Religious Education

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Classes begin the week of September 18th  (No Kindergarten class this year)

 

Saint John the XXIII uses the “Faith and Life” series for the spiritual development of our chidren in grades 1 – 5.  This year we will be offering classes on Wednesday afternoons only.  We are also offering a homeschooling program as an option for families.  Please look at both programs to see which is best suited for your child/children.

 

Grade 1: Our Heavenly Father

Theme

Introduction to the Holy Trinity through presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God’s plan of salvation and our part in that plan. Acquaints children with Mary, angels, and the saints. Children learn basic prayers.

Sequence

  • Ch. 1-8: The Old Testament, God our Creator; our home in Heaven lost through original sin; the world prepares for the Savior.
  • Ch. 9-21: The Incarnation, life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.
  • Ch. 22-28: The Holy Spirit, the Church, and Mary our mother.

Aim

To introduce first-grade students to the Church’s faith regarding the Triune God, the life of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the life of prayer, with a special emphasis on growing to know, love, and trust God.

 

Grade 2: Jesus Our Life

Theme

Preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God’s mercy and love. Covers Creation, the Covenant with Moses, the Ten Commandments, Redemption, Forgiveness of Sins, and the Mass.

Sequence

  • Ch. 1-16: God teaches us through his law; we obey through love.
  • Ch. 17-23: We find forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ sacrifice.
  • Ch. 24-34: We prepare for life in Heaven by reception of Jesus in the Eucharist and our life in the Church.

Aim

To prepare second-grade students for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, and to help them appreciate God’s love for them shown in these two sacraments. Students will learn how to receive the Sacrament of Confession, the order of the Mass, and the basics of prayer.

 

Grade 3: Our Life with Jesus

Theme

God’s plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost and our life in the Church. Special emphasis on the importance of Confession, Communion and the Mass.

Sequence

  • Ch. 1-7: The Old Testament covenant with God.
  • Ch. 8-14: Obedience through love of God and his laws. In Confession we meet Jesus in his mercy.
  • Ch. 15-25: The life of Jesus and Jesus in the sacrifice of the Mass.
  • Ch. 26-30: Our part in the Church born of the Holy Spirit; our relationship with Mary and the Communion of Saints.

Aim

To show third-grade students that they belong to God’s chosen people and that the child’s family is an important part of God’s family, the Church. Also, to encourage prayer and love for God’s law.

 

Grade 4: Jesus Our Guide

Theme

God’s plan to save his people from sin (Salvation History), how we participate in that plan, and the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage on earth to Heaven through his word, his law, and his Church.

Sequence

  • B.C. Before Christ
    Ch. 1-14: The fall and the first murder. The sin and suffering of mankind. God chooses his people and their leaders.
  • A.D. In the Year of Our Lord
    Ch. 15-30: History changes when Jesus the King comes. Through grace, especially in the sacraments, we receive the strength to do good.

Aim

To help fourth-grade students understand their purpose and goal in life, and to see God’s plan in history and society to lead us all to Heaven, our true, eternal home.

Grade 5: Credo: I Believe

Theme

A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, and the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.

Sequence

  • Unit 1: God the Father of All. The Old Testament and mankind’s participation in and loss of God’s life.
  • Unit 2: God the Son, the Redeemer. The fulfillment of God’s plan in Christ, God and Man.
  • Unit 3: God, the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. Our call to holiness and witness in the Church.

Aim

To help fifth-grade students acquire a solid knowledge of God and his Church through the understanding of the Creed we profess, and the distinguished truths of our faith from errors that lead away from the love of God.