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Core Learning Goals by Grade Level

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School implements a standards-based learning approach to the overall curriculum from Preschool through Eighth-grade ensuring that the current Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs) align with the overall Learning Goals. The Learning Goals are based on Common Core State Standards, California State Standards, Diocesan Standards, as well as researched based standards including the California Preschool Learning Foundations, volume 1, 2, 3 for our Preschool and Prekindergarten levels. The curriculum is extensively articulated ensuring a continuum of content, backward oriented ensuring relevant assessments, and analyzed through a variety of components which allows for intervention on both a micro (learner)  as well as macro (curricula-school) level.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God created the world and each of us because He loves us (creation).

Recall and share the story of creation.

The Bible as the holy book, which contains the stories of God’s creation and of Jesus’ life.

Recognizes the Bible as a holy book containing stories from Creation to Pentecost.

The Nativity

React the story of the Nativity.

The Holy Family as Jesus’ family on earth with Mary and Joseph.

Comprehend that Mary and Joseph were the parents of Jesus.

The Sign of the Cross with guidance from teacher.

Accurately perform the Sign of the Cross.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Liturgical gestures

Reproduces accurately gestures of reverence.

Our Church has special celebrations (sacraments) to let us know that God always loves and forgives us.

Actively participates in liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations.

MORAL FORMATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God made us to know and to love Him.

Identifies God as loving us and us loving him in return.

Times when they can ask God to help them obey their parents and to treat others with kindness

Understands the necessity of obedience to their parents and witness kindness to others.

Awareness of the needs and feelings of others.

Identifies with the feelings of others.

LEARNING TO PRAY

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Prayer is when we talk with and listen to God.

Actively participates in various form of prayers.

Traditional Prayer

Memorize and restate the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father, the Hail Mary.

Church as a place to worship

Actions that reflect reverence in places and times of worship.

Ways to keep Sunday as an important day to be with God and to go to Church.

Recognizes that going to church shows God that you love Him.

Families pray together before meals and bedtime.

List prayers done at home with their family.

Stories of Saints

Recognizes Saints as heroes of our faith who are part of the family of the Church with God in heaven.

Mary 

Comprehend that Mary is the mother of Jesus. Actively participates in all school para-liturgical Marian celebrations.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Gifts that God has given to us to help others.

Generalize God's gifts to them.

Show God’s love for others through words and actions.

Extends compassion through words and actions.

The Early Childhood Development Program concentrates on preparing students for mathematics through an immersive experiential curriculum. Students are encouraged to observe their environment and connect counting principles as well as attributes of shapes to their learning. 

Learning Goals

Counting and Cardinality
Count 1-10 with accuracy.
Recognize and name of written numerals 0-10.
Identify, without counting, the number of objects in a collection of up to three objects.
Count up to five objects, using one-to-one correspondence (one object for each number word) with increasing accuracy.
Compare visually (with or without counting) two groups of objects that are obviously equal or nonequal and communicate, “more” or “same.”

Operations and Algebraic Thinking 
Sort and classify objects by one attribute into two or more groups, with increasing accuracy.
Attempt to create a simple repeating pattern or participate in making one.

Measurement and Data 
Describe attributes of objects and measurements.
Order objects by size.
Classify objects into categories.

Geometry 
Identify simple two-dimensional shapes, such as a circle and square.
Use individual shapes to represent different elements of a picture or design.
Identify positions of objects and people in space, such as in/on/ under, up/down, and inside/outside.

Reading Literature

Key Ideas and Details (Reading Literature)

  • With prompting identify characters in a story that has been read on a regular basis and answer questions or retell the story in own words. 

Reading Informational Text

  • Key Ideas and Details (Reading Informational Text)
  • The learner will be able to comprehend the main idea behind literature.

Range of Reading (Informational Text)

  • The learner will be able to engage in group reading activities.

Reading Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

  • The learner can identify the correct position of books (where words and pictures can be read - not upside down.)
  • The learner can point to letters and identify them with themselves or an object.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • The learner will recognize letter and through process of elimination will ultimately identify letters with personal identity.
  • The learner will begin to recognize matching letters in their environment.

Writing

Production and Distribution of Writing

  • The learner will begin writing skills by holding a writing tool with one hand.
  • The learner will write squiggly lines in a linear motion.
  • The learner will begin to associate themselves with the letters of their names

Speaking and Listening

  • Comprehension and Collaboration
    • ​​​​​​​The learner will listen through the duration of a story.

Language

  • Conventions of Standard English
    • The learner is able to communicate needs clearly.
    • The learner should be able to speak clearly in native language.
    • The learner can associate a topic with themselves. Child uses appropriate verbal and non-verbal language to many situations.
    • The learner comprehends real time or fictional events and restate them as a narrative.
    • The learner will continue to develop cognitive and communicative skills by stating their needs through language.
    • The learner will be able to understand and use verbs indicating present, past, or progressive tense

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • The learner will be able to associate language with objects.
  • The learner can elaborate on words into stating specifics within the same category.
  • The learner will be able to identify positional objects or classification by specific category.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God created the world and each of us because He loves us (creation).

Listen to stories of God's creation

The Bible as the holy book, which contains the stories of God’s creation and of Jesus’ life.

Re-enact biblical stories about Gods creation and Jesus' life

The Nativity

Act out Jesus' coming to live on earth because He wanted to share God’s love with us.

The Holy Family as Jesus’ family on earth with Mary and Joseph.

Identify ourselves with the Holy Family as Jesus's family on earth with Mary and Joseph

The Sign of the Cross with guidance from teacher.

Display knowledge of the sign of the cross by repeating and articulating it

Our Church teaches us about God and Church believes in one God.

Discovering and acknowledging that there is ONLY ONE GOD

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Liturgical gestures

Display proficiency such as genuflecting to the tabernacle, bowing to the altar, kneeling, and crossing their arms to be blessed at the time of Holy Communion.

Our Church has special celebrations (sacraments) to let us know that God always loves and forgives us.

Actively celebrating in school sponsored celebrations.

Sacramentals

Experimenting with items that are holy and how to handle them with reverence

MORAL FORMATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God made us to know and to love Him.

Emerging and gathering knowledge that we are God's creation and ways to show our love for him

Times when they can ask God to help them obey their parents and to treat others with kindness

Comprehends obedience and all its demands.

Awareness of the needs and feelings of others.

Display compassion for the feelings of others.

God's Creation

Define ways that we can help to take care of creation

LEARNING TO PRAY

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Prayer is when we talk with and listen to God.

Defines prayer as talking and listening to God.

Traditional Prayer

Correctly executes The Sign of the Cross and sing to One’s Guardian Angel with others.

Prayer is when we can thank God and ask Him to help us.

Respectfully practice the option for spontaneous prayer.

Stories about where Jesus was born and lived.

Acting out and illustrating the story of the nativity.

.Church as a place to worship

Display and understand that Church is a place where people come together to worship, to thank God, to serve God, and to serve others

The Body of Christ as who we are when we pray together and help others in the name of Jesus.

Emerging understanding that we and others are the body of Christ.

Signs of reverence when in Church, as Church is a holy place.

Display signs of reverence in the classroom and church.

Ways to keep Sunday as an important day to be with God and to go to Church.

Can discuss why going to church is important.

Families pray together before meals and bedtime.

Extending prayer from school to home.

Stories of Saints as heroes of our faith who are part of the family of the Church with God in heaven.

Give examples of the lives of specific saints.

Mary

Recognize Mary as the Mother of Jesus, Mother of God and our Mother.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Baptism

Defines baptism as our call to be holy and to share the love of Jesus with others.

Gifts that God has given to us to help others.

Distinguishing gifts that God has given us to help others

Show God’s love for others through words and actions.

Integrating God's love for us through words and actions

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God created everything because of His love for us and we read about this in the Bible.

List the things that God has created and how they show that he loves us.

