Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sacrament of Confirmation





Sacrament of Confirmation

newadvent.org- Confirmation: Present Practice and Doctrine

4catholiceducators.com- Confirmation Resources

mycatholicsource.com- The Sacrament of Confirmation

ewtn.com- Sacrament of Confirmation (What’s It All About?)

loyolapress.com- Confirmation Activities

thereligionteacher.com- Confirmation Activities

smp.org- Several activities and worksheets for Confirmation posted

archwinnipeg.ca- Gifts of the Holy Spirit Activity
The purpose of this activity is to teach youth the gifts of the Holy Spirit and prepare them for the Sacrament of Confirmation. It may also be incorporated into a retreat for those receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

ehow.com- Catholic Confirmation Retreat Activities

lifelongfaith.com- Confirmation Program with handouts and activities (scroll down to Confirmation)

rclbsacreaments.com- Activities and Reflection for Confirmation

catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com- Name That Song (aka Name That Sin/Virtue/Gift)

quizlet.com- Confirmation Preparation for Young Catholics Flashcards (Confirmation)

studystack.com- Catholic Confirmation Flashcards



Lessons:

olrl.org- Lesson 21: The Sacrament of Confirmation

Lesson 25: Confirmation (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 120-123). For younger students.

Lesson 25: Confirmation (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 157-161). For older students.

thereligionteacher.com- Rite of Confirmation Lesson Plan

thereligionteacher.com- Post-Confirmation Lesson Plan and Discussion

faithfirst.com- Preparing For Confirmation (scroll down to this
The booklet consists of two, two-page spreads for presenting each of the chapters. You will find in each lesson, a brief explanation that places the chapter in the context of preparation for Confirmation, containing a brief background essay and a list of helpful resources that can be used to enrich the teaching of the lesson.

Also included in the lesson plan is a step-by-step process for teaching the lesson. This lesson plan contains materials not included in the Faith First Grade 6 Catechist Guide and focuses the presentation of the lesson as part of the sacrament preparation process. The reproducible handouts contain activities that will help the students apply and integrate the faith themes of the lesson into their daily living.

pflaum.com- Called By The Holy Spirit

loveourcatholicfaith.com- Roman Catholic Confirmation Program
This confirmation material is based on reflections on Holy Scripture and the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church. It was developed over three years of preparing teenage candidates to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Through Group Discussion and Class Activities, this program can help Catechists teach from the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a way that reaches our teenagers.



Coloring:

saintanneshelper.com- Coloring page for Confirmation



Crafts:

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Confirmation

catechist.com- Confirmation Dodecahedron

ehow.com- Confirmation Crafts



Games:

ehow.com- Bible Knowledge Games for Confirmation Students
Using games is one of the most effective ways to test and challenge your confirmation student's knowledge of the Bible and the Catholic Church. Games will create a welcoming and fun environment that encourages students to learn from others and test their own knowledge. Bible knowledge games can be used at the opening of each class, or you can save them for the end of the session just before they take confirmation. You can test your student's knowledge of the Bible in general or how Catholic theology is supported in Scripture.

livestrong.com- Confirmation Games for Teens

avemariapress.com- The Body of Christ
This twenty-minute game is a fun icebreaker for Confirmation classes or youth groups helping teens to make a connection with the Body of Christ and the variety of gifts that make up the Church.

jeopardylabs.com- Confirmation Jeopardy Template 1

jeopardylabs.com- Confirmation Jeopardy Template 2

superteachertools.us- Confirmation Jeopardy Round 1
Instant Jeopardy Review is designed for live play with up to ten individuals or teams. Teams choose a question, then try to give the best answer. Scoring is built in for each team.

The Catholic Toolbox- Make your own PowerPoint games for Confirmation (Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, Password, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Twenty Questions, Guess The Covered Word, variations of the game Hollywood Squares, Weakest Link, Concentration, etc.)







Sacrament of Confirmation (file folder game)- This is an active game where you work your way around the board and follow the directions on the space you land on. Land on a ? you must answer the question about the Sacrament of Confirmation correctly or go back to where you were. Land on spaces that say “Slide Back” or “Slide Ahead” the player follows the directions that are indicated. If the player lands on a space with “Trade Places” on it, they must trade places with another player. The first player to FINISH wins.





