Theme: Christ’s presence and actions are perpetuated in the Church and her sacraments. The sacraments are divine mysteries which draw us to Christ and bind us together in him.
- Recognize that the sacraments are Christ’s saving actions through which he transmits his Spirit to believers and sanctifies them.
- Arrive at a more in-depth appreciation of the particular purpose of each sacrament in the Christian’s progressive life journey:
BAPTISM unites us in the death and resurrection of Jesus; we are incorporated into his Church family, washed clean of original sin, and given a share in divine life.
CONFIRMATION literally completes our baptism, gives us a more full share in the Holy Spirit, and summons us to a more responsible (mature) Christian discipleship.
EUCHARIST is Christ’s preeminent sacramental presence and sacrifice which strengthens and binds us as the People of God.
PENANCE fortifies and restores our relationship with God and the Christian community.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK sacramentally manifests the healing ministry of Jesus.
HOLY ORDERS configures men to function in the person of Christ when offering the Mass and other sacraments, serving God in his holy people.
MATRIMONY is the covenant of love between a man and woman, making possible a family and reflecting Christ’s relationship to the Church.
- Distinguish Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist as the sacraments through which we are initiated into the Christian community.
- Distinguish Penance and Anointing of the Sick as the sacraments of Christ’s healing in the Christian community.
- Distinguish Matrimony and Holy Orders as the sacraments of Christian service.
Old Testament Water Stories:
- Creation (Genesis 1:1-2:4).
- The Flood (Genesis 6:5-9:29).
- Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14:1-31).
- Water from the Rock (Exodus 17:1-7).
- Crossing the Jordan (Joshua 3:14-17).
Water in the New Testament:
- Baptismal Mandate (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40).
- Nicodemus (John 3:1-21).
- Promise of Living Water (John 4:4-15).
Related to Confirmation:
- Holy Spirit Teaches (Luke 12:10-12).
- Diversity of Gifts and Maturity in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:7-16).
- Samaritans Receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).
Related to Eucharist:
- The Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34).
- The Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20); 1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
Related to Penance:
- Woman at the Well (John 4:4-41).
- The Paralytic (Luke 5:17-26).
- Do Penance (Matthew 4:17).
- Repent (Revelation 2:2-5).
Related to Anointing of the Sick:
- If Any Is Ill (James 5:14-15).
- Anointing with Oil (Mark 6:12-13).
- Peter’s Mother-in-Law (Luke 4:38-39).
Related to Holy Orders:
- Call to the Apostles (Matthew 4:18-22).
- Mission (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Last Supper (Luke 22:19).
- Deacons (Acts 6:1-6).
Related to Matrimony:
- God Has Joined Together (Matthew 19:1-12).
- Love of Each Other (Ephesians 5:21-32).
- Marriage Bond (Luke 16:18).
- Cana (John 2:1-12).
- Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Prayers Before and After Meals, a Morning Offering, an Act of Contrition, the Apostles’ Creed, a Acts of Faith, Hope and Love, and the Angelus.
- Recite and/or sing selected communal prayers, including the Psalms.
- Be at ease with praying aloud together as a group or class.
- Express sorrow for his/her sins through prayer.
- Experience brief silent meditation.
- Experience such devotions as the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, prayer to his/her patron saint or important saints on their feast days.
- Experience spontaneous prayer, including prayer of petition in the “prayer of the faithful” format.
Worship and Sacraments.
- Plan and execute class liturgies or paraliturgies.
- Participate with adults in the prayers and hymns of the Sunday Eucharist.
- Experience communal celebration of Penance with individual Confessions.
- Be familiar and comfortable with the procedure for the individual reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Recognize and describe liturgical seasons and feasts of importance.
- Realize that the Lord wants us to make the right choices and to act responsibly.
- Show respect for life– one’s own life, that of others, and in the natural order.
- Recognize the need for obedience to lawful authority and to evidence this in behavior.
- Recognize the need to ask forgiveness and to give pardon because of unloving and selfish behavior.
- Acknowledge personal failings in regard to Jesus’ Law of Love, the Beatitudes, and the Ten Commandments.
- Exemplify an appreciation for honesty and an understanding of fairness.