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!

Spring Sessions (Week of Mar. 14)

The Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: The Greatest Event on Earth! Jesus is preparing His friends for what is going to happen to Him – His sacrifice on the cross.  Jesus died on the cross to save us – this event changed everything and is the Greatest Event on Earth! His sacrifice gives us forgiveness for our sins and opened up heaven so we could have life forever.  Lent reminds us that we are called to make sacrifices for others out of love.

Blessed First Communion: The Greatest Event! As we prepare to honor and celebrate the Greatest Event on Earth, the children will come to understand that this Greatest Event is celebrated every time we come to Mass. BLESSED VIDEOS

How can you shine the light of Christ? On our Catholic Kids’ Connection, Justin reminds us of the greatest gift God has given us, and how that gift gives each of us the power to SHINE! He also shares the special story behind our own St. Matthew crucifix!


Middle School First Communion Preparation (RCIC-MS): CH 11 – We Offer Gifts This week we begin our discussion of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, beginning with the Preparation of Gifts Before diving into the Liturgy of the Eucharist, spend a few minutes reviewing the pieces of the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the second main part of the Mass, and begins with the presentation and preparation of the Gifts.  During this part of the Mass, the altar is prepared and our gifts of unleavened bread and wine are brought to the altar.  During this time, a collection is made in support of the Church.  In the blessing, the priest identifies the bread and wine as gifts we are offering.  Complete the Use Your Gifts section on page 49.   Talk with your child about people who sacrifice their time for others.  Ask them to name people they know who use their gifts to show others God’s love through their actions.


Middle School Edge (6th/7th): Rules, Rules, Rules This week begins our new series on the Ten Commandments. We will explore how God provided these rules not to restrict us, but to FREE us.

Our 8th grade candidates for confirmation will get to devote time before the Blessed Sacrament in our beautiful church. Peter Kobet from our Music Ministry will lead us in prayer and meditation.  Our @Home candidates are invited to come and join us must have a parent with them at all times. If you would like to carpool with another family, at least one parent must stay to watch over the candidates. Park in the parking lot and walk up to the main doors to enter. You’ll be shown where to go once you arrive. Please see Avery’s email for session times.

RCIC Year 1 (Elementary and Middle School): Human Dignity, Sin and Mercy This week we begin our exploration of the third pillar of our Catholic Faith – Living a Moral Life. We are called to care for and love others just as God loves us.  We live a moral life when our actions demonstrate that love of God and others. God wants us to treat all people with love, dignity and respect.  Complete all Think & Write and Live It! activities for the chapter.   Summarize the lesson by discussing the following reflection questions:

  • What is it so difficult to recognize Jesus in others?
  • What is the difference between venial sin and mortal sin?
  • What is your understanding of grace and mercy?

RCIT: Do I Have What It Takes? Living a life of virtue requires hard work, dedication, and lots of practice. This interesting session focuses on the freedom needed to live a life of virtue. Just as athletes practice muscle memory to grow in skills, so too does virtue help you grow in holiness.

Spring Sessions (Week of Mar. 21)

The Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: The Greatest Story! It is through the Sacred Scriptures and the Liturgy of the Word that we learn our story. This coming week we celebrate the Annunciation and then Palm Sunday – the two events begin the Christmas story and the Easter story and the Greatest Story of family and of our salvation.

Blessed First Communion: The Greatest Story!  This week, we dive deeper into our Catholic Mass, discovering how God reveals our story – the Greatest Story – through the Liturgy of the Word. BLESSED VIDEOS

What does it mean to ‘take a knee’? On our Catholic Kids’ Connection, Ian shares the tradition behind ‘taking a knee’ and our Catholic gesture of genuflecting as he shares the message in this Sunday’s Gospel!


Middle School First Communion Preparation (RCIC-MS): CH 12:  We Remember Christ’s Passover:  Discuss with your child how the Eucharist Prayer is the center point of the celebration of Mass. It is a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.  Make the connection between the Last Supper and the celebration of the Eucharist.  During the Eucharistic Prayer, the priest calls on the Holy Spirit to transform the ordinary bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the core of our Catholic faith.   As a family, share with each other times when each of you have felt God’s presence in your life.

Middle School Edge (6th/7th): Be Chosen! The first commandment summons humankind to believe in God, to hope in Him, and to love Him above all else. God has chosen us, this week we explore how we respond to Him.

Our 8th grade candidates for confirmation have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation during sessions this week.  Our @Home candidates are invited to come during regular reconciliation times (Sunday, 10-10:30am/11:45am-12:15pm), as all spots during sessions have been filled.


RCIC Year 1 (Elementary and Middle School): Chapter 13 This week, we explore God’s rules for living out our faith – The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and virtues.  In this session, you’ll discuss the Ten Commandments.  Ask your child explain each commandment in their own words and discuss with them what each commandment is calls us to do. Jesus offers us guidelines for living in the Beatitudes. Read and discuss the Beatitudes.  Finally, discuss the seven habits that help us to live as disciples of Jesus (Virtues).  Complete all Think and Write, and Live It! sections for the chapter.  Complete the React questions on page 106.

Summarize the chapter by reflecting on the following questions:

  • How can laws set us free?
  • How can we use the Beatitudes in our daily lives?
  • At which of the seven virtues would you like to be better?

RCIT: How Do I Build the Kingdom? Jesus has a kingdom that lasts forever! This session explores how to build up the good news of Christ the king, because you are called to change the world! Indeed, you are on a mission to share the love of God with all the men and women who are hungry for the Lord in their hearts.  

Spring Sessions (Week of Mar. 28)

The Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: The Greatest Gift!  This is one of the most important weeks of the year for us as Catholics! Holy Week. The sacramental oils will be blessed for healing, baptism and confirming. We will remember what happened at the Last Supper, in the garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary. We will celebrate the Resurrection and Greatest Gifts of the Eucharist, the sacraments and our salvation. HOLY WEEK ACTIVITY SHEET.
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Blessed First Communion: The Greatest Gift!  This is not only the biggest week for us as Catholics, but this lesson is all about WHY it’s such a big deal. Children will learn more as we dive into The Liturgy of the Eucharist. BLESSED VIDEOS

Let’s talk donkeys… In this week’s Catholic Kids Connection, Claire drops by to take a closer look at what happened on Palm Sunday and shares the special legend of the Jerusalem donkey. Tune in on Holy Thursday also as Kevin helps us open the Greatest Gift from Jesus!


Middle School First Communion Preparation (RCIC-MS): CH 13 Holy Communion Strengthens Us: The focus of your discussion is on receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.  During the Communion Rite we pray that we will become what we receive, the Body of Christ.  Walk your child through how to receive Holy Communion. Summarize the chapter by discussing  the following questions:

  • Why do we pray the Lord’s Prayer in the Communion Rite?
  • How does Holy Communion nourish us?
  • Why is it important to receive Holy Communion each time we celebrate Mass?

As a family reflect on the I Share with My Family challenge (page 58):

  • Jesus shares himself with us in the Eucharist.  Families share with one another in many ways.  With your family, discuss how you can show others through your actions what I means to be a Christian.  (examples include: volunteering at a food pantry , donating used clothing to hopeless shelter)

Middle School Edge (6th/7th): Be Named! The second commandment is not just about misusing the name of God. It is about honoring God, but also about respecting the names of others and establishing the holiness of our own names.

Our 8th grade candidates will complete their in-person preparation for the sacrament at this session.


RCIC Year 1 (Elementary and Middle School): Chapter 14 Works of Mercy and Social Justice.  In this lesson, we will learn about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching.  Complete all Think and Write and Live It! challenges for the chapter.  Complete the React on page 114.  To conclude the lesson, discuss with your child the following questions:

  • Why do you think it is important for Christians to perform good works?
  • Which of the Corporal Works of Mercy is most needed in your community or the world today?
  • Which of Spiritual Works of Mercy is most needed in your community or the world today?

RCIT: Our high school candidates will complete their in-person preparation for the sacrament. Those who are receive the sacrament at the Easter Vigil are reminded that they must be present for a rehearsal on Saturday, April 3 at 10 am.

Spring Sessions (Week of Apr. 18)

The Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: The Good Shepherd How do we recognize Jesus’ voice? This week we will look at the gifts of our baptism and the other sacraments that help us live as His disciples and hear His voice.
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Blessed First Communion: My First Communion Your First Communion Day! It’s a REALLY special day, and this week we will look at ways to prepare heart, mind and soul!
BLESSED VIDEOS

We are Easter people and Alleluia is our song! In this week’s Catholic Kids’ Connection, Max reminds us that celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection is not just for Easter Sunday, but for every day!


Middle School First Communion Preparation (RCIC-MS): CH 13 Holy Communion Strengthens Us: The focus of your discussion is on receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion.  During the Communion Rite we pray that we will become what we receive, the Body of Christ.  Walk your child through how to receive Holy Communion. Summarize the chapter by discussing  the following questions:

  • Why do we pray the Lord’s Prayer in the Communion Rite?
  • How does Holy Communion nourish us?
  • Why is it important to receive Holy Communion each time we celebrate Mass?

As a family reflect on the I Share with My Family challenge (page 58):

  • Jesus shares himself with us in the Eucharist.  Families share with one another in many ways.  With your family, discuss how you can show others through your actions what I means to be a Christian.  (examples include: volunteering at a food pantry , donating used clothing to hopeless shelter)

Middle School Edge (6th/7th): Abide  Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. This week, we take a closer look at the Third Commandment and reflect upon our own Sunday routines to find ways to incorporate more ‘rest’ and time for God into this special day of the week.


RCIC Year 1 (Elementary and Middle School): This week, we continue to explore how to live a moral life.  Our focus will be on the role our conscience plays in making decisions.  The key points in this session are:  how does our conscience form, what things can we do to help form our conscience and what questions should we ask ourselves when we are faced with a difficult decision.  Complete the Think and Write and Live It! activities to reinforce the key points of the chapter.  Reflect on the tow questions listed in the React on page 120.   Think of some situations in which your  child might have to make a difficult decision.  Then discuss with them how they would go about making the right choice to solve the problem.

Spring Session (Week of Apr. 25)

he Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: Made for Mission We are made for the mission of bringing Christ into the world – His light, His love and His mercy. To do this, we must stay connected to Him through prayer, Scripture and the Eucharist!

Blessed First Communion: Made for Mission Our First Communicants are in the home stretch of preparing! Today, we discover how the Eucharist provides us with all we need for our mission in life! BLESSED VIDEOS

We know the voice of Jesus, but how do we hear Him? Emma shares all the ways to listen for Jesus in this week’s Catholic Kids’ Connection!


Middle School First Communion Preparation (RCIC-MS): Middle School First Communicants will participate in their mini-retreat to enrich the preparation for the sacrament.

Middle School Edge (6th/7th): Be Rooted Amy gives us a unique look at the Fourth Commandment from the perspective of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Spring Session (Week of May 2)

The Lesson Guides can be found in the title links!

Elementary: GO FORTH! This Sunday we will hear the Gospel in which Jesus gives us the commandment to love one another – as a Catholic, that is our mission. All year, we have looked at all the tools Jesus has given us to help us accomplish our mission – prayer, Scripture, the sacraments and Mass. Today, we will explore one more time how to be the best version of our self and how to go forth as a Catholic Kid to make a difference in our world.

Ian and Eli take a closer look at exactly what ‘fruit’ Jesus was talking about in this week’s Catholic Kids’ Connection!


Middle School Edge (6th/7th): GO FORTH! This Sunday we hear the Gospel which gives us the Great Commandment. As we explore this, we take a look back at our year together!

 

 

Fall and Winter 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

Winter Week 1: 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! Also, check out our new series: Catholic Kids Connection!

Winter Week 2: 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!

Winter Week 3: 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!

Winter Week 4: 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!

Fall and Winter Sessions: Middle School Edge

Fall sessions encompass 6th, 7th and 8th Grade.  For winter sessions, those 8th graders preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation this spring should reference the “Ignite” lessons below.

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

Winter Week 1: 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. Teaching Proclaim: 

Ignite Winter Week 1: 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.

Winter Week 2: 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. Fr. Peter’s Teaching Proclaim.

Ignite Winter Week 2: 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. Avery’s Teaching Proclaim.

Winter Week 3: 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! Amy’s Teaching Proclaim.

Ignite Winter Week 3: 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. Avery’s Teaching Proclaim.

Winter Week 4: 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. Amy’s Teaching Proclaim.

Ignite Winter Week 4: 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! Avery’s Teaching Proclaim.

Winter Sessions: First Communion Preparation (Year 2, RCIC 1 and 2)

ELEMENTARY Year 2/RCIC 2:

WINTER WEEK 2: Blessed Session 1 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.  

WINTER WEEK 3: 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

WINTER WEEK 4: 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 1 Elementary/Middle School

WINTER WEEK 2: 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.

WINTER WEEK 3: 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.

WINTER WEEK 4:  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?”

 

RCIC 2 Middle School:

Winter Week 3: 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.

Winter Week 4: 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.

 

 

Fall and Winter 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.

RCIT 7 and 8: 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.

RCIT 9 & 10: (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!

RCIT 11: 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.

RCIT 12: 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.

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!

Act of Contrition and Examination of Conscience and Rite of Reconciliation