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First Communion 2020-03-19T22:41:11+00:00

First Communion 2020

Dear Parents of First Communion Students,

As you are aware, on site religious education learning has been canceled for the remainder of the year. In order to continue to nourish the minds and feed the spiritual hunger of its students in faith formation, St John’s parish has instituted online learning based upon the age and resources available.

With the direction and aide of Sally, students have reviewed and completed the text “God’s Gift Reconciliation” & “God’s Gift Eucharist.” We ask that the parents continue to provide faith formation at home the remaining sundays and Holy Week. This is important as there are no public Mass’ scheduled until further notice. Your family may watch Mass celebrated at the Diocese in english, spanish, or vietnamese. (click here).

In each tab you will see information for the upcoming Sundays. If you have additional questions or are unable to access the links provided, please do not hesitate to email me at jorge@sjesandiego.org. In addition to the home school portion of faith formation, I do ask you email Sally once a week as indicated in the activity portion of the syllabus. Thank you for your continuous patience during this time.

Below you will see the textbook as well as the Children’s Bible that will be utilized for the remainder of the course as indicated in the following tabs.

Jorge Mendoza

Director of Catechetical Ministry

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The Catholic Children's Bible, Second Edition -

Receiving

Complete Chapter 7 between March 22 to 28


Read Pages 62 to 63

Understanding This Scripture for Parents: Luke recounts the story of the early Church in the Act of the Apostles. He begins with Jesus’ Ascension, continues with the coming of the Holy Spirit, and then with the baptism of the first Christian converts. Luke especially emphasizes the enthusiasm of the early Christians in Gathering in prayer and breaking bread together. Read bible verse: Acts 2:42-47 (page 1716)

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Complete Activity Page 64

Teaching Moment: When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer that Jesus gave us, we pray not only as individuals, but also as the Church, the Body of Christ. In the Prayer, we praise God. We ask him to provide us with daily bread and to make us more forgiving. During Mass, God answers our petition for daily bread in an extraordinary way: he gives us Jesus, the Bread of life. The Lord’s Prayer is prayed by all Christians.


Read pages 65 to 66. The Complete Activity Together on Page 67

Teaching Moment: When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Holy Communion increases and renews the life of grace received in Baptism.

Email Activity to Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com


Pray together Pages 68 & 69Image result for eucharist host

Parents Background for the Prayer: God’s kingdom is not a place. God’s kingdom might be better understood as the reign of God. The phrase reign of God refers to God’s personal activity of ruling as king. God’s reign is one of peace, love, and justice. So to serve God’s kingdom means we are called to be a people who promote peace, justice, and love wherever we find ourselves.


Review Key key words: chalice, host (glossary page 102)
Complete Activity H: (click here)

Lenten Bible Study

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Opening Prayer: (Click Here)

Read Luke 15:11-24 (page 1620)

Teaching Moment: Read “Understand It” on page 1621 from the children’s bible. Explain what the bible verse means to your child.

Reflection: On page 1621, engage your child by asking the questions provided under “Live It!” parents are encouraged to share your response with your child.

Activity: On page 1621, “Tell it!” has 4 images. The images are numbered 1 through 4. In your own words retell the story, and ask your child to retell the story by writing it down in their own words. Email Activity to Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com

Family Activity: (Click Here)

Closing Prayer: (Click Here)

Holy Week Bible Study


Palm Sunday

Image result for palm sunday clip artOpening Prayer: (Click Here)

Read Matthew 21:1-17 (page 1500)

Teaching Moment: Read “Understand It” on page 1501 from the children’s bible. Explain what the bible verse means to your child.

Reflection: On page 1501, engage your child by asking the questions provided under “Live It!” parents are encouraged to share your response with your child.

Activity: On page 1501, “Tell it!” has 4 images. The images are numbered 1 through 4. In your own words retell the story, and ask your child to retell the story by writing it down in their own words. Email Activity to Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com

Family Activity: (Click Here)

Closing Prayer: (Click Here)


Triduum

(Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday) 

Opening Prayer: (Click Here)Image result for holy thursday clip art

Read: Holy Thursday – Mark 14:22-24 (page 1560); Good Friday – Matthew 27:50-54 (page 1516)

Image result for good friday clip artTeaching Moment: Read “Understand It” from the children’s bible. Explain what the bible verse means to your child.

Reflection: Engage your child by asking the questions provided under “Live It!” parents are encouraged to share your response with your child.

Activity: “Tell it!” has 4 images. The images are numbered 1 through 4. In your own words retell the story, and ask your child to retell the story by writing it down in their own words. Email Activity to Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com

Family Activity: (Click Here)

Closing Prayer: (Click Here)

Journeying

Complete Chapter 8 between March 19 to 25

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Read Pages 72 to 73

Understanding This Scripture for Parents: Along with the story of jesus meeting with the disciples in Emmaus, the Gospels recorded a number of post-Resurrection appearances. In Luke 24:41-42, the Risen Jesus asked his disciples for something to eat. He was given a piece of baked fish and ate it in front of them. John 20:19-31 records Jesus bestowing his peace upon the disciples and Thomas’s declaration of faith. John 21:7-15 describes how the Risen Jesus prepared breakfast for the disciples. Finally, in Matthew 28:16-20 the disciples are given the great commission to proclaim Jesus to all nations and the promise that he would be with them to the end of the age. Read bible verse: Luke 24:13-35 (page 1643)

Image result for walk to emmausTeaching Moment: Ask the following Questions and respond after your child shares their thoughts.

  1. Why were Jesus’ followers sad? They had seen Jesus suffer and die; they weren’t sure what to believe about the reports that Jesus had risen from the dead.
  2. What happened while they were walking down the road? They met a man.
  3. What did they talk about with the man? The man reminded them what the scripture said.
  4. What did the followers do when they arrived at the village? They invited the man to stay for dinner.
  5. What happened at the meal? The man took bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them.
  6. What did the followers realize? The man was Jesus himself.
  7. What did Jesus’ followers do next? They returned to Jerusalem and told others that they had seen the risen jesus.

Read Page 74 and Discuss

Discuss: Invite your child to imagine that Jesus is coming to visit for dinner. Have them discuss how you as a family would welcome him and what you might do during his visit. Email Activity to Mrs Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com

What we Know in Faith: The fundamental mission we receive in celebrating the Eucharist is to bear witness with our lives to the love of Jesus Christ for the world. It is through our words and actions that the truth of God’s love becomes real in the lives of people. Being open to Jesus’ love in our own lives helps us to recognize his presence in the lives of others. We invite them to participate with us in the new life that Jesus offers to all. Image result for works of mercy clip art


Read pages 75 to 76. The Complete Activity Together on Page 67

Teaching Moments: After the final blessing, the deacon or priest might dismiss the people with the words, “Go forth, the Mass is ended” or simply, “Go in Peace” The word dismissal has come to imply “mission”. The dismissal from mAss is a starting point for the assembly to continue the Church’s mission to proclaim Christ to the world. When we continue the Church’s mission, we give praise and thanks to God in our daily activities.


Image result for works of mercy clip artPray together Pages 68 & 69

Parents Background for the Prayer: The early Christian community identified itself as the way. the two disciples walking to Emmaus are on a journey. Jesus Christ comes to them in the Eucharist, giving them the strength to complete their Journey. That is what the Eucharist is: the nourishment we need in order to make our way through life. Jesus Christ gives us the nourishment we must have in order to complete our journey.


Review Key key words: gracet (glossary page 102)
Complete Activity I: (click here)
Complete Activity J: (click here)

Easter Season Bible Study

Jesus is the Good Shepherd


Opening Prayer: (Click Here)Image result for the good shepherd clip art

Read John 10:11-15 (page 1676)

Teaching Moment: Read “Understand It” on page 1677 from the children’s bible. Explain what the bible verse means to your child.

Reflection: On page 1677, engage your child by asking the questions provided under “Live It!” parents are encouraged to share your response with your child.

Activity: On page 1677, “Tell it!” has 4 images. The images are numbered 1 through 4. In your own words retell the story, and ask your child to retell the story by writing it down in their own words. Email Activity to Sally – sallyjeanmartin@aol.com

Family Activity: (Click Here)

Closing Prayer: (Click Here)

First Communion is Scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020 at 10:30am. Due to the current situation, we will inform you of any changes as the date approaches. You may contact jorge at jorge@sjesandiego.org for any questions.

If you have not already done so, a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate is needed. You may scan and email to jorge@sjesandiego.org or drop off a copy to the parish office tuesday to friday from 9am to 5pm.