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

What is God’s name?eburningbush


“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)

day-of-dead dayofdeadaltar

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.

Missionaries of the Poor -Jamaica-2016


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

About Mass

October 26, 2016

“Blest are We” grade 4: 

Chapter 2 Praise and Thanksgiving pp. 37-44.

Order of the Mass (pp.266-268)


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.

Mass Tonight

tmp_22821-20150918_091405964995333Fr. Bender will celebrate Mass with us today.  He will wear Green Vestments. He will pray with us, teach us something special during the Homily and consecrate the bread and wine for Holy Eucharist. Finally, he will dismiss us with a blessing.

Today’s Mass readings:

If you are unable to make it to Mass, please read the readings (above). If you are home-schooled. We are behind in the assignments, so please just go over Abraham and Issac from last week.

God’s Covenant

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:

Story of Noah/God’s Covenant

Student Reads : Bible: Genesis 6:5-19, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9:9-17-.


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

Fr. Donald Bender

Fr. Donald Bender, Our Parochial Vicar

Saint Patrick Shrine Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle

Saint Patrick Shrine Church on Pomfret Street in Carlisle


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


dsc06194Missionaries of the Poor in Jamaica. Mrs. McGinnis and Rachel will be going on a Mission trip to help the homeless, handicapped, and abandoned of Kingston Jamaica. There are children, adults and elderly.

Father Meluskey of our parish, died a couple years ago. He always wanted to send beautiful pictures of Jesus and Mary to the poor people. Before he died he gave me a large box of different note cards, Mass cards and Christmas card with pictures of Jesus and Mary on them. He wanted the Children of Saint Patrick Church to cut them out and put a piece of yarn on them so the poor people who live in Jamaica could hang them on their bed on in their small homes.  These poor people have very little space and possessions. 6-20-2011-462He thought that a small beautiful picture might be appreciated and be an honored picture of God’s Mercy.

I would like to ask you to help with this project by adding yarn to these pictures that have been cut out. I will take them to Jamaica when I leave in 2 weeks.

Parish Mission tonight – No CCD

Please consider going to the Parish Mission “Jubilee Year of Mercy”

7:00 -8:00 PM
Rosary recitation at 6:45 PM
Confessions following each night’s talk
Marsh Drive Church
All are invited to this time of spiritual renewal and blessing for our parish. iMercy: The Divine Hotspot will be led by Father Bill Garrott, O.P. The iMercy missions aims to make more accessible the outpouring of grace hoped for by Pope Francis in his declaration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Each night’s topic is designed to draw parishioners more deeply into the reconciling love of the Holy Trinity through preaching and experiential signs of God’s merciful touch.

Our Bible, The Altar, Sins Forgiven

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). (

Open Our Bibles to Genesis 4, (

Cain and Abel Story

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

cain-and-abel worksheet


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?




BIBLE– the last book: Revelations 5:1-4,6, 9

“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)



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

In the Beginning

Story of Creation

“Blest are We” grade 4 chapter 1 pp.28-30, 32-33

We introduced ourselves…

Passed out books/attendance


Anyone want to share their questions to God? What do you hope for in CCD?


We will begin the night with a prayer service and introductions.

We will go over Mr. Rio’s rules for the classroom.

  • Love,
  • Honor,
  • Respect

Creation, Adam and Eve, garden of Eden, beginning of sin


Don Francisco – Adam Where Are You


Read to student:

The Story of Creation or  the Bible: Genesis 1, Genesis 2:1-8,15-25, Genesis 3.

Online Quiz: