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Jesus’ Vision for His Followers

This activity asks students to illustrate the organization of the Church by filling in the title of the group or role described in each box.

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What Biblical Images Reveal about God’s Relationship with His People

Students will examine seven different images of God’s people used in the Bible, and describe what each image reveals about God’s relationship with his people.

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The Life of Pope Francis

A fun cartoon detailing the life of Pope Francis.

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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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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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Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist

The video "Introduction to the Liturgy of the Eucharist," by dioceseofstpete, available on YouTube (1:50), offers an overview of material presented in the Handbook. It is especially helpful for day 1, but would be effective on any day.

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Precepts of the Church

The video "Precepts of the Church," by Saint Mary’s Press, available on YouTube (0:51), is an option for day 4.

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Creating a Triptych

This is a description for an art project where students express the relationship between Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

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What Is Faith?

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 5, Chapter 13, by discussing more deeply the meaning of faith and its connection to religion and belief.

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Jesus and the Church

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 3, Chapter 8, by discussing Jesus’ presence in Church history and today.

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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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From the Apostles to Us

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

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Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

Two possible projects to assess student understanding of concepts learned in Unit 1.

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My Key Relationships

This handout provides a chart for students to list key relationships that are from their church, community, family, and friends.

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The Nicene Creed and Commentary

This handout breaks down the Nicene Creed line-by-line and gives each a brief explanation and commentary.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 1

A lesson plan for lesson 1 in The Catholic faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. This lesson plan challenges students to identify why they are Catholic and the core beliefs, practices, and attitudes of Catholicism

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The Ideal Church: Romans, Chapter 12

This handout lists 26 objectives of the ideal church as presented in Romans, Chapter 12

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Hugh's Life, My Life

After reading the fictional story of Hugh in the textbook, use the chart below to reflect on the similarities and differences in the faith life of Hugh and you!

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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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Catholicism is Universal

A personal story about discovering how Catholicism is truly universal.

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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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The Wise Old Man on the Porch

A personal story about seeing the Church as a wise elder sitting on a porch.

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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 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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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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The Holy Trinity

Descriptions of each person of the trinity.

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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 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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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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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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A Preassessment of My Knowledge

Answer the following questions, which reflect specific beliefs contained within the Apostle’s Creed. If you are uncertain about your answer, write the letter “U” next to it. If you have no knowledge of a particular topic, leave the space blank.

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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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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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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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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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What Will God Call Me to Do

A reflection worksheet and class discussion on the video Gang Busters: One Man’s Mission to Stop Bullets by Creating Jobs.

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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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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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Who is Pope Francis?

A brief video on Pope Francis.

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Video: The Famous Verse

A short explanation of John 3:16, discussing justification by faith versus salvation as a gift.

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The Green Verse

A video on the order of the universe.

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Creation and Science

A short video about the theological and scientific views on creation.

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How Can God be in Purgatory and Hell at the Same Time?

A brief explanation of God's presence, or lack thereof, in Purgatory and Hell.

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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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Video: Faith is a Gift of God

Excerpt from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s World Youth Day homily on faith.

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Faith, Hope, and Love

A short video on the virtue of faith.

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Is Purgatory a Physical Place?

A brief discussion on Purgatory, and if it is a physical place.

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Private Revelation

A reading taken from the Vatican document "The Message of Fatima", published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The author is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI.

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Universal Mission

A short video on the universal mission of the Church.

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When You Recite the Creed

A short video on why you shouldn't just say the Creed, you should pray the Creed.

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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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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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Who's in Charge when a Pope Leaves His Post?

A short video clip that explains what happens when a pope leaves his post, either through death or resignation.

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Biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

A short video clip outlining the life and works of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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How Do They Choose the Pope?

A video on how a new pope is chosen.

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The First Jesuit Pope

A video on the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis.

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What’s in the Name ‘Francis’?

A video on Saint Francis of Assisi, and why Pope Francis chose his name.

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Who is Pope Francis?

A biography of Pope Francis.

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Who is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

A video on the life of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis – Journey to the Papacy

A video of Pope Francis’ journey to the Papacy.

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Biography of the Holy Father Francis

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which …

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Who Is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied as and holds a degree …

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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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Comparing and Contrasting the Three Degrees of Holy Orders

A chart that compares and contrasts the specific qualities of bishops, priests, and deacons.

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Reviewing the Leadership Structure of the Church

A number of questions on the leadership structure of the Church.

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Vocabulary for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.”

Vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.”

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Mapping the Trinity

A homework assignment on mapping the Trinity.

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Levels of Authority in Church Teaching

A PowerPoint presentation on the levels of authority in Church teaching.

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Mary, Queen of Peace

A list of several questions regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary that can be used as writing or reflection prompts.

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Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Church's Liturgy

A preassessment of knowledge on the Church's Liturgy.

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The Lenten Scrutinies

A PowerPoint presentation on the Lenten Scrutinies.

