Faith Formation (CCD)
First grade,
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Creed lessons:   Sacrament lessons:
1 2 3 4 5   6 7 8 9 10
Morality lessons:   Prayer lessons:
11 12 13 14 15   16 17 18 19 20
Liturgical Year lessons:
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28  

Completed textbook lessons are in yellow.

Brother Francis videos used:

Focus of the first grade year: God loves us. Jesus teaches us about God's love, and we have the Holy Spirit to help us. Through the sacraments, we belong to the Church, and we learn to celebrate and live our faith through the Mass.

# 1:
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2022
Prayer service inside church and introductory class.
(School year begins in Liturgical Year C.)

Children will gather in classroom and receive textbooks.
CHRIST IN US, published by Sadlier.

# 2:
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022 (following 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 16:19-31.

Textbook lesson # 1: How do we know God? (page 19)

Faith word: Bible, Church

Coloring: God loves me, just the way I am!
Children will draw pictures of themselves. There will be crayons for a wide variety of skin colors and tones.

Br. Francis: What Happens at Mass? (Total play time under 6 minutes.)
Video 1: Celebrate the Mass
Video 2: What is the Mass about?
Video 3: The Entrance Procession
Video 4: Paying Attention in Church
Video 5: The Mass
Video 6: With a Heart of Praise

Discussion about vestments a priest wears at Mass.

Every week, children will be asked, "What color was the priest's chasuble on Sunday?" It is a way to introduce the colors of the liturgical calendar year, and it is a way to teach children the seasons of the Church calendar.

Featured saint: Saint Francis of Assisi
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 3:
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 (following 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time).
Sunday, October 2, 2022, will be Respect Life Sunday.
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 17:5-10.

Textbook lesson # 2: Who is God? (page 27)

Faith words: creation, Blessed Trinity

Br. Francis video # 1: Who Made the World?

October is Respect Life month: As Catholics, we respect life, from the start until the end -- from when we are just tiny babies inside our moms until we are old, old people. Catholics respect life from when it begins because a person’s a person, no matter how small.
After a baby has been inside its mother for only
13 weeks, from head-to-butt, the baby is about 3 inches long. The baby's heart has been beating for 8 weeks. The baby has fingers and toes and can open and close his hands. The baby has lips, and a nose, and eyes, and eyelids. Teeth already have formed inside his jaw bone. The baby's fingerprints are forming -- the same fingerprints the baby will have at 6 years old and at 60 years old. If you saw the baby, you could tell whether it was a boy or a girl. Inside the mother, the baby can turn somersaults and stretch out.

All human life -- from the moment of conception and through all subsequent stages -- is sacred, because human life is created in the image and likeness of God.
-- Pope John Paul II, 1977

Children will dress small dolls that are the length of a baby at 13 weeks after creation. (Mattel "Kelly" dolls.)

Featured saint: Saint Martin de Porres.
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 4:
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 (following 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 17:11-19.

Textbook lesson # 3: Why did God make us? (page 35)

Faith word: faith

Noah's Ark lesson: Reading of children's version of Genesis 6:9-9:17.
"Of all living creatures you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, one male and one female."
Male and female animal figurines, for going two-by-two into the Ark: horses, cattle, giraffes, elephants, kangaroos, zebras, rhinoceros, tigers, deer, hogs, chimpanzees, goats, koala bears, meerkats, and penguins.


Reading page to take home and tell story. By the end of class, a child should be able to look at the pictures and tell the story of Noah's Ark.

Featured saints: Jacinta Marto & Francisco Marto (sister & brother).
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 5:
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 (following 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 18:1-8

Who was Moses?

Textbook lesson # 13: How Does God Teach Us To Love? (God gave Moses the 10 Commandments.) (page 120) (Abbreviated reading from textbook.)
Faith word: Ten Commandments

Children will make Ten Commandments refrigerator magnets. Please note that the words used are so that a child can understand:

During one class in October, children will plant crocus bulbs at the front of the church. It will help the children feel like part of the parish, and they can look forward to the flowers blooming at Easter time. Weather will determine the planting day.

Featured saint: Saint Gregory of Nazianzen
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 6:
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 (following 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 18:9-14

Textbook lesson # 4: Who is Jesus Christ? (w/ intro to Hail Mary) (page 43)

Faith words:
angel, Christ, heaven

Br. Francis video # 2: Who Is Jesus?


Featured saint: Mary, the Blessed Mother

# 7:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 (All Saints Day) (following 31st Sunday)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 19:1-10

Textbook lesson # 5: What Is the Church? (page 51)

Faith words:
People of God, Apostles, priests, deacons, bishops

Br. Francis video # 5: What Is the Catholic Church?

Activity for All Saints Day. (To be determined.)

Featured saint: Saint Andrew
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

NOTE: All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Mass at de Chantal at 7:30 p.m., immediately after class.

# 8:
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 (following 32nd Sunday)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 20:27-38

"Circle of Grace" (Presented by Mrs. Flynn.)


# 9:
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 (following 33rd Sunday)
Sunday Gospel reading:
Luke 21:15-19

Textbook lesson # 20: Why is the Lord's Prayer called the perfect prayer? (page 177)

Faith words: hallowed, Kingdom of God

Br. Francis video # 10: What Is the Lord's Prayer?

Work sheets: Practice writing the Our Father.

St. Pope John Paul II singing Pater Noster (Our Father).

Pater noster qui es in coelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum,
fiat voluntas tua,
sicut  in coelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
et ne nos inducas in tentationem
sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Featured saint: Saint Damien of Molokai
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

  Sunday, Nov. 20: Feast of Christ the King
(No class November 22)
  Sunday, Nov. 27: First Advent Sunday
New liturgical year begins. (Cycle A).

(Liturgical calendar image is from page 185 of the children's textbook.)
# 10:
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022
Matthew 24:37-44: The Son of Man will come when we do not expect.

Textbook lesson
# 22: Advent: Why does Jesus come to save us? (Reading of
Luke 1:26-38, The Announcement of the Birth of Jesus.) (page 193)

Br. Francis video # 35: What is Advent?

Beeswax Advent candles.

# 11:
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 3:1-12: John the Baptist preached, "Repent! The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Prepare the way of the Lord."

Textbook lesson
# 15: What turns us toward God's love? (page 135)

Faith word: mercy

Br. Francis video # 3: Who Is Mary?

Coloring: December 8 is the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother. The Immaculate Conception is about Mary having been conceived without original sin. Saint Anne was Mary's mother, and the coloring sheet shows Mary inside her mother:

Featured saint: Saint Philip the Apostle
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

  Thursday, Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Mother
Holy Day of Obligation)
# 12:
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 11:2-11: Jesus is the promised Messiah.

Textbook lesson
# 23: How did the Son of God enter human history (Reading of Luke
2:8-20, The Birth of Jesus.) (page 199)

Br. Francis video # 39: What Is the Christmas Season?

The children will tell the Christmas story in their own words, guided by an
8-page take-home Christmas coloring book:

  Sunday, Dec. 18: 4th Advent Sunday
  Sunday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
  Suggested children's Christmas-season movies at FORMED:
Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa (25 minutes)
O Holy Night, The King Is Born: What Christmas Is About (25 minutes)
  Monday, Dec. 26: St. Stephen's Day
  Tuesday, Dec. 27: Feast of St. John, the Apostle and Evangelist
  Wednesday, Dec. 28: Feast of the Innocents Matthew 2:13-18
  Sunday, Jan. 1: Celebration of Holy Family; Solemnity of Mary.
# 13:
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023
Matthew 2:13-23: Angel warned Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. They returned after King Herod died.

Note: The story of the Visit of the Magi will be included in this class, in advance of the story of Flight to Egypt, so that the children hear the events in correct order.


Textbook lesson # 19: What helps us to pray? (page 169)

Faith word: unite

Br. Francis video # 6: What Is the Bible?

Featured saints: Saints Gregory and Nonna
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 14:
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 2:1-12: Visit of magi. (The Visit of the Magi will have been discussed the previous week because it happened before Joseph, Mary, and Jesus fled to Egypt.)

Textbook lesson
# 7: How do we praise and thank God? (page 69)

Faith words: Mass, parish, saints, blessing, devotion, worship
# 15:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
John 1:29-34: Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

Textbook lesson
# 8: How do we become members of the Church? (page 77)

Faith words: Baptism, grace, Confirmation, Last Supper, Eucharist

Coloring options:

Detail from da Vinci's Baptism of Christ:

Featured saint: Peter Claver
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 16:
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 4:12-23: Jesus called his first disciples.


Sea of Galilee cookies.
Please have your child wear an easily washable shirt.

Textbook lesson # 16: What is prayer? (page 145)

Faith word: invite

Featured saint: Saint Monica
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 17:
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023
Matthew 5:1-12a: Jesus' Beatitudes speech.

The Beatitudes speech (from "The Chosen").

Br. Francis video # 29: What Are the Beatitudes?

Textbook lesson # 28: How do we grow as Jesus' followers? (page 231 only)

# 18:
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 5:13-16: "You are the salt of the earth." (Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.)

Textbook lesson # 10: How are we strengthened for service to God and others? (page 93)

Faith words: Holy Orders, Matrimony, Holy Family

Featured saint: Saint Zita
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 19:
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 5:17-37: "Whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment." (Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.)

Textbook lesson 12: How do we respond to God's love? (page 111)

Faith words: virtue, just, Beatitudes


Featured saint: Saint Philip Neri
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 20:
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 5:38-48: "Love your enemies. Do good to them what hate you. Pray for them that persecute you." (Sermon on the Mount.)

Textbook lesson # 11: How do we know God loves us? (The Great Commandment.) (page 103)

Faith words: commandments, Great Commandment

Br. Francis video # 8: What are the Two Great Commandments?


Featured saint: Saint Thomas of Villanova
(Saints sheet will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

  Wednesday, February 22: Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)
# 21:
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 (following 1st Sunday of Lent)
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 4:1-11: Temptation of Christ: After John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, where he was tempted by the devil.


Coloring sheet is based on artist James Tissot's "Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness."

Textbook lesson # 17: Why do we pray? (page 153)

Faith word: praise

Br. Francis video # 33: What Is Lent?

Featured saint: Saint Brigid of Ireland
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 22:
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 (following 2nd Sunday of Lent)
Sunday Gospel:
Matthew 17:1-9: Transfiguration of Jesus: Simon Peter, John, and James experienced a vision of Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah.

Transfiguration craft:

Br. Francis video # 9: What Is Prayer?

Textbook lesson # 18: How do we pray? (page 161)

Faith word: Lord's Prayer

Featured saint: Saint Charles Borromeo
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 23:
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (following 3rd Sunday of Lent)
Sunday Gospel:
John 4:5-42: "The water that I give shall become a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting."


Coloring sheet is inspired by artist James Tissot's art.

Textbook lesson # 14: What turns us away from God's love? (page 127)

Faith word: Original Sin

In contrast to what turns us away from God's love, there are the seven virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, and faith, hope, & charity:
Br. Francis video # 25: What Are the Virtues?

Featured saint: Saint Dismas
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 24:
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (following Laetere Sunday)
Sunday Gospel:
John 9:1-41: Jesus healed a blind man.


Textbook lesson # 9: How do we celebrate God's forgiveness and healing? (page 85)

Faith words: Penance and Reconciliation; Annointing of the Sick; sin

Featured saint: Saint Peregrine Laziosi
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 25:
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 (following 5th Sunday of Lent)
Sunday Gospel:
John 11:1-45: Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

Textbook lesson
# 24: How are we called to repentance today? (page 205)

Road to Easter:

Color eggs.

  Sunday, April 2: Palm Sunday
  Thursday, April 6: Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
The Triduum begins Thursday evening and goes thru Sunday evening.
Note to parents:
Lesson 25 would be appropriate to do at home.
  Friday, April 7: Good Friday
From noon to 3 p.m., Jesus hung on the cross.
  Saturday, April 8, Holy Saturday
  Sunday, April 9: Easter
# 26:
Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
John 20:19-31: Jesus said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe."


Textbook lesson # 26: How is the Risen Jesus present in his Church? (Includes reading of Matthew 28:1-10.) (page 217)

Br. Francis video # 34: What is Holy Week and Easter?

Featured saint: Saint Thomas (from text lesson #7; more appropriate here)
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 27:
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
Luke 24:13-35: Jesus appeared to His disciples.

Textbook lesson # 6: How does God share his life with us? ("The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to Jesus. He helps us to listen and pay attention. He helps us know and understand what Jesus wants us to do." -- page 64.) (page 61)

Faith words: prayer, liturgy, sacraments, sacramentals

Br. Francis video # 4: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Featured saint: Saint Agnes
(Saint sheets will be sent home, for coloring and parental reading.)

# 28:
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
John 10:1-10: Jesus is the Good Shepherd. "I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved."

Textbook lesson # 21: Church year: How do we celebrate Jesus Christ? (page 189 only)


# 29:
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
John 14:1-12: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me."

Make "My Mass Book" booklets. Between pages 243 and 246 in the textbook.


(Mother's Day will be May 14, 2023.)

# 30:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Sunday Gospel:
John 14:15-21: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."

End-of-year review.

# 31:
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Mass for End of School Year

Opening and Closing:
Every class will begin and end with these prayers:

Opening Prayers:
(1) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
(2) Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful. Light the fire of your love in them. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

(3) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Closing Prayers:
(1) The Hail Mary. (This will be added as the year progresses.)
Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

(2) Saint Michael the Archangel, please defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke the devil, we humbly pray.
And do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

Prayers to be memorized:
When a child is 1st able to stand and recite one of the following prayers entirely on his/her own, the child may select one small prize from the prize-box.
Sign of the Cross
The Lord's Prayer
Hail Mary
Glory Be:
  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Grace Before Meals:
  Bless us, O Lord, and these gifts that we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Videos for saints mentioned in the textbook:
At Confirmation, a child selects a saint's name. Thus, over the next several years, your child will need to acquire some familiarity with saints and with their stories.

The saints listed below are mentioned in your child's 1st grade textbook:

The Blessed Mother
video #1; video #2
Agnes of Rome
video #1; video #2
Andrew the Apostlle
video #1; video #2
Brigid of Ireland
video #1; video #2
Charles Borromea
video #1; video #2
Damien of Molokai
video #1; video #2
Dismas, The Good Thief
Francis of Assisi
video #1; video #2
Francisco and Jacinta Marto (brother & sister)
Gregory the Elder (a.k.a. St. Gregory of Nazianzus) and his wife Nonna
Gregory the Theologian, son of St. Gregory the Elder and St. Nonna
informative video
Martin de Porres
video #1; video #2
Monica of Hippo
video #1; video #2
Peregrine Laziosi
Peter Claver
video #1; video #2
Philip the Apostle
Philip Neri
video #1; video #2
Thomas the Apostle, Doubting Thomas
video #1; video #2
Thomas of Villanova
video #1; video #2

PLEASE NOTE: The above links to videos are offered for parental review; not all of the videos are appropriate for a young child. Watch the videos; get the information so that you can use your words to talk about the saints with your child or grandchild. If there are two videos, usually, "video #2" is the child-appropriate video. Please watch any video before you decide whether you want your child to see the video. Some saints suffered much pain on earth.

The textbook mentions of the saints are meager -- only two or three sentences. When the textbook lesson includes a featured saint, your children will come home with two pieces of paper that I call "saint sheets": a brief biography for you to read to your child, and a matching coloring sheet for your child. Please read the small biography to your child and talk with your child about the featured saint. Coloring the saint's picture will help your child to remember the saint. There is no need to "turn in" the homework; you can put your child's art directly on your refrigerator. You might want to offer a matching video for the saint, selecting from the videos above.

A collection of the small biographies and companion coloring sheets can be found HERE.

Words will be introduced throughout the year. The goal is that all children will have familiarity with the following words by the end of the year:

angel: Invisible being that is a messenger of God.
Annointing of the sick:
Sacrament where priest prays for the Holy Spirit to comfort sick person.
First sacrament we receive; it makes us members of the church.
Bible: Name of holy book of God's word; it tells us about God and God's teachings for us.
Blessed Trinity: Also "Holy Trinity." Belief that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God in 3 persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Catholics: People who believe Jesus is the Son of God, and who celebrate the seven sacraments, and who follow the Pope as their religious leader.
Christ: Name for Jesus that means "God's chosen one."
Church: All of the people who have been baptized in the Blessed Trinity and who believe in God.
church: A church building where a group of people gather o worship God.
Confirmation: sacrament that strengthens us with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
Create means "to make."
creation: Everything that God made from nothing.
epiphany: the moment when you finally understand something clearly.
Epiphany: Christian holiday in honor of when the magi arrived in Bethlehem to honor the child Jesus as God's chosen one. Twelve days after Christmas, and the last day of the Christmas season.
Eucharist: Sacrament where we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.
faith: Gift from God that helps us to believe in God; God's greatest gift to us.
Gospels: Four books in the Bible that tell us about Jesus's life: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
grace: God's life and love that He shares with us.
heaven: Life with God forever
Holy Orders: Sacrament in which a baptized man becomes a priest (or bishop or deacon)
Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Holy Spirit:
3rd part of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit guides us to do what is right.
Holy Trinity: Also "Blessed Trinity." Belief that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God in 3 persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus: God's son, sent to us by God.
Last Supper: Final meal that Jesus shared with his disciples. The disciples are the people whom Jesus chose to teach his message.
Mary: Jesus' mother. Also called "Blessed Mother" and "Virgin Mary."
matrimony: Sacrament where a baptized man and baptized woman become husband and wife.
missionary: Someone who goes out to share the story of Jesus with other people.
parish: People who worship at a specific church building and who are led by a priest.
penance / reconciliation: Sacrament where we receive forgiveness from God for our sins. We can receive that sacrament when we go to Confession.
people of God: Another name for the Church (meaning all of the people who believe in God and who have been baptized).
prayer: Talking and listening to God. We talk and listen to God because God loves us.
sacraments: Special signs that bring us God's grace: Baptism, Penance (Reconciliation), Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Annointing of the Sick.
sin: Choosing to disobey God. Doing something wrong on purpose.
the two Great Commandments: Love God. Love your neighbors.

Quick intro to Mass -- Six short animated videos that explain what happens at Mass; total time is less than six minutes.

1st Communion, May 2022, at de Chantal -- Group 1 (9:30 a.m.)
1st Communion, May 2022, at de Chantal -- Group 2 (11:00 a.m.)

Every Mass at de Chantal since March 29, 2020

FORMED -- This online site is free. Select de Chantal parish and give your email address. You can find excellent videos for children by signing in, selecting "Movies," then "Kids." The "Brother Francis" series is especially good for young children.

How to pray the rosary

Catechism of the Catholic Church (website of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)


The Archdiocese has several religious education goals for 1st graders. They can be found
HERE. The goals are broken into six parts. Below is a review of those goals:

I. Knowledge of the Faith
hildren should understand that God created all things in the universe and that all of God's creation is good, especially human beings. God made humans in God's own image. God is all-knowing and all-loving. The Holy Trinity is like the three parts of a clover leaf making up one clover: There is one God -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is God's son who was sent to teach us how to live as God's children. The Holy Spirit lives in each of us to help us be holy. Mary is Jesus' mother. Faith is a gift from God that helps us to believe in God, and the Church is the community of people who believe in God and who have been baptized.
The Bible tells us about God and God's teachings for us. Within the Bible, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us about Jesus. The children should hear the story of the Annunciation (when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear the Son of God), the story of the birth of Jesus, and the story of the Resurrection of Jesus. The children should hear that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and that Jesus taught us the good news about God's love through His stories and His life, and that Jesus returned to heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come to live in us.

