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Students are to study the Rite of Baptism.
(CCC 1234-1245 symbols) 6. Through Baptism, we come to know and love God by “faith” and “charity.” Baptism gives us a
new “dignity” (worth) as adopted sons and daughters of God. (CCC 1265) 7. Every Catholic child can be given a saint’s name at Baptism. It may be the first name or the
middle name. This saint becomes the child’s patron saint and “provides a model of charity.”
Children should study the lives of their patron saints and ask for the saint’s intercession.
(Note to catechist: “The ‘baptismal name’ can also express a Christian mystery or Christian
virtue). Sacrament of Reconciliation / Penance
In Fourth Grade, students should review for greater understanding the following Truths of Faith
except where a teaching is to be introduced, which will be bolded. Scriptures that are bolded are new
for this grade.
1. The Sacrament in which we confess our sins and ask to receive Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness
is called the Sacrament of Confession or Forgiveness or Penance or Reconciliation or
Conversion. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we confess to the priest who acts in the
person of Christ, because Jesus gave to priests the authority to absolve us from sin in His
name (See John 20:21-23). (CCC 1423-1424, 1486-90, 1495-1496) August 6th, 2005
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Sacrament of Reconciliation
Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus said, “Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in
Heaven” (CCC 1444-1445).
Luke 5: 17-26
“Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
“Against You, You alone, have I sinned and done what is evil.”
2. Sin is an offense against God or primarily turning away from God that damages our
relationship with Him, and at the same time, damages the Church and our relationship with
others. Conversion (a radical reorientation of the whole life away from sin and evil, and
toward God or a deeper conversion of a turning back to God) entails repentance,
forgiveness and reconciliation with both God, family members and our neighbor. We
are healed and strengthened in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
(CCC 1440, 1443-1445, 1849-1852) 3. Only God is able to forgive sins. However, Jesus entrusted His own exercise of the power of
forgiving sins, in His name, to His Apostles on Easter Sunday night. The Apostles handed
on this power to their successors, the bishops and to the priests who share in the ministry of
the bishop. (CCC 1441-1445,1456, 1461, 1466, John 20:19-23) 4. There is mortal or deadly and venial sin. Mortal sin is saying no to our friendship (a serious
disobedience to God’s laws of love) that destroys our friendship with Jesus through the loss
of sanctifying grace. It results in the loss of charity. For a...
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