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Protestantism and Authority

Father Barron discusses the difference in theological perspective between Catholicism and Protestantism and the precise manner in which this difference affects each denomination's conception of Authority.

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Father Barron comments on Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

Father Barron explains numerous theories regarding the reality of heaven and hell and the number of people in them.

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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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Fr. Barron comments on The Bad Theology of "The Adjustment Bureau" (SPOILERS)

Father Barron highlights the theological dilemmas of "The Adjustment Bureau".

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Fr. Barron comments on Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate

Father Barron lists famous exorcism movies and discusses their importance.

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Fr. Barron comments on The Depressing Pew Forum Study

Father Barron discusses a recent study that concluded that agnostics and atheists know more about Christianity than the majority of its practitioners.

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9/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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8/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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7/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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6/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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5/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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4/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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3/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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2/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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1/9 The Life of Pope John Paul II

A movie chronicling the entire life of Pope Saint John Paul II.

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Mysteries: Celibacy

A documentary discussing the historical/theological precedents for celibacy.

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Mysteries of the Church: EUCHARIST

A documentary that provides: 1) A theological basis for the Eucharist, 2) An explanation of precisely what transpires during the Eucharist, 3) The process by which the bread of the Eucharist is created and 4) An instance of a Eucharistic miracle.

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Mysteries of the Church: EXORCISM

A documentary discussing the traits of a possessed individual and the means by which a priest will exorcise the individual.

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Mysteries of the Church: PAPACY

A documentary detailing the development of the Papacy, the Pope's role in the Catholic Church, and the process by which a Pope is selected.

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Mysteries of the Church: CANONIZATION

A documentary providing a definition of Sainthood, descriptions of the lives of a number of Saints, miracles performed by the Saints, and the comprehensive process whereby an individual is declared a Saint by the Catholic Church.

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Mysteries of the Church: MARIAN APPARITIONS

An overview of the many Marian apparitions and their significance.

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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: STIGMATA

Discusses the instances, credibility, and significance of the Stigmata.

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Mysteries of the Church: SIN

A documentary discussing sin, its manifestations, its history, and the ways in which Christianity is a response to it.

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Mysteries of the Church: LENT

A documentary discussing the importance and role of Lent.

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Mysteries of the Church: TRINITY

A film explaining the theology and reality behind the Trinity.

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Mysteries of the Church: GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

An explanation of the various gifts of the Holy Spirit and the way in which they help the church.

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Mysteries of the Church: AFTERLIFE

This documentary discusses conceptions of the afterlife and explains the historical basis for and characteristics of heaven, hell, and purgatory.

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Mysteries of the Church: ANGELS

Provides a description of the theology and historical basis for the existence of Angels and demons.

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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: 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: 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: Creation and Evolution

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the Church's understanding of creation and its attitudes towards science and evolution.

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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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Mysteries of the Church: Jesus and Art

A cinematographically excellent documentary explaining in colloquial and relatable language the signifiance of art for the representation of Jesus.

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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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Vocabulary for Unit 8

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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially the role of community and sacraments in salvation.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

This resource is from the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying ecclesiology, especially, the role of community, prayer, and discipleship in the Church.

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Where Does the Church Say?

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a good resource for identifying the differences between various Church documents.

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Agree/Disagree Preassessment Exercise: The Church

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may 'agree' or 'disagree' with various statements about the Church as a way to preassess the class.

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Vocabulary for Unit 7

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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially the teaching authorities and roles of various members.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

This resouce is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying ecclesiology, especially the role of the Magisterium on matter of faith and morals.

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Preassessment on the Role of the Church - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a series of statements to which students must strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree. This helps the teacher gain insight into the level of knowledge of his or her students.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, especially its relationship with other Christian church and other religions.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied ecclesiology, especially ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.

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Church in the World - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Church in the modern world, including contentious moral issues, politics, and evangelization.

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Domestic Church - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It presents information on the "Domestic Church", that is, the Christian home and family.

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Four Marks - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explores in detail the four marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

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Visible and Spiritual Church - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explores and explains the Church's two natures, both visible and spiritual, through examples and extensive reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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Key Concepts of Church - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the origin, mission, and features of the Catholic Church, from the time of the Apostles to today.

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Five Models of Church - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explores the five models of the Church as Mystical Body/Communion, Herald, Sacrament, Servant and Institution.

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Images of Church in the New Testament - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It uses language and images from the New Testament to highlight the relationship between God and the Church.

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The Domestic Church: Catholic Families

This article is part of the Living in Christ series. It discusses the domestic church, that is, the home of Catholic families, and uses Church documents to affirm the important role families play in the life of the Church.

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Signs of the Domestic Church

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can identify various items that might be found in the "Domestic Church" - that is, the Christian home and family.

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Who, What, When, Where, How, - in the Local Diocese

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to familiarize themselves various places and people in their diocese and archdiocese.

