It is important to realize that, as parents, you are the primary educators of your child. Your active participation in your child’s religious education is highly encouraged by the Church. As a family, you are the first witnesses of God’s love to your child. If you provide a model of Catholic living at home, if as a family you participate in the sacramental life of the Church, and if you pray and attend Mass together, your child is more likely to take to heart the lessons he will learn in religion class. Family discussions of current events with a healthy religious perspective will allow your child to grow up with a better understanding of the world around him, and more importantly, help him to be a true Catholic and follower of Christ in the midst of it. As stated from the General Directory of Catechesis, “family catechesis precedes…accompanies and enriches all forms of catechesis” (GDC, 226; Congregation for the Clergy, 1998). Providing your child with a strong Catholic identity at an early age, while ensuring a lifetime of devotion, will certainly prepare him for the challenge of becoming a faithful Catholic adult.
In the Level 5 student text, Credo: I Believe and Level 7 student text, The Life of Grace, you will find that emphasis has been given to the scriptural basis of our Faith in accord with Sacred Tradition. Every chapter opens with a Scripture passage, and important verses supplement the text where relevant. Each chapter closes with questions and answers based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Vocabulary words are indicated in bold type and in the Words to know section. Their definitions are found in the glossary. Common Catholic prayers are also taught in the lessons, and presented at the end of the book.
We encourage you to use the Credo: I believe and The Life of Grace student texts, along with their resources, to assist you in the task of sharing the Good News with which you have been entrusted.
(Taken from the Faith and Life Series Level 5 – Credo: I Believe & Level 7 – The Life of Grace)
Framework Booklet of Required Prayers & Teachings for
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
In addition to the Faith and Life books you will also have a Framework Booklet that will help you to stay on track and give you guidance on what you should be focusing on with your child. In this booklet there are many resources for you to access to aid you in your own knowledge and understanding as well as your child’s. This book will also contain a checklist so that you can chart your child’s progress.
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