K-8th Grade Vocabulary

 

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Vocabulary Grade 1

Glossary: Grade 1

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
adore To adore Jesus Christ means to worship or honor him as the Son of God.
Advent Advent is the time before Christmas when we get ready to welcome Jesus into our lives.
Amen Amen means, “Yes, I believe. It is true.” We often say “Amen” at the end of prayers.
angel An angel is a helper or a messenger from God. Guardian angels protect and guide us.
Anointing of the Sick Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament that brings the peace of Christ to people who are sick.
Baptism Baptism is a celebration of welcome into the Catholic community.
Bible The Bible is the written Word of God. God chose special people to write the Bible.
Blessed Sacrament The Blessed Sacrament is another name for the Eucharist.
blessing A blessing is a gift from God. A blessing can also be a prayer that asks for God’s care.
Catholic Church The Catholic Church is the community of Jesus’ followers. We belong to the Catholic Church.
Christ Christ is another name for Jesus. It reminds us that he was sent by God to save all people.
Christians Christians are people who love Jesus Christ and follow him.
Christmas Christmas is the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
church A church is a special place where Catholics come together to pray.
community A community is a group of people who belong together
Confirmation Confirmation is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit makes our faith in Jesus Christ stronger.
create To create means to make something out of nothing.
Creator God made everything in the world. God is our Creator.
Eucharist The Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus shares with us today. At Mass we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
faith Our faith helps us believe and trust in God.
forgive To forgive means to excuse or to pardon.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are signs that he is acting in our lives.
Gloria The Gloria is a prayer of praise to God. It is often said or sung at Mass.
Gospel The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus. There are four Gospels in the Bible.
grace Grace is the gift of God’s loving presence in our lives.
hallowed The word hallowed means holy.
heaven Heaven is happiness with God forever.
holy To be holy means to be like God.
Holy Orders The sacrament of Holy Orders celebrates God’s call to become a deacon
Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit helps us follow Jesus.
Holy Trinity The Holy Trinity is one God in three Persons – God the Father
hymns Hymns are holy songs that lift our hearts to God.
Jesus Jesus is the Son of God.
Joseph Joseph is Mary’s husband and the foster father of Jesus.
Last Supper The Last Supper is the special meal that Jesus shared with his friends. Jesus gave them the gift of himself.
Lord’s Prayer The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught us.
Mary Mary is the mother of Jesus.
Mass The Mass is the celebration of the special meal that Jesus shares with us.
Matrimony The sacrament of Matrimony celebrates the love that a man and woman have for each other.
mercy God’s mercy is his loving forgiveness. We are called to show mercy to others.
mission Our mission as Christians is to love and serve others.
parish A parish is a group of Catholics who belong to the same church community.
peace To live in peace means to get along with others.
Pentecost On Pentecost, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church.
petitions Petitions are asking prayers. We ask God for the things we need.
praise Praise is a kind of prayer. It celebrates God’s goodness.
prayer Prayer is listening to and talking to God.
psalms Psalms are prayers that people often sing. The Book of Psalms is in the Bible.
Reconciliation Reconciliation is the sacrament that celebrates God’s forgiveness.
sacraments Sacraments are special signs of God’s love.
saint A saint is a special person who lived a holy life. The life of a saint shows us how to follow Jesus.
Savior Jesus
serve To serve means to help other people.
sin Sin is choosing to do something we know is wrong.
tabernacle A tabernacle is a container in church where the holy bread of the Eucharist is kept.
Temple The Temple was the holy place in Jerusalem where Jewish people prayed and learned about God.

Glossary: Grade 2

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
absolution Absolution is the forgiveness of God given through the priest in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Act of Contrition An Act of Contrition is a prayer that tells God we are sorry for our sins.
Anointing of the Sick Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. It brings peace and the forgiveness of Christ to people who are sick
Baptism In the Sacrament of Baptism the Church welcomes us as new members. Baptism takes away original sin and all other sin.
Bible The Bible is the written Word of God. It is also called Scripture.
bless To bless means to ask for God’s good will toward someone.
blessing A blessing is a prayer that asks for God’s gifts for others or for ourselves.
confession Confession is telling our sins to a priest in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Confirmation Confirmation is the sacrament in which the Holy Spirit makes our faith in Jesus Christ stronger.
conscience Our conscience helps us know right from wrong.
contrition Contrition means to be sorry and to want to stay away from sin.
creation God made all creation good.
Eucharist The Eucharist is a sacrifice and a special meal of thanks. We receive the Body and Blood of Christ.
free choice Free choice is the freedom God gives us to choose between right and wrong.
Gospel The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus in the Bible. The four Gospels tell the Good News of Jesus’ life and teachings.
grace The gift of grace is God’s loving presence in our lives.
Great Commandment The Great Commandment is Jesus’ teachings about how to love God
hallowed Hallowed is another word for “holy.”
heaven Heaven is happiness with God forever.
holy To be holy means to be like God.
Holy Communion We receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion.
Holy Orders Holy Orders is a sacrament in which bishops
homily A homily is a talk given by a priest or deacon. It helps us understand the Bible readings we hear at Mass.
justice Justice means to treat people fairly.
Liturgy of the Eucharist The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins as we prepare to share a special meal at Mass.
Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of the Word is when we listen to God’s Word from the Bible at Mass.
Lord’s Prayer The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught us.
Mass The Mass is a special meal that Jesus shares with us. The Mass is both a sacrifice and a celebration.
Matrimony Matrimony is a sacrament in which a man and woman promise to be faithful to each other for their whole lives.
mortal sins Mortal sins are serious sins. They separate us from our friendship with God.
New Commandment The New Commandment from Jesus is, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Nicene Creed Catholics tell what they believe when they pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.
original sin Original sin is the sin of the first man and woman.
peace Peace means getting along with others.
penance A penance is a prayer or kind act to make up for the harm caused by sin.
People of God The People of God are followers of Jesus Christ.
praise Praise is a joyful type of prayer. It celebrates God’s goodness.
prayer Prayer is talking to and listening to God.
Prayer of the Faithful The Prayer of the Faithful is the last part of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. During this prayer
psalms Psalms are prayers from the Bible that people often sing.
Reconciliation Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. It celebrates God’s love and forgiveness.
Resurrection Resurrection is Jesus’ being raised from the dead to new life.
sacraments Sacraments are special signs of God’s love and presence.
sacrifice A sacrifice is a special gift that is given out of love.
Savior A savior is someone who rescues others from danger. Jesus is our Savior.
sin To sin is to do hurtful things on purpose. Sin is disobeying God.
Son of God Son of God is a special title for Jesus. Jesus is God’s only Son.
spiritual gifts The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts. Some of these gifts are knowledge
temptation A temptation is wanting to do something that is wrong.
Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments are God’s laws. They help us to know how to lead good lives.
trespasses Trespasses are sins or wrongs.
venial sins Venial sins are less serious sins. They weaken our friendship with God.
vocation A vocation is God’s call to us to live our lives in a special way.
Word of God The Word of God is God speaking to us in Scripture.
works of mercy The works of mercy tell how to take care of the needs of others.

Vocabulary Grade 3

Glossary: Grade 3

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
anointing Using holy oil, a priest anoints the forehead and hands of the sick.
Anointing of the Sick Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing. It brings Jesus’ comfort and forgiveness to people who are very sick
Apostles The Apostles were those first called by Jesus to lead and teach his followers.
Apostles’ Creed The Apostles’ Creed sums up the beliefs and teachings of the Apostles.
apostolic Apostolic means “to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus and his Apostles.”
authority Authority is the right, or power, to do something.
Baptism Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation by which we become members of the Catholic Church.
bishop A bishop is an ordained leader of a diocese.
blessing A blessing is a prayer that asks for God’s care and protection. Blessings can also give praise and thanks to God.
catholic To be catholic is to be open to anyone. The Holy Spirit helps the Church be catholic.
Catholic Church The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ. The Church is the living Body of Christ.
Christian A Christian is a person who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Church community The Church community is made up of friends and followers of Jesus Christ. They work together to celebrate Mass
commandment A commandment is God’s law that teaches us how to love God
commitment A commitment in the Church is a promise to serve God and others.
Communion of Saints All people, living and dead, who believe in Jesus Christ are part of the Communion of Saints.
compassion Compassion means “to have feeling for someone’s problem and want to help.” Jesus teaches us to have compassion for our neighbors.
Confirmation Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation that makes us stronger in our faith.
covenant A covenant is an agreement or promise, made between persons or groups of people.
creed A creed is a statement of faith. The Apostles’ Creed sums up the beliefs and teachings of the Apostles.
deacon A deacon is a person ordained to help the priest serve the parish community.
devotions Devotions are special prayers that honor Jesus
disciples Disciples are friends and followers of Jesus.
domestic church The Christian family is the domestic church. This is the place where children first learn about God and prayer.
eternal life Eternal life is happiness with Jesus Christ forever in God’s kingdom.
Eucharist The Eucharist is a Sacrament of Initiation. In this sacrament
faith Faith is belief and trust in God.
Good News The Good News is Jesus Christ’s message that he is the Son of God.
grace Grace is the gift of God’s presence in our lives. We share in God’s life and love.
Great Commandment The Great Commandment is God’s rule that teaches us how to love God
guidance Guidance means “to lead or show the way.” We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
hallowed Hallowed means “to honor something as holy.” God’s name is hallowed.
heaven Heaven is unending happiness with God and all who love God.
holy oil Holy oil is a special oil used in Church celebrations.
Holy Orders Holy Orders is a Sacrament at the Service of Communion in which bishops
Holy Trinity The Holy Trinity is one God in three persons. God shows himself as Father
initiation Initiation means, “to be newly welcomed into a group.”
justice Justice is fair treatment and respect for everyone.
Kingdom of God The Kingdom of God is the peace, love, and justice that all God’s people will share at the end of time. It begins here on earth.
lay person A lay person is any Christian except bishops
liturgy A liturgy is a special way to worship and praise God.
Liturgy of the Hours The Liturgy of the Hours is a daily prayer of the Catholic Church. It unites members of the Church everywhere.
marks of the Church The marks of the Church are signs that identify the Church as one
Matrimony Matrimony is a Sacrament at the Service of Communion in which a man and a woman promise to love one another for their lives as husband and wife.
meditation Meditation is one of the four types of prayer. In meditation, we pray without using words so we can listen to God.
mercy Mercy is the great kindness and generosity of God’s forgiveness and love.
ministry Ministry is a way of serving others in Christ’s name. Our ministry is to serve others by working for peace and justice.
missionary A missionary tells others the Good News of Jesus.
mortal sin A mortal sin is a serious sin that separates us from God’s grace.
neighbor A neighbor is a person created by God. We show we love God by loving our neighbor.
original sin Original sin is the sin of the first man and woman. We received this first sin from them.
Paschal Mystery The Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
peace Peace is the calm, good feeling of being together with others and God.
peacemaker A peacemaker is a fair person who respects others. Jesus calls all people to be peacemakers.
Pentecost Pentecost is the day Jesus Christ’s disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Reconciliation Reconciliation is a Sacrament of Healing. It celebrates the gift of God’s love and forgiveness.
religious Religious are men and women who are part of a religious community. They serve as priests
respect Respect means to “show that all people are valuable by acting kindly toward others.”
Resurrection The Resurrection is Jesus Christ’s rising from death to new life. The death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are for everyone.
Rosary The Rosary is a special devotion to Mary. It helps us meditate on the life of Jesus.
sacrament A sacrament is a special church celebration of God’s love and grace.
sacramental A sacramental is an action, a word, or an object that reminds us life is holy. It helps us receive God’s grace.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are Holy Orders and Matrimony. In these sacraments
Sacraments of Initiation The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The Church welcomes new members through the Sacraments of Initiation.
Scripture Scripture is the written Word of God that is found in the Bible.
sin Sin is the choice to turn away from God’s love.
talents Talents are abilities or gifts to do something well. We can use our talents to serve others as Jesus teaches.
Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments are God’s laws given to Moses to help us live in peace by loving God
trespass Trespass means “to do something wrong to another person.”
venial sin We commit a venial sin when we do not follow God’s plan in some small way.
vocation A vocation is God’s call to use our talents to serve others.
Word of God The Word of God is God speaking to us in Scripture.

Vocabulary Grade 4

Glossary: Grade 4

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
Abraham Abraham was the first person God chose to bring his covenant of friendship to the world.
absolution Absolution is the prayer and declaration of forgiveness for sins prayed by the priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
anointed Being anointed means that a person has a special mission. We are anointed with holy oil when we are baptized and confirmed.
Anointing of the Sick Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament of Healing that brings Jesus’ comfort to people who are very sick
Ascension The Ascension is the moment when Jesus, in his resurrected body, entered heaven.
assembly An assembly is a gathering of Catholics to celebrate the Eucharist and other sacraments.
Baptism Baptism is the Sacrament of Initiation that welcomes us into the Church and frees us from all sin.
Beatitudes The Beatitudes are Jesus’ teachings about how to live and find real happiness in God’s kingdom.
Bible The Bible is the Word of God. The Holy Spirit guided people to write all that is contained in the Bible.
bishop A bishop is the leader of a diocese. Bishops are the chief teachers of the Catholic Church.
Blessed Sacrament The Blessed Sacrament is another name for the Eucharist.
Body of Christ The Body of Christ is the People of God or the Church
chrism Chrism is perfumed oil that has been blessed by the bishop.
Christ’s mission Christ’s mission is to bring the Kingdom of God to all people. The Church guides us in spreading God’s peace and love to the world.
Communion of Saints The Communion of Saints is the community of all people
Confirmation Confirmation is the Sacrament of Initiation in which the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and helps us become fuller members of the Church.
conscience Our conscience is our ability to know what is good and what is wrong. God speaks to us in our conscience and helps us make responsible decisions.
corporal works of mercy The corporal works of mercy are the loving actions by which we respond to the basic physical needs of people.
covenant A covenant is an agreement between persons or groups of people. God made a special covenant with his people.
deacon A deacon is a person who is ordained to serve the parish community in many ways.
divine Divine means “of God.” Jesus Christ is both human and divine – that is both a human being and God.
Eucharist The Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
examination of conscience An examination of conscience is deciding whether our words and actions show love for God and others.
faith Faith is belief and trust in God.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, right judgment, courage, reverence, and wonder and awe. These gifts help us know and love God and live as his followers.
Gospel Gospel means “Good News.” At Mass we hear readings about Jesus’ life and teachings from the four Gospels in the New Testament.
grace Grace is God’s life within us that fills us with his love.
Holy Orders Holy Orders is the sacrament in which bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained to serve the Church.
Holy Trinity The Holy Trinity is one God in Three Persons. The Three Persons are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
homily A homily is a talk a priest or deacon gives to help us understand God’s message in the Gospel and other readings.
immersed Immersed means being placed in water for Baptism.
justice Justice means treating everyone fairly and with respect by following Jesus’ teachings.
Kingdom of God The Kingdom of God is God’s promise of justice, peace, and joy that all his people will share at the end of time.
law of love The law of love is the loving message in which Jesus united the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes into one. It is also known as the New Commandment.
layperson A layperson is any Catholic except bishops, priests, or deacons.
Liturgy of the Eucharist The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the part of the Mass in which the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.
Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of the Word is the part of the Mass in which we hear the Word of God in the Scriptures.
Mass The Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist.
Matrimony Matrimony is the sacrament that celebrates the covenant between a man and a woman.
mercy Mercy is the loving kindness that God shows to sinners.
monastery A monastery is a place where members of a religious community live.
moral decisions Moral decisions are choices between what is good and what is wrong.
mortal sin A mortal sin is a serious violation of God’s law. It separates us from God’s grace until we ask for forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
mystery A mystery is what cannot be understood about God.
New Commandment The New Commandment is the loving message in which Jesus united the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes into one. It is also known as the law of love.
Noah Noah is the person whom God promised that he would never again destroy the world by flood. God’s promise to Noah was a covenant
original sin Original sin is the sin of Adam and Eve that has been passed on to all human beings. Because of this, we are weakened in our ability to resist sin and to do good.
parable A parable is a story that teaches a moral or religious lesson. Parables use everyday events and objects to explain important truths.
Paschal Mystery The Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. We are united to Jesus’ Paschal Mystery in the sacraments.
peace Peace is the calm, good feeling of being together with God and with others. Peace follows forgiveness.
Pentecost Pentecost is the day on which Jesus sent the gift of the Holy Spirit to his first disciples. This event marks the beginning of the Church.
petition A petition is a prayer in which we ask for God’s forgiveness and help. Petition is one of the four kinds of prayer.
priest A priest is a person called by God to lead the community in worship and to serve in a wide variety of ministries in the Church.
Reconciliation Reconciliation is the Sacrament of Healing that celebrates the gift of God’s love and forgiveness.
role models Role models are people who show us how to bring God’s goodness into the world by their example.
Rosary The Rosary is a special devotion that honors Mary, the Mother of God and Jesus. The Rosary helps us to meditate on events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.
sacraments Sacraments are sacred signs that celebrate God’s love for us and Jesus’ presence in our lives and in the Church.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are Holy Orders and Matrimony. These two sacraments celebrate two special ways that people serve God by sharing their gifts with others.
Sacraments of Healing The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
Sacraments of Initiation The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
sacred Sacred means something that comes from God.
sacred images Sacred images are statues or pictures that remind us of God, Mary, and the saints
Scripture Scripture is the written Word of God that we read in the Bible.
sin A sin is any thought, word, or action that turns us away from God’s Law.
spiritual works of mercy The spiritual works of mercy are loving actions that respond to people’s basic spiritual needs.
tabernacle A tabernacle is the special place in church where the Blessed Sacrament is kept for personal prayer and for distribution to those unable to come to Mass due to illness.
Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments are the laws God gave to Moses. They help us live in peace by loving God, ourselves, and others.
venial sin A venial sin is a less serious sin. It weakens our love for God and others and can lead to mortal sin.
vocation A vocation is the work we do as members of the Church. We are called to use our talents to carry on Christ’s mission in the world.
worship To worship is to give honor and praise to God, especially as a community.

Grade 5

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
Anointing of the Sick Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament of Healing through which persons who are very sick, elderly, or dying receive Christ’s strength, comfort, and healing.
Apostles’ Creed The Apostles’ Creed contains the central truths of the Catholic faith
apostolic The Catholic Church is apostolic because Jesus Christ built the Church on Saint Peter and the Apostles.
Assumption The Assumption is the belief that Mary was taken body and soul into the glory of heaven and fully shares in the Resurrection of Jesus.
Baptism Baptism is the Sacrament of Initiation that welcomes us into the Church and frees us from original sin and all personal sins.
Beatitudes The Beatitudes are Jesus’ teaching about how to live and find real happiness in God’s kingdom.
bishops Bishops are the chief teachers of the Catholic Church. They are the successors of the Apostles.
Blessed Trinity The Blessed Trinity is the mystery of one God in three divine Persons. The three divine Persons are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Body of Christ The Body of Christ is the Church or the People of God.
cardinal virtues The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
chastity Chastity is the virtue that helps us to express our sexuality in ways that are proper for our age.
chrism Chrism is perfumed oil that has been blessed by the bishop.
Communion of Saints The Communion of Saints is made up of all the followers of Jesus, both living and dead. The Communions of Saints includes the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and the believers on earth.
Confirmation Confirmation is the Sacrament of Initiation by which we receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us for carrying out Christ’s mission.
conscience Our conscience is our ability to judge what is right and what is wrong.
conversion A conversion is the experience of accepting God’s grace and turning away from sin.
creation Creation is everything that exists, created from God’s love. God said that all of creation is good.
diocese A diocese is made up of Catholic parishes and schools and may include Catholic universities and hospitals. It is governed by a bishop.
domestic church The Christian family is called the domestic church because it is the first place that children learn about God, prayer, and virtues.
eternal life Eternal life is living forever with God in heaven in perfect happiness.
Eucharist The Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
faith Faith is the virtue that helps us to believe in God and in all the teachings of our Church.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe.
Holy Orders Holy Orders is the Sacrament at the Service of Communion in which bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained to serve the Church.
hope Hope is the virtue that helps us to trust in God no matter what happens. It also enables us to trust in God’s promise of eternal life.
Immaculate Conception The Immaculate Conception is the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin.
Incarnation The Incarnation is the mystery of the Son of God becoming man in Jesus Christ.
infallibility Infallibility is a gift of the Holy Spirit. It ensures that when the pope or the pope and bishops together teach ex cathedra, or officially, on faith and morals, they always teach what is true.
Kingdom of God The Kingdom of God is God’s promise of justice, peace, and joy that all his people will share at the end of time.
Liturgy of the Eucharist The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the second part of the Mass, which centers on the Eucharistic Prayer and Holy Communion.
Liturgy of the Word The Liturgy of the Word is the first part of the Mass, which centers on the Scripture readings.
Lord’s Prayer The Lord’s Prayer, or the Our Father, is a prayer that was given to us by Jesus.
love Love is the virtue that helps us to love God, ourselves, and our neighbor. It is the greatest and highest virtue.
Magisterium The Magisterium is the teaching authority of the Church. It is made up of the popes, bishops, and ecumenical councils. The Magisterium is empowered by the Holy Spirit to teach what the Church officially believes
mercy Mercy is the loving kindness that God shows to sinners.
mortal sin A mortal sin is a serious violation of God’s Law. It destroys God’s grace in a person’s soul. Mortal sin must be confessed in the sacrament of Reconciliation.
New Eve Mary is called the New Eve because she helped to bring salvation to the world by becoming the mother of Jesus, our Savior.
original sin Original sin is the sin of Adam and Eve that has been passed on to all human beings. Because of original sin, we are weakened in our ability to resist sin and do good.
Paschal Mystery The Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. We are united to Jesus’ Paschal Mystery in the sacraments.
pope The pope is the head of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome. He is the successor of Saint Peter.
prayer Prayer is talking and listening to God.
purgatory Purgatory is a final purification that prepares those who have led a good life to enter heaven.
Reconciliation Reconciliation is the Sacrament of Healing through which we receive God’s forgiveness for our sins and are reconciled with God and the Church.
religious Religious brothers and sisters serve God and the Church by living and working in religious communities.
sacrament A sacrament is a sacred sign given to the Church by Christ. Through the sacraments we receive God’s grace, or life, into our souls. The seven sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders
sacramentals Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church.
Sacraments at the Service of Communion The Sacraments at the Service of Communion are Holy Orders and Matrimony.
Sacraments of Healing The Sacraments of Healing are Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.
Sacraments of Initiation The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
saint A saint is a person who lived a holy life on earth and now lives forever with God in heaven.
salvation Salvation is the forgiveness of sins and the restoration of friendship with God, which can be done by God alone
sanctifying grace Sanctifying grace is God’s free gift of his life. It heals us of sin and makes us holy.
Scripture Scripture is the written Word of God found in the Bible. The Church professes that God is the author of the Bible because the writers of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
sin A sin is any thought, word, or action that turns us away from God’s Law.
steward A steward is a caretaker. God has made human beings the caretakers of his gifts of creation.
theological virtues The theological virtues are faith, hope, and love. These virtues help us to draw closer to God.
Tradition Tradition includes the Church’s official teachings, rituals, and customs that have been handed down from the Apostles over the centuries.
venial sin A venial sin is a less serious sin. It weakens our love for God and others and can lead to mortal sin.
virtue A virtue is a habit that helps us to do good.

