Week Fourteen–The Seven Sacraments

We Process In

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

“Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
God’s truth is marching on.”

We Sing

Rise and Shine
“So, rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory
Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory
Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory
Children of the Lord”

Our Words for This Week

Sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Reconciliation, Anointing, Matrimony, Holy Orders

We Read from the USCCB “Daily Readings”

Reading 1 ZEP 2:3
“Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth,
who have observed his law;
seek justice, seek humility;
perhaps you may be sheltered
on the day of the LORD’s anger.”

Responsorial Psalm 146:8

“The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Blessed are the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!”

The Gospel Mathew Chapter 5 The Beatitudes

“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

Our Beatitudes Worksheet


Our Prayer Notebook Updates

The children paste in the handouts or copy them by hand.

We Read Aloud The Ten Commandments
A Child’s Guide to Reconciliation

Child's Guide to Reconciliation
Child’s Guide to Reconciliation

By Elizabeth Ficocelli
Illustrated By Anne Catherine Blake

1. Love God with all your heart.
2. Use God’s name with respect and love.
3. Keep Sundays special and holy.
4. Love and obey your mother and father.
5. Treat God’s creations kindly.
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.

An Act of Contrition from CatholicIcing.com

“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
To sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.”

Note* This prayer comes with helpful illustrations.

Our Seven Sacraments Art Project

Seven Sacraments

I bought an iStock image of a seven-rung ladder to use to describe God lowering a ladder from heaven. In the Catechism book below, the illustration for the Sacraments shows how humans are helped up the ladder to heaven via the Seven Sacraments. Students will glue a copy of the ladder onto white watercolor paper and label the rungs with the different Sacraments. They also have markers and stickers to decorate the poster. Hopefully, the children will place it in a prominent spot so they can learn by seeing it in their homes.

The children will also hear a chapter from Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism on the Sacraments.

We have a new music CD–Catholic Songs for Children— which teaches the Catechism of Catholicism through children’s songs. If the children can become adjusted to the 1950’s style music, they will absorb a great deal of information.

Update! No one questioned the unfamiliar sounding music. Within a few weeks we’ll all be singing along during art time! It is a font of Catholic teaching.