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The Life of Pope Francis

A fun cartoon detailing the life of Pope Francis.

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Jesus the Lord, by Roc O’Connor and the Saint Louis Jesuits

The song/video "Jesus the Lord,” by Roc O’Connor and the Saint Louis Jesuits," available on YouTube (6:24) with lyrics, is best used on day 4.

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Chapter K: Let Your Voice Be Heard: Synod on Cyberbullying

Students are challenged to write a speech as if they were a member of Pope Francis’ synod addressing the problem of cyberbullying.

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Chapter J: Major Events in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Students order important events from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Chapter I: Tough Questions

The worksheet poses several questions that ask students to reflect on how they would have stood up for their faith during the French and American Revolution.

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Chapter H: Reformation Word Find

A word search using terms related to the Reformation.

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Chapter G: Design a Monastery

Students design a monastery based on the responsibilities and needs of the monks.

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Chapter F: Church Father Unscramble

Unscramble the names of the Church Fathers below. Then, under each unscrambled name, write one important contribution that the Church Father made to the Church.

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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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Pope Francis Joins Religious Leaders of Different Faiths, in Fight against Modern Slavery

The video "Pope Francis Joins Religious Leaders of Different Faiths, in Fight against Modern Slavery," by Rome Reports, available on YouTube (3:07), shows people of faith working together to eliminate one of the world’s greatest evils, slavery. It is best used on day 4.

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Pope Francis in Action

The video "Pope Francis in Action," by Catholic News Service, available on YouTube (1:26), features the Pope at World Youth Day 2013. It is best used on day 3 or day 4.

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Pope Francis Speaks

The video "Pope Francis Speaks," by Catholic News Service, available on YouTube (9:27), is a video of the Pope’s remarks from the balcony of Saint Peter’s on the night of his election. It is best used on day 3.

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Pope Paul VI—The Pilgrim Pope

The video "Pope Paul VI—The Pilgrim Pope," by Salt and Light, available on YouTube (2:37), chronicles Pope Paul VI’s role in the Second Vatican Council, increasing Christian unity—including lifting the excommunication of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch—and bringing the Good News to others. It is best used on day 1.

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Vaticanum Secundum (Opening of the Second Vatican Council)

The video "Vaticanum Secundum (Opening of the Second Vatican Council)," by Caeremoniale Romanum, available on YouTube (3:33), is the opening ceremony of Vatican Council II. The first of three videos. In Italian (no subtitles), but the pictures are worth a thousand words. It is best used on day 3 or day 4.

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The Catholic Church during World War II

The video "The Catholic Church during World War II," by heptagonofnerds, available on YouTube (2:47), is done by a teen and addresses the issue of the Catholic Church and the Jews. It presents realistically what Pope Pius XII and the Church did to help the Jewish people. It is best used on day 2.

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St. Thomas More

The video "St. Thomas More," by catholicnewsagency, available on YouTube (2:01), shows the strong Catholic faith of Saint Thomas More and how he stood up to King Henry VIII instead of recognizing the Church of England. It is best used on day 3.

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Turning Points in History—The Reformation

The video "Turning Points in History—The Reformation," available on YouTube (2:28), is a good presentation of the conflict between Martin Luther and the Catholic Church. It is best used on day 2.

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Crusades

In the video "Crusades," by Mr. Corwin, available on YouTube (9:35), a middle-school history teacher explains it all, with good visuals. It is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Fall of the Roman Empire

The video "Fall of the Roman Empire," available on YouTube (12:44), is an entertaining crash course in Roman history. Two segments show the differences between the Eastern and Western Empires (begin at 5:06) and the Eastern and Western Churches (begin at 10:52). The Patriarch of Constantinople is not a "pope" in the same way that the visible head of the Roman Catholic Church is the Pope. The patriarch is "first among equals," and his authority is more diffuse than the authority of the Roman pontiff. It is best used on day 4.

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Fall of the Roman Empire: History for Kids

The video "Fall of the Roman Empire: History for Kids," available on YouTube (2:33), is a quick overview of why the Western Roman Empire fell. It is best used on day 4.

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The Nicene Creed in Original Greek

The video "The Nicene Creed in Original Greek," proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI and the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, is available on YouTube (2:28) with excellent photos of the two prelates, art, and icons. It is best used on day 3 or day 4.

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Catholic History in Less than Five Minutes: (4) The Early Church Fathers

The video "Catholic History in Less than Five Minutes: (4) The Early Church Fathers," by Pat McNamara, is available on YouTube (4:47). It is best used on day 1.

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Jesus Urging His Disciples to Stay Awake

The video "Jesus Urging His Disciples to Stay Awake," by Turnback to God, available on YouTube (5:32), is an animated account of Jesus at prayer in Gethsemane (an amalgamation of Gospel accounts). It is best used on day 4.

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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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Joy and Hope for the Modern World

This handout provides questions for students to reflect on and answer as they read quotations from this Constitution.

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Renaissance Humanism

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

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Encouragement in Persecution

This handout outlines a writing assignment in which students write a letter to an imaginary Roman friend who is enduring persecution in the Empire. Students must use Scripture passages to help them in the writing process.

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The Seven Petitions

On this handout, students match the meaning to each line of the Lord’s Prayer.

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A Prayer Puzzle

On this handout, students must use clues to unscramble words related to prayer.

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Spirit Telecom: The Universal Wireless Prayer Network

This handout guides students as they locate and read various Scripture passages focusing on the many way God calls us to prayer.

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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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Burning in My Soul

The song/video "Burning in My Soul," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (3:45), provides a nice connection to Pentecost and the modern listener and is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Forever (Live)

The song/video "Forever (Live)," by Kari Jobe, available on YouTube (6:50) with lyrics, is a good opening prayer for day 4. The video can be shortened to 4:38.

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Resurrection Cartoon

The video "Resurrection Cartoon," available on YouTube (3:05), offers a fun portrayal of the Resurrection and is appropriate for use on day 1.

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The Bible PREVIEW—Baptism of Jesus

The video "The Bible PREVIEW—Baptism of Jesus," available on YouTube (1:52), loosely portrays Mark 1:1–8 and would be a good alternative presentation of this segment of the Gospel. It is appropriate for use on day 1.

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Mary's Role in the Catholic Church

The video "Mary’s Role in the Catholic Church," available on YouTube (3:52), is used in the "She Is Your Mother" activity on day 2.

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Mary, Did You Know? (The Bible)

The song/video "Mary, Did You Know? (The Bible)," by CeeLo Green, available on YouTube (4:12), incorporates video about the life of Mary and Jesus and is also appropriate for day 1.

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Mary, Did You Know?

The song/video "Mary, Did You Know?" by Pentatonix, available on YouTube (3:24) with lyrics, is an a cappella rendition that is appropriate for day 1.

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Mary in 2 Minutes

The video "Mary in 2 Minutes," available on YouTube (2:43), addresses many important questions regarding Mary to support day 1 activities.

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Great Things

The song/video "Great Things," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:21) with lyrics, is an upbeat version of Mary’s Song of Praise and is an appropriate opening prayer for any day, especially day 1 and day 2.

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The Day of the Dead

The video "The Day of the Dead," available on YouTube (3:49), offers a good overview of the Mexican celebration for the "Day of the Dead" activity on day 4.

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Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead? (#AskFrBarron)

The video "Why Do Catholics Pray for the Dead?" (#AskFrBarron),” available on YouTube (0:43), is a good supplement for the Live It! activity on day 4.

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Christ Is Risen

The song/video "Christ Is Risen," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:55) with lyrics, can be used for prayer on day 1.

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I Will Rise

The song/video "I Will Rise," by Chris Tomlin, available on YouTube (5:02) with lyrics, is good for prayer any day this week.

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How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?

The video "How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?" available on YouTube (2:42). This short video by Bishop Robert Barron explains the two natures of Jesus and some of the false teachings that the early Christian communities were battling.

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Fully Human, Fully God

The video "Fully Human, Fully God," by The Skit Guys, available on YouTube (14:37), is used for the "True God and True Man" activity on day 3. Cue to 12:00 for the pertinent 2:37 segment.

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Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes

The video "Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes," available on YouTube (2:08), is used for the "Happy Are You!" activity on day 2. The first 1:15 is sufficient.

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Blest Are They—The Beatitudes

The song/video "Blest Are They—The Beatitudes," available on YouTube (8:19), is used for the Engage activity on day 2. The segment between 6:01 and 6:50 focuses on the lesson’s topic of persecution. The first 6:50 is worth showing for context of persecution within the Beatitudes. The entire video is a worthy use of time.

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The Monastic Life, an Opportunity for the Church

The video "The Monastic Life, an Opportunity for the Church," available on YouTube (2:55), provides background material on monastic life for day 3.

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Vocation Testimonial

A simple search of "vocation stories" on YouTube provides many possibilities. Preselect two or three videos based on your time limitations, student familiarity with certain orders, and potential interest. "The Story of a Voca-tion," posted by OrderofPreachers (3:33), and "Vocation Testamonial," by St. Benedict Center (2:44), are good options.

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The Gospel— Matthew 28:16–20 (The Ascension of the Lord)

The video "The Gospel—Matthew 28:16–20 (The Ascension of the Lord)," by CCTNtv (Catholic Community Television Network), available on YouTube (1:12), provides a good introduction for "The Great Commission" activity on day 1.

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Go Make a Difference

The song/video "Go Make a Difference Lyrics," by Steve Angrisano and Tom Tomaszek, available on YouTube (3:03), can serve as opening prayer any day.

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Hands and Feet

The song/video "Hands and Feet," by Audio Adrenaline, available on YouTube (4:04) with lyrics, enhances the Pray It! activity at the start of day 2.

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Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)—The Nativity Story

The song/video "Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)—The Nativity Story," by Amy Grant, available on YouTube (5:20), tells of the calling of Mary to bring Christ into the world. A video with scenes from the movie The Nativity Story illustrates the "Call Stories" activity on day 1.

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Big House

The song/video "Big House," by Audio Adrenaline, available on YouTube (3:29) with lyrics, offers an alternate, more upbeat opening prayer for any day.

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One Spirit, One Church

The song/video "One Spirit, One Church," by Kevin Keil and Maryanne Quinlivan, available on YouTube (3:56), offers a good opening prayer for any day this week.

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1 Timothy 4:12— Seeds Family Worship—'Young'

The song/video "1 Timothy 4:12—Seeds Family Worship—‘Young,’" available on YouTube (2:05), is used for the "Be an Example" activity on day 4. The first 1:00 is sufficient.

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Heaven in the Real World

The song/video "Heaven in the Real World," by Steven Curtis Chapman, available on YouTube (4:20), is used for the "Gear Up" activity on day 3.

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Virtue Makes You Beautiful

The song/video "Virtue Makes You Beautiful," available on YouTube (3:23), is used for the "Clothes Make the Christian" activity on day 2.

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Veggietales "Madame Blueberry"

The video "Veggie Tales Madame Blueberry," available on YouTube (1:27), is used for the Engage activity on day 2. Consider starting at the 0:24 mark.

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C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What are the Marks of the Church?

The video "C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith—What Are the Marks of the Church?" is available on YouTube (3:32), and is used for the "On Your Marks" activity on day 1.

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Run the Race

The song/video "Run the Race," by Paul Taylor Smith, available on YouTube (4:28), can be used for prayer any day and also complements the "Go the Distance" activity on day 4.

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Pope to Youth: 'Forget about false idols. Only God offers true hope'

The video "Pope to Youth: ‘Forget about false idols. Only God offers true hope,’" available on YouTube (3:10), is used for the "Think Positive!" activity on day 4. The pertinent quotes begin at the 0:56 mark.

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Trip Lee—Reflections on Romans 8

The video "Trip Lee—Reflections on Romans 8," available on YouTube (2:59), is used for the "Clear the Way" activity on day 4.

