Faith Formation Classes (CCD)
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
|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.|
|class # 1:||Tuesday, Sep.
Prayer service inside church and introductory class.
Children were given text books.
Text: CHRIST IN US, published by Sadlier
|class # 2:||Tuesday, Sep.
28, 2021 (following 26th Sunday in Ordinary
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48: "Whoever is not against us is for us."
Children's bulletin: Sep. 26.
Lesson 9: How do we celebrate God's forgiveness & healing? (p. 85)
Words: sin; penance and reconciliation. (Vocabulary definitions are below.)
Brother Francis video: What Happens at Mass?
Coloring sheet: St. Michael the Archangel
|class # 3:||Tuesday, Oct.
5, 2021 (following 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Mark 10:2-16: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 3.
Lesson 10: How are we strengthened for service to God & others? (p. 93)
Words: Holy Orders; matrimony; Holy Family.
Brother Francis video (#1): Who Made the World?
Coloring sheet: St. Francis of Assisi
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 persons a person, no matter how small.
Each child was given a little "Kelly" doll to take home and dress; the doll is 4.5 inches tall. After a baby has been inside his mom for only 15 weeks, the baby is about 6.5 inches long from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. Just 15 weeks after God makes a baby, the little boy or little girl has all of his fingers and toes, and the baby's fingers already have fingerprints -- the same fingerprints that he'll have when he's 6 years old. He has eyes and a nose and a mouth and ears. He can blink his eyelids.
"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.
|class # 4:||Tuesday, Oct.
12, 2021 (following 28th Sunday in Ordinary
Mark 10:17-30: "For God, all things are possible."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 10.
Lesson 18: How do we pray? (p. 161)
Word: Lord's Prayer
Brother Francis video (# 2): Who Is Jesus?
Coloring sheet: The Family That Prays Together Stays Together
|class # 5:||Tuesday, Oct.
19, 2021 (following 29th Sunday in Ordinary
Mark 10:35-45: "Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be 1st must serve all."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 17.
Lesson 13: How does God teach us to love? (p. 119)
Word: Ten Commandments
Prayer of St. Francis: "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Coloring sheet: "The Son of God came not to be served but to serve ..."
Activity: The children gave service by planting purple crocus bulbs at the church.
|class # 6:||Tuesday, Oct.
26, 2021 (following 30th Sunday in Ordinary
Mark 10:46-52: "Your faith has healed you."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 24
Lesson 17: Why do we pray? (p. 153)
Brother Francis video (# 9): What Is Prayer?
Coloring sheet: Bartimaeus the blind man
|class # 7:||Tuesday, Nov.
2, 2021 (following 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Mark 12:28-34: "You shall love God with all your heart. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 31
Lesson 11: How do we know God loves us? (p. 103)
Words: commandments; Great Commandments
Brother Francis video (# 8): What Are the Two Great Commandments?
Coloring sheets: "Love God. Love your neighbor."
Story time: SAINT JOHN BOSCO AND SAINT DOMINIC SAVIO,
by Catherine Bebe: Chapter One.
Special: Each child was given a bookmark with a clover leaf, as a reminder that the Holy Trinity is like the three parts of a clover leaf making up one clover:
There is only one God -- the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit.
|class # 8:||Tuesday, Nov.
9, 2021 (following 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Mark 12:38-44: Story of poor widow's offering. "This poor widow put in more than all. She contributed out of her poverty and put in everything she had."
Children's bulletin: Nov. 7
Lesson 15: What turns us toward God's love? (p. 135)
Words: grace, mercy
Brother Francis video (# 4): Who Is the Holy Spirit?
Coloring sheets: Holy Spirit
Story time: ST. JOHN BOSCO AND ST. DOMINIC SAVIO, by Catherine Bebe: Chapter 2.
|class # 9:||Tuesday, Nov.
16, 2021 (following 33rd Sunday in Ordinary
Mark 13:24-32: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."
Children's bulletin: Nov. 14
Lesson 20: Why is the Lord's Prayer called the perfect prayer? (p. 177)
Words: hallowed, Kingdom of God,
Brother Francis video (# 10): What Is the Lord's Prayer?
Saint Pope John Paul II singing Pater Noster (Our Father, in Latin). (See below for Latin.)
Work sheets: Practice writing the Our Father.
