Grades 3-8 Religious Education

Growing in Faith

 

Students in Grades 3-8 use Ignatius Press, Faith and Life curriculum.The series comes with a student text and workbook. Our teachers send home workbook pages so that parents can connect with what their children are learning. During the year, the curriculum follows the Liturgical Calendar and students learn about Advent, Lent and holy days. As the primary educators of the faith, parents are always welcomed to come into the office to review the materials we use.

Grade 3 - Our Life with Jesus

Third-grade students learn of God's plan of salvation, from creation to Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost, and our life in the Church. Special emphasis is given to the importance of Confession, Communion, and the Mass. Prayer and love for God's law shows third graders that they belong to God's chosen people. 

Grade 4 - Jesus Our Guide

Fourth-grade students come to understand their purpose and goal in life. They come to see God's plan in history and society which will lead us all to Heaven. They learn this plan through the study of Salvation History, by studying his word, his law, and his church. 

Grade 5 - Credo: I Believe

Fifth-grade students study the articles of The Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on understanding the words of the Gospels, the prophets, and the prayers of the Church. Students come to distinguish truths of our faith from errors that lead us away from the love of God. 

Grade 6 - Following Christ

Sixth-grade students learn to love the moral law as Christ did and to cherish and love the Mass as our best prayer to God. By studying the Ten Commandments and the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass they learn to revere and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Grade 7 - The Life of Grace

Seventh-grade students come to treasure the Sacraments as indispensable to a full Christian life of love and truth. They grow to understand how grace works, its relation to practicing the virtues, and to appreciate the gifts of reason and faith. 

Grade 8 - Our Life in the Church

Eigth-grade students will focus on the history and growth of the Catholic Church over the last 2,000 years. Emphasis is placed on studying its birth in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one true Church, the fathers and doctors of the Church, the saints, and the role of the religious and laity.

Each year our students participate in a Teaching Mass that is led by our priests, deacons and seminarians. The students come to know how the church building helps us worship God.


 


 

 

Maureen Heil of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Boston comes each Lent to encourage our students to be missionaries, to sacrifice, and to give alms to the Missions as part of their Lenten observance. The students learn how children in other countries live and pray as well as give alms. To learn more about the Society, visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 
 

 

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 Students in Grades 4 and up are invited to paricipate in the Liturgy of the Mass as altar servers. This is a beautiful way to be of service to God!

The Easter Egg Hunt happens rain or shine in the parish center and students have an egg-cellent time.

The last day of class is a time to celebrate a year of learning about our faith. This year students completed a Divine Mercy craft and enjoyed ice cream.

 


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