Glossary: Grade 6

WORD DEFINITION AS FOUND IN BLEST ARE WE – FAITH & WORD EDITION
altar An altar is a raised place where sacrifices are offered. The altar used for the center of worship during the Mass is also a table, where we gather to share the eucharistic meal.
amen Amen is a word we usually say at the end of our prayers. It means “I believe” or “So it is.”
ark of the covenant The ark of the covenant was a special box that held the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments.
catholic The word catholic means “universal.” With a capital C, it describes the Church founded by Christ’s apostles.
chosen people In the Old Testament the chosen people were Abraham and his descendants
conscience Our conscience is our ability to judge what is right and what is wrong.
corporal works of mercy The corporal works of mercy are loving deeds that relieve the physical suffering of others.
covenant A covenant is a sacred agreement or relationship, sometimes sealed by a ritual or ceremony. Isaac honored the covenant the Lord made with his father, Abraham.
discernment Discernment is discovering, with God’s help, God’s will for our lives.
Essenes Essenes were devout Jewish people who lived simply in the desert.
exile Exile is the forced removal of people from their homeland to another land. The Israelites captured by the Assyrians were living in exile.
Exodus The Exodus is the Old Testament story of how God freed the Hebrews in Egypt. Exodus is the second book of the Old Testament.
faith Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
fidelity Fidelity is faithfulness and loyalty to something or someone. Joseph is a model of fidelity to God.
guidance Guidance is help in making the right choices. God gives us guidance to help us develop our conscience.
heaven Heaven is a life of everlasting happiness with God, and with all people who love him.
hell Hell is everlasting suffering and separation from God after death.
Incarnation The Incarnation is God’s Son becoming man, one like us, Jesus Christ, who is both man and divine.
laity The laity are people who are part of the church community and are not clergy or religious brothers and sisters.
liturgical year The liturgical year is the Church’s yearly calendar of celebrations and seasons.
manna Manna is the breadlike food that God gave the Israelites in the desert.
meditation Meditation is a type of prayer in which we are silent and concentrate on listening to God through our feelings, imagination, and thoughts. We can meditate by thinking about a Scripture story, art, and music.
messiah A messiah is a person chosen to save people from a particular fate. The word means “savior.” Jesus Christ is our Messiah, chosen by God to free us from sin and death.
ministry A ministry is a way of serving and caring for others in Christ’s name.
moral virtues The moral virtues are four spiritual qualities-temperance, prudence, justice, and fortitude-that help us avoid sin.
original sin Original sin is the sin of the first man and woman, passed on to all human beings. Because of it, we are weakened in our ability to resist sin and do good.
Paschal Mystery The Paschal Mystery is the way that Jesus’ Passion , Death, Resurrection, and Ascension saved us from sin and gave us life after death.
Passover Passover is the Jewish celebration of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.
patriarch A patriarch, a term meaning “father,” is a great leader of the Hebrews from early Scripture times. A patriarch is also the male leader of a family or clan.
persistence Persistence is the act of continually pursuing something in spite of obstacles. Prayer often requires persistence.
Pharisees Pharisees were Jewish people who accepted both the written law of the Old Testament and spoken teachings and tradition.
piety Piety is putting God above everything else.
precepts of the Church The precepts of the Church are the Church’s teachings about our obligations.
promised land The promised land is Canaan, the sacred place God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Israelites in Egypt.
prophet A prophet is a person sent by God to speak out against behavior that does not follow God’s will.
psalms Psalms are religious songs and prayers from the Old Testament. Psalms often express praise, thanksgiving, or sorrow.
purgatory Purgatory is a final purification from sin after death.
Resurrection Resurrection is the new life given to us when our bodies reunite with our souls at the end of time.
revelation Revelation is God’s act of revealing himself and inviting us to respond with faith.
reverence Reverence is honor and respect. We can show our reverence for God through our prayers.
sacrament A sacrament is a sacred sign and cause of grace instituted by Christ in the Church to continue the saving action of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
sacramental A sacramental is a symbolic prayer, blessing, object, or action instituted by the Church that can lead us to a fuller participation in the grace of the sacraments.
sacramental grace Sacramental grace is the unique gift of God’s love that we receive in each sacrament.
sacrifice A sacrifice is an act of unselfish giving. It is also a ritual offering made to God by a priest on behalf of the people.
Sadducees Sadducees were Jewish people who accepted only the written law of the Old Testament and rejected spoken teachings and tradition.
salvation Salvation is freedom from the pain of sin.
spiritual works of mercy The spiritual works of mercy are loving deeds to meet the spiritual needs of others.
supplication Supplication is humbly and earnestly asking for help. Like Esther
Temple The Temple was the Jewish place of worship in Jerusalem that contained the ark of the covenant.
temple of the Holy Spirit Each of us is a temple of the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit dwells within us. As temples of the Holy Spirit, we are called to imitate Jesus.
theological virtues The theological virtues – faith, hope, and charity – come from God and help us become more holy. They connect us with the Trinity.
transubstantiation Transubstantiation is the sacred mystery in which bread and wine are changed into the real presence of Jesus Christ.
Yahweh Yahweh is the most sacred name of God, spoken to Moses. It means “I am who I am.”

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