HEROES OF OUR FAITH
HEROES OF OUR FAITH
Heroes of Our Faith is a unique series of stories, which depict saintly individuals or bible heroes speaking in the first person. These partially fictional stories illustrate truths contained in the catechism by relating the life experiences of saintly individuals in their particular quest for holiness, encouraging and enlightening us in our own earthly pilgrimage so that we might someday join the Communion of Saints in the Kingdom of heaven.
In response to the needs of catechetical leaders, catechists, pastors, and parents, Our Sunday Visitor is proud to announce Alive in Christ, a premier religion curriculum that engages today's children.
*Jesus Christ is at the Center
Alive in Christ is intentional in its focus on the life, mission and saving work of Jesus Christ. This lays the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Jesus, who "...alone can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity"(CCC 426).
*Building Knowledge of, and Reverence for, Sacred Scripture
Sacred Scripture from both the Old and New Testament is presented in ways that encourage students to learn about the people and stories of the Bible and listen to the voice of God.
*Comprehensive Presentation of Catholic Teaching
Alive in Christ provides a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Key themes of Catholic teaching are repeated each year through a grade-level lens, building on the child's knowledge of the faith at each developmental stage.
*Unique and Effective Pedagogy
Mirroring the divine pedagogy, each lesson begins with God's invitation through Sacred Scripture and leads children to reflect on his Word, study it in Sacred Tradition, and respond with a lived faith.
*Developmentally Responsive and Appropriate
Written by a team of experts in child psychology, education and theology, Alive in Christ incorporates the most trusted research on how children learn and communicate. Faith concepts are presented at important developmental "windows"?ages when research in child development tells us that learning about a particular topic would be most effective.
*Putting Faith into Practice
Activities and questions throughout each lesson prompt children to relate knowledge of our faith with their life experience so they can apply the many ways we worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics.
*Complete and Purposeful Approach to Prayer and Worship
At every grade level, Alive in Christ intentionally incorporates the five basic forms of prayer and provides complete lessons on Church feasts and seasons.
*Tools for Involving Families in Children's Faith Formation
The "Family + Faith" page and an extensive website give families the tools they need to know what their children are learning, talk about their Catholic faith, and recognize ways they can apply it to their daily lives.
*Support for Both Novice and Experienced Catechists
Alive in Christ Catechist Edition empowers catechists with easy-to-use and effective tools for lesson planning, teaching and reinforcing faith concepts, and growing in their own relationship with Christ and his Church.
*Organized in a Convenient, Consistent, Time-Saving Format
The key concepts, doctrinal content, and chapter objectives are fully explained and conveniently located at the beginning of each chapter.
*Easy-To-Use Wraparound Lesson Plan
Clear, concise, wraparound lesson plan leads the catechist page-by-page through the effective three-step process with integrated connections to music, Sacred Scripture, teaching tips, liturgy links, and Catholic Social Teaching.
The Goal of Life
1. God and His Perfections
2. Worship of God
3. The Holy Trinity
4. The Creation and the Fall of the Angels
5. The Creation and the Fall of Man
7. The Incarnation
8. The Redemption
9. The Resurrection
10. The Holy Spirit
11. The Holy Spirit and the Virtues
12. The Church
13. Members of the Catholic Church
14. The Marks of the Church
15. The Communion of Saints
16. The Sacraments: Actions of Christ
17. The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
18. Preparing for the Sacrament of Penance
19. The Effects of the Sacrament of Penance
20. The Sacraments of Holy Orders and of the Anointing of the Sick
21. The Sacrament of Matrimony
22. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
23. Holy Communion
24. The Real Presence
26. The Law of God
27. Our Duties Toward God
28. Our Duties Toward Our Neighbors and Ourselves
29. Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell
30. The Resurrection of the Body and the General Judgement
31. Mary, Mother of God and of the Church