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OVERVIEW

The 3rd Edition of the curriculum series Christ our Light and Life is designed for use as the main resource of Special Religious Education (SRE) for Catholic children attending public schools. The series is for parents, priests, catechists and others involved in the ministry of Special Religious Education. This series will be most effective in teaching contexts committed to the Gospel of Christ, to Sacred Tradition, and to the magisterium of Christ’s Church.
The Christ our Light and Life series aims to provide an environment in which young children may fall ‘in love’ with Jesus the Good Shepherd and develop a real relationship with him. They will discover both personal union with God, and their membership of a Church established by God. They will learn how to become like their Saviour – in the home, in school, in the parish and in the world. Christian virtue and Christian truth become the foundation for the whole of life.
The Christ our Light and Life is informed by the following practical principles:

  • Formation in faith is a life-long journey. Life itself is the context of any religious education program;
  • The needs of students change over time. Therefore, a variety of teaching methods are required over time;
  • The students’ lives influence their expressions of faith. Thus catechists’ teaching strategies will respond to and respect the cultural diversity of students and their families;
  • The family is the basic community of the Church. Links between the home, parish and school are discovered and encouraged.

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FOUNDATIONAL CATECHETICAL GOALS

The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ, and by him to be led to the love of the Father in the Spirit and share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” (John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae, 5)

The Foundational Catechetical Goals are derived directly from the General Directory for Catechesis (GDC, 1997). They are the six fundamental tasks of catechesis which drive the whole program.

The purpose of catechesis is as follows:

  • To create an initial conversion to or deepening awareness of Jesus Christ, moved by the Holy Spirit, through a primary proclamation of the Gospel [85]
  • To create a deepening knowledge of Jesus Christ through Scripture and Tradition [85]
  • To celebrate the salvific presence of Christ in the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist [85]
  • To challenge students to undertake a journey of interior transformation, taking the Decalogue and impressing on it the spirit of the Beatitudes, as Christ taught us in the Sermon on the Mount [85]
  • To challenge students to permeate their lives with a spirit of prayer, so as to discover the mysterious action of God, who gives us strength in our weakness [85]
  • To learn to cooperate actively in building up the Church and its work of evangelisation [86]

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THE ROLE OF CATECHISTS

Catechists serve Jesus Christ as they pass on the Word in Scripture and Tradition to the young. Faithful to this Revelation, they are called to:

  • Transmit the Gospel message and a maturity in faith - spiritual, liturgical, sacramental and apostolic;
  • Provide clear doctrine, according to the teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • Seek to understand revealed truths more deeply in their own lives so they can be a living witness to truth;
  • Help the students make sense of their lives through Jesus Christ, who is the Revelation of God;
  • Convey a sense of the nature of Christianity as a lived experience;
  • Help students appreciate the relevance of the Sacraments in life’s journey towards eternal life;
  • Convey a real sense of how Jesus wished his followers and all people to live their lives;
  • Respect the relationship between God and the child;
  • Be a servant of a message that is not their own, and, together with the child, humbly listen to God’s word;
  • Treat students, right from the start, as persons known and loved by God, belonging to a community of believers;
  • Foster each student’s positive self-esteem, well-being, competence and unique potential;
  • Believe that all students have the capacity to learn and should be treated justly and equitably.

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CATECHETICAL METHODOLOGY

The communication of faith in catechesis is an event of grace, realised in the encounter of the word of God with the experience of the person.” (GDC #150)

Catechesis requires a meeting of the word of God with the experience of the person. God’s Word, as expressed in Scripture and Tradition, must touch a person’s life-experience for catechesis to occur. In this way a student integrates the Catholic faith with his or her personal experience.


There are then two beginning places for catechesis: the faith of the Catholic Church (faith) and human experience (life).


BEGINNING WITH FAITH: DEDUCTIVE METHOD


This method starts with the presentation of facts, and the application of those facts to personal life. These facts are derived from Scripture, Tradition, and the treasury of Church teaching. The truths of Christianity are drawn from these facts, absorbed by the mind, and integrated into personal life.


BEGINNING WITH HUMAN EXPERIENCE: INDUCTIVE METHOD


This method begins with life experience and enlightens that experience with the Word of God. This process reasons from the part to the whole – from subjective personal experience to objective universal truths, which, once understood, are reclaimed by the individual to enrich and educate that personal subjectivity.
Both catechetical methods are needed, and one method does not exclude the other. Just as revealed truths must be applied to life, life must be illumined with truth. Catechesis must unite faith with life. A number of activities are suggested, from which teachers select those which best suit their choice of inductive or deductive teaching.

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FAMILY-CENTRED CURRICULUM

“The family, which has the primary duty of imparting education, needs the help of the whole community.” Pope Paul VI, (Gravissimum Educationis, 3 1965)


A key aim of the new curriculum series Christ our Light and Life is to promote the central place of parents and to support them in fulfilling their responsibilities for the faith formation and education of their children (cf. CCC, 2225-2226)

Families are the basic community of the Church. The parents of students in our schools and parishes are part of the whole Catholic community that has as an essential element of its mission the education in faith of its children. While it is not always possible for parents alone to educate their children in faith, they can, and should be an important part of the community that educates them.

The Christ our Light and Life series has included at the end of the Student Activity Book a series of eight ‘Extension Activities’ which families might use to supplement and continue the lessons learned at school. It is an acknowledgement of the role of parents as first educators of their children and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine encourages and supports them in this role.
The family is the foundational unit of the Church, an integral part of the whole Catholic community.

Each family is called:

  • to accept and live the Catholic Faith;
  • to mature in faith and become an evangelising community;
  • to love, nurture and serve each other;
  • to participate in the development of society;
  • to share in the life and mission of the Church.

As part of the whole Church, families are to be supported by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the education in faith of their members.

The Christ our Light and Life series:

  • strives to affirm and strengthen family life;
  • acknowledges the many different situations of families today;
  • encourages and models a commitment to faith.

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CURRICULUM RESOURCES

THE STUDENT ACTIVITY BOOK

The Student Activity Book contains:

  • 32 sequenced lesson worksheets;
  • 8 Extension Activity Sheets. These pages are perforated, enabling them to be taken home at the end of each lesson. These pages contain information for the parents as well as activities for the students to complete;
  • Treasury of Prayers;
  • Values for Australian Schools.

The Student Activity Book has been prepared to accommodate either composite or non-composite classes. For example, Middle Primary (Stage 2) is aimed at years 3 and 4; that is, it is appropriate for children aged 8 - 10. In a composite class, the ‘a’ and ‘b’ text cycles are used in alternate years, so that students have a different book for each year and will thus cover the whole curriculum for the Middle Primary level. The same will occur with Junior Primary (Stage 1) and Senior Primary (Stage 3).'

THE TEACHER’S MANUAL

The Teacher’s Manual contains:

  • Scope and Sequence document;
  • Doctrinal Overview;
  • 32 sequenced lesson plans;
  • A Christmas Play;
  • Glossary.

The Teacher’s Manual is a professional guide for helping catechists in their preparation and delivery of SRE lessons.

 

CCD WEBSITE

The CCD Sydney website has been developed to offer further assistance to catechists providing supplementary curriculum resources and relevant web-site links. Resources offered will include materials for the practical and professional learning of catechists.  www.ccdsydney.catholic.edu.au

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SACRED SCRIPTURE

An essential element of the Christ our Light and Life series is the reading of the Word of God in Scripture. Here we must revere the power and mystery of the Word of God.  None of us can ever grasp the full meaning of a scriptural text, but by reading the Word of God reverently, slowly and reflectively, we bring the children into its mystery. At this age, most of them will not object or ask what every word means, but they will absorb in a deeply spiritual way the power of God’s Word. They will begin to learn how to breathe the “atmosphere” of the Scriptures. They will gain a sense of Scripture that we hope will develop and grow through all the years ahead of them in the catechetical journey.


When reading the Scriptures to the children from an officially authorised translation, the catechist may wish to add an explanation if the meaning is not clear to the students.  Let us never lose sight of the power of God’s Word proclaimed in the community of faith under the guidance of the Holy Spirit!


Students need to become familiar with the story of God’s people through the telling and reading of Scripture, and have opportunities to reflect on the Scriptures in relation to their own lives.


The Sacred Scriptures are the living Word of God, read by believers through the eyes of faith. In interpreting the texts of Scripture, we are called to ‘be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm and to what they wanted to reveal to us by their words’ (cf. Dei Verbum 12).

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THE PRAYER PLACE

The Prayer Place is an area of the classroom set aside to be used during Special Religious Education lessons. It contains all the materials and resources used in religious education. The area is re-created/re-decorated for each lesson, according to the theme. The students are taught to respect the Prayer Place and to care for it.
The Prayer Place can contain:
the Bible;

  • Models of objects used in the Church’s worship;
  • Models of people and objects from the time of Christ;
  • Booklets of parables and stories of Jesus;
  • Icons, crucifix, colourful posters of Jesus’ life and stories;
  • Pictures/posters relating to the theme of each lesson.


Catechists have a responsibility not only to teach their students about faith, but also to provide opportunities for them to experience a living faith through participation in prayer and liturgy. Since the law of prayer is the law of faith, the methods by which we pray and worship will affect and reflect the depth or otherwise of our understanding of God.

Prayer is:

  • The raising of the mind and heart to God;
  • Being open to a relationship with God;
  • Our response to God’s invitation to this relationship of love and communion;
  • Placing one’s life, as a whole person, before God, aware of one’s own needs and those of others and the world;
  • Providing a diversity of experiences, which might include vocal, meditative, contemplative.

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CONTENT STRANDS

GOD, THE HOLY TRINITY: The content strand God, the Holy Trinity enables students to become aware of the mystery of the one God as a Trinity of three distinct Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit:  the Father as the first Person known to the Hebrews in Old Testament times; the second Person, Jesus Christ, true God and true man; and the Holy Spirit, the third Person sent by the Father and the Son at Pentecost. The relationship between these three Persons is explored and understood, as well as their attributed roles of Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.


CREATION: The content strand Creation enables students to appreciate the goodness and interconnectedness of all creation. All creatures reflect God in his perfections. The levels of creation are examined, distinguishing between matter and spirit, plants and animals, humans and angels. An in-depth study is made of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God. The human person is constituted of body and soul, with the spiritual powers of intelligence and free will. These spiritual powers are the crown of human dignity, and bring with them moral responsibility. Part of human responsibility is to care for and nurture God’s good creation. Finally, the ‘Last Things’ are explored, with an emphasis on how creation will find its consummation in Christ, and how the human person is destined to everlasting life in God’s heavenly Kingdom.


THE CHURCH: The content strand The Church enables students to appreciate the mystery of Christ’s ‘Mystical Body’, and its mission to continue Christ’s work of teaching, governing and sanctifying. Aspects of the Church examined include the Magisterium, or teaching Church, the role of Sacred Scripture and Tradition, the Liturgy, the Sacraments, the works of the Church, discipleship and mission, the Church in heaven (Mary and the Saints) and the Church suffering (Purgatory).  The Church is the People of God, the Body of Christ, comprising clergy, religious and laity.  Students are invited to a deeper appreciation and participation in the life and mission of the Church.


THE LITURGY AND THE LITURGICAL YEAR
: The content strand The Liturgy and the Liturgical Year aims to give students an understanding of the nature of the Liturgy, its importance and centrality in Christian public worship. Within this, emphasis is given to provide a deeper appreciation of the Eucharist and the Divine Office, inviting students to a greater level of active and fruitful participation. The sacraments are presented as visible channels of grace, established by Christ to impart his life to us. Exploration is also made of the Liturgical Year and how it presents the great events of the Christian message to the People of God, especially Advent/Christmas, Lent/Holy Week and Easter/Pentecost, as well as commemorating the lives of inspirational men and women recognised as Saints by the Church.


THE MORAL LIFE: The content strand The Moral Life presents the moral law as taught by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. The Commandments and Beatitudes are presented as the law of love and perfection, binding on all. This life cannot be practised without grace, which is obtained ordinarily through prayer and the sacraments. Students are introduced to different forms of prayer, and invited to incorporate prayer into their lives. Students are also invited to discern their vocations through prayer and counsel. Finally, issues of moral importance are discussed, presenting the Church’s teaching on such topics as the family, chastity, respect for life, respect for property, respect for truth and for the good name of others.

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR KINDERGARTEN

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to:
GOD, THE HOLY TRINITY
develop an awareness and appreciation of God’s love for us identify that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit demonstrate the Sign of the Cross and pray in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd communicate basic knowledge about Jesus demonstrate through word, symbol or art the ways in which Jesus is the Good Shepherd, loving and caring for us
CREATION
develop an awareness and appreciation of God making each of us a special person communicate that they are created and loved by God demonstrate through word, symbol or art impressions of self
show and develop a sense of wonder and awe for the gift of God’s creation describe various aspects of God’s creation, including people, plants and animals demonstrate through word, symbol or art an appreciation for “our wonderful world”
THE CHURCH
develop an awareness and appreciation of the Bible as the Church’s book and to know that we should listen to its stories with reverence identify principal figures from the Bible both the Old and New Testaments listen and respond to Scripture stories through word, symbol or art
develop an awareness and appreciation that they belong to God’s family, the Church identify the Church as a community of believers who gather to pray and celebrate Identify key features of their classroom prayer place and of the church building.
LITURGICAL YEAR
develop an awareness and appreciation of the major Seasons and celebrations in the Church’s liturgical year identify how the Seasons of Advent, Christmas and Easter relate to the life of Jesus Christ demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to Advent, Christmas and Easter
develop an awareness and appreciation of Sunday as the Lord’s Day identify that Sunday is a time to gather with other members of God’s family for liturgy demonstrate through word, symbol or art a growing familiarity with the symbols and rituals of the Mass
THE MORAL LIFE
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus wanting us to love and care for others list the ways in which Jesus loved and cared for others and identify his call to “Come, follow me” demonstrate through word, symbol or art the ways in which Jesus’ actions can be applied to our own lives
develop an awareness and appreciation of prayer, especially the communal experience of liturgy express an understanding that God is always with us pray personally and communally prayers that are both traditional and spontaneous

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 1 (YEARS 1 & 2)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to:
GOD, THE HOLY TRINITY
develop an awareness and appreciation of God’s love for us list some of the ways God shows he loves us demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to God’s love for us
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus as the Son of God who leads us to the Father identify examples from Gospel stories of how Jesus leads us to the Father listen and respond to Scripture stories about Jesus through word, symbol or art
CREATION
develop an awareness and appreciation of God making the world to show his love for us identify and describe the many different aspects of God’s creation, including people, plants and animals develop and/or articulate prayers of thanks to God for the gift of creation
demonstrate an understanding of their responsibility to respect themselves, others and all creation identify that God created humankind in his own image demonstrate through word, symbol or art a response to the Genesis account of the creation of humankind
THE CHURCH
develop an awareness and appreciation of God speaking to us in the Bible and through the Church identify examples of how God speaks and acts through the Church demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of Jesus and his teachings
develop an awareness and appreciation of holy people and saints as people who reflect God’s goodness recognise the role of Mary in the life of Jesus demonstrate through word, symbol or art Mary’s significance to each of us and to the Church
LITURGICAL YEAR
develop an awareness and appreciation of the major Seasons and celebrations in the Church’s liturgical year identify that Advent is a time when we wait and prepare for the birth of Jesus explore and describe practical ways through which we can prepare for the birth of Jesus
develop an awareness and appreciation of the knowledge that in the liturgy, we gather, listen and respond to God’s word identify and describe the major parts of the Mass (Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist) dentify key symbols, signs and rituals of the Catholic Tradition
THE MORAL LIFE
develop an awareness and appreciation of the knowledge that when we sin we are not living the way Jesus taught us

dentify Christian ways of relating to others
identify and describe what it means to sin

distinguish between what is right and wrong, applying this knowledge to life situations

develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus wanting us to pray often, at any time and in any place

identify that prayer is loving, speaking, listening and singing to God, recognising that in the Our Father Jesus taught us how to pray compose and pray simple prayers of thanks, praise and sorrow

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 2 (YEARS 3 & 4)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will be able to:
GOD, THE HOLY TRINITY

develop an awareness and appreciation of God’s love and forgiveness

identify scripture stories that speak of God’s forgiveness demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to God’s love and forgiveness
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection revealing God’s love for us identify Gospel stories in which Jesus shows God’s love for people listen and respond to Scripture stories about Jesus through word, symbol or art
CREATION
develop an awareness and appreciation of the importance of caring for all creation. Describe ways in which all creation can be cared for dentify ways they can care for God’s creation
develop an awareness and appreciation of God creating us with a body and soul define in their own words and discuss the meaning of free will examine recent choices they have made, giving consideration to their use of free will
THE CHURCH
develop an awareness and appreciation of the Church being the People of God identify members who build up the Church and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ examine practical ways in which they, as members of the Church, can spread the Good News of Jesus Christ

develop an awareness and appreciation of the lives of love and service led by saints (including Mary and the canonised Saints)

identify that Saints say “Yes” to God by following in the footsteps of Jesus demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to the life stories of selected Saints, identifying how they can be models for their own lives
LITURGICAL YEAR
develop an awareness and appreciation of relevance of the Scriptures to the Liturgical Year name the days of Holy Week and Easter and explain their meaning and significance for Christians listen and respond to Scripture interpret demonstrating through word, symbol or art the significant events in the life of Jesus
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus’ presence when we celebrate the Mass identify the four ways in which Jesus is present in the Mass listen and respond to the words of the consecration distinguishing that Jesus is with us in a special way through the “Real Presence”
THE MORAL LIFE
develop an awareness and appreciation of Jesus giving us a new commandment to “love God and love one another” identify that Jesus’ new commandment to “love God and love one another” is a summary of the commandments examine practical ways of applying Jesus’ new law to “love God and love one another” to their own lives

develop an awareness and appreciation of the commandments teaching us to live good lives as God

identify that Jesus’ new commandment to “love God and love one another”  is a summary of the Ten Commandments examine practical ways of living out the commandments, reflecting upon recent decisions and actions

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 3 (YEARS 5 & 6)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will
be able to:
It is intended that the students will be able to:
GOD, THE HOLY TRINITY
develop an awareness and appreciation of the Trinity as the name given to the three persons in one God name the persons of the Blessed Trinity and identify other titles by which God is known listen and respond to Scripture stories identifying images and titles of the persons of the Trinity
develop an awareness and appreciation of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit identify and describe the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit examine ways in which they can nurture the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their own lives
CREATION
develop an awareness and appreciation of the significance of stewardship identify how human beings have misused/mistreated God’s creation and explain how stewardship can remedy this examine practical ways of being stewards of creation so that they may be able to apply these actions to their own lives
develop an awareness and appreciation of God guiding creation towards perfection identify that only God can create from nothing demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to the magnificence and perfection of God’s creation
THE CHURCH
develop an awareness and appreciation of the knowledge that Jesus instituted seven sacraments through which we receive grace

explain how word, symbol and ritual are used in sacramental  celebrations

group the sacraments appropriately and match them with their rituals and symbols

develop an awareness and appreciation of the Catholic Church in Australia having a special story

explore the traditions, beliefs and history which are important to the life of the Catholic Church

research the history of the Catholic Church in Australia, analysing the influence of key people and events
LITURGICAL YEAR
develop an awareness and appreciation of some of the major Seasons and celebrations in the Church’s liturgical year identify that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving when we are challenged to live more like Jesus examine practical ways of being able to live more like Jesus
develop an awareness and appreciation of the beliefs and traditions which are expressed in the story of the Catholic Church identify and summarise the main components of the celebration of the Mass reflect on and discuss how we gain strength as a community celebrating the Mass together
THE MORAL LIFE
develop an awareness and appreciation of  their responsibility to live according to the values of Jesus explain the consequences of living according to the values of Jesus

analyse their own actions according to the values of Jesus

develop an awareness and appreciation of the Beatitudes being central to Jesus’ teachings and that they express his plan for our happiness in this world and the next

describe ways in which the People of God reach out, and fail to reach out to others

examine practical ways of practising and nurturing the actions of the Beatitudes

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 4 (YEARS 7 & 8)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will
be able to:
It is intended that the students will be able to:

GOD, RELIGION AND LIFE

be open to different ways that Catholics express their relationship with God identify rites and cultural expressions of the Catholic Church demonstrate significant ways Catholics relate to God
be aware of God’s creativity experienced in human activity describe how God is active in all creation identify a range of expressions of God’s presence in the world

SCRIPTURE AND JESUS

appreciate the vitality and potential of narratives, events and stories and the variety of books, people and messages contained in the Scriptures describe the nature of narratives, events and stories and the structure of the Bible locate and interact with narratives, events and stories and passages in the Old and New Testaments
appreciate the regional diversity of Israel at the time of Jesus, and differences in customs and social groups identify the geography, customs and social groups at the time of Jesus analyse stories about Jesus in terms of their cultural and historical background

THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

value the variety of practices, activities and people in the Church

describe the range of activities and people involved in ministry in the Catholic Church

explore possible ways of being actively involved in the mission of the Church

be aware of the commitment and vision of the men and women in the early Christian communities

describe important events and personalities of the early Christian communities

use historical sources to interpret early Church history

PRAYER, LITURGY AND SACRAMENTS

be open to the meaning and significance of the Eucharist

describe the development, structure and significance of the Eucharist analyse elements of the Eucharist and its place as the central focus of worship for Catholics
value those signs, symbols and rituals which guide and enrich their own and other people’s lives describe sign, symbol and ritual, the nature of the sacraments, and rituals associated with the sacraments of initiation classify examples of sign, symbol, ritual and sacrament
THE MORAL LIFE
appreciate the many  influences that affect moral decision-making identify the various aspects in the formation of Christian ideals and decisions

assess the extent to which moral character has an impact on the process of making choices

value the relevance of the teachings of Jesus to contemporary society and life experiences

identify ways in which Christians live lives of discipleship in accordance with the ideals and values of Jesus

apply the teachings and ideals of Jesus to contemporary life situations

 

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 5 (YEARS 9 & 10)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will
be able to:
It is intended that the students will be able to:

GOD, RELIGION AND LIFE

appreciate what Christians share in common and the quest for Christian unity

identify the different beliefs and practices of the major Christian denominations compare the beliefs and practices of various Christian denominations
understanding good triumphs over evil identify the elements of good and evil in personal and group experiences investigate experiences of good and evil in life and in the Scriptures

SCRIPTURE AND JESUS

appreciate the breadth and nature of the Scriptures, and the variety of literary styles and objectives of their writers recognise the types of writing contained in the Old and New Testaments distinguish between literal and figurative language
appreciate the relevance of the teachings of Jesus to their lives identify the main elements of one synoptic Gospel’s portrayal of Jesus apply Gospel themes to a variety of modern day situations

THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

appreciate the relevance of the Church’s teachings to their lives

identify key teachings of the Catholic Church, especially those found in the Nicene Creed

use religious language in relation to beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church

appreciate the relevance of a theme or historical period to the life and mission of the Church today

demonstrate knowledge of the key aspects of an important theme or period within Church history

pose questions, research and communicate information about key aspects of an important theme or period in Church history

PRAYER, LITURGY AND SACRAMENTS

develop an awareness and appreciation of the major Seasons and celebrations in the Church’s liturgical year identify how the Seasons of Christmas and Easter relate to the life of Jesus Christ demonstrate through word, symbol or art a personal response to, Christmas and Easter

value the need for reconciliation and healing as unifying forces for the community

explain the importance of the sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick in the Catholic tradition

prepare specific aspects of liturgies and prayers relating to the sacraments of healing
THE MORAL LIFE

appreciate the need for personal moral convictions

identify ways in which individuals develop personal responsibility and moral maturity

analyse situations which require moral decision-making

be open to the wisdom of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes

demonstrate understanding of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as guides for living the Christian life

apply the teachings of the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes to a variety of life situations

 

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SYLLABUS OUTCOMES FOR STAGE 6 (YEARS 11 & 12)

Values and Attitudes Knowledge Skills
It is intended that the students will be able to: It is intended that the students will
be able to:
It is intended that the students will be able to:

GOD, RELIGION AND LIFE

appreciate how religion explores and explains the enduring questions of human life and experience

describe the religious dimension of human experience and the variety of ways in which people express their relationship with God pose questions and research and communicate answers given by religions to fundamental human realities

appreciate the tension which exists between good and evil

identify aspects of good and evil, as expressed in personal actions and local, national and global issues using contemporary case studies, analyse the impact of good and evil

SCRIPTURE AND JESUS

appreciate developments in the Church’s understanding of Jesus and his teachings describe various theological perspectives on Jesus Christ from the New Testament to the present apply an authentic Catholic approach to the interpretation of Scripture
respect the role and significance of women in the Scriptures and in the Christian communities

recognise the place of Mary in  Scripture, history and Tradition

think critically about the role and significance of women in the contemporary Church and world

THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

appreciate the importance of commitment to one's own tradition as a way of making meaning of human experience

demonstrate knowledge of the principal beliefs, rituals and ethical teachings of Catholicism

articulate and synthesise the principal beliefs, rituals and ethical teachings of the Catholic Church

be open to involvement in leadership and service activities

distinguish the place of leadership, mission  and ministry in the life of the Church

appreciate the call to leadership and other forms of service for the baptised

PRAYER, LITURGY AND SACRAMENTS

identify and explore the essential elements which enable human beings to make mature choices and commitments explain the significance of the celebrations of the Sacraments of Marriage and Orders analyse and explain elements of sacrament, ritual and prayer in the celebration of the sacraments at the service of communion
respect the Church’s tradition of prayer and liturgy demonstrate understanding of prayer and liturgy and its place in the life of the individual and the community participate with the Church community in the preparation and celebration of prayer and liturgy
THE MORAL LIFE
appreciate how individuals can make positive contributions to their own lives and the lives of others explain the place of compassion and justice in the way the followers of Jesus are called to live

apply principles of virtue, especially justice and compassion, to one’s decisions and actions

value the role of the Church’s teaching in giving moral guidance to personal and moral issues

identify the impact of the Church’s teaching on a range of personal and social issues

develop strategies for dealing with complex situations and making moral decisions

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SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

 
Early Stage One
Kindergarten

STRAND

God, The Holy Trinity

  • God loves us.
  • God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • We show this in the Sign of the Cross.
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves us.
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • Jesus, lived in a family with Mary and Joseph - the Holy Family.
  • Jesus died and rose again.
  • Jesus appeared to his friends after he rose from the dead. Mary Magdala,
  • Breakfast on the Beach.
  • The Holy Spirit is with us.

