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Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive)

This video demonstrates the "dos" and "don'ts" of receiving Communion.

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Children Pray the Lord's Prayer

This video is an example of the video you can create with the children for an additional activity.

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A Special Passover Meal with Jesus

The instructions for the skit in which children reenact the Last Supper, acting as Jesus, the Apostles, and narrators.

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An Exodus Celebration of God's Power and Love

A joyful activity for elementary children to learn about and reenact the Israelites’ escape from Egypt and their songs of praise to God.

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Family Prayer before First Eucharist

These prayers will help your family focus more deeply on the celebration of First Eucharist that will take place soon. Through these prayers, you, your child, and your family will ask for guidance as you continue to grow as disciples …

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Friendship and Forgiveness Prayer Space

An activity, including a discussion and a craft, on forgiving friends and family members, based on The Catholic Children’s Bible featured story “Jesus Teaches Us to Forgive”, Matthew 18:21–35.

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Treasures of Our Faith Bingo Card

A fun activity to help children recall important facts of our Catholic faith.

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The video "Gifts of the Holy Spirit," by Saint Mary’s Press, available on YouTube (0:51), offers a short, meditative reading on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and would make a good opening prayer for day 4.

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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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My Vocation

This handout helps students identify their talents, gifts, and personality and how these fit into God’s vocation for their lives.

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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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Saying Yes

This handout guides students to examine several Scripture passages exemplifying what it means to say “yes” to God’s call.

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Eucharistic Prayer Cards

This handout provides each element of the Eucharistic Prayer on a separate card for students to arrange in order.

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The Word God Speaks

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

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Stories That Speak to Us

This handout guides students to recognize the importance of stories, both in our families and our faith.

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Putting the Pieces Together

This puzzles helps students to identify and order the parts of the Liturgy of the Word.

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Liturgical Roles

This handout asks students to identify the role of the various liturgical ministers at Mass.

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Important Moments

This handout asks students to think about and reflect on moments in their life that have been significant.

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My Morning and Evening Prayers

This handout asks students to think about the Liturgy of the Hours before they answer questions about and create their own morning and evening prayers.

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Symbol Search

This handout challenges students to find symbols in their classroom or school and identify the deeper meaning of each.

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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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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

This worksheet guides students to read and answer questions about a specific Hebrew festival from the book of Leviticus.

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2014 Rite of Ordination

The video "2014 Rite of Ordination," by Texas Catholic, available on YouTube (2:54), provides a helpful narrative for learning about the Rite of Ordination on day 4.

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The Rite of Ordination

The video "The Rite of Ordination," by Rome Reports, available on YouTube (2:30), provides background for day 4.

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Set Me As a Seal

The song/video "Set Me as a Seal," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:16), is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Dominic's Vocation

The video "Dominic’s Vocation," by Catholic Diocese of Forth Worth, available on YouTube (7:38), is appropriate for use on day 2.

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Vocation 101: What Is Vocation?

The video "Vocation 101: What is Vocation?" by fteleaders, available on YouTube (2:42), is used on day 2.

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Beloved

The song/video "Beloved," by Tenth Avenue North, available on YouTube (4:30), is used on day 2.

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When I Say I Do

The song/video "When I Say I Do" by Matthew West, available on YouTube (4:02), is used on day 1. It offers a witness to the threefold love between wife, husband, and Christ.

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Take My Life (And Let It Be)

The song/video "Take My Life (And Let It Be)," by Chris Tomlin, available on YouTube (5:05), can be used for prayer on any day.

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Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (Who It's For)

The video "Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (Who It’s For)," available on YouTube (6:29), is used on day 4.

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My Visit to a Leprosy Colony

The video "My Visit to a Leprosy Colony," by GospelForAsia, available on YouTube (3:35). is used on day 3.

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Healing Rain

The song/video "Healing Rain," by Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (4:31), can be used for prayer on any day. It offers powerful imagery about God's healing love.

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How to Be a Confirmation Sponsor 101

The video "How to Be a Confirmation Sponsor 101," by Amanda Stoddard, available on YouTube (8:14), is used on day 4. The first 3:39 is sufficient.

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Unspoken–Start a Fire

The song/video "Unspoken—Start a Fire," available on YouTube (3:08), provides an important reminder of the power of Confirmation and is a good prayer focus for any day.

