Doctrine

Alive-O aims to impart doctrinal knowledge through its objectives and methodologies. It takes into account, as catechesis always should, the central truths of faith relating to:
  • The Mystery of the Trinity
  • The Mystery of God, made man in Jesus
  • The Mystery of the Holy Spirit
  • The Mystery of the Church, in which Mary holds a special place.

A variety of methodologies are engaged in imparting doctrinal knowledge. The methodologies vary according to the pedagogical needs of the children, the particular stage of faith development and initiation (e.g. certain truths need to be imparted prior to sacramental preparation) and the overall content which must essentially be taught in an eight year period.

1. Where is the doctrine evident? The “Why” at the beginning of each lesson, at all levels, points towards the doctrinal objective. The way by which this is achieved is eclectic in approach. 2. Prayer The formal prayers which the children are taught in Alive-O and Alive-O 2 are addressed to God our Father: Morning & Night Prayers, Prayers Before and After Meals. They are introduced to the Trinity through the prayer of blessing self. The formal and informal prayers introduce the children into an active relationship with Godour Father. 3. Song A wide variety of songs are used throughout the Alive-O programme. The song in each lesson responds to the lesson’s “Why”. 4. Scripture Some of the basic truths of faith are introduced through scripture stories in the infant programme, e.g. Moses, Christmas story, Easter story. Alive-O uses a spiral process of teaching from Alive-O to Alive-O 8, so that the themes and concepts will be progressively developed as appropriate for each developmental stage.

To access the doctrinal programme for each class level, please click below:

Junior Infants & Senior Infants (Alive-O & Alive-O 2) The children are introduced to God our loving, Creator Father. This is pedagogically appropriate, as infants are basically egocentric and learn best from their own immediate experience. The children learn about God our Father who loves them unconditionally, who imparts His love unconditionally through His beautiful creation and through the many people with whom He has gifted the children, e.g. parents, teachers, friends. The children learn that God our Father sustains them, nurtures them and cares for them through all that He has provided for them.

First & Second Class (Alive-O 3 & Alive-O 4)

The infant programme invites the children into relationship with God our Loving Father, through which they should gain a clear sense of their own uniqueness and great worth to their loving Creator. The first and second class component of the programme focuses on Jesus our Saviour. Jesus presents us with challenges to grow in faith and draws us deeper into relationship with Him and with God our Father. The children learn about Jesus who:
  • Loves us
  • Cares for us
  • Protects us
  • Nourishes us in the sacrament of the Eucharist
  • Keeps us within the fold of His love through the sacrament of Reconciliation
The doctrine is evident in the same aspects and methodologies as in Alive-O & Alive-O 2, with the added influence of challenge. The Now We Know doctrinal questions and answers are introduced before Christmas in Alive-O 3 and are presented in most lessons from then on in the programme. They are an explicit presentation of doctrine. The questions provide both knowledge and opportunity for challenge towards growth in faith. The Now We Know sections (Alive-O 3 for First Class & Alive-O 4 for Second Class) need to be memorised by the pupils in order to provide them with a resource which will inform, form and transform their faith. The term “to learn by heart” is more applicable than memorisation, as their learning in faith should touch the heart and not just the rational “head” aspect. It is important that the Now We Know sections are learned by heart, in order to provide the children with a valuable resource for the present and future, as they relate to the basic formal truths of faith. There are ten questions in Alive-O 3 (First Class) and forty-seven questions in Alive-O 4 (Second Class). The questions and answers could be used for discussion at the end of the week, before learning by heart and as they connect with the Why of the lesson, are an effective means of determining how effectively it has been achieved.

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The formal prayers impart some of the doctrinal content and lead into relationship with Jesus our Saviour and towards readiness for the sacrament of the Eucharist and the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Now We Know sections may be found in the:
  • Teachers handbook
  • Pupils textbook
  • Pupils workbook
  • Home link pages

First Class (Alive-O 3): Questions and Answers

Q. Who gives us the gift of life? A. God our Father gives us the gift of life. Q. Who gives us the gift of life with others? A. God our Father gives us the gift of life with others. Q. On what day was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born? A. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born on Christmas Day.   Q. Why did God Our Father send His Son? A. God Our Father sent His Son, Jesus, to tell us that He loves us and wants us to be His children. Q. What does God Our Father do for us in the Sacrament of Penance? A. In the Sacrament of Penance God Our Father forgives us. Q. What happened on Good Friday? A. On Good Friday Jesus died on the Cross. Q. What happened on Easter Sunday? A. On Easter Sunday God Our Father raised Jesus to new life. Q. What do we listen to at Mass? A. At Mass we listen to the words of Jesus. Q. Who comes to us in Holy Communion? A. The Lord Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion. Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus.

