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is most helpful here).
In helping children form their consciences through charitable, yet firm discipline, the catechist should be
careful to react consistently to an action, incident, or situation.
Thus second-grade children will realize that there are differences between what is dangerous, what is improper,
what is annoying, what is accidental, and what is sinful.
In addition, as the catechist helps to prepare the children to receive the forgiveness of God in the Sacrament of
Reconciliation, concentration should be placed on both:
• The seriousness of sin, and
• The magnitude of God’s love and mercy.
Second graders are still limited in their sense of history and time.
They may confuse past and present experiences, including occasions of sin. The catechist needs to bear this in
mind and repeatedly clarify past and present, right and wrong. Pointing out relationships between current
events and those of the past especially help second grade children.
This becomes particularly important when introducing the examination of conscience. Children live in the
present, generally. Therefore, when they remember past sinful actions, it is frequently true that they mix what
happened years or months ago with what happened last week. As a result, they need assistance in coming to a
full understanding of what an examination of conscience is, and how the past and present relate.
Perhaps most importantly, the catechist is instrumental in cultivating the Cardinal and Theological virtues in
the child through example of life and simple teaching. This will help to foster an atmosphere of respect and
love for each person in the classroom and beyond.
Therefore, the catechist’s personal relationship with God in prayer, his/her frequent reception of the
Sacraments, and his/her growth in a love for Jesus (a life of holiness) will be a criterion on which the children
come to internalize and live the fullness of the Catholic Faith. August 6th, 2009
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 5 of 22 Grade 2
Theme: God the Father calls us to a life of holiness. We live holy lives by imitating Jesus Christ.
given to us at Baptism enables and strengthens us to live holy lives. The Holy Spirit The primary goal for the second grade year is dedicated to preparation for and formation in regular reception of the
Sacrament of Reconciliation and receiving Jesus Himself in the Holy Eucharist. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is to
precede First Eucharist so that the child may be fully prepared to receive Holy Communion.1 After receiving the
Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation for the first time, children should receive the Sacrament regularly.
This preparation for and formation in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are to always include the
parents who have the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Families should participate in Mass each
Sunday and all Holy Days of Obligation. I. Cre...
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- Fall '13