Puzzles:

wordsearchfun.com- Sacrament of Confirmation (word search)

mycatholicsource.com- Confirmation (word search)

mycatholicsource.com- Confirmation (crossword)

armoredpenguin.com- Confirmation Crossword



Worksheets:

avemariapress.com- Directed Reading Worksheets

teacherresourcesgalore.com- Confirmation Symbols & Fruits of the Holy Spirit worksheets (scroll down to The Sacraments and look under Confirmation)

The Sacrament of Confirmation- Multiple choice. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 97).

thegomom.com- Sacrament of Confirmation Worksheet (Grade 6)

smp.org- Confirmation Worksheets (scroll down for these)

catecheticalresources.com- Confirmation worksheets


This worksheet is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Matching





Monday, May 25, 2009

Sacrament of Confirmation File Folder Game





This game is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




Sacrament of Confirmation File Folder Game: This is a active game where you work your way around the board and follow the directions on the space you land on. Land on a ? you must answer the question about the Sacrament of Confirmation correctly or go back to where you were. Land on spaces that say “Slide Back” or “Slide Ahead” the player follows the directions that are indicated. If the player lands on a space with “Trade Places” on it, they must trade places with another player. The first player to FINISH wins.

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Question Cards- Print out Question Cards on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.)





Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sacrament of Reconciliation



Sacrament of Reconciliation: (for students that have not done Holy Communion yet)


Objectives: The students will be able to
- define mortal and venial sin and give examples of each
- explain what this sacrament provides us with- an opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness, our estrangement from God and his Church, and our need for conversion and forgiveness
- explain that sincere sorrow for sin is the most important prerequisite for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation



Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)

sin- breaking God’s law
God’s laws- Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments- laws from God that we must always keep
mortal sin- a very serious sin that we know it is wrong and we choose to do it any way
venial sin- is a less serious sin against God
penance- the prayers or good works that the priest asks you to do after you have confessed your sins
confession- to tell the priest your sins
sacrament- one of seven ways through which God’s life enters our lives through the work of the Holy Spirit
reconciliation- making friends again after a friendship has been broken by some action or lack of action
Sacrament of Reconciliation- one of the seven sacraments. It is when you confess your sins to a priest.
absolution- the forgiveness we receive from God through the priest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
contrition- the sorrow we feel when we know that we have sinned followed by the decision not to sin again
conscience- the inner voice that helps guide us to follow God’s law by doing good and avoiding evil



Plan:

What are the Ten Commandments? They are laws from God that we must always keep. Let’s name the Ten Commandments and what they really mean. (Write each commandment on the board and discuss.)


Examination of Conscience:

scborromeo.org

beginningcatholic.com

catholicparents.org

theworkofgod.org





Discussion: Ask the questions to the students and discuss with them.

So who were the first sinners? Adam and Eve.

What did they do? God told them to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge and they did not listen.

Do you do Confession yet? No

When can you do it? In second grade (or whenever your church does First Holy Communion) or after you have been baptized and have done RCIA.

Who do you make your confession to? A priest.

How often should you go to confession? At least once a year. If it is a mortal sin, as soon as possible. Any Catholic who has done a mortal sin cannot receive Holy Communion until they go to confession (receiving sacramental absolution). A mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God. This sin is called mortal, or deadly because it deprives the sinner of sanctifying grace, the supernatural life of the soul. To make a sin mortal these three things are necessary: (Tick off each thing necessary on your fingers to emphasize them to the students) First, we have done something that is seriously wrong. Second, we knew it was seriously wrong, and; third, we freely and willingly chose to do it. This means that mortal sins cannot be done "accidentally." If one of these conditions is missing, the sin is not mortal.

A person who commits a mortal sin is one who knows that their sin is wrong, but still deliberately commits the sin anyway. This means that mortal sins are done on purpose by the sinner and thus are truly a rejection of God’s law and love.

A venial sin is a lesser sin that can be forgiven in other ways, but it is good to confess them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We receive special help to overcome them in this sacrament. The priest can help us to get to the cause of our sins and bad habits.

Why do we do confess our sins? We tell what our sins are so we can look at our sins and take responsibility for them. It opens ourselves to God and to the communion of the Church in order to make a new future possible. When we recognize that we have offended God who is all deserving of our love, we sense the need to make things right. We need to know that our sins are forgiven. There is something in our human nature that calls out to know that our sins are forgiven. Confession is the visible sign (something you can see) of God's mercy that gives us the clear understanding that God has forgiven us. You must also be truly sorry for your sins and not want to do them again.

What should you do BEFORE you make your confession? We should prepare ourselves for a good confession by taking time not only to examine our conscience but, to excite in our hearts sincere sorrow for out sins and a firm purpose not to commit them again.

Who do we confess our sins to? A priest. Only a priest can hear confessions and give absolution.

What do you do during confession?

1. Greeting: The priest welcomes you warmly and greets you with kindness.

2. Sign of the Cross: Then you make the Sign of the Cross, which the priest may also make.

3. Confess your sins: You say, “Forgive me father, for I have sinned. It has been (say how long) since my last confession. My sins are (state your sins)” and after you are done say, “For these and all my sins I am truly sorry.”

What happens after we confess our sins to the priest? The priest may then speak to you. He may try to help you to see the source of your sinful actions. Usually, we're sinful because we're selfish. He will also remind and comfort you of God's love for you. He will then propose an act of penance, which you accept to make satisfaction for sin and to amend your life.

What is penance?
1. Penance with a capital P is the sacrament in which all sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the power received by the priest from Christ.
2. The prayers or good works that the priest asks you to do after you have confessed your sins.

Why do I receive penance? Forgiveness takes away sin, but it does not get rid of all the behaviors caused by sin. While we are not capable of truly satisfying God for the evil we have done and its consequences, we therefore must make satisfaction for our sin through some action or prayer that will show our desire to make amends and to repair something of the disorder, damage, or harm which our sinful actions have done. The penance that is given to you takes into account your personal situation and serves to support your spiritual good. The penance also depends on how bad the sin is. It may be a prayer, an offering, works of mercy, sacrifices or service to another. But this penance is in a real way our share in the Cross and helps us to be more closely joined to Christ.

Then what happens? The person says a prayer expressing sorrow for his/her sins, such as the Act of Contrition.

Then what happens? The priest will extend his hand toward you, or perhaps lay his hands on your head as he prays the Church's Prayer of Absolution:

God, the Father of mercies,
through the death and resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

Do you leave then? No, you wait for dismissal. The priest may pray a short closing prayer with you. He may also simply say, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” Your response can be very natural ... a simple “Amen,” or “Thank You” ... “Have a good day”. Then go to spend some time considering your Penance.

Why do we continue to need forgiveness if we are already saved? Even though we have been baptized and our sins have been washed away and have been forgiven, we must continue to return to the sacrament of Penance to cleanse ourselves of sin and receive God's mercy. We are always in need of God's forgiveness through the sacrament of Penance if we are to grow in a life of grace.

But isn't there something I can take along, so I won't feel like I'm forgetting something? Certainly! Some people bring a little piece of paper to help them remember what to say.

Can our sins be forgiven without sorrow? No. Even if we confess on sins and the priest gives us absolution, our sins will not be forgiven by God if we do not have sincere sorrow in our hearts. Sincere sorrow for sin is the most important prerequisite for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Without it, your sins cannot be forgiven by God.

If it has been a long time since you have been to confession, will your sins be forgiven? Yes. God will always forgive us if we are truly sorry for our sins.



Video:

Introduce video: So how do you go to confession? Here is a short video to show you what to do.







Crafts:

catholicicing.com- Reconciliation Craft for Catholic Kids


Introduce craft: How well do you know the Ten Commandments? Let’s find out.

Ten Commandments Tablets



Games:



Act of Contrition Board Game- For 2 Players or 2 Teams

The idea is to answer questions about the Act of Contrition so players can roll the dice and move their pieces up and down the road attempting to capture their opponent’s pieces. The form of capture is unique because the captured piece is not immediately removed but instead is placed under the capturing piece. The capturing piece is placed on top of the captured piece to form a stack (if you capture an opponent’s piece, their playing piece is placed under yours). On his next turn the capturing player starts to move the stack of pieces back along the road towards his home position the number of spaces indicated by the throw count. When the capturing player reaches the home position the captured piece is removed from the board.






Introduce game: What is the Sacrament of Reconciliation? It is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the absolution (forgiveness) of the priest.


Reconciliation File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.


Introduction: What are sins? Breaking God’s law. What are God’s laws? The Ten Commandments. So what are the Ten Commandments? They are laws from God that we must always keep.

Players place their marker on START. The players roll the dice and follow the directions on the space they land on. If they land on a “?”, the player to their right draws a card and reads the question out loud (only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students). On each card is a question about sins and the player must tell which commandment the sin broke (they may say the commandment number or the commandment). Younger students can say whether or not it is a sin and why. If they answer correctly, they receive 1 token (milk caps, poker chips, etc.). If they are not correct, they do not receive one. When a player gets to the end of one game board, they keep going on the second game board and continue to FINISH. All players must land on FINISH with the exact number. When the player reaches FINISH they will count their tokens. After all players have made it to FINISH, the player with the most tokens wins.




Snacks:

Introduce snack: At Mount Sinai what did God give Moses that the people must always keep? The Ten Commandments.

dltk-bible.com- ‘O’bey Donuts
Tell the children that we must obey God's Commandments and God's rules. The donut represents the letter "O" in obey.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

A Scriptural Examination of Conscience- In this exercise, you will make your own guide for an examination of conscience base on some key Scriptures. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 99).

sacredhearthouston.org- Worksheets for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Click on the activities to download and print.

sadlierreligion.com- Reconciliation (word search) Grade 3

sadlierreligion.com-Code Puzzle (Grade 4)
Use the code below to complete the sentence below. Then unscramble the letters in the circles to answer the questions at the bottom of the page.
Answers:
1. Jesus tells us about God's forgiveness and love.
2. We receive God's forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.
3. We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
4. Reconciliation brings peace and unity.

What do we call the person seeking forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation? penitent

sadlierreligion.com- Wheel of Reconciliation (Grade 5)
Distribute the activity sheets. Read the directions aloud. Using a paper clip and the tip of a pen or pencil, demonstrate how to make the spinner for the game. Encourage the students to use their We Believe texts to help them write their questions for the "Wheel of Reconciliation" game. Give the students time to complete the each part of the "wheel" with a question about the sacrament of Reconciliation. Then, have students work with a partner to play the game. Partners should exchange "wheels" and take turns by "spinning" and recording their answers. When all questions have been answered on each "wheel" ask the partners to use their We Believe texts to help score and tally each others' answers. Correct answers are worth one point.

kidssundayschool.com- All Sins Forgiven (A message is revealed in this puzzle.) Solution

blestarewe.com- Seeking Forgiveness (crossword)

100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Ellen Rossini, page 68- The Conscience: God’s Voice Within- Using the following clues, complete the puzzle below.

A Scriptural Examination of Conscience- In this exercise, you will make your own guide for an examination of conscience base on some key Scriptures. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 99).

sacredhearthouston.org- Worksheets for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Click on the activities to download and print.

thegomom.com- Test your knowledge of the Sacrament of Baptism, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist and Parts of the Holy Mass.

catholicdos.org- Reconciliation: A Sacrament of Healing & Forgiveness (Matching Worksheet)

thedivinemercy.org- Reconciliation: Shower for the Soul

sdc.me.uk- Reconciliation



This worksheet is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Reconciliation Worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Monday, May 18, 2009

Reconciliation File Folder Game







This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




Reconciliation File Folder Game: The objective of the game is to identify which one of the Ten Commandments the sin broke.

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, cut around tablets and glue on the inside of the file folder (one tablet on the left and the other on the right). Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. (File is large so it may take a bit to download.)


Game Cards- (Feel free to change the Game Cards or use your own.) Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the Game Cards that are age appropriate for your students.





Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick





Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

4catholiceducators.com- Resources for the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick

americancatholic.org- Anointing of the Sick Info

newadvent.org- Extreme Unction

thesacredheart.com- Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

usccb.org- Anointing of the Sick

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Notebooking activity for the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick



Lessons:

Lesson 34: Anointing the Sick and Holy Orders (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 163-166). For younger students.

Lesson 34: Extreme Unction and Holy Orders (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 209-215). For older students.



Coloring:

stanneshelper.com- Coloring pages for Extreme Unction



Crafts:

sadlierreligion.com- Anointing the Sick Cards
In advance, you may want to get a list of people in the parish that are in need of comfort and healing, or as a group, brainstorm a list of people that are in need of comfort and healing. Then, distribute the activity sheets and read the directions aloud. Provide assistance as needed. Encourage the students to be creative! Ask them to include illustrations, poetry, Scripture, and so on in their cards.



Games:



Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (file folder game)- Work your way around the board by answering questions about the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Be careful with your answers because if you are incorrect, you go back to where you were and follow the directions on the space. The first one to FINISH wins!



Puzzles:

mycatholicsource.com- Extreme Unction/Anointing of the Sick (crossword)

wordsearchfun-com- Word Search

whenwecrosswords.com- Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick (crossword)



Worksheets:

catecheticalresources.com- Anointing of the Sick (worksheets)


This worksheet is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.

Anointing of the Sick worksheet-Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.





Sacrament of Baptism





Sacrament of Baptism

4catholiceducators.com- Baptism resources

newadvent.org- Baptism

americancatholic.org- Baptism Info

scborromeo.org- Catechism of the Catholic Church: The Sacrament of Baptism

thereligionteacher.com- Sacrament of Baptism Activities

catholicicing.com- Ideas for Teaching Catholic Kids About Baptism



Lessons:

Lesson 24- Baptism (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 116-119). For younger students.

Lesson 24- Baptism (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 151-156). For older students.

olrl-org- Lesson 20: The Sacrament of Baptism

adrianlemus.com- Sacrament of Baptism



Coloring:

tiredtwang.blogspot.com- Sacrament of Baptism

stanneshelper.com- Baptism Coloring Pages



Crafts & Lapbooks:

looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com- Baptism Notebook Activity

catholicinspired.com- Baptism Crafts

sadlierreligion.com- Baptism Mobile

books.google.com- Heavenly Doves
Make soap-on-a-rope doves to remind the children how baptism symbolizes that our sins are washed away. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Crafts for Children by Group Publishing, page 101.) Note: You can use a slightly greased cookie cutter to help children make the soap into the shape of a dove. Or the children can just make it into any shape they want.
orientaltrading.com- Baptism of Jesus Craft Kit

auntiesbiblelessons.wordpress.com- Jesus is Baptized Craft

lifes-commontion.armyfamilyok.com- Baptism of Jesus



Games:

edubakery.com- Baptism Bingo
Multiple different bingo cards will be created when you print them out.





Sacrament of Baptism (file folder game)- Collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of Baptism.



Puzzles:

stmarysrcnewport.co.uk- Word Search

edubakery.com- Baptism (word search)

wordsearchfun.com- Word Search

edubakery.com- Baptism (word scramble)

pflaum.com- Baptism Crossword

sadlierreligion.com- Crossword

edubakery.com- Baptism (crossword)

mycatholicsource.com- Crossword



Worksheets:

kindercrazeblogspot.com- Celebrating Baptism (worksheet)

Your Baptism- Circle the things that were part of your Baptism celebration. Color the pictures. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 16).

The Sacrament of Baptism- Circle the correct answer. (100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Ellen Rossini, page 17).

catecheticalresources.com- Baptism (worksheets)


This worksheet is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Baptism worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks below to find out what happens after you are baptized.