Second Class (Alive-O 4): Questions and Answers

Q. Who gives us the gift of life? A. God our Father gives us the gift of life. Q. Who gives us friends to love us? A. God our Father gives us friends to love us. Q. Who gives us the gift of life with others? A. God our Father gives us the gift of life with others. Q. Why did God our Father send His son, Jesus? A. God our Father sent His Son, Jesus, to tell us the Good News. Q. What Good News did Jesus tell us? A. Jesus told us that God our Father loves us and wants us to be His children. Q. On what day was Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born? A. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born on Christmas Day. Q. When did we become friends of Jesus? A. We became friends of Jesus at Baptism. Q. What does the Lord Jesus ask his friends to do? A. The Lord Jesus asks his friends to love God our Father and to love each other. Q. What does God our Father do for us in the Sacrament of Penance? A. In the Sacrament of Penance, God our Father forgives us. Q. What do we call the day on which Jesus died? A. We call the day on which Jesus died Good Friday. Q. What happened on Good Friday? A. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross. Q. Why did Jesus die on the cross? A. Jesus died on the cross to show his love for God the Father and for us. Q. What happened on Easter Sunday? A. On Easter Sunday God the Father raised Jesus from death to a new life in a glorious body. Q. Is the Lord Jesus still with us? A. Yes, the Lord Jesus is still with us, for he said: ‘I am with you always.’ Q. What do we listen to at Mass? A. At Mass we listen to the words of Jesus. Q. What do we remember at Mass? A. At Mass we remember Jesus’ love for us. Q. What do we do at Mass? A. At Mass we praise and thank God our Father for Jesus. Q. Who comes to us in Holy Communion? A. The Lord Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion. Q. Why does the Lord Jesus come to us in Holy Communion? A. The Lord Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion to help us to love our Father and to love one another. Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus and to remember the words of Jesus. Q. What do we call the friends of the Lord Jesus? A. We call the friends of the Lord Jesus the Church. Q. What do we celebrate when we are baptised? A. When we are baptised we celebrate our sharing in the new life of the Lord Jesus. Q. On what day do we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? A. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on Christmas Day. Q. Who is Jesus Christ? A. Jesus Christ is the only Son of God who became man toe save us. He is truly God and truly man. Q. What did God say to Moses in the First Commandment? A. On the First Commandment God said to Moses and the people, ‘I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me.’ Q. Why should we love everyone? A. We should love everyone because we all have the same Father in Heaven who loves us and wants us to love one another. Q. Who has given us the world we live in? A. God our Father has given us the world we live in. Q. How should we look on the world? A. We should look on the world as a gift from God and as a sign of his love and power. Q. How does God want us to treat the world? A. God gives us the world as a sign of his love and wants us to treat it with respect and love. Q. When do we sin? A. We sin when we refuse to love God our Father and to love others as Jesus taught. Q. What does God our Father do for us in the sacrament of Penance? A. In the sacrament of Penance God our Fathers forgives us though the words and actions of the priest. Q. What happened on Holy Thursday? A. On Holy Thursday Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and friends. He told them about God’s new covenant. He gave himself to them as the Bread of Life. Q. What happened on Good Friday? A. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross. Q. Why did Jesus die on the cross? A. Jesus died on the cross to show his love for God our Father and for us. Q. What happened on Easter Sunday? A. On Easter Sunday God the Father raised Jesus from death to new life in a glorious body. Q. What do we listen to at Mass? A. At Mass we listen to the words of Jesus. Q. What do we remember at Mass? A. At Mass we remember Jesus’ love for us. Q. Who comes to us in Holy Communion? A. The Risen Lord comes to us in Holy Communion, under the appearance of bread and wine. Q. Is the Risen Jesus present at the Mass? A. Yes, the Risen Jesus is present at Mass. He is present in a special way after the Consecration, when the bread and wine are changed into his body and blood. Q. Does God want us to develop our gifts and talents? A. Yes, God wants us to develop our gifts and talents and to use them as God would want. Q. What happened on Pentecost Sunday? A. On Pentecost Sunday God our Father sent his Holy Spirit to the apostles. Q. Have we received the Holy Spirit? A. Yes, we received the Holy Spirit when we were baptised. Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus and to remember the words of Jesus. Q. Why does God our Father send us the Holy Spirit? A. God our Father sends us the Holy Spirit to help us to be like Jesus and to make us his witnesses on the world. Q. What do we call the friends of the Lord Jesus? A. We call the friends of the Lord Jesus the Church. Q. What do we mean by the Church? A. By the Church we mean the community of people who have been baptised and who follow Jesus. Q. Why do we honour the saints? A. We honour the saints because they loved God and are united with him forever in heaven. They help us by their prayers.

Third & Fourth Class (Alive-O 5 & Alive-O 6)

What is new in Alive-O 5 & Alive-O 6? 1. The pupils were introduced to God our Father in infants and are led to consider their reciprocal relationship with Him at a stage of greater maturity. God as Creator invites them to share in caring for all His beautiful creation. 2. The concept of Christ as Body in which all share through baptism is introduced, leading them to understand that they are members of the Body of Christ. This is lived through membership in the Community of Church. 3. The pupils are introduced to the Holy Spirit as the all-pervasive guide in faith and relationship with God. The children are taught doctrine through the To Be Learned questions and answers at the end of most lessons. There are twenty-seven questions in Alive-O 5 (Third Class) and thirty-seven questions in Alive-O 6 (Fourth Class). As at previous levels in the programme, the doctrine is taught through use of scripture, songs, poetry, questions and answers, formal prayers and discussion. The To Be Learned sections need to be memorised by the pupils in order to provide them with a resource which will inform, form and transform their faith. The term “to learn by heart” is more applicable than memorisation, as their learning in faith should touch the heart and not just the rational “head” aspect. The questions and answers could be used for discussion at the end of the week, before learning by heart and as they connect with the Why of the lesson, are an effective means of determining how effectively it has been achieved. The To Be Learned sections may be found in the:
  • Teachers handbook
  • Pupils textbook
  • Pupils workbook
  • Home link pages

Third Class (Alive-O 5): Questions and Answers

Q. Whom do we honour when we make the Sign of the Cross? A. When we make the Sign of the Cross we honour God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Blessed Trinity. Q. What happened to us in the sacrament of Baptism? A. In the sacrament of Baptism we became followers of Jesus and members of the Church. Q. What did we receive in the sacrament of Baptism? A. In the sacrament of Baptism we received the Holy Spirit. Q. Why do Christians honour Mary? A. Christians honour Mary because she is the mother of Jesus and our mother. Q. On what day do we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? A. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on Christmas Day. Q. Who is Jesus Christ? A. Jesus Christ is the only Son of God who became man to save us. He is truly God and truly man. Q. What did God say to Moses in the First Commandment? A. In the First Commandment God said to Moses and the people, ‘I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me.’ Q. What did Moses say to Moses in the Fourth Commandment? A. In the Fourth Commandment God said to Moses and the people, ‘Honour your father and your mother.’ Q. Why should we love everyone? A. We should love everyone because we all have the same father who loves us and wants us to love one another. Q. Who has given us the world we live in? A. God our Father has given us the world we live in. Q. How should we look on the world? A. We should look on the world as a gift from God and as a sign of his love and power. Q. How does God want us to treat the world? A. God gives us the world as a sign of his love and wants us to treat it with respect and love. Q. When do we sin? A. We sin when we refuse to love God our Father and to love others as Jesus taught. Q. What does God our Father do for us in the sacrament of Penance? A. In the sacrament of Penance God our Father forgives us through the words and actions of the priest. Stations of the Cross: T2L10, teacher’s handbook, p. 257 Q. What happened on Holy Thursday? A. On Holy Thursday Jesus shared the Last Supper with his apostles and friends. He told them about God’s new covenant. He gave himself to them as the Bread of Life. Q. What happened on Good Friday? A. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross. Q. Why did Jesus die on the cross? A. Jesus died on the cross to show his love for God our Father and for us.   Apostles Creed: T3L1, teacher’s handbook, p. 275-276 Q. What do we listen to at Mass? A. At Mass we listen to the words of Jesus. Q. What do we remember at mass? A. At mass we remember Jesus’ love for us. Q. Who comes to us in Holy Communion? A. The Risen Lord Jesus comes to us in Holy Communion, under the appearance of bread and wine. Q. Why does the Risen Lord Jesus come to us in Holy Communion? A. The Risen Lord Jesus comes to us in Hoy Communion to help us to love one another. Q. Is the Risen Lord Jesus present at the Mass? A. Yes, the Risen Jesus is present at Mass. He is present in a special way after the Consecration, when the bread and wine are changed into his body and blood. Q. Does God want us to develop our gifts and talents? A. Yes. God wants us to develop our gifts and talents and to use them as God would want. Q. What happens on Pentecost Sunday? A. On Pentecost Sunday God our Father sent his Holy Spirit to the apostles. Q. Have we received the Holy Spirit? A. Yes, we received the Hoy Spirit when we were baptised. Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus and to remember the words of Jesus. Q. Why does God our Father send us the Holy Spirit? A. God our Father sends us the Holy Spirit to help us to be like Jesus and to make us his witnesses in the world.

