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Chapter E: Early Christians Plant the Seeds

On this worksheet, students solve clues to list the names of important early Christians. These answers are then used to decode a secret message.

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Exercise Your Catechism

This handout guides students as they become familiar with searching for information in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Renaissance Humanism

This handout provides questions for students to research on the Internet about Renaissance Humanism.

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Mercenary, Slave, or Disciple

Students identify their motivation for doing good deeds before reflecting on the role of grace in their lives.

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Grace upon Grace

Students look up and read several passages about grace. The worksheet asks students to identify the purpose of grace in each and summarize the ways grace is present in their own lives.

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The Spirit in Multiple Acts

Students look up and read several passages that the Holy Spirit. The worksheet asks students to summarize each passage and describe the role of the Holy Spirit in spreading the Good News.

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Okay, Gang, Listen Up!

Students look up and read several passages that highlight Jesus’ instructions to his disciples. This worksheet then challenges students to reflect on how well the Church is following the instructions today.

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Jesus’ Healings’ Common Points

Students look up and read several miracle stories from the New Testament before identifying common points between them.

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Although You Have Heard

Students rewrite classroom rules modeling their responses after Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

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Biblical Evidence for Jesus’ Divinity

Students look up, read, and examine Scripture passages that provide evidence that Jesus is God.

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Influential Women

Students look up, read, and answer questions about Scripture passages that note influential women in the New Testament.

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What about You?

After reading Mark 8:27-29, students must answer several questions about who Jesus is to today’s world and people.

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I’m in This Story?

Students must look up several Scripture passages that give insight into the disciples of Jesus. This worksheet poses questions that help make Jesus’ mission relatable to students.

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Do You Believe?

For this worksheet, students look up Scripture passages that examine the words and beliefs of Jesus in each story.

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She Is Your Mother

As students complete this worksheet, they will explore what it means when we say that Mary is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.

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Priest, Prophet, and King

Students find examples in the Bible of the priestly, prophetic, and kingly work of Christ before applying it to their own lives.

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Cana Connections

Students match symbols from Jesus’ first miracle the wedding feast in Cana with their meaning and significance.

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The Lost Son

On this worksheet, students retell the story of the Prodigal Son using texting and social media messages.

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Gospel Comparisons

On this worksheet, students read all four Gospel accounts of the resurrection before identifying similarities and differences between them.

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Where East Meets West

This worksheet guides students to make connections between Confirmation in the Eastern and Western Churches.

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Waters of Salvation

On this worksheet, students identify the Scripture passages associated with the various parts of the Blessing of the Water used at the Easter Vigil.

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A Sacred Family Meal

This worksheet guides students to make connections between the Mass and a special meal or tradition in their family.

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The Word God Speaks

This worksheet helps students to explore the meaning of “the Word” in John’s Gospel and throughout Scripture.

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My Birthday Readings

Students identify the liturgical season in which their birthday falls. This worksheet then guides them to identify and summarize the readings for that day.

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Unlocking the Codes

This handout provides several short activities for students to complete as they learn about the symbolism of the Book of Revelation.

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By Faith

This worksheet guides students to read numerous passages from the Bible regarding despair, faith, and hope. Students are then asked to draw connections between the passages and heroes.

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Passover Parallels

This partner worksheet helps students draw connections between Old Testament passage about the Passover and New Testament passages about the Mass.

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Fair Trade

This worksheet provides questions for students to answer as they research and learn about the Fair Trade Movement.

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Extra! Extra!

Students read two “news articles” and evaluate the morality of each by answering a series of questions.

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Samson Smart

This is a set of riddles to challenge students as they learn about Samson in the Old Testament.

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Ways to Respect Life

This worksheet challenges students to think about how they can value the dignity of life on a day-to-day basis.

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Justice in the World

This worksheet challenges students to think about how the teachings about Justice from the Bishops of the World apply to their daily lives.

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Teachings from the Catechism

This worksheet challenges students to think about how the teachings from the Catechism on the fourth commandment apply to their daily lives.

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Which Way Shall We Go?

This handout provides a chart for students to list activities that are best to do on Sunday and those that should be saved for other days of the week.

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The Transfiguration of Jesus

This worksheet helps students to read Scripture passages, answer questions about, and understand the importance of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

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The Bible’s Practical Moral Advice

This worksheet guides students as they look up Scripture passages that give moral advice.

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The Ideal King

This handout asks students to reflect on characteristics of an Ideal King.

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Mary’s Little Lamb

This worksheet helps students to reflect on the numerous images of the lamb found in Scripture.

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Altar of Sacrifice

This handout features an image of an altar.

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Supernatural Beliefs: What’s Right?

This worksheet guides students to identify and research Church teachings on supernatural beings.

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Introduction to the Old Testament

This worksheet guides students to explore and become familiar with the sections of the Old Testament.

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Responding to God’s Invitation: Exemplary Models

This project asks students to research an exemplary model of what it means to be the best person that God created each of us to be.

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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.

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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.

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The Movie Tells a Story

This worksheet provides questions for students to reflect on and answer while watching a movie.

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Fully Human

This handout poses questions and gives statements that challenge to think about what it means to be fully human and how Jesus exemplified that in his life.

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Called to Service

This handout asks students to list examples of people in their lives that are serving the community in the various Christian vocations.

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Getting to Know Mary

Students look up various Bible passages to create an understanding of who Mary was.

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Discovering God in Creation

Students think of examples when they have experienced or discovered God in creation.

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From the Apostles to Us

Students create a storyboard to show how God is revealed in Sacred Tradition.

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The Development of Catholic Trinitarian Theology

This worksheet has students fill in blanks from Chapter 2, Section 6-8, focusing on the faith changes during the early Church centered on the Trinity.

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The Titles for Jesus

This worksheet presents a list of names for Jesus taken from Scripture. Students examine the meaning and purpose for each title.

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The Disciples' Dilemma

This handout challenges students to decide how they would have reacted as a disciple after Jesus’ trial, death, and resurrection

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Jesus' Priorities

An individual worksheet where students rank the priority Jesus placed on certain values in his ministry

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The Resurrected Jesus

Students answer questions about the story of Jesus' Resurrection from one of the four Gospels.

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Jesus Had Feelings Too

Students read passages from the Gospels to explore the numerous emotions that Jesus experienced during his time on Earth.

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When To Keep Things Confidential

After reading several pieces of information that might be shared by a friend, students decide which should be kept confidential and which might be shared with others.

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Cases to Examine: Where Is Love?

Students read and respond to several stories about what it means to love yourself and others.

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Measuring Fixed Costs

On this handout students calculate the fixed expenses of an independent adult on a monthly and yearly basis.

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Checking Your Leisure Benefits

Students categorize their favorite leisure activities based on the primary benefit they receive from each.

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Circles of Learning

This handout provides a diagram for students to fill in as they reflect on the impact of friendship and relationships.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How Can I Say

A breakdown of how to pray the Lord’s Prayer.

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Faith: Some Important Connections

In silence, answer all but the last question by yourself. The last question will be answered in small groups.

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Places in the Heart

A worksheet to go along with the video Places in the Heart.

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Inside and Outside

Everyone knows what it feels like to be on the inside and the outside of a group of people. Fill in the statements below, and then write a prayer to Jesus asking for his help when you are an outsider …

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Reflecting on the Lord's Prayer

Next to each phrase from the Lord’s Prayer, write another version of the phrase, using more current language or simply putting the words in a different way.

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Jesus, the Expert on Prayer

Read the Gospel passages below, and write a summary statement or two about what Jesus tells us about prayer.

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John, Chapter 17: Praying for Others

Brainstorm personal family issues that are of concern to you as well as any issues that may be troubling your friends. Using the outline below as a guide, write a personal intercessory prayer in the blank space.

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Promises

Describe the kind of promises that are made in the following areas, giving several examples for each one.

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Getting to Know God

A worksheet for students to list the places they go to pray to God, listen to God, talk to God, and wait for God.

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Learning to Listen to God

A survey to assess a student’s listening skills.

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Divine Providence

A reflection worksheet to help students get a better sense of God’s Providence in their lives.

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The Formation of a Priest

While watching the PowerPoint “The Formation of a Priest”, the students must fill out this worksheet by filling in the blanks.

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Family Life

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.

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Understanding the Lord's Prayer

An activity to help students understand the Lord's Prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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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.

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Prayer 101 An Introduction

An introduction to prayer from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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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.

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