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1 STRAND 1: PROFESSION OF FAITH A. Sacred Scripture God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth (CCC 136). Kindergarten see and hold the Bible listen to narratives from the Bible - Adam & Eve - Christmas stories - Easter stories discuss the Bible as God s Word identify God as the creator of all things recognize Jesus as the son of God list some examples of God s creation list some ways they experience God s love use God s creation with respect and responsibility identify Mary as the Mother of Jesus identify Joseph as the foster Father of Jesus 1st Grade retell Bible narratives about - Creation - Noah - Birth of Jesus - Death of Jesus - Resurrection of Jesus - Good Samaritan - Various Parables - Jesus and the little children identify the readings at Mass as Bible passages demonstrate respect for the Bible as the Word of God celebrate Mary as the Mother of Jesus 26

2 2nd Grade retell Bible narratives especially those that focus on Reconciliation and Eucharist (see Appendix for suggestions) identify the readings at Mass as Sacred Scripture identify that there are two main sections of the Bible: the Old Testament and New Testament demonstrate respect for the Bible as the Word of God 3 rd Grade identify that the bible is organized into books, chapters and verses recognize the books of the Old Testament (Hebrew Scriptures) and New Testament (Christian Scriptures) from a list retell Bible narratives, especially those that focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Miracles, the Parables, and the Beatitudes and the Great Commandments demonstrate how the Scripture narratives can be implemented in daily life retell the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments 4 th Grade discuss the idea of covenant using the Bible narratives about Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus find Scripture passages and reference them by citing book, chapter, and verse name the four evangelists and identify them as writers of the Gospels identify the Gospels as one main section of the New Testament define the Gospels as narratives of the life of Jesus cite the Gospels of Matthew and Luke regarding the infancy narratives read the scripture passages containing the Beatitudes recite the Beatitudes from memory read scripture passages containing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy (Matt 5 7) recite the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy from memory use a map to find Biblical locations 5 th Grade find Scripture passages and reference them by citing book, chapter, and verse. identify and discuss Scripture passages related to each of the sacraments (see Appendix) identify the Acts of the Apostles as the history of the early church 27

3 6 th Grade discuss the Bible as a collection of books, inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by various authors, compiled over a long period of time discuss that God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors (CCC 136) identify that there are 46 books in the Old Testament identify that there are 27 books in the New Testament identify that the Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament list from memory the first five books of the Old Testament group the books of the Old Testament under the correct categories: Law, History, Wisdom, Prophets define covenant as a solemn agreement between human beings or between God and a human being involving mutual commitments or guarantees (CCC Glossary p. 873) define covenant and testament as synonymous give examples of Old Testament covenant relationships: Noah, Abraham and his descendants, Moses, David, Jeremiah discuss how Jesus fulfills the Old Covenant and establishes the New and Eternal Covenant discuss the role of the creation narrative and Adam and Eve in salvation history define salvation history as God s unfolding work of salvation in all of history retell narratives about important figures in the Old Testament such as patriarchs, judges, kings, and prophets in the context of salvation history 7 th Grade explain that the Gospels are the accounts of the life of Jesus examine events in the Gospels from the Annunciation to the Resurrection compare the style and the audiences of the four Gospels identify the symbols of the evangelists analyze passages of the gospel that give evidence of the divine and human characteristics of Jesus retell some of the miracles of Jesus in modern day language define parables as stories Jesus told to teach a lesson about the Kingdom of God retell some parables and explain them in meaningful terms for our lives today identify the Beatitudes/Sermon on the Mount as the central message in Jesus teaching define the Epistles as letters written to various early Christian communities to encourage them to follow the teachings of Jesus identify themes in the Epistles (community, law, grace, salvation, Body of Christ, love, second coming, etc.) analyze some themes in the Epistles and compare them to our lives today 28

