- What is Sin?
- What is the meaning of word CONVERSION?
- Which sacrament celebrates our renewed conversion?
- What is penance?
- What are the three traditional practices of Lent?
- What is prayer?
- In whose name should we offer our prayers?
- What can we abstain from other than meat?
- What are alms?
- What do we call the charitable actions by which we help others?
- An offense against or failure to love God and our neighbor
- Turning one’s life around, away from sin and back to Christ
- The sacrament of penance or reconciliation
- An action to help us make up for the harm done by our sin
- Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; since Vatican II, study of our faith and of the word of God is also stressed
- Raising one’s mind and heart to God
- Sinful thoughts, words, and actions
- Money given to the poor
- Works of mercy
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.
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?
During 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 .
“Blest are We” grade 4 page 263 bottom of page: “Eucharist”
More about the Passover (parents): New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia “Pasch or Passover”
In class we will look at some Jewish Passover customs, games, Seder plate and Kiddush Cup-
Contrast the first “Passover Covenant” and the “Renewed Covenant” we celebrate at Mass.
We are beginning Mose’s Life and the ten Commandments. If you have access to the “Prince of Egypt” by Dreamworks (DVD), we will be playing parts of the movie the next couple weeks.
“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
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.
What is God’s name?
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!”
This week we reviewed Joesph’s Life and how much faith he had to have: To live in prison, to lose his family, to live in a foreign land, to live by a foreign religion and to be forsaken by his brothers. Sometimes when hard things happen to people, they start to believe there is no God. But God can use our hardships to bless us later. Joseph used his gift of dreams (even in prison!) to gain favor with Pharaoh. He was able to save his whole family from starvation!
Day of the Dead
We talked about the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) a Mexican Celebration of all the souls that died. We set up an “altar” with a statue of Mary, flowers, and pictures of loved ones that have passed. We did the prayer service below and each student remembered someone from his or her family that had passed away.
Finishing the story of Joseph (Please see Oct.16, 2013) . If you have access to the “Joseph King of Dreams” by Dreamworks (DVD), we will be playing parts of the movie this week. Finish the “Law of Love” and “The New Commandment” Worksheets (below).
Did Joseph and his brothers learn the law of love?
We did a living Rosary with third grade and fifth graders. Each child begins a “Hail Mary” or an “Our Father” (Over 60 students/ prayers!) We said the Glorious Mysteries. We explained what each of the Glorious Mysteries meant. The explanation of the Rosary is on page 15 of the “Blest are We” grade 4. This month (October) is the month of the Rosary.
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.
We began the Old testament story of Joseph. His father was Jacob (also known as “Israel”). Jacob had 12 sons. They would be the 12 tribes of the nation Israel. 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:
Mass honoring Our Guardian Angels
- For the home school students, please try to go to Mass with your family this week. Please read About The Mass “Blest are We” grade 4 on pages 266-267.
“Blest are We” grade 4 Chapter 2 Praise and Worship pp 37-41.
Since we talked about guardian angels last week, read the following gospel reading:
Gospel Mt 18:1-5, 10
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”
Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Quotes (for Parents):
“Beside each believer stands an angel protector and shepherd leading him to life.”
“So valuable to heaven is the dignity of the human soul that every member of the human race has a guardian angel from the moment the person begins to be.”
~ St. Jerome
“Everyone of us is entrusted to the care of an angel. That is why we must have a lively and profound devotion to our own Guardian Angel, and why we should often and trustfully repeat the dear prayer we were taught in the days of our childhood. May we never fail in this devotion to the angels! During our earthly pilgrimage we may often run the risk of having to face the natural elements in turmoil, or the wrath of men who may seek to do us harm. But our Guardian Angel is always present. Let us never forget him and always remember to pray to him.”
~ Pope John Paul II
September 25, 2013 : Introductions, Prayers and the Bible
Opening prayer and we say the Act of Contrition in “Blest are We” grade 4 p. 14
“Blest are We” grade 4 p. 270 “How Catholics Live”
Mr. Rios introduces our classroom rules:
Make name tags: Place your name on half sheet of paper, decorate it, Place the virtues on the back.
Prayers: “Blest are We” grade 4 pp.10-12