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

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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,

Advent-Prayers1 Advent-prayers2



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:

Advent and 10 Commandments

Advent CCD  Advent wreath & prayer,

Advent-Prayers1 Advent-prayers2



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!


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.

Work Sheets:

TenCommandments-Knowing the Rules


10 Commandments



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.

Work Sheets:

Ten-Commandments List




Other Gods


Next week Nov. 24, we do not have class for Thanksgiving.


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:

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:

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

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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


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.
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


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.


God speaks to Moses through the Burning Bush


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


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


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.



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!

All Souls Day


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:


We just came back from the Missionaries of the Poor.

Our class helped make special cards for the people there.

20161012_193458Here are some of the photos of our trip (and the cards) in Jamaica.

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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:


    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