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STUDENTS MATCH WITS - CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS
( From Grade 1)
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