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Gospel Music by Shai Linne, 116 Clique (Romans)

The song/video "Gospel Music by Shai Linne, 116 Clique (Romans)," available on YouTube (4:55), is used for the “Clear the Way” activity on day 4. Though the video is 4:55, the song concludes at the 4:11 mark. It is helpful but not essential to provide context for the Trip Lee video .

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Acts 15 The Council of Jerusalem

The video "Acts 15 The Council of Jerusalem," available on YouTube (3:52), is used for the "Paul Is Appalled" activity on day 2.

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Inculturation: The Case of Matteo Ricci

The Catholic News Service video "Inculturation: The Case of Matteo Ricci," available on YouTube (2:21), provides a clear, concise explanation of enculturation for the chapter project.

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World Peace Prayer

The song/video "World Peace Prayer," by Marty Haugen, available on YouTube (4:06), provides a hopeful litany that complements the "Opposites" activity on day 4.

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Jesus Proclaims His Fulfillment of Scripture and Is Rejected

This video, “Jesus Proclaims His Fulfillment of Scripture and Is Rejected,” is also available on YouTube (3:08).

 

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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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On Your Marks

This worksheet guides group members to work together as they identify the importance of the church being “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic”.

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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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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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Chapter B The Bible: The Gospel of John

This PowerPoint accompanies Chapter B by giving an overview of the Gospel of John.

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Matthew 1:1–16: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

The video "Matthew 1:1–16: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ," available on YouTube (2:19), is an animation of the lineage of Jesus that shows his connection to the tribe of Judah (see 0:18). It is used on day 3.

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Upon This Rock I’m Gonna Build My Church

The song "Upon This Rock I’m Gonna Build My Church," by Judith Gayle and Shamar Barrett, available on YouTube (4:33), makes a personal statement about faith in a Caribbean style. It is best used on day 4.

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Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 2, Chapter 4, by discussing the revelation of God through Scripture and Tradition.

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The Development of Trinitarian Doctrine

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 1, Chapter 2, by discussing the development of Trinitarian Doctrine in the early church.

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To Be a Disciple

This handout asks students to complete a chart by listing examples of discipleship at the time of Jesus and today.

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Jesus and the Church

After reading several articles, students complete this chart by filling in key points about Jesus and the Church.

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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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Lesson Plan for Lesson 14

A lesson plan for lesson 14 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 13

A lesson plan for lesson 13 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Helping the Church of Today and Tomorrow

This handout challenges students to reflect on and brainstorm what it would have been like to create Church teachings and rules shortly after Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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From Fasting to Feasting

A short prayer that calls us to feast on kindness and compassion towards others.

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The Mission of the Church

Jesus has just risen from the tomb. Although you and all the other Christians are overjoyed, you now have to decide what to do. You are one of the followers who has been with Jesus for more than two years. …

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A Healthy Approach to Life

It may be easy to think of church councils as having very little to do with our personal life. Yet the themes of Vatican Council II—change and renewal—are ones that we are called to live out for the rest of …

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course IV: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church from The Church: Christ in the World Today.

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Revelation, Sacred Scripture, and Tradition

Using the information in chapter 1 of The Catholic Connections Handbook, find the word or words described in the clues below. Fill in the blank spaces below each clue. Then, use the letters from the numbered spaces to fill in …

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Tradition – Who We Are

A brief explanation of tradition versus Tradition.

A short video about how Catholic traditions that have been handed down help God reveal himself to us.

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Chapter 26 Summary: The Bible: Worshipping God

A summary of Chapter 26, The Bible: Worshipping God from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 25 Summary: Mary and the Saints

A summary of Chapter 25, Mary and the Saints from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 24 Summary: End Things: Heaven and Hell

A summary of Chapter 24, End Things: Heaven and Hell from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 23 Activity: How Much Do You Know about the Church?

The descriptions below relate to the Church, present and past. Write the word or name from the box that matches each description. Some words will be used more than once.

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Chapter 23 Summary: The Structure of the Church

A summary of Chapter 23, The Structure of the Church from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 22 Activity: Marks of the Church

Clues about the marks of the church.

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Chapter 22 Summary: The Mission of the Church

A summary of Chapter 22, The Mission of the Church from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 1 Summary: Revelation, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition

A summary of Chapter 1, Revelation, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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The Gift of Catholic Education: A Treasure to Inherit

A personal story about Catholic education.

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Unity Under Christ

A personal story about being open in sharing our faith and receiving the faith of others.

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The Holy Spirit Is Always at Work

A personal story about the constant work of the Holy Spirit.

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Striving and Competing for God

A personal story about striving to attain eternal life.

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Find the Source of Salvation

A personal story about the mission of the Church to share the good news of salvation with others.

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Chapter 14

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 14, The Organization of the Catholic Church.

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Chapter 13

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 13, The Mission of the Catholic Church.

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Chapter 4

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 4, Faith.

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Chapter 2

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 2, Knowing God: Reason and Revelation.

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Chapter 1

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 1, Being Catholic: The “Cliff Notes” View.

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Vatican Council II

A PowerPoint presentation from Church History, Unit 8 on the Vatican II Council.

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Developments after the Second Vatican Council

A list of developments made after the Second Vatican Council that can be cut out.

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The Work of Pope Pius X: Mind Map

Use the student book to complete this mind map.

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Three Renewal Movements

Work with your group to complete the section of this handout that corresponds to your assigned topic.

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Vocabulary for Unit 8

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 8 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The defined words include Body of Christ, catechists, Catholic Action, collegiality, concordat, exegesis, fascism, Gregorian chant, Marks of the Church, Marxist, new evangelization, pastoral, and …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 8 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include writing journal entries from World War I to today, or writing an original graphic novel or comic book about …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

The final performance task options for Unit 8 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include writing journal entries from World War I to today, or writing an original graphic novel or comic book about the Church in …

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List of Key Terms and People

A list of key terms and people that can be cut out.

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The Church in the Third Millennium

An excerpt from The Catholic Church: A Brief Popular History, by Cynthia Stewart that discusses background on the Church in the Third Millennium.

