God’s Merciful Love

Lesson materials will be updated on this page with each new lesson. The most recent lesson will be located at the top, with past lessons below.

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Week of January 18: The Israelites and God’s Covenant of Love

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Hi, 6th Grade! I thought I’d start this lesson with a video to talk about what makes a covenant, which is pretty important for this lesson. Give it a watch! I’ve also written out most of it below.

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This lesson is called “The Israelites and God’s covenant of Love”. Before we can really talk about this, we need to understand and review what a “covenant” is. Your book describes a covenant as having three parts:

  1. An act of merciful love between God and his people, along with
  2. A promise to continue that love
  3. The promise is expressed in words and deeds

This can sound like a lot, so I’ll try to explain a bit more. We can think of a covenant as a very serious promise between God and us. Both the people (us) and God make a promise to continue to love one another, and that this promise has a physical sign to show for it.

We can think back to the story of Noah in the book of Genesis. After the Flood, God makes a covenant with Noah. Here, we can see all three parts of a covenant:  

  1. He saves Noah and his family from the flood.
  2. He promises that He will never send another Flood out of anger again.
  3. He sends a rainbow as a sign to Noah. Noah, in turn, accepts God’s covenant.

In our lesson this week, God has made another covenant, this time with the Israelites. It was because of the love of God that the Israelites were able to leave slavery in Egypt, and it was because of the love of God that they were taken care of during their long journey through the desert. These are merciful acts of love from God. God then promised to make the Israelites his Chosen People. He asked them to follow His Commandments. The Israelites agreed, and so after three days, God showed Himself to the Israelites as a thick cloud, filled with thunder, lightning, fire, and smoke. He also gave Moses the tablets with the Ten Commandments. These are the signs of the covenant:

  1. God frees the Israelites from Egypt and takes care of them in the desert
  2. God promises to make the Israelites his Chosen People. The Israelites agree to follow the Commandments.
  3. God shows himself as a spectacular cloud, and gives Moses the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

In this lesson, we’ll review the Ten Commandments and how we can live them in our daily lives. Let’s look at the Ten Commandments. They are:

  1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

God gave us the Ten Commandments because He loves us and wants us to be with Him forever in Heaven. Following the Ten Commandments is how we show God that we love him and that we want to belong to Him. It also serves as an example and shows others that we love God! Take a minute to reflect on how much God loves us (Spoiler Alert: it’s a lot!!) by listening to this song below. It’s one of my very favorites!

Lesson Plan:

  1. Read p. 201-203. You’ll learn about God’s covenant with the Israelites after leaving Egypt.
  2. Read. p. 204-205. These pages review the ten commandments and why they are important for us.
  3. Complete the Review Questions on p. 205-207.
  4. Read p. 208-210. You’ll learn about what happens when the Israelites break their covenant with God.
  5. Have a discussion with your parent: In your own words, tell your parent how God showed the Israelites how much He loved them, even when they broke the covenant. How does God show us that He forgives and still loves us today?
  6. Read p. 212-220. These pages discuss each of the Ten Commandments and prompt us to think about how we can live them out every day. Write down any ideas you have in the spaces provided on these pages.
  7. Write in a Journal: Which of the Commandments do you feel you follow well? Which of the Commandments can be hardest to follow sometimes and why? What can we do do make sure we always try our best to follow the Commandments?
  8. Complete the Lesson 11 Test and email to ReligiousEd.Grades678@stpatrickmerna.org
  9. Take a few minutes for some quiet prayer time. Say a prayer to Mary, who always wants to help us be closer to Jesus.

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Week of January 11: Moses and the Flight to Freedom

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Happy New Year, 6th Grade! I’m so excited to begin working with you. Below is a short video to introduce myself; give it a watch if you like!

This week we will be learning about Moses. You might already know a bit about Moses and some of the stories about him, like how God talked to him as a burning bush, how he parted the Red Sea, or how he received the Ten Commandments. These are all good things to know, yet there is a lot more that we still can learn from Moses and his journey! Moses’ story helps to reveal God’s love for us in many different ways.

Moses’ story begins in the book of Exodus. This is the second book of the Bible and the second book of what we call the Pentateuch, the first 5 books of the Bible. In fact, the word Pentateuch is a Greek word combined of the prefix pente meaning “five”, and teukhos, which means “scroll” or “book”!

The word Exodus means “going out” or “departure”. What do you think happens in this book of the Bible?

We’ll begin our lesson this week by reading a little bit about the book of Exodus. After this, we’ll learn about Moses, his call to follow God, and how God shows Moses and the Israelites how much He loves them by leading them out of Egypt. It’s a dramatic story filled with God’s miracles!

Take a few minutes to listen to this a capella version of “Go Down, Moses”, which tells the story of Moses trying to convince the Pharaoh of Egypt to let the Israelites go. This is a type of hymn called a spiritual.

A capella means that there are no instruments playing, only voices!

  1. Read p. 172-173. You’ll learn some background about the book of Exodus.
  2. Read. p. 175-176. These pages discuss Moses’ childhood and young adulthood.
  3. Retell the story of Moses’ early life to your parent in your own words.
  4. Read p. 178-179. You’ll learn about Moses’ first call to follow God.
  5. Read p. 181-183. These pages talk about the ten plagues of Egypt and why God sent them.
  6. Complete p. 184.
  7. Read p. 185-187. You’ll learn about the tenth plague and how it led to the first Passover.
  8. Discuss the story of Passover with your parent and in your own words, tell how the first Passover can be compared to the story of the first Mass. What are the similarities between Mass and Passover?
  9. Read p. 192-193.
  10. Complete the Lesson 10 Test and email to ReligiousEd.Grades678@stpatrickmerna.org.
  11. Take a few minutes to pray and reflect on the story of Moses and his call to follow God. How can we say “yes” to God’s call to us in our lives? Pray about these things while listening to the song below.

Week of Dec 14: Joseph..

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This week, we continue studying Jacob’s family, however we will focus on his favorite son, Joseph. This is not St. Joseph of the Holy Family, but a different Joseph who lived during the time of the pharaohs of Egypt.

As you may remember from the last lesson, Jacob had 12 sons. He did not hide the fact that Joseph was his favorite and gave him a beautiful multicolored coat. The beautiful coat really made the brothers mad. They were jealous and felt slighted.

Joseph had a dream that seemed like a prophecy. The dream foretold of Joseph’s brothers bowing before him. This was the final straw for Joseph’s brothers. Listen to what happens next.

Joseph describes his dream and his brothers decide they’ve had enough of “The Joseph Show”

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  1. Read p. 154-155 beginning with the section Joseph is Sold as a Slave into Egypt
  2. Read p. 157-159
  3. Complete p. 160-161
  4. Read p. 162-164
  5. Discuss the review questions on p. 165-167 with a parent.
  6. Retell the story of Joseph to your parent.
  7. Complete the Lesson 9 test and email to ReligiousEd.Grades678@stpatrickmerna.org. You do not need to complete Question 12.
  8. Spend some time in prayer while listening to the song below. Reflect upon why Jesus’ birth really does mean that “All is well”?
  9. Try to get to the sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas.

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Week of Dec 7: Jacob and His Family

This week, we will learn about Jacob and his family. It is a story of forgiveness. In the book, this lesson is very dense with a lot of reading. So, we will be skipping ahead during the lesson while still covering the important points of the story of Jacob and God’s mercy.

Watch this video to get caught up with Jacob’s story before we pick it up in this lesson. Yes, it’s animated but it does a good job of summarizing Jacob and Esau’s story.

  1. Read p. 128-129
  2. Complete p. 130-131 and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org
  3. Read p. 137-138
  4. Read p. 141-144. Have a Bible nearby and read any scripture passages that are mentioned in the reading.
  5. Complete p. 145-146 and discuss Reconciliation with a parent
  6. Consider going to reconciliation during the season of Advent. Confession times can be found here: https://stpatrickmerna.org

If you’re worried about going to reconciliation because you don’t remember what to say – I’ve got your back. The document below will lead you through an age appropriate examination of conscience and then yo can take the paper with you into confession. It will take you step by step through what to say.

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Spend a few minutes in prayer while listening to this song.

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Week of Nov 30: Advent

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This week, we will take a break from our book and spend some time discussing Advent. Enjoy!

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Take a look at the following picture about the Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is the most visible symbol of Advent. Do you have one in your home?

Watch the next video and then discuss with a parent.

Spend a few minutes reflecting on the video and spend a few minutes in prayer while listening to the following song.

Print out the following crossword and complete it. You will need a Bible! 🙂 Email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org

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Week of Nov 9: Lesson 6

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This week, we will focus on the story of Abraham, our father in the faith. Abraham hears God’s call and answers him in faith. Throguh Abraham, God shows hHis merciful love. He makes a covenant of love with Abraham, and a new nation is formed out of the scattered peoples of the word. As descendants of Abraham, we are heirs to the covenant. We too are called by God to show Him our faith by choosing to act people created in the image of God.

This lesson will ask the students to identify the Corporal Works of Mercy that Abraham demonstrated. The text does not cover the works of mercy, by uses them as a backdrop and then asks about them on the test.

As Christians, we should be practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy in our daily life. They are:

  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Clothe the naked
  3. Give drink to the thirsty
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit the imprisoned
  7. Bury the dead

Please take a couple minutes to review the Family Notes.

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Here is this week’s lesson plan:

You will need a Bible this week! For a reminder how to find verses in the Bible, see the video from last week. 🙂

  1. Read p. 87-89
  2. Complete the Review Questions on p. 89
  3. Read p. 90-94
  4. Discuss the Review Questions on p. 95 with parent
  5. Read the story of Abraham on p. 96-97 and compare to the Bible verses listed
  6. Read p. 103-104
  7. Read p. 106-107
  8. Discuss Review Questions on p. 105 with parent
  9. Discuss the Corporal Works of Mercy with a parent and talk about how you can demonstrate the works of mercy in your daily life.
  10. Complete the Lesson 6 test and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org.

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Spend a few minutes in prayer

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Week of Nov 2: Lesson 4

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This week, we will focus on the story of Noah and the Great Flood. Now that your student’s are in 6th grade, they are old enough to start reading the actual text of the story in the Bible. With this lesson, the students will be challenged to read the Bible story and discuss it in the context of God’s merciful love. Don’t worry! The textbook will help to guide them as well!

Hello from my house! I pray that you’re doing well!

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Please take a few moments to read the Family Notes for this lesson.

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Here is this lesson plan for the week:

  1. Read p. 60
  2. In the Bible, read Genesis 6:5-22
  3. Read p. 61-62
  4. Discuss Review Questions on p. 62 with parent
  5. In the Bible, read Genesis 7:6-24 and 8:1-22
  6. Read p. 63-64
  7. Complete Review Questions on p. 64-65
  8. In the Bible, read Genesis 9:1-17
  9. Read p. 66 and complete Review Questions on p. 67
  10. Read Living the Lesson on p.67-68 and discuss with parent
  11. Complete Lesson 4 Test and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org.

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Spend some time in prayer while listening to this song.

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Week of Oct 19: Lesson 3

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This week’s lesson focuses on Original Sin and how it affects our lives today. We will first discuss the story of Adam and Eve and Original Sin. Next, we will look at the effects of Original Sin on the human person in the story of Cain and Abel. Last, we will discuss how God’s merciful love is demonstrated in both stories.

Please take a few moments to read the Family Notes for this lesson.

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Here is the lesson plan for the week:

  1. Read p. 43-46, the story of Adam and Eve.
  2. Complete the review questions on p. 46-47.
  3. Read p. 48-49 about God’s merciful love after The Fall.
  4. Use the Review Questions on p. 49-50 to start a discussion with parents on the story of Adam and Eve and God’s merciful love.
  5. Read story of Cain and Abel on p. 50-52.
  6. Complete Review question on p. 53.
  7. Discuss Living the Lesson on p. 54 with parent.
  8. Complete Lesson 3 Test and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org.

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Spend some time in prayer while reflecting on the lyrics to this song.

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Week of Oct 12: Lesson 2

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Please take a few moments to read the Family Notes for this lesson.

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Here’s the lesson plan for the week:

  1. Read p. 20-23 to learn about the Pentateuch and the Book of Genesis.
  2. Recite the books of the Pentateuch. A good way to remember them is over is Gosh Everybody Loves Notre DameGenesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
  3. Read the accounts of Creation and discussions on p. 25-34
  4. Discuss impressions of the Creation story with parent and what you’ve learned about the differences between the two stories
  5. Read p. 36-37 and think about how you can apply this lesson to your life
  6. Use your Bible and read Psalm 139. It is one of the Psalms of Praise on p. 37. Psalm 139 happens to be my favorite psalm. It is about how you cannot escape God’s loving gaze no matter what you do or how hard you try.
  7. Complete Lesson 2 Test and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org.
  8. Spend a few minutes in prayer while listening to this song.

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Listen to the beautiful words of this song based on Psalm 139.

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Week of Sept 28: Lesson 1

Welcome to 6th grade Religious Education!

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Take a few moments to read the Family Notes for this lesson.

Here is the lesson plan for this week:

  1. Read p. 6-7. You’ll learn about Sacred Tradition, Divine Inspiration, and the Magisterium.
  2. Watch this short video about the Pentateuch.
  3. Discuss Review Questions on p. 8-9 with a parent.
  4. Read p. 10-14. You’ll learn about Languages of the Bible and the literary forms in the Old and New Testaments.
  5. Discuss the importance of the Apostle’s Creed with a parent. Use p. 16 as a guide.
  6. Complete activity on p. 17-19. You will need a Bible. If you don’t have a Bible at home, use this online version provided by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.
  7. Complete the Lesson 1 Test. The test was provided in your packet of materials. You are welcome to use your book to help you answer the questions. Please complete the test, scan or take a picture of it and email to renee@stpatrickmerna.org.
  8. Spend a few minutes in prayer while listening to this song.

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Week of Sept 21: Human Dignity

Welcome to the first week of Grade 6! We are kicking off this year with the diocesan required Safe Environment Human Dignity lesson.

A packet with the attached powerpoint presentation was included in your materials envelope.

To Complete the Lesson:

Parents: Please review powerpoint presentation and discuss with your child. We have the goal of all our students knowing that they are a unique and unrepeatable miracle. Their bodies and minds are glorious gifts and are to be cherished and respected.

Powerpoint presentation

Once complete, please submit this completion form:

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