4 8 th Grade identify and discuss the New Testament passages where Jesus establishes his Church trace the growth of the Church beginning with Pentecost, through Paul s journeys through the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles B. Church History Kindergarten listen to simple stories of the Lives of the Saints identify a saint as a holy person list some good things that saints do in their lives 1 st Grade listen to and retell simple stories of the lives of the Saints discuss Joseph as the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus identify their patron saint 2 nd Grade listen to, read, and/or retell simple stories of the lives of the Saints, especially saints that have a strong devotion to the Eucharist and Reconciliation (see Appendix for suggestions), their patron saint, and the patron saint or special event of their parish name discuss Joseph as the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus 3 rd Grade retell the call of the Apostles tell that Peter was appointed the leader of the new church and was the first pope describe the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Explain that this is the birth of the Church. tell the story of the parish as the story of the local church explain the basic hierarchical structure of the church, including the role of the pope, bishops, priest, deacons, and laity discuss vocations in the church (clergy, religious, married couples, single life) 29

5 4 th Grade discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the birth and growth of the Church outline the growth of the early Church beginning with the Acts of the Apostles (the role of Sts. Peter & Paul and the apostles) identify saints who assisted in the growth of religious life in the church (i.e. St. Anthony the Hermit, St. Benedict & St. Scholastica; St. Francis of Assisi & St. Clare, St. Dominic, St. Ignatius Loyola) tell about the history of the Catholic Church in Colorado 5 th Grade define the Church as a sacrament of Christ in the world discuss the development of the sacraments in the early church through the Acts of the Apostles and the lives of the saints identify some saints particularly associated with the sacraments (see Appendix) 6 th Grade explore the Jewish roots of our Christian faith, for example - Sacrifice - Priesthood Tribe of Levi - Melchizedek - Passover - Suffering Servant (Isaiah) - Lamb of God 7 th Grade retell how the Apostles were selected and commissioned trace the establishment of the Church from the preaching of Jesus, through the Pascal mystery, Pentecost, and apostolic succession examine the role of the Holy Spirit within the early Church discuss Mary s role in the history of the Church explore the development of various Catholic feast days based on cultural traditions (St. Nicholas, Christmas, St. Patrick, etc.) 30

6 8th Grade explain Pentecost as the birthday of the Church discuss the selection of a replacement for Judas tell about the conversion of Saul/Paul discuss the missionary work of Paul and Barnabas retell the events of the Council of Jerusalem. Identify the most important issues decided there. (Acts 10 15) discuss the trials endured by the early disciples and apostles discuss apostolic succession trace the development of the Church through the Roman persecutions to the present explain the result of Constantine s recognition of the Church identify early heresies and the councils that dealt with them, i.e. Nicaea discuss the contribution of orders of religious and stages of religious life to the growth of the Church identify the beginning of the Muslim religion, the birth of the prophet Mohammad, the growth of Islam discuss the reasons for the Crusades and their result discuss the reasons for and consequences of the schism between the Eastern and Western Church explain the reasons for and results of the Inquisition discuss the Reformation and rise of Protestant churches tell about the missionary activity of the Church in colonial times identify the reason for the Council of Trent name and briefly discuss the 16 documents of the Second Vatican Council retell the story of the saints instrumental in the growth of the Church throughout history identify important historical figures in the Catholic Church in the United States and Colorado (see Appendix) C. Doctrine Kindergarten identify the three persons of the Holy Trinity recognize heaven as living with God forever 31

7 1 st Grade identify the three persons of the Holy Trinity recognize that God, the Father, is the creator of all things identify Jesus as the Son of God identify the Holy Spirit as the third person of the trinity define sin as choosing to disobey God and harm self or others identify Mary as the Mother of God define the Catholic Church as a family of believers under the leadership of the Pope recite the two great commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. recognize that God wants us to be happy with him forever in heaven 2 nd Grade identify some of the roles Mary plays in the faith life of the church define the Catholic Church as a family of believers under the leadership of the Pope identify the Ten Commandments as the laws God gave to Moses. Relate them to the two great commandments. explain the Two Great Commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. define grace as a free gift from God through which God helps us to be good and to resist sin define sin as a loss of grace by choosing to disobey God and harm self or others identify, compare and contrast types of sin: Original sin, less serious sin (venial sin) and more serious sin (mortal sin) tell that the Sacrament of Reconciliation restores our friendship with God and the community tell that we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, under the appearance of bread and wine, in the sacrament of the Eucharist define salvation as being saved by the love of God 32

8 3 rd Grade The students will recite the Apostles Creed identify the Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic define the Communion of Saints as the pilgrims on earth, the dead whom are being purified, and the blessed in Heaven (CCC 962) describe the Church as the Body of Christ; clergy, laity, hierarchy, and communion of saints explain the concept of the trinity: God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons in one God recognize Mary as Mother of God and Mother of the Church list and explain the important events in the life of Mary identify what the Ten Commandments tell us to do and not to do recite the Ten Commandments from memory recite the Two Great Commandments define sin as hurting our relationship with God, ourselves and others discuss the communal effects of sin discuss the concepts of Heaven and Hell explain that Jesus will come again in glory at the end of the world to judge the living and the dead (CCC 1038 ff) 4 th Grade explain the Apostles Creed as a list of the basic truths of the Catholic Church list basic beliefs of Catholics using the Apostles Creed describe major doctrines related to the Blessed Virgin Mary, i.e. the Immaculate Conception, Annunciation, and Assumption discuss end things as related to the Apostles Creed (Jesus was crucified, died, buried, descended to the dead, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, particular judgment, final judgment) 5 th Grade define sacrament as a special way we meet Jesus and as a special sign given by Him to give grace discuss the sacraments as a personal meetings with Christ today, through the signs and symbols, to give grace discuss ways the Holy Trinity is manifested in the sacraments identify grace as a free gift through which God helps us be friends with Him and live a holy life identify and define the different kinds of grace: sanctifying grace, actual grace, and sacramental grace discuss grace as necessary for salvation 33

9 6 th Grade identify God the Father as the creator, Jesus as the Messiah and fulfillment of the Old Covenant, and the Holy Spirit as the inspiration of Scripture, the breath of life, and fire of love define an angel as a spiritual, personal, and immortal creature, with intelligence and free will, who glorifies God without ceasing and who serves God as a messenger of his saving plan. (CCC glossary p.866) define Scripture and tradition as the two sources of revelation for Catholics define tradition as the living transmission of the deposit of faith handed on from generation to generation through the apostolic succession in the Church 7 th Grade list and explain the titles of Jesus identify the mission of Jesus as Savior of all define the Incarnation of Jesus as God assuming human nature define hypostatic union as Jesus Christ being true God and true Man in one Person define Transubstantiation as the unique change of the Eucharistic bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus at the consecration of the Mass describe events in the life of Mary found in the Gospel and tradition identify and explain the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption discuss the apparitions of Mary approved by the Church: Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, etc. explain the titles of Mary given to her from tradition and proclamation recall that an angel is a spiritual, personal, and immortal creature, with intelligence and free will, who glorifies God without ceasing and who serves God as a messenger of his saving plan. (CCC glossary p.866) list the names of the archangels (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) and describe the tasks associated with them explain the Communion of Saints as the pilgrims on earth, the dead whom are being purified, and the blessed in Heaven (CCC 962) explain the concept of Purgatory, as identified in 2 Maccabees 12:38-46 and Church tradition relate the second coming of Christ as found in passages from the Gospels, Epistles and Revelation 22:17 compare particular judgment with the general judgment 34

10 8 th Grade compare and contrast the Catholic beliefs of the Eucharist with the beliefs of non- Catholic Christians discuss major heresies and the truths that are affirmed (i.e. Docetism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism, Gnosticism, Jansenism, Iconoclasm, etc.) list and explain the four marks of the Church (one, holy, catholic, and apostolic) using The Church in the Modern World review the important sources of Revelation define the doctrine of Papal Infallibility and the primacy of the pope. describe the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Explain some of the responsibilities of the membership of each group recite the Nicene Creed and analyze its elements compare the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed recite the precepts of the Church and give the major understandings of each one 35

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