Fourth Class (Alive-O 6): Questions and Answers

Q. Who is the creator of the world? A. God is the creator of the whole world and of all the people in it. Q. How should we look non the world? A. We should look on the world as a gift from god and as a sign of God’s love and power. Q. How does God want us to treat the world? A. God wants us to treat the world with respect and love because he created it for our use and enjoyment. Q. Why do Christians honour Mary? A. Christians honour Mary because she is the mother of Jesus and our mother. Q. What is the meaning of the Assumption? A. By the Assumption we mean that Mary, when the course of her earthly body was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven. Q. Does God our Father wants us to grow? A. Yes, God our Father wants us to grow in body and in mind and in friendship with him and with others. Q. Why do we pray for the dead? A. We pray for the dead to ask God to purify them with his love and bring them to eternal happiness with himself in heaven. Q. What does Jesus ask us to do? A. Jesus asks us to love God our Father with our whole heart and our neighbour as ourselves. Q. How can we show our love for God our Father? A. We can show our love for God our Father by praying to him and always doing what pleases him. Q. How can we show our love for our neighbour? A. We can show our love for our neighbours by respecting them and their property, by being truthful and honest, by sharing with them and by wishing them well. Q. On what day do we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God? A. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on Christmas Day. Q. Who is Jesus Christ? A. Jesus Christ is the only Son of God who became man to save us. He is truly God and truly man. Q. What do we celebrate in the Anointing of the Sick? A. In the Anointing of the Sick we celebrate the presence of God to those who are sick, giving them strength, hope and peace. Q. Why do we celebrate the Anointing of the Sick? A. We celebrate the anointing of the Sick to remind us that the Lord Jesus is with us to strengthen and comfort us. Q. What does St. Paul call the Church? A. St. Paul calls the Church the Body of Christ. Q. What happened to us in the sacrament of Baptism? A. In the sacrament of Baptism we became followers of Jesus and members of the Church. Q. When do we sin? A. We sin when we refuse to love God and to love others as Jesus taught. Q. Does God love us even when we have sinned? A. Yes, God loves us even when we have sinned and is always waiting to forgive us. Q. What does God our Father do for us in the sacrament of Penance? A. In the sacrament of Penance God our Father forgives us though the words and actions of the priest. Q. What happened on Good Friday? A. On Good Friday Jesus died on the cross. Q. What does the cross remind us of? A. The cross reminds us of the sufferings of Jesus and of his love for the Father and for us. Q. What did Jesus say about his own suffering and death? A. Jesus said: ‘a man can have no greater love than to give his life for his friends. Q. What happened on Easter Sunday? A. On Easter Sunday God the Father raised Jesus from death to new life in a glorious body. Q. What do we do at Mass? A. At Mass we listen to the words of Jesus. We remember Jesus’ love for us and we give thanks and we give ourselves to the Father with the Lord Jesus. Q. Why do we call the Mass a sacrifice? A. We call the Mass a sacrifice because at mass Jesus Christ offers himself to God the Father and we offer ourselves with Jesus to him. Q. Why do we call the Mass a meal? A. We cal the Mass a meal because at Mass Jesus Christ gives himself to us, under the appearances of bread and wine, to share his life with us and to help us to grow in friendship with God and with others. Q. Why do Christians love and reverence the Bible? A. Christians love and reverence the Bible because it is the Word of God. Q. What happened on Pentecost Sunday? A. On Pentecost Sunday the Lord Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to the apostles. Q. Who is the Holy Spirit? A. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Blessed Trinity. Q. Does the Risen Jesus send the Holy Spirit to us? A. Yes, the Risen Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to us when we are baptised and when we are confirmed. Q. What is the fruit of the Spirit? A. The fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit helps us to live like Jesus and to remember the words of Jesus. Q. What does Jesus ask us to do? A. Jesus asks us to love God our Father with our whole heart and our neighbour as ourselves. Q. How can we show our love for God our Father? A. We can show our love for God our Father by praying to him ad by always doing what pleases him. Q. What do we call the friends of the Lord Jesus? A. We call the friends of the Lord Jesus the Church. Q. What do we mean by the Church? A. By the Church we mean the community of people who have been baptised and who follow Jesus. Q. Why do we honour the saints? A. We honour the saints because they loved God and are united with him forever in heaven. They help us by their prayers.

