Archdiocesan Catechetical Curriculum

Curriculum Resources by Age Group

- Catechetical Sunday 2022 | USCCB (September 18, 2022): "This is My Body given for you"

- Explanatory video about Pope Francis' new Motu Proprio letter on the catechist:   (Released on May 10, 2021)

          * YouTube:  https://youtu.be/GQLG3t_2m0U           

          *  PDF   

- Essential Questions across the Grades

Overview (Age 3 to Grade 6) - Big Ideas and Essential Questions

Scope and Sequence

Vertical Alignment

Early Childhood Overview

Common Prayers and Formulas (Birth - Grade 5; Grade 6 - Adult)

- Basic, Common Prayers

1. Correlations:

  a. Ignatius Press, Our Sunday Visitor,

Pflaum, and RCL Benziger

Common Prayers and Formulas (Birth - Grade 5; Grade 6 - Adult)

Basic, Common Prayers

- UNIT 1 - Who Is Jesus Christ? (Age 3- Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 2 - How Do We Get to Know and Love Jesus Christ?  (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 3 - How Does Jesus Christ Help Us to Live a Moral Life?  (Age 3 -Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 4 - How Are We Called to Become Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

   b. Loyola Press (revised 2019)

- UNIT 1 - Who Is Jesus Christ? (Age 3- Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 2 - How Do We Get to Know and Love Jesus Christ?  (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 3 - How Does Jesus Christ Help Us to Live a Moral Life?  (Age 3 -Kinder) - Pdf

- UNIT 4 - How Are We Called to Become Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

  c. Sadlier - textbook "Christ In Us" (2020)

Common Prayers and Formulas (Birth - Grade 5; Grade 6 - Adult)

Basic, Common Prayers

    - UNIT 1 - Who Is Jesus Christ? (Age 3-Kinder) - Pdf

    - UNIT 2 - How Do We Get to Know and Love Jesus Christ? (Age 3-Kinder) -Pdf

    - UNIT 3 - How Does Jesus Christ Help Us to Live a Moral Life? (Age 3-Kinder) -Pdf

    - UNIT 4 - How Are We Called to Become Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ? (Age 3-Kinder) - Pdf

 

2. Lesson Plans: (Our Sunday Visitor, Loyola Press, and RCL Benziger)

Common Prayers and Formulas (Birth - Grade 5; Grade 6 - Adult)

Basic, Common Prayers

 

    - UNIT 1 - Who Is Jesus Christ? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

    - UNIT 2 - How Do We Get to Know and Love Jesus Christ? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

    - UNIT 3 - How Does Jesus Christ Help Us to Live a Moral Life? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

    - UNIT 4 - How Are We Called to Become Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ? (Age 3 - Kinder) - Pdf

 

3. Pflaum' s Lesson Guides & Correlations

Common Prayers and Formulas (Birth - Grade 5; Grade 6 - Adult)

Basic, Common Prayers

 a) 2020 - 2021 (Year A/B)

- Lesson Guides (Age 3 -Kinder) - UNITS 1-4 

- Correlations (Age 3 - Kinder) - UNITS 1-4

              * UNIT 1 - PDF format

              * UNIT 2 - PDF format

              * UNIT 3 - PDF format

              * UNIT 4 - PDF format

     

 b) 2021 - 2022 (Year B/C)

- Lesson Guides (Age 3 - Kinder) - UNITS 1-4 

- Correlations (Age 3 - Kinder) - UNITS 1-4 

              * UNIT 1- PDF format

              * UNIT 2- PDF format

              * UNIT 3 - PDF format

              * UNIT 4 - PDF format

 

 c) 2022 - 2023 (Year C/A)

- Lesson Guides (Age 3 - Kinder) - UNITS 1-4 

- Correlations (Age 3 -Kinder) - UNITS 1-4 

              * UNIT 1 - PDF format

              * UNIT 2- PDF format

              * UNIT 3 - PDF format

              * UNIT 4 - PDF format

      

 

Coming Soon!

Catechetical Resources for Liturgical Seasons

Journey Joyfully, from Advent to Epiphany (Saint Mary's Press)

FREE digital resource for Advent and Christmas (Twenty-Third Publications)

Six Advent lessons (Global Sisters Report)

Advent A to Z (Loyola Press)

Advent Resources (MaryKnoll)

Advent Prep (Saint Mary's Press)

    - Week 4: Marking and Making Time

    - Week 3: Reclaiming Community

    - Week 2: Celebrating the New Year

Living the Sunday Word throughout Advent (FREE Virtual Sessions, by Liturgy Training Publications)

The Road to Bethlehem: An Advent Journey for You and Your Family (FORMED)

Advent and Christmas Resources: (Association of Catholic Publishers)

With Advent just around the corner, are you still looking for resources for you parish volunteers, families, and teens?

We have a great list for you of books, seasonal, and music resources from the publisher members of the Association of Catholic Publishers!

Some of your favorite publishers and authors are included in this collection of resources--Stephen Binz, an ACP-award winning Scripture scholar to Chris de Silva, composer and lyricist.

Bookmark this page as we will add resources as that information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Preparing for Advent and Thanksgiving (Catholic Faith Formation)

Daily at-home Advent activities for Catholic families (Sadlier)

Advent - WEEK 2 - Celebrating the "new" year (Saint Mary's Press)

View Email as Advent - WEEK 3 - Reclaiming Community (St. Mary's Press)

Special Topics

- Vacation Bible Schools

- Remote Vacation Bible School (VBS)

- No VBS this summer? Give kids faith activities at home! Click here

- How to Lead Vacation Bible School, even in a year with COVID-19: ACCESS FOR FREE

 - Summer is nearly here. After a challenging spring, you and the families you work with need a break and time to recharge spiritually! Our Family and Faith Summer Kit, powered by Christ In Us, provides the perfect opportunity. Share this free kit packed with eight sessions of engaging, faith-filled activities: Click here

 

- Explanatory video about Pope Francis' new Motu Proprio letter on the catechist: https://youtu.be/GQLG3t_2m0U                                          (Released on May 10, 2021)

- Connecting Families to Faith Formation (Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston)

- Weekly Articles (by John Roberto) -- begins February 1, 2021

 

The Catechetical Framework for Lifelong Faith Formation was promulgated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo on August 6, 2013.  This document became the definitive framework by which catechesis is to be carried out in this Archdiocese, be they archdiocesan programs, Catholic schools, parish formation programs, early childhood centers, university campus ministries, catechetical efforts in detention facilities, or home-based catechetical efforts.  It was Cardinal DiNardo’s firm conviction that a consistent application of this document’s vision and content across all parishes in over 10 counties of this archdiocese would best serve our catechetical and evangelization efforts.

This Framework is the foundation for the development of curricula that is Christologically-focused. The overall theme---Growing closer to God through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit alive in the Church---is addressed with age-appropriate resources across the life cycle while consistently using similar unit ideas:

  • Who is Jesus Christ?
  • How do we get to know and love Jesus Christ?
  • How does Jesus Christ teach us to live a moral life?
  • How are we called to become missionary disciples of Jesus Christ?

Curriculum resources, as illustrated in the pie graph, include learning targets from the CFLFF document [curriculum = “what” we teach] which are clustered by faith topics to produce a unique, age-appropriate scope and sequence [“when” we teach the “what”] for each stage of the life cycle. For selected grades, lesson plans reflecting 21st-century methods [instruction = “how” we teach] are available referencing resources from religious publishers, as well as online materials. Finally, on-going (formative) and end-of-lesson/unit (summative) assessment activities assist catechists in discerning the depth of understanding of the faith achieved by learners in catechetical formation.