The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond through our Come & See curriculum.
We follow ‘Come & See’ Religious Education programme. The children will learn about the Church as a family; Baptism and Confirmation; Advent & Christmas; The Church Community; The Eucharist; Pentecost; Reconciliation & Forgiveness; Our World and the good work of CAFOD.
Our topics are;
- Ourselves - Domestic Church - Family
- Life Choices - Baptism/Confirmation - Belonging
- Hope - Advent/Christmas - Loving
- Mission - Local Church - Community
- Memorial Sacrifice - Eucharist - Relating
- Sacrifice - Lent/Easter - Giving
- Transformation - Pentecost - Serving
- Freedom & Responsibility - Reconciliation - Inter-relating
- Stewardship - CAFOD
As a class we discussed the idea of temptation and how it relates to lent. We began by discussing our lent promises and any temptation we may have felt. Many had been tempted to eat chocolate or crisps and some had even been tempted to be unkind to their siblings when they were being especially annoying! We then discussed how we could take inspiration from Jesus' rejection of temptation in the desert and combine it with other ideas to create a guide to resisting temptation.
In our study of the Easter story we have looked at the betrayal of Jesus by his disciple Judas. We thought of how we had been tempted before and tried to consider the emotions Judas would have felt before and after his betrayal of his friend.
As a class we read Luke 23: 26-43 and reflected on Jesus' ultimate sacrifice in order to free us from sin. After a discussion and some quiet reflection we wrote individual prayers to Jesus to thank him for his sacrifice. Please read some of them below:
Thank you for for sacrificing your life for our sins. I will always remember you as my saviour and strive to never take anything for granted. Thank you for my family and friends, I cannot imagine what life would be like without you brave sacrifice. That you so much.
Thank you for your sacrifice, you freed us from our sins and without it our lives would be so different. Your sacrifice reminds me of your love and I try to love as you did.
Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for freeing me from my sins and helping to guide me to become the person I am. You are the most incredible person I know. I don't know what sort of person I would be if you didn't make your sacrifice. You are my inspiration. Thank you for your love.
During Holy Week we have been look at Jesus' love and sacrifice, we have been using this to inspire us and guide us during this difficult time. As a class we have written an open letter to all those who have made sacrifices over the last year and to those who continue to do so by isolating, keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
To all those who are isolating,
We know this has been a challenging and difficult year. Not seeing Family members can be incredibly hard, especially when we are isolating to keep each other healthy. We have all had to make painful sacrifices to keep those we love safe and well.
Around this time of year, it can be comforting to remember Jesus’ selfless sacrifice for us all. Jesus gave his life because he loves us and was willing to die for our sins. It is important to remember Jesus’ words,
“Love each other as I have loved you.”
If you are feeling sad or lonely you could try playing a few fun games and listening to some cheerful music that might lift your spirits.
If you are lonely there are lots of groups you could join online. There are shows, choirs, churches and clubs running that you can join through apps like zoom. This would give you a chance to talk to and meet new people.
If you are missing your family you could face time/video call them, write them a letter, make them something or if you live nearby you can now meet up outside and have a picnic together.
That’s not to say you cannot have fun by yourself, there are lots of great activities you can do even if you’re alone. You could read your favourite book, watch a funny film, play with pets. As the weather improves you could plant something and watch it grow! We also love drawing and painting, this time could be great to improve your skills.
We think the best way to cheer yourself and other up is cooking and sharing food. We love to bake treats for friends and family.
We hope this letter helps and comforts you in this difficult time,