II. Liturgy and Sacraments
he sacraments are special signs that bring us God's grace. Jesus gave us the sacraments. Baptism is the first sacrament that we receive; it makes us members of the Church. Baptism is done with water and with the words, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." The sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation is when we tell God that we are sorry for having done something wrong and when we receive forgiveness. The Eucharist is the sacrament where we receive Jesus' Body and Blood.
The children will be shown how to enter a church respectfully, make the Sign of the Cross with holy water, and kneel to the presence of God in the church. They will be told what some of the main objects are inside a Catholic church: altar, cross, tabernacle, sanctuary light, Easter candle, baptismal font, statues of saints, images, holy water font, Stations of the Cross. They will be taught that there are three main readings at Mass, and that the gospel reading is the third reading, and that, for the gospel reading, we stand and hear the priest read to us God's Word about Jesus. Jesus Christ is present among those who are together for Mass, and He is present in the word of God and in the priest. When the priest blesses the bread and wine, they become the Body and Blood of Jesus. We call that "transubstantiation." The Church year begins with Advent, and there are six seasons in the Church year: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time (divided into two parts), Lent, the Triduum, and Easter. After the Easter season, Ordinary Time continues. The priests wear different colors, based on the church season: Advent and Lent are purple; Christmas and Easter are white; Ordinary Time is green.

III. Moral Formation
e all have a conscience, and we live good lives with the help of the Holy Spirit. God made us so that we would do what is right and good because God loves us. God gives us the ability to choose right or wrong, but doing wrong and disobeying God is a sin.
Jesus taught us that the two most important rules are to love God and to love our neighbors. All people are created by God, and we should respect and love all people. And God especially wants children to love their parents and follow their parents' guidance.

IV. Prayer
rayer is listening to God and talking to God. The children specifically will be expected to be able to recite from memory the Sign of the Cross, the Lord's Prayer (the Our Father), the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.

V. Education for Living in the Christian Community
he Church is a community of people who believe in God and who become members of the community through Baptism. A parish is a group of people who worship at a specific church building and who are led by a priest. Jesus established the Catholic Church and gave it the job to spread God's message of love to all people. A saint is a holy man or woman who has died on earth and now lives in heaven with God. There are many saints. One of those saints is Saint Francis of Assisi. We'll talk about him some during this year; he is mentioned in the children's textbook. And we'll talk about other saints.
Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics. Belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the practice of baptism are two things that all Christians share. Jesus would like all Christians to be united.
All people are created in God's image. The Holy Family -- Jesus, Mary, and Joseph -- show us how to love our parents and our family. Every baby is a gift from God that grows inside a mother. As Catholics, we must try to treat all other people as Jesus would have treated them. There are good and kind touches, and there are touches that are unkind and that disrespect the other person. Jesus wants only good and kind and respectful touches.
God wants and expects all people to love and serve God. Some people are called to serve God in a marriage; a marriage is a sacrament between one man and one woman, with the blessing of God. Some people are called to serve God in the Church in a special way: priests, deacons, religious sisters. A priest is someone who has been called by God to serve in a special way and to lead people in prayer and to lead them to do good.

VI: Evangelization and Apostolic Life:
od calls all of us to love and care for all people, especially people who are poor and/or suffering. We care for people of all cultures and colors, at every stage of life. And God wants children to show respect for their parents, their family, and their teachers.
There are other religions where the people believe in God, but they are not Christian. Jesus grew up in a Jewish family. God loves all people, both Christians and non-Christians.
God wants us to share with others the story of Jesus and Jesus' love. God made each person with gifts to share with others and with the world. Missionaries are people who go out and share with others the story of Jesus.

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