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2018 - 2019 Homework


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Twenty-Two

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

The following stories are from, The Catholic Book of Bible Stories. If you have it, please read  “Zacchaeus”, pages 165-166 (Luke 19:1-10). Please read page 167, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus’ forgiveness of sinners. If you haven’t already, please also read “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37) pages 153-154, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 155.(Or you can read the stories in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.)

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

“THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)
Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

This week we learn about the “Scourging at the Pillar.”  The full reading below is not for young children. Please read them the excerpt below My First Communion Bible.

The Third Sorrowful Mystery

“Jesus is Crowned”

  1. “Jesus answers Pilate that He is a king, but His kingdom is not of this world. Jn. 18:36
  2. In mockery the soldiers place a crown of thorns on His head. Mt. 27:29
  3. They put a reed in His right hand, a symbol of authority. Mt. 27:29
  4. They kneel before Him in derision: ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’ Mt. 27:29
  5. They spit on Him and taking the reed, strike Him on the head. Mt. 27:30
  6. Pilate presents Jesus to the crowd and says ‘Behold the Man.’ Jn. 19:5
  7. The crowd shouts: ‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him!’ Jn. 19:6
  8. Pilate asks: ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ Jn. 19:15
  9. They respond: ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ Jn. 19:15
  10. Though He was harshly treated, He submitted, and opened not His mouth.” Is. 53:7

 

My First Communion Bible

“Pontius Pilate’s soldiers tied Jesus to a pillar and whipped him. Then they put a scarlet robe over his wounds and pressed a crown of thorns onto his head. ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ they mocked. Then they continued to beat him with reeds and sticks.” Page 52

Art Project–“The Sacred Heart of Jesus”

This painting is actually a “drawing” with liquid watercolors and brushes, on watercolor paper. I include the cross, crown of thorns, the heart, rays of light (signifying “Holiness”) and the “sword” that pierced the side of Jesus. If you have young children, the heart and cross are a good place to start.

 

Materials

 


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Twenty-One

Continue to Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Please read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday for the next five weeks. Help your child name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

Please read about the “Second Sorrowful Mystery” with your child, “The Scourging at the Pillar.” If you have a child under age eight, it might be helpful to edit it for his or her ability to process it. You might find a simplified version in a Catholic Child’s Bible, such as the Child’s Bible below:

My First Communion Bible

Here is an excerpt for children from My First Communion Bible  for “The Scourging At The Pillar” and “The Crowning of Thorns,” which is age-appropriate for young children:

“Pontius Pilate’s soldiers tied Jesus to a pillar and whipped him. Then they put a scarlet robe over his wounds and pressed a crown of thorns onto his head. ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ they mocked. Then they continued to beat him with reeds and sticks.” Page 52

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)
  1. Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.
  2. The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.
  3. The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.
  4. Pilate can “find no cause in Him”, yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.
  5. The scourge is made of leather thongs to which are attached small sharp bones.
  6. Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.
  7. The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.
  8. Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.
  9. The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: “He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins.”
  10. Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Spiritual Fruit: Mortification of the senses

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

Educational Lenten Activities for Kids

For activities for children 7-10 this Lenten season, I recommend My Catholic Lent and Easter Activity Book Written and Illustrated by Jennifer Galvin, which has twenty-seven “Reproducible Sheets for Home and School.” It covers all the important events in Christ’s life and death as He journeys to Jerusalem for the last time, including:  An Act of Contrition, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Stations of the Cross, through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is helpful, fun and interesting. It costs $9.21 on Amazon Prime.

Information and Activities for Children 7-10

This week, please read from a Catholic Children’s Bible about the story of “Jesus and the Children” with your child: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark, chapter 10:14) from Jesus of Nazareth The Story of His Life Written for Children by Mother Loyola.

Literature-Jesus of Nazareth Written for Children

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Twenty

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Please read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday for the next five weeks. Help your child name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)

The First Sorrowful Mystery: “THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN”

  • “Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: ‘Stay here, while I go yonder and pray.
  • Entering the garden with Peter, James, and John, Jesus prays, ‘My soul is sorrowful unto death.’
  • Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
  • He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
  • So great is his anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
  • An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
  • ‘Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done.’
  • Finding the disciples asleep: ‘Could you not watch one hour with me?’
  • Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
  • Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Nineteen

Please discuss the Sacraments with your children. Talk to them about their own baptism and your wedding. Perhaps they have seen an older sibling or relative receive their First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Show them pictures from these important events in your life and the children’s lives.

For an excellent book on the Seven Sacraments read, Child’s Guide to The Seven Sacraments By Elizabeth Ficocelli, Illustrations By Anne Catherine Blake.

Child’s Guide to the Seven Sacraments

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Eighteen


Talk with your child about these two questions. Ask them to write down their short answers.

“During this Sunday’s Mass I will thank God especially for…”

“During this week, my family will thank God especially for…”

Source: We Believe and Celebrate First Communion pages 52-53

Please read page 223 “I am the Bread of Life” John 6:22-70 from Catholic Book of Bible Stories.

“Just like your stomach gets hungry, your soul gets hungry, too. So how can you feed your soul? You feed your soul with God’s life-giving words in the Bible. We hear God’s words during mass when the Gospel is read. We also feed our souls by sharing the body and blood of Jesus when we receive Communion.”  By Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton

Please read “The Good Shepherd” from John 10:11-18 from your family Bible or online from USCCB.org.

Please read aloud the “Luminous Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens in Jesus’ life as he nears His crucifixion. As you pray the Rosary, please read the “mysteries” every Sunday for the next five weeks as we approach Lent. This week please read and learn about “The Institution of the Eucharist.”

The “Luminous Mysteries” from Rosary-Center.Org

From CatholicMom.com

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Seventeen

Please talk to your children about The Ten Commandments. First Reconciliation requires the children know and understand how to make an “Examination of Conscience.” They will also need to practice saying “An Act of Contrition.” It is fine for them to hold a copy of it to read it, if they need to.

An Act of Contrition

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Sixteen

This week, Praying the Rosary will be a “homework activity.”
How to Pray the Rosary Source: Catholic Child’s Prayer Book  By Rev. Thomas J. Donaghy St. Joseph Junior Books, Page 15

“We begin the Rosary with the sign of the Cross (for this is the way that we begin all of our prayers.)

After this, we pray the Apostles’ Creed. This is a very ancient prayer that proclaims the important truths of our faith.

After the Apostle’s Creed, we pray one Our Father, three Hail Marys and one Glory Be.

Now we come to the most important reason we pray the Rosary: to meditate on the Mysteries of our Faith. We proclaim each of the five Mysteries, followed by one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, and one Glory Be.

Remember, the reason for praying the Rosary is not to tally how many prayers we can say. It is to meditate on God’s love as shown in the lives of Jesus and Mary. This is why we hold the Rosary while we pray, so that we can keep track of the number of prayers we have said.”

“The Third Luminous Mystery” Source: Rosary-Center.Org

“THE PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM”

  1. “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
  2. “My kingdom is not of this world.”
  3. “Unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”
  4. “Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it.”
  5. “I have come to call sinners, not the just.”
  6. “Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.”
  7. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  8. “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.”
  9. “Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  10. “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church… I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

“Spiritual Fruit: Desire for Holiness”

Please read a from Catholic Child’s Bible with your child about “The Sermon on the Mount.”

Here is an Excerpt from A Catholic Baby’s First Bible. It is simple and lovely for children 4-7 years of age.

“Jesus Speaks to the People” Page 67
Matthew 5:1-12; 6:5-15 Luke 6:17-26; 11:1-5

“One day Jesus went to a mountain top and spoke to the people. He said, ‘Love everyone, even those who are not kind to you. Treat others as you want them to treat you, and ask God your Father for whatever you need.'”

A Catholic Baby’s First Bible

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Fifteen

Do some research with your children about the life and times of Jesus. For the art project, I wanted to see how the water jars looked that would have been used at the wedding at Cana. I read, “The Marriage Feast of Cana” from The Children’s Illustrated Bible which offers “side panels” on different aspects of life at the time of Christ. This story has drawings of water jars from the region, information on the town of Cana, and shows musical instruments that might have been played at a wedding long ago.
Please read from a Catholic Children’s Bible the story of “Jesus Calls His Disciples.” The Catholic Children’s Bible is an excellent book for a family’s library. Also, “The First Disciples” John, chapter 1:35-51 is available on USCCB.Org.


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Fourteen

Please read the story of “The Baptism of Christ” with your child from a Catholic children’s Bible. Also, read from Holy Scripture:

“The Baptism of Jesus.” Luke, chapter 3:21-22
“After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’” Source: USCCB.Org

Please note there are wonderful picture books about the life of Jesus. Pictures help children’s comprehension and are great teaching tools.

Please click here for “Stories About Jesus.”

The Baptism of Jesus

We resume homework activities this week, after the Christmas season.

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Thirteen

Please read from a Catholic Children’s Bible and/or an illustrated children’s Bible about the story of the Three Magi, for enrichment and comprehension.

Here are two excellent references:

The Catholic Children’s Bible Matthew 2 “Visitors from the East” Pages 1447-1450

The Catholic Children’s Bible

The Children’s Illustrated Bible “The Wise Men” Pages 196-197

The Children’s Illustrated Bible

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Nine

Read a Catholic child’s Bible story of “Finding Jesus in the Temple.”
The Catholic Children’s Bible is an excellent resource for families.

The Catholic Children’s Bible

The material below is from this Bible, pages 1582-1583 “Jesus Obeys His Parents”

Discuss the following with your child:
“What is a temple?” (“a building for prayer and bringing gifts to God.”)
“What does the word “treasured” mean?” (valued very highly
“What does the word “favor” mean?” (“approval and support.”)


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Eight

Read “Jesus is Presented in the Temple” from a Catholic child’s Bible. An excellent resource is The Catholic Children’s Bible. pages, 1576-1577 Luke, chapter 2:22-38

The Catholic Children’s Bible

Discuss the following words with your children: temple, purification, “dedicated to the Lord,” sacrifice.


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Seven

Family Discussion–“Are you surprised that Jesus was born in a cave?”

Please read with your children: “The Birth of Jesus” in a Catholic children’s Bible, your family Bible or on the USCCB.org website Luke 2:1-7.

Excerpt from The Catholic Bible for Children– “The Birth of Jesus” Pages 102-103

“The Roman emperor ordered a great census to count all the people on earth. Joseph and Mary set out for Bethlehem, in the land of Joseph’s family. However, it was almost time for Mary’s baby to be born, and she was tired out by the long journey.”

“In Bethlehem, Joseph knocked on every door, trying to find a room, but there was no place left for them anywhere. So Mary and Joseph took shelter in a stable. That night, the child was born. Mary wrapped him up and laid him in the animals’ manger.”

The Catholic Bible for Children

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Six

Stephen is the first martyr in the Bible. Please read about “The Stoning of Stephen” in a Catholic Children’s Bible, your family Bible, or read it on USCCB.org. “Acts” chapter 7:51-60

“Praying for your beloved parents” from MagnifiKid! October 21, 2018, Vol. 15. Part II, Section 4. Page 5

“The Fourth Commandment states. “‘Honor your father and your mother: Be sure to thank God each day for the family he has given you: your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts… You can bring them and all their concerns to God by saying a prayer for them.'”

Family Discussion: How can we serve others?

“Greatness in God’s Kingdom is not achieved by strength, but through loving service. Jesus invites all of his disciples, including us, to follow his example of humility, to live their lives for others.”

“Serving others”

“Ask your parents to help you find out how you can use your free time to serve others, by helping at your school, at the library, or in your parish.”

MagnifiKid!, Page 3

 

 


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Five

Abraham is the first prophet in the Bible. Please read about “God’s Call to Abram” in a Catholic Children’s Bible, your family Bible. or read it on USCCB.org. “Genesis” chapter 12:1-9

“Discovering True Riches” from MagnifiKid! October 14, 2018, Vol. 15. Part II, Section 3. Page 2

“On a piece of paper, make two columns. In the first column, draw or write down all of the things you have or care about that can be bought or sold. In the second column, write or draw those which cannot be bought or sold. Which of these things brings you the most happiness? Which of them are true riches?”

Family Discussion: When God told Abram to pack up everything he owned or cared about and to set out for a faraway land, what do you think he’d care the most about and would take?

When Jesus told a rich man to sell all his possessions and to follow Him, what do you think the rich man felt? What would the rich man receive if he chose to follow Jesus?


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Four

Invite your family members to “make and keep a promise.” Here’s what MagnifiKid!, page 3, suggests this week: “Make a promise to yourself (or to God) today to do something good every day this week–even if difficult. You could promise to say a special prayer, to smile more often, or to talk to a classmate who doesn’t usually speak to you. Whatever it is, be faithful to your promise!”

Please read with your child: “The Tower of Babel” Genesis, chapter 11:1-9 from your family Bible or a Catholic Children’s Bible. Click on the link to the story from the USCCB.org.

Note to Parents* Next week we will begin to learn about Jesus by learning the Mysteries of the Rosary .

For a wonderful guide, check out Child’s Guide to the Rosary by Elizabeth Ficocelli:

Child’s Guide to the Rosary

Suggested Homework Activities–Week Three

Invite your family members to do a good deed for others this week at home and at school. Perhaps they can sweep up litter on their block, or ask to help the teacher with a simple job, such as emptying the class trash can.

“Do for others what you want them to do for you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Please read with your child: “Noah’s Ark” in Genesis ” chapter 7:1-24 from your family Bible or a Catholic Children’s Bible. Click on the link to the story from the USCCB.org.

 


Suggested Homework Activities–Week Two

Invite your family members to practice “The Golden Rule” at home and at school.
“Do for others what you want them to do for you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Please read with your child: “Adam and Eve–The Garden of Eden” in Genesis 2:5-25 from your family Bible or a Catholic Children’s Bible. Click on the link to the story from the USCCB.org.


Suggested Homework Activities–Week One

Read “The Story of Creation” from The Book of Genesis with your child from a Catholic children’s Bible or from your family Bible. Here is the link to “The Creation Story” on the USCCB.org.

For enrichment literature and art ideas on “The Creation Story” check out our post on SundaySchoolUpdates.com.


2017 - 2018 Homework

Using Catholic Book of Bible Stories for Suggested Reading and Homework

Catholic Book of Bible Stories

Suggested Homework

Week Thirty-Five

Next week will be the last week of the “Curriculum” section of SundaySchoolUpdates.com until SSU starts again with the new school year. However, the art and enrichment posts will continue and the focus will be on Catholic Bible stories. It will be filled with art ideas and there will be no homework until the new school year starts again. Happy Summer!

This week, please read “Living Christ’s Way” Ephesians 6:13-18 from Catholic Book of Bible Stories Pages 200-203. Also please read the following message and prayer out loud:

“Faith to Grow”
“God wants us to act on the gifts of truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, and God’s Word. If we have those gifts, we become closer to him.”

“Prayer”

“Lord, help me to be more like you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Amen


Homework Suggestions

Week Thirty-Four

Please read “The Coming of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2) from  Catholic Book of Bible Stories Pages 196-197, and Page 199, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer.”

“Prayer”

“Come, Holy Spirit, and fill our souls

with your peace. In the name of

the Father, and of the Son, and

of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.”

The Holy Spirit and Flame

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Week Thirty-Three

Please read the excerpt from page 34 of The Mass Book for Children.

The Mass Book for Children

Excerpt:

“The Mystery of Faith”

“What a miracle!
God changed bread and wine
into the Body and Blood of Jesus.

This is the difficult part of the mystery of our faith.

Though it is difficult to understand,
Jesus did die.
He rose from the dead
and He will come again.
He is always with us.

He told us He is the Bread of Life
and that he will be with us always.
He told us to eat His Body
and drink His Blood
in remembrance of Him.

So even though it looks like bread and wine,
the Eucharist is really
the Body and Blood of Jesus!

Jesus told us so!”


Suggested Homework

Week Thirty-Two

Please read “The Last Supper” (Matthew 26:17-30; Luke 22:14-20) in Catholic Book of Bible Stories on pages 172-174, or in your own family Bible, or from the USCCB.org. Please read “Faith to Grow” on page 175

Excerpt from Catholic Book of Bible Stories Page 174

“Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. Then he took a cup, blessed it, and gave it to them. “Drink it, all of you,” he said; “this is my blood, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

“Prayer” Page 175

“Thank you, God, for giving us the precious Eucharist to remember you.
In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

Please read out loud the “Nicene Creed.”

Please read the “Glorious Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens after Jesus is crucified. As you pray the Rosary, please read one every Sunday for five weeks during this Easter season.This week please read and learn about “The Coronation.”

The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)”
  2. “THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)”
  3. “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2:4)”
  4. “THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)”
  5. “THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)”

The Glorious Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

From CatholicMom.com

Suggested Homework

Week Thirty-One

Talk with your child about these two questions. Ask them to write down their short answers.

“During this Sunday’s Mass I will thank God especially for…”

“During this week, my family will thank God especially for…”

Source: We Believe and Celebrate First Communion pages 52-53

Please read Page 223 “I am the Bread of Life” John 6:22-70 from Catholic Book of Bible Stories.

“Just like your stomach gets hungry, your soul gets hungry, too. So how can you fed your soul? You feed your soul with God’s life-giving words in the Bible. We hear God’s words during mass when the Gospel is read. We also feed our souls by sharing the body and blood of Jesus when we receive Communion.” By Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton

Please read “The good shepherd” from John 10:11-18 from your family Bible or online from USCCB.org

Please read the “Glorious Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens after Jesus is crucified. As you pray the Rosary, please read one every Sunday for five weeks during this Easter season.This week please read and learn about “The Assumption.”

The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)”
  2. “THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)”
  3. “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2:4)”
  4. “THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)”
  5. “THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)”

The Glorious Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

From CatholicMom.com

Suggested Homework

Week Thirty

Please read the “Glorious Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens after Jesus is crucified. As you pray the Rosary, please read one every Sunday for five weeks during this Easter season.

The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)”
  2. “THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)”
  3. “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2:4)”
  4. “THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)”
  5. “THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)”

The Glorious Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

From CatholicMom.com

Please read this post-Communion Prayer from MagnifiKid! Page 10:

“Father, through Jesus, in union with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Your Son sent his disciples on a mission to announce that he is truly risen. May the reading of his Word and this Communion with his Body and Blood help us, in turn, to become witnesses of this Good News, alleluia!”


Suggested Homework

Week Twenty-Nine

If you have not already, please read the “Glorious Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens after Jesus is crucified. As you pray the Rosary, please read one every Sunday for five weeks during this Easter season.

The Glorious Mysteries (These are recited Wednesdays and Sundays)

  1. THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 28:5-6)”
  2. “THE ASCENSION (Mark 16:15)”
  3. “THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 2:4)”
  4. “THE ASSUMPTION (Revelation 12:6)”
  5. “THE CORONATION” (Revelation 12:1)”

The Glorious Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

Please read John, chapter 20:19-29 from USCCB.org.

Also read “The Road to Emmaus” Luke 24:13-35 in the Catholic Book of Bible Stories pages 188-190. Please have your child read out loud, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer.”

For additional Enrichment:  “On the Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24; John 20) pages 278-279 in The Children’s Illustrated Bible has helpful illustrations and information about the town of Emmaus, the disappearing of Jesus, and includes a French illustrated manuscript of “Doubting Thomas.” I always learn from this excellent resource.


Week Twenty-Eight

Begin to learn the “Glorious Mysteries” of the Rosary to learn what happens after Jesus is crucified. Please read one a day after Easter Sunday for the following Easter Week.

The Glorious Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

  1. THE RESURRECTION
  2. THE ASCENSION
  3. THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
  4. THE ASSUMPTION
  5. THE CORONATION

The Rosary Coloring Sheet from CatholicMom.com
Click to Enlarge–Follow Printer Prompts to Print


Week Twenty-Seven

Preparing for Palm Sunday

Please read “Hosanna!” (John 12:12-19) in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, page 168-170, or another Catholic Child’s Bible, or this passage from your family Bible. Also, read God’s Blessing, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 171. If possible, take your child to a “Stations of the Cross” service this week.

For a simple art project, have your child draw or paint the word “Hosanna” (“Highest praise!… Rejoicing”) and include a palm tree or palm frond (branch), using art supplies on hand.

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

“THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)
Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org

Rosary Coloring Sheet from CatholicMom.com

Click to Enlarge–Follow Printer Prompts to Print


Week Twenty-Six

Please read  “Zacchaeus” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 165-166 (Luke 19:1-10), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Please read page 167, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus’ forgiveness of sinners. If you haven’t already, please also read “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37) pages 153-154, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 155.

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

“THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)
Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Week Twenty-Five

Please read  “Jesus Teaches Us to Pray” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 156-158 (Matthew 6:9-13;), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Please read page 159, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus’ teachings; please also read “Jesus Blesses the Children” (Mark 10:13-16) pages 160-162, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 163.

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

“THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)
Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Week Twenty-Four

Please read  “The Lost and Found Sheep” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 144-147 (Matthew 18:10-14;), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 148, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus; please also read “To Forgive or Not to Forgive” pages 148-150, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 151.

Read “Act of Contrition” on page 42-43 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation. Please read “Growing in Faith Together” with your child on page 48:

Growing in Faith Together Activity
“Help your child to appreciate and treasure the gift of God’s forgiveness.”
Talk to your child about the treasures of reconciliation. Have them write down the gifts they will be receiving.

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Week Twenty-Three

Please read  “You Are the Son of God” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 140-142 (Matthew 16:13-20; Galatians 3), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 143, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus, and Peter; please also read “The Good Samaritan” pages 153-154, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 155.

Read “The Word of the Lord” on page 38 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation. Please read “Examination of Conscience” with your child on pages 40-41:

“Live”
Read with your child about Saint Thomas Moore and discuss the question “Following my conscience is important because…” on page 45

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Week Twenty-Two

Please read  “I Am the Bread of Life” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 136-137 (John 6:22-70), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 139, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus, his sacrifice; and, Holy Communion; please also read “To Forgive or Not to Forgive” page 148-150, and “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” on page 151.

Read “Growing in Faith Together” on page 34 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation. Please do the assignment with your child on page 34:

“Think about and name what you can do this week that will build up, not hurt, your friendship with God and others. Do an act of kindness for your child and each person of the family.”

Celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation! Receive the sacrament and tell your child why God’s mercy is something to be celebrated.”

Learn About Jesus Through the Mysteries of the Rosary

Over Lent, read the Bible passage for one of the Sorrowful Mysteries each Sunday. Help your child begin to name them.

The Sorrowful Mysteries (These are recited Tuesdays and Fridays)

  1. THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN (Luke 22:43)
  2. THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR (John 19:1)
  3. THE CROWNING WITH THORNS (Matthew 27:28-29)
  4. THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS (Mark 15:22)
  5. THE CRUCIFIXION” (John 19:25-27)

Source: The Sorrowful Mysteries from Rosary-Center.org


Week Twenty-One

Please read “Jesus Feeds Five Thousand” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 132-134. (Matthew 14:13-21) (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 135, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus, his disciples, and His miracles; please also read “The Sufferings of Job” from The Catholic Bible for Children pages 92-93, below:

“Job was a good and righteous man. One day, for no reason, he lost everything. His children died. He fell ill. Even his friends snubbed him. They whispered behind his back: ‘Surely he must have done something very bad to suffer so many tragedies all at once!’ Job wept and was angry. ‘God!’ he cried,’Come to my aid!’ ‘Help me!’

“Job was sure God heard him: ‘I have faith everything will soon get better!’ His friends thought he was mad. They said to each other, ‘There’s no doubt about it: God has abandoned him!’ But Job did not listen to them. He went about praying and never stopped crying out to God.”

“At last, God answered him. Job soon regained his health. He had more children and was blessed with much great fortune. He had new life.”

Read “Penance and Reconciliation” on pages 28-29 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation. Please do the writing assignment on page 30: “Write a story or a poem about God’s love and forgiveness.” A drawing or painting is also an option. (If you don’t have the text, please still do the activity.)

 


Week Twenty

Please read “The Faith of the Centurion” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 124-126. (Matthew 8:5-13) (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 127, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we learn more about Jesus, his disciples, and the Way of the Lord; please also read “Adam and Eve Disobey God” (Genesis 2-3) pages 13-14.

Talk about about the rules your family has. Page 208 has a list of questions:

1. “How do these rules show your parents’ love for you?”
2. “How do your rules keep you safe?”
3. “Make a list of your family rules and decorate it with colorful designs. Hang it where everyone can see.”

Read “The Word of the Lord” on pages 24-25, and “Reconciliation” on pages 26-27 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation.


Week Nineteen

Please read “Jesus Calls His Disciples” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 116-118 (Luke 5:1-11), (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 119, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we begin our learning about Jesus, his disciples, and his teachings.

Read “Growing in Faith Together” on pages 19-23 of Believe Celebrate Live Reconciliation. (If you do not have the text, you can still do these activities.)

“At Mass this week, have the family members bless themselves with holy water and be reminded of their Baptism.” Page 18

“Hold your child’s hands and pray together the Lord’s Prayer. At the end of the prayer, encourage your child to forgive, in his or her heart, anyone who needs forgiveness, and do the same yourself. Emphasize the statement “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Talk about why it is hard to forgive sometimes.” Page 20

“God makes our hearts new again in the sacraments. The sacraments are special signs given to us by Jesus through which we share in God’s life and love.” Page 23

Writing/Art Assignment:

“Complete this sentence: God’s love is like…” Page 23

Have your child make a pretty picture for the written paragraph with hearts and other symbols of God’s creation. Provide simple construction paper, stickers, markers, and a Sharpie pen.


Week Eighteen

Please read, “Jesus Is Tempted” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 112-114. (Matthew 4:1-11) (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read pages 115, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we begin our learning about baptism and the sacraments in preparation for First Reconciliation, and “The Baptism of Jesus” in Let’s Talk About This, page 222.

Re-Read “Rules to Live By” (Exodus 20:1-17) on the Ten Commandments, pages 45-47, or from another Catholic Children’s Bible.


Week Seventeen

At the end of praying the Rosary, it is customary to recite “Hail Holy Queen.” Please begin to learn this prayer by reading it out loud.

“Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
V- Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Please read about, “The Baptism of Jesus” in The Catholic Book of Bible Stories, pages 108-110. (Matthew 3:1-17) (or in your own Catholic Children’s Bible, or directly from your family Bible.) Also, read page 110, “Faith to Grow” and “Prayer” as we begin our learning about baptism and the sacraments in preparation for First Reconciliation.

Talk with your children, and show them photos of their own baptism. Share with them the pride the family felt.


Weeks Fifteen and Sixteen

No Homework for the Christmas Break.
The curriculum will begin again on January 8, 2018!


Week Fourteen

Homework for the Week

During Advent, please read or have the students read with you, directly from a Catholic Bible rather than a children’s Bible.

Please read “Isaiah chapter 40:1-5, 9-11” in your family’s Bible, or on the USCCB.Org website

“PROMISE OF SALVATION
1
* Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
2
Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service* has ended,
that her guilt is expiated,
That she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.
3
A voice proclaims:*
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!a
4
Every valley shall be lifted up,
every mountain and hill made low;
The rugged land shall be a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
5
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
9
Go up onto a high mountain,
Zion, herald of good news!*
Cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Cry out, do not fear!
Say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!
10
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD,
who rules by his strong arm;
Here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
11
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom,
leading the ewes with care.c

Talk to your children about the symbols and job of a shepherd. Also, discuss what it means to “lift up” a valley.


Week Thirteen

Homework for the Week
Please re-read “The Annunciation” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Luke 1:26-38) and “The Birth of Christ” (Luke 2:1-20)

Please read Psalm 139:1-6 from page 73 in Catholic Book of Bible Stories

“Lord, you have examined and you know me.
You know everything I do;
from far away you understand all my thoughts.
You see me, whether I am working or resting:
you know all my actions.
Even before I speak,
you already know what what I will say.”

Parents* The entire Psalm can be found through the link to USCCB.org

Start to learn the “O My Jesus” prayer below:

The Fatima Prayer

“O my Jesus,
forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
and lead all souls to Heaven,
especially those in most need of your Mercy.
Amen.”

Source: MaryPages.com

 


Week Twelve

Homework for the Week
Please read “Solomon Asks for Wisdom” and “You Are the Son of God” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Matthew 16:13-20; Galatians 3)

Please Read Ten Commandments for Children from Child’s Guide to Reconciliation By Elizabeth Ficocelli Illustrations By Anne Catherine Blake

1. “Love God with all of your heart.
2. Use God’s name with respect and love.
3. Keep Sunday’s special and holy.
5. Love and obey your mother and father.
6. Respect your body as a gift from God.
7. Don’t take things that don’t belong to you.
8. Always tell the truth.
9. Don’t be jealous or greedy.
10. Help others who are in need.”


Week Eleven

Homework for the Week
Please read “David and Goliath” and “I Am the Bread of Life” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (John 6:22-70)

Please Read Psalm 23–The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths For His Name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord My whole life long.

[Psalm 23:1-6; NRSV]


Week Ten

Homework for the Week
Please read “God Gives Samson Strength” and “Jairus’ Daughter” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Mark 5:21-43)

Read “Praise God!” Page 77 in Catholic Book of Bible Stories,

“Praise God!” Psalm 150 “Good News Translation”

“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his temple!
Praise his strength in heaven!
Praise him for the mighty things he has done.
Praise his supreme greatness.
Praise him with trumpets.
Praise him with harps and lyres.
Praise him with drums and dancing.
Praise him with harps and flutes.
Praise him with loud cymbals.
Praise the Lord, all living creatures!
Praise the Lord!”


 

Week Nine

Homework for the Week
Please read “The Lord Calls Samuel” and “The Faith of the Centurion” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Matthew 8:5-13) Recite and begin to memorize: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” (“Recited during Mass before Communion.” Catholic Book of Bible Stories Page 126) Discuss as a family:

The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

“The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 3)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. (Verse 4)
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Verse 5)
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. (Verse 6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. (Verse 7)
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. (Verse 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Verse 9)
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)”


Week Eight

Homework for the Week
Please read “Crossing the Sea” and “Rules to Live By” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Exodus 20:1-17 ) Discuss as a family:

The Corporal Works of Mercy

Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothing to the naked.
Visit the sick.
Visit the imprisoned.
Bury the dead.

 


Week Seven

Homework for the Week
Please read “God Saves the Israelites” and “Why Worry?” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Matthew 6:18-24)


Week Six

Homework for the Week
Please read “God Watches Over Baby Moses” and “Jesus Calls His Disciples” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Luke 5:1-11)


Week Five

Homework for the Week
Please read “God Remembers Joseph” and “Jesus is Tempted” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Matthew 4:1-11)


Week Four

Homework for the Week

Please read “God’s Promise to Abraham” and “The Baptism of Jesus” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Matthew 3)


Week Three

Homework for the Week

Please read “Noah’s Faithful Journey” and “Jesus in His Father’s House” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Luke 2:41-52)


Week Two

Homework for the Week

Please read “The Annunciation,” and “The Birth of Jesus” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. Note: “The Visitation” is not in the Catholic Book of Bible Stories but is linked to the USCCB.org. (Luke 1:26-38)  as is  “The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple” (Luke 2:21-38)


Week One

Homework for the Week

Please read “God’s Wonderful Creation,” “Adam and Eve Disobey God,” and “Isaiah the Prophet Brings Hope” in Catholic Book of Bible Stories, a children’s Catholic Bible, or in your family’s Bible. (Isaiah 40)



2016 - 2017 Homework

Week Twenty-Nine

All Students Please Read:

The Catholic Bible for Children Pages 210-211 “Pentecost”

First Graders: Please read Chapter 26 in the blue text, pages 103–105 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 29 in the turquoise text, pages 140- 142.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 26 in the yellow text, pages 125-128 and review the vocabulary


Week Twenty-Eight

Home Work for the Week

All Students Please Read:

The Catholic Bible for Children Pages 204-205 “Jesus Appears on the Seashore;” Pages 208-209 “The Ascension and the Choosing of Matthias”
First Graders: Please read Chapter 25 in the blue text, pages 99-101 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 28 in the turquoise text, pages 135- 138.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 25 in the yellow text, pages 119-123 and review the vocabulary.


Week Twenty-Seven

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 24 in the blue text, pages 95-97 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 27 in the turquoise text, pages 131-133 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 24 in the yellow text, pages 115-118 and learn the vocabulary.


Week Twenty-Six

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 23 in the blue text, pages 91-93 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 26 in the turquoise text, pages 125-129 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 23 in the yellow text, pages 111-114 and learn the vocabulary.


Week Twenty-Five

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 22 in the blue text, pages 87-89 and learn the vocabulary. Read pages 198-203 in the children’s Bible.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 25 in the turquoise text, pages 121-124 and learn the vocabulary. Read pages 198-205 in the children’s Bible.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 22 in the yellow text, pages 107-110 and learn the vocabulary. Please continue to learn the “Nicene Creed.” It is on page 104 in your text. Please read this aloud several times this week, to become familiar with it. Please read pages 201-209 in the children’s Bible.


Week Twenty-Four

Homework For the Vacation– Two Weeks to Complete!

In The Catholic Bible for Children, which the children all have, Chapter 9, “When Jesus Gave His Life for Us,” tells the stories about Jesus’ trial, arrest, Passion, death, Resurrection, and return for forty days, on pages 186-204. Perhaps sometime in the next two weeks (We meet for class again on April 23rd) the children could read through this with family members. I am suggesting the stories I’d like each grade to read, below with their two-week assignments.

First Graders: Please read Chapter 21 in the blue text, pages 85-86 and learn the vocabulary. Read pages 186-188 in the children’s Bible.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 24 in the turquoise text, pages 117-119 and learn the vocabulary. Read pages 186-194 in the children’s Bible.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 21 in the yellow text, pages 101-105 and learn the vocabulary. Note* In third grade, the children in the Academy and in our CCD learn the “Nicene Creed.” It is on page 104 in your text. Please read this aloud several times this week, to become familiar with it. Read pages 186-200 in the children’s Bible.


Week Twenty-Three

Homework for the Week

All Children Receiving First Holy Communion: Please use homework time to work on your banners.

First Graders: Please read Chapter 20 in the blue text, pages 81-83 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 23 in the turquoise text, pages 113-115 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 20 in the yellow text, pages 97-100 and learn the vocabulary.


Week Twenty-Two

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 19 in the blue text, pages 77-79 and learn the vocabulary.

Also read: “The Wedding at Cana” pages 164-165 in your Children’s Bible. (Optional)

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 22 in the turquoise text, pages 107-111 and learn the vocabulary.

Also read: “The Wedding at Cana” pages 164-165 and  “The Healing of the Leper” page 166 in your Children’s Bible.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 19 in the yellow text, pages 93-96 and learn the vocabulary.

 Also read:  “The Wedding at Cana” pages 164-165,  “The Healing of the Leper” page 166, and “The Multiplication of the Loaves”

 Pages 173-174 in your Children’s Bible.


Week Twenty-One

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 18 in the blue text, pages 73-75 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 21 in the turquoise text, pages 101-105 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 18 in the yellow text, pages 87-91 and learn the vocabulary.


Week Twenty

Homework for the Week—We are going back to read chapters that are important and help us understand “sacrifice.”

First Graders: Please read Chapter 7 in the blue text, pages 31-32 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 7 in the turquoise text, pages 35-39 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 5 in the yellow text, pages 27-29 and learn the vocabulary.


Week Nineteen

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read from The Catholic Bible for Children: “You Are Peter” page 128, “The Transfiguration” page 129, and “Jesus and the Little Children” page 138

Second Graders: Please read from The Catholic Bible for Children: “You Are Peter” page 128, “The Transfiguration” page 129, “Zacchaeus” page 134, “Jesus and the Little Children” page 138, and “The Our Father” page 139

Third Graders: Please from The Catholic Bible for Children: “You Are Peter” page 128, “The Transfiguration” page 129, “Martha and Mary” page 130, The Samaritan Woman” page 132, “Zacchaeus” page 134, “Jesus and the Little Children” page 138, and “The Our Father” page 139


Week Eighteen

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read from The Catholic Bible for Children: “Jesus in the Synagogue” p. 120, “The Call of Peter” p. 122 “The Call of Mathew” p. 123, “The Rich Man” p. 124

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 18 in the turquoise text, pages 89-91 and complete “Jesus Forgives” page 70 in the turquoise Activity Book.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 17 in the yellow text, pages 83-85 and complete page 55 “Confessing Our Sins” in the yellow Activity Book.

Children who will be making a First Reconciliation:

Please read this together with your child:

First Penance by Sadlier Sacrament Program pages, 62-63, explains what happens when a child celebrates the Sacrament of Reconciliation face to face with a priest:

“The priest welcomes you, and you both make the sign of the cross.
“You listen as the priest shares a Bible story about God’s forgiveness.
You confess your sins to the priest.
You and the priest talk about making right choices.
The priest gives a penance to you. You will do your penance after the celebration of the sacrament.
You pray an act of contrition. You tell God you are sorry for your sins and that you will try to not sin again.
You receive absolution. The priest stretches his right hand over your head and says the words of absolution. (Say, “Amen.”)
In God’s name your sins are forgiven by the priest.
You and the priest praise and thank God for his love and forgiveness.
The priest tells you, ‘Go in peace.’”

The Words of Absolution from Our Third Grade text, Our Life With Jesus, Faith and Life Series 3, on page 71,

Here’s what the priest says:

“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.”

“When we hear the words of absolution, we know that Jesus Himself is forgiving us through the priest. He says, “I absolve you from your sins in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We accept the absolution by answering, ‘Amen.’”

Practice “An Act of Contrition” out loud, so that it is very familiar, and fluent.


Week Seventeen

Homework for the Week

First Graders: Please read Chapter 17 in the blue text, pages 69-71 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders: Please read Chapter 17 in the turquoise text, pages 85-87 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders: Please read Chapter 14 in the yellow text, pages 69-72 and learn the vocabulary.

All Children who will be making a First Reconciliation
:

These are the cards the children will use. It is one card, printed back to back, and laminated. The children got to practice with the new cards today and will practice again each week. On the morning of Reconciliation, I’ll give each of them a card to use and keep.

 

The Reconciliation cards were designed by Kim N. Buckley.


Week Sixteen

Homework for the Week

First Graders:
Please read Chapter 16 in the blue text, pages 65-67 and learn the vocabulary.

Second Graders:
Please read Chapter 16 in the turquoise text, pages 79-83 and learn the vocabulary.

Third Graders:
Please read Chapter 13 in the yellow text, pages 65-67 and learn the vocabulary.

All Children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Please practice reading this handout out loud:

First Reconciliation Cue Card


Week Fifteen

Homework for the Week

First Graders:
Please read with your child from Chapter 6 in the Children’s Bible, “The Rich Man” page 124, “The Sinful Woman” page 126

Second and Third Graders:
Please read out loud this “Act of Contrition” each day. It is the version the class will be using.

“My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His Name, My God, have mercy.” AMEN

Practice Out Loud — “The Glory Be,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “Hail Mary”

Parents:
There are helpful “Confession Guides” for children and parents on the Internet.

CatholicMom.Com offers these suggestions:

5 Ways to Prepare Your Child for First Reconciliation

1. “Talk about the Sacrament of Reconciliation Together”

2. “Examination of Conscience”

3. “Practice” (We’ll practice in class, too.)

4. “Go to Confession as a Family”

5. “Pray Together”


Week Fourteen

Homework for the Week
First Grade:

Read Chapter 15 in the blue text book, pages 61-63.

Please read out loud the Morning Offering each day:

Morning Offering
Dear Jesus, I give You my day and everything in it.
Please keep me close to You, Your Mother Mary,
and my guardian angel as I live today for Your glory. Amen.

Second Grade:

Read Chapter 15 in the turquoise text book, pages 75-78.

Read “Basis Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments for Little Ones” It is below the third grade assignments.

Read “An Act of Contrition” with the little pictures. It is also below the third grade assignments.

Please read out loud the Morning Offering each day:

Morning Offering
O my God, I offer You every thought
and word and act of today.
Please bless me, my God,
and make me good today. Amen.

Third Grade:

Read Chapter 10 in the yellow text book, pages 51-52.

Read “Examination of Conscience” in the yellow text book, pages 160-161

Read “An Act of Contrition” pdf with the little pictures. It is below this assignment.

Please read out loud the Act of Hope each day:

Act of Hope
O my God, relying on Your infinite goodness and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your Grace,
and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my
Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Examination of Conscience For Little Ones

An Act of Contrition


Week Thirteen

Homework for the Week
First Grade:

Read, “The Kingdom of Heaven” in the Children’s Bible, pages 144-145

Discuss vocabulary words from blue textbook with your child: teacher, Apostles (p. 54) “Good News” (p. 57) Holy Bible (p. 58)

Discuss this children’s worksheet of The Ten Commandments with your child:

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Second Grade:

Read, “Jesus Our Teacher” in the turquoise textbook pages 69-73

Discuss vocabulary words from turquoise textbook with your child: The Corporal Works of Mercy (p. 73)

Discuss this children’s worksheet of The Ten Commandments with your child:

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Third Grade:

Read, “Loving God Most of All” in the yellow textbook pages 45-49

Discuss vocabulary with your child from yellow textbook page 49: “superstitious” “reverent” “respect” “Apostles” (p.47)

Please have your child read the following:

The Corporal Works of Mercy

Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothing to the naked.
Visit the sick.
Visit the imprisoned.
Bury the dead.

Note* The USCCB website omits “Give clothing to the naked.” and instead uses “Give alms to the poor.” We will talk about alms giving in preparation for Lent.

Week Twelve

Homework for the Week
Dear Parents,

The students preparing for FR and FHC need family involvement and support.

Please take them to Mass every week. Show them the Confessionals and the Baptismal Font. Have them bless themselves with Holy Water. Help them to genuflect. They are probably a little wobbly. Encourage their participation in the service. They can cross themselves and respond “Thanks be to God.” after the Readings. Also, please bring them to class each week.

Please help them start to pray a “Morning Offering,” “The Blessing Before Meals,” and an “Evening Prayer.” All students can do this.

For the children preparing for FR and FHC, please help them learn the “Act of Contrition.”

Please find time to discuss “The Ten Commandments” and how we use them to make an “Examination of Conscience” before Confession.

We’ll be doing all of this in class, as well.


Here are the prayers they need to practice and learn:

Prayer Before Meals

Bless us O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are
about to receive, from Thy bounty, through Christ
our Lord. Amen

Morning Offering

Dear Jesus, I give You my day and everything in it.
Please keep me close to You,
Your Mother Mary, and my guardian angel
as I live today for Your glory. Amen.

Morning Offering

O my God, I offer You every thought and
word and act of today. Please bless me,
my God, and make me good today. Amen

Evening Prayer From LoyolaPress.Com

God, our Father, this day is done.
We ask you and Jesus Christ, your Son,
that with the Spirit, our welcome guest,
you guard our sleep and bless our rest.
Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having
offended You. I detest all my sins because of
Your just punishments, but most of all because
they offend You, my God, Who are all good
and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve,
With the help of Your grace, to confess my sins,
to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

The prayers above, with the exception of the “Evening Prayer” come from our text, Jesus Our Life, Faith and Life Series 2

An Examination of Conscience for Children

Responsibilities to God:

Have I prayed every day?
Have I prayed my morning prayers and night prayers?
Have I prayed with my parents and family?
Have I been moody and rebellious about praying and going to church on Sunday?
Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me whenever I have been tempted to sin?
Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me do what is right?

Responsibilities to others:

Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?
Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?
Have I been arrogant, stubborn or rebellious?
Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?
Have I pouted and been moody?
Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters,
teachers, or my friends and schoolmates?
Have I gotten angry at them? Have I hit anyone?
Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?
Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?
Have I used bad language?
Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?
Have I performed my responsibilities, such as homework and household chores?
Have I been helpful and affectionate toward my family?
HaveI been kind and generous with my friends?

Copyright, Fr. Thomas Weinandy. This resource may be reproduced and distributed free of charge by permission of the author.


Week Eleven

Homework for the Week

All Grades:

Please memorize the Two Great Commandments

1. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

2. Love your neighbor as yourself.

First Grade: (With Family Member Assistance.)

Read Chapter 12 “Jesus Grows Up” in Text, page 49

Read Daily This Week:  “The Morning Offering” on page 47 in Text

Color the “John the Baptist” picture on page 32 of the Activity Book.

Second Grade:

Please write a short, simple definition of the following words using the Text. For example, “God’s Grace—a share in God’s life.”

Grace (page 23), angels (page 27) devils (page 27) obey (page 28)

Color the drawing of “The Nativity” on page 38 in the activity book and answer the question at the bottom, “Who came to see Baby Jesus?”

Parents please tell your children if any family members have a saint’s name. Tell them about this Catholic tradition.

(Second Graders will work on Ten Commandments next week.)

Third Grade—Please read with your student:

Please work on our classroom Ten Commandment worksheet, by giving your own definition for each commandment. For example: “1. Worship Only God—No false idols!”

When it is finished, review it with a family member.  Give a simple example for each one. Complete sentences are not necessary. Please bring it to class on Sunday, finished or not.

The Ten Commandments we’ll be using in our preparation for First Reconciliation are below these instructions and above our classroom worksheet.

Please read and talk about these Commandments with a parent. P.S. What does the word “Commandment” mean?

The Ten Commandments

1.  You shall not have other gods besides Me.

2.  You shall not use God’s name in vain.

3.  Remember to keep God’s day holy.

4.  Honor your father and mother.

5.  You shall not kill.

6.  You shall not commit adultery.

7.  You shall not steal.

8.  You shall not lie.

9.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.


Children’s Ten Commandments Worksheet

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2015 - 2016 Homework

Week Ten

Homework for the Week
First Graders: With Family Member Assistance

Readings from The Catholic Bible for Children

“The Adoration of the Shepherds” Luke 2:8-16 pages 1-4:1-5

“Jesus at Nazareth” Matthew 2:19; Luke 2:39-40

Vocabulary and Questions

Name the members of the Holy Family.

Jesus, The Blessed Mother (Mary) and Saint Joseph (Joseph, the foster father of Jesus)

Who is the Heavenly Father of Jesus?

God is the father of Jesus.

Where was Jesus born? Bethlehem

Where did he grow up? Nazareth
Second Graders:

All of the above and the following:

A Reading from The Catholic Bible for Children

“The Adoration of the Magi” Mathew 2:1-12

Vocabulary and Questions

Who was the king of Judea when Jesus was born? Herod

What did the Three Kings (Wise men, or “Magi”) do when they saw baby Jesus?

They kneeled down to worship him as king, and they brought him three gifts.

What did the Three Kings bring to baby Jesus?

They brought him gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Third Graders:

All of the above and the following:

A Reading from The Catholic Bible for Children

“Isaiah and the Promised Savior” Isaiah 9:1-6 page 94

Vocabulary and Questions

What is a “prophet?” What is the “Messiah?”

A prophet is a messenger of God, sent by God, who often predicts the future.

The Messiah is the Savior, Jesus Christ.

Who is the prophet in this story and what did he predict”?

Isaiah is the prophet who told people about the coming of the Messiah.

 


Christmas Vacation

There will be no homework over the vacation—simply enjoy the beauty of this season together.

Merry Christmas. See you on Sunday, January 8– Epiphany!


Week Nine

Advent has started!
Homework for the Week
We begin to pray The Rosary together in class.

Please read the following stories from The Catholic Bible for Children over the week with your children. Confident readers can read and discuss the stories with you. First graders can listen to the stories being read aloud, and talk about the pictures.

“The Annunciation to Mary” pages 98-99 “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”
“The Visit to Elizabeth” pages100-101 ”How blessed you are, Mary!”
“The Birth of Jesus” pages 102-103 “That night, the child was born.”
“Jesus at Nazareth pages 110-111 “The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.”
“Jesus in the Temple” 112-114 “Prepare the way of the Lord”

The Children’s Bible version we have does not have the story of the “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple.” Here is a link to the verse from Luke, Chapter 2 from the Bible on the USCCB website: You might want to read it and re-tell it to your child in easier language.

Here are some words to discuss: Annunciation (announcement), engagement, savior, Bethlehem, census, emperor, Roman, pilgrimage, temple, Jerusalem

We’ll talk about them in class as we go, too.

Parents’ Note: The children need to know the Bible is entirely the Word of God, written in human words. God is the Author of Sacred Scripture; but He makes use of human authors to compose the written text. When we read the New Testament, we are reading about real events that took place in history. It’s not the same as hearing or reading “Snow White!”

This is confusing to the kids since the Bible stories we read and their illustrations look very similar to fictional stories. We discussed this in class, but it needs your reinforcement.

According to Catechism of the Catholic Church: 136 “God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth (cf. DV 11).”

For our next class, I plan to talk about what it means to say, “Thanks be to God.” after hearing a reading from the Bible. We don’t do that for any other material that we read. That may be a way to define a concrete distinction for the children. I also will read short verses directly from The Holy Bible on our classroom “altar,” each week.


Week Eight

Since this is the week of Thanksgiving, there will be no homework. Please encourage the children to participate during the weekly Mass service. They know how to genuflect; say, “Thanks be to God,” after the readings; cross themselves before the Gospel reading; and to bow to the altar. Encourage them to say “The Lord’s Prayer” nice and strongly when we say it as a group in church.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving Day and week.

Classroom Handout This Week:

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Week Seven

Homework for the Week
Please have the children read, or read to them, pages 46-51 in The Catholic Bible for Children. Please look at the pictures with your child and talk about the life of Moses for all of Chapter 2 “When God Set His People Free” in it as well.

For The Ten Commandments this week:

Please talk about #6, #7 and #8.

In class this past Sunday, We talked about #6: ”You shall not commit adultery.” from the perspective of “Honor Marriage Vows.” This led us into a discussion of the meaning of vows, weddings, marriage and promises, and the children were interested.

We also discussed the concept that their bodies are a gift from God. We went through a few possible unsafe/unhealthy scenarios that they could encounter over the years—being offered a cigarette, then a beer, then in a few years, drugs—and talked about God wanting us to keep our bodies safe and healthy. The students were very enthusiastic with saying “NO!” loudly to each of the possibilities.

Also, please have a conversation about #7 “You shall not steal.” and # 8 “You shall not lie.” These should be straight forward, but there are varying “degrees” of stealing ( i.e. copying from another student’s work) and lying ( i.e. “white lies” so as to not hurt someone’s feelings.) It will be interesting to talk with the children about these commandments.

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For The Beatitudes:

We are using modern words to explain the unfamiliar language, at this beginning stage. For, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” we talked about the meaning of “humble.” Most of the kids weren’t real clear on this. So we switched to the opposite of “humble.” I demonstrated by doing the Tarzan call and saying “I am the best!” That seemed to help, at least with the opposite of “humble!”

Please talk with them about the meanings of the eight words on the Beatitudes Handout:

Humble, Compassionate, Kind, Righteous, Merciful, Pure in Heart, Peacemaker, Charitable

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Week Six

Homework for the Week
Read “Joseph’s Dream” and “Moses and the Burning Bush” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.

Talk about two significant concepts:

“God’s Gifts” and “Faith”

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Read Chapter five in the text.

Choose one to three activities from Chapter 5 in the Activity Book.

Have your child read and begin to learn  the St. Michael Prayer:

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; 
and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, 
by the power of God cast into hell 
Satan and all the evil spirits who wander 
through the world seeking the ruin of souls. 
Amen.

Week Five

Homework for the Week
Since we have a “Church Tour” Saturday to learn the names of the objects in the church, we are taking a break from the usual homework.

Please read the “Bless the Lord, sun and moon” poem with your child. Ask confident readers to read it to you. (Since we have three grade levels in our class, please feel free to adjust any assignment to your child’s grade level.)

Read about Jacob, Joseph, and Moses  in the Children’s bible.

Invite your child to recite “The Lord’s Prayer” with you, and then alone.

Please help your child recite :

"Bless us, O Lord, and these, 
Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. 
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."

Week Four

Read “Joseph” and “Baby Moses” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.

Talk about two significant concepts:

“Envy” and “God’s Help”

Which story talks about “Envy?” Which story talks about “God’s help?”

Read Chapter 4 in the text.

Choose two to three activities from Chapter 4 in the Activity Book.

Continue to help your child memorize “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Week Three

Homework for the Week
Read “The Tower of Babel” and “God’s Promise to Abraham” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.

Talk about two significant concepts:

“Pride” and “Trust in the Lord”

Which story talks about “pride?” Which story talks about “trust in the Lord?”

Read Chapter 3 in the text.

Choose two to three activities from Chapter 3 in the Activity Book.

Help your child begin to memorize “The Lord’s Prayer.”


Week Two

Homework for the Week
Read “Cain and Abel” and “Noah’s Ark” in our Catholic Bible for Children with your child.

For Discussing “Cain and Abel”:

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Talk about two significant Words:

“Jealousy” and “Obedience”

Which story talks about “jealousy?’ Which story talks about “obedience?”

Read Chapter 2 in the text.

Choose two activities from Chapter 2 in the Activity Book.

Continue memorizing the “Guardian Angel Prayer” and recite “The Lord’s Prayer” with your child.


Week One

Homework for the Week

  1. Please color in the Liturgical Colors and decorate the handout.
  2. Please read about “The Creation”

    and “Adam and Eve” from a Catholic children’s bible.

  3. Begin to Memorize “The Guardian Angel Prayer”

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