The Light of the World
THIS TEXT covers the matter set out in the 1954 Syllabus of Religious Knowledge for Primary 5 (Ages 7-8) Classes.
Only the catechism answers marked with a cross need be memorised. The number in brackets after each Catechism answer indicates the number of that question and answer in The Scottish Catechism of Christian Doctrine. A lesson represents a unit of work. It does not indicate that the amount of matter contained in it should be covered in one class period.
Focus on Charity – commandments etc.
9-10 Catechism study: Charity (Commandments)
Serving Christ in others
Part 1: God’s commandments
1 Ten commandments: historical background
2 The first four commandments
3 The next three commandments
4 The last three commandments
Part 2: The precepts of charity
1 Christ’s great commandment (and context in which it was given)
2 seeing Christ in others: the corporal works of mercy
3 seeing Christ in others: the spiritual works of mercy
4 prayer, fasting and almsgiving
Part 3 The Church: the Body of Christ
1 Pentecost as beginning of visible Church; the Church as the communion of saints
2 Baptism: becoming a living member of the Body of Christ – what does it mean to be made a member of the Church?
3 Images of the Church: vine and branches, shepherd and sheepfold etc.
4 Living as part of our local church: practical charity.
Saints and culture of The Age of Baroque (1500 –1700) Saints and culture of The 18th century (1700 – 1800)
It may seem odd to treat Christian Culture as a subject in itself, but it seems to me that at this point in time, as our culture is rapidly becoming predominantly secular, this is something we need to do: to pass onto our children in a more formal way all that is good and noble in the Christian civilisation of the past 2,000 years. As I’ve noted elsewhere, Catholic historian Christopher Dawson insists in his enlightening book, The Crisis of Western Education, that ‘the study of Christian culture is the missing link which it is essential to supply if the tradition of Western education and Western culture is to survive, for it is only through this study that we can understand how Western culture came to exist and what are the essential values for which it stands….if modern education fails to communicate some understanding of this great tradition, it has failed in one of its most essential tasks.’ With this in mind, it seems a good idea to treat more formally (and make liberal use of as subject matter) all those elements of our own culture which we would normally pass onto our children in a more general way. I’m thinking here of things like lives of the saints, art, architecture, literature etc. There is a lot of scope for imaginative planning here! In the primary years, this might be taught by tying in the lives of the saints to our historical studies (and if you don’t study history formally, here is a roundabout way of fitting it in). So, for example, while a child is looking at the era from 0 – 1,000 AD, he might study the Saints of the Apostolic age (1 –300), the Patristic Age (300 –650) and the Carolingian Age (650–900), and so on up until the present day.
Light of the World
My Path to Heaven Fr. Geoffrey Bliss
Age appropriate SSPX catechism course (USA) Our Lady of Fatima Correspondence Catechism with the SSPX Sisters
1 Work through ’La Michede pain’ and discuss.
2 Bible – tea time read aloud, one chapter Catholic Children’s Bible, discuss.
3 Know your Mass by Fr. Demetrious Manousos, 2-3 pages twice a week, discuss and review.
The liturgical year