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Catholics Come to America

A PowerPoint presentation from Church History, Unit 7 on Catholics Come to America.

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School History Scavenger Hunt

Write your name and the names of your group members at the top of this handout. As a group, research the history of our school and complete the following questions. For each answer, note the source of your information. This …

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Vocabulary for Unit 7

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 7 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The defined words include capitalism, communism, deterrence, social doctrine, social encyclical, socialism, and subsidiarity.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 7 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a children’s book about the Catholic Church in the United States, or creating a PowerPoint presentation about the …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

The final performance task options for Unit 7 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a children’s book about the Catholic Church in the United States, or creating a PowerPoint presentation about the Catholic Church in …

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The French Revolution

A PowerPoint presentation on The French Revolution from Church History, Unit 6.

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Pope Pius IX and the First Vatican Council

A PowerPoint presentation on Pope Pius IX and the First Vatican Council from Church History, Unit 5.

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Brochure on Vatican I

Work with your group to create a six-panel (folded) brochure describing the history and work of Vatican Council I.

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Reading Reflection: Pope John Paul II's 1992 Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

In your group, read the excerpt from Pope Saint John Paul II’s 1992 Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Work in your group to answer the questions about your assigned paragraph. Then complete the questions about the remaining paragraphs …

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 6 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. Defined words include deism, dogma, empiricism, ex cathedra, fideism, pantheism, rationalism, and Reign of Terror.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include coming up with interview questions for Pope Pius IX, or creating the front page of a newspaper from the …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

The final performance task options for Unit 6 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include coming up with interview questions for Pope Pius IX, or creating the front page of a newspaper from the day after Vatican …

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Strengthening the Papacy: Vatican I

A book excerpt from The Catholic Church: A Brief Popular History by Cynthia Stewart about strengthening the papacy during Vatican I.

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The Dominican Missionaries in the Spanish Colonial Period

A PowerPoint about The Dominican Missionaries in the Spanish Colonial Period from Church History, Unit 5.

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Missions to North America

With your partner, follow the instructions on this handout to trace the missionary activities in North America during the Age of Exploration.

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Read and Reflect: A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indians

Complete this handout as you read the excerpt from Bartolomé de las Casas’s A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indians. Use a separate sheet of paper as needed.

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Film Reflection: The Mission

Complete this handout as you view the film The Mission (1986, 125 minutes, rated A-III and PG).

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Explorers, Conquistadors, and Missionaries Mind Map

Complete this mind map as you listen to the presentations of your classmates. Attach lines and boxes to each topic to add notes.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 5 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The words that are defined are Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, conquistadors, and enculturation.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a gallery of original art on the missionaries of the church in the age of exploration, or creating …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

The final performance task options for Unit 5 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a gallery of original art on the missionaries of the church in the age of exploration, or creating a Christian missionary …

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Around the World in More Than Eighty Days

Let’s take a glance around the globe to see some of the missionary efforts that began during the Fifteenth through Seventeenth centuries.

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The Popes of the Renaissance

A PowerPoint on The Popes of the Renaissance from Church History, Unit 4.

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Martin Luther and His Complaint against the Church

A PowerPoint on Martin Luther and His Complaint against the Church from Church History, Unit 4.

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The Council of Trent

A PowerPoint on the Council of Trent from Church History, Unit 4.

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Creating a Promotional Brochure

Your group has been assigned to create a brochure about one of the two major religious orders to emerge during the Catholic Reformation: the Jesuits or the Carmelites. Imagine that you are members of this new religious order during the …

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Examining the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Answer the following questions as a group.

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Guided Notes: The Council of Trent

Guided notes about the Council of Trent.

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Reflecting on Luther's Theses

Read these five excerpts from Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses. Then answer the reflection questions. Use a separate sheet of paper if you need more room.

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Reviewing Martin Luther's Complaint and the Church's Response

Use this handout to take notes from the in-class presentation on article 28, “Luther’s Complaint,” in the student book.

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Web Quest on Renaissance Culture

Write your group member’s names at the top of this handout, and circle the topic assigned to your group. Use the Internet to locate three reliable sources about your group’s assigned topic in Renaissance culture. Use this handout to organize …

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 4 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The defined words include Apocrypha, College of Cardinals, deuterocanonical, grace, humanism, justification, merit, predestination, and theocracy.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 4 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include making a video about the Protestant reformation and the Catholic reformation, or writing a journal from the perspective of …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

The final performance task options for Unit 4 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include making a video about the Protestant reformation and the Catholic reformation, or writing a journal from the perspective of someone witnessing the …

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Dialogue with Others

Excerpts from the address of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the John Paul II center in Washington D.C.

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The Council of Trent

An article about The Council of Trent, excerpted from The Catholic Church: A Brief Popular History, by Cynthia Stewart.

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The Crusades

A PowerPoint on the Crusades from Church History, Unit 3.

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Medieval Teachings on the Eucharist

A PowerPoint on medieval teachings on the Eucharist from Church History, Unit 3.

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Scholastics and Medieval Universities

Complete this handout with your partner as you review article 24, “Scholastics and Medieval Universities,” in the student book.

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Challenges to the Papacy

Complete this handout with your group as you review article 21, “Challenges to the Papacy,” in the student book.

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Vocabulary for Unit 3

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 3 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The words defined are chancel, conciliar movement, Divine Office, friars, Great Western Schism, indulgence, Medieval Inquisition, mendicants, mystic, nave, scholasticism, and Spanish Inquisition.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

The rubric for grading the final performance task options for Unit 3 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a podcast about the Church in the High Middle Ages, or creating a journal of a Christian …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

The final performance task options for Unit 3 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a podcast about the Church in the High Middle Ages, or creating a journal of a Christian in the High Middle …

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Belief and Violence: The Crusades

A reading about the Crusades.

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Western Monasticism

A PowerPoint for Church History, Unit 2 Western Monasticism.

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Church Councils and Doctrinal Development

A PowerPoint for Church History, Unit 2 Church Councils and Doctrinal Development.