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You Are More

The song/video "You Are More," by Tenth Avenue North, available on YouTube (3:37), offers a prayerful, uplifting and relevant introduction to a consideration of the Rite of Baptism on day 3.

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Water of Life

The song/video "Water of Life," by Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (3:37), provides strong imagery and biblical text related to water. It is used for the opening prayer on day 2 and could be used again as the closing prayer for day 2.

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Remind Me Who I Am

The song/video "Remind Me Who I Am," by Jason Gray, available on YouTube (3:38) with lyrics, is a good option for opening or closing prayer.

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Behold the Lamb of God

The song/video "Behold the Lamb of God," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:58), is used for opening prayer on day 2.

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Remembrance

The song/video"Remembrance," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (5:16), is good for opening prayer for any day.

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Say Yes

The song/video "Say Yes," by Michelle Williams, Beyonce, and Kelly Rowland, available on YouTube (4:12), offers a good introduction to day 4. The first 1:20 conveys the necessary content to engage the class.

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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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Table of Grace

The song/video "Table of Grace," by Phillips, Craig, and Dean, available on YouTube (4:46) with lyrics, is suitable for any day.

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Thy Word

The song/video "Thy Word," by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, available on YouTube (3:13), is a setting of Psalm 119 with the appropriate refrain of "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" (v. 105, KJV). The sheet music can also be found in many congregational hymnals. It is appropriate for use on day 1.

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St. Teresa's Prayer

The song/video "St. Teresa’s Prayer," by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (2:39), is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Remembrance (Communion Song)

The song/video "Remembrance (Communion Song)," by Matt Redman, available on YouTube (5:47), is recommended for prayer on any day.

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The Seven Sacraments

The video "The Seven Sacraments," by Outside da Box, available on YouTube (2:37), offers a good overview of each of the Sacraments and their purposes. It is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Call It Grace

The song/video "Call It Grace," by Unspoken, available on YouTube (4:00), is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Follow You

The song/video "Follow You," by Leeland and Brandon Heath, available on YouTube (4:29), is appropriate for use on day 2.

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Do Something

The song/video "Do Something," by Matthew West, available on YouTube (4:05), is appropriate for use on day 2.

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Sacraments of the Catholic Church

The video "Sacraments of the Catholic Church," by Lisa Martin, available on YouTube (10:30), uses upbeat music by Third Day, the Katinas, and Steven Curtis Chapman. It offers a good overview of the Seven Sacraments in word and image and is appropriate for use on day 1 and day 2.

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Do This in Memory

The song/video "Do This in Memory," by Chris Muglia, available on YouTube (9:54), is appropriate for use on any day. The song is found at the 3:48 point of an interview with the artist about the song.

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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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Baptism of Jesus Study Guide

This study guide helps students reflect on the story of Jesus’ Baptism.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 22

A lesson plan for lesson 22 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 21

A lesson plan for lesson 21 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore the sacraments of healing.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 20

A lesson plan for lesson 20 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 19

A lesson plan for lesson 19 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 18

A lesson plan for lesson 18 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 17

A lesson plan for lesson 17 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Interview Questions for a Married Couple

A list of questions to ask during an interview with a married couple.

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Sacrament Facts

A brief fact-sheet about the seven sacraments.

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Symbol Interviews

A series of interview questions that students can ask married couples about symbols and marriage.

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The Literature of Love

Reflection questions on William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

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Meeting the Needs of Sick People

A worksheet on sickness and healing in a community context.

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"The Secret Garden"

A set of questions that can be used to reflect on the movie “The Secret Garden,” a film that is an excellent example of reconciliation.

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"My Life"

A set of questions that can be used to reflect on the movie “My Life” and the key themes surrounding the sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Am I a Sacrament of Reconciliation?

This exercise can give students a better sense of their role as an instrument for reconciliation.

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Hungers

A worksheet that explores several different types of hunger that we experience.

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Remembering My Confirmation

A worksheet where students are asked to interview several adults about their Confirmation experiences.

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That Catholic Feeling

Whether or not you have been baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults outlines a process for growing in faith. Here are four statements from the introduction to the rite that describe characteristics of the process. After each statement, …

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My Baptismal History

If you were an infant when you were baptized, ask the following questions of your parents to learn more about the celebration of the sacrament. If you remember your Baptism, answer the questions yourself and ask your parents for details …

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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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Jesus as Sacrament!