Fifth & Sixth Class (Alive-O 7 & Alive-O 8)

The doctrine in Alive-O 7 and Alive-O 8 leads and guides the pupils towards a greater understanding of the :
  • Trinitarian God
  • Commitment to faith
  • Corresponding challenges of commitment to faith and community
Scripture, song, poetry, formal prayers and discussion continue as methodologies and sources through which doctrine is taught. The form of the To Be Learned sections changes to include some questions and answers, scripture quotes, ten commandments, precepts of the church, etc. There are twenty-two questions/quotes in Alive-O 7 (Fifth Class) and thirty-seven questions/quotes in Alive-O 8 (Sixth Class). The To Be Learned sections need to be memorised by the pupils in order to provide them with a resource which will inform, form and transform their faith. The term “to learn by heart” is more applicable than memorisation, as their learning in faith should touch the heart and not just the rational “head” aspect. The questions and answers could be used for discussion at the end of the week, before learning by heart and as they connect with the Why of the lesson, are an effective means of determining how effectively it has been achieved. The To Be Learned sections may be found in the:
  • Teachers handbook
  • Pupils textbook
  • Pupils workbook
  • Home link pages  

Fifth Class (Alive-O 7): Questions and Answers

‘Just like the potter’s hand, so you are in my hand.’ (Jer. 18:6) ‘When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer. 29:13) ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.’ (Lk. 4:18) But his outer garment was not made from a single piece of cloth, and it did not have any seams. (Jn. 19:23) ‘’The law of profit alone cannot be applied to that which is essential for the fight against hunger, disease and poverty.’ (Pope John Paul II) ‘To be truly free does not mean doing everything that pleases me, or doing what I want to do…To be truly free means to use one’s own freedom for what is a true good.’ (Pope John Paul II, Dilecti amici) ‘Train for a different goal; the goal of following Christ…’ (Pope John Paul II) Let us honour the saints because they loved God and are united with him forever in heaven. May they help us by their prayers. The cross: In the cross we see what Jesus meant when e said: ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’. Easter: At Easter we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. We celebrate because we believe that we too will be raised to new life in Christ. The Presence of the Risen Jesus at Mass: The Risen Jesus is present at mass in-
  • The people gathered;
  • The celebrant;
  • The Word;
  • Body and blood, soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine.
Q. Why do Christians honour Mary? A. Christians honour Mary because she is the mother of Jesus and our mother. Q. What does the bible tell us about sin? A. The Bible tells us that sin came into the world through disobedience and that all people are sinners and need a saviour. Q. What do we call the first sin? A. We call the first sin ‘original sin’. Q. Who is the saviour of the world? A. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is the saviour of the world. Q. What is original sin? A. Original sin came into the world, originally, through peoples’ disobedience. Jesus Christ came to save people from that original sin, and from all sin that follows from it. Q. What is the Golden Rule’? A. The Golden Rule is ‘Always treat others as you would like them to treat you’. Q. What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit? A. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe in God’s presence. Q. What are the Fruits of the Spirit? A. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.   THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (modern format) First: Love the Lord your God alone, with all your heart. Second: Respect the Lord’s name. Third: Keep the Lord’s Day holy Fourth: Honour your parents. Fifth: All life is in God’s hands; do not destroy life. Sixth: Be faithful in marriage. Seventh: Do not steal. Eighth: Do not speak falsely of others. Ninth: Do not desire a person who already belongs with another. Tenth: Do not be greedy for things that already belong to others. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (traditional format) First: I am the Lord your God, thou shalt not have stranger gods before me. Second: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord, thy God, in vain. Third: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Fourth: Honour thy father and mother. Fifth: Thou shalt not kill. Sixth: Thou shalt not commit adultery. Seventh: Thou shalt not steal. Eithth: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Ninth: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife. Tenth: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods. THE BEATITUDES (written as lyrics for a song) Be dependent on god, and be blessed! Be mindful of those who have died, and be blessed! Be close to the earth, and be blessed! Be just and fair, and be blessed! Be compassionate, and be blessed! Be genuine and true, and be blessed! Be a peacemaker, and be blessed! Be prepared to stand up for what is right, and be blessed! Rejoice then, for your reward will be great.

Sixth Class (Alive-O 8): Questions and Answers

T1L1:‘In you we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts 17:28) T1L2: God is the creator of all the world as a gift from God and as a sign of God’s love and power. We should look on the world as a gift from God and as a sign of God’s love and power. T1L3: Christians love and reverence the Bible because it is the Word of God. In the beginning was the One who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God. The Word became a human being and lived here among us. T1L4:: Spirit of God in the heavens. Spirit of God in the seas. Spirit of God in the mountaintops. Spirit of God in me. Spirit of God in the sunlight. Spirit of God in the air. Spirit of God all around me. Spirit of God everywhere. T1L5: Women and men are the greatest of all God’s creatures on earth because they are made in the image and likeness of God. T1L6: We sin when we refuse to love God our Father and to love our neighbour as Jesus taught. Jesus wants us to be sorry and to repent because he wants us to return to God. In the sacrament of Reconciliation God Our Father forgives us through the words and actions of the priest. T1L9: ‘Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again. But no one who drinks this water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.’ (Jn. 4:13-14) T1L11: About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptised him in the River Jordan. As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, ‘You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.’ (Mark 1:9-11) T1L12: The Seven Sacraments of the Church are Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. T2L1: When Pentecost day came around they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a mighty wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire room in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. (Acts 2:1-4) T2L2: Precepts of the Church:
  1. To come together to celebrate Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
  2. To fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  3. To confess sins at least once a year.
  4. To receive Holy Communion at least during Easter season.
  5. To give financial support to the Church and clergy.
T2L2: Ten Commandments in modern format, teacher’s handbook, p. 124 T2L3: On Pentecost Sunday the Lord Jesus sent his Holy Spirit to the apostles. God our father gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us to be like Jesus and to make us his witnesses in the world. T2L4: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe in god’s presence. T2L5: The fruit of the Holy Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. T2L6: Christians honour Mary because she is the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of God and our Mother to. The Immaculate Conception means that God created Mary free from all sin, from the first moment of her existence. By the Assumption we mean that after her death Mary was taken body and soul into the glory of heaven. T2L7: ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ (Jn. 15:13) ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ (Mark 15:34) T3L1: Jesus is our Saviour because by his life, death and resurrection her freed us from sin and raised us to a new and everlasting life. Easter remains us that Jesus is risen from the dead and has conquered sin and death. T3L2: Then he said: ‘I promise you this. If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. But if you are as humble as these children, you are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matt. 18:3-4) T3L3: We should respect life because life comes from God. T3L4: ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it spring up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had not root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ (Mark 4:3-9) ‘Love others as much as you love yourself.’ (Mtt. 19:19) T3L6: When we say ‘we believe in God’, we mean that we know and trust God. The Church is the community of God’s children who are born to life in the Spirit through Baptism and follow Jesus Christ as the Christian community. Nicene Creed on teacher’s handbook, p. 229 T3L7: God wants us to treat the world with respect and love because God created it for our use and enjoyment. God wants us to develop the world and to share its blessings with all people. T3L8: We honour the saints because they loved God and are with God forever in heaven. They help us by their prayers. We pray for the dead to ask God to purify them and bring them to eternal happiness in heaven.