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Where East Meets West

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

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Waters of Salvation

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

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A Sacred Family Meal

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

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My Birthday Readings

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

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Unlocking the Codes

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

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Passover Parallels

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

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Which Way Shall We Go?

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

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

This is a list of terms and definitions to know for Unit 5.

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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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Handout: Thoughts on the Mass

Complete the following sentences in the spaces provided. Feel free to be totally open and honest in your answers; you will not be asked to share them with anyone.

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Ritual Postures and Gestures

The different postures and gestures that take place during Mass.

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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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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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Vocabulary for Unit 4

A list of vocabulary terms and definitions from Unit 4 of The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition.

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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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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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The Eucharistic Prayers

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Eucharistic prayers historically, theologically, spiritually, pastorally, devotionally, liturgically, cosmically and celestially.

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The Lectionary

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discussese the lectionary and the liturgical year of the Catholic Church.

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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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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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Advent Prayer

Prepare the way of the Lord! (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3) Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of the Savior. How can we prepare? A few ideas: Set aside more time each day to pray Spend some time with …

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The Liturgy: The Source of Catholic Identity

I love the old Latin axiom lex orandi, lex credendi. Roughly translated, this means that the law of prayer is the law of faith. More simply phrased, we pray what we believe. If you want to know what Catholics believe …

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Teaching the Rite Way

Mix a little ancient Chinese with some fifth century Latin and you have "the rite thing" for teaching sacraments. Let me explain. I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. --Ancient Chinese proverb …

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Let the Church Say Amen

Amen is a cry of complete reliance, of heartfelt abandonment to something or someone that is true and trustworthy. THE TWO-SYLLABLE WORD COULD BE HEARD by all in the front quarter of the sizeable church. It was said by a …

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Jesus Makes the Perfect Host

A recent classroom interchange at a Catholic university, in a history class on American Catholicism: Student: Interesting you should bring up Communion today. I just had a long argument with my parents about it. Professor: What was the argument? Student: …

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A Note on Kneeling

IT WASN'T UNTIL I COULD NO LONGER kneel that I began to savor the lovely simplicity of this ancient act, and guess at its provenance, and savor its humility, and notice it not only in Mass but in many other …

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A Thousand Teenagers Singing at Mass?

Every August, despite our enthusiasm to bring fresh ideas to our classrooms and curriculum, the same question lingers for us as we plan for another year of all-school liturgies: How do we get a thousand teenagers to sing at Mass? …

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Liturgy, Prayer, Music, and Formation

In presenting workshops to liturgists and musicians all over North America for about thirty-five weekends a year, I hear a lot of concerns. The following are some of the most common and persistent questions I get: What can we do …

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