For each statement below, use your Bible to find at least three stories from the life of Jesus that support each theme. Write the citation of the stories under their respective statement, and be sure to tell which sacrament is …

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"Field of Dreams"

The movie Field of Dreams is a modern-day parable that teaches some powerful lessons and connects with the major concepts in chapter 1 of the textbook. Ray Kinsella hears voices that tell him to build a baseball field in the …

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Finding God in My Life

As your textbook states, the Catholic belief about sacraments is that “God communicates through the people, places, actions, events, and experiences that shape a person’s life.” Consider the meaning of this statement in your own life by reflecting on the …

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Grace Poems

Questions related to the poems “Renascence” by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and “The World Is Too Much with Us” by William Wordsworth.

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Which Marriage Is More Promising?

Imagine that you know two engaged couples and that each couple has decided to write down the terms of their marriage agreement. The couples show you their “covenants,” which are offered below. As you read, consider the pluses and minuses …

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course V: Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ from The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course III: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery) from The Paschal Mystery: Christ’s Mission of Salvation.

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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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Anointing of the Sick (Who It's For)

A short video from Busted Halo that explains the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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Holy Orders (What Ordination Means)

A short video from Busted Halo that explains what Holy Orders are, what happens at an Ordination, and what it means to say yes to God.

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Penance (Why We Confess)

A video from Busted Halo that explains the Sacrament of Penance.

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Matrimony (Why Make it Catholic)

A short video from Busted Halo that explains the Sacrament of Marriage.

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Baptism and Confirmation

The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are closely connected; they are both Sacraments of Initiation. Chapters 33 and 34 of The Catholic Connections Handbook discuss these two sacraments. After reading or reviewing these chapters, complete the crossword.

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The Catholic Mass

The Catholic Mass, and what each of us brings to it.

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Confirmation (Why We're Confirmed)

A short video, from Busted Halo, that explains the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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Baptism (Why We Baptize)

A short video from Busted Halo that explains the Sacrament of Baptism.

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Confession Explained

A short explanation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Life Issues A Summary: The Ultimate Question: Why Am I Here?

A summary and the learning objectives of Life Issues A Summary: The Ultimate Question: Why Am I Here? from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 37 Activity: Living the Beatitudes

For each beatitude, write down how you live it in your own life.

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Chapter 36 Activity: The Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders

The Sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation for married people to serve their families. The Sacrament of Holy Orders is a vocation for bishops, priests, and deacons to serve the People of God. Use the clues to unscramble the words …

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Chapter 36 Summary: The Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders

A summary of Chapter 36, The Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 35 Activity: Ten Steps to Celebrate Reconciliation

The ten steps to celebrate reconciliation.

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Chapter 35 Summary: The Sacraments of Healing

A summary of Chapter 35, The Sacrament of Healing from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 34 Activity: It’s a Match!

Match the phrases in column A with the terms in column B by writing the correct letter in the space provided.

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Chapter 34 Summary: The Sacrament of Confirmation

A summary of Chapter 34, The Sacrament of Confirmation from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 33 Activity: The Rite of Baptism

Even though not everything about the way the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated has stayed the same over the centuries, some elements have not changed. Tell what these are. Explain why these essential elements must remain unchanging. You may refer …

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Chapter 33 Summary: The Sacrament of Baptism

A summary of Chapter 33, The Sacrament of Baptism from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 32 Activity: Elements from the Mass

Complete this multiple-step activity on the parts of the Mass that have to do with Communion and sending forth. First, unscramble the word or words in the boxes. Then match the statements in the list below to the words in …

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Chapter 32 Summary: The Eucharist: Communion and Sending Forth

A summary of Chapter 31, The Eucharist: Communion and Sending Forth from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 31 Activity: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

Below are parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist; however, they are out of order. Review chapter 31 in the handbook, and put the statements below in the correct order by numbering the parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist …

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Chapter 31 Summary: The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

A summary of Chapter 31, The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Eucharist from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 30 Summary: The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Word

A summary of Chapter 30, The Eucharist: The Liturgy of the Word from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 29 Activity: Source and Summit

As Catholics we recognize the Eucharist as the “source and summit” of Christian life. In the space below, create an illustration that shows how the Eucharist is at the heart of our faith and is the source of all our …

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Chapter 29 Summary: The Eucharist: The Heart of All Liturgy

A summary of Chapter 29, The Eucharist: The Heart of All Liturgy from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 28 Activity: Super Sleuth Detective Agency

Matching Scripture passages with the Sacraments they are associated with.