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The Roman Empire at the Time of Charlemagne: Research Worksheet

Write a five-paragraph essay summarizing changes and significant events that affected the Church from the 700s through the 800s. Your essay must include suitable citations. You may use article 17, “Charlemagne: Holy Roman Emperor,” in the student book as a …

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Vocabulary for Unit 2

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 2 including abbot, abbess, antipope, Arianism, charism, Christendom, consubstantial, Doctor of the Church, Ecumenical Council, Fathers of the Church, feudalism, filioque, Franks, hermit, hypostatic union, iconoclasm, illuminated manuscript, Logos, papal bull, Papal States, …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2

The rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 2 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a children’s picture book, or making a PowerPoint presentation for a parish community.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

The final performance task options for Unit 2 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a children’s picture book, or making a PowerPoint presentation for a parish community.

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The East-West Split

Looking back over the first 1500 years of Church history, the picture is not one of perfect harmony. Political conflicts, religious controversies, invasions, and condemnations created sometimes occasional, sometimes lasting rifts. For the Eastern Church and the Latin Church, the …

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The Divinity of Jesus: An Early Christian Debate

A reading about the early Christian debate over the divinity of Jesus.

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Early Christian Worship in the West and East

A PowerPoint from Church History, Unit 1, Early Christian Worship in the West and East.

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Characteristics of Apologetics

With your group, read Saint Ignatius of Antioch’s letter to the Romans. Then answer the following questions.

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The Development of the New Testament

Use a separate sheet of paper to answer the following questions. Each group member must turn in an answer sheet.

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 1 including apologist, Apostle, Apostolic Succession, bishop, charism, Christian, college of bishops, covenant, deacon, Deposit of Faith, Edict of Milan, emperor, Eucharist, Church Fathers, Magisterium, martyrdom, Messiah, New Covenant, persecution, presbyter, priest, providence …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

A rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 1 including dramatic monologues, or a professional portfolio for an apologist.

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Chapter 15 Activities

Activities for Chapter 15 The Last Things, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 14 Activities

Activities for Chapter 14 The Organization of the Catholic Church, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 13 Activities

Activities for Chapter 13 The Mission of the Catholic Church, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 4 Activities

Activities for Chapter 4 Faith, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 2 Activities

Activities for Chapter 2 Knowing God: Reason and Revelation, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 1 Activities

Activities for Chapter 1: Being Catholic, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Handout: The Precepts of the Church

The Precepts of the Church direct us to participate in the sacramental life of the Church so that we might be nourished for living a moral life. Following are the Precepts of the Church as designated by the Catholic bishops …

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Handout: The Holy Trinity

Descriptions of how each person of the trinity is present in the liturgy.

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Handout: Church Structure and Leadership

The structure of the Catholic Church can be pictured as a series of concentric rings, as shown in the following diagram. Each ring represents a special area of responsibility within the Church. As the circles get smaller, the roles are …

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Handout: A People a Body a Temple

Scripture verses about the Church as the people of God, the body of Christ, and temple of the Spirit.

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Handout: Scripture in the Mass

Find the biblical passages assigned to you, and then write on the line the words from the Mass that refer to or echo the passage.

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Handout: Scripture and Tradition

Connections between Scripture passages and Catholic Traditions.

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Handout: Being Catholic

Being Catholic: Beliefs, Practices, and Attitudes.

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The Precepts of the Church

The Precepts of the Church are rooted in Scripture and Tradition. Do your best to locate Old and New Testament passages (in the Old Law and the New Law) that support each of the following precepts.

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Ritual Postures and Gestures

The different postures and gestures that take place during Mass.

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The Holy Trinity

Descriptions of each person of the trinity.

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Lesson 15 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 15, The Last Things.

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We'd Like to Know: Possible Questions While Visiting Other Churches

In your visit to a different Christian Church, be prepared to ask the church’s representative some thoughtful questions about what they believe, their mission, and their worship. Here are some questions to start with. You might also think of other …

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Lesson 14 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 14, The Organization of The Catholic Church

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Lesson 13 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 13, The Mission of the Catholic Church.

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Lesson 12 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 12, The Holy Spirit.

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Lesson 11 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 11, Jesus’ Resurrection.

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Lesson 10 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 10, Jesus’ Death.

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Lesson 9 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 9, Jesus’ Message and Mission.

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Lesson 8 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 8, Jesus Christ: True God and True Man.

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Lesson 7 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 7, The Promise of a Messiah.

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Lesson 6 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 6, The Human Person.

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Lesson 5 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 5, God our Father.

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Lesson 4 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 4, Faith.

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Lesson 3 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 3, The Bible’s Big Picture.

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Lesson 2 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 2, Knowing God: Reason and Revelation.

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Beliefs Practices and Attitudes

The beliefs, practices, and attitudes of the Catholic faith.

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Lesson 1 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 1.

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Five Models of the Church

Answer the following questions about the models of the Church.

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Marks of the Church

Write at least two examples of ways that the Church and you model the four Marks of the Church.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

A rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 3 focusing on the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the mission of the Church. The options include exploring one important ministry in a diverse Church, creating …

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Final Performance Task Options

The final performance task options for Unit 3 focusing on the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the mission of the Church. The options include exploring one important ministry in a diverse Church, creating a poster comparing …

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A Preassessment

Answer each question by writing what you know for sure, what you think you know but are unsure about, and things related to the topic that you would like to explore.

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Vocabulary for Unit 3

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 3 that defines the terms bishop, Body of Christ, Catholic Church, charism, Communion of Saints, consecrated life, diocese, doctrine, Final Judgment, fruits of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, laity, Marks …

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One of Us

Answer the following questions with your group that are related to the questions asked in the song “One of Us”. Your instructor will lead you through Part II. Use the following questions as prompts for taking notes in your notebook.

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Covenant Hope

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 …

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Created in God’s Image

You will be guided through this handout, taking notes and answering questions as directed in your class.