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Catholic Church Role Description

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a short answer activity that discusses the various roles of different people in the Catholic Church, including their responsibilities and qualifications.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

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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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 about the Catholic Church, especially the various vocational roles that members of the Church may serve.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. If offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied eccesiology, especially the roles of the hierarchy, the vowed religious, and the laity.

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The Church Is One

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of the 4 marks of the Catholic Church, focusing especially on the characteristic of One.

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The Church as the Body of Christ and Sacrament

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of two images of the Catholic Church: the Church as the Body of Christ, and the Church as a Sacrament.

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"The Church Is Mystery" Word Search

A word search on the mystery of the Church. Please note that this document is only available as a PDF.

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The Marks of the Church

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the 4 marks of the Catholic Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.

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The Church Is One

This project is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to do research on the mark of the Church as 'One' using various websites.

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects about the Catholic Church, including themes of Apostolic Succession and the Body of Christ.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

This resource is part o the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for final assessment activities for students studying apostolic succession, sacraments, and the four marks of the Church.

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The Visible and the Invisible Church

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Catholic Church and the key features of its visible and invisible nature.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects that communicate key ideas about the Catholic Church and its nature.

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The Top Ten Things

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to write down 10 things they know about the Catholic Church.

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Vocabulary for Unit 3

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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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied eccesiology, especially the nature and role of the Catholic Church.

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The Power of the Holy Spirit in Acts of the Apostles

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can explores the effects of the Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles and today.

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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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Models of the Church Chart

This chart is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a great resource for understanding Avery Dulles' information on the Models of the Church in an organized chart.

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What Are They Saying

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can read about the Catholic Church through various media outlets and answer these questions.

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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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a guide for assessing students on projects that communicate various important ideas about the Church in the world today.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently studied the Church, including the scriptural accounts of early 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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The Catholic Church and the Bible - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Bible, including information about sources, inspiration, and the role of the Magisterium.

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The Trinity

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. Author Arthur David Canales offers an introduction to the Holy Trinity, including the dogma's historical development and key features.

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Review of Concepts for The Church: Christ in the World Today

This review is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can review main ideas from studying the Church and ecclesiology.

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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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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for final assessment projects for students studying Christology, including revelation, the Church, and tradition.

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The Structure of the Church

Student handout: Activity for chapter 19

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The First Address from Pope Benedict XVI

"Grace and peace in abundance to all of you! In my soul there are two contrasting sentiments in these hours. On the one hand, a sense of inadequacy and human turmoil for the responsibility entrusted to me yesterday as the …

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A Prayer for His Holiness

Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, We lift up in prayer Pope Francis, The successor of Peter, The Bishop of Rome, Our Holy Father, The Vicar of Christ on Earth. He has been called to lead your Church. Strengthen …

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A Prayer Service For A New Pope

Preparation - Prior to the beginning of prayer, you may select three young people to assist: a presider and two readers. - You will notice that the response to the Litany of the Saints is in both English and Latin. …

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Biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the International Theological Commission, Dean of the College of Cardinals, was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl …

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Must--Should--Can

Must--Should--Can Instructions: Check all the responsibilities you believe a pope must do in the MUST column, the responsibilities he should do in the SHOULD column, and the responsibilities he can do in the CAN column. # Responsibility MUST SHOULD CAN …

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A New Rock

  OVERVIEW This is a youth catechetical session intended to lead young people to an understanding of Pope John Paul II's life, ministry, general papal responsibilities, and the procedure for electing a new pontiff. It can be used in a …

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Electing a New Pope

Choosing a new pope is somewhat of a mystery to people. In the early Church, a pope was elected not only by the bishops but also by the clergy and the laity. In later years, only the bishops took part …

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A New Rock: Adaptations for Home Use

These activities are easily adapted for family members at home. When gathered for a meal, or for the specific purpose of these activities, family members can do one activity, a couple, or all of them, depending on the amount of time …

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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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Did you know? Interesting Facts to Share with Your Students About the Papacy

The term pope comes from the Greek work pappas, or the Latin word papa, both of which mean "father." The pope's official titles include bishop of Rome, vicar of Jesus Christ, successor of the prince of the Apostles, supreme pontiff …

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Biography of Pope Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II was born Karol Josef Wojtyla (Voy-tee-wah) on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice (Vah-do-vee-juh), Poland, a small city just outside Krakow. He was the third and youngest child of Karol Wojtyla Sr., a lieutenant in Poland's army, …

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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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Top Ten Reasons to Be a Catholic

Many of us have been raised in the Church, but why do we remain Catholic? This author shares her favorite reasons and invites you to consider your own. “DO YOU ALSO WANT TO LEAVE?“ (JOHN 6:67). When Jesus first asked …

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Catholic Identity

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 article I hope to summarize some of the highlights from postings on the timely …

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