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Chapter 28 Summary: Sacraments: Celebrating Christ’s Presence

A summary of Chapter 28, Sacraments: Celebrating Christ’s Presence from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 27 Activity: A Liturgy and Sacraments Crossword

Review what you know about the liturgy and Sacraments by completing the following crossword puzzle.

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Already Forgiven: Our Relationship with God

A personal story about the love and forgiveness of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Healing and Hope

A personal story about the power of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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Be Present in the Memory

A personal story about being present in the memory at the Eucharist, and for the memory to be present in us.

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Grace to Transform the World

A personal story about the experience of the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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The Power of Liturgy

A personal story about the wonderful power of the Liturgy.

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Chapter 22

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 22, Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

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Chapter 21

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 21, Sacraments of Healing.

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Chapter 20

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 20, The Eucharist.

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Chapter 19

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 19, Confirmation.

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Chapter 18

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 18, Baptism.

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Chapter 17

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 17, Introduction to the Sacraments.

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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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Medieval Teachings on the Eucharist

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

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Chapter 22 Activities

Activities for Chapter 22 Sacraments at the Service of Communion including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 21 Activities

Activities for Chapter 21 Sacraments of Healing including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 20 Activities

Activities for Chapter 20 The Eucharist, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 19 Activities

Activities for Chapter 19 Confirmation, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 18 Activities

Activities for Chapter 18 Baptism, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 17 Activities

Activities for Chapter 17 Introduction to the Sacraments, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Handout: Building the Table of the Lord

Descriptions of the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life, as thanksgiving, as memorial sacrifice, and as the presence of Christ.

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Lesson 22 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 21, Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

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Lesson 21 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 21, Sacraments of Healing.

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Building the Table of the Lord

Descriptions of the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life, thanksgiving, memorial sacrifice, and the presence of Christ.

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Lesson 20 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 20, The Eucharist.

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Lesson 19 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 19, Confirmation.

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Fourteen Effects of Baptism

A list of the fourteen effects of Baptism.

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Lesson 18 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 18, Baptism.

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Lesson 17 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 17, Introduction to the Sacraments.

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Beliefs Practices and Attitudes

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

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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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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 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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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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A Prayer Service in Intercession for Ordained Ministers

A prayer service for ordained ministers including multiple readers, speakers, and responses.

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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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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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Marriage Preparation

A PowerPoint about the process that Catholics go through when they are preparing to get married.

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Marriage: A Call to Fruitfulness

A PowerPoint about marriage, children, natural family planning, in vitro fertilization, and abortion.

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Family Life

A worksheet with questions about the meaning of the family, the responsibilities of parents, the domestic Church, as well as the influence parents have on their children in their moral and spiritual development.

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

A vocabulary list from unit 4 that defines the words abortion, annulment, chastity, contraception, convalidation, disparity of a cult, dispensation, family of origin, in vitro fertilization, mixed marriage, and natural family planning.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

A rubric for assessing how well students met criteria of the unit 4 final performance tasks.

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Interviewing a Married Couple

This resource offers a set of guidelines for how to interview a married couple.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

Options of final task performances for students to choose from to demonstrate their knowledge about the Sacrament of marriage.

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage

A marriage preparation worksheet that examines childhood catechesis, social skills, family of origin, the virtue of chastity, pre-Cana preparation, marriage dispensations, nuptial Mass, responsibilities, and family planning.

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Love and Faith in Times of Trouble

This excerpt discusses the ups and down of married life, and how one should respond in both good times and bad.

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Marriage: Contract or Covenant?

PowerPoint that contrasts the meaning of contract and covenant, and describes how marriage should more so resemble a covenant.

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How Does Marriage Serve the Church?

A worksheet focusing on the ways love between Christian spouses serves the Church.

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Vocations: Answering God’s Call – Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

An assessment rubric for Unit 3 project options.

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Vocations: Answering God’s Call – Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

Several project options that reinforce the main ideas of Unit 3.