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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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks in Unit 2

Rubric for grading the final performance tasks for Unit 2 focusing on faith, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, and creation in the image of God. The options include writing a personal creed, creating a Holy Trinity play, or exploring …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

Options of final performance tasks for Unit 2 focusing on faith, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, and creation in the image of God. The options include writing a personal creed, creating a Holy Trinity play, or exploring three Kingdom …

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Vocabulary for Unit 2

A list of vocabulary words for Unit 2 including Annunciation, Blessed Trinity, church, Creation, creed, disciple, ecumenism, evangelist, faith, Gospel, Incarnation, Kingdom of God, Messiah, ministry, Original Sin, parable, Paschal Mystery, salvation, stewardship, and Theotokos.

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Aquinas’s Five Proofs for the Existence of God

The Summa Theologica is a famous work written by Saint Thomas Aquinas between AD 1265 and 1274. It is divided into three main parts and presents reasoning for almost all core Christian beliefs. The Summa Theologica is well known for …

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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 …

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

A rubric for the final performance tasks for Unit One about the basics of Catholicism, Scripture and Tradition, and Reason and Revelation. The options include reflecting on the Catholic faith in an essay, writing a personal story about your salvation …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

Options of final performance tasks for Unit One about the basics of Catholicism, Scripture and Tradition, and Reason and Revelation. The options include reflecting on the Catholic faith in an essay, writing a personal story about your salvation history, or …

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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 …

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

A list of vocabulary words for unit one, defines the terms Bible, biblical inspiration, canon, covenant, Deposit of Faith, Divine Revelation, Ecumenical Council, Gospel, inerrancy, Israelites, Law, Magisterium, natural revelation, New Testament, Old Testament, Parousia, reason, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, …

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The Travels of Paul

A map showing the locations that Paul travelled to.

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Letters in Paul's Day

An article that discusses the format of Paul’s letters and how they are different from letters today.

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The Patriarch Family Tree

A fill in the blank family tree of several generations of people in the Old Testament.

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Choices

A song about making choices, making mistakes, and God’s love and forgiveness.

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Measuring Up David and Goliath

A worksheet where students fill in a chart using the story of David and Goliath as well as answering questions.

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All about Aaron

A matching worksheet about items and people that relate to Aaron in the Old Testament.

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Traveling with Abraham

A map of Abraham’s travels in the Old Testament.

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Ignatian Discernment of Spirits

An article that breaks down the differences between good and evil spirits.

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Secular Institutes

A worksheet completed in groups about the history, role, and characteristics of secular institutes.

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Exploring Religious Orders and Congregations

A research assignment worksheet done in pairs to find important information about different religious orders.

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Being versus Doing

A scripture passage from the Gospel of Luke about Martha and Mary is read along with a commentary, and is followed by large group discussion questions.

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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.

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Sr. Thea: Her Own Story

A list of discussion questions from the video Sr. Thea: Her Own Story.

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Vocabulary for Unit 7

A vocabulary list for unit 7 defining terms associated with consecrated life.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks in Unit 7

A rubric assessing how well students did on the final performance task options for unit 7 that assess the students’ knowledge of consecrated life. The options include writing a biographical essay about a woman or a man who chose the …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

Final performance task options for unit 7 that assess the students’ knowledge of consecrated life. The options include writing a biographical essay about a woman or a man who chose the consecrated life, or giving an oral presentation on a …

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of Consecrated Life

A preassessment for students about their knowledge of terms associated with consecrated life.

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What Do Sisters Do?

An article that discusses the roles and responsibilities of religious sisters.

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“To Brother”: A Personal Story

An article written by Br. Armand Alcazar FSC, who discusses his view of his vocation as a verb, “to brother”, or “brothering” in teaching and community life.

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The Formation of a Priest

A PowerPoint about a priest’s formation through their family, discernment, the vocations director, minor seminary, and theology studies.

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A Conversation about the Future of Priestly Ministry

A worksheet with questions about the future of priestly ministry.

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The Effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

A worksheet completed in groups about the effects of the Sacrament of Holy Orders from both the book and the student’s personal knowledge.

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders Graphic Organizer

A worksheet completed in groups about the symbolic words and actions that take place during the Rite of Ordination, as well as their meaning and effect.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

A vocabulary list for unit 6 defining the terms dalmatic, dogmatic theology, Donatist heresy, formation, Holy See, insignia, and seminary.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

A rubric for grading the final performance tasks for unit 6 focusing on the vocation to ordained life and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The options for final performance tasks include creating a brochure on priestly formation for prospective candidates, …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

Options for final performance tasks for unit 6 focusing on the vocation to ordained life and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The options for final performance tasks include creating a brochure on priestly formation for prospective candidates, or writing a …

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Sacrament of Holy Orders

A preassessment about things that a student already knows, thinks that they know, and wants to know about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

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The Three Degrees of Holy Orders: Deacons, Priests, and Bishops

A PowerPoint about the roles of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops within the Catholic Church.

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The Threefold Ministry of a Bishop

This resource is a group activity worksheet that has students list examples of the Bishop’s roles in the areas of teaching, governing, and sanctifying.

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A Call to Priestly Ministry

This resource is a discussion guide and worksheet about the call to priestly ministry based on the film clip from There Be Dragons.

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Understanding Christ the High Priest

A worksheet to help students understand Christ’s identity as the ultimate High Priest through examining scripture passages.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

A vocabulary list with terms mostly associated with ordained ministry within the Catholic Church.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

A rubric for grading the final performance task options for unit 5, which focuses on the priesthood.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This assessment presents the final performance task options for unit 5 focusing on the priesthood. The options include interviewing a priest, or “adopting” a missionary priest project.

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Vocation of Holy Orders

A preassessment of one’s knowledge of terms and concepts associated with the Vocation of Holy Orders.

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Litany Promises Promises

Rev. John P. Mack Jr. discusses the rite of ordination, including the litany and the promise to obedience that priests make. He also talks about the challenges that priests face, and questions that he is often asked by high school …

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Catholic / catholic

A worksheet that visually explores the differences between Catholic and catholic.

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Who is Pope Francis?

A brief video on Pope Francis.

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Dei Verbum

Mr. Mitch Pacwa discusses Dei Verbum.

