Faith Formation Classes
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

class # 1: Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2021 (Introductory class)
class # 2: Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021 (Lesson 1 from text, pages 19-25)
class # 3: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021
class # 4: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021
class # 5: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021
class # 6: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
  Monday, Nov. 1: All Saints Day (Holy Day)
class # 7: Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
class # 8: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021
class # 9: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
  Thursday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Day
  Sunday, Nov. 28: First Sunday of Advent
class # 10: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
  Sunday, Dec. 5: Second Sunday of Advent
class # 11: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021
  Wed., Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Mother (Holy Day)
  Sunday, Dec. 12: Third Sunday of Advent
class # 12: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021
  Sunday, Dec. 19: Fourth Sunday of Advent
  Saturday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day (Holy Day)
  Saturday, Jan. 1: Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day)
class # 13: Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022
class # 14: Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022
class # 15: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022
class # 16: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
class # 17: Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
class # 18: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022
class # 19: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
class # 20: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022
class # 21: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  Wednesday, March 2: Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)
class # 22: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
class # 23: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
class # 24: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
  Friday, March 25: Feast of the Annunciation
class # 25: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
class # 26: Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022
  Sunday, April 10: Palm Sunday
  Friday, April 15: Good Friday
  Sunday, April 17: Easter
class # 27: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2022
class # 28: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
class # 29: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  Friday, May 13: Ascension of Jesus (Holy Day)
class # 30: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
class # 31: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Last class.)


Prayers
The goal is that all children will know these prayers by the end of the year:
Sign of the Cross:
  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer:
  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.
Hail Mary:
  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.
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.


Vocabulary
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:

Baptism: The first sacrament that we receive; it makes us members of the church.
Bible: Name of the holy book of God's word; it tells us about God and God's teachings for us.
Blessed Trinity: Also "Holy Trinity." The 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 believe in God and who have been baptized.
Create means "to make."
Creation: Everything that God made from nothing.
Eucharist: The sacrament where we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Faith: A 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 Spirit: The 3rd part of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit guides us to do what is right.
Holy Trinity: Also "Blessed Trinity." The 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: The 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."
Missionary: Someone who goes out to share the story of Jesus with other people.
Parish: The people who worship at a specific church building and who are led by a priest.
Penance / Reconciliation: The sacrament in which 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: The seven special signs that bring us God's grace: Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Annointing of the Sick.
Sin: Choosing to disobey God.
The Two Great Commandments: Love God. Love your neighbors.


Opening and Closing:
The class will begin and end with prayers read aloud by the teacher:

Opening Prayer:
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.

Closing Prayers:
The Our Father.

And the following:
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


Parents of children in Ms. Beard's Faith Formation class
are welcome to contact her:
alicemariebeard@gmualumni.org


The Archdiocese has several religious education goals for 1st graders. The goals are broken into six parts. Here is a review of what the Archdiocese is hoping for:

I. Knowledge of the Faith
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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 tell us about Jesus. The children should hear the stories of the Annunciation and the birth of Jesus and the stories 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
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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, when 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." There are four seasons in the Church year: Advent, Ordinary Time, Lent, and another Ordinary Time. The priests wear different colors, based on the church season. Advent and Lent are purple; Ordinary time is green.

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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
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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
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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 books.
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:
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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.



Parents of children in Ms. Beard's Faith Formation class
are welcome to contact her:
alicemariebeard@gmualumni.org