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The Future of Marriage

An article on the eschatological perspective of marriage.

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Conversion's Impact on Marriage

An article about the ways that a married individual is called upon to be converted; as an individual, within the marriage, and as one called to live in the image of God.

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Sacraments of Christian Initiation: The Foundation of Our Vocation

A group activity, where students are asked to "build” the foundation of the Church by describing how each Sacrament of Christian Initiation helps those who are initiated to authentically live their Christian vocation.

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The Real Presence in the Eucharist

Fr. Barron makes some additional comments on the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

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Sacraments Rap

An entertaining video where the sacraments are briefly explained in a rap song.

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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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Baptism: Entering the Circle of Life

A worksheet on Baptism with questions based on the "Circle of Life" segment from the Walt Disney movie, "The Lion King."

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Communal Prayer

A worksheet to help in preparing for a celebration of the Eucharist, from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth" Teacher Guide.

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A Biblical and Symbolic Look at the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion

A worksheet that takes a biblical and symbolic look at the Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

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Just a Closer Walk with Thee

A worksheet where students are asked to read and reflect on the Gospel of Luke’s powerful image of how Christ is present in the celebration of the Eucharist through the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

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The Sacraments of Christian Initiation on My Parish

A worksheet where students are asked to look at the Sacraments of Christian Initiation in their parishes.

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A Biblical and Symbolic Look at the Sacraments of Christian Initiation

A worksheet that takes a look at the biblical and symbolic elements of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation.

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What Is a Symbol?

A worksheet on symbols, their abstract meanings, and how they are integral parts of Church liturgies.

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Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ

A worksheet that looks at the seven Sacraments.

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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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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

An evaluation rubric for the project ideas from Unit 4 of The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

Several project ideas that coincide with Unit 4 of The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition.

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The Domestic Church

An article on family life and the domestic Church.

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Lifelong Journey

Several questions about yourself and relationships to consider before entering into the permanent covenant of marriage.

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Equal Partners in Marriage

A numbers of questions relating to the equality of men and women in society as well as in marriage.

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Study Guide: The Transforming Power of Marriage in "A Beautiful Mind"

A study guide on the transforming power of marriage, using examples from the movie "A Beautiful Mind."

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Statements from the Catechism on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion

Several passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Sacraments at the Service of Communion that students can cut apart to use as study tools.

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Vocabulary for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of several vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

Several final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony

The leader’s copy of several preassessment questions and answers used to gauge students’ knowledge of the Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony.

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Reconciliation

An article on the celebration of the Sacrament of reconciliation in the past and in the present.

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God's Story Plotline 4: Reconciliation

A reading on why God, whose love in unlimited, constantly picks out special groups.

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The Anointing of the Sick

A reading on the Sacrament of anointing of the sick, with a discussion of how the Sacrament was viewed in the past and how it is viewed today.

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Christ's Healing Power in Society

A worksheet where a problem in society or in the world that needs to be healed is addressed through Christ's healing power.

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The Scriptural and Historical Roots and The Rite of the Anointing of the Sick

Important elements of the articles “The Scriptural and Historical Roots” and “The Rite of Anointing of the Sick,” presented in cut-able strips for studying assistance.

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The Meaning of Healing

A reflection exercise on the meaning of healing.

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Invictus Forgiveness Reconciliation and Healing

Questions dealing with the issues presented in the film “Invictus.”

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The Rite of Penance and Reconciliation

A document outlining the Rite of Penance and Reconciliation.

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Scriptural Background for the Sacraments of Healing

Several Scripture passages that act as Scriptural background for the Sacraments of healing.

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The Sacrament of Pardon and Peace

A set of questions that accompany the PowerPoint presentation “The Sacrament of Pardon and Peace.”

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Stories of Reconciliation and Healing

An activity where students use the spaces provided to write a description of a true story that illustrates forgiveness, reconciliation, or healing.

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Vocabulary for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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The Sacrament of Pardon and Peace: Part 1

A PowerPoint presentation on the Sacrament of pardon and peace.

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Is Your Life a Eucharistic Journey?

A worksheet where students are asked to reflect on the relationship between their faith journey and the celebration of the Eucharist.

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Ministries at Mass

A worksheet centered on the ministries at Mass.

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The Eucharist A Sacrificial Offering and Transformational Event

Nine questions pertaining to the Eucharist that can be cut apart and used as study aids.

