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1 Confirmation Curriculum Chart Texts: Ignatius Press, Faith and Life Series, Grades 7 & 8 Grade 9, Confirmation I Fundamentals of the Faith, Peter Kreeft T 3 Salvation History, Ascension Press LESSON NUMBER LEARNING OBJECTIVES GOALS TEXT and INSTRUCTION PLANS 3.1 Sacraments of Initiation Being a Follower of Christ in the To help the student: Grade 7 text: Christ and Catholic Community to appreciate and respond anew to the Baptismal call given by Christ to each Christian: Come follow me. Sacramental Grace - chapters 8, 9, 10, 11 Grade 8 text: Sacraments of Initiation - chapter 7 to understand that reception of the Sacraments is a gift from God and acceptance of them is the normal way of response to God s love to realize that for Catholics, the choice to follow Christ is also a decision for active participation in the life and mission of the Church. The Sacrament of Confirmation helps us to make that decision. to understand the meaning of Confirmation as a sacrament of initiation, the lasting effect of the sacrament, and its relationship to Baptism and the Holy Eucharist to appreciate the sacramental life of the Church, and, in particular, of the Mass (with emphasis on the importance and value of regular, active participation in the Sunday Eucharist) Grade 7 text: Sacraments - Chapters 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Grade 8 text: Participation in the Mission of the Church/Living a Life of Holiness chapters 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Rite Holy Spirit, Lesson #9 Grade 7 text: Grace/Redemption - Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13 Sacraments Chapters 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Grade 8 text: Sacraments/Penance/Eucharist chapter 24 & II: Retreats & Youth Masses Rite Holy Spirit, Lesson #9

2 3.2 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit The presence and action of the To help the student: Grade 7 text: Faith Revelation Holy Spirit in our lives to recognize the Trinitarian nature of Catholic faith and life - Chapter 1 Grade 8 text: The Lord s Presence Chapter 1 Proofs for existence of God Lessons #1, 2, 3, 4 Christ s Divinity Lesson #5 Holy Spirit Lesson #9 to be familiar that Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are, together, God s revelation to us. Grade 7 text: Salvation History - Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Salvation History, Lessons #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to be familiar with the Bible and to understand basic Catholic doctrine Grade 8 text: Catholic Basic Doctrine Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 to recognize our need for salvation, and appreciate the redemption accomplished for us in Christ s Pascal Mystery Grade 7 text: Christ s Redemption Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 Salvation History, Lesson #5 Grade 9 Retreat Sean Forrest to develop an awareness of the presence and activity of God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian through grace Grade 7 text: Grace and the Holy Spirit chapters 12, 13, 14, 15 & II: Speakers sharing personal witness of transforming nature of faith in their lives

3 3.3 Confirmation The Holy Spirit who Strengthens To help the student: Grade 7 text: and Sustains Us to understand that the holy Spirit strengthens us as individual believers and as Church Holy Spirit Chapters 19, 20 Grade 8 text: Sacraments of Initiation Chapter 7 to know and appreciate the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as divine sources of strength and sustenance in the Christian Life Rite Baptismal Vows - Lesson #9 to learn ways of remaining open to the power of the Holy Spirit, growing in relationship with God through prayer and reflection on the Scriptures Grade 7 text: Holy Eucharist Chapters 21, 22 Grade 8 text: Call to Holiness in Everyday Life Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Grade 9 Retreat Sean Forrest Paths to Holiness Lessons #6, 7, 8

4 3.4 Living Witnesses Living as Christ s People in the To help the student: Grade 7 text: Creation World to understand and appreciate that we have been created by God to be happy in Christ s freedom Chapter 3 Grade 8 text: Judgment chapters 25, 26 to appreciate the intrinsic relationship between faith as professed in creed and celebrated in sacrament, and faith as lived in the midst of the moral complexities and challenges of our world Grade 7 text: Confirmation Chapters 19, 20 Grade 8 text: Role of Laity in Society chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 Grade 8 Retreat: Jason Evert Moral Theology, Lessons #6, 7, 8, 9 to accept the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as God s revealed norms and guides for Christian moral living to understand the role of the Church as a moral teacher, and the Catholic s responsibility to live by a conscience formed by the teaching of Christ and his Church on life and love Grade 7 text: Ten Commandments Chapter 5 Grade 8 text: Beatitudes chapter 16 Beatitudes - Lesson #9 Paths to Holiness- Lessons #6, 7, 8 Grade 7 text: Magisterium/Hierarchy Chapters 2, 7, 10, 11 Grade 8 text: History of the Church chapters 11, 12 Moral Theology, Lessons #6, 7, 8, 9 to value the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation as a graced moment of encounter with the merciful Christ Grade 7 text: Penance Chapters 24, 25, 26 Grade 8 text: Penance chapter 24 Grades 7, 8 and Grades 9 & 10 Confirmation I & II: Penance Services

5 3.5 Celebrating the Liturgy of Confirmation The Sacrament of Confirmation: Be Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit To help the student: to appreciate the meaning of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation through study of its liturgical elements Grade 7 text: Confirmation chapters 19, 20 Lesson #9, Rite of Baptismal Vows to be prepared for the renewal of baptismal vows and the profession of faith to participate consciously and actively in the celebration of the liturgy of Confirmation Note: In the spirit of the current initiation practice of the Church, a period of post-confirmation catechesis or mystagogy should be provided to assist the newly confirmed in their continuing formation as followers of Christ in the Catholic Church Grade 7 text: Jesus, True God and True Man chapter 7 Baptism/Rite chapters 17, 18 Lesson #9, Rite of Baptismal Vows & II: speakers, Ray Vaillancourt & Sean Forrest Confirmation II: Paths to Holiness Lessons #6, 7, 8

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