Coloring sheet: Guardian Angel stained glass (new window at church)
CLICK for larger view.
|Sunday, Nov. 21: Feast of
Christ the King (Children's bulletin)
(No class November 23)
Nov. 28: First Advent Sunday
This begins the new liturgical year (Cycle C).
(Liturgical calendar image is from page 185 of the children's textbook.)
|class # 10:||Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 (following 1st Advent Sunday)|
|class # 11:||Tuesday, Dec.
7, 2021 (following 2nd Advent Sunday)
Luke 3:1-6: John the Baptist taught people about the forgiveness of sins and prepared the way for Jesus.
Children's bulletin: Dec. 5
Lesson 2: Who is God? (p. 27)
Lesson 4: Who is Jesus Christ? (p. 43)
Words: creation, Blessed Trinity; angel, Christ, heaven.
Brother Francis video (# 3): Who is Mary?
Father John video (#10): Gabriel visiting Mary. (Luke 1:26-38)
Quiz: Who is Mary?
Coloring sheet: color-by-number Mary
|Wed., Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Mother (Holy Day of Obligation)|
|class # 12:||Tuesday, Dec.
14, 2021 (following 3rd Advent Sunday)
Last class before Christmas.
|Sunday, Dec. 19: 4th Advent Sunday|
|Saturday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)|
|Sunday, Dec. 26: Feast of Holy Family, and St. Stephen's Day|
|Monday, Dec. 27: Feast of St. John, the Apostle and Evangelist|
|Tuesday, Dec. 28: Feast of the Innocents|
|Saturday, Jan. 1: Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)|
|Sunday, Jan. 2: Second Sunday of Christmas; celebration of Epiphany of the Lord|
|class # 13:||Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 (11th day of Christmas season)|
|class # 14:||Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022|
|class # 15:||Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 (following 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 16:||Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 (following 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 17:||Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 (following 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 18:||Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 (following 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 19:||Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 (following 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 20:||Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 (following 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|class # 21:||Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (following 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time)|
|Wednesday, March 2: Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent; not a Holy Day of Obligation)|
|class # 22:||Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (following 1st Sunday of Lent)|
|class # 23:||Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (following 2nd Sunday of Lent)|
|class # 24:||Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (following 3rd Sunday of Lent)|
|class # 25:||Tuesday, March 29, 2022 (following 4th Sunday of Lent)|
|class # 26:||Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022 (following 5th Sunday of Lent)|
|Sunday, April 10: Palm Sunday|
|April 14, Maundy Thursday (not a Holy Day of Obligation)|
|April 15, Good Friday (not a Holy Day of Obligation)|
|April 16, Holy Saturday (not a Holy Day of Obligation)|
|April 17, Easter Sunday|
|class # 27:||Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2022 (following 2nd Sunday of Easter)|
|class # 28:||Tuesday, May 3, 2022 (following 3rd Sunday of Easter)|
|class # 29:||Tuesday, May 10, 2022 (following 4th Sunday of Easter)|
|class # 30:||Tuesday, May 17, 2022 (following 5th Sunday of Easter)|
|class # 31:||Tuesday, May
24, 2022 (following 6th Sunday of Easter)
Last class of 1st grade CCD.
The goal is that the children will know these prayers by the end of the year.
There is a box of little "prizes." When a child is 1st able to stand and recite one of these prayers entirely on the child's own, the child gets to select one little prize from the prize box.
|Sign of the Cross:|
|The Lord's Prayer:|
|Grace Before Meals:|
|Saints mentioned in textbook:
PLEASE NOTE: The above links are offered for parental review; not all of the videos are appropriate for a young audience. 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, generally, "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 children will be given coloring-sheets and small biographies for those saints for at-home coloring and reading. At Confirmation, a child selects a saint's name. Thus, over the next several years, children will need to acquire some familiarity with saints and their stories. The collection of small biographies that the children will be given can be read 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:
Invisible being that is a messenger of God.
|Opening and Closing:
Class will begin and end with prayers read aloud:
Closing Prayers (2):
|LINKS OF INTEREST:
Quick intro to Mass -- Six short animated videos that explain what happens at Mass; total time is less than six minutes.
1st Communion, May 2020, at de Chantal
-- Group 1 (9:30 a.m.)
FORMED -- This online site is free; just 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.
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 what the Archdiocese is hoping for:
Knowledge of the Faith
II. Liturgy and Sacraments
III. Moral Formation
V. Education for Living in the
VI: Evangelization and