Birth of Christ

 A long time ago, in the town of Nazareth, lived a young woman named Mary.   She was engaged to be married to Joseph, who was a carpenter.

One day, while Mary was at home, an angel suddenly appeared.  Before Mary could say anything the angel told Mary that she was favored by God, and that God was with her.

Mary was surprised.  She was trying not to be afraid, but she had never seen an angel before.

The angel quickly tried to reassure Mary. “Do not be afraid!” the angel said.  “God has found favor with you.  You will have a baby boy, and are to give him the name Jesus.”

Mary was confused; she was not yet married to Joseph, so how could she have a baby?  The angel thought that this might concern Mary so he said, “The Holy Spirit will perform a miracle, and because of this your baby will be called the Son of God.”

To Mary’s surprise, the angel had more exciting news: “Even your cousin Elizabeth is going to have a son in her old age.  Many thought that she couldn’t have children, but she is already pregnant. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary couldn’t believe what she was hearing; she didn’t know what to say.  She realized that she was trembling, and knelt down.  When she was finally able to speak she said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I hope everything you have said will come true.”

Then the angel disappeared, and Mary was left alone.

Soon after, Joseph found out that Mary was going to have a baby.  Joseph was confused and upset by this, but an angel came to him in a dream and said, “Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.  The child Mary is going to have is God’s son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”

When Joseph woke up he remembered what the angel had said.  He knew that everything was okay, and he wasn’t upset anymore.

In those days, the government decided that they should count everyone that lived in that area of the world.  So Joseph had to take Mary to his town of Bethlehem to register.

It took Mary and Joseph a long time to get to Bethlehem.  They didn’t have cars back then, so it probably took them a lot longer to get there.  This was very tiring for Mary because she was soon going to have a baby.

When they reached the town, all the hotels were full and there was nowhere that they could stay.  Finally, someone felt bad for them and offered them a place to stay.

The Bible doesn’t say for sure where they stayed but most people think that they stayed in a small barn where animals were kept.  In any case, doesn’t it seem strange that Jesus, the King of the Jews wasn’t born in a fancy palace or even a hospital?

Mary and Joseph were thankful that they at least had a place to lie down.  It was warm, and there was plenty of straw to lay on.

That night an exciting, wonderful thing happened: Mary and Joseph had a baby!  But this wasn’t just any baby, he was Baby Jesus!  The creator of the whole world, the King of Kings, and the one who would save the world.

The little baby boy fell asleep in Mary’s arms. She wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger on some clean straw.

Joseph was searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem…
WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE BIRTH OF CHRIST!

Matthew ch.1. NT: Luke Ch. 1, 2. Birth of John the Baptist, Birth of Christ, Christmas
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Two different interpretation of the Manager Scene:

The Birth of Christ

 

Christmas

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    1. Time to remember: Jesus is the promised Savior, He is the Light of the World!
      We remember Jesus in the Christmas candles and Christmas lights.

      • God promised a savior from the Family of King David, (the Old Testament). David was from Bethlehem. Read the Story of David from “Bible Stories” by Sister Anna Louise
    2. Time to believe: Jesus is the third person in the Trinity and he is God’s Son!
    3. Time to celebrate: Holy Birthday Party!

 

baby-jesusBLESS THE BABY JESUS

Weekend Mass: December 16/17
Parishioners are all asked to bring to one of the Masses on this weekend their statue of the Baby Jesus that is to be placed in their family Nativity crèche. At the end of Mass the priest will extend a blessing over the images of the Infant Christ Child as a sign of Christ’s central place in our homes.

 

Advent and Confessions

Advent CCD Advent wreath & prayer,

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Online_Advent_Tree idea for home.

Advent page 244 in “Blest Are We”
Advent—a celebration of the three comings of Christ:

1. History – Birth of Jesus 2016 years ago.

2. Present – Mystery-

a. In our families, in our church, in our teachers, etc.
b. In Sacraments through the Holy Spirit: Eucharist, Reconciliation, Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony and Holy Orders

3. Future—Majesty- The second coming at the end of time as a King

(referenced in the Book of Revelations)
Jesus’ comings in history, mystery, and majesty!

Annunication

10 Commandments and Reconciliation

10 Commandments

Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  1. I am the Lord your God, You shall not have other gods besides me.
  2. You shall not take the God’s Name in Vain
  3. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath Day
  4. Honor your father and mother
  5. You shall not kill
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not Steal
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
  10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Work Sheets:

TenCommandments-Knowing the Rules

December 6 is Reconciliation

Dec. 6 is the Penance service. We went over the procedure for the confessions and Act of Contrition.

“Blest are We” grade 4 chapter 14 pp.163-166, 168- 169

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

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Order of Confession and Act of Contrition: “Blest are We” grade 4 chapter 14 p. 269

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Moses and the 10 Commandments

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The Ten Commandments

 

Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  1. I am the Lord your God, You shall not have other gods besides me.
  2. You shall not take the God’s Name in Vain
  3. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath Day
  4. Honor your father and mother
  5. You shall not kill
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not Steal
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
  10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Sheets:

Ten-Commandments List

10Commandments-with-explanations

 

Work Sheets:

TenCommandments-Knowing the Rules

 

Optional:

Other Gods

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Saints and Moses

All Saints day The Communion of Saints

  • Saints are those people whose love for God is stronger than their love for anyone or anything else.
  • The Church is the Communion of Saints.
  • The Church is the Body of Christ.

The Communion of Saints Quiz: http://www.bemydisciples.com/grade/3/chapter/8

Act of Contrition: page 14

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Moses’s childhood and calling.

We are beginning Moses’s Life and the ten Commandments.

“Four hundred years ago, the first American colony was settled at Jamestown. Think of how much has changed since then! Four hundred years is a long time, and that’s how long the Hebrew people remained in Egypt after Joseph. Over time a new Pharaoh came to power who did not know Joseph. He made the Hebrew (Jewish people) into slaves. Because the Hebrew population have increased so much, Pharaoh decided every male Hebrew infant should be killed, so slaves would stay weak and afraid. The God began to reveal a plan to deliver his people.” -My Big Book of Catholic Bible stories.

Simple version of Moses’s Life: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/judaism/story-of-moses

Exodus 2:1:-10

Moses fled from Pharaoh’s court because he had killed a Egyptian for mistreating a Hebrew slave. He lived in the wilderness of Sinai as a shepherd of sheep.

Exodus 3:1-17

What is God’s name?eburningbush

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“Blest Are We” book: page 60

First Commandment:

I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.

Second Commandment:

You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

Third Commandment

Remember to keep the Sabbath day.

Biblical Maps

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Moses and the Plagues

Moses was instructed by God to go to Pharaoh to free the Jewish(Hebrew) people. Moses had to convince Pharaoh to “Let His People Go!”

We will read about how Moses warned the Egyptians of God’s will to free the Hebrew Slaves. There were 10 Plagues that tormented the Egyptians.
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We will learn about the Passover. The Lamb is the sacrifice for the Passover meal. The passover meal allows the Jewish Hebrews to be free.

Jesus celebrated the last supper during the Feast of the Passover. We call Jesus the “Lamb of God.” Is Jesus the sacrifice for our sins? Does Jesus allow us to be free? Free from what?

passover-jesus1600During Mass we celebrate the Eucharist. The unleavened bread that is offered up. In the Mass there are many prayers and ceremonies that are from the Jewish Passover meal .

DSC06480“Blest are We” grade 4 page 263 bottom of page: “Eucharist”

More about the Passover (parents): New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia “Pasch or Passover”Passover-matzah-kiddush-cupsederIn class we will look at some Jewish Passover customs, games, Seder plate and Kiddush Cup-platepassover1
Contrast the first “Passover Covenant” and the “Renewed Covenant” we celebrate at Mass.

Very Good Resource: Passover Seder for Catholics

Scenes from Moses’ Life:

“Prince of Egypt” by DreamWorks

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Israelites as Slaves in Egypt

Moses' mother saves Moses life by hiding in a basket and floating him downstream.

Moses’ mother saves Moses life by hiding in a basket and floating him downstream.

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God speaks to Moses through the Burning Bush

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One of the plagues on Egypt is the Hail of Fire

The Last Plague was the Passover. They are saved by the Blood of the Lamb

The Last Plague was the Passover. They are saved by the Blood of the Lamb

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God leads Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt by a pillar of fire at night

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Parting of the Red Sea

We cut out the prayers on the handouts “Our Prayers”(below) and pasted them to the inside covers of our books and folders. We will refer to them often.

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To home-schooled students: We are behind in the class work due to fire drills, projects and prayer time…Take time to pray for your loved ones, light a candle of remembrance if you want. We are learning and worshiping our Holy Lord God!

Remembering Saints and Souls

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Day of the Dead (Mexico)

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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:

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We just came back from the Missionaries of the Poor.

 

Review:

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Noah and the flood, Abram and Sarah and their son Issac.

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

rainbow-covenantGenesis 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:

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    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.12 Sons of Jacob

Jacob married Leah and Rachel. Their sons were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Asher

Gods Covenant worksheet

About Mass

“Blest are We” grade 4: 

Chapter 2 Praise and Thanksgiving pp. 37-44.

