St. Malachy's Catechetical Ministry

Advanced Catechism - Grade 5

Announcement Board:
Your final exam will contain one, or both of the following KEYquestions: 
      1. What does it mean to be a good Christian? What must a good Christian be like?
      2. Why are we here? Why has God created us?
Sounds simple, but it is not. Perhaps not as apparent all three years of Jesus' public ministry revolved around teaching the first of these two very fundamental spiritual concepts, yet few Christians today have good understanding. If they do understand, they certainly do not live the most basic principles of Christianity. The answer to the second question remains well hidden to this physical world, but it can be derived from careful contemplation of the scriptures and the analysis of events taking place in human lives.

Please, remember this while studying your material for the remaining part of this course. All students should be able to answer these two key questions upon the completion of all our lessons.

Paul Kauler

 Faith First Course Outline, 2011 - 2012 school year

Date  Topic  Book Chapter Reference
September 25 Introduction; Two Worlds; Creation or Evolution? Part I - The Universe. Class notes
October 2 Creation or Evolution? Part II - Plants & Animals; God reveals Himself. 1 Class notes
October 9
Thanks Giving Weekend - No Class
October 16 The Word of God. 2 Class notes
October 23 The Holy Trinity, Tertullian. 3 Class notes
October 30 God the Father. 5 Class notes
November 6 Jesus Christ and his public ministry; Mary, mother of God  6, 4
pg. 89
Class notes
November 13 Song of Bernadette movie (Start at 08:15 a.m.)
November 20 Apparitions of Jesus and Mary. Class notes
November 27 The Death, Ressurection and Ascension of Jesus 7 Class notes
December 4 The promise of a helper 8 Class notes
December 11 Different gifts, the same spirit 9 Class notes
December 18 Review; 1st midterm exam 
Dec. 25 - Jan. 1
Christmas/New Year - No Class
January 8 Jesus, Our Model of Prayer 24, 25 Class notes
January 15 People of Prayer 25, 26 Class notes
January 22 Making Christian decisions 18 Class notes
January 29 The Beatitudes 19 Class notes
February 5 The Ten Commandments 22, 23 Class notes
February 12 Living Holy Lives 20 Class notes
February 19 Jesus' Work of Healing 16 Class notes
February 26 Baptism and Confirmation 12 Class notes
March 4 God is Love 21 Class notes
March 11
Study Week - No Class
March 18 Sacraments of the Service of Communion 17 Class notes
March 25 The Mission movie (Start at 09:00 a.m.)
April 1 Movie discussion
April 8
Easter - No Class
April 15 Review, 2nd midterm exam
April 22 One Bread One Cup 14 Class notes
April 29 The Pentecost 13 Class notes
May 6 Thy Kingdom Come 10 Class notes
May 13 Church Liturgy and Seven Sacraments 11 Class notes
May 20 The Corinthians, review 15 Class notes
May 27 Closing; final exam due
1st Midterm - 15% of final grade  (open book)
2nd Midterm - 15% of final grade (open book)
Final Exam  - 70% of final grade (open book, take home exam)

Class Notes:
Chapter 1 - God Reveals Himself / Speaks to us Chapter 17 - Sacraments at the Service of Communion
Chapter 2 - The Bible Chapter 18 - Making Christian Decisions
Chapter 3 - The Holy Trinity Chapter 19 - The Beatitudes
Chapter 4 - Calming the Sea Chapter 20 - Living Holy Lives
Chapter 5 - GOD the Father Chapter 21 - God is love
Chapter 6 - Jesus, Son of GOD Chapter 22, 23 - The Ten Commandments
Chapter 7 - The Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Chapter 24, 25 - Jesus, our model of prayer
Chapter 8 - The promise of a helper - The Holy Spirit Supplementary Material:
Chapter 9 - Different Gifts, the Same Spirit St Augustine of Hippo
The Apparitions of Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother Tertullian
Chapter 10 - Thy Kingdom Come Lineage of Jesus
Chapter 11 - Church Liturgy and Seven Sacraments 1st assignment answer
Chapter 12 - Baptism and Confirmation 2nd assignment answer
Chapter 13 - The Pentecost The movie The Song of Bernadette handout
Chapter 14 - One Bread, One Cup The movie The Mission handout
Chapter 15 - The Corinthians The movie Quo Vadis handout
Chapter 16 - Jesus' Work of Healing The movie Joan of Arc handout

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