So the Auditor and I signed up to be fifth grade catechists. He started teaching his class two weeks ago, but mine didnt open right away, so I start teaching tonight.
I AM SO EXCITED!
I subbed for other classes so far, so I’m familiar with the format our parish is using, which I think is a bonus going in. The book series we’re using is from Harcourt Publishers, and we’re doing lesson 3 this week. My lesson plan can be found below– just thought I’d share :)
Lesson 3: Signs of God’s Presence
The Lord’s power shall be known to His servants.
— Isaiah 66:14
Read Aloud Psalm 19:2
How does God show us He is with us? (CCC 1147-1152)
- Creation itself
What are some examples from the Scripture?
- Rainbow in the sky for Noah to indicate there will never again be a great flood on the earth
- Fire sent down onto the altar that Elijah had prepared to demonstrate to the people of Israel that He alone is God.
- Adam and Eve realizing their own nakedness after they eat the fruit.
- The many miracles of Jesus
Read aloud pages 58 and 59 from workbooks—Moses and the Burning Bush. Discuss what signs of God’s presence are in the story. Story comes from Exodus 3:1-15.
Complete activity on page 59.
What are some examples from the Sacraments?
Fact: God gave us the seven Sacraments so that we would have constant reminders
of His presence, and a constant means to receive His grace.
Sacrament = a sign that causes grace
God’s Presence in the Sacraments:
(this info found on page 61 of your books, but let’s see if we can guess without using the books first!)
- Holy Orders—
- Last Rites/Anointing of the Sick—
The Idea of Covenant
What does the word Covenant mean?
- a contract
With whom did God make a Covenant in the Old Testament? In the New?
Why is it important?
- God’s covenant with the world once Jesus came is the very basis for our entire faith. The church is founded upon the belief o the new Covenant. The new covenant that Jesus came to save us, and if we honor Him and follow Him and do as He asks, we will not perish but have everlasting life!
Closing prayer—today’s closing prayer will be a prayer for us to become signs of God’s love for others.
Prayer found on page 62. Need three volunteers to read aloud.
Saint of the Week: Elizabeth Ann Seton
- our parish is named for her
- patron saint of the State of Maryland
- patron saint of Catholic Education
- covert to the faith after her husband’s death
- founded the Sisters of Charity in Emmitsburg, MD.
A sacrament is a sign which allows us to receive God’s grace.
A sacramental is a material object/physical tool that helps us in our devotion, to open our hearts to be able to receive grace. Saints’ medals remind us to pray and help us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit.