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STUDENTS MATCH WITS - CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS
( From Grade 1)
GRADE 2 CONCEPTS AND PRECEPTS
( From Grade 3)
The Blessed Trinity
God the Father
God the Son: Jesus
God the Holy Spirit
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
During the rest of the year we study all of the important things that Jesus taught us. This is called Ordinary Time.
The sacraments are sacred signs that celebrate God’s love for us and Jesus’ presence in our lives and in the Church.
There are 7 sacraments:
Through the sacraments we are united with Jesus and share in God’s life. Sharing in God’s life is called grace.
THE SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
We become full members of the church through the 3 sacraments of initiation:
Baptism welcomes us into the Christian Community, frees us from original sin, and unites us with Jesus.
Confirmation strengthens the new life we received at Baptism and makes us living witnesses of Jesus in the world.
Eucharist celebrates the real presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood under the appearances of bread and wine. During the celebration the priest says the words of consecration over the bread and wine, which becomes the Body and Blood of Christ.
THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING
The two sacraments of healing celebrate Jesus’ forgiveness and healing:
Reconciliation celebrates God’s healing and forgiveness of our sins.
Anointing of the Sick brings Jesus’ healing, comfort, and strength to those who are seriously ill, elderly, or in danger of death.
THE SACRAMENTS OF COMMITMENT OR VOCATION
In the two sacraments of commitment, the Church celebrates two special ways that adults serve others by sharing their gifts:
Matrimony celebrates the permanent and lifelong love of a man and woman for each other. During the celebration the bride and groom exchange marriage vows, promising always to be faithful to each other.
Holy Orders ordains men to serve the Church as bishops, priests, or deacons.
MORE ABOUT THE EUCHARIST
The Eucharist is the central celebration of the Church and our greatest act of worship. Jesus taught that he is the Bread of Life. He promised to give his followers his Body and Blood so that they could live forever. Jesus fulfilled this promise at the Last Supper on the night before he died.
The Eucharist makes present Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. The word Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” During the Mass we praise and thank God for all our gifts, especially the gift of God’s Son, Jesus.
Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist still has the appearance of ordinary bread and wine, but, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they become Jesus’ Body and Blood.
The Eucharist unites us with Jesus and the Church community. Jesus is also present in the people gathered to celebrate the Eucharist, in the word proclaimed, and in the priest who presides.