Here’s what the middle school religion classes are doing this week –
8th graders are still studying the meaning of “the four marks of the Church” (The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic). This week’s emphasis is “The Church is Catholic.” Ask your students what the word “Catholic” means, and why the church Jesus started was “catholic” even before it was called “Catholic!”
On Friday, the 8th graders will join their kindergarten buddies to make Thanksgiving cards for homebound parishioners.
As mentioned before, the 7th grade curriculum interweaves the life of Jesus with a study of His gifts to us today, especially in the Sacraments. Students learned last week about the call of the Apostles, and a thumbnail sketch of each of their lives. Because Baptism was a part of the call of the Apostles, in this week’s chapter we will discuss the nature and importance of Baptism in the life of a Christian. Because Saint Paul asked some of the early Christians, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” we will also discuss how Catholics receive the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
On Thursday, 7th graders will have an extra-long religion class; they will walk to the Methodist Home to participate in a worship service with residents. PLEASE return those permission slips! And we still need a couple of parents who are willing to come with us, from 1:15 until about 2:35.
6th graders continue their study of the Jewish people in the Old Testament. Last week, we learned about the call of Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. This week we will cover the exciting story of the 10 plagues that were sent by God to convince the Pharaoh to let His people go, culminating in the Passover story and the Israelites’ release from slavery…only to be pursued by an angry Pharaoh who has changed his mind.