Scripture stories about angels and know that angels were created by God to be His messengers.

Recall and share stories that they have heard about God's angels. 

God has given each of us a Guardian Angel, who protects us and we can pray to for help.

Identify what a guardian angel is and how he might protect us.

Stories of Jesus who was a teacher and a healer, performed miracles, died on the Cross for us, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven.

Can retell the important parts of Bible stories.

God the Father, created the world, human beings, and made everything good.

Illustrate the story of creation.

Jesus lived on earth and came to save us.

Make observations from illustrations found in the children's bible.

The Holy Spirit lives within us and gives us the gift of grace.

Can explain in their own words what grace is.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

We hear stories about Jesus at Mass (Gospels).

Can relate, in their own words, stories about Jesus after each weekly Gospel preparation.

How the community gathers and remembers the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper.

Compares the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper with the actions of the priest a the Eucharist of the Mass..

The Baptismal Font and Easter (Paschal) Candle in the Parish Church.

Identify the Baptismal Font and Easter (Paschal) Candle.

The Church has special days honoring Mary and the Saints.

Define the special days honoring Mary and the Saints.

Holy Water as a sacramental.

Understands that holy water is used for Church rites and blessings.

MORAL FORMATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Behaviors that can hurt others and why we need to say we are sorry

Explain how our actions can hurt others and the need for forgiveness.

Rules, like the Ten Commandments, are important. 

Can zero in on the Fourth Commandment and cite examples why obeying our parents helps us stay healthy, holy and happy.

Christian stewardship.

Determines ways we can help to take care of the gift of God’s creation

LEARNING TO PRAY

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Prayer, as talking and listening to God to become closer with Him.

Describes prayer, as talking and listening to God to become closer with Him.

Sign of the Cross, Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel, and Grace Before Meals with others.

Can accurately make the sign of the Cross, pray from memory the Guardian Angel prayer and pray before meals.

Different ways to pray including silence, with music, memorized prayers and group recitation.

List, share, and actively participate in the various forms of prayer

Jesus prayed and taught his friends to pray the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer).

Can accurately pray the Our Father.

Devotional practices that the Church and families recite/pray together, such as the Rosary, Advent wreaths, crèches, mealtime blessings, and Stations of the Cross.

Actively participates in para-liturgical celebrations at school and can share what activities that are done at home as a family.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Stories and visual resources describing where Jesus was born, lived and died, e.g., Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, and Jerusalem.

Recall and retell a Bible story of Jesus in sequence, especially about the Nativity and his teachings.

The Catholic Church is the family of God and we are God’s people.

Can relate the Catholic Church to that of being a family.

A picture of the Bishop and name him as the leader of our Diocese.

Can use the picture of our Bishop to name him.

Saints are heroes of our faith and have special days (Memorials) when the Church remembers their holy lives.

Explain why the saints are heroes and why they have special days dedicated to them. Can relate living a "holy life" with the particular saint's life.

Mary as our model of holiness.

Understands why we honor Mary as our model of holiness.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God has a plan for everyone and provides us with unique gifts to follow the plan He has for us.

Can answer questions dealing with Gods plan for us and how best to use our gifts.

Our talents are gifts from God and that we are called to share them with others.

Enumerate their gifts and talents and explain how they share them with others.

God made all people, and we are called to respect others.

Identify what it entailsto be respectful to others.

Kindergarten learners begin to build toward understanding that mathematics is more than counting or recognizing numbers. Instruction is focused on sets of objects and what they represent as well as how they relate to the whole number system as well as attributes of shapes and space.

Counting and Cardinality 

  • Count to 100 by ones. Count to 100 by tens
  • Count forward from a given number.
  • Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects from 0 to 20.
  • Count aloud in standard order pairing objects with successive numbers.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of equivalence by recognizing that the number of objects in a set are the same regardless of their arrangement.
  • Describe increase relating to counting objects.
  • Count up to 20 objects in a line (rectangular array) and as many as 10 scattered objects.
  • Identify the number of objects that are greater than, less than or equal.
  • Compare and order written numbers between 1 and 10.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking 

  • Represent addition and subtraction.
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems.
  • Decompose numbers to 10.
  • Compose numbers that make 10.
  • Memorize addition and subtraction facts within 5.

Number and Operations in Base Ten 

  • Compose numbers from 11 to 19. Decompose numbers from 11 to 19

Measurement and Data 

  • Describe attributes of objects and measurements.
  • Compare and describe attributes of the length and weight of objects.
  • Classify objects into categories.

Geometry 

  • Describe the shape and positions of objects.
  • Name shapes.
  • Identify shapes as flat or solid.
  • Analyze and compare flat and solid shapes.
  • Model, build and draw shapes.
  • Compose larger shapes from simple smaller shapes.

Reading Literature

Key Ideas and Details (Reading Literature)

  • Ask and answer questions about text.
  • Retell stories.
  • Identify characters,¸settings and major events in a story.

Craft and Structure (Reading Literature)

  • Ask questions about unknown words and answer questions about unknown words
  • Recognize types of texts.
  • Name the author of a story and illustrator of a story.

Integration of knowledge and ideas (Reading Literature)

  • Describe the relationship between illustrations and the story.
  • Compare and contrast experiences of characters.

Range of Reading (Literature)

  • Engage in group reading activities.

Reading Informational Text

Key Ideas and Details (Reading Informational Text)

  • Ask questions about text and answer questions about text.
  • Identify the main topic of a text and retell key details of a text.
  • Describe the connection between pieces of information in text.

Craft and Structure (Reading Informational Text)

  • Ask questions about unknown words and answer questions about unknown words.
  • Identify the parts of a book.
  • Name the author of a text and the illustrator of a text.

Integration of knowledge and ideas (Reading Informational Text)

  • Describe the relationship between illustrations and the text.
  • Identify reasons that support points in a text.
  • Compare two texts.

Range of Reading (Informational Text)

  • Engage in group reading activities.

Reading Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

  • Follow words.
  • Recognize spoken words in written language.
  • Recognize uppercase and lowercase letters and name letters of the alphabet.

Phonological Awareness

  • Recognize rhyming words and produce rhyming words.
  • Count syllables in spoken words. Blend syllables in spoken words. Segment syllables in spoken words.
  • Blend onsets and rimes and segment onsets and rimes.
  • Isolate initial sounds and medial vowel sounds. Isolate final sounds.
  • Add sounds to make new words. Substitute sounds to make new words.

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Produce the sound of each consonant. Spell words with long vowel sounds and words with short vowel sounds. Read high-frequency words. Distinguish between similarly spelled words.
  • Produce the sound of each consonant.
  • Spell words with long vowel sounds and words with short vowel sounds.
  • Read high-frequency words.
  • Distinguish between similarly spelled words.

Fluency

  • Read text with purpose and understanding.

Writing

Text Type and Purpose

  • Compose opinion pieces.
  • Compose informative texts and explanatory texts.
  • Compose a narrative.

Production and Distribution of Writing

  • Add details to strengthen writing.
  • Use digital tools to produce publish writing.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

  • Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • Recall information from experiences and gather information from sources to answer a question.

Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • Follow rules for discussions.
  • Continue a conversation.
  • Ask questions about oral text and answer questions about oral text.
  • Ask and answer questions to seek help, to get information and answer questions to clarify something.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Describe familiar people, familiar places, things and events.
  • Add drawings to descriptions and visual displays to descriptions.
  • Express thoughts feelings and ideas clearly.

Language

Conventions of Standard English

  • Print upper-and lowercase letters.
  • Use nouns and verbs.
  • Form plural nouns.
  • Use question words.
  • Use prepositions.
  • Produce complete sentences and expand complete sentences.
  • Capitalize the first word in a sentence and pronoun.
  • Recognize and name end punctuation.
  • Write letters for consonant and vowel sounds.
  • Spell simple words.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  • Determine the meaning of multiple-meaning words.
  • Identify new meanings for words.
  • Use inflections and affixes to figure out the meaning of words.
  • Sort objects into categories.
  • Describe verbs and adjectives using opposites.
  • Identify connections among words and their use.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning between verbs.
  • Use new words you hear and read.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Creation is a sign of God’s love for us.

Relate the story of Creation.

The role of angels.

Recognize angels as God’s messengers and that we each have a Guardian Angel who watches over and protects us.

Bible stories where God saves and takes care of His Chosen People.

Illustrate salvation bible stories.

Jesus as the Son of God (fully God) and the Son of Mary (fully human).

Differentiate between "fully God" and "fully man."

Jesus’ life on earth as a boy, growing in wisdom, His call to ministry, death and Resurrection.

Recall and restate stories of Jesus' life.

The three Persons of the Trinity act together.

Ability to classify that God the Father, sent His Son, Jesus as our Savior and that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Church believes in one God.

Support with examples that as Church we believe in one God.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Sunday as the Lord’s Day

Explain that we go to Mass to worship God and thank Him for all his gifts.

The consecration in the Mass.

Illustrate the moment of consecration when the priest recites Christ’s words from the Last Supper and the Holy Spirit turns the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Physical actions during Mass.

Recall when and how to bow, genuflect, and kneel during Mass and to cross their arms to receive a blessing during Holy Communion.

The Baptismal font and Easter (Paschal) candle in their Church and associate it with the Sacrament of Baptism.

Sketch the Baptismal font and the easter Paschal candle.

The Church has special days honoring Mary and the Saints (Feast Days and Memorials).

Celebrate and actively participate in the various feasts of Mary and the Saints.

Sacramentals

Engage with sacramentals: in the classroom, at Church and at home, such as holy water, crucifix, candles, blessed medals, and rosary, cross, tabernacle, sanctuary light, Paschal Candle, baptismal font, statues of Saints, images of Mary, holy water fonts, Stations of the Cross.

MORAL FORMATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God created us to know, love, and serve Him and others.

Illustrate ways of knowing, loving, and serving God and others.

God created us to be happy with Him forever.

Demonstrate that there is an understanding of being "happy with Him forever."

We make choices (free will) to love God and others.

Describe choices we make that show our love for God and for others.

God created humans to live in communities with others

Describe some of our communities (families, school, Parish, sports, etc.).

Creation as a gift from God

Recognize their responsibility to care for this gift (stewardship). The care of personal belongings, classroom, school buildings, and school grounds.

The practice of prayer

Define prayer as —talking, listening, and forming a relationship with God.

Traditional prayers of the Church.

Practice The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be and Grace Before Meals.

Prayer at home, in our classroom, and in Church.

Describe ways to show reverence when we pray at home, in our classroom, and in Church

Gospel stories that we hear when we pray the Rosary and its Mysteries.

Recognize Gospel stories that relate to the Rosary and its mysteries.

LEARNING TO PRAY

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

The practice of prayer

Define prayer as —talking, listening, and forming a relationship with God.

Traditional prayers of the Church.

Practice The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be and Grace Before Meals.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

The locations where Jesus was born, lived, and shared his ministry of teaching and healing.

Show knowledge of Jesus' life and ministry.

The Holy Spirit lives in each of us and also in the Church, which helps us to be close to God.

Relate why the Holy Spirit is so imporant in our lives and in the Church.

The term catholic means universal and that the Roman Catholic Church invites people everywhere to join us.

Discover what the term catholic means.

God calls all of us to be holy, to be close to God who is always good and loving.

Demonstrate what it means to be holy.

Different vocations in the Church.

Categorize the different vocations in the church: priesthood; holy matrimony/marriage; and religious life.

Days in honor of special Saints.

Identify days in which we honor different saints, e.g., Saint Jeanne, Saint Dominic, saint we are named after, such as St. Francis, St. Patrick

The Church honors Mary above all other people, because she shows us how to be holy at all times.

Summarize times when we celebrate and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

We can be good stewards.

Give examples of how we can be good stewards and to serve God by sharing our gifts, at every age in life.

Ecumenism

Recognition that God loves everyone and that some people worship God in churches different than ours.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

God reveals Himself fully by sending us his own Divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Relates the details of the nativity.

Scripture stories from recommended Grade Level Scripture Passages from both the Old and the New Testament.

Compare and contrast Grade level scripture stories.

Jesus shows us how much God loves us.

Cite examples of how God loves us through Jesus.

Jesus is God’s Son and the promised Savior.

Discuss that Jesus is the Savior that God promised us.

The Trinity as three Persons in one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Identify The Trinity as one God with three distinct persons.

Creed, as a statement (profession) of our Church beliefs.

Illustrate the Catholic beliefs through the profession of the Creed.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Sunday is the Lord’s Day, when we participate in Mass to worship, praise, thank God, and rest.

Actively participates in liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations.

The Mass is the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Recognize that the Mass is a reenactment of the Paschal Mystery.

The seven sacraments.

Summarize each sacrament.

Baptism as forgiveness of Original Sin and the gift of new life in the Holy Spirit as the children of God.

Describe Baptism as the forgiveness of Original Sin.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Explain the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sacramentals

Describe sacramentals as holy actions and objects, such as, laying on of hands, genuflecting, sign of the cross, blessed ashes, blessed medals, and blessed candles.

MORAL FORMATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Our bodies and souls are created by God, in His image and likeness, and need to be respected by ourselves and others (human dignity).

Understand the dignity of the human body.

Conscience as God’s gift to help us distinguish between right and wrong.

Give examples of right and wrong.

The Ten Commandments are laws given to us by God to help us respect God and love one another.

Summarize the Ten Commandments and their meaning.

God made humans to live in community with one another and also to be responsible for the needs of others.

Recognize their duty to be aware of the needs of others.

The difference between sin and an accident or mistake.

Compare and contrast a sin versus a mistake.

LEARNING TO PRAY

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Prayer as talking, listening and forming a relationship with God.

Describe prayer as talking with God.

The Act of Contrition, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be/Doxology.

Show praise to God through prayer.

Five forms of prayer: blessing/adoration; petition; intercession; thanksgiving; and praise.

List and describe the five forms of prayer.

We pray with the community of the Church especially at Mass on Sunday.

Actively participate in prayer with the Church community

The Our Father and recognize that Jesus taught us this prayer.

Explain the Our Father.

Praying the Rosary using the beads to reflect on one set of the Mysteries.

Actively participate in the Rosary and reflect on its meaning.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Places where Jesus was born, lived, died and rose from the dead using a map of the Holy Land (e.g., Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, and Jerusalem).

Recognize the places in Jesus' earthly life.

We are part of the Roman Catholic Church and a Parish community where we worship God and help others.

Explain our Catholic Church community.

The Pope leads the Catholic Church, our Archbishop leads our Archdiocese, and our Pastor leads our Parish.

Acknowledge and differentiate the leaders of the Church.

The Church has special days to celebrate the Saints (Memorials).

Recognize the Church has special days to celebrate the Saints

Titles and Feast Days of Mary that honor her holiness, e.g., Mother of God, Mary Our Mother, and Mother of the Church, and Blessed Virgin Mary.

Actively participate in Feast Day activities that honor Mary.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

We serve God by sharing our gifts with the community, according to our age and abilities (stewardship).

Share our gifts with the community, according to our age and abilities.

The ways that Jesus showed compassion during His life on Earth.

Identify the ways that Jesus showed compassion during His life on Earth.

All people belong to God.

Discuss that all people belong to God.

God also loves people who may go to different churches than ours.

Discuss and understand that God loves all people who may go to different churches than ours.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

The beauty and goodness of God within creation.

Express the beauty of creation using examples and evidence. Can retell the story of creation through actions and symbols.

God is revealed in the Bible (Sacred Scripture).

Select stories from scripture on how God speaks to his people and how his people respond in faith.