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Creation

  • God made the world to show his love.
    God made all the animals
    God made me. God loves me
    My family is a special gift from God.

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The Church

  • I belong to my Church family
    The Church is a very special prayer place with a tabernacle, altar and lectern.
    God speaks to us in the Bible, which is the Church’s book.
    We learn about our faith family: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah, David
    God speaks to us through his Church.
    Mary was asked to be the mother of Jesus.

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Liturgical Year

  • Holy Week:  The washing of the feet and the Last Supper.
    Easter Sunday: we celebrate Jesus rising to a new life.
    Pentecost: God’s Holy Spirit is with us
    Advent we prepare for Jesus at Christmas.
    Christmas: we remember the birth of Jesus.
    The shepherds came to visit the baby Jesus
    Feast of the Annunciation.

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The Mass

  • Sunday is a special day for Christians who gather together to celebrate the Mass.
    At the Last Supper Jesus taught us how to celebrate the Mass.
    Jesus is present with us when we celebrate the Mass.

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The Moral Life

  • Prayer is speaking, listening and singing to God.
    We pray at Mass, with our families and at school.
    Jesus wants us to pray often, at any time and in any place.
    Jesus wants our love of God and others to grow.
    Jesus wants us to follow him.

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Stage 1
Year 1
Year 2

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God, The Holy Trinity

  • God loves us.
  • God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • Jesus died and rose again.
  • Jesus appeared to his friends after he rose from the dead - the road to Emmaus.
  • The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost
  • Jesus returned to Heaven
  • Jesus loves us and leads us to the Father.
  • The work of the Holy Spirit can be seen in people who do good things.
  • God is caring and loves us.
  • God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • Jesus died and rose again.
  • Jesus appeared to his friends after he rose from the dead- The Empty Tomb.
  • The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost
  • The work of the Holy Spirit can be seen in people who do good things.
  • God’s Holy Spirit comes to us at Baptism and Confirmation to give us his life and love.

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Creation

  • God made the world and saw that it was good.
    God gave us the gift of rest.
    We should care for God’s creation.
    God is our Creator and Father, and we are his children.

  • God made the first man and woman.
    We are made in the image and likeness of God.
    In our families, we learn how to care for one another.
    Families can help us to know God better.
    God wants us to be happy with him in Heaven.

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The Church

  • At Baptism, we are welcomed into God’s family, the Church.
    God speaks to us in the Bible.
     We learn about:
    Joseph and his brothers.
    Moses and the burning bush
    Jesus taught us about God’s Kingdom. It has great value. It affects all parts of our lives.
    The kingdom parables The Mustard Seed, the Treasure and the Pearl of great price.

  • The sacraments are signs of God’s love for us.
    In the sacrament of Penance, God welcomes and forgives us.
    God speaks to us in the Bible.
    We learn about:
    David and Goliath
    Moses – God of Freedom
    God speaks and acts through the Church.
    The light of Jesus shines from the Church.
    Saints have followed God’s call with love.

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Liturgical Year

  • Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent
  • Lent is a time to grow in love
  • Palm Sunday is the first day in Holy Week
  • Easter Sunday: we celebrate Jesus rising to a new life.
  • The Ascension - Jesus returns to Heaven.
  • Pentecost- we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Advent a time to prepare for Christmas.
  • Christmas: the birth of Jesus.
  • Christmas: the flight into Egypt.
  • Feast of the Annunciation
  • The Church has seasons to help us celebrate the life of Jesus.
  • Lent: we prepare for Easter.
  • Holy Week: we remember Jesus’ love for us.
    Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Easter Sunday: we celebrate Jesus rising to a new life.
  • Pentecost: we celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Advent - we remember the people who waited for the coming of Jesus.
  • Christmas: the birth of Jesus.
  • Christmas: the gifts of the Magi.

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The Mass

  • Sunday is a special day because we celebrate with Jesus in the Mass.
    In the liturgy of the Word we listen and respond to God’s word.
    In the Liturgy of the Eucharist we gather to worship God at a holy meal.

  • The liturgy is the name given to the official worship of the Church.
    The Mass is our time of thanksgiving.
    Jesus gives himself as our food in the Eucharist.

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The Moral Life

  • Jesus loves us. He shares his love for us through our parents and other people who care for us.
    Jesus taught us to forgive others.
    Jesus wants our love of God and others to grow.
    When we sin, we are not living the way Jesus taught us. We make choices that are not good, and hurt others and ourselves.

  • Jesus taught us how to pray. We can pray anywhere.
  • Jesus told us how to find true happiness.
  • Jesus asks us to care for one another
  • God’s commandments are our guide to living the right way.
  • Sin turns us away from God.
  • Our choices and decisions affect ourselves and others.
  • When we are truly sorry for what we have done and ask forgiveness. God will always forgive us.

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Stage 2
Year 3
Year 4

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God, The Holy Trinity

  • We share God’s life and love (grace).
  • The life of Jesus shows us God’s great love for us.
  • Jesus loved us so much that he died for our sins.
  • Grace has been given to us by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit guides the Church
    Jesus gave the Church the power to forgive sins.
  • The Holy Spirit gives us the strength to love and help others.
  • The life of Jesus shows us God’s great love for us.
  • Through Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection, we have new life.
  • Jesus Christ is the first to rise forever from the dead. 
  • Jesus is always with us.
  • Jesus is the Son of God.
  • Jesus promised the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Spirit inspires us to tell others about God’s goodness. Peter and John act with courage

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Creation

  • God has given me gifts and talents.
  • God created us with a body and a soul.
  • God created us out of love and calls us to love.
  • God has given each person free will.
  • Free will allows me to choose to do good.
  • God’s Creation is Good - And it was Good
  • The goods of the earth and “life” itself are gifts of God and should be respected - Stewards of God’s creation
  • God made us different from one another. These differences should encourage love and respect. We are God’s work of art

