Faith Formation K-8 Curriculum

Image of God Series (Grade K)

This series is centered on the writings and teachings of Saint John Paul II stressing the dignity of each individual as a person made in the image of God.  This kindergarten program has as its focus two key ideas:  God and creation.  These key ideas, along with an emphasis on Sacred Scripture, form the unifying elements of the lessons.

Faith and Life (Grades 1 – 8)

The Bishop’s Committee on catechetical texts has approved this series.  The program’s scope and sequence are given below for each grade level.  The textbook will be assigned to your child the first day of class but it must be returned at the end of the year to be used for next year.  The activity workbook is for your child to keep.  Please make sure your child does all the assigned work before each class and brings his/her books to class each week.  The catechist’s assistant will check all homework in class for completeness.

Grade 1:  Introduction to God, the life of Jesus, and prayer, with a special emphasis on growing to know, love, and trust God.

Grade 2:  Immediate preparation for the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion.  Emphasizes God’s mercy and love by covering creation, commandments and redemption.

Grade 3:  God’s plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to Pentecost and the Church.  Expands on importance of Confession, Communion and the Mass.

Grade 4:  Continuation of God’s plan to save us from sin (salvation history), our participation in God’s plan through His word, Law and Church.  Helps students understand their purpose in life, and how God helps lead us all to Heaven, our true, eternal home.

Grade 5:  Thoroughly studies the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on the prophets and prayers of the Church.

Grade 6:  Growing in holiness by following the law of God, focusing on the Ten Commandments.  Teaches about God’s law and His gifts of grace to help us fulfill His law.  Emphasizes the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass.

Grade 7:  Emphasizes the transmission of sanctifying grace through all the sacraments.  Studies God’s revelation of Himself through the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church.  Students learn that the sacraments are indispensable to a full Christian life, and how grace works in our soul and how to grow in virtue.

Grade 8:  Explains the history and structure of the Church – its founding by Christ, its birth in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the Church, and the saints.  Explains the Magisterium, the role of the clergy, the religious, laity and our own vocations.

Theology of the Body for Teens

(Grade 8)

This program, based on the teachings given to us by Pope Saint John Paul II, gives our 8th graders the answers to tough questions concerning their bodies, their sexuality, and their future.  It will help them focus on keeping God in the center of their lives and respecting the dignity of both themselves and others.  This catechetical program has been designed specifically for use in Catholic schools, youth ministry, Faith Formation classes, and Homeschooling settings.  Theology of the Body for Teens Middle School Edition has been granted the Imprimatur (an official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book).

Baltimore Catechism (Grades 3 -8)

We will use the New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism for those students who have not received formation in early years or have missed years of faith formation classes.  The Baltimore Catechism contains 37 chapters.  This material will be supplemented with theological, liturgical, and spiritual information.

Additional Formational Resources

Catholic Trivia:  Flash cards of different images seen in Church will be covered in an effort for the children to be more familiar of where things are and the significance of them in the Church.

Bibles: Sacred Scripture plays an important part in the student’s faith formation.  Frequent use of the Sacred Scriptures during class time will acquaint the students with the use of the Bible and provide them with knowledge of God’s word.  Bibles will be available for classroom use.

Eucharistic Adoration:. Recognizing that the Eucharist, the real presence of Jesus Christ:  Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, is the source and summit of the life of the Church, the students in grades 6-8 will participate in monthly Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration.  To teach the children the beauty of Adoration, they will gather in church the last class of each month for 10 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Rosary:  Grades 1-8 will pray the Rosary.  It is our goal to instill devotion to the Holy Rosary in the students.  Our Blessed Mother asked us to pray the Rosary daily.  It is the most efficacious way to Her Immaculate Heart.  The Rosary transforms us.  If we want peace in our families and our world, let’s ask Our Holy Mother.  We will start each class with praying part of the Rosary.  We’ll pray for the families of our parish and that our Blessed Mother helps all of us grow in holiness and guide us to her Son.  It is our hope that by the end of the year, the students will learn to pray the Rosary and developed a devotion to our Blessed Mother.  They are welcome to bring a Rosary from home, otherwise Rosaries will be provided for classroom use.