Faith as a gift from God that calls us to follow His truth, which we find in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Verbalize faith as a virtue freely gifted by God and can point out examples of faith-filled people from scripture.

The Paschal Mystery relates to Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection.

Have an increasing range of detail about the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The three Persons of the Trinity: God the Father as the Creator, Jesus as the Son and Savior (Redeemer), and the Holy Spirit as sharing the love and grace of God.

Identify characteristics of each member of the Blessed Trinity

God’s promise of eternal life in the Creed

From they past learning predict what eternal life with God might be like.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

Learning Goals Description

Success Criteria

Mass, the Eucharistic liturgy is the public (community) worship of the Church.

State the necessity of actively participating in worship during the Mass.

Christ is present in the Mass with the worshipping assembly, the priest, the Word of God, and most especially in the Eucharist.

State the different sections of the Mass and how Christ is present in each section.

Transubstantiation as the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Explain the signifiance of transubstantiation. Identify this concept as a core belief for Catholics.

A sacrament as an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.

Has appropriate knowledge and some accurate use of specialist vocabulary dealing with each sacrament.

Grace as the free and undeserved gift God gives us to respond to our vocation.

Can point out what grace is and how it is received.

The seasons and feasts of the Liturgical Year, their significance, and their liturgical color.

Identify and describe the many ways in which faith is celebrated during the Liturgical year.

Sacramentals as holy objects and actions that can help us become closer to God.

Name some symbols, signs, and objects that deepen your desire to grow in your love for God and the saints.

MORAL FORMATION

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The Church offers us many gifts, such as the sacraments, in fulfilling our human desire to be close to God.

In their own words, explain what each sacrament is and why they are a gift.

God gives us a free will so that we might freely love, honor, and obey God.

Discuss how "free will" and "conscience" relate.

The Ten Commandments are a covenant with God’s people given by God to Moses.

Accurate and confident explanation of each Commandment.

God’s design for humans to live in community with the responsibility to be aware of the needs of others.

Respond compassionately to and questions their own and others' experiences and feelings.

Sin as a decision we make to follow our way and not God’s way and repentance as turning back to God’s way.

Outline the conditions for an act to be a sin.

Prayer is important both for us as individuals and also for the Church and the world.

Share thoughts as to why prayer is important for us as Christians.

Various forms of prayer

Actively particpate in the five forms of prayer: blessing/adoration; petition; intercession; thanksgiving; and praise.

The Our Father and the requests (petitions) we are making through the Lord’s Prayer.

Identify the various "petitions" in the Our Father.

The Rosary is a prayer to God through the intercession of Our Lady, Mary.

Apply knowledge to the actual praying of the Rosary. Can articulate the difference between praying to Mary and honoring Mary.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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Prayer is important both for us as individuals and also for the Church and the world.

Share thoughts as to why prayer is important for us as Christians.

Various forms of prayer

Actively particpate in the five forms of prayer: blessing/adoration; petition; intercession; thanksgiving; and praise.

The Our Father and the requests (petitions) we are making through the Lord’s Prayer.

Identify the various "petitions" in the Our Father.

The Rosary is a prayer to God through the intercession of Our Lady, Mary.

Apply knowledge to the actual praying of the Rosary. Can articulate the difference between praying to Mary and honoring Mary.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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Jesus Christ established the Church 2,000 years ago and we are His disciples today.

Can define what a disciple is and is able to explain what it means to be a disciple of Jesus today.

The Roman Catholic Church as it refers to a building, a community, and individuals who serve God and others.

Have an increasing range of detail about how religion affects the lives of the people who follow Christ.

Participation in the Eucharist (the Body of Christ) builds up the Church, the Body of Christ.

Express insights as to the importance of the Eucharist in our lives.

Pentecost shows us that the Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit (the Holy Spirit both dwells within the Church, guides her across all time and makes her holy)

Retell the biblical story of Pentecost and share why it is significant for us as Catholics.

The Marks of the Church are the most important characteristics of our Church.

Can match the characteristic with the correct "Mark of the Church."

The Precepts of the Church as Laws of the Church that help us grow in love for others and guide the community.

Can name and explain the laws of the Church.

Through the sacraments and our relationship with Christ we are part of the Communion of Saints in the Church.

Role play the life of certain saints and focus on their relationship with God and others.

Mary is the Mother of the Church, as she is the Mother of Christ and the Mother of us, who believe and follow Christ.

Design a symbol that identifies Mary as Mother of the Jesus, mother of the Church, and our mother.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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The Church has a mission given to her by Jesus Christ and we are all called by Baptism to participate in this mission.

Identify the mission of Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises and therefore our call, through Baptism, to do likewise.

As disciples of Christ, we too are called to share “Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Share opinions on how best to share the Gospel.

Christian and non-Christian traditions.

Assess different Catholic attitudes toward persons of different religions. Ecumenism

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

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God reveals Himself fully by sending us His own Divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Explain what is meant when Jesus is said to be "the Image of God the Father". (Refer to the Scripture passage from the Gospel of Saint John 14:9)

Faith as a gift from God that calls us to follow His truth, which we find in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Describe when you received the gift of faith as a gift from God and how faith helps you to accept and live the teachings of the Catholic Church.

God’s covenants across salvation history and how God has always been faithful, e.g., Noah Abraham, Moses, and David.

Share your thoughts about what it means to be faithful to family and friends, and how this gives us an idea of how God faithfully kept His promises to the people in the Old Testament by always forgiving them and calling them back when they strayed from His path for them.

Redemption as Jesus freeing us from sin and offering us eternal life with God through his life, death and Resurrection (Paschal Mystery).

Paraphrase the idea of the Paschal Mystery as "redemption of our sins by Jesus", using the following words: "By His life, death and resurrection, Jesus saved us from sin, error and evil" or "Jesus regained for us the grace that was lost by sin".

The Trinity as the central Mystery of our faith: One God in three Persons.

Explain how faith helps us believe the mystery of three Persons in One God even if we do not fully understand it.

God as Trinity— Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and the roles of the Holy Trinity as Father Creator, Son Redeemer, and Holy Spirit Sanctifier.

Make a diagram of the three Persons in One God, showing the respective role of each: the Father Creator, the Son Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit Sanctifier.

The Nicene and Apostles Creed and recognize them as statements of beliefs about our Catholic Christian faith.

In your Prayer Book or a copy of the Apostles Creed, read it slowly and highlight or underline each phrase that states a belief about our Catholic Christian faith.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

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The relationship between the Eucharistic liturgy as the Church’s central and primary worship of God and our responsibility to actively participate in the Mass.

Discuss some of the ways that we can pray and in our prayer be close to Jesus, but emphasize why among them, the most important form of worship is participation in the Mass.

The term and concept of transubstantiation as the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Review the scene of the Last Supper. Remember the words of Jesus that changed bread and water into His body and blood, a change that we call "transubstantiation". Renew your belief that He gave the apostles the power to do the same in His memory so that they and the priests in the future would be able to make Him present in the Eucharist, through transubstantiation.

Receiving Eucharist strengthens us to follow Jesus and to take his Good News into the world.

Recall that Jesus has given the priests the power to make Him present in the Eucharist, and explain how being nourished by His body and his blood at every Mass strengthens us to take His Good News of Salvation into the world.

The sacraments are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace.

Point out how the sacraments are visible signs of invisible grace, which is the living and loving presence of God in us.

The seasons of the Liturgical Year, their significance, and their liturgical color.

From your study of a liturgical calendar, draw a symbol of each liturgical season (the event or feast celebrated) using the respective color for each season, and writing a word or brief phrase that explains the symbolism of the color.

Sacramentals in the Parish, classroom, and in their homes. These holy objects and actions can assist us in our prayer lives and our desire to be close to Jesus Christ.

Visit your parish church or school chapel or prayer room and list the sacramentals you find, writing how they remind you of God's love for you and our friendship with the saints in heaven.

