ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION
We provide Faith Formation for students in grades 1 through 4. Classes are held on Sunday between the Masses (10:15-11:15 a.m.). We begin each class in a large group with our CREW (group of middle and high school youth) leading us in the theme of the day along with music. The students then learn in their classroom environment for the rest of the hour.
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Scope and Sequence
Grade 1 Our Church Community: With our families, we belong to our church community. We come together to thank and praise God. We care for one another’s needs. Our Loving God: Jesus taught us that we are all God’s special children. God has given us the gift of his wonderful Creation. We thank God for all the gifts we have received. God’s Son, Jesus: God’s greatest gift to us is his Son, Jesus. Jesus showed us how to be a child of God. Jesus taught us how to care about one another. The Holy Spirit: Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to help us live as Jesus’ followers. Sometimes it is hard to know what God wants us to do. We can pray to the Holy Spirit for help. Jesus’ Church of Followers: The Catholic Church throughout the world helps people in need. These people are our brothers and sisters. As baptized Christians, we are called to love and serve others. Within these units, the students will also begin to study the mass, explore the Sacraments of Initiation (especially Baptism and Eucharist), begin to look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, continue to learn about our church community, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Among others, the students will learn about praying with Holy Water, with movement, echo prayer, prayer of faith, and Adoration.
Grade 2 We Gather as Believers: Our parish church community comes together each week. We give praise and thanks to God and we celebrate our faith. We Ask God’s Forgiveness: God is always ready to forgive us when we sin. God calls us to be sorry for the wrongs we have done. God wants us to forgive others who have wronged us. We Celebrate the Word of God: The Word of God is Jesus Christ among us. When we listen to the Scripture readings, we are taught the way of the Gospel. We are inspired to live as true followers of Jesus. We Celebrate the Gift of Eucharist: God the Father’s greatest gift to us is his only Son, Jesus Christ. We celebrate the Eucharist to praise and thank God for this gift. We celebrate to share more fully in the life of Christ. We Go in Peace: Made stronger by the Eucharist, we work to be more like Christ in all we do. We can help others know about Jesus by the way we treat them. Within these units, the students will also begin to explore the power and place of God’s Word in our Catholic tradition, Jesus’ saving grace, we receive the gift of Jesus, we celebrate peace and service while working for justice. Some prayers that the students will learn are the Our Father, Prayer of Praise and Thanks, Act of Contrition, Responsorial Psalm, and Universal Prayer.
Grade 3 The Church is One: Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brings us together. As Catholics, we are also brought together by the Sacraments, which make our faith strong. The Church is Holy: We meet the Lord Jesus Christ in his work that we read about in the Gospels. We learn to be the likeness of God our Father. We do this through the love we receive from his divine Son. The Church is Catholic: Jesus taught us that God is the Father of all. Our Church welcomes all God’s children. The Church is Apostolic: For the past two thousand years, the Church has spread throughout the world. It is faithful to the teachings of the Apostles who were taught by Jesus. The Church Has a Mission to the World: The Catholic Church is a sign of the justice and peace of God’s kingdom in this world and in the world to come.
Within these units, the students will continue to look at the Sacraments of Initiation, learn how the Holy Spirit guides us to live as Christians in care for others and witnesses for justice and peace, and that we are called to serve as Jesus showed us. Among others, the students will learn prayers of petition, praise, Litany for Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed.
Grade 4 The Goodness of God: God’s goodness shines forth in his Creation and in his constant care. After he had led the Hebrew people out of Egypt, God gave them his law on Mount Sinai. In the Ten Commandments, we see God’s concern for his people. Jesus Is the Son of God: Through his life and teaching, Jesus showed us what it means to be made in the image of God. Through his Death and Resurrection, Christ gave us a share in his divine life forever. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit gave the first disciples the courage to preach about Jesus Christ and to build up the Church with new members. The Holy Spirit enables us to become witnesses to the same faith. The Church: The Church spread rapidly in the first century. Disciples such as Saint Paul preached the Gospel and established communities around the Mediterranean world. These churches became centers of a new sense of justice and worship. Social Justice: Jesus taught that the way to holiness is to serve others. Today the Church is dedicated to serving the poor and disadvantaged throughout the world. Within these units, the students will learn will study the Commandments and how they interact with God’s Covenant, the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, the Kingdom, the Law of Love, doing God’s Will, forgiveness, Works of Mercy, and bringing God’s message to the world! Along with this the students will begin to look a bit at the structures within the Catholic Church.