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In adolescence, teens make the transition from dependence to independence. Among the serious questions
facing them are several crucial ones: Who am I? What do I believe? What do I think is important? And most
importantly, who is Jesus and what difference does He make for me? The effective catechist, by willingly
sharing faith experiences - where one has been, where one presently is, and where one is going - will help the
youth discover answers to these questions.
Note to catechist: In relaying to your students your conversion story, or recent experiences of coming closer
to Christ, it is prudence to simply say that you headed down the wrong path (if that was the case) but never
speaking of past sins, especially against the sixth and ninth Commandments. Stories of this nature can easily
put images into their minds, which can even lead to sin.
The teenager needs time to reflect on what it means to be called to a particular way of life. Being in a
transitional stage, the adolescent needs guidance in the prayerful discovery of a vocation. It is essential that
the teenager receive the wisdom and advice of adults, before he/she makes a decision to a particular vocation.
Participation in different apostolates of the local parish will establish a sense of viable membership in the
parish family as well as nurture self-esteem, and introduce the young person to a peer group with similar
The Profile of a Eighth Grade Child, including Characteristics, Faith Development Needs and Implications was
adapted from the Diocesan Curriculum, Office for Catechesis, Diocese of Sioux Falls. August 6th, 2009
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 5 of 38 Grade 8
Theme: God the Father calls us to a life of holiness. We live holy lives by imitating Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit
given to us at Baptism strengthens us to live holy lives.
The primary goal for the eighth grade year is formation in discipleship by developing a deeper relationship with the
Holy Spirit, with a focus on preliminary preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Families are to participate in Mass each Sunday and all Holy Days of Obligation. Parents and young people should be
encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. I. Creed - Profession of Faith
Section one on the Creed pertains to what God, Our Heavenly Father, has revealed about Himself and His Plan
for our salvation (saving us from sin) and sanctification (making us holy) through Jesus Christ His Son by the
power of the Holy Spirit. God acts first; He continually calls out to us in love, inviting us into an intimate
personal relationship. My response to His call is faith.
In Eighth Grade, catechists should present, during the first or second session, a full explanation of God’s Plan
of Salvation History so that students will come to understand the Story of God’s Family. Throughout the year,
teachings points that are bolded are to be introduced...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13