Order of the Mass (pp.266-268)

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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 (we are just skipping through the parts..) Both Priests have spent a summer at St. Patrick Church and Fr. Bender lives here now. He had Mass last week with us! Also, 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.

http://www.bemydisciples.com/grade/2/chapter/14

http://www.bemydisciples.com/grade/2/chapter/15

God’s Covenant with His People

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: http://www.bemydisciples.com/grade/3/chapter/1

Story of Noah/God’s Covenant

Student Reads : Bible: Genesis 6:5-19, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9:9-17-. http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/6

http://www.biblewise.com/kids/images/fun/the-covenant.pdf

Quiz: http://www.bemydisciples.com/grade/2/chapter/5

We told the story of Abraham and Issac.

Abraham and Isaac Puzzle

Our Church Leaders

Pope Francis Attends His Weekly Audience In St Peter's Square

Our Pope Francis

Bishop Ronald Gainer

Our Bishop Ronald Gainer of Harrisburg

Fr. William Forrey, Our Pastor

Father Kevin Coyle, Father Mike Metzgar, Father Joahua Cavendar

Father Kevin Coyle, Father Mike Metzgar, Father Joahua Cavendar

Saint Patrick Shrine Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle

Saint Patrick Shrine Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle

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Inside the Shrine Church

Saint Patrick Church on Marsh Drive

Saint Patrick Church on Marsh Drive

Inside Saint Patrick Church at Marsh Drive

Inside Saint Patrick Church at Marsh Drive

 

 

The Altar

Last week we talked about the the garden of Eden.  We read the story of creation, Adam and Eve and the temptation of Eve and Adam with the fruit. Because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, they must die.

We will listen to the song “Adam, Adam Where are you?” In the song, it talks about the deception of the Devil and how God still calls Adam back to Himself.  God still searches for each one of us despite our sins. Because we have separated ourselves from God, (through sin), we can not hear Him very well.

God still talks to us:

  • through the Bible,
  • through prayer
  • through the sacraments and our church,
  • through other people
  • through our conscience
  • Can you add any other way God talks to us?

Reading the Bible: “Blest are We” grade 4 pp.18-19.

BIBLE– the first book: Genesis 1, 2, and 3 (we read this last week). (http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/1)

Open Our Bibles to Genesis 4, (http://www.usccb.org/bible/genesis/4)

Cain and Abel Story

Story of Cain & Abel (meaning of sacrifices), Sin of Envy, Murder (Think of the Ten Commandments)

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Sacrifices

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. What other sacraments give us forgiveness of sins?

What is an Altar?

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BIBLE– the last book: Revelations 5:1-4,6, 9
http://www.usccb.org/bible/revelation/5

“I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to examine it. I shed many tears because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to examine it.
Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the [seven] spirits of God sent out into the whole world.

They sang a new hymn:
“Worthy are you to receive the scroll
and to break open its seals,
for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation.”

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Grant us Peace.
(response at Mass)

Who is the LAMB OF GOD?

 Worthy is the Lamb Hymn

Kari Jobe – Revelation Song lyrics “Worthy is the Lamb” (a Life Teen Song)

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“Blest are We” grade 4 Jesus, the Image of God Chapter 5 p.69-74

Welcome to 4th grade CCD 2017-2018

Welcome to St. Patrick CCD Grade 4 with Mr. Rios and Mrs. McGinnis!

Our website’s address is www.hickorytown.com/ccd4/ You may check the website for make-up work. I will post weekly the readings, worksheets, video clips and other assignments for CCD. We use the website on the smart board every night of CCD.

Mrs. McGinnis and Mr. Rios CCD teachers for 4th grade

Mrs. McGinnis and Mr. Rios
CCD teachers for 4th grade

Mr. Rios(4A) and Mrs. McGinnis(4B) have been team-teaching Fourth grade CCD for 6 years. We have a lot of fun and we are able to work together to reinforce the teaching points. We use the “Blest Are We 4″ series published by Pearson Education, Inc.©2008. The website for their series is http://www.blestarewe.com.

We try to incorporate the church year holy days and seasons into our curriculum so we jump around in the book. We are very pleased to share our faith with your children. We look forward to a wonderful year.cover4lg

Mrs. McGinnis Email address is: emilie@hickorytown.com

Mr. Rios Email address: eriosguam@comcast.net

For Religious Education general information: http://saintpatrickchurch.org/ccd.php

“I have enjoyed being a catechist for the Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word from 2003-2008. This is my ninth year as a CCD teacher. I am a mother of five –my children’s ages range from 17-27. I am married to Jim The Computer Guy. I have a couple jobs outside of motherhood. I am a Respiratory Therapist at Carlisle Regional Hospital. Other times, you may find me at my computer designing websites. Hence, the development of this web site!” – Mrs. Emilie McGinnis

2017-2018 Religious Education Calendar