WEEK 1 (September 19, 2021)

Today we got to know each other! Review the Catholic prayers on pages 12-15. We talked about the church. What does Church mean to you? How are you a member of the Body of Christ? Have your parents send Jeannine your responses to these questions as well as one fun fact about yourself at stroseparishdre@gmail.com. Skim over chapter 1 to prepare for more discussion next week.

WEEK 2 (September 26, 2021)

Hello 8th grade students! This week, we are learning about the Apostles and how they shared their faith.

We begin with the Lord’s Prayer (found on page 12 of your textbook).

Then, read chapter 1 (pages 31 to 37). Do the activities on pages 31, 33, 35, 36 and 37. Complete the chapter review on page 39. Please have your parents email photos of your work.

Finally, read the Apostles Creed on page 38.

WEEK 3 (October 3, 2021)

Hi there, 8th grader students! This week we begin with the Lord’s prayer and then open up to student prayer intentions. After that, we read chapter 2 (pages 43 to 52) and completed all of the activities in the chapter as well as the chapter review. We then talked about guardian angels because Oct. 2 is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels.

We finished with this prayer:

Angel of God, 
my guardian dear, 
To whom God’s love
commits me here, 
Ever this day, 
be at my side, 
To light and guard, 
Rule and guide.

Amen.

‘From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God. ‘

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.

WEEK 4 (October 10, 2021)

Hello 8th graders! Today we talked about the prayer Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. We prayed that prayer with Corinthians 13:1-7.

We also worked on chapter 4. Please do the chapter review, all activities, and the section on St. Helena. Photograph & email your work for credit! Have a great week! Watch this video on the Beatitudes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxWCspyE7lg.

WEEK 5 (October 17, 2021)

This week, we continued the Lectio Divina Prayer. we worked on chapter 5. Please do all of the activities, the chapter review and the faith in action activity in the chapter. Read Colossians 3:12-15 and practice the Lectio Divina Prayer.

WEEK 6 (October 24, 2021)

This week, we looked at chapter 4, which talks about how the Church is One. Read through the whole chapter.

We begin by talking about the Four Marks ok the Church.

The 4 Marks of the Church:

The Nicene Creed was written centuries ago to help Christians remember the important beliefs of the faith. In the Nicene Creed we identify the four marks of the Church. The four marks of the Church are not characteristics that the Church creates or develops or learns. They are qualities that Jesus Christ shares with his Church through the Holy Spirit. The four marks of the Church are that it is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

The Church Is One

Just as God is one in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so also is the Church one. The founder of the Church is Jesus Christ, who brought us back to God and made us into the family of God. The Church is one in the Holy Spirit, who dwells in those who believe.

The Church Is Holy

The Church is holy because the Church lives in union with Jesus Christ, the source of holiness. Through the Holy Spirit the Church leads others to holiness. The holiness of the Church is seen in the love that the members of the Church have toward one another and the many sacrifices they make for the sake of the world.

The Church Is Catholic

Catholic means “universal.” The Church is universal in two ways. First, the Church is catholic because all baptized people are part of the Church and the Church possesses the means of salvation. Second, the mission of the Church is universal because the Church has been sent to proclaim Christ to the entire human race.

The Church Is Apostolic

The Church traces its tradition directly from the apostles; therefore, the Church is considered apostolic. With the Holy Spirit the Church preserves and continues the teaching of the apostles. The pope and bishops are the successors of the apostles.

Ephesians 4:4-6

“one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

  • United by our one faith, our one baptism
  • Our baptism unites us to every Christian around the world
  • Talk about groups we belong to and how that makes us feel
  • There is a group that all of us belong to: we are the children of God. How does that make us feel?

Romans 12:4-5

“For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function,

5so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.”

  • We, though many, are one body in Christ
  • Everywhere we go, there are Christians. How do we know them? (Cross, Bible, Mass, etc.)

  • The Pope is the visible sign of the unity of the church
  • Catholics in Girard, in Africa, in Asia, and in Rome look to the Pope as the leader of the Catholic Church
  • He is the physical representation of our unity throughout the world
  • Just as the flag represents America; everywhere you go, when you see that flag, you know the United States is “present”

ACTIVITY: How do you know you belong to a certain group? What are some ways we know that we share a sense of togetherness? What makes us feel we are at ease with that group? How does it make us feel to be part of that group?

  • Find a “group” that you belong to and then make a drawing of a symbol that represents your group.
  • EXAMPLES: All Americans (a flag), All Cleveland Browns Fans (orange helmet)
  • Have them share

THE CHURCH IS ONE

  • How is the church one?

John 17:17-23 “Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. ‘I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.

  • Jesus prayed that all Christians may be one
  • He prayed that God was in him and that he was in the apostles and all of us.
  • This is what Jesus prayed with the disciples before he was taken to be crucified
  • He was praying that the apostles and all of us may be united together in a band of peace through his teachings.

Finish by doing the chapter review and the faith in action activity.

WEEK 7 (October 31, 2021)

Hello 8th graders! We begin our lesson with the Our Father Prayer. This week, we read through chapter 5. Please do all activities, the chapter review, and the faith in action activity. Then pray the Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. Pray the prayer with this week’s Gospel Reading:

Mark 12:28b-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?” 
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, 
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.” 
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
‘He is One and there is no other than he.’
And ‘to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself’
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.” 
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

WEEK 8 (November 7, 2021)

We begin our lesson with the Our Father Prayer. This week, we read through chapter 6. Please do all activities, the chapter review, and the faith in action activity. Then pray the Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. Pray this prayer with Romans 8:28. What is God telling you in this verse?

WEEK 9 (November 14, 2021)

We begin our lesson with the Our Father Prayer. This week, we read through chapter 7. Please do all activities, the chapter review, and the faith in action activity. Then pray the Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. Pray this prayer with Matthew 5:3-12 (The Beatitudes). What is God telling you in this?

WEEK 10 (November 21, 2021)

We begin our lesson with the Our Father Prayer. This week, we read through chapter 8. Please do all activities, the chapter review, and the faith in action activity. Then pray the Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. Pray this prayer with John 18:33-37. What is God telling you in this?

WEEK 11 (December 5, 2021)

We begin our lesson with the Our Father Prayer. This week, we read through chapter 9. Please do all activities, the chapter review, and the faith in action activity. Then pray the Lectio Divina, which you can find in your Bible on page 1732. Pray this prayer with Luke 3:1-6 (This weekend’s Gospel reading). What is God telling you in this verse?

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