We Believe--God's Law Guides Us Unit 1: Growing in Jesus Christ
Chapter 1: Jesus-the Way, the Truth, and the Life
-God sent his only Son to us. -Jesus shows us how to live. -Jesus Christ is our Savior. -The disciples spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Key words: Incarnation, disciples, Blessed Trinity, Original Sin, Savior, Church, grace
Chapter 2: Jesus Leads Us to Happiness
-Jesus trusted God his Father. -Jesus taught the Beatitudes. -Jesus taught about the Kingdom of God. -Jesus' disciples share his mission.
Key words: peace, Beatitudes, Kingdom of God, justice, mission
Chapter 3: Sin in our World
-God gives us the freedom to choose. -Sin leads us away from God. -Sins can be things that people do or fail to do. -We are called to value and respect all people.
Key Words: free will, sin, temptation, mortal sin, venial sin, sins of commission, sins of omission
Chapter 4: Our Conscience, Our Guide
-God calls us to be close to him. -God gives us the gift of conscience. -We form our conscience. -We examine our conscience.
Key words: conscience, examination of conscience
Chapter 5: Celebrating Penance and Reconciliation
-Jesus tells us about God's forgiveness and love. -We received God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. -We celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. -Reconciliation brings peace and unity.
Key words: penitent, absolution
Chapter 6: The Liturgical Year
-Throughout the liturgical year we remember and celebrate Jesus.
Chapter 7: Ordinary Time
-During Ordinary Time we celebrate the life and teachings of Jesus.
Unit 2: The Commandments Help Us to Love God
Chapter 8: Learning About God's Law
-God calls his people. -The Ten Commandments are God's Laws for his people. -Jesus teaches us about God's Law. -Jesus teaches us to love one another.
Key words: covenant, Ten Commandments, human rights
Chapter 9: The First Commandment
-We believe in the one true God. -We honor the one true God. -We love God above all things. -We place our hope and trust in God.
Key words: prayer, worship, idolatry
Chapter 10: The Second Commandment
-God's name is holy. -We respect God's name. -We call upon God's name. -We respect and honor sacred places.
Key words: psalm, reverence, bless, sacred
Chapter 11: The Third Commandment
-God gave us a special day to rest and worship him. -We keep the Lord's Day holy by participating in Sunday Mass. -The Lord's Day is a day for rest and relaxation. -We keep the Lord's Day holy by caring for the needs of others.
Key words: Sabbath, synagogue, holy day of obligation, Corporal Works of Mercy, Spiritual Works of Mercy
Chapter 12: Strengthened by the Eucharist
-The Introductory Rites unite us and prepare us for worship. -During the Liturgy of the Word, we hear the Word of God. -During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we offer gifts of bread and wine and receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Key words: Mass, assembly, Liturgy of the Word, homily, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Eucharistic Prayer, Consecration
Chapter 13: Advent
-In Advent we prepare for the coming of the Lord.
Chapter 14: Christmas
-During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Son of God's coming into the world.
Unit 3: The Commandments Help Us to Love Others
Chapter 15: The Fourth Commandment
-God wants us to love and respect others. -In our families we learn to love God and others. -In our families we have the responsibility to love and respect one another. -Citizens and leaders work together for peace.
Key word: domestic Church
Chapter 16: The Fifth Commandment
-Human life is sacred. -The right to life is the most basic right. -We respect the gift of life. -Promoting peace is a way to respect life.
Key word: human dignity
Chapter 17: The Sixth Commandment
-God creates each person with the ability to share and share love. -We are all called to chastity. -Friendships are one way we grow in love. -The love between a husband and wife is very special.
Key words: virtue, chastity
Chapter 18: The Seventh Commandment
-We are called to act with justice. -We respect the property of others. -God's creation is meant for all people. -We are called to help all people meet their basic needs.
Key word: stewards of creation
Chapter 19: The Eighth Commandment
-God teaches us what it means to be true. -We are called to witness to the truth of our faith. -We have a responsibility to tell the truth. -We have a responsibility to respect the truth.
Key words: witnesses, martyrs
Chapter 20: Lent
-Lent is the season of preparation for Easter.
Chapter 21: Triduum
-Easter Triduum celebrated the joy of the cross.
Unit 4: We are Called to Holiness
Chapter 22: The Ninth Commandment
-Feelings are a gift from God. -God created us to share the gift of love. -God calls us to be pure of heart. -The virtue of modesty helps us to be pure of heart.
Key words: covet, modesty
Chapter 23: The Tenth Commandment
-We are called to have generous hearts. -Jesus taught us to trust in God above all things. -Depending upon God brings happiness. -Jesus teaches us that God's law is love.
Key words: envy, greed, poor in spirit
Chapter 24: We Grow in Holiness
-Jesus is our model of holiness. -We open our hearts and minds in prayer. -The sacraments draw us closer to God. -The Holy Spirit shares special gifts with us.
Key words: liturgy, sacrament, gifts of the Holy Spirit, fruits of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 25: We Are the Church
-The Church is a worldwide community. -We have responsibilities as members of the Church. -We celebrate the sacraments. -We have an active role in the Church community.
Key words: parish, pastor, diocese, bishops, pope, precepts of the Church
Chapter 26: We Are Called to Discipleship
-The virtues of faith, hope, and love bring us closer to God. -Mary is our model for virtue and discipleship. -The Cardinal Virtues guide us. -We are called to live a life of love.
Key words: theological virtues, Cardinal Virtues
Chapter 27: Easter
-During the season of Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.
Other Activities: Learning about and how to pray the rosary. Students will complete a Saint project at the end of the year. Advent and Lenten activities.