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A Place at the Table

Questions about the significance of sharing a meal with others, and how sharing a meal pertains to the celebration of the Eucharist.

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All Are One in Christ Jesus

Several Scripture passages that show that all are one in Christ Jesus.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

Several vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 6 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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A Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Eucharist: Part II

A preassessment exercise on students’ knowledge of the Eucharist: Part II.

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The Ministries at Mass

A PowerPoint presentation on the ministries at Mass.

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The Eucharist in the Scriptures

A worksheet on the numerous accounts of the Eucharist in the Scriptures.

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What's in a Name

A worksheet where different names for the Eucharist are listed and students must discover the history of the name as well as the dynamic action that is revealed by the name.

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Babette's Feast

A worksheet on “Babette’s Feast”, from “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus Part II

Discussion questions based on The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

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The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus

A scriptural excerpt from Luke 24:13-35.

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A Personal Inventory of My Potential

A worksheet comprised of questions, columns, and numbers, where students can rate themselves and see if they are achieving their full potential.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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What's in a Name? The Dynamism of the Eucharist

A PowerPoint presentation on the dynamism of the Eucharist.

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Preassessment of My Knowledge of the Eucharist Part I

A preassessment exercise on students’ knowledge of the Eucharist: Part I.

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Confirmation

A reading on the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.

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Life in the Holy Spirit

A number of real-world scenarios that deal with the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

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The Rite of Confirmation

A worksheet on the Rite of Confirmation, with blank spaces for students to write down important information.

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Confirmation East and West

A chart where students can compare and contrast Confirmation in the Eastern Catholic Church and the Western Catholic Church.

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Who Is the Holy Spirit

A worksheet that uses Scripture passages to help students discover who the Holy Spirit is.

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Personal Experiences of Confirmation

Short answer questions on students’ personal experiences of confirmation.

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Vocabulary terms for Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Task in Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A grading rubric for final performance tasks for Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Tasks Options for Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A listing of several final performance tasks options for Unit 4 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Preassessment of My Knowledge of Confirmation

A preassessment of students’ knowledge of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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The Sacrament of Confirmation

A PowerPoint presentation on the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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Water Symbols

A PowerPoint presentation on water symbols that are used in the Sacraments.

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Reflecting on the Meaning of Infant Baptism

A worksheet focused on reflecting on the meaning of infant Baptism.

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The Journey of the Catechumen

A map of the journey of the Catechumen.

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Vocabulary for Unit 3 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 3 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

A grading rubric for several final performance tasks for Unit 3 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

A number of final performance task options for Unit 3 of "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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Preassessment of My Knowledge of Baptism and RCIA

A preassessment of students' knowledge of Baptism and RCIA.

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The Seven Catholic Sacraments

A PowerPoint presentation on the Seven Catholic Sacraments.

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The Christian Sacraments

A reading on the Christian Sacraments.

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A Sacramental People

A reading on Sacraments and symbols.

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The Meaning of Redemption (II)

A set of discussion questions centered around the meaning of Redemption: a matter of unconditional love, from "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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The Meaning of Redemption (I)

This survey provides an opportunity for students to identify some areas of their lives that they feel they need help to improve. Part 1 of this exercise is strictly personal; however, students’ reflections will help them with a complementary group …

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The Sacraments Seven Ways of Experiencing Christ

This chart contains a concise overview of each of the Seven Sacraments. Some information is left out for students to fill in.

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Sacramental Symbols in Scripture

A listing of scripture passages and complementary discussion questions from “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Describing Symbols and Rituals

A reading and questions on describing Symbols and Rituals, from "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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Identifying Symbols and Rituals

A worksheet on identifying symbols and rituals from objects and actions, from “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Vocabulary for Unit 2 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

Vocabulary terms for Unit 2 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2

A rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

A listing of final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Preassessment Questions

Preassessment questions on students’ knowledge of the Sacraments.

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Preassessment

The Leader’s Guide for a preassessment of students’ knowledge of the Sacraments.

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The Structure of the Liturgy

A PowerPoint presentation on the structure of the Liturgy.

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The Liturgical Year

A research assignment on the Liturgical Year: unfolding the Paschal Mystery.

