Grade 5B

Mr. Mike McGee

Class #23 – April 16, 2018

Topic: Chapter 19: Mary, Model of Discipleship

Main Ideas:

  • Mary is Jesus’ first disciple
  • Mary is most blessed among women
  • Mary is the greatest of all saints
  • The Church remembers and honors Mary

“We Believe” Book Pages: 163-170

Class #22 – April 9, 2018

Topic: Chapter 17: Easter

Main Ideas:

  • The Easter Season is a special time to rejoice over the new life we have in Christ.
  • Jesus heals those who are sick
  • Jesus’ Apostles preach and heal in his name
  • We are called to care for the sick
  • The church continues Jesus’ healing mission

“We Believe” Book Pages: 227-231, 147-151

Class #21 – March 26, 2018

Topic: Easter Service: Made Easter cards for St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality

 Homework: Have a happy Easter

Class #20 – March 19, 2018

Confession Night

Class #19 – March 12, 2018

Topic: Chapter 16: The Celebration of Penance and Reconciliation

Main Ideas:

  • The Sacrament of Penance strengthens our relationship with God and others
  • In the Sacrament of Penance, the church celebrates God’s forgiveness
  • In the Sacrament of Penance, we trust in God’s mercy
  • Together we turn our hearts and minds to God

“We Believe” Book Pages: 139-146

 Homework: Review Confession and Examination of Conscience sheet

Class #18 – March 5, 2018

Topic: Chapter 15: We Turn to God

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus calls us to conversion
  • Jesus forgives as only God can do
  • Jesus continues to forgive us through the church
  • We are reconciled with God and the Church

“We Believe” Book Pages: Chapter 15, 131-138

 Homework: Prepare for Reconciliation (March 19)

Class #16 – February 12, 2018

Topic: Chapter 20, Lent; Chapter 21, The Triduum

Main Ideas:

  • Lent is a season of preparation for the great celebration of Easter
  • The season begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days.
  • We are called to penance, prayer, and good works. While we are called to do these things all year, during lent they take on special meaning
  • The Easter Triduum is our greatest celebration of the Paschal Mystery
  • The Triduum begins on Holy Thursday evening and ends on the evening of Easter Sunday
  • The days follow the Jewish tradition where days go from sundown to sundown (not from midnight to midnight.)

“We Believe” Book Pages: 171-181

 Homework: None

Class #15 – February 5, 2018

Topic: Chapter 12 – Living as a Prayerful People

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus teaches us to pray
  • We are called to pray daily
  • Sacraments are part of the Church’s prayer life
  • Catholics have a rich tradition of special practices and popular devotions

“We Believe” Book Pages: 107-114

Homework: None

Class #14 – January 29, 2018

Topic: Chapter 11 – Gestures of the Mass

“We Believe” Book Pages: Chapter 11

Homework: None

Class #13 – January 22, 2018

Topic: Chapter 10 – Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life

Main Ideas:

  • In the Eucharist, we celebrate and receive Jesus Christ
  • The Eucharist is a memorial, a meal, and a sacrifice
  • We recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread
  • Jesus is The Bread of Life

“We Believe” Book Pages: 91-98

Homework: None

Class #12 – January 8, 2018

Topic: Chapter Nine – The Celebration of Confirmation

Main Ideas:

  • Confirmation leads us from Baptism to the Eucharist
  • In the sacrament of Confirmation, we are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit help those who are confirmed
  • Confirmation calls those anointed to live out their Baptism as witnesses of Jesus Christ.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 83-90

Homework: None

Class #11 – December 18, 2017

Prepared for Christmas Break

Class #10 – December 11, 2017

Topic: Chapter 14 – Christmas

Main Ideas:

  • When is the Christmas Season?
  • The Season of Christmas is a time to rejoice in the Incarnation
  • The Incarnation is the truth that the Son of God became a man
  • Mass at Midnight celebrates Jesus’s birth at Bethlehem, the Mass at dawn celebrates Jesus as The Word and the New Light among us.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 121-126

Homework: Merry Christmas

Class# 9, December 4, 2017

Family Advent Night – Advent celebration and activities.

Class #7 – November 20, 2017

Topic: The Liturgical Year

Main Ideas: 

  • The Church Year is based on the life of Christ and the celebration of his life in the liturgy.
  • There are six seasons in the Liturgical Year
  • The colors of altar cloths and vestments note the season: Green = Ordinary Time, Purple = Lent and Advent, White = Christmas, Easter, and Triduum
  • Advent is the first season of the Liturgical Year.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 59-63, 115-118

Assignments: Review sheets for Unit 1 Review

Class #6 – November 13, 2017

Topic: The Celebration of Baptism

Main Ideas: 

  • The Church welcomes all to be Babtized
  • The parish community participates in the celebration of Baptism
  • Water is an important sign of Baptism
  • The Baptized begin their new life as children of God

“We Believe” Book Pages: 51-57

Assignments: None

Class #5 – October 30, 2017

Topic: Ordinary Time

Main Ideas:

  • Ordinary time is named that because the weeks are ordered
  • Ordinary time occurs in two parts
  • During ordinary time, we learn about the life of Christ and we grow as His followers
  • There are special days to celebrate the lives of Jesus, Mary, and the saints; their memorials, feasts, and solemnites.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 65-69

Assignments: Go to

Watch -> Youth -> Watch 3 Saint Stories for speeches

Class #4 – October 23, 2017

Topic: New Life in Christ

Main Ideas:

  • Baptism is the foundation of Christian Life
  • In Baptism, we are freed from sin and become children of God
  • We are a priestly, prophetic and royal people
  • Because of our Baptism, we have hope and eternal life.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 43-50

Assignments: Talk to your parents – Were you named for a saint? Does your family have a patron or favorite saint?

Class #2 – October 2, 2017

Topic: Jesus Shares His Mission with the Church

Main Ideas:

  • We are joined to Jesus Christ and to one another
  • We proclaim the Good News of Christ by what we say and do
  • In the liturgy, we celebrate Christ’s Paschal Mystery
  • When we serve others, we give witness to Christ

“We Believe” Book Pages: 27-34

Assignments: Review handouts – word search and crosswords for chapters 1 and 2

Class #1 – September 25, 2017

Topic: Introductions and Chapter One

Main Ideas:

  • Jesus is The Son of God
  • Jesus shows us God’s Love
  • Jesus invites people to follow Him
  • Jesus’ disciples continue His work.

“We Believe” Book Pages: 19-26


  • Share handouts with parents
  • Bring folders, pencils, and books to class