Catechesis: Kindergarten and Grade 1

WE ENCOUNTER God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

  • The Bible is God’s holy book; it tells us about God’s love for the human race. 
  • God created human beings in God’s image and likeness. 
  • God wants everyone know, love and serve him and be happy forever in heaven. 
  • The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all part of God. 
  • Jesus is God’s Son; he is our brother and friend. 
  • Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us live the way Jesus did.

WE ARE FORMED  in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. 

  • Mary is the Mother of Jesus; she is also our spiritual mother. 
  • Saints are holy people who loved God very much and are with God in heaven. 
  • Angels are God’s special messengers; they guard and protect us. 
  • The Church is a community (or family) of God’s people. 
  • The Church is also a special building in which God’s family prays and worships God. 
  • We show our respect for God and God’s people by folding our hands, making the Sign of the Cross, bowing and kneeling (genuflecting), listening and singing when we are in church. 
  • The Church Year celebrates the life of Jesus. It also includes special days to honor Mary and other holy people.  
  • God shares his life with us in the Sacrament of Baptism; we become members of the God’s family, the Church, by our baptism. 
  • Holy water is a reminder of one’s baptism. 

WE LIVE as disciples of Christ helping to build the Kingdom of God.

  • Being a good steward means respecting and caring for God’s creation.  God’s creation includes the animals and plants, the resources of the earth, and all human beings. 
  • We need to respect and love other people, even if they are different from us. 
  • There are good and bad ways to show and receive love. 
  • We should think about what it means to be a child of God. 
  • Our families are the first place where we learn to love God and pray to God. 
  • “Spontaneous prayer” is using our own thoughts and words to pray to God. 
  • We can pray by using our own words (spontaneous prayer), by using prayers or rituals we learn from our families, and by using the following gestures and prayers: Grace After Meals, the Glory Be, a Morning Prayer, Angel of God.