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1 Grade 7 Curriculum BOOK ONE CHURCH AND SACRAMENTS UNIT ONE THE CHURCH Chapter 1 The Church: The People of God The Church in the divine plan of God The old and new Covenant Jesus, the new and everlasting Covenant The Communion of Saints Heaven, purgatory and hell Laypeople Ordained ministers Consecrated religious Pope and other bishops Naming of a pope Discerning one s vocation Prayer for Vocations Chapter 2 The Church: The Body of Christ Church as a mystery Church as Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit Marks of the Church Ecumenism Salvation outside the Church Apostolic succession Magisterium, obedience of faith, parish councils Being a responsible member of a group Chapter 3 Saint Paul the Apostle: A Scripture Story Missionary journeys of Paul the Apostle The missionary nature of the Church The missionary responsibilities of all the baptized Living the Gospel with zeal and optimism Chapter 4 The Church: A People of Prayer The Christian rhythm of prayer Liturgical seasons Liturgy of the Hours Vocal prayer Meditation Sources of Christian prayer Payer to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Personal and communal prayer

2 Spending time with God Chapter 5 The Prayer of the Church Christian prayer as a covenant and communion Obstacles to prayer Models of prayer Abraham, Moses, David the prophets Mary The prayer of Jesus The liturgy of the Church Liturgy of the Hours, liturgical rites, local customs, singing and music Popular devotions Sacred images UNIT TWO WORSHIP AND SACRAMENTS Chapter 6 Give Thanks to God Worship of the Trinity Presence of Christ in the liturgy The work of the Holy Spirit in the liturgy Divine missions Paschal Mystery Seven sacraments Sacramental graces, rites, and common elements The liturgical year Sacramentals Recognizing God s presence Chapter 7 Reborn of the Spirit: A Scripture Story Nicodemus, Jewish Sanhedrin, and Pharisees Torah Jesus conversation with Nicodemus Gospel symbols of darkness and light Promise of eternal life Dealing with fears Chapter 8 Baptism and Confirmation Sacraments of Christian Initiation Christian initiation as a new beginning, a new birth Baptism: door to other sacraments, rite, infant Baptism, salvation of unbaptized children and adults, of non-catholics, restored order of the celebration of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation Treating people with respect and hospitality

3 Chapter 9 The Eucharist Eucharist as sacrament, memorial, sacrifice, Lord s Supper, Holy Sacrifice, Sacrifice of Praise, Holy Communion, and Holy Mass Celebrating the Eucharist: the celebrant, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Communion Rite The real presence of Jesus Sacramental graces of the Eucharist The Blessed Sacrament Developing an attitude of gratitude Chapter 10 Jesus Feeds Five Thousand: A Scripture Story Symbolism of bread in Scripture: friendship, hospitality, divine Providence, manna Mark s account of Jesus feeding five thousand John s Bread of Life discourse Eucharist as Bread of Life Sharing our blessings Chapter 11 Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation The Church as a sign and instrument of Jesus ministry of healing Sacraments of Healing Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: rites and sacramental graces Sacrament of Reconciliation: conversion, essential elements and sacramental graces, seal of confession Forgiving and healing Chapter 12 Matrimony and Holy Orders Church as a sign and instrument of Jesus ministry Essential qualities of marriage Sacrament of Matrimony Marriage promises Divorce and remarriage Annulment Common priesthood of the faithful: ordained or ministerial priesthood Sacrament of Holy Orders: bishops, priests, deacons Rite of ordination of priests The Christian family Love begins at home BOOK TWO MYSTERY OF GOD

4 PART ONE THE REVELATION OF GOD Chapter 1 We Believe The quest for God Natural knowledge of God Saint Augustine of Hippo and Saint Albert the Great Faith and reason Divine Revelation The gift or faith, faith seeking understanding, mysteries of faith, atheism, agnosticism, secularism, secular humanism Getting in touch with God Chapter 2 The Word of God Inspiration of the Bible The Canon of Sacred Scripture Oral tradition Literary genre in the Bible The covenant with Noah, with Abraham, and Moses The land of Abraham Promise of a new covenant Sacred Tradition Communication skills Chapter 3 The Man Born Blind: A Scripture Story The fourth Gospel: Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Book of Signs Miracles Jesus healing the man born blind Faith in Jesus Initiation into the Catholic Church Overcoming obstacles to seeing with eyes of faith Chapter 4 The Mystery of Creation Attributes of God: Almighty, Creator, One, Eternal, Truth, All-Present, Love The biblical accounts of creation of humans, spiritual soul Original justice Original sin Jesus the new Adam Saint Teresa of Avila Building healthy relationships Chapter 5 God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit The mystery of God The Holy Trinity Saint Athanasius and the First Council of Nicea

5 Nature and person The work of the Trinity Attribution and the divine missions: creation, salvation, and sanctification The Christian family Balancing relationships within the family PART TWO THE GIFT OF SALVATION Chapter 6 Jesus Christ, the Son of God Blessed Mary, Ever-Virgin Immaculate Conception Mary, Mother of God The Incarnation: Jesus, true God and true man Infancy Narratives Public ministry of Jesus Ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church Symbols of Jesus Christ Respecting and accepting differences Chapter 7 The Transfiguration of Jesus: A Scripture Story Mountains in Sacred Scripture The Jewish feast of Tabernacle The Transfiguration, Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets, Jesus the suffering Messiah Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Seeing with eyes of faith Chapter 8 The Suffering Servant: A Scripture Story Isaiah the Prophet The Book of the Prophet Isaiah The servant songs, the Servant of YHWH, the suffering Servant, The major and minor prophets Jesus the sinless, suffering servant The suffering Church Archbishop Helder Camare Dealing with loss Chapter 9 Jesus Passion and Death The origin and problem of evil: original justice, original sin Jesus the New Adam Jesus death and descent to the dead Stations of the Cross Moving from sadness to hope Chapter 10 Jesus Resurrection and Ascension The Resurrection

6 The Ascension Life after death, particular judgment, Last Judgment, heaven, purgatory, hell Saint Philip Neri Persevering in living the Gospel Chapter 11 A Resurrection Story: A Scripture Story Resurrection stories: pattern, audience, setting, faith testimonies Saint Thomas the Apostle Appearance of Risen Jesus at Sea of Tiberias Symbolism of the number 7, light and darkness, the breaking of Bread Stained-glass windows Faith sharing Chapter 12 The Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier The Holy Spirit in the Old Covenant, in the Gospels, in the work of Christ, in the life of the Church The Advocate Charisms and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Christian art Living the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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