MORAL FORMATION

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God created us naturally good with a desire and a capacity to know, love, and serve Him.

Revisit the scene in your study of creation where you read that God made man in His image and likeness, which means that God made man naturally good.

God created us in His image with a unique body and unique soul, therefore all human life is sacred and needs to be respected.

List some of the ways that we can express our appreciation for the gift of life and show our respect for our own life and that of others.

God has destined us for holiness and eternal life with Him.

Name some of the saints that you know of who give us example of focusing on our call to holiness and eternal life with God.

Living a moral life means doing the right thing, while we also take into account how our actions/thoughts/words affect others.

Create in a drawing the image of yourself in relation to everyone around you, and label how you can relate to them in a kind and positive way.

Conscience, and how throughout our lives, it is formed and developed through prayer, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Explain how God made us good at heart, and He gives us a conscience that can help us to select choices throughout our life that will keep us on the path to holiness.

God always has been faithful in His covenants with humanity across salvation history.

Research some of the events in the Old and the New Testament that prove the faithfulness of God and his loving forgiveness according to His promise.

The Ten Commandments and rephrase using examples from our lives (e.g., how is spending too much time playing video games like worshipping a false god?).

List and discuss some examples of how we can give too much time, and even become addicted, to selfish activities and not give enough time to praying and doing good deeds for others.

God created humans to live in community and thus, we need to be aware of the needs of others in our home, our Parish, our community, our country, and in other countries.

Think and apply to yourself the responsibility that everyone has as part of family, parish, school, country, etc. to contribute to the common good by sharing the gifts, or talents, received from God.

Sin in relation to our thoughts, words, actions and omissions.

Set up a process that can clarify the conditions for an action to be a sin in our thoughts, words, actions, and omissions.

The difference between venial and mortal sins.

Be very aware of God's mercy and forgiveness and feel free to consult with a priest, parents, or sisters and teachers, your questions about the conditions for a sin to be either venial or mortal.

God’s forgiveness and ways we have experienced this healing, such as through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Share with others the times that, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and prayer, you have realized how much God loves you and how willing He is to always be merciful and forgiving.

There is an association between the concepts of justice and human dignity (e.g., the value of humans is in being created in the image and likeness of God—in who they are, not in what they do).

Give examples of great men and women in history, saints and others, who have shown by their life and actions their appreciation of the dignity and justice to which all human beings are entitled.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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Prayer is essential both for us as individuals and also for the Church and the world.

Show how the more communication there is between parents and their children, husbands and wives, friends, and family members, the happier everyone is and the more they love one another. Apply this to communication with God in prayer...the more we pray, the happier we are and the more we contribute to the good of the Church and our world.

The different forms of prayer.

Practice different ways to pray to God...memorized prayers, spontaneous communication with Him and with Mary and the saints, reflecting on Scripture, singing hymns...

Praying the Our Father assists us with making good choices and becoming closer to Christ.

Outline the parts of the Our Father and label each phase as praise and worship, petition, intercession, thanksgiving...

We pray with Mary and the Saints, who intercede for us.

Define the role of Mary and the Saints, and describe how they help us to become holy.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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The Church helps us grow in our relationship with God and as a community committed to serving others.

Describe how you see the Church as a community in which you can receive and give service that can make you like Jesus who lived for others.

The Temple of the Holy Spirit is God’s Holy Spirit living in each of us and inspiring us to do what is good 1 Cor 6:19- 20).

Dramatize the scene of the Coming of the Holy Spirit and show how the gifts received by the Apostles, Mary, and the holy people gathered at Pentecost are the same gifts given to us at Mass and the other sacraments that are channels of God's grace.

The Precepts of the Church help one grow in holiness and awareness of the needs of others.

Look up the Precepts of the Church and show how they help to strengthen the unity and love in the Church.

Each of us is called to be a saint and to be a part of the Communion of Saints.

Draw a picture that shows that the life of all human beings are called to be part of the Communion of Saints: While on earth, we are a Militant Church (doing works of mercy to be like Jesus); the Church Suffering (people for whom we pray on All Souls' Day to ask God to give them the joy of heaven), and the Church Triumphant (the saints who are our friends in heaven praying for us).

Mary is our model of holiness, virtue and discipleship.

Learn and sing hymns about Mary that speak of her holiness, virtues, and discipleship.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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We are all called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ by the way we live and act.

Explain why when we speak of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ by the way we live and act, we are frequently reminded that we must not only "Talk the talk", but "Walk the walk".

The role of steward as one who receives and shares God’s gifts wisely.

Review in the Gospel the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30), and share your understanding of stewardship.

The many ways that each person has the responsibility to share time, talents and treasure with the Church.

Prepare a motivational speech that you would give to a group in Church where you have seen needs that have to be addressed by good people willing to share their time, talents, and treasure.

Ecumenism as the call for Christian unity.

Research the recent history of how Ecumenism in the Church has helped to bring unity among Christians of different religions.

We respect and are tolerant of the religious beliefs of others, but that we are also called to share our Catholic faith and the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Share how you see as a value the inter-relationship between Catholics and people of other faiths and how the mutual acceptance of all people can strengthen them in their efforts to be good and holy human beings.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

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God has fully revealed Himself through Jesus Christ and the transmission of divine revelation continues through Apostolic Tradition.

Explain why it is important to study the Bible and the teachings of the Church to learn how God has revealed Himself from creation up to the coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of Christianity.

Faith is both a gift from God and a call for us to freely respond by believing in Him, following our Church teachings and participating in the sacraments.

Illustrate the difference between a gift and payment that we receive for something that we do and explain how this relates to the gift of faith that we receive from God as His free gift, which allows us to believe in Him, follow our Church teachings, and participate in the sacraments.

Natural law is how God has written a moral code on our hearts to guide our human reason to know good and to avoid evil.

Give examples of certain rights and rules of human behavior that are part of human nature and can be understood as reasonable expectations of human conduct.

The timeline of Salvation History from the creation and fall narratives to the covenants and prophets of the Old Testament that reaches its fullness in the Incarnation and Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior.

Recall and explain stories about the various stages of Salvation History from creation, through the beginning and development of God's relationship with the Jewish People through their prophets and leaders, and then the coming of Jesus Christ into the world and His founding of the Church and its growth thereafter.

The names and roles of the three Persons of the One God in the Most Holy Trinity.

Name each of the three Persons in the Most Holy Trinity, and explain how we, as believers, are called to respond to each of the Three Persons according to their role: The Father Creator; the Son Redeemer, the Spirit Sanctifier.

All three persons of the Trinity are present in all of the Sacraments, e.g., at Mass the priest asks God the Father to send the Holy Spirit to consecrate the bread and wine to become the Body and Blood of Christ.

In a drawing or any other art form, depict how the Mass and other sacraments show us the work of the Holy Trinity in the fulfillment of God's Plan of Salvation because where Jesus is, there is the Father, and where the Father and the Son are, there is the Holy Spirit, and therefore, the Sacrament received brings us the gift and blessing of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit..

Creed, as a summary statement of beliefs that we profess as our Christian faith.

Pretend you are approached by a nonbeliever who earnestly wants to know your beliefs as a Catholic...how would you respond to touch on all your beliefs, as a Catholic, in a summary?

Our beliefs in the Trinity, the One God of the Old and the New Testament and Jesus, as the promised Messiah/Redeemer, as central faith statements professed in the Creed.

List the statements in the Creed that are truths that Catholics can present as a summary of the beliefs that the Church teaches.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

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Eucharist as the source and summit of our Catholic faith.

State the words that Jesus used at the Last Supper that make the Eucharist the source and summit of our Catholic faith because Jesus promised then and there that by receiving His Body and Blood, we will have eternal life.

The order of the Mass and its major parts.

