7th and 8th Grade: “The Story of the Church”

Unit 1: We Are Called

Chapter 1: Apostolic: Founded on the Apostles
Our faith, summarized in the Apostles’ Creed, is the same as the faith of the first apostles.

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Chapter 2: Holy: Jesus Christ in the Sacraments
In the sacraments, we meet the risen Christ. We become the Church—God’s holy people.

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Chapter 3: Catholic: Open and Respectful of All
The word catholic means “universal” or “open to all.” Catholics are called to welcome all people.

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Chapter 4: One: Praying for Unity
In the Church, no one ministry (or minister) is more important than another.

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Unit 2: The Growth of Christendom

Chapter 5: Councils, Cultures, and Conflicts
Twenty-two different church traditions make up the universal Catholic Church.

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Chapter 6: Liturgy and Unity, Worship and Beauty
Throughout history the essential signs and words of the liturgy have remained the same.

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Chapter 7: The Church and the Empire
The Church reminds us that obedience to God comes before obedience to any civil authority.

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Chapter 8: Prayer for Understanding
Genuine prayer, in which we open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit, promotes healing and understanding.

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Unit 3: An Age of Faith and Beauty

Chapter 9: Faith Expressed and Lived
We should keep ourselves open to receive God’s gift of faith and continue to nourish it in ourselves.

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Chapter 10: Mass in the Cathedral
The Eucharist is the Church’s great offering of thanksgiving to God for the gift of salvation and the Eucharist.

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Chapter 11: The Quest for Salvation
Jesus Christ commands us to live in peace and to love all people as our neighbors. We are saved through Jesus Christ and God’s grace.

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Chapter 12: Devotions
The Church recognizes popular devotions and private prayer as valuable ways to express and develop piety.

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Unit 4: Reason, Rebellion and Reform

Chapter 13: Reforming the Church
True reform begins within each person’s heart as he or she seeks God’s truth.

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Chapter 14: Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Reconciliation celebrates the fact that God is merciful and always welcomes us back.

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Chapter 15: Morality and Salvation
We choose to accept or reject God’s love based on the choices we make throughout our lives.

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Chapter 16: Seeking a Common Prayer
The Holy Spirit works in all Christian traditions to bring their members to the truth of the Gospel.

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Unit 5: Returning to the Roots of Christianity

Chapter 17: Modern Ecumenical Councils
The living God continues a personal revelation through Scripture and Church Tradition.

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Chapter 18: Renewal of the Liturgy
Sincere liturgical participation brings worshippers closer to God and helps them experience God’s own holiness.

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Chapter 19: The Moral Struggle of a New Age
Social justice is imperative for the survival of life, and is the Gospel of life Jesus preached.

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Chapter 20: A Prayer for the Church
Building the Church of tomorrow begins with prayer and action that shows respect for all humanity.

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