Friday, May 15, 2009

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist





The Holy Eucharist

4catholiceducators.com- Eucharist Resources

newadvent.org- Eucharist

americancatholic.org- The Eucharist



Lessons:

Lesson 26: The Holy Eucharist (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 1, page 124-128). For younger students.

ewtn.com- Lesson 26: The Holy Eucharist (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, page 162-167). For older students.

cyberfaith.com- Bread of Life lesson for grades 3 & 4

olrl.org- Lesson 22: The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)

scborromeo.org- Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Sacrament of the Eucharist

thereligionteacher.com- Catholic Thanksgiving Day Lesson Plans on the Eucharist as Thanksgiving (lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school)

Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Holy Communion
Lesson, questions, crafts, games, lessons, puzzles, worksheet



Coloring:

apples4theteacher.com- Body and Blood

apples4thteacher.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Holy Communion

sunday-school-ideas-for-new-teachers.com- Eucharist

elitedresses.com- Communion Chalice and Host (scroll down for this)

supercoloring.com- 2 Communion coloring pages (scroll down for these)



Crafts & Lapbooks:

lapbooksforcatholics.com- The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist Faith Folder

Corpus Christi Mosaic Craft- a beautiful chalice that the students can make

A Framed Picture- Making a sparkling picture of communion will be a reminder of the special time we put aside to remember Jesus. (Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget: Paper Plates & Cups, page 12 & 13).

Do This In Memory of Me (craft)- An easy craft that students can make emphasizing “Do this in memory of me.”

Jesus in the Holy Eucharist Craft- Neat activity for the Holy Eucharist. A template is also provided for the craft.

catholicinspired.com- Jesus in the Eucharist ~ Art Project

catholicicing.com- Host and Chalice Craft for Kids

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Craft a Monstrance with a Gold Doily


Make a Holy Communion Banner:

orientaltrading.com- Holy Communion Banner Craft Kit
You can buy this or get ideas from it to make your own.

manylittleblessings.com- First Communion Banners
Lots of ideas on how to make banners.



Games:




Holy Eucharist Bingo- Students play regular bingo, but they answer questions about the Holy Eucharist.









Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (file folder game) Students collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of the Eucharist.




Puzzles:

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (word scramble)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

mycatholicsource.com- Holy Eucharist (word search)

edubakery.com- Holy Communion (crossword)
Other versions of the puzzle are on the bottom of page. Click on 1, 2, 3, etc.

sadlierreligion.com-
Unscramble the word to complete each sentence. (Grade 1)

sadlierreligion.com- Use the words in the box to complete the sentences. (Grade 2)

sadlierreligion.com- Use the code to complete the sentences. Then unscramble the letters in the circles to answer the question at the bottom of the page. (Grade 3)



These puzzles below are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on these puzzles are not my own and are from various internet sources.


Holy Communion- (word scramble)

Holy Communion- (crossword)
For younger students you can do this together on the board.



Worksheets:

catecheticalresources.com- Eucharist (worksheets)


This worksheet is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.

Eucharist worksheet- Follow the directions and fill in the blanks to find out what the message says below.





Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jesus is Our Savior (file folder game)



This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




Jesus is Our Savior: Jesus is our rescuer and offers us a lifeline when we’re trapped in sin. How can we solve the problems in our life? Jesus is our savior and if we follow him, he will show us the way.


Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- Use these Game Cards or make your own. Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

Tokens- Print out several pages of Tokens on card stock. Cut out Tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lesson Plan- Ananias and Sapphira/Lying (1st grade on up)



Ananias and Sapphira/Lying


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Ananias and Sapphira
- explain that lying is wrong and why
- identify which commandment lying is breaking
- explain why lying is not the answer to their problems


Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)


Vocabulary Words: (Write words on the board and discuss with class)
lie- not telling the truth
truth- something that is fact or reality
honest- being truthful
trust- to behave with responsibility or honorably, taking good care or somebody or something, etc.



Plan:

What is a lie?

1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true. (“My room is clean.”)
2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression. (“I’m so sorry you didn’t make the team.”)

Think about a time when you told a lie. Why did you do it? How did you feel? What happened? Whether we want to admit it or not, lying is a part of life. Each of us has told a lie or two, whether it was to:

• get out of trouble (“I didn’t do it.”)
• avoid hurting someone’s feelings (“You look great!”)
• get something we want (“I finished my homework, so I’m going to the movie.”)


Unfortunately, some people do it more than others. And they don’t just lie about little things, but about big things as well.

Some think lying is no big deal, but in reality it is. Lying is breaking one of the ten commandments. Which commandment is it breaking? The 8th Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Catholic version)


Read story: "Ananias and Sapphira" (Acts 4:32 - 5:11) and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.

Ananias and Sapphira belonged to a wonderful church. The people cared about each other and tried to do everything God wanted them to do. People would give whatever they could to help others who were in need. One member of the church named Barnabas sold his land and brought all the money he made to the apostles and set it at their feet as a sign that he was giving it to be used by God for whatever it was needed for.

Now Ananias and his wife Sapphira were very impressed with Barnabas and decided God would also want them to do the same thing. They wanted to please God too, so they sold their land. But Ananias and Sapphira decided that they didn't want to give the whole amount, they wanted to keep some of it for themselves. They talked about it and decided it was their money and they could do whatever they wanted with it. Besides no one would know how much they sold their land for any ways. No one would know that they kept part of the money for themselves. They would think that they were just as generous as Barnabas was.

Ananias brought part of the money to the apostles and laid it before them. Peter, through God’s power, knew what was in Ananias’s heart. He said to Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it belonged to you, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not your own to use? Why have you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and died. Great fear came on all those who heard these things. Some young men who were there rose up and wrapped Ananias in his robes, carried him out, and buried him.

About three hours later Sapphira came in, not knowing what had happened to her husband. Peter asked her, "Is this the price you and Ananias got for your land?" She said, "Yes, that's the price." Peter said, "How can you lie to the Lord?" and at that moment she fell down at his feet and died.

The Bible tells us that God hates lying and that we should search out and examine our ways to make sure we aren't doing wrong. Lying takes many forms and sometimes we don't realize we are lying. It is important that we learn to detect the lies so that we don't lie.



Activities:

Introduce activity: What is a lie? (When you do not tell the truth.)

daniellesplace.com- Watchdog
Lesson about learning to be aware of what they say and how to control what they are saying. Lesson includes activities, coloring, crafts, songs, etc. Other lessons in this series are at the bottom: Backbiting, Taming the Tongue, Watchdog Training, and Lie Detectors.

applesaucekids.com- Lying, The Lying Snake
Activity with story about lying and how the lies get bigger and bigger to hide the other lie.

calvarycurriculum.com- Ananias and Sapphira (New Testament) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

sundayschoolsources.com- Ananias and Sapphira lesson

missionarlington.org- Be Honest With God lesson

street.ns.ca- Lesson One: Lying (skit, object lessons, games, puppet show, etc.)



Lies and God’s Eyes

childrensministry.com

In this activity, the children will make writing appear with water and crayons to show that even when we try to cover up our lies, God sees through it all.

Preparation: Mix a drop of blue food coloring and the cup of water in a resealable plastic bag.

Say: Mandy had a problem. She had borrowed her sister's china animals for Show and Tell without asking anyone. On the way home, Mandy dropped the bag of animals. Every miniature animal was shattered. Mandy swept all the broken pieces back into the bag and hid it under her bed before her sister got home. When her mom asked her what she used for Show and Tell, Mandy told her mom that she showed the class her seashells.

Ask: What did Mandy say that she brought to class?

Write "seashells" in orange on the paper. Have each child scribble over the word "seashells" with the blue crayon. Tell children that the blue marks they make are like the lies Mandy told to cover up what she had done. While each child is scribbling, ask him or her why Mandy lied.

After each child has had a turn, say: "Mandy took her sister's animals and broke them. Then she lied to cover up her mistake. We often lie to hide another sin, just as the word "seashells" is hiding under the marks you made. But God has very special eyes. He can see right through our lies.

Take the bag of blue water, and lay it over the paper. Let the kids see the words pop out.

Read Genesis 18:15 and ask:

• Why did Sarah lie?
• How is that like Mandy's problem?
• How are the marks we made with blue crayons like Mandy's lie?
• What can you do if you are afraid to tell the truth?

Say: Mandy lied about the animals because she was afraid of the consequences from breaking them. "Consequences" means what happens to you for doing something. Mandy will have to suffer the consequences of breaking the animals and now also for lying. If you lie, you need to be truthful as soon as possible. God can see through all our lies anyway! Most people will be happy to forgive you. It's always best to tell the truth



Crafts:

Introduce craft: How good are you? Let’s find out.

rotation.infopop- Art
Cut out things from a magazine that make a "good life." Have children divide them into two groups -- things they'd be willing to give up for God and things that they'd really rather keep. Use it to discuss how all of us really have a little Ananias and Sapphira in us.



Movie:

Introduce movie: What is a fib? A fib is a lie.

Veggie Tales- Telling the Truth: Larry Boy and The Fib From Outer Space (25 min.)

Questions you may like to ask:

1. What was the first fib that Jr. told? (He said that Laura broke the plate.(
2. Who broke the plate? (Jr.)
3. What happened to Laura? (She got into trouble.)
4. What happened to the Fib? (It got bigger and bigger because Jr. kept telling lies.)
5. How was the lie stopped? (Jr. told the truth that he broke the plate.)
6. Does God want us to always tell the truth? (Yes.)



Games:

Introduce games: How do you know when someone is lying or telling the truth?

rotation.infopop- Games
What about a simple game like "button button who's got the button" but adapted to the story. (the children have some sort of "property" they hide in their hands.) Take turns being Peter to see if you can discover who is lying and who is telling the truth. In the story, I believe Ananias and Sapphira are dragged out of the church at the end, symbolizing their separation from the community. Fill some boxes with moderately heavy things, tape them up and label them with words like "greed", "lies," etc. Try and have equal sizes and weights for two teams. Then have a relay race to see which team can push, drag, and otherwise remove the greed and lies from their "church" to an "outside" area. Lead to a discussion of how we can try to remove greed and lies from our own church community.

The Truth!- Have students sit in a circle. Pick someone to go first and they ask a question. The person to their left must answer that question, then they ask another question. The person on their left answers that question and asks another question for the next player. The play continues around the circle and the first player must answer the question that the last player asks. Remember your answers must be the truth.

For example:

What is your name?
What is your favorite color?
Do you like basketball? Etc.


familyfun.go.com- Tag, You’re It! Tell the Truth
This variation on tag will have players trying to tell truth from fiction.






Liar, liar pants on fire!- Here is a fun game that helps children to recognize what lying is and how to resist it.

Introduction to game- To bear false witness means to not tell the whole truth. It is lying, but it is much more than lying. We lie to either make ourselves look good (and this is called pride) or sometimes to make others look bad. Sometimes we lie to get out of trouble. Sometimes it’s so easy to lie that we didn’t even realize we lied! The truth is very important because we need to be able to trust each other and understand each other. We need to guard what we say, and say what we mean by speaking the truth.






Snacks:

Introduce snack: (Draw a doughnut on the board). Say: What is inside a doughnut? (Nothing). When we lie, we are like a doughnut, we are empty inside.

pillsbury.com- Baked Sugar Doughnuts



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

children.calvarychapel.com- Ananias and Sapphira (New Testament) lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

wordsearchfun.com- (word search)

uk.friendsandheroes.com- Worksheet (scroll down to worksheet 18.1a)

worksheetplace.com- Honesty



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Sunday, May 10, 2009

Anointing of the Sick File Folder Game






This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Anointing of the Sick Folder Game: Work your way around the board by answering questions about the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Be careful with your answers because if you are incorrect, you go back to where you were and follow the directions on the space. The first one to FINISH wins!

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Question Cards- Print out Question Cards on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.)





Monday, May 4, 2009

Sacrament of Baptism File Folder Game






This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Sacrament of Baptism File Folder Game: Collect the most tokens by answering questions correctly about the Sacrament of Baptism.

Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Question Cards- (Use these cards or make your own.) Print out Question Cards on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.)

Tokens- (Use these tokens or make your own.) Print several copies of the token cards on card stock. Cut out token cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.