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 April 19: The Church Year

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Hello again 6th Grade!

This is our last lesson for 6th Grade RE this year! I have so enjoyed working with you and being your teacher this semester. Thank you all for your patience and willingness to have me here!

For this last lesson, we will be discussing the Church year. The Church year, or liturgical year, is somewhat different from what we normally think of as a calendar year, which is January 1- December 31. The new Church year begins with Advent and ends on the feast of Christ the King. During the calendar year, we generally experience four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. In the liturgical year, we experience 6 seasons! They are not weather seasons, but times of different liturgical significances! They are:

  1. Advent
  2. Christmas
  3. Lent
  4. Easter Triduum
  5. Easter
  6. Ordinary Time

These seasons occur in a cycle. It begins in Advent, goes to Christmas, a brief period of Ordinary Time, Lent, the Easter Triduum, Easter, and ending again in Ordinary Time.

Let’s look again at our liturgical colander! The liturgical seasons are divided by color. Purple is Advent or Lent. White is Christmas or Easter, and green is Ordinary Time. Which season do you think is which?

.Each season of the Church year has a different overall theme, or focus.

  1. Advent: Preparing for the coming of Jesus. We listen to many of the ancient prophesies that tell us that Jesus will come! Liturgical color: purple.
  2. Christmas: Joyously celebrating the birth of Jesus. We listen to the stories of Christmas, the Epiphany, and Jesus’ early childhood. The Church’s Christmas season ends with the Baptism of Jesus. Liturgical color: White
  3. Lent: Preparing for Jesus’ resurrection at Easter. Lent is a season of penance; we’re encouraged to go to Confession, and at Mass, we listen to many readings about the suffering and death of Jesus. We’re encouraged to fast and abstain from certain things. Liturgical color: Purple
  4. Easter Triduum: The shortest season of the Church year. During this time, we celebrate the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Liturgical color: Red.
  5. Easter: Joyously celebrating the resurrection of Jesus! We listen to many readings telling of the Resurrection and what happened immediately after. We remain in the Easter season until Pentecost, where the Holy Spirit was sent down to the Apostles. Liturgical color: Purple
  6. Ordinary Time: the longest liturgical season! During this time, the Church focuses on discussing our Salvation history. It reminds us of the covenants God makes with us and how much he loves us (Does this sound familiar? We’ve been discussing this all year!) Liturgical color: Green.

Check out this liturgical calendar that outlines each season and where they generally fall during the calendar year!

Lesson Plan:

  1. Read p. 404-406.
  2. Read p. 409.
  3. Read p. 412.
  4. Read p. 419-420.
  5. Answer the Review Questions on p. 421-422.
  6. Read p. 422-424.
  7. Discuss with a parent: How does the theme of Ordinary Time relate to our class this year? If you could pick one story of God’s merciful love that we’ve studied to show someone how much God loves them, what would it be?
  8. Complete the Lesson 19 Test and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org.
  9. Say a Hail Mary with your family.

It has been so wonderful to be your teacher this semester! Thank you for all of your hard work! I will keep you all in my heart and I humbly ask for your prayers as I prepare to get married this Saturday. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and rest of your Easter Season!

Miss Colleen

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Week of April 5: The Prophets: Signs of God’s Merciful Love

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Happy Easter, 6th Grade! I hope you’ve had a wonderful and blessed celebration!

This week, we’ll be discussing some of the prophets of the Old Testament. You might have already heard some of their names, like Isaiah (we hear a lot of Isaiah at Mass) or Elijah. But what is a prophet? According to your textbook:

Prophet: A person chosen by God to speak to his people.

So therefore, a prophet is a person chosen by God to deliver an important message to the people. In this lesson, you’ll learn about some of the prophets who were active after the time of King Solomon and before the time of John the Baptist.

There are four prominent prophets during this time. They are: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Your book reading will largely discuss Isaiah.

Isaiah’s messages are so important that we use them throughout the Mass. We might hear a reading from the book of Isaiah during the Liturgy of the Word, and we always hear his words during the “Holy, Holy, Holy” before the Consecration of the Eucharist!

The language Isaiah used is so beautiful, poetic, and meaningful that it is also the basis for many hymns that you might know, and large portions of his words can be found in The Messiah, a large piece of classical music by George Friderich Handel that we most often hear at Christmastime. Listen to the video below to hear the piece “For Unto us a Child is Born” from this work. The lyrics are based on Isaiah 9:6 and are:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”

Lesson Plan:

  1. Read p. 351-353, and p. 357.
  2. Answer the Review Questions on p. 358.
  3. Read p. 359, and p. 363-364.
  4. Discuss with a Parent: How did Isaiah’s messages remind us of God’s merciful love?
  5. Answer the Review Questions on p. 365.
  6. Read the Conclusion on p.365-366.
  7. Complete the Lesson 17 test and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org
  8. Finish the lesson with a Hail Mary. Mary is often called “Queen of Prophets” because of the messages she gave when she appeared to people at Fatima in Portugal, Lourdes in France, and Guadalupe in Mexico.

Have a very blessed Easter!

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Week of March 29: Holy Week

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Hi, 6th Grade! I hope you’ve had a lovely March. We’re finally in the home stretch of Lent; it’s almost Easter!

This week, we’re taking a break from the book to talk about Holy Week. As I’m writing this, its the evening of Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday. It’s also the official beginning of Holy Week. This week is the most important week in the Church liturgical year, beginning today, and ending with the Paschal Triduum.

What is the Triduum? The Paschal Triduum (this word looks very weird, but it really just means “three days” and is pronounced “TRID-oo-um”) encompasses the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. It walks us through the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus! Here are some of the things celebrated during Holy Week:

  1. Palm Sunday- We celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and are reminded of the death that he will experience soon.
  2. Holy Thursday- The first part of the Triduum. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated this day. We re-enact the washing of the feet of the disciples and remember the first Eucharist that occurred at the Last Supper. Since Jesus instituted the priesthood at the Last Supper, many priests renew their vows this day.
  3. Good Friday- The second part of the Triduum. We remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus. We can attend a Good Friday Service at church. It’s not technically a Mass, since the Eucharist is not consecrated on Good Friday. We read the Passion, just like on Palm Sunday, and many times will come up to kneel by or kiss a crucifix to show reverence to Jesus.
  4. Easter- The third part of the Triduum! Easter can be celebrated Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass, or Sunday morning. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! Many new Catholics receive their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. Easter is celebrated in the Church for an octave, or eight days. The liturgical season of Easter continues until Pentecost.

Take a look at this infographic which further explains Holy Week!

.After all these things that occur this week, we can definitely tell that this week is different from most weeks. It’s set apart from other weeks; it’s sacred! That’s why it’s holy! Take a watch of this quick video to keep learning about Holy Week.

I hope that you can all attend one or more of the liturgies of Holy Week! My favorite is Holy Thursday. When I can, I love to go to the Cathedral to hear the Bishop say this Mass. It is so beautiful!

Lesson Plan:

  1. Write in a Journal: How has your Lent gone so far? Has it been hard to give up something? What has been something good that happened this Lent?
  2. On a different piece of paper, answer these questions:
    • 1. On which day of Holy Week did Jesus give us the Eucharist?
    • 2. What do we mean when we say “Paschal Triduum”?
    • 3. For how many days do we celebrate Easter? What do we call the days that we celebrate Easter?
    • 4. Why is it important for us to read the story of Jesus’ Passion and crucifixion so often during Holy Week?
  3. Take a picture of your answers to the above questions and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org.
  4. Pray a rosary this week with a member of your family!
  5. Have a wonderful Easter celebration!

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Week of March 15: Israel Becomes a Kingdom

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Hello, 6th Grade! As I’m writing this, St. Patrick’s Day is in 3 days! He’s the namesake of our parish and if you don’t know much about him, I encourage you to look him up! 🍀

This week, we are learning about the portion of the history of Israel that is after the reign of the judges. We learned about the judges a few weeks ago. They were military leaders who would rule over individual Israelite tribes, but none of them ruled over the whole Israelite nation. In the next portion of Israelite history, Israel becomes a kingdom. This means that there is only one ruler, a king, who has power over the whole nation.

During this lesson, you’ll read about the first three kings of Israel. They are:

  1. King Saul
  2. King David
  3. King Solomon

You may have heard about King David before. He is a very famous Israelite king and the writer of the book of Psalms in the Bible! He is also the man who fought and defeated Goliath. Most significantly, he is a direct ancestor of Jesus. You might hear readings from the New Testament say that Jesus or St. Joseph was “of the House of David”. This means that they are descendants of David’s royal family.

David was a shepherd before he became king. This relates to Jesus, who is King of the Universe and the Good Shepherd; He will always come looking for us when we run away. Take a minute to listen to this version of The King of Love my Shepherd Is, which is a hymn you may have heard before.

Throughout the readings in this lesson, you will notice that all of the three kings it discusses did great things for the nation of Israel. You will also notice that all three of these kings committed sins during their lifetimes, many of them very serious. When they sinned, God allowed them to experience the consequences of their sin. When they repented, God showed them his love and mercy. He never abandoned the Israelites, or their kings, in times when they turned away from Him. How do you think God shows his love for us when we sin?

Lesson Plan:

  1. Read p. 320-322 to learn about King Saul.
  2. Answer the Review Questions on p. 322-323.
  3. Read p. 324-327 to learn about David’s relationship with King Saul and the struggles of King Saul.
  4. Read p. 329-334 to learn about the reign of King David.
  5. Answer the Review Questions on p. 335-337.
  6. Read p. 337-339 to learn about King Solomon.
  7. Read p. 344-345 to learn about why the kings were anointed with oil.
  8. Discuss with a parent: What are some lessons that we can learn from the lives of the first three kings of Israel? How can we strive to make God the most important thing to us, over anything else?
  9. Complete the Lesson 16 Test and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org
  10. Pray the Memorare with your family. This is a great prayer where we can ask Mary for her help and intercession when we are struggling. Here is the text:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, That never was it known

That anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother.

To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

Have a great week!

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Week of March 1: Women of Faith in the Old Testament

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Hi, 6th Grade! Happy March! Spring is coming soon; are you excited? 😁

This week, we are learning about many faithful women discussed in the Old Testament. You might find that there are many more than you might think! Their stories are important and many of them play big roles in salvation history.

Your book outlines ten women of faith in the Old Testament. You’ll have a chance to read about all of them in this lesson! The women you will learn about are:

  1. Sarah (Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac)
  2. Rebekah ( Isaac’s wife; Jacob and Esau’s mother)
  3. Rachel (Jacob’s wife; Joseph and Benjamin’s mother)
  4. Miriam (A prophet in the book of Exodus)
  5. Deborah (A judge and prophet)
  6. Ruth (An ancestress of Jesus)
  7. Hannah (Mother of the prophet Samuel)
  8. Judith (Saved the Israelites by killing Holofernes)
  9. Esther (Queen to the King of Persia who saved the Jewish people)
  10. Susanna (a woman of virtue falsely accused of sinning who was saved by Daniel)

The stories of each of these faithful women are outlined in the pages of your book. While you will be reading about women in the New Testament, I would like to present you with the stories of three women and girls who became Saints in more modern times, all of whom were canonized (formally declared Saints) in the 21st Century!

St. Teresa of Calcutta

Known to many of us as Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta was a nun who served the poorest of the poor and sick in Calcutta, India. She established her own religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, which has grown over time to have sisters in 133 countries around the world. You can even find some sisters of this order in our very own Diocese of Peoria!

Saint Teresa was born in what is now Macedonia in 1910. She knew from an early age that she wanted to be a religious sister. When she was 18, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. She relocated to India the following year and taught at the convent school of the Sisters of Loreto for more than 20 years, but knew she needed to serve the poor in Calcutta. She left the Sisters of Loreto in 1950 and established the Missionaries of Charity, which ran medical centers for the poor in the city who were terminally ill with diseases like leprosy. After her passing in 1997, two miracles of healing illnesses were attributed to her intercession. Pope Francis canonized her in 2016.

St. Jacinta Marto

St. Jacinta Marto is one of the three children who experienced visions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Jacinta, her brother Francisco, and her cousin Lucia were all very young when this happened, but Jacinta was the youngest, being only seven years old! These apparitions of Mary were very important to the Church, and Mary’s appearances there have become known as Our Lady of Fatima.

Jacinta was born on March 11, 1910. She was part of a rural farming family in Portugal and she could not read or write. Her cousin Lucia has said that Jacinta was a sweet child who liked to sing and dance. Even though she was very young, she was very devoted to God. Mary first appeared to the children in May of 1917. It is said that she showed the three children many things, and told them to pray the rosary and to pray for the conversion of sinners. She continued to appear for six months. The visions of Mary strengthened Jacinta’s faith in God and her devotion to Mary. Jacinta passed away in 1919, when she was only nine years old. Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and her brother Francisco on May 13, 2017, on the 100-year anniversary of their first vision of Mary. Their cousin Lucia is also on the path to being declared a Saint.

St. Marianne Cope

St. Marianne Cope was a German-American religious Sister. With her order, she served the sick in New York before relocating to Hawaii, where she served people with leprosy and was influential in building medical facilities for the sick.

St. Marianne was born in Heppenheim, Germany in 1838. Her family left Germany and came to New York when she was very young. She felt the call to religious life and became a sister with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in Syracuse, New York. She lived and served in New York, where she helped found two Catholic hospitals. In 1883, Marianne and six other sisters from their order went to Hawaii to serve people with leprosy. There, she helped develop and manage hospitals for the people with leprosy and opened a home and school for women and girls with the disease. She worked very closely with people who were sick for a long time, but never contracted leprosy herself. She passed away in 1918. Two miracles were attributed to her intercession, and she was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012.

I hope it was fun to learn about these Saints! Just like the Old Testament women of faith, we can learn a lot from these women who were faithful to God.

Lesson Plan:

  1. Pick two Old Testament women of faith to read about.
  2. Read the stories of each of the two women you selected.
  3. After reading each story, answer the review questions about both of your choices.
  4. Write in a journal: Why is it important for us to learn about women of faith? What can we learn from their stories?
  5. Complete the Lesson 15 test and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org
  6. Say a Hail Mary with your family. Think about Mary, who is the most blessed woman there has ever been.

There will be no lesson next week, so enjoy some time off!

.Week of February 22: Judges (and a little bit of Joshua, too)

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Hello, 6th Grade! I hope your Lent is off to a good start!

This week, we are studying the book of Judges. Before we dive into it though, I want to give a little bit of background on Joshua, the book that leads into it. We don’t specifically study the book of Joshua this semester, but I think it’s important to know a bit about Joshua’s story before we talk about the book of Judges.

After Moses died, the Israelites needed a leader. That person was Joshua. He was an important person during the forty-year exodus of the Israelites and he’s mentioned in the books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (and, of course…Joshua). He was a very strong military leader who led the Israelites in many battles. These included the battles that allowed the Israelites to inhabit the land of Canaan, one of the most famous being the battle of Jericho. Under Joshua’s leadership, the Israelites were able to defeat many of the tribes who were already living in the land of Canaan and then could live there themselves. In the very beginning of the book of Joshua, God says “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you (Joshua 1:6)”. This was an important message for Joshua and the Israelites, and is also important for us to remember today, so many years later.

Take a minute to watch this video and learn about Joshua and the fall of Jericho.

It’s important for us to know a little bit about Joshua going into this lesson about the book of Judges because Joshua was influential in much the same way that “judges” were to the Israelites: he was a military leader who led them to victory.

You might be thinking now, “Hang on, Miss Colleen, that’s not what a judge is! A judge is the person who presides over a courtroom, wears a cool robe and bangs a gavel!” and today you’d be right. But biblical “judges” are different. Here’s how:

When the Israelites would make mistakes and turn away from God, God would allow the Israelites to experience consequences (much like when we break the rules at home). Many times, this meant that the Canaanite tribes would overpower the Israelite tribes. The Israelites would need help to get to victory. Judges in the bible are the military leaders, chosen by God, who helped lead individual tribes of the Israelites to victory over their enemies, much like Joshua led all of the tribes to victory. Since all twelve tribes of Israel didn’t have a single leader after the death of Joshua, these judges would rule over individual tribes.

There are twelve judges mentioned in the book of Judges who we know were rulers during the time after Joshua. They are:

  1. Othniel
  2. Ehud
  3. Deborah/Barak
  4. Gideon
  5. Jephthah
  6. Samson
  7. Shamgar
  8. Tola
  9. Jair
  10. Ibzan
  11. Elon
  12. Abdon

Many of the judges were imperfect people who led sinful lives. This reminds us that God can do great things with us, even if we too are sinners, and to always strive to live a holy life.

Lesson Plan:

  1. Read p. 264-265. You’ll learn about why the Israelites needed the judges.
  2. Complete the review questions on p. 265.
  3. Read p. 266-267. You’ll learn about who the judges were and how they were faithful to God.
  4. Read p. 268-269 to learn the major and minor judges and how we can look at their stories in context.
  5. Take some time to answer the questions on p.270 and discuss some of your thoughts and ideas with your parent.
  6. Pray the Our Father with your family.
  7. Complete the Lesson 14 test and email to religioused.grades678@stpatrickmerna.org

One of the messages of Joshua and Judges is to not be afraid because God is with us, even in very difficult or dark times. Check out this video of Catholic musicians from all over singing the classic hymn Be Not Afraid as part of a virtual choir!

And as always, have a wonderful week! 😊

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Week of February 15: Lent

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Hello, 6th Grade! This week we will be taking a break from our textbook to talk about Lent! Ash Wednesday is this week, which officially begins the Lenten season. We receive palm ashes on our heads and the priest’s vestments and altar linens change from green to purple. But, what even is Lent? Here is a nice little infographic from CatholicLink to help give an idea:

Lent is the 40-day period that leads up to Easter. It lasts for 40 days because 40 is symbolic in the Bible! It reminds us of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, the Israelites’ 40-year wandering through the desert, and more. Lent is a whole liturgical season. Can you find where it is on this Liturgical Colander?😆

Jokes aside, the colors and their seasons are as follows: from left to right:
green: Ordinary Time; purple: Advent;
white; Christmas;
green: Ordinary Time;
purple: Lent;
red: Paschal Triduum;
white: Easter

Lent is a time for us to repent and to grow in faithfulness and love for God while we get ready for Easter, and we do this through three main aspects, or “pillars” of Lent. They are:

  1. Prayer
  2. Fasting and Abstinence
  3. Almsgiving

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Prayer: the Lenten season is a good time for us to pray more. Prayer brings us closer to God, and God wants us to be close to Him as Easter approaches. Lent is a very good time to start something new during your prayer time. Perhaps say a rosary! Lent is a great time to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which are:

  1. The Agony in the Garden
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar
  3. The Crowning with Thorns
  4. The Carrying of the Cross
  5. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

How will you pray this Lent?

Fasting: many times when we see the word “fasting”, we think of not eating something, like when adults in the Church fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This is a very good thing to do, but “fasting” could also be giving up something that has nothing to do with food. We can “fast” or abstain from things that we might know aren’t always good for us, like spending too much time on our phones or tablets, watching TV, or picking on our siblings. How will you fast this Lent?

Almsgiving: to “give alms” is a fancy way to say “give something to others”. Many times, “almsgiving” is associated with giving money, however, this doesn’t always have to be the case! There are many different ways that we can give alms in our lives. One way we can do this is by giving our time. We could spend some time volunteering, or even just voluntarily help out our parents around the house. Almsgiving is all about having a generous spirit. What are some ways that you can give something to help others?

Lent is also pretty closely related to the Israelites’ journey through the desert, which is what we’ve been learning about these last few weeks! Watch this video by Father Mike Schmitz and discuss how Lent is like the Journey to the Promised Land with your parent.

Father Mike is really smart and funny!

Lent is a time for us to work to be holy! Take a minute to listen to this song about wanting to be holy and do God’s will.

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and email to ReligiousEd.Grades678@stpatrickmerna.org.

Have a great week!

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Week of February 1: The Journey to the Promised Land

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Hello, lovely 6th Graders! Can you believe its already February? I sure can’t! Where is the semester going? 😮

This week, we are going to be talking about the remaining three books of the Pentateuch and how they continue to tell the story of the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land. Up until now, we’ve really only explored the first two books, Genesis and Exodus. That’s because there’s A LOT of salvation history in them! But many of the other books of the Old Testament can provide us with a wealth of knowledge as well. Each book of the Pentateuch provides us with something different.

  1. Genesis: Stories of Creation and the beginnings of Israelite history
  2. Exodus: Stories of Moses, the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt, and the acceptance of the Ten Commandments
  3. Leviticus: The laws that governed the Israelite tribes
  4. Numbers: Stories of the Israelites while they were in the desert. It is called the book of Numbers because there are two censuses described in it. A census is a formal counting of all the people in a nation. We have had a census in the USA just last year! Did you hear about it?
  5. Deuteronomy: Explaining the Ten Commandments, reminders of the lessons the Israelites learned in the desert, and Moses’ instructions to follow God.

You might be wondering why we need to know the books of the Pentateuch and what is in them. After all, some of them can be dry and hard to read (looking at you, Leviticus!) and might not seem relevant to us today. But they are! They all remind us of one message:

God is filled with merciful love. We see it in Genesis in the stories of Creation, where God loved humanity so much that he gave us the free will to choose to love Him. We see it in Exodus, where He frees the Israelites and gives them a new covenant, the Ten Commandments, for them to live by. In Leviticus, we see the laws that God laid out for the Israelites so that they could live their lives in a way that pleased Him and that was for the Israelites’ good. In Numbers, we see what happened to the Israelites both when they listened to God and when they didn’t (and how God still loved them when they made mistakes). And in Deuteronomy, we’re reminded of the covenant established in Exodus, and Moses finishes his story by pleading with the Israelites to continue to love God by following Him.

So, the bottom line is that God loved the Israelites an infinite amount! This is how He loves you and me, too. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to save us because He did not want to ever be separated from us. Isn’t that amazing? Likewise, it is good for us to tell God that we love Him and that we need Him in our lives. Take a minute to reflect on loving God with this song. (My all-time favorite Worship song!💕 )

This is a song that really speaks to me. I hope it does for you, too!

Lesson plan:

  1. Read p. 225-228. You’ll learn about the messages in all the books of the Pentateuch.
  2. Complete the Review Questions on p. 228-231.
  3. Read p. 231-233. These pages talk about the core message in the Pentateuch.
  4. Complete the Review Questions on p.234.
  5. Read p. 235-236. This touches on why God’s laws are important.
  6. Write in a Journal: When is following rules hard sometimes and why? As sons and daughters, we are expected to follow our parents’ rules; why do we have them? Why is it important to follow them? How is following rules at home like following God’s laws?
  7. Complete Worksheet 2 on p. 239. You’ll need your Bible!
  8. Complete the Lesson 12 Test and email it to ReligiousEd.Grades678@stpatrickmerna.org
  9. Spend a few minutes in prayer with God. Take time to talk to Him and listen to Him.
  10. Have a super awesome week!

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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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