STUDENTS MATCH WITS - CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS
( From Grade 1)
There is one God.
God is three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Trinity is the name for the three persons in one God.
Jesus is God the Son.
The human person is a creature composed of body and soul and made in the image and likeness of God.
Jesus teaches us that if we follow His example we will be happy forever in heaven. Heaven is unending happiness with God and all who love God. If we show love for God, ourselves, and others, we will be happy together in heaven when our life on earth is over.
Saints are people who have died, but while they were alive, they were great followers of Jesus. We honor the saints and pray that they will watch over us from heaven.
Mary is the mother of Jesus. From the first moment of her life, Mary was filled with grace. We call Mary our mother, too. Mary loves and cares for us in heaven. Mary is our greatest saint.
Even today, we are part of the communion of saints. The communion of saints is the community of all those living and dead, who believe in Jesus Christ. They are the Family of God. People who believe in Jesus Christ gather together as a group or community called a Church or Parish. The building they go to is also called a church.
Baptism is a sacrament of welcome into the Church. We are baptized with water. Through Baptism
we are cleansed of original sin, receive sanctifying grace, and become members of the Church or Family of God.
Worship is giving honor and praise to God. We worship God when we pray.
We pray together at church. The name of the building where we gather is Saint Margaret Mary Church or Parish. The leader of our church is the priest in charge or the pastor – Father Dolan
( From Grade 2 )
Sacraments are special celebrations of Jesus’ love for us and signs of his presence with us now.
Reconciliation means making up and being friends again.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the sacrament in which we say we are sorry for our sins and celebrate God’s forgiveness.
THERE ARE 4 PARTS TO THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
SORROW OR CONTRITION
We feel sorrow for our sins.
We tell our sins to the priest.
The priest tells us of God’s forgiveness.
We do something good that the priest asks us to do to show God that we are sorry and want to be more caring. This is also called satisfaction.
Sin means to hurt someone on purpose or to do something we know is wrong.
We also sin when we do not do something that we know we should do.
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
Examination of Conscience is when we think about what sins we have committed.
It is when we think about what we have done that we know is wrong or things that we know are right but we chose not to do them. We should take time to examine our conscience before we talk to the priest in confession.
GRADE 2 CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS
THE SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST OR THE MASS
The Sacrament of the Eucharist or the Mass is the center of our Catholic Christian faith. It is a celebration of our unity with each other and the risen Christ. It represents thanksgiving, sacrifice, community, peace and service.
THE TWO MAIN PARTS OF THE MASS
The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist are the two main parts of the Mass.
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
During the Liturgy of the Word we listen to readings from the Bible. The most important reading is the gospel. It tells the story of Jesus’ life and teachings. Then the priest or deacon helps to understand what the readings mean. We call his talk the homily. We are reminded that our Church is a Community of people who hear God’s words and follow them.
THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
During the second part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the priest holds the bread and the wine and says the words of consecration to change them into the body and blood of Jesus. These are the words Jesus used at the Last Supper that He shared with his disciples. The bread and wine look the same, but they become a holy meal that provides spiritual food for us.
As we prepare to receive the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, we say prayers of thanksgiving for the sacrifice that Jesus made for us when he died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
When we receive Communion we remember how Jesus rose from the dead and we celebrate together as a community our peace of heart and new life as His followers.
Then we are asked to go and to love and serve other people just like Jesus did. This is the New Covenant in which we join together to follow as believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The Blessed Trinity
We believe that there is one God in three persons, whom we call the Blessed Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is all-mighty, all-good, all-holy and all-knowing. God is always just and merciful.
God the Father
God the Father created all things out of love. We share the gift of God’s life and love. Catholics call this sharing in God’s life grace. With grace, we help God care for the world.
God the Son: Jesus
Jesus, God’s own Son, is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Jesus is both God and man. Jesus is human like us in all things but sin. God sent Jesus to us to show us how to live. Jesus taught us about God’s love. Jesus gave his life for us. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. Jesus is our Savior.
He saves us from sin and brings us new life. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us live our new life.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit is our helper and guide. The Spirit helps us live as followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit gave the disciples the courage to share the good news of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is with the Church today, helping us to be a sign of Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit especially at Baptism and at Confirmation.
Catholics are followers of Jesus who spread God’s word, worship God, celebrate the sacraments, and serve those in need. The pope is the leader of the Catholic Church throughout the world. We call the pope our Holy Father or His Holiness. Bishops or Archbishops are referred to as Most Reverend. They help the pope lead the Church in regions called dioceses or archdioceses. We are in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The Church Year
The church year begins at Advent. It is a time of preparation for Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The most important feast in the church year is Easter in honor of the resurrection. That is when Jesus rose from the dead. The forty days of preparation before Easter is called Lent. The Triduum is the name of the three days of celebration when we remember how Jesus suffered, died and rose from the dead.
Day 1. Holy Thursday …The Last Supper.
Day 2. Good Friday … Jesus died on the cross
Day 3. Easter … Jesus came back to life.
During the rest of the year we study all of the important things that Jesus taught us. This is called Ordinary Time.
PRAYERS TO KNOW – Sign of The Cross
The Lords’ Prayer
Act of Contrition
ORDAINED LEADERS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
AS OF JANUARY 2014
Pastor of St. Margaret Mary Church Reverend Fr. Michael J. Dolan
South Windsor, Connecticut, USA Father Dolan
Deacon, St. Margaret Mary Church Deacon Michael D. Haines
South Windsor, Connecticut, USA Deacon Haines
Archbishop of Hartford The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair
Hartford, Connecticut, USA Your Excellency Archbishop Blair
Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford The Most Reverend Christie A. Macaluso
Hartford, Connecticut, USA Your Excellency Bishop Macaluso
Pope His Holiness Pope Francis
Rome, Italy Holy Father Pope Francis