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Dei Verbum

A short, descriptive, video on Dei Verbum.

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30th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Assassination Attempt

A video explaining the assassination attempt on Pope Saint John Paul II's life.

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The Second Vatican Council

A brief overview of the Second Vatican Council.

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What About the Bad Popes?

A short video on how the Church is good, even though there have been bad popes.

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A Life of Prayer: Following Saint Dominic

A short video clip on following the example of Saint Dominic in prayer.

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Leading with Humility: Pope Francis Blesses a Man with a Disability

A video clip of Pope Francis stopping to bless a man with a disability.

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You Will Be My Witnesses

A short video on Apostolic Succession.

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All is Not Difference

A brief video that touches on Christianity's relationship with Judaism.

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Jesus and Mary Compared to Adam and Eve

A brief clip on the similarities and differences between Adam and Eve, and Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Reflection on the Feast of All Saints

Fr. Rosica reflects on the extraordinary witness to the faith of the saints and blesseds.

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Does Excommunication Condemn Someone to Hell?

A brief discussion on if excommunication condemns someone to Hell.

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Can Non-Catholic Christians Receive Communion in the Catholic Church?

A short discussion on if non-Catholic Christians can receive Communion in the Catholic Church.

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How Did Saint Paul Evangelize?

A brief explanation of how Saint Paul evangelized.

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Did the Emperor Constantine Found the Catholic Church?

A short video segment on the early Church, and Emperor Constantine's role in it.

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Pentecost in 2 Minutes

A short video on Pentecost.

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How Do They Choose the Pope?

A video on how a new pope is chosen.

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Researching the Role of the Magisterium

Several strips of paper that may come in handy when researching the role of the Magisterium.

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Where Does the Church Say…?

A chart outlining different types of Church documents, the author and audience of each particular document, and what’s in each document.

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Who? What? When? Where? How? in the Local Diocese

An activity where students are asked to locate information about their local diocese.

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Your Role in Evangelization

An activity where students assess their role in evangelization.

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Quiz: Are You a Faithful Citizen?

A self-quiz, or self-assessment, on faithful citizenship.

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My Charisms

A worksheet where students are asked about ordinary charisms and religious charisms.

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Gifts of Holy Spirit

A worksheet where students are asked to explain each of the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and then compose a short essay on instances where the gifts helped them out in difficult situations.

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Terms Related to the Church

A worksheet where students are asked to define several vocabulary terms related to the Church and write a short essay on which term means the most to them.

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Marks of the Church

A chart that students are asked to fill in with at least two examples of ways the Church models the four marks of the Church, and at least two examples of ways they model the four marks of the Church.

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Five Models of the Church

An activity where students are given a chart containing the meanings, strengths, and limitations of each of the five models of the Church and asked to answer related questions.

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The Book of Revelation: Message to a Persecuted Community

A PowerPoint presentation on how the message of the Book of Revelation pertains to a persecuted Christian community.

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Revelation: A New Testament Apocalypse

An article on the Book of Revelation.

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Christian Persecutions in the Roman Empire

An article on the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.

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Why the Second Vatican Council Really Is That Important

An article on the importance of the Second Vatican Council.

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Events at the Second Vatican Council

An article on the events that took place at the Second Vatican Council.

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The Two Pentecosts

A chart used to draw parallels between the feasts of Shavuot and Christian Pentecost.

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Fr. Barron comments on Religious Drifters

Father Barron discusses the increasingly common tendency to pick and choose pieces of multiple religions.

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Additional comments from Fr. Barron on "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus"

Father Barron addresses the video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus", talking about its massive theological shortcomings.

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Fr. Barron comments on "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus"

Father Barron addresses the video "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus", talking about its massive theological shortcomings.

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CATHOLICISM Series Extended Preview--Father Robert Barron

An extended preview showing Father Barron's travels throughout the world and the varied and beautiful manifestations of Catholicism that he encountered.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Indecipherable Writing of Thomas Aquinas

Father Barron recounts his experience studying the original writings of Thomas Aquinas.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Father Barron explains the means by which the Holy Spirit purifies and edifies the church.

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Fr. Barron comments on Saint Paul and the Mission of the Church

Father Barron recounts Paul's conversion story and explains how Christians today can live as apostles.

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Fr. Barron on "Angels and Demons" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the historical inaccuracies of the film "Angels and Demons".

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What is Good Friday?

A short clip about the meaning of Good Friday.

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What is Holy Thursday?

A short clip about the meaning of Holy Thursday.

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What is Holy Week?

A short clip about the significance of Holy Week.

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Mysteries: Celibacy

A documentary discussing the historical/theological precedents for celibacy.

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Mysteries of the Church: SEMINARY

Explains how priests were formed in the early stages of Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: MARTYRS

A discussion of martyrdom and examples of Christian martyrs.

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Mysteries of the Church: APOCALYPSE

An explanation of the apocalypse as discussed in the book of Revelation.

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Mysteries of the Church: Jesus' Arrest & Trial

A documentary explaining the events surrounding Jesus' arrest and trial.

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Mysteries of the Church: The Early Evangelists

A documentary discussing the early church, its members, and the means by which it expanded. Note: Viewing begins at 1:10.

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Mysteries of the Church: Women in the Church

A documentary discussing the integral and often contentious role of women, past and present, in the Catholic Church. Note: Viewing begins at 1:01.

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Mysteries of the Church: The Crusades

A documentary chronicling the events of the Crusades and their lasting impact.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christianity and Science

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the unexpectedly amicable relationship between science and Christianity.

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Mysteries of the Church: Christian Denominations

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the history of the development of many Christian denominations.

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Fr. Barron on the Mystery of Eating Jesus' Flesh

A short clip of Father Barron discussing the foundation of the Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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Fr. Barron on Papal Infallibility

A short clip of Father Barron's teachings on Papal Infallibility.

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EWTN Live - 11-16-2011 - Catholicism - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ with Fr Robert Barron

Father Barron discusses his experience traveling the world to view and film many of Catholicism's most important and beautiful scenes.