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Story Critique

Guidelines for critiquing “What is My Story?” from “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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Human Expression Through Ritual

An activity on human expression through ritual from "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 1 of "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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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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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

Options for final performance tasks for Unit 1 of "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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What Is My Story?

An activity based on reflecting on moments in your life in which you faced a significant challenge, from “The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ.”

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The Lenten Scrutinies

A PowerPoint presentation on the Lenten Scrutinies.

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Scripture Readings for Celebrating the Rite of Marriage

A list of Scripture readings that can be included in celebrating the Rite of Marriage, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Celebrating Marriage

A worksheet dealing with the rite of the Sacrament of Matrimony, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Fr. Barron Comments on Marriage and Relationships

Father Barron explains the role of God in marriage.

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Father Barron comments on Eucharistic Adoration

Father Barron expounds upon the importance of Eucharistic Adoration.

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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: SACRAMENTS

A great, simple summary of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

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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 Two Basic Sacraments: Christ and the Church

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. The article discusses the two most fundamental sacraments: the person of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

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Research on the Sacraments

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers a chart to fill in various question and key points in discussing the Sacraments, and serves as good preparation for students doing research.

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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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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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Resurrection: Past and Present Reality

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the significance of the Resurrection, including how it was viewed in ancient Judaism, in the time of Jesus and the early Christians, and its importance for Christians today.

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Symbols of Baptism

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It invites students to reflect on the significance of key symbols used in baptism.

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The Baptism of Jesus

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can read the account of Jesus' baptism and answer questions about it.

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Interview Questions about Your Baptism

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students ask the provided to questions to adults who can tell them about the details of that student's baptism. A reflection on the significance of the sacrament is done at …

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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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Overview of The Eucharist Course

outlines course themes/sessions

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Overview of Sacraments and Prayer Course

outlines course themes/sessions

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Mysteries: the 7 sacraments

The 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church. What is a sacrament and what does it do? Is it just a symbol or is it a vehicle to transmit God's Grace? Find out on this episode of Mysteries of the Church.

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Fr. Barron Comments on the Real Presence

Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Father Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture, and how Catholics know Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament. For more visit http://www.wordonfire.org/

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God in the Streets of NY

Jesus hits the streets of NY in a Eucharistic Procession. The monstrance, which is used to carry the Blessed Sacrament, is one of six that were blessed by Pope John II before his death to mark the celebration of the Year of the Eucharist. "God In The Streets of New York City" depicts the contrast between the everyday chaos of the busy streets -- complete with traffic, construction and police cars -- and the peaceful presence of Jesus. There is always an opportunity to meet Jesus face to face. It poses the question: Will you recognize him?

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Raising Up Leaders

I had a fascinating time with a group of young leaders. I was most struck by the diversity of the young people from a particular area. They came from single parent households, working-class families, and professional families. They were black …

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Be Reconciled

Call to presence• Let us remember that the Prince of Peace dwells among us at this moment. • God, source of forgiveness and reconciliation, be with us now as we pray. • Forgiving God, be with us now. Prayers 2 …

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Sacraments Outside the Box

I'm sure that one of the first things you did when you returned to school in September was to check your faculty mailbox. Most schools have a bank of neatly labeled cubbyholes. Get an image in your mind's eye: some …

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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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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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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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Annulments:

Mary Sue Williams and Cathy Miettunen lived just a few blocks apart in a tree-lined, middle-class neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota when both went through the Catholic Church's annulment process following their civil divorces. Williams and Miettunen belonged to the …

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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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Give Penance a Chance

Think back to the last time you did something that hurt someone, even if it wasn't intentional. How did you make amends? Did you apologize? Did you offer to make it up to them in some way? If so, then …

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Dance: An Awakening

Ms. Sawaya Lamb teaches dance at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Wagoner, a former technical director at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, is now assistant principal at Saint Vincent School in Salt Lake City. …

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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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Methods That Tune In to the Students' World

Jack Kelly, who teaches religious studies at Saint Albert High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, offers us thoughts on how to engage students, using the contemporary media that are so familiar to them. The textbook, chalkboard, and teacher remain valued …

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Committing to Your School's Catholic Identity and Mission

A group of fifty-four religion teachers, campus ministers, and administrators from thirty-seven Catholic high schools across the United States gathered in June 1995 to share dreams, struggles, and moments of grace around the theme of building faith community in their …

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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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