during Mass. If the students wuld like t get invlved as an altar server r anther rle at Mass, they can talk t the music directr, Cecile. [5 min] Live Peple f Faith (p. 171) Shw the picture f Saint Ppe Jhn Paul II Read and discuss n page 171. [5 min] Sending Celebratin f the Wrd (p. 172) Ask the students if there is anything they wuld like t pray fr. Pray the Hail, Hly Queen n 324. Recite the prayer n page 172. Remind the students t read thrugh the Family+Faith pages with their parents at hme. 4

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