Faith Formation Classes (CCD)
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  

Textbook lessons in yellow above have been completed.
We attempt to follow the liturgical year.

Brother Francis videos used: 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10

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. 21, 2021
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 Time)
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 person’s 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 Time)
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 Time)
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 Time)
Mark 10:46-52: "Your faith has healed you."
Children's bulletin: Oct. 24
Lesson 17: Why do we pray? (p. 153)
Word: praise
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."
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 Time)
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)

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Nota bene:
Regarding the video at YouTube (linked above) which shows Pope John Paul II singing the Lord's Prayer, here are the words being spoken by the Holy Father, in Latin:

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.
  Sunday, Nov. 21: Feast of Christ the King (Children's bulletin)
(No class November 23)
  Sunday, 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)
As planned:
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:
  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.

Saints mentioned in 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
husband: video
wife: video
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 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:

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 believe in God and who have been baptized.
Create means "to make."
Creation: Everything that God made from nothing.
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.

Opening and Closing:
Class will begin and end with prayers read aloud:

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 (2):
The Our Father.

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

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.)
1st Communion, May 2020, at de Chantal -- Group 2 (11:30 a.m.)
There were two 1st Communion services in 2020 because of government-mandated COVID space-use restrictions.

Every Mass at de Chantal since March 29, 2020

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.

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 what the Archdiocese is hoping for:

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 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." 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.

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.