Kingdom of Heaven-Communion of Saints

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.

Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God…Who is the Kingdom of God?

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:

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.


The Apostles Creed

The Apostles Creed The Nicene Creed
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
On the third day he rose again. and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


A Saint’s life: Joan of Arc

Sermon on the Mount, Beatitudes- continued

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

Blest are We Chapter 7 p. 88-95

He 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!

The Kingdom of God, Understanding the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes

Jesus is ready for His public ministry: Proclaiming the Kingdom of God!

Finish Examination of Conscience /10 Commandments


Work Sheets:

TenCommandments-Knowing the Rules

The Commandments and the Beatitudes:

Blest are We Chapter 7 p. 88-95

Beatitudes and meaning – You Tube

The 10 Commandments Quiz:

First Disciples and Wedding Feast of Cana

Jesus calls the disciples John 1:35-51 and the wedding feast of Cana John 2:1-12.

Chapter 12 in Blest are We book: p 141-148

Fish with ME – youTube

disciples_jesus crossword


Wedding Feast of Cana,

Marriage and Holy Orders are Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

Wedding Feast of Cana Quiz:

 Blest are We Chapter 13: Sacrament in the Church p.153-160


Baptism in our Church:

We visit the Baptismal Font in the Sanctuary
The Pascal candle and the Sacramental Chrism oils are store in the Ambry—
(the special glass cabinet on the wall).

Holy Water (Symbol of the Holy Spirit)is kept on the left and poured over the catechumenate (person to be baptized) into the basin on the right. The center drain leads right to the ground so the holy water will not be dumped into the septic. The baptized person receives a Candle–“Receive the Light of Christ” and puts on a White Garment–“Putting on Christ”

We will be talking about Baptism of Christ

Gospel Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts
whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”After all the people had been baptized
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove.
And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”

Blest Are We Chapter 6 pp. 78-85 “Baptism”

Luke 2:40-52

Jesus is grown up now. John the Baptist(Jesus’s Cousin) is out baptizing people in the Jordon River. Jesus is baptized.

Mark 1:1-13


Confirmation in the Spirit.

Our Baptismal vows are strengthened. Chapter 10 pp.120-124

If we have time we will reenact a baptism in the church


People we know:

Baptism of David McGinnis


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Life of Jesus:

Jesus spends 40 day in the desert after his baptism.

Luke 4:1-15

Baptism of Jesus Crossword.

Jesus includes us in His family, if we do what God asks of us… That is our Baptismal promises:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.
V. And all his works?
R. I do.
V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

Childhood of Christ

Last week, we went to the church as a class. We looked at the nativity, talked about the wise men coming from other countries.   The 3 wise men (3 kings) were some of the first people to worship Jesus. They were from different countries and didn’t speak the Hebrew language.  God opened salvation to all peoples not just the Jewish people!


We had a prayer service for the Epiphany and lit a candle for our intentions (friends and family who may be sick, grieving or rejoicing) We stood in front of the altar near the Tabernacle, Baptism font, and the Ambry (Blest Are We p.120)

A votive candle or prayer candle is a candle, typically white or beeswax yellow, intended to be burnt as a votive offering in an act of Christian prayer

A votive candle or prayer candle is a candle, typically white or beeswax yellow, intended to be burnt as a votive offering in an act of Christian prayer

Presentation of Jesus

Presentation of Jesus in the temple 8 days after his birth. That is when His name was given. There he was greeted by Simeon and Anna.

Luke 2:21-38.

Simeon and Anna Puzzle

After the wise men left, Herod was searching for the Christ child. Mary , Joseph and Jesus flee to Egypt until Herod died…for he wanted the “Baby King” dead.

Flight to Egypt


We follow Mary and Joseph’s path from Nazareth to Bethlehem and Egypt on our map.
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Finding the Child Jesus

Luke 2:41-52

Return to Nazareth and going to the Passover feast in Jerusalem when Jesus was 12 years old.

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

  • Annunciation
  • Visitation
  • Finding in the Temple
  • Nativity of Jesus
  • Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
  The explanation of the Rosary is on page 15 of the “Blest are We” grade 4.  

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

  • Baptism of Jesus
  • Marriage at Cana
  • Kingdom of God
  • Transfiguration of Jesus
  • Last Supper



Happy Epiphany! The Three kings visit Baby Jesus. Visit the Manger scene in the church.wisemenThe Gifts of the Kings Puzzle

Visit our church… We saw the Stations of the Cross, the Tabernacle,the Sanctuary Lamp, the Baptismal Font and the Holy Oils: (Oil of Catechumens which is used to bless and strengthen those preparing for baptism; the Oil of the Sick with which the priest brings Jesus’ strength and healing to those who are joined with the suffering Christ in serious illness; and the Sacred Chrism which is used in celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders)  We looked behind the sanctuary at the vesting room, at the altar stone under the altar cloth and inside the confessionals.


Inside the Church

Inside Church instructions

Watch “Mary of Nazareth” DVD

Penance Service and Christmas Story

Penance Service

Advent Wreath lighting of the candle and Bless our Nativity:

Advent CCD  Advent wreath & prayer,

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Bring our gifts to the manger:

(As a CCD Class, we will bring whatever we have collected but anyone can donate to this cause.)


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Our Parish will dedicate the GIFTS TO THE MANGER program to benefit the Carlisle Family Life Center (previously called Birthright). What better Joy than to have your family and children bring a gift to the Baby Jesus in the Manger that will go to a needy family who has gifted a new life into our world. Please consider purchasing one, or several, of these items and placing them in the Manger located inside the
front of the church on Marsh Drive or in the baskets at the prayer railing of the Shrine Church. This drive will take place during the season of Advent and continue through Christmas day. Thank you for your generosity.
Similac Formula (powdered), Girl’s Clothing in sizes 0 to 6 months, Diaper Wipes, Pacifiers or Teethers, Baby Toys & Board Books, Crib Sheets, Receiving Blankets, Crib Blankets (30-inch X 30-inch), Hooded Towels & Washcloths, Small to Medium Diaper Bags, Toiletries – shampoo, soap, lotion.


Weekend Mass: December 17/18
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.




Joseph was searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem…

Matthew ch.1. NT: Luke Ch. 1, 2. Birth of John the Baptist, Birth of Christ, Christmas

The Visitation and the Magnificat

The Birth of Christ



page 245 “Blest Are We”

  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!

Advent and Reconciliation

Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception is December 7.

December 14 is Reconciliation

Dec. 14 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


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


Below is a quiz. If you highlight “click with the mouse” the space after the “-” the answers will be revealed.

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?


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


Quiz on Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick: