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Catholic Social Teaching and the Common Good
This worksheet helps students to take notes as they read articles and make connections to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Scripture and Prayer
On this worksheet partners choose three scripture passages from both the Old and New Testaments. They then note how what each passage teaches about prayer and our relationship with God.
Where Am I Called?
Answer the following questions about your calling.
What is the State of Justice?
Evaluate the degree to which the seven themes of Catholic social teaching are present in a given situation. Use the scale below each theme to rank the extent to which it is present or absent, and write N/A (not applicable) …
Brief description of organization/agency/group and the nature of its work: How does it build relationships? promote justice?
Jesus, Teach Us to Pray
Read each of the following Scripture passages and explain in writing how they each give insight into Jesus’ prayer life.
Prayer Objects, Prayerful Environment
After spending some time walking around a church or chapel and observing the ways that art is used to create a prayerful, sacred space, answer the following questions reflectively.
Spirituality Action Plan
It is important for us to take stock of where we are in life and put plans in place to achieve our goals. It is important to do that in our spiritual life as well. We are all spiritual people. …
Research Activity: Working for Social Justice
Answer the following questions about the organization you are researching. Use a separate sheet of paper as needed.
The Wonders of God's Creation
For the next twenty-four hours, pay attention to experiences and details of your day. The following list suggests phenomena for you to observe, and you may think of other subjects for observation. Create an observation journal on a separate sheet …
Handout: Praise Petition and Promise
The Lord’s Prayer includes three forms of prayer: praise, petition, and promise. Identify the types of prayer expressed in each phrase of the Lord’s Prayer.
Handout: A Prayer Chart
Use these questions to help you identify situations when you used each prayer form, and record as many situations as you can recall.
How Can I Say
A breakdown of how to pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Lord, This Is for You
Reflection on the First Commandment.
A Living Sign of Hope
We believe that because we are transformed by faith in the Risen Jesus, his presence in the world becomes more visible through us. Read the following statements that are based on Jesus’ teachings, and then answer the questions that follow. …
How and Why Do People Suffer?
In the boxes below, give examples for each type of suffering, and respond to the questions that follow.
All of the Scripture passages used in this exercise are taken from the list in your student book (pages 81–82). These Scripture passages concern covenants or promises that provide an image of hope in a future messiah. As you answer …
Faith: Some Important Connections
In silence, answer all but the last question by yourself. The last question will be answered in small groups.
Places in the Heart
A worksheet to go along with the video Places in the Heart.
A Restless Heart
Read through the following questions and discuss your answers with your small group.
Core Beliefs Practices and Attitudes of the Catholic Faith
Each statement below is a core belief of the Catholic faith. Choose a symbol (“I get it,” “I’m unsure,” or “I don’t get it”) that best reflects your understanding of each belief. Then briefly explain what you might know about …
What Do I Know about the Catholic Faith
In the time allotted for this exercise, answer each question to the best of your knowledge. Each set of questions corresponds to the units you will study in this course and represents content you will cover in more detail in …
Learning to Listen to God
A survey to assess a student’s listening skills.
A reflection worksheet to help students get a better sense of God’s Providence in their lives.
Inspirations and Charisms Worksheet
A partially independent and partially group completed worksheet for students to fill out about the inspirations and charisms of a particular religious congregation or order.
What Will God Call Me to Do
A reflection worksheet and class discussion on the video Gang Busters: One Man’s Mission to Stop Bullets by Creating Jobs.
A worksheet with questions about the meaning of the family, the responsibilities of parents, the domestic Church, as well as the influence parents have on their children in their moral and spiritual development.
Podcasts on Prayer
A worksheet where students are asked to create a series of teen-friendly podcasts about prayer.
Good Friday Intercessions
A handout that guides students through writing their own Good Friday intercessions.
Catholic Mission and Volunteer Organizations
A worksheet where students are asked to research a mission or volunteer organization and answer several questions about their findings.
Understanding the Lord's Prayer
An activity to help students understand the Lord's Prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.
Pray in Good Form
A worksheet, from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide, to assist students in researching and presenting different prayer forms.
Prayer 101 An Introduction
An introduction to prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.
What Is Prayer
A worksheet, found in “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth” Teacher Guide, that is based on students’ current understanding and experience with prayer.
Invictus Forgiveness Reconciliation and Healing
Questions dealing with the issues presented in the film “Invictus.”
Vocabulary for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
A list of several vocabulary terms and definition for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Violence versus Nonviolence
A worksheet where students fill in what they know and understand about violence and nonviolence.
A sweatshop inquiry worksheet on different industries.
"Homeless: Motel Kids of Orange County" Movie Guide
A movie guide with questions pertaining to the film “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County.”
An exercise that encourages students to reflect on how they are different from others, and how they can respectfully respond to these differences.
Living As a Steward of Creation
An activity where students decipher the main ideas of several Church documents, and then make connections to Genesis creations accounts and the call to be stewards of creation.
Vocabulary for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Vocabulary for Unit 7 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 7 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Introspect and Interview
A worksheet on introspect and knowledge gained from interviews on important life issues including abortion, in vitro fertilization, stem-cell research, euthanasia, the death penalty, and immigration.
Call to Compassion
A worksheet on responding to different topics with compassion, from “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Critical Marketing Analysis
A critical marketing analysis, to be used on advertisements for products or brands, from “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Electronic Media Log
An electronic media log to help students keep track of their media use, from “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Unit 3 Preassessment
A preassessment for Unit 3 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society” that deals with social sin, structures of sin, and social justice.
A worksheet with short-answer questions about Pastoral Letters, from "Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society."
Social Justice Papal Documents
An empty chart to be filled out during the class PowerPoint presentation on Social Justice Papal documents, from “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”
Action Plan for Living as a Disciple of Christ
A helpful chart that will assist each student develop an action plan for living as a disciple of Christ.
A worksheet on Catholic Discipleship.
The Corporal Works of Mercy
An activity dealing with the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Our Catholic Faith in Action
A chart that accompanies the Web Quest on our Catholic faith in action, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."
Ordinary Discipleship and Matthew, Chapter 25
This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It focuses on Matthew 25, highlighting the works of mercy Jesus' speaks of, asking students to reflect on the skills need for each type of ministry and discipleship.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can learn about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and use their own words to describe what each gift is.
Prayers of Petition
This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It gives students spaces to write their own intentions and petitions as a prayer activity.
This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers quotations from several historical leaders and asks students to reflect on various styles and characteristics of leadership.
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