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Catholic Church – Young Family Lesson 2018-2019

Lesson Focus:  Learn about the Four Marks of the Church.

 

Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS
  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to pages in the Catholic Children’s Bible (CCB) and/or Celebrating Eucharist Mass Book for Children (CE) as indicated.
  • After reviewing the lesson, you may find it necessary to explain the information to your children in language they can better understand. Please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance in modifying an activity to better suite your family’s needs.

 

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer –

‘Dear Lord, Thank you for this day, and thank you for all the ways that you provide for us. Help us to focus our hearts and minds on what we are about to learn. Inspire us by your Holy Spirit as we listen and guide us as we discover more about our faith.   Amen’

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

Discover!

  • Any good building stands strong on pillars that lift it up and secure it in place. Our church stands on four pillars also known as marks that describe who we are and ensure that we remain strong.

So, what are The Four Marks? They are:  ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC

Let’s learn more about each one:

1. ONE – Because God is ONE. Jesus prayed that all his followers would be united to Him (united in love)

> Read Ephesians 4:4-6 (CCB pg. 1844). Write the word ONE next to these verses.

2. HOLY –  Because God is GREAT. Jesus shared his life and holiness. The Holy Spirit helps and guides us to live holy lives.

> Read Luke 1:49 (CCB pg. 1572). Write the word HOLY next to this verse.

3. CATHOLIC –  Because the word catholic means UNIVERSAL. All are welcome.

> Read Matthew 28:19 (CCB pg. 1522). Write the word CATHOLIC next to this verse.

4. APOSTOLIC –  Because the Church was founded by the APOSTLES. Jesus sent his Apostles to continue his Father’s mission, and he gave them authority and power. The Apostles lived with Jesus and were taught by him.

> Read Luke 10:16 (CCB  pg. 1605) and Ephesians 2:20 (CCB pg.1843). Write the word APOSTOLIC next to this verse.

Live!

  • Each of the Four Marks of the Church are mentioned at Mass during  “Profession of Faith” (CB pg. 16). As you recite this prayer at Mass remember the meaning behind each one.

Pray!

End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin the prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • Say the following prayer as a family:

‘God our loving Father, thank you for gathering us together to learn about the ways you keep our church strong. Help us to continue to grow in faith. Amen’

  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross