COURSE NO. REL-334

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COURSE OVERVIEW

New St. Joseph First Communion Catechism

COURSE NOTES

Two to four times weekly, for 10 to 20 minutes per day.
 
Grades 1, 2 and 3 are usually the years the child is preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion with the local parish.  We recommend that whenever God offers your child the Sacraments, accept His offer with gladness.  You never know when another opportunity may present itself, or when your child will be in grave need of the Sacraments and the graces conferred by them.  Check with your parish as to their requirements for preparation, and lean into their classes and materials as much as possible.  Parishes will sometimes allow you to do your own preparation, or may allow you to do your own preparation using their materials, or may require you place your child in parish preparation classes.  Great!  
 
Well, often that is great.  Unfortunately, preparation materials and classes range anywhere from phenomenal to abysmal these days.  For those blessed with a strong preparation class, lean into the parish’s presentation as much as you can, using that class as your Religion course for the year.  For those who draw the less stellar classes, be careful to train your child at home early in the year before he goes off to classes, and then re-train him gently and without perceivable prejudice after the classes are over.  BE VERY CAREFUL TO NOT COMPLAIN, CRITICIZE OR BECOME UPSET ABOUT WHAT OR HOW THEY ARE TEACHING AT THE PARISH IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD.  Slaying the dragons of modernism, heresy, poor teacher competence, etc., is work to be done by mature Catholics, not children.  Do not point out discrepancies between what is being taught at class and what you have taught in your own home unless you can do it with humor and in a relaxed and confident manner, to avoid planting anxiety or suspicion in your child’s mind about the Church and Her teaching role.
 
Note: Often we teach Bible history for history this year, keeping the year sparer than most so as to provide the time and space in the curriculum to accommodate your parish’s sacramental preparation materials.  Discuss your plan with your advisor.
 

Scheduling Suggestions: 4x/wk for 20min



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

New St. Joseph First Communion Catechism

  • Author: Narrated by Rev. Bennet Kelley, CP
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York, NY: Catholic Book Publisher, 1963. .
  • ISBN: 0899422403        9780899422404
  • Supplier: Emmanuel Books

Imprimatur; 64 pgs.; 11 lessons; 4 appendices; 19 prayers.

 

In Kindergarten we began memorizing the prayers from this book and well continue this year.  In Kindergarten we learned The Sign of the Cross, The Lords Prayer, The Hail Mary, The Glory Be, The Prayer to the Guardian Angel, The Morning Offering, The Blessing before Meals, and The Night Prayer.  
 
In Grade 1 we learned An Act of Faith, An Act of Hope, An Act of Love, Grace After Meals, Ejaculations, and An Act of Contrition.  
 
In Grade 2 we will learn Another Act of Contrition—longer form), The Confiteor, The Apostles’ Creed, The Ten Commandments and The Seven Sacraments.  Pace the memorization according to your student’s ability, but consider learning one short prayer a month, one longer prayer over two months’ time.  Read the prayer to the child twice through, twice a day, for a week.  Talk about the meaning of the words and the prayer.  The next week have him begin repeating the prayer each time you read it to him twice.  The next week have him repeat it after you after each of the readings, so he is echoing you twice, twice a day.  Then work on his independent oral presentation of the prayer.  Move slower or faster as your child needs.
 
Early, early in the year work through the first Sacraments preparation section, Chapters 1 through 11, orally and at a friendly pace.  Late, late in the year repeat Chapters 1 through 11, again, orally.  With this kind of gentle, loving preparation, your child will have a firm foundation to build his faith on.
 
For quarterly reporting of “Catechism,” report the number of prayers memorized and/or page numbers covered; for a work sample, take a copy of his latest prayer memorized and both teacher and student sign and date it at the bottom of the page.


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


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Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


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Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


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