The purpose of the first grade year is to teach the students to express themselves as a special and unique part of their family and of the Church’s family. Your child should recognize that each member of a family has an important role to play to create value and respect for each other. This is also true when they participate as members of God’s family, which includes people of all races, languages, customs, and abilities. Appreciation and tolerance for all family structures will be taught and should be reinforced at home.
A family is usually defined as parents and their children; a group of people connected by blood, name, ancient lineage or descent. As Catholics, we believe that we have a “home family” as well as a “church family.” Our family at home is like our Church family in many ways:
- There is a head of the family, usually parents
- We pray together
- We eat meals together
- We work together to keep our home clean and in order
- We have fun together
- There is a head of the family, GOD
- We pray together at Mass
- We share the Eucharistic meal
- We work together using our time, talent, and treasure to support our members and our community
- We have fun activities planned so that we may enjoy spending time with each other
Jesus is from a family as well:
- God is His father
- St. Joseph is His human (adopted) father
- Mary is Jesus’ mother
- St. Anne is Jesus’ grandmother (Mary’s mother)
- St. Joachim is His grandfather (Mary’s father)
- St. Joseph is a descendent of King David and Abraham
We become members of our home family simply by being born or adopted by our parents. Baptism makes us members of God’s family. Jesus was baptized to be an example to us.
There are TWO parts to the Bible:
The Old Testament- Before Jesus was born.
The New Testament- Begins with the story of Jesus’ birth and contains the fours Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) which are the teachings of Jesus Christ and the foundation of the Christian Church. Jesus started the Catholic Church and we follow the teachings that Jesus and His father (God) gave us.
Before Jesus died, He said that His disciple Peter would lead the Church when He was gone (Matthew 16:18). That makes Peter the Catholic Church’s first Pope.
· Luke 1:39-56 (Visitation)
· Luke 2:15-20 (Visit of the Shepherds)
· Luke 2:22-38 (Presentation)
· Matthew 2:13-18 (Flight into Egypt)
· Matthew 2:19-23 (from Egypt to Nazareth)
· Luke 2:41-52 (The boy Jesus in the Temple)
· Matthew 3:13-17 (Baptism)
Your child should be able to retell the Easter story, recognizing how Jesus showed His love for us by His death and Resurrection. The Lord loved us so much that he suffered and died for us on a cross so that we may be freed from sin.
Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday showing that God brings new life to those who believe in Him. And that is why we celebrate Easter.
Teaching at Home
The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
Prayer Before Meals
Bless us Oh Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive, from your bounty, through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Prayer After Meals
We give You thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
(Objectives and recommendations adapted from the Religious Education Curriculum provided by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas).
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