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Discovering our Saints - Sts. Simon and Jude

The stories about Saints Simon and Jude.

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Bible Covenants - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explains the difference between covenant and contract, reviews the 5 major covenants in the Old Testament, and discusses the New Covenant in Christ.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects that communicate key ideas about the Catholic Church, especially its scriptural basis and origin.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently learned about the Church, especially the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

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The Church

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The List of Popes

A full list of all of the Popes with links to information about each Pope.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects covering the main ideas of the Paschal Mystery, especially the institution of the Church and the Sacraments.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery, especially the birth of the Church at Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit, and the …

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Political and Religious Structure in Jesus' Time

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an extensive overview of the political and religious structures and influences at work in Jesus' time.

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Introduction to Salvation History - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explores salvation history, the transmission of Divine Revelation, and the role of the Magisterium.

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What Is the Incarnation? - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. Using scripture and the Catechism, this resources discusses what the Incarnation is and why it is important in Christianity.

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The Trinity: Unpacking the Nicene Creed - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. The Trinitarian themes of the Nicene Creed are defined, unpacked and explored by breaking the prayer down and reflecting on smaller statements of faith.

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The Acts of the Apostles and Saint Paul - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline and non-Pauline letters of Saint Paul in the New Testament.

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How the Bible Came To Be - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It introduces the development of the New Testament canon from Oral Tradition through translation.

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The Apostles

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Apostles and followers of Jesus who are known in Scripture, including Peter and Mary Magdalene, among others.

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Canons and Their Development

This article discusses the development of the Old and New Testament Canons and provides charts which compare and contrast different Christian or Jewish canons.

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The Development of Catholic Trinitarian Theology

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can fill in the blanks to learn or review key concepts about the development of Trinitarian theology.

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Vocabulary for Unit 2

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Vocabulary Review

This review is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it to review key theological terms.

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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The Holy Spirit

Student handout: Activity for chapter 15, puzzle/exercise

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Revelation, The Scriptures, and Tradition

Activity for Chapter 1, puzzle

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Why is the Mass Changing?

The Mass Is Changing...How? Why? And what does it all mean for you? Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin explains why the Church has decided to issue a new translation of the Roman Missal.

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Early Church Fathers

This video presents an explanation of who the Early Church Fathers were and what they did for the Church.

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Who Does the Movie Say Killed Jesus?

Much of the controversy about The Passion of the Christ centers around one question: Who killed Jesus? The Anti-Defamation League feels the movie lays the blame at the feet of the Jews. Mel Gibson, the movie's director, producer and cowriter, …

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Pope

What is the pope? The pope is the bishop of the Church of Rome, Italy. Because of the importance of Rome, Tradition recognizes the pope as the supreme pastor of all Christians. Why is the Church of Rome so important? …

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Until a "lack of discretion" do us part

Ever since the church got involved in the wedding ceremony, relatively late in Christian history, it has stood by its main belief about a marriage. It’s the consent of the couple that binds. SEVENTH IN A 10-PART SERIES ON CHURCH …

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Central Characteristics of Roman Catholicism

Catholicism is a remarkably rich religion, characterized by a complex tapestry of beliefs, practices, values, rituals, traditions, and more. When viewed "from the outside"--that is, by those who do not share its communal life--Catholicism is probably most frequently identified by …

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In the Name of the Father

Making the sign of the cross is a gesture that says, in shorthand, that a person is a Catholic. It appears as an icon in popular culture, and as a gesture it is scattered throughout film history, for example: movie …

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Fighting Catholic Amnesia

I was a high school junior before I learned that the Catholic faith was something more than Mass, folk songs and the Bible. Father Corry turned me on to Church history in his religion class. He showed me how our …

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The Church and the Bible: A New Understanding

The Catholic Church's attitude toward biblical study has undergone a sea of change in recent times. A world-renowned Scripture scholar explains why and how. Very often when older Catholics hear at Mass a presentation about the Bible they are puzzled. …

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Saint Jerome: The Perils of a Bible Translator

“WHAT IS THE BEST TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE?” This is the question that people who teach biblical studies hear more than any other. A bewildering abundance of alternatives is available to those who want to begin reading the Bible. This …

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Six Ways to be Truly Catholic

I always thought that I would have made a great archbishop in Salzburg during the time of Mozart. But instead I'm the archbishop of Milwaukee in the time of rock 'n' roll. That's the way life turns out. We live …

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The Church

Central Characteristics of Roman Catholicism Catholicism is a remarkably rich religion, characterized by a complex tapestry of beliefs, practices, values, rituals, traditions, and more. When viewed “from the outside”—that is, by those who do not share its communal life—Catholicism is …

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A Christmas Legend: The Birth of Jesus and Gift Giving

Session Overview: This 2-hour session is designed to use role-playing skills for a presentation to an audience. Scripture: This session is based on Luke 2:1-20. Read the Scripture passage to the young people after the role-play, "Christmas Legend," has been …

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Using Literature in Theology Classes

Editor's note: The author of our feature article, Kathleen Hodapp, was one of the participants in last summer's workshop "The Catholic High School As Faith Community," held here in Winona, Minnesota, as well as on the East Coast and the …

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The Quincentenary

As we are all aware, 1992 marks the quincentenary of Christopher Columbus's landing in the West Indies–thus, the "discovery" of America. For religious educators, this anniversary offers an opportunity to examine the injustices done to Native Americans by the colonizers …

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Teaching Church History

In teaching church history, I have used, with some degree of success, the approach of showing links between the events and issues of the past and the concerns the church is facing today and will be facing in the future. …

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Expect Much, Praise Much, Be Present to Them

Course materials, such as the high school religion textbooks and teacher's manuals published by Saint Mary's Press, are a significant ingredient in the education of our young people. But we all know that the most important factor in a student's …

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Curriculum Offerings of Theology Departments

For a couple of years, Saint Mary’s Press sponsored a listserv discussion group online. Discussions on a variety of topics were pursued via e-mail. In this section of the web site, I summarize some of the highlights from these old …

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