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The Church

  • The Holy Spirit guides the Church.
  • The Church helps us to know Jesus, and to make him known to others.
  • The Bible contains many stories of God and his people.
    • Moses and the commandments .
    • Daniel in the lion’s den
  • The Gospels tell us about the life and teachings of Jesus.
    • Bartimaeus, Zacchaeus, the woman who washed Jesus feet. 
    • Parables of the Seed and the Good Samaritan.
  • Jesus gave the Church the power to forgive sins. The normal way that this power is used is through the sacrament of Penance.  
  • Our parish our church
  • Jesus shares his life with us in Baptism and Confirmation
  • Holy Spirit helps us to live with courage
  • The Gospels tell us about the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • The great commissioning
  • Peter identifies Jesus as the Son of God
  • Mary helps us to know and follow Jesus.
  • The Wedding at Cana
  • Called to follow Jesus
  • Saints say “yes” to God by following in the footsteps of Jesus.
  • Mary McKillop, Pier Giorgio Frassati

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Liturgical Year

  • Lent - we try to do something in our lives to bring us closer to Jesus.
  • Holy Week: Jesus teaches us how much he loves us
  • Jesus ose again from the dead on Easter Sunday.
  • Jesus appeared to his friends – The Road to Emmaus.
  • The Church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
  • During Advent, we remember John the Baptist who prepared for the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  • Mary said ‘Yes’ – the annunciation
  • Mary shares the good news with Elizabeth.
  • At Christmas we remember the birth of Jesus God’s gift to us.
  • Lent – A time for Change - almsgiving and making sacrifices.
  • Holy Week – the stations of the Cross
  • Pentecost- Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
  • New life in the Holy spirit.
  • Advent – A journey to Christmas
  • Advent - A journey in faith
  • Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem
  • The journey of the Magi

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The Mass

  • We celebrate- Jesus said, “Do this in memory of me”.
  • Jesus is present in the Mass. Jesus is really with us.
  • Jesus is present in the priest who leads the community, when the people gather, the Scriptures are read and the Eucharist is celebrated at Mass.
  • We use liturgical signs and symbols in the Mass
  • The stories and actions of Jesus are lived out in the liturgy.
  • We worship Jesus who is present in the Eucharist. This is called the “Real Presence”.
  • We carry the peace of Jesus where ever we go.

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The Moral Life

  • Prayer offers us the opportunity to listen and respond to God.
  • As members of the Church, we are to pray often, every day.
  • Children and parents should love and respect one another.
  • The Ten Commandments call us to love God and our neighbour.
  • God wants us to turn back to him after we have sinned. This is called “Repentance”.
  • Forgiveness brings peace.
  • In the Sacrament of Penance we are forgiven and reconciled.
  • All our prayers bring our minds and hearts to God.
  • The Christian home is normally the place where children first hear about God’s plan of love for them.
  • We show our love for God and others by living out the Ten Commandments.
  • Jesus teaches us how to keep the commandments.
  • The Be-Attitudes teach us to live Jesus way of love.
  • Living in peace happens when we treat others fairly and with respect.

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Stage 3
Year 5
Year 6

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God, The Holy Trinity

  • The Trinity is the central mystery of our faith.
  • God the Father is our Creator; God the Son is our Redeemer; God the Holy Spirit is our Sanctifier;
  • God promised to send us a Saviour
  • Jesus the Son of God, is truly God and truly human.
  • Jesus Christ is the true God. He is the second person of the Blessed Trinity.
  • We call Jesus 'The Christ' which means the 'The Annointed One of God.'
  • Jesus Christ rose in the same human body that suffered on the Cross.
  • The Holy Spirit led Jesus to begin his mission.
  • The Holy Spirit is God active in the world.
  • The fruits of the Spirit reveal to us the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in the community.
  • God speaks to us in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition in Jesus Christ, God became man.
  • Through our celebration of the birth of Jesus we remember and reflect on the presence of God in the world today.
  • By his sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus overcame sin and death. We celebrate his sacrifice in the Eucharist.
  • After his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us.
  • The Ascension of Jesus marks the end of the Resurrection appearances of Jesus, as Jesus now enters into a new kind of existence.
  • Jesus asked God his Father to send the Holy Spirit to be with us always.
  • The Holy Spirit strengthens us in the sacrament of Confirmation

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Creation

  • All creation is "very good"(Gen. 1:31) and is in the likeness of God, reflecting his own infinite perfections in a multiplicity of ways.
  • God asks us to respect the life he gave us.
  • Stewardship calls us to take responsibility for the protection and care of all the earth community by exploring and developing better ways to live in peace with all creation.
  • Taking 'sabbath' time is an important way of tuning in and responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
  • God has given each person free wil and the power to choose.
  • Those who die in God's grace and fiendship live forever with Christ
  • I only die once because in the world, I only have one life.
  • At death, my soul is separated from my body. Jesus will com again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead.
  • We believe in the Resurrection of the body at the end of time.
  • At the end of life we will be judged on our love. The work of angels is to give glory to God and participate in the Trinity's saving mission.

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The Church

  • All creation is "very good"(Gen. 1:31) and is in the likeness of God, reflecting his own infinite perfections in a multiplicity of ways.
  • God asks us to respect the life he gave us.
  • Stewardship calls us to take responsibility for the protection and care of all the earth community by exploring and developing better ways to live in peace with all creation.
  • Taking 'sabbath' time is an important way of tuning in and responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
  • God has given each person free wil and the power to choose.
  • Those who die in God's grace and fiendship live forever with Christ
  • We believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
  • Other Christians share in one baptism and one faith in Jesus. We pray and work for unity with them.
  • Through Baptism we share in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
  • In Confirmation the seal of the Spirit perfects the grace of Baptism.
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence, wonder and awe in God's presence.
  • In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body.
  • We are nourished by the presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic celebration.
  • All members of the Church (lay and ordained) are called to use their own gifts and talents in building up the Church.
  • The sacrament of Marriage is the union in love of a man and a woman.
  • Marriage between a man and a woman is called a covenant. It is based on Gods love, help and forgiveness.
  • Bishop, priests and deacons serve us in the name and person of Christ. Only baptised men can be ordained.
  • The Sacred Scriptures contain the Word of God and, because they are insprired they are truly the Word of God.
  • In the Old Testament, we encounter the story of God, God's chosen people and of their relationship with God.
  • In the New Testament we learn of Jesus Christ and the early Christian community as well as angels who help her on her earthly pilgrimage and protect every human being

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Liturgical Year

  • During Lent we are called to reach out to others as Jesus did.
  • Lent is the season of forty days when we prepare to celebrate the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus during Holy Week and Easter.
  • In Holy Week we remember the rejection, suffering, death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • The Easter Vigil is the most important liturgy of the Church calendar. In the liturgy, the Holy Spirit enables the assembly to encounter Christ.
  • Jesus is with us in our Sunday Liturgy - The Eucharist.
  • Mary has been greatly blessed by God and she is honoured by all generations. Mary was assumed body and soul into Heaven. Mary continues to be honoured through her fesat days.
  • In Advent we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas.
  • In Advent we are given time to reflect upon, and live out, the hope and expectation of Chirst's coming.
  • At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, when God came to earth and became one of us. Christmas is the great feast of the Incarnation, one of the key mysteries of our faith
  • In Lent, the Church calls us to pray more, to make sacrifices and to give to the poor.
  • On Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper.
  • In Holy Week the Church remembers that Jesus, in being faithful to his mission suffered and was crucified.
  • We call the celebration of the Eucharist the Mass. It is the thanksgiving sacrifice of Jesus, offered for the living and the dead.
  • The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost Day and entirely transformed disciples into apostles who not only lived for Jesus but also died as his witnesses.
  • Mary is the mother of God because Jesus is God.
  • Mary was created free from sin. This means she was 'full of grace' from the first instant she existed.
  • We call this her 'Immaculate Conception'.
  • During Advent we are reminded of the people who are part of Jesus' family story.
  • Their patience and hope are part of God's message.
  • At Christmas we celebrate our belief that the Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary, became human and lived among us.

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The Moral Life

  • My Conscience guides me to right and good choices.
  • God has given us a conscience to form our judgements.
  • When properly formed, conscience guides our actions in freedom towards him. God asks us to be responsible for the life he has given us.
  • Jesus shows us by his life what justice means: we are called to live and act justly. The corporal works of mercy
  • The world will know us as follwers of Jesus by the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are visible in our actions.
  • Modern day prophets work towards a fairer distribution of resources to create a more just world.
  • The Catholic Church in Australia reaches out to people who struggle to live with dignity. Lent is a time of growth and conversion.
  • Jesus' teachings reveal to us God's immense love and joy at our turning away from sin.
  • The Ten Commandments teach us to live as God intended.
  • God's mercy is shown to those who repent, usually in the sacrament of Penance. The sacrament of Penance gives us the grace to overcome sins.
  • The Catholic Church acknowledges that human beings are imperfect. We are not evil, but everyone has certain weaknesses.
  • The effects of original sin draw us away from God.
  • The Beatitudes express Christ's plan for our happiness in his world and the next.
  • Christ emphasised the following virtues as blessed and deserving of reward: humility, patience, meekness, purity, and the capacity to make peace.
  • Through Jesus' actions and teachings we learn about understanding and accepting others and looking beyond externals to the true worth of the person.
  • All Christians are called to celebrate and live a new and faithful life in the Spirit and to proclaim Jesus courageously in word and deed to all those around them.
  • The Lord's Prayer shows us how to pray to the Father.
  • There are various kinds of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.
  • Self-denial is an important part of Christian prayer.

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Stage 4
Year 7
Year 8

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GOD, RELIGION AND LIFE

  • God is the creator of all things and we should thank him for creation.
  • Human beings are made in God’s image and likeness and are meant to build God’s reign on earth and be with God forever in heaven.
  • God gives each person gifts to use to bring about his reign on earth.
  • God made humans stewards of creation with the responsibility to care for what he has made
  • We need to respect human life at all times
  • God loves each of us and wants us to be in communion with him in this life and in the life to come.
  • If we love and follow Jesus in this life we can be with him forever in heaven.
  • Our choices in this life determine where we spend eternity.
  • If there are imperfections at the time of death we will spend time in Purgatory for purification. After our life on earth comes to an end we will have to account for what we have done, good or bad, before Jesus.

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THE SCRIPTURES AND JESUS

  • The Word of God, in the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church, has been inspired by the Holy Spirit
  • The New Testament tells us about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Old Testament times were a period of preparation for the coming of Jesus.
  • Moses was one of the greatest leaders of the Hebrew people
  • Jesus Christ is the central figure of importance for all Christians.
  • Jesus’ influence has spread to almost every part of the world.
  • We can influence others to follow Christ.
  • The parables teach us a great deal about Christian living and what Jesus expects of his followers.
  • The parables also teach about God’s reign on earth and what the Kingdom of God is like.

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THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

  • A parish is a community of Christian faithful entrusted to a priest/pastor under the authority of the diocesan bishop.
  • Each member of the parish has a role within the life of the community.
  • The parish community is to encourage each of its members to fully live out Christ’s saving teachings, especially through the celebration of the Sunday liturgy.
  • The early Church spread, firstly by the work of the Apostles and their co-workers and then by those who followed after them.
  • St. Peter played an important part in the life of the early Church.
  • St. Paul wrote various letters to the early Church communities and to individuals.
  • The early Christians experienced persecution and martyrdom.
  • Some of the ministries and works that exist in the Church, include consecrated life and the ordained ministry.

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PRAYER, LITURGY AND THE SACRAMENTS

  • Following Christ entails living a moral life of doing good and avoiding evil.
  • Recognise the importance of having values such as the Ten Commandments
  • The Church helps Christians to develop an informed conscience.
  • Freedom is a gift from God to be used to worship him and love what is good.
  • We  are called to love, respect, show compassion, mercy and forgiveness to everyone we meet, as these are desired by all.
  • We are called to love and serve God and each other in our family life, the Church, the work/school place and in society.
  • Christians can assist each other through their prayers, penances and good works.
  • Each of us determines how we will spend eternity through the choices we freely make while we are alive.
  • Through sin we separate ourselves from God.

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THE MORAL LIFE

  • Following Christ entails living a moral life of doing good and avoiding evil.
  • Recognise the importance of having values such as the Ten Commandments
  • The Church helps Christians to develop an informed conscience.
  • Freedom is a gift from God to be used to worship him and love what is good.
  • We  are called to love, respect, show compassion, mercy and forgiveness to everyone we meet, as these are desired by all.
  • We are called to love and serve God and each other in our family life, the Church, the work/school place and in society.
  • Christians can assist each other through their prayers, penances and good works.
  • Each of us determines how we will spend eternity through the choices we freely make while we are alive.
  • Through sin we separate ourselves from God.

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Stage 5
Year 9
Year 10

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GOD,RELIGION AND LIFE

  • Creeds were developed in the very early centuries of the Church, and began originally as baptismal formulas.
  • The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds focus and elaborate principally on the dogmas of the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation.  It is from these beliefs that all other teachings flow.
  • Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • All things created by God are good.
  • Evil is a reality in this world.
  • Human evil is a result of the choices people make.
  • Christians should work for good and for the overcoming of evil according to the teachings of the Church.
  • God is love
  • God so loved the world that he sent his only Son, Jesus, for the salvation of all people.
  • The virtues of faith, hope and love are essential for living a Christian life.
  • God created man and woman with marriage and family life embedded in their very nature .
  • Jesus, the Son of God, was born into a family with Mary as his mother and St. Joseph as his foster-father.
  • Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life because he is the unique Son of God and Saviour of the world.
  • Jesus loves us and wants each of us to know the Father’s love.

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THE SCRIPTURES AND JESUS

  • The Word of God, in the Scriptures and the Church’s Tradition, has been inspired by the Holy Spirit.
  • The Holy Spirit was active and present throughout Jesus’ life, guiding him in his saving ministry.
  • Christians are encouraged to read and study Holy Scripture in line with the teachings of the Church.
  • The  Holy Spirit always guides the Church.
  • Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ.  He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies as well as his own.
  • In his public ministry, Jesus preached the good news about God’s kingdom, forgave sin and worked many miracles.
  • The Beatitudes lie at the heart of Jesus’ teachings.
  • Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit to the Apostles on Pentecost day, giving them the power to spread the Church in his name.

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 THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

  • God wants us to live good and holy lives based on the teachings of Scripture, Tradition and the Church.
  • Jesus came to establish God’s reign on earth.  He worked many miracles to show his love and care for God’s people.  He cured many sick people.
  • From Holy Scripture we learns that Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of our Saviour.  As Jesus is both God and man, Mary is the Mother of God.
  • Jesus endorsed marriage and family life at the wedding at Cana.
  • Marriage is a holy covenant between a man and a woman mirroring God’s covenant love for his people.
  • The  family needs support from Church and society.
  • Over  the past two thousand years there have been many splits in the Church. 
  • There are Eastern Churches that are not in union with Rome, yet share most beliefs with their Eastern Catholic counterparts.
  • During the 1500’s the Protestant Reformation occurred in the West.
  • The Second Vatican Council called for Christians to work for re-unification between the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations

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PRAYER, LITURGY AND THE SACRAMENTS

  • We receive the Holy Spirit in a special way in the Sacrament of Confirmation to nourish and strengthen us in the work God calls us to do.
  • We need to see, hear and feel the healing touch of God.  Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation to do this.
  • The disciples anointed many with oil that were sick and healed them. (Mark 6:12-13)
  • Today in the Church we have the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to confer grace on seriously ill persons.
  • The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.
  • At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Blessed Eucharist.
  • The early Christians met together to celebrate the Eucharist on the Lord’s Day, Sunday-the day of the resurrection.
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch (+107) and St. Justin Martyr (+165) wrote on the centrality of the Liturgy celebrated by the bishop and the importance of the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ.

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THE MORAL LIFE

  • God is our loving creator who wills our happiness.
  • Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created in an original state of holiness and justice.  Through sin, this original state became impaired.
  • The Beatitudes delivered in the Sermon on the Mount elaborate God’s plan for happiness and peace in this world and in the next.
  • Human life is precious and must be respected and protected from conception until natural death.
  • As Christians we are called to live moral lives, which entails doing God’s will, which is revealed through his Church.
  • The Church draws from both Scripture and Tradition when teaching us how we should live and act.
  • God gives us the grace to choose to change our lives and follow his Son, Jesus.

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Stage 6
Year 11
Year 12

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GOD, RELIGION AND LIFE

  • God created the universe with all its splendour and wonder, with its order, intelligibility and purpose.
  • Many people, including theologians, scientists and philosophers, have demonstrated the logic of believing in a Creator who is all powerful and intelligent to explain the origin of the universe.
  • Through the sin of Adam and Eve, evil, death and suffering entered the world.
  • Jesus merited salvation for all humanity through his life, death and resurrection.
  • God is the creator of the universe.
  • All that God has created is good.
  • Philosophical, theological and scientific reasoning together affirm that there is an all powerful Creator of the universe.
  • Scientists, mathematicians and philosophers appreciate this order which can be expressed in laws, especially mathematical laws.
  • Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. In following him we find meaning in this life and eternal life forever in heaven.

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THE SCRIPTURES AND JESUS

  • God became man for our salvation.
  • There is substantial evidence for Jesus’ existence on earth.
  • Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.
  • The resurrection of Christ was the greatest event in human history.
  • The early Christians proclaimed Jesus as Son of God and Saviour.
  • Most of Jesus’ miracles are works of mercy; they show God’s care and compassion for suffering humanity.
  • Jesus is true God and true man.
  • The four Gospels are the heart of the Scriptures as they are our principal source of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • The New Testament records the life and saving ministry of Jesus Christ and the foundation and development of the early Church.
  • Acts elaborates on the Christian way of following Jesus as depicted in the lives of the earliest Christians.
  • Acts gives important information about Sts Peter and Paul, including Paul’s missionary journeys.

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 THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY

  • All the baptised are called to holiness and service in the Church.
  • Some members of the Church community are called to the ordained ministry and/or religious life.
  • The priesthood is essential and central to the life of the Church as priests and bishops celebrate the sacraments which are the most efficacious means of grace for Christians.
  • Women figure prominently in the public life of Jesus.
  • Many women throughout the centuries have been role models for loving and serving Jesus.
  • Throughout the centuries men and women have dedicated themselves to God and the work of his Kingdom through taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
  • St Mary of the Cross is an outstanding example of a person who lived Religious Life in early Australia.

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PRAYER, LITURGY AND THE SACRAMENTS

  • God created man and woman, with marriage embedded in their very nature.
  • For baptised Christians, marriage is a sacrament and is called ‘Holy Matrimony.’
  • Preparation for the sacrament of Matrimony is essential.
  • Christian families are the ‘domestic church.’
  • All of the sacraments are Trinitarian; when we worthily receive the sacraments we share in the very life of the Holy Trinity.
  • The sacraments are efficacious signs of Christ’s grace in our lives.
  • The sacraments celebrate Christ’s paschal mystery and empower us to be a priestly community living our lives united with him.
  • They are signs of grace perceptible to the senses; through them divine life is bestowed upon believers.
  • The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.
  • At the Last Supper Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist.

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THE MORAL LIFE

  • We are all called to holiness, to become saints.
  • Christians can learn about saintly living by studying the lives of the saints.
  • We can ask the saints to intercede for us to assist us along our journey of life.
  • We are all called to be disciples of Jesus.
  • If we love Jesus, we will keep his commandments.
  • We need support, love and affirmation in living out our Christian vocation.
  • Governments, companies and scientists should use scientific discoveries to enhance the wellbeing and dignity of humanity and, most importantly, to give glory to God.
  • Men and women can express their relationship with God through the beauty of artistic work.
  • Sacred artistic works aim to reflect the infinite beauty of God and turn hearts and minds devotedly to him.
  • Religious art forms should manifest the teachings of the Church.
  • All who follow Christ should seek guidance from the Holy Spirit, especially when important decisions need to be made.

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