Remembering Saints and Souls


Day of the Dead (Mexico)

day-of-dead dayofdeadaltar

We talked about the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) a Mexican Celebration of all the souls that died. They set up an “altar” with a statue of Mary, flowers, and pictures of loved ones that have passed. We did the prayer service above and each student remembered someone from his or her family that has died.

Handout for Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days:


Stories of the Old Testament, Abraham, Issac, Jacob(Israel) and Joseph

Last week we talked about Noah and the flood, Abram and Sarah and their son Issac.

  • God made a covenant(a sacred promise) with Noah:

Genesis 9:15  I will remember my covenant between me and you and every living creature—every mortal being—so that the waters will never again become a flood to destroy every mortal being.

  • God made a covenant with Abram and changed his name to Abraham:
Abraham and Issac

Genesis 17:5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I am making you the father of a multitude of nations.

Genesis17:7 I will maintain my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting covenant, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you…. and I will be their God.

“I will be your God if you will be my people”

God still makes that covenant with us today.

  • Abraham’s son, Issac married Rebbecca.  The had two sons Esau and Jacob. Esau was a hunter and good cook, Jacob was a Shepherd of Sheep. Jacob inherited the land and rights of his father Isaac.
  • Jacob, (also known as “Israel”), had 12 sons. They would be the 12 tribes of the nation Israel.

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,  Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Asher

  • Old Testament and the story of Joseph.

Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and did a horrible thing to Joseph.  But, God used this misfortune to save the nation of Israel from starvation many years later.

Here is a version of Joseph’s story for children:

If you have access to the “Joseph King of Dreams” by Dreamworks (DVD), we will be playing parts of the movie this week. Finish “Be like Joseph” puzzle the “Law of Love” and “Gods Covenant” Worksheets (below).

Did Joseph and his brothers learn the law of love?

Saint Emma’s Monastery – Benedictine Nuns:


About Mass


Examples of Mass from The Ordination to the Order of the Priesthood of Donald Haugh Bender, Jr. and Ryan Patrick Fischer. This took place on June 6, 2015 at St. Patrick Cathedral, Harrisburg, PA. It is a great way for the students look at our Harrisburg Diocese Cathedral and see our Bishop Gainer.

Introductory Rite,

  • Greeting
  • Penitential Act
  • Gloria
  • Collect

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Second Reading
  • Gospel
  • Homily
  • Profession of Faith
  • Prayer of the Faithful

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Preparation of the Altar and Gifts
  • Eucharistic Prayer

Communion Rite

  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Breaking of the Bread
  • Holy Communion

Concluding Rites

  • Blessing
  • Dismissal

Review: Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Gospels, Epistles.

God’s Covenant

The Word of God the Bible and the Covenant between God and His People

Review Reading the Bible: “Blest are We” grade 4 pp.18-19 ( please use a bible book) God’s Covanent p45-47

“I will be your God if you will be My People”

Try this quiz:

Story of Noah/God’s Covenant

Student Reads : Bible: Genesis 6:5-19, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9:9-17-.


We told the story of Abraham and Issac.

Abraham and Isaac Puzzle

Last Supper of the King

Palm Sunday (Jesus’s entry in Jerusalem): Matt 21:1-14,


Jesus washes the Disciples’ feet. John 13:1-17

Jesus Gives Us the Eucharist. The Last Supper/ Celebration of the Passover Seder Meal. Mark 14:17-26


This is a cartoon version “SuperBook” of the Last Supper.

Footwashing and Holy Order Quiz:

Judas Betrays Christ. Luke 22:39-53

Forgiveness and Confessions

Jesus tells us about Forgiveness in his Sermons:

The Prodigal Son Story /Parable in Luke 15:11

On-Line Quiz on Forgiveness Story:

Because there is sin in the world, we live on earth and someday we will die. But God provides us a way to save ourselves/our souls. In the Old Testament, they sacrificed an animal or food on an altar for a person’s sins. In the New Testament, Jesus is our sacrifice on the cross. We also offer the ”sacrifice of the Mass” for the forgiveness of sins.

An Examination of Conscience for Children

by Fr. Edward Filardi, Gaithersburg, Maryland


Order of Confession and Act of Contrition:


As a class we said the Act of Contrition:

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.   Amen.

(In class,  we did a Works of Mercy relay race. Each team member wrote one of the works of mercy down on the board. Then he /she would pass the marker on to his/her teammate to write a work of mercy on the board. this would continue until all 7 of the works of mercy were on the board.)

The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry;
  • Drink to the thirsty;
  • Clothe the naked;
  • Shelter the homeless;
  • Visit the sick;
  • Visit those in prison;
  • Bury the dead.

hand-out for corporal works of mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

  • Teach the ignorant;
  • Help others do what is right;
  • Give advice to the doubtful;
  • Be patient with others;
  • Forgive injuries;
  • Comfort those who suffer;
  • Pray for the living and the dead.

hand-out for spiritual works of mercy

Below is a quiz.

1. What is Sin?

– offense against or failure to love God and our neighbor

2. What is the meaning of word CONVERSION?

– Turning one’s life around, away from sin and back to Christ 3. Which sacrament celebrates our renewed conversion? – The sacrament of penance or reconciliation 4. What is penance?

– An action to help us make up for the harm done by our sin

5. What are the three traditional practices of Lent?

– Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; since Vatican II, study of our faith and of the word of God is also stressed

6. What is prayer?

– Raising one’s mind and heart to God

7. In whose name should we offer our prayers?

– Jesus

8. What can we abstain from other than meat?

– Sinful thoughts, words, and actions

9. What are alms?

– Money given to the poor

10. What do we call the charitable actions by which we help others?

– Works of mercy


Jesus teaches the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer on the Mount

Jesus teaches the “LORD’S PRAYER” or “OUR FATHER”



The Commandments and the Beatitudes:

Blest are We Chapter 7 p. 88-95

Beatitudes and meaning – You Tube

Blest are You hymn – YouTube

Beatitude match page


Blest Are They Lyrics

1. Blest are they, the poor in spirit; theirs is the
kingdom of God. Blest are they, full of sorrow; they
shall be consoled.

Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are
you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

2. Blest are they, the lowly ones: they shall inherit the
earth. Blest are they, who hunger and thirst; they shall
have their fill.

Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are
you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

3. Blest are they, who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.
Blest are they, the pure of heart; they shall see God!

Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are
you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

4. Blest are they, who seek peace; they are the children
of God. Blest are they who suffer in faith; the glory of
God is theirs.

Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are
you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!

5. Blest are you, who suffer hate, all because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, yours is the kingdom of God; shine
for all to see.

Rejoice, and be glad! Blessed are you, holy are
you! Rejoice and be glad! Yours is the kingdom of God!