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Unformatted text preview: f the people of God in the work of God. The liturgy celebrates the work of
Christ in redeeming us by calling us, saving us, blessing us, sanctifying us (making us holy) and giving glory
to our Heavenly Father. The work of the people is joined with Christ through our response of thanksgiving,
praise, worship, adoration, sacrifice, intercession and giving glory to our Heavenly Father in the liturgy.
Sacrament of Baptism
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 of Baptism is the gateway to all the other Sacraments. Jesus said that we need to
be baptized to go to Heaven (John 3:1-21).
(CCC 1213-1215, necessity: CCC 1257-1261; For catechist’s reference: Baptism of desire:
CCC 1258-1260, unbaptized babies who die: CCC 1261)
Scriptures related to Baptism (CCC 1217-1222)
Noah’s Ark: God cleansed the earth of people who did not love God with
the floodwaters and saved Noah and his family.
Moses and the parting of the Red Sea: God made the Israelites His people
by bringing them to safety through the waters of the Red Sea. August 6th, 2005
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 11 of 28 Grade 4
Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus said that we enter the Kingdom of God by being baptized.
The Baptism of Jesus: “You are My beloved Son, with You I am well
Jesus gave this mission to His Apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples
of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all…” 2. In the Sacrament of Baptism, the Blessed Trinity comes to dwell within the person’s soul, making
him/her a child of God and member of His Family, the Church.
(CCC 1265, 1267-1270) 3. Through Baptism we receive:
Cleansing from original sin and forgiveness of all personal sin committed before
Sanctifying grace, which is a share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, which makes
us children of God, members of the Body of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit
and co-heirs of the Kingdom.
An indelible mark on our souls (can never be repeated or removed).
The Gifts necessary to live as children of God.
(CCC 1266) (three Theological Virtues - CCC 1813, seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit CCC 1831) (effects: CCC 1262-1274, 1279-80) 4. Through Baptism, we receive the three Theological Virtues of faith, hope and charity. These
virtues come from God and lead us back to Him. The Theological Virtues are the foundation of
the Christian moral life. We also receive the seven supernatural Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These
supernatural gifts are given for personal growth in holiness and to sustain the moral life.
(CCC 1265-1266, 1812-1813, 1830-1831) 5. The symbols of Baptism are: baptism with water, anointing with oil of catechumens and chrism,
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