Prepare from your research an outline of the order of the prayers and actions of the two major parts of the Mass: (First Part: The Liturgy of the Word); (Second Part: The Liturgy of the Eucharist):

Transubstantiation and its relationship with the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Explain why it is important for the Church to use such a big word as "Transubstantiation" for what happens to the bread and wine in the celebration of the Mass.

The Body and Blood of Christ that we receive in Holy Communion nourishes, sustains, and transforms us.

Suggest why just as food is important to nurture, support, and help us to grow to a healthy physical adulthood, our spirit (our soul) needs to receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion to nourish, sustain, and transform us into holy people.

The great gift Christ has given to the Catholic Church through the seven sacraments.

Name the seven sacraments that are signs of God's action by which those who receive any of the sacraments receive a special grace that will teach and prepare them to be faithful to God's call to holiness.

The sacraments draw us closer to Jesus and prepare us for life everlasting. That while sanctifying the individual person through the sacraments, the communal celebration sanctifies all members of the Church through God’s action and grace.

Explain how the more holy the individual members of the Church become, the more holy the entire Church becomes because the grace received by the individual in the celebration of the sacrament makes the entire People of God holy.

The Seven Sacraments as Sacraments of Initiation, Healing, and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

Describe the purpose each of the Sacraments that are divided into three categories: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist; Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing the Sick; and the Sacraments of Service: Marriage and Holy Orders.

The liturgical calendar and the major liturgical seasons.

Illustrate how the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church that all parishes, schools, and other organizations follow unites billions of Catholics around the whole world in worship and celebration of a common faith.

Sacramentals, as sacred signs (objects and actions) instituted by the Church that prepare individuals to receive grace and dispose them to cooperate with it.

Describe how some signs, objects and actions are used to express and deepen affection among family members and friends. Then apply the use of sacred signs, objects, and actions to dispose us to receive special grace from God and deepen our love for Him and our willingness to be faithful to His teachings.

MORAL FORMATION

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All people are created by God with a capacity to know Him, to love Him, and to respond to His will for our lives.

Justify the love of our inclusive God and the call to universal holiness with the words in the Gospel of Saint Matthew 5:48: "Be you, therefore, perfect, as also your heaveny Father is perfect."

Faith is a life-long journey, where we are strengthened by the grace of the sacraments to fulfill God’s will for our lives.

Point out the reason for dismay and confusion if a trip is undertaken with no certainty of a safe and secure destination and compare that to the reason we have for joy because of God's promise of glory forever as the destination of our life-long journey on this earth.

Being made in the image of God means we have a sacred obligation to care for our entire being: body, mind and soul.

Jesus grew into adulthood just as the rest of us are called to do, and the Gospel tells us the following to encourage us to grow as He did: "And the Child (Jesus) grew and became strong. He was filed with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:40)

Authentic love is to will the good of another, which is how God and our parents love us and also the love we find in the Beatitudes.

Dramatize how the Beatitudes that Jesus taught were like a bombshell that shocked the people who had always thought they were justified in doing the opposite of what Jesus was teaching in the Beatitudes.

The Ten Commandments and situations that would break a commandment (Ex 20:1- 17).

Indicate how laws protect self and others in situations that could be hurtful and apply this thinking to situations that require keeping the Ten Commandments so as not to hurt self or others.

The sacraments are both a personal and communal way of deepening our life in Christ.

Imagine "life in Christ" as the happiness of having Jesus walking with us in everything we do, especially when we enjoy a family gathering, a party, or a group celebration. Explain how this relates to the the Church being called a Sacramental Church and we, as Catholics, being called a Sacramental People because we have the Sacraments as gifts that unite us as the Family of God and deepen our "life in Christ".

Necessary conditions for sin.

Outline the clear conditions for sin so that there will not be feelings of guilt when the situation is a mistake, but so that when there is sin, there will be the assurance of God's pardon and mercy to regain joy and peace of mind.

Rights come with corresponding responsibilities.

Share how you can tell that the human population is becoming more aware that people have to accept the responsibilities for safeguarding the human rights that are God's gift to all human beings.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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Prayer and the value of silence in prayer.

Tell some of the stories in the Bible and in the life of some saints that reveal how God speaks in ways that we will hear if we listen silently and carefully in our heart and soul.

Ways to prepare for prayer and why prayer is essential to the life of a Christian.

Illustrate how you would teach a younger sibling or a friend how to prepare for prayer by quietly realizing that God is right with you and is listening to the prayers that you have memorized. Then go from memorized prayers to a conversation with God, talking with Him about your interests and concerns and listening in your heart to how He wants to guide you in your life in Christ.

The five forms of prayer: blessing/adoration; petition; intercession; thanksgiving; and praise.

Identify the various ways that the five forms of prayer respond to the abilities of the human person: to bless, to ask, to advocate for another, to thank, and to praise,

The Our Father.

Provide evidence from the relationship of Jesus with His disciples that the Our Father can rightly be called The Lord's Prayer.

History and purpose of the Rosary.

In speaking about how traditions unite people through generations, share some traditions in your family and culture. Then review the history of the Rosary, which goes back to Saint Dominic, Founder of the Dominican Order in the 13th century, and since then, has been a tradition in the Church, as a prayer to meditate on the life of Jesus, to honor Mary, and to pray for her intercession in our intentions and the need for peace in our world.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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The sacraments offer grace-filled opportunities to come together, to worship God, to grow in holiness, and to serve others.

Give examples of how you would teach the Sacraments to someone who is looking for ways to be part of a family or significant group with the longing for the inner peace that you know only God can give. How would you explain your own experiences as you think of how the Mass and the Sacraments and prayer events give you peace, comfort, and a sense of belonging?

We are all members of the Body of Christ and are called to work together to build the Kingdom of God.

In your imagination, make yourself present at the Ascension of Jesus after the Resurrection, and address the belief that Jesus directed "The Great Commission" to all of us with His final words: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28: 18-20)

Participation in the sacraments is included in the Precepts of the Church.

As you enumerate the Sacraments that are included in the Precepts of the Church, explain how they help us to grow in holiness: Attendance at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation; confession at least once a year; receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist at least once during the Easter Season.

We share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly offices of the Church.

Illustrate how the privilege inherent in our living our "life in Christ", supports the fact that we, as believers, share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ and are called to practice this sharing in the vocation to which God calls us.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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Discipleship as following Jesus and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (Mt 28:18- 20).

List some of the most important ways of showing gratitude to God for the gift we have of the Good News that He wants us to live and share as disciples of Jesus Christ, His Son.

Grace received in the sacraments can help us witness our faith in our daily lives.

Research the Letter of Saint James that speaks of how faith is to be lived and not only preached.

Our respect of the sacredness (sanctity) of life calls us to care for the needs of others.

Review the Gospel parable in which Jesus described who is our neighbor and how we are called to care for the needs of others.

Ecumenism as the call to unity among Christian faiths.

Indicate in practical terms, what we are called to do to bring about unity with our brothers and sisters of other faiths.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

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Self-disclosure of the living God, which has unfolded throughout salvation history and reached its fullness in Jesus Christ.

Describe how every human being fits into the Plan of Salvation that God began with sharing His Love by creating us, then redeeming us from sin by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to help us reach the glory in heaven for which God created us in His Plan.

Faith is both a gift from God and a call for us to freely respond by believing in Him, following our Church teachings and participating in the sacraments.

Portray how faith is a gift that enables us to read, believe, and follow the teachings and Sacraments of the Church, which are guideposts that show us the way of fulfilling God's plan for us.

The difference between salvation history and historical fact.

Point out how God's loving Plan for humankind has been disclosed over time through persons and events, especially the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, which brought to fulfillment the History of Salvation. Then compare and contrast this history, which is inspired by God, with the history of the world that reports historical facts that have shaped societies and continue the development of human history.

The importance of covenant relationship in the Old Testament for salvation history.

Illustrate the importance of the relationship between the Old Testament covenants and promises and the salvation that has been made available to present and future believers through the coming of Jesus Christ into our world.

The Chosen People journeyed to the Promised Land, so we journey toward the fullness of the Kingdom of God.

Compare the guides that the Jewish People had in their journey to the Promised Land and the guides that we have in our journey to heaven.

Jesus fulfills the promises made in the Old Testament (typology). John 1: 1-3

From your reflection on the Gospels, dramatize the fulfillment by Jesus Christ of some of the promises made in the Old Testament.

In all of God’s actions, all three Persons of the Trinity are fully present.

Define the actions of the Three Persons of the Trinity that are the source of our life and our call to holiness (the Father Creator), our redemption (The Son Redeemer) and the grace to become holy (the Holy Spirit Sanctifier).

Our beliefs in the Trinity, the One God of the Old and the New Testament and Jesus, as the promised Messiah/Redeemer, as central faith statements professed in the Creed.

List the statements in the Creed that are truths that Catholics can present as a summary of the beliefs that the Church teaches.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

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The principal parts of the Mass as well as prayers and actions in each part.

Discuss the growth in holiness that God will accomplish in us by our participation in the Mass with understanding of its two principal parts: 1) Liturgy of the Word (gathering as community, proclaiming and hearing the Word, and prayers of petition) and 2) the Liturgy of the Eucharist (offering the gifts, prayers in preparation for the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine to the body of blood of Christ, Communion, and final blessing).

Transubstantiation and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Defend the truth that after the Consecration in the Mass, the bread and wine are not only symbols, but that transubstantiation really and truly changes these substances into the body and blood of Jesus.

The Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life, as it contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Jesus Christ Himself.

Review and explain how Jesus in the Last Supper assured us that by the giving of Himself in sacrifice, He has achieving the salvation that is the most important good that people can possess.

The definition of a sacrament.

Illustrate in what way the sacraments in the Church are signs and channels that make possible the attainment of grace that makes God's People holy.

Major liturgical seasons and associate with scripture passages.

Share your understanding of the reasons why the Church organizes the year cycle in a calendar, with Scripture readings and symbols that will appeal to the human person and help uplift us in the celebration of days and seasons of special importance.

The definition and effects of sacramentals, as sacred signs (objects and actions) instituted by the Church that prepare individuals to receive grace and dispose them to cooperate with it.

Name some symbols, signs, and objects that bring to memory and heartfelt love the significant people in your life and compare those items with sacred symbols, signs, and objects that deepen your desire to grow in your love for God and the saints.

MORAL FORMATION

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Faith is a life-long journey and a gift from God that has been passed down through salvation history to each of us.

Contrast the response to the challenge of difficult life situations by a believer who is strengthened by the gift of faith and the reaction of a non believer who is in danger of despair because he has either not received the gift of faith or is not open to receive it through the channels of salvation history.

Being made in the image of God, means we have a sacred obligation to care for our entire being: body; mind; and soul.

Acknowledge Jesus as the Image of God the Father and share which human traits you see in Jesus that should motivate us to care for our whole being, body, mind, and soul.

Components of a morally good choice: the objective nature of the desired action; the purpose or intention for doing the action; and the circumstances for making the choice.

Set up a process that clarifies the conditions for judging the choices people make as either morally good or morally deficient.

The Ten Commandments in the Old Testament and explain how they apply to living a moral life.

Show how keeping the Ten Commandments can bring peace to self and others and breaking any of them can be hurtful to self and others.

The Prophets in the Old Testament challenged God’s people to follow Him and to work together in community.

Apply to our world today how modern prophets (proclaimers of the will of God) can bring reconciliation and peace to our world.

Old Testament passages that are examples of personal and social sin (Gn 3).

Define personal sin versus social sin and give examples of each kind in history and in our world today.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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We can pray everywhere at all times (1Thes 5:17).

List the conditions for lifting up our mind, soul, and spirit to God in prayer.

A variety of expressions of prayer.

Outline the expressions of prayer that you have used in your life up to now.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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Connections between the Chosen People of the Old Testament and the People of God in our Church today.

Explain how the Chosen People of the Old Testament related to God and how, in the New Testament, our relationship with God has been with, in, and through Jesus Christ.

Saints who have modeled a faith filled (covenant) relationship with God.

Test your knowledge of the saints and how their lives have enriched your life and your faith.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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Christians can be “prophets” for Catholic Social Teaching principles today.

Write a plan that you would like to follow to live the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church today.

Christian and non- Christian traditions.

 

Identify ways to show respect for the various faith traditions and show awareness that we respect others because God loves us all.

Trace the development of Ecumenism in recent years and give examples of how it is lived in our churches, schools, and other faith organizations.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

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Revelation is the self-disclosure of the living God, which has unfolded throughout salvation history and reached its fullness in Jesus Christ.

Organize, within the big picture of revelation, some of the major events that reveal the self-disclosure of the living God from creation to the coming of Jesus Christ.

Purpose of parables in the ministry of Jesus.

Contrast the simplicity of the parables of Jesus with the existing methods of religious instruction of the Scribes and Pharisees during the time of Jesus on earth.

Passages by book, chapter and verse; read footnotes; and to understand cross- references with other Scripture passages.

Show how passages in the various parts of the Bible can be combined to corroborate and clarify the teachings of Jesus.

The Paschal Mystery and how the sacrifice of Jesus has redeemed all of humanity.

Illustrate how the Church recognizes and celebrates in real time the salvation of the human family by the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus,

The central mystery of the Christian faith is the Most Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Explain how as a Catholic, In praying the Sign of the Cross, you are witnessing your faith in three Persons in the One loving God: the Father Creator, the Son Jesus Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit Who helps us to be holy?

Knowledge of the characteristics of God, but our understanding of God will always be limited as our human minds and words can never fully understand the mystery of God.

Give examples of how we can deepen our understanding of God's gifts to us of faith, intellect, and words as we grow in age and in appreciation of the mystery of God as much as is possible for now...until we arrive to full knowledge in heaven?

Definition of Creed, as a summary statement of beliefs that we profess as our Christian faith.

Justify to a non-believer the central truths of the Catholic faith that are summarized in the Creed.

MORAL FORMATION

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All people are created by God with a capacity to know Him, to love Him, and to respond to His will for our lives.

Indicate the ways in which Jesus, by His involvement with all types of people, made it clear that God is inclusive in His universal call to holiness.

Faith is a life-long journey and a gift from God that has been passed down through salvation history to each of us.

Explain the fact that the gift of faith has been preserved and passed on in Salvation History, not in spite of, but more often as a result of the changes that have been made in the Church through different historical times.

The development of conscience as an informed inner voice that helps to distinguish between a morally good act or bad/sinful act.

Identify the steps necessary to achieve the ability to listen and respond to an inner voice that will be well-informed, enlightened by truth, willing to do good, and motivated to avoid evil.

Moral decision making processes that reference both Scripture and the Church’s moral teaching.

Devise a process that will achieve the good habit of making moral decisions with the help of Scripture and the Church's moral teaching...where to search...what to expect...personal feelings...approval by significant persons...

Our responsibility to serve other people, especially those in most need.

Figure out where you stand in the spectrum of generosity (from 1 to 10) in giving to others without expecting anything in return and explain why.

Personal sins can have social consequences.

In our society today, explore the reasons for fear, distrust, and other factors that cause divisive and dangerous situations.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

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Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life, as it contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Jesus Christ Himself.

In meditating on the Eucharist, especially the event of the Disciples of Emmaus after the Resurrection, share the thoughts and feelings that convinced the disciples that it was Jesus Himself who was trying to teach them that He was the Risen Savior and the Source of all spiritual good.

The sacraments help us deepen our relationship with God and with our faith community.

List the 7 Sacraments and demonstrate for each one how, when you receive the given Sacrament, it deepens your relationship with God and with the People of God.

Sacraments as rooted in the New Testament (Baptism of Jesus, healing miracles, Miracle of Fishes and Loaves, Bread of Life, Last Supper, Wedding at Cana, naming of Peter, Pentecost, laying on of hands in 2 Tm 1:6).

Role play some of the events in the Gospels that illustrate that in each event a Sacrament was imparted by Jesus, and show how each of those Sacraments are still administered in the Church today.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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Prayer deepens our relationship with God.

Engage in prayer and share how your relationship with God has been deepened.

Praying using the five different forms of prayer.

List the five different forms of prayer; engage in each form and share the fruit of prayer.

The Our Father is a summary of faith and a model for Christian prayer.

Identify and explain the meaning and scope of the various petitions in the Our Father..

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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The beginning of our Church history through its institution by Christ, the presence of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the role of the Apostles in the mission of sharing the Good News.

In broad terms, create a timeline that speaks to you of Jesus as the one who instituted the Church and how the Holy Spirit enabled the Apostles to fulfill their role in the establishment of the Church at its beginning.

The People of God includes all those who are united with God.

Describe what identifies those who are united with God and can be called the People of God.

How our Church originated through Jesus and continued with the Apostles and their successors and how this makes our Church, Apostolic.

Illustrate how the missionary work of the Apostles has been continued through the succession of the Popes that has been continued after Saint Peter up to the present time.

The life of Jesus calls us to live in community and membership in the Parish is important for our faith lives.

Speak to the place and role of the parish in the organization of the Catholic Church.

Passages about Mary in the New Testament and how Mary is our model for prayer and discipleship.

Compose prayers of thanksgiving to God for all that Mary does for us as the one to whom we can entrust our needs and petitions.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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In Scripture, recite, and understand the implications of the great commission given us by Jesus “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...”(Mt 28:16-20).

What is the relationship, in practical terms, between the Universal Call to Holiness and the mandate of Jesus to '"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations" (Mt. 28;1`6-20).

Stewardship is important to both our spiritual life and the spiritual life of the Parish.

If "stewardship" is usually defined as related to management, explain how this affects the spiritual life of individuals and groups such as a Parish and other groups that have spiritual and material resources that must be managed for the common good?

Respect the religious faith of others, while also sharing our beliefs with them in word and action.

Compare the current respect for other religions with the history of division and strife that happened before ecumenism became a good move toward tolerance, acceptance, and reconciliation.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE FAITH

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Scripture and Tradition are essential elements of our Catholic faith.

Explain why both Scripture and Tradition are essential elements of our Catholic faith and how they are related to each other.

God’s revelation includes Natural Law, which is written in the hearts of every person and helps us discern good and evil as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Show, with examples, how God’s revelation includes Natural Law.

Key moments of Salvation History from Genesis through Revelation.

Create, with artistic or other forms of expression, key moments of Salvation History from Genesis through Revelation.

The appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection found in the Gospels and in Acts.

From reflection on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, cite and discuss what is most impressive in the appearances of Jesus after His Resurrection.

God the Father sent the Son, Jesus, to redeem us and that the grace of the Holy Spirit continues to give us new life.

Conduct a celebration of the Ascension of Jesus after His Resurrection, where He commissioned His disciples fo continue His Mission, and express how this commission extends to all followers of Jesus for all time.

The creedal beliefs in the Trinity, the One God of the Old and New Testament; Father, as the creator of all; Jesus, as living, dying, and rising to save us from our sins; and the Holy Spirit as the ongoing presence of God living in the Church and in each of us.

Identify the sections of the Creed that depict the role of each of the Three Persons in One God. which make up the whole story of salvation.

MORAL FORMATION

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God made each of us with the desire and capacity to respond to the gift of faith and to know, love, and serve Him.

Indicate how your understanding of the Universal Call to Holiness has become more and more challenging as you are growing into adulthood.

All life is deserving of respect and demonstrate an understanding of the Church’s stance on the sanctity of life, and this is consistent with Scripture and Tradition (right to life, human dignity, preferential option for the poor.)

Research and share information about the challenges that people today are faced with regarding the value of human life, dignity of each person, and care of all creation.

The Ten Commandments continue to offer us guidelines for moral living today.

Distinguish between the Ten Commandments as constraints versus guideposts for self-fulfillment and creating a better world for all.

Sin is turning away from God, repentance as turning back to God and reconciliation as celebrating our loving relationship with God.

Review the instances in which God has shown in Salvation History that He is a loving God who is ready to forgive sin as soon as He sees our repentance.

The seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how the Church applies these principles with social concerns and problems across the globe today.

Show how "talk the talk" and not "walk the walk" is evident when we can recite the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. but then simply deplore that they are not put into practice.

LITURGICAL EDUCATION

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The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, as it contains the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Jesus Christ Himself.

In your own words, retell the story of the Last Supper and include the words of Jesus that establish the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith.

The concept of transubstantiation, as the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

In sharing reflections on the Eucharist in the Catholic Church and communion in other religions, contrast the concepts of real and symbolic; discuss how "real" applies to transubstantiation and "symbolic" to other forms of communion.

The Sacraments strengthen our relationship with God and the faith community, which benefits both the individual and the community.

Picture in your mind and describe how you see God rejoicing as He sees your relationship with Him and others deepen as you grow in holiness by receiving the Sacraments.

The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are primarily directed toward the salvation of others and offer recipients the grace to grow in holiness through their service.

Compare the possibility, as a believer, to make the choice of being enriched by active service to others in the Church or simply leaving to others the responsibility of serving those in need.

The definition and effects of sacramentals, as sacred signs (objects and actions) instituted by the Church that prepare individuals to receive grace and dispose them to cooperate with it.

Engage in a dialogue that will distinguish between normal signs and symbols that increase the affection among family and friends versus signs and symbols that are holy because they deepen our faith and prepare us to receive God's love and grace into our lives.

LEARNING TO PRAY

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Prayer helps us stay honest and accountable in relationship with God and others.

Suggest ways that you can pray to God with the sincerity, affection, honesty, and openness with which you carry out your conversations with a trusted and loyal friend.

The various expressions of prayer: vocal; meditative; and contemplative.

Role play how you would explain to a sibling, a friend, or a child the different expressions of prayer and how you would teach them to pray.

Participate in a variety of traditional devotions.

Bring to mind and to conversation traditional devotions that people from various cultures and countries practice as forms of prayer.

EDUCATION FOR COMMUNITY LIFE

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Church history through an overview of the Early Church in Acts

Point out some of the events and occasions in the Acts of the Apostles that can be verified as motivated and carried out in the Early Church as the Mandate of Jesus to the apostles.

The People of God, as the whole community of the baptized and how the People of God includes a rich diversity of men and women across social classes, world cultures, and ethnicities.

Exemplify in words or in a world map the universality that enriches the Church as a result of the diversity of its membership in designated geographical areas, as well as in the global cultural scene.

The Precepts of the Church and the ways that the precepts strengthen us to live out our Baptismal call to be priest, prophet, and king.

List practical ways in which Catholics can share in the priesthood of Christ and in His prophetic and royal mission by their oneness with Jesus the High Priest, Prophet, and King, by offering themselves in the Church for priestly service and sacrifice, prophetic teaching and preaching, and providing generous and competent stewardship of the gifts of spiritual and material goods..

Different vocations in the life of the Church and pray for God’s guidance in helping us recognize the unique way we are to respond to God’s call in our lives.

Prepare a display of the options that God gives us by inspiring and enabling each person to discern His will for their role in His Plan of Salvation.

MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVICE

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The stewardship equation: receive / cultivate / share / return.

Compare and contrast the evidence of responsible accountability for good stewardship in the areas of religion, business, politics versus the greed that can focus on receiving and not sharing.

The difference between ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.

Do research on the difference between ecumensim and inter-religious dialogue and select from advances in human relations, technology, and other means, those means which are making possible the expansion of the boundaries for an increasing mutual acceptance among Christians and other faiths.