1st Grade

Unit 1: Our Church Community

Use the unit song before or after the opening prayer, during a prayer celebration, at the end of a session, or during special celebrations. Prior to presenting each chapter, distribute the TAKE HOME FAMILY TIME pages from the children’s books, or print out these pages for parents from TAKE HOME FAMILY TIME.

Chapter 1: We Belong to Jesus’ Church      What Catholics Believe  The Catholic Church is the community of people who follow Jesus.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Caring and Sharing

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Chapter 2:  We Gather to Celebrate Mass      How Catholics Worship Jesus is with us when we gather to pray in our parish church.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Church Decorating

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Chapter 3: God’s Word Teaches Us      How Catholics Live  The Bible is the written Word of God that teaches us how to love God and others.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Priests and Deacons

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Chapter 4: We Give Praise to God      How Catholics Pray  Prayers of praise celebrate the goodness of God.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Children’s Choir

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Unit 2: Our Loving God

Chapter 5: God Is Our Loving Father      What Catholics Believe  God created all things to show his love for us.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Church Groundskeepers

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Chapter 6: Baptism Is a Wonderful Gift      How Catholics Worship  Baptism is a celebration of welcome into the Catholic Church.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Hospitality

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Chapter 7: God Made Us to Be Good and Holy      How Catholics Live  We are good and holy when we love God, ourselves, and other people.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Greeters activity answer Chapter 8: We Give Thanks to God      How Catholics Pray  Jesus teaches us to thank God, our Father, for all his gifts.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Midnight Run

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Unit 3: God’s Son, Jesus

Chapter 9: Jesus Is God’s Son      What Catholics Believe  God sent his own Son, Jesus, to be our Savior.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Shawl Ministry

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Chapter 10:  We Celebrate the Gift of Eucharist      How Catholics Worship Jesus shares himself with us today in the Eucharist.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

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Chapter 11: Jesus Teaches Us About Forgiveness      How Catholics Live  God never stops loving us, and is always ready to forgive us.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Secretary and Custodian

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Chapter 12: We Pray with God’s Word      How Catholics Pray  When we pray with Gospel stories, we grow closer to Jesus.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Scripture Prayer Group

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Unit 4: The Holy Spirit

Chapter 13: Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit      What Catholics Believe (Jesus Sends Us the Holy Spirit)  The Holy Spirit helps us and guides us.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Catechists

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Chapter 14: We Celebrate the Gift of the Holy Spirit      How Catholics Worship  We receive the Holy Spirit in the sacraments.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Altar Servers activity
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Chapter 15: The Holy Spirit Is Our Helper      How Catholics Live The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are signs that God is acting in our lives.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Youth Group

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Chapter 16: The Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray      How Catholics Pray  The Holy Spirit teaches us to pray in many ways.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Prayer Box

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Unit 5: Jesus’ Church of Followers

Chapter 17: Jesus’ Followers Become the Church      What Catholics Believe  We are true Christians when we have faith and show love to others.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Job Assistance

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Chapter 18: We Celebrate Pentecost      How Catholics Worship Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Lectors

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Chapter 19: The Church Helps the World      How Catholics Live  Catholics love and serve people all over the world.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Family Rosary Group

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Chapter 20: We Pray with Holy Songs      How Catholics Pray  Singing hymns, or holy songs, can help us lift our hearts to God.  Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Music Director

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