by Sophia Institute For Teachers
The expected release date is Jan 01, 2021.
The expected release date is Nov 01, 2020.
The expected release date is Aug 01, 2020.
by Sophia Institute For Teachers, Sophia Institute Press
Students will explore in-depth the gift of God’s grace in the Sacraments. Sacraments: what they are and why Jesus instituted them; form, matter, history, celebration, and effects of each Sacrament. The meaning of God as the source of life. The Holy Mass and Holy Days of Obligation. Longer biographies of the saints, especially young saints.
Students focus on the moral life. What it means to be created in the image and likeness of God, and how we should respond to His grace so we can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Conscience formation, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Golden Rule, and the Great Commandment. The reality of sin and the necessity of virtue.
This year again includes four units for middle school students to build on their understanding of: Personal growth, with an emphasis on our vocation to love and our responsibilities to God and each other; Morality, with an emphasis on conscience formation through God’s gift of an objective moral standard and prayer; Church history, with an emphasis on what we can learn from history about our identity as Catholics, and how the saints have shaped the liturgy, hierarchy, and doctrine of the Church; and Prayer, with an emphasis on its elements, qualities, and challenges, ways of praying, and Mary and the saints as models of prayer.
This year includes four units in which middle school students explore in-depth the topics of: Jesus and the Gospel message, with an emphasis on unifying themes in Scripture and an in-depth examination of the four Gospels; Personal growth, with an emphasis on the origin, dignity, and destiny of the human person; the seven Sacraments, with an exploration of each Sacrament; and human sexuality, with an emphasis on our identity as male and female and all that encompasses, purposes and abuses of sexuality, and resisting temptation to avoid sin and grow in virtue.
Children spend this year immersed in God’s Word in the Sacred Scriptures, and explore how the Bible, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, records God’s plan of salvation. Includes basics on how to use the Bible, Magisterial authority, how and why we should pray with Scripture, how the Bible is different from other books, and the four senses of Scripture before beginning a comprehensive exploration of the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
Children learn what the Catholic Church is, who the Holy Spirit is and how He guides the Church, and what it means that Jesus continues His mission through the life of the Church. Along with the basics of the Trinity and all seven Sacraments, they build on what they have learned about prayer, and explore what it means to live as children of God. This year also focuses on Jesus’s Parables of the Kingdom, and Mary as the Mother of the Church.
This year focuses on how much children are loved by Jesus Christ, and how His death and Resurrection has opened the way to heaven. Children continue to learn about the parts of the Mass, the lives and lessons of the saints, and more ways to pray. This year includes a special focus on the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist.
Children begin to develop an awareness of God as our Father in Heaven, the creator of Heaven and earth, who is all good, who created them in His image and likeness, and who loves them unconditionally. Basic parts of the Mass are introduced. The reality of sin is further explored in connection with the Sacrament of Confession. Continuing to learn from the lives of saints, they also explore the basics of prayer as a conversation with God.
Children are introduced to the loving goodness of the Blessed Trinity, they meet the members of the Holy Family, and they learn who the saints are and what they teach us. They begin to explore why virtue is good and sin is bad, and the importance of developing good habits. Finally, they learn that they can speak to God in prayer.
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