3rd Grade Curriculum

Unit 1: The Church is One

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: The Holy Spirit Guides Us to Become Church     What Catholics Believe 
The Holy Spirit helps us live our Christian faith and to work toward unity and peace with others. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Catechists

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Chapter 2: We Receive the Sacraments of Initiation      How Catholics Worship 
The Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation welcome people into the Christian life. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Confirmation Sponsor

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Chapter 3: We Show Our Love for One Another      How Catholics Live 
We show love for God by loving others at home, at school, at church, and in our neighborhood. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Helping Poor and Homeless People

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Chapter 4: Jesus Teaches Us to Pray (We Pray for Unity and Each Other’s Needs)      How Catholics Pray 
Jesus taught people to pray to God as a loving Father. All Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Prayer Groups

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Unit 2: The Church is Holy

Chapter 5: Jesus Shows Us How to Forgive and Heal      What Catholics Believe 
As Christians we are called to act with compassion and mercy toward others. We are to forgive those who hurt us. Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • The Parish Council

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Chapter 6: We Celebrate Reconciliation and Healing      How Catholics Worship 
God offers us spiritual healing through the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Helping People Who Are Grieving

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Chapter 7: Jesus Teaches Us How to Love and Care      How Catholics Live 
Jesus teaches us how to love and care for others by giving us the Great Commandment. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Youth Ministries

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Chapter 8: We Pray to the Holy Spirit      How Catholics Pray 
God sends his Holy Spirit to guide us. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Pastors

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Unit 3: The Church is Catholic

Chapter 9: Catholics Are “Open to All”      What Catholics Believe 
The Church is catholic; Jesus sent his Apostles to proclaim the Good News of God’s love to the entire world. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Ministers of Hospitality

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Chapter 10: We Gather for Mass      How Catholics Worship 
God calls us together to celebrate the gift of God’s own Son, Jesus. At Mass we give thanks and praise to God. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Altar Servers

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Chapter 11: We Serve Others      How Catholics Live 
The Church is apostolic. All Church members are called to share the Good News of Jesus with others. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Parish Maintenance Committee

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Chapter 12:  We Pray for All People      How Catholics Pray 
The Holy Spirit makes Jesus Christ known in the world.
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Family Rosary Groups

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Unit 4: The Church is Apostolic

Chapter 13: The Church Continues the Mission of the Apostles      What Catholics Believe 
God calls Church members to continue the mission of the Apostles by sharing their faith in Jesus Christ with others. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • World Mission Work

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Chapter 14: We Are Committed Through the Sacraments     How Catholics Worship 
Matrimony and Holy Orders are sacraments that celebrate people’s commitment to serve God. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Visions

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Chapter 15: We Are Committed Through the Sacraments     How Catholics Worship 
Matrimony and Holy Orders are sacraments that celebrate people’s commitment to serve God. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Visions

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Chapter 16: We Pray for Faith      How Catholics Pray 
We pray the Apostles’ Creed to remember our beliefs as Christians and to grow in faith. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Earth Stewardship Committee

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Unit 5: The Church Has a Mission to the World

Chapter 17: The Church Is a Sign of the Kingdom of God     What Catholics Believe 
God calls us and all of Creation into a relationship of love with him. He wants us to be signs of his kingdom. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Christian Churches Working Together

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Chapter 18: We Are Called to Serve      How Catholics Worship 
Prayers of blessing are signs that we believe God is always with us, sharing his grace and love. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Communion Ministry to the Sick

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Chapter 19: The Church Is a Witness for Justice and Peace     How Catholics Live 
Today’s Church continues Jesus’ ministry to poor and suffering people by working for peace and justice. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Respect Life Committee

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Chapter 20: The Church Prays for World Peace      How Catholics Pray 
Jesus calls all Church members to be peacemakers, to be fair, and to respect the rights of others. 
Faith in Action • Parish Ministry • Peace Planners

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