Welcome! Whether you are an @HOME family, or an @MATT family who will be missing a session, here is your spot for lesson resources. This webpage is a work in progress – like our faith! If you have a question, or notice something missing, please reach out to your child’s grade level or program coordinator (info at bottom of page). For general sacramental prep information or youth ministry activities, select the corresponding buttons below!
Winter Sessions (Week of Feb. 14 - Ballantyne/Week of Feb. 21 - Waxhaw)
You will find the lesson plans in the title links for each grade level!
Elementary: Our Lenten Journey! We are beginning the season of Lent, the time that helps prepare our hearts and souls for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. There are three parts of our Catholic life that we highlight during this liturgical season: PRAYER, FASTING AND GIVING. This week, our focus is on prayer!
Elizabeth helps us take a look at the seven gifts Jesus has given us – and the reminders of these gifts that we see on campus in our Catholic Kids Connection!
First Communion Preparation
Year 2 and RCIC 2 Elementary: Praying A TRIP! This week our First Communicants will explore different types of prayer, and experience an interactive Stations of the Cross (you can view the online version of the Stations that we filmed last March to do this with your child). We encourage you to watch our Catholic Kids Connection and watch for some of the special items in the church highlighted in your Blue Mass book!
RCIC 2 Middle School: This week begins the season of Lent. It is a season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts forty days. During these 40 days, we try to become better followers of Jesus. Talk with your child about ways that we can grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus (through prayer, showing more love for other people.) As we begin this Lenten season, this week pray the Stations of the Cross as a family (you can view the online version of the Stations that we filmed last March to do this with your child). We continue our exploration of the Mass in Chapter 10: We Listen to God’s Word. There are two main parts of the Mass: The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Today, we look at the Liturgy of the Word and it’s parts. Discuss how we can open our hearts to God’s Word. Explain the difference between the Old and the New Testament. Reflect and discuss:
- Ways you can stay focused and rooted in God’s Word.
- Ways you can spread God’s message of love through your words and actions.
RCIC 1: This week we are beginning the season of Lent. Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. Open your books to the Liturgical Calendar on page 53 and highlight the Lenten season beginning with Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent lasts forty days. During these 40 days, we try to become better followers of Jesus. Talk with your child about ways that we can grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus (through prayer, showing more love for other people.) Transition your lesson to an exploration of the Sacraments at the Service of Communion in Chapter 11 of Bridges to Faith. The Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony demonstrate the call to service. In this chapter, discuss the signs and significance of each of the sacraments and the rites used to confer these sacraments. Complete all Think & Write and Live It! activities for the chapter. As a family reflect on the At Home question on page 88: “What can we do as a family to show that we are living out our baptismal call to serve others?”
Middle School Edge: Eternal Kingdom
We wrap up our series with a look at the Eternal Kingdom, exploring how Scripture describes the end times, last judgement and heaven.
Confirmation Preparation: Set the World Ablaze!
St. Paul wrote “woe to me if I do not preach (the Gospel)!” As Christians we are called to evangelize through our words and actions, bringing the Good News to as many as possible!
RCIT: Why Do I Have To Go To Mass? Do you believe in miracles? This session speaks about the most amazing marvel throughout all of human history captured in every Catholic Mass. God humbles himself so that you can actually encounter him in the most ordinary of circumstances.
Winter Sessions (Week of Feb. 7)
You will find the lesson plans in the title links for each grade level!
Elementary: Sunday is Special!
The sacraments are a gift from Jesus to the Church. We find the roots of our sacraments in the Gospels, and during Mass. The sacraments help us live the life God has planned for us, loving and serving others. Try our Seven Sacrament Challenge! Claire takes a look at the power of prayer, and the meaning behind some of the shapes and colors you see in our church in our Catholic Kids Connection!
First Communion Preparation
Year 2 and RCIC 2 Elementary: Sunday is Special! This week you and your child will begin to use the little blue Mass booklet to enrich your participation (in person or virtually) of the Sunday Mass! We also encourage you to watch our Catholic Kids Connection and watch for some of the special items in the church highlighted in your book! BLESSED VIDEOS LESSON 1
RCIC 2 Middle School: Our focus will be on final preparation for First Reconciliation. First Reconciliation is scheduled for February 10 @ 5:30PM on the main campus. Continue to review the Rite of Reconciliation and practice how to go to Reconciliation. Spend some time in quiet reflection doing an examination of conscience using the attached examine. We also begin the exploration of the Mass in Chapter 9: We Gather for Mass. Discuss why we gather for Mass and the three things we do during the Introductory Rites.
RCIC 1: Chapter 10, Sacraments of Healing. We find healing in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. In this chapter discuss the rites for these sacraments and the effects they can have and how these sacraments continue the ministry of healing that Jesus began. Complete all Think and Write and Live It! activities for the chapter. For a brief overview of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, check out this Reconciliation Sketch Pad video
To summarize the chapter, discuss the following questions with your child:
- Why do we confess our sins to a priest?
- What is the purpose of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick?
- How does the Sacrament of Reconciliation change or transform us?
- How do these sacraments bring us closer to God? Complete the React on page 80.
Middle School Edge: Call to Holiness
We may feel we can not relate to the Saints because we imagine them to have lived a perfect, sinless, always loving God, nice to everyone kind of life. But that’s not the case! This week we will explore our own call to holiness and sainthood!
Confirmation Preparation: Be Transformed! The Holy Spirit provides all we need to live faithfully as a disciple of Christ. This week we will explore the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and the role they play in our life.
RCIT: Why Have I Been Chosen? You are chosen! God wants you and asks you to share his love with the world, and he gives you everything you need in order to properly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. This session shows the power of the Holy Spirit as the essential equipment to share the joy of your faith.
Winter Sessions (Week of Jan. 31)
Elementary: Power of Good Habits!
Jesus teaches us the importance of forming good habits, and sets an example as He takes time in the morning to pray. This week we explore how the sacraments, the Mass and the power of good habits – like daily prayer – help us on our journey through life. Emma reminds us of another good habit of saying YES to Jesus in our Catholic Kids Connection this week!
First Communion Preparation
Year 2 and RCIC 2 Elementary: This week we begin our journey through our Blessed Communion books, starting with a look at each of the seven sacraments and how they bring God’s grace into our life! The First Communion lesson can be found at the Power of Good Habits link above. BLESSED VIDEOS LESSON 1
RCIC 1: Chapter 9. Sacraments of Initiation in Bridges to Faith. The three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist lay the foundations of every Christian life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. CCC 1212. In the chapter, discuss the signs and significance of each of the sacraments and the rites used to confer these sacraments. Complete all Think & Write and Live It! activities for the chapter. Complete the React section on page 72. As a family reflect on the At Home question on page 72.
Middle School Edge: Kingdom Come
We all have questions about what happens after we die. As Catholics, we believe in the realities of heaven, purgatory and hell. This week, our priests will join our Edge sessions to answer some questions and remind us all of the hope we have for eternal life with Christ.
Confirmation Preparation: Engulfed in Flames!
Where did the sacrament of confirmation originate? Why are the candidates anointed with oil? This week we will explore the sacrament by digging into Scripture and Tradition to answer those questions and more.
RCIT (There are two lessons for this week): Who Is the Holy Spirit? Come, Holy Spirit! This session speaks about the spirit of God and the symbols often associated with the third person of the Blessed Trinity. Without the Spirit in your life, your soul is empty. You see that the Holy Spirit is your pipeline into the very mystery of God himself! What Does the Holy Spirit Do for Me? Open your arms to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This session explores the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Holy Trinity, and the free gifts he wants to shower into your soul. As you go through each gift of the Holy Spirit, you realize just how spoiled you are with blessings to become a saint!
Winter Sessions (Week of Jan. 24)
Links for teaching videos are found within the lesson plans! If you already have the lesson plan guides, you can simply click on the video links that you’ll need for this week!
Elementary: It’s Only The Beginning Jesus begins His public ministry, surrounding Himself with the right friends to walk this journey with Him. Our lessons today share how God’s grace can help us choosing the right friends in our own life!
Middle School Edge: Kingdom Come With our 6th, 7th and 8th grade (not receiving the sacrament of confirmation this spring), we take a closer look at how our life choices can affect our after life.
Ignite Confirmation Prep: Approaching the Fire Our 8th grade candidates preparing for the sacrament this spring take a closer look at exactly why confirmation is a necessary part of our faith life.
RCIT (There are two lessons for this week): Why Tell My Sins to a Priest? Life has purpose; there is a goal. This session talks about commandments and confession, and shows that God’s moral mandates actually give you more freedom and not less. And when you fail, God gives his Church a secret weapon to forgive you of your sins! How Does God Help When It Hurts? Suffering and death are devastating to each and every person. In this session, you learn about the meaning of suffering by explaining God’s place in the midst of this pain. But you also understand why God allows suffering in the first place, and the importance of God’s love for you even in a messy world.
Fall Sessions: Elementary
Fall Week 1: You Are Blessed! Our greatest blessing is the gift of life. These lessons explore the many blessings God has given us: our family, our church, the sacraments and the beautiful world we call home! LIVE IT: Lunch-To-Go Instructions
Fall Week 2: Be The Best Version of YOU (Part 1)! God gave us the gift of free will. This week we will explore the choices we make, and the help that God has given us to make the right choices: our church family, the Commandments, the Holy Spirit in the sacraments and Jesus in the Eucharist.
Fall Week 3: Be The Best Version of You (Part 2) We continue to learn about choices that help us be the best version of ourselves by exploring the saints – we’ll look at their habits of prayer, following the Commandments, living the Beatitudes and being kind and loving. Backbands and M&M Prayer
Fall Week 4: God Sent Jesus to Save Us God gave us the gift of Jesus, to forgive our sins and to open up the doors to heaven for us. We should pay close attention to His example of how to live because this helps us prepare for heaven. God also gives us glimpses of what heaven will be like in the world around us. Spot the Differences!
Fall Week 5: Life as a Catholic Kid You are a son or daughter of the King of Kings! The fact that we are a child of God means there are expectations for us to live up to through our words and actions: Love God, love one another and be kind.
Fall Week 6: God Will Always Love You God loves you and has blessed you with unique gifts. He also pours his love into you through the gifts of the sacraments. Jesus reminds us to use our talents wisely and appreciate the gifts and talents they see in others. He knows that we will not always be perfect, but will love us know matter what. He gives us the grace from the sacraments to always remain in His love. ELEMENTARY OBJECT LESSON
Fall Sessions: Middle School Edge
Fall Week 1: To The Heights We begin our journey, and start to learn about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Using one of his passions – moutain climbing – we will explore the blessing of our Catholic Mass culminating in the “summit” of our faith: the Eucharist.
Fall Week 2: Navigating the Terrain Any good journey begins with knowing the physical terrain, and that’s where we begin. The beauty of our Catholic faith is the universality of it – that we can walk into any Catholic church in the world and know there are certain things we will always find that make us feel at home. Churches Around the World
Fall Week 3: The Approach Determining whether a journey is successful or not depends upon how you approach it, how you prepare – body, mind and spirit. This week, Fr. Peter and Fr. Davis will help us think about our approach and how we prepare for the Mass. Fr. Peter on Preparing for Mass
Fall Week 4: The Ascent The ascent – the part of the journey between the anticipation and the climax; if we are not careful, we get lulled into complacency and miss a lot of amazing things along the journey. Many of us get stuck in just going through the motions at Mass because we don’t understand the “why” behind what we do. This week Avery and Amy will take the teens on a closer look at the Liturgy of the Word to explore “why” it is such an essential part of the Mass. Four Questions on the Liturgy of the Word
Fall Week 5: The Apex The highest point. As a Catholic, the highest point of our week should be the reception of the Eucharist. Christ fills us with Himself in the Eucharist – and we are called to go forth from there bringing Him out with our words and our actions.
Fall Week 6: The Source and Summit A mountain peak is the highest point – the summit – but it is also the source from which the water flows to nourish all below. This week Avery and Diane will share how the reception of the Eucharist is the highest point of our week as Catholics, but also that it is the source from which our souls, hearts and minds are nourished with the strength and peace only Christ can provide. The Greatest Story of the Greatest Gift
Fall Sessions: First Reconciliation Prep
Blessed Lesson 1 We open our time of preparation for First Reconciliaiton by looking closely at all the seven sacraments. Don’t forget to Journal with Jesus in your Blessed Book!
Blessed Session 2 God wants us to be a good decision maker. We will explore the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments, and then hear about when Jesus gave us the Great Commandment. The Ten Commandments and What They Mean
Blessed Session 2/Part 2 We continue to look at our choices, and examine these questions: What does it mean to be tempted? What is a sin? What is my conscience? What is grace? Accident, Sin or Mistake?
Blessed Session 3 God so loved us that He sent Jesus to save us. This week we explore Jesus’ life, ministry and His sacrifice for us. We also will explore the Act of Contrition and what the words of the prayer mean.
Blessed Session 4 God will always love us – no matter what. The sacrament of reconciliation is His gift to us, that He will always forgive us. We also will explore the Act of Contrition and what the words of the prayer mean.
Blessed Session 5 Life is full of great moments, and the same is true as a Catholic kid. Our faith life is full of special and great moments where we experience God’s love and see Jesus up close – the sacraments. This week, we prepare for our parent-child retreat and receiving Reconciliation for the first time!
Fall Sessions: RCIT
RCIT 1: Why Am I Here? There are many questions that burn in the hearts of all those who deeply desire fulfillment for their lives. In this opening segment of “Chosen,” the question becomes personal: What are you looking for? Parents you will need to sign in via the email sent to you from Ascension Press.
RCIT 2: What Makes Me Happy? What makes you happy? In the previous sessions, the conclusion was established that everyone really wants happiness. So in this session, you are asked what will really bring you true happiness.
RCIT 3: What’s Your Story, God? Everyone has a story, even God. This session sketches the greatest love story of all time by telling the history of salvation. It is a beautiful depiction of God’s incredible love for you, which tells the truth that you are worth saving and loving into eternity.
RCIT 4: How Do I Know God is Real? God exists. This session explores the explanation for the existence of God, but also gives deeper dimensions to the actuality of God. In other words, God wants you to know not only that he exists, but that he wants to reveal everything about himself to you in Jesus Christ.
RCIT 5: Why Be Catholic? Discover the different aspects of the one, true Church instituted by Jesus Christ. You see in this session the importance of being Catholic in a world that likes lots of choices. But Church is something so much more than a life choice or personal preference.
RCIT 6: Who Is Jesus? Get ready to know Christ in this session, during which you learn that there are only three possible options to answer the historical figure, known as Jesus of Nazareth. Catholicism shows that the result of these options have a profound impact in your life.
Grade Level Coordinators:
Preschool, Kindergarten and Year 1: Lisa Tavares
Year 2 and RCIC (First Reconciliation/First Holy Eucharist): Lori Mathews
3rd, 4th and 5th Grades: Michelle Lyberg
Middle School Edge and Confirmation: Avery Utz
RCIT: Diane Kiradjieff
Life Teen: Lauren Piercefield