Advent Wreath

Christmas pp. 215-216
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.
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!
We watched part of the movie “The Nativity.” I think it gave a visual idea of what it really was like for Joseph and Mary. I narrated the movie as it progressed so that the students could put the events from the bible into context.
We stopped just as Joseph was searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem…

Advent and CCD Penance Service

Advent CCD Penance Service Advent wreath & prayer,

**Sunday, December 8, 2013 Children giving to Children: 9 am and 11am Masses Bring a wrapped gift (with a tag indicating what it is) to give to another child that is in need.

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Online_Advent_Tree idea for home.

Advent pp. 213-214
Advent—a celebration of the three comings of Christ:
1. History – Birth of Jesus 2007 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!

Conversion quiz

  1. What is Sin?
  2. What is the meaning of word CONVERSION?
  3. Which sacrament celebrates our renewed conversion?
  4. What is penance?
  5. What are the three traditional practices of Lent?
  6. What is prayer?
  7. In whose name should we offer our prayers?
  8. What can we abstain from other than meat?
  9. What are alms?
  10. What do we call the charitable actions by which we help others?


  1. An offense against or failure to love God and our neighbor
  2. Turning one’s life around, away from sin and back to Christ
  3. The sacrament of penance or reconciliation
  4. An action to help us make up for the harm done by our sin
  5. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; since Vatican II, study of our faith and of the word of God is also stressed
  6. Raising one’s mind and heart to God
  7. Jesus
  8. Sinful thoughts, words, and actions
  9. Money given to the poor
  10. Works of mercy


Moses and Passover

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. tenplagues

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-cup

In 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

Begin Moses’s Life

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

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


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!”


All Saints and all Souls

Joseph (continued)

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

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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.



Joseph of the Old Testament

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).

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Did Joseph and his brothers learn the law of love?

Living Rosary and Prayers

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.

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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: