Terms for Reconciliation
Conversion – The first step of a sinner to repentance and returning in love to God the Father.
Confession – Acknowledging and telling one’s sins to a priest. Honest confession of sins is an essential part of the Sacrament of Penance.
Penance - A sign of our true sorrow for sins we have committed. Among other actions, penance may be a prayer, an offering, a work of mercy, an act of service to neighbor, or a voluntary act of self-denial.
Forgiveness – God’s merciful pardon for our sins. God forgives our sins in the Sacrament of Penance and welcomes us back into communion with him.
Reconciliation – Being reunited in peace and friendship with someone we have hurt by our sins – especially God, the Church, and ourselves.
Righteousness – The status of sinners who have been forgiven.
Penitents – People who admit their sins, are truly sorry for having sinned, and wish to be restored to the good graces of God and the Church.
Absolution – The prayer by which a priest, by the power given to the Church by Jesus Christ, pardons a repentant sinner in the Sacrament of Penance.
Examination of Conscience – An honest assessment of how well we have lived God’s covenant of love.
Restitution – The act of repairing, restoring or paying for any damage our sins have inflicted on others or their property.
Contrition – Heartfelt sorrow and aversion for sins committed, along with the intention of sinning no more.
Concupiscence – An inclination to commit sin that can be found in human desires and appetites as a result of Original Sin.
Personal Sins – Any sins committed by an individual.
Mental Sin – includes our thoughts and attitudes.
Actual Sin – includes our words and actions.
ortal Sins – Serious violations of God’s law of love that result in the loss of God’ life (sanctifying grace) in the soul of the sinner. To commit mortal sins, there must be grave matter, full knowledge of the evil done, and full consent of the will.
Venial Sins – Sins that weaken and wound our relationship with God but do not destroy divine life in our souls.
Sacramental Seal – The secrecy priests are bound to keep regarding any sins confessed to them.
Act of Contrition – A prayer, either formal or informal, penitents pray at the Sacrament of Penance to express sorrow for their sins.
Purgatory – Purification after death for those who died in God’s friendship but still need to be purified because of past sins before entering heaven. It is also called “The Church Suffering.”
Communion of Saints – The unity of all those living on earth, those being purified in Purgatory, and those enjoying the blessings of Heaven.
Excommunication – A serious penalty that means a baptized person is no longer “in communion” with the Catholic Church.
Mortal Sins - Serious violations of God's law of love that result in the loss of God's life (sanctifying grace) in the soul of the sinner. To commit mortal sins, there must be grave matter, full knowledge of the evil done, and full consent.
DUE TO TUESDAY, MASS SCHEDULE, TEST IS RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, 9/12/14
Home Assignment for week of 9/7/14 due on 9/12/14 - Question and Answers in Notebooks (Answers should be found in your notes)
Home Assignment for week of 9/14/14 due on 9/19/14 - Interview your parents about your baptism using the following questions. (Questions and Answers should be recorded in your notebooks.
1. What was the date of my baptism? (Your family may have to look this up, so allow time for the answer.)
2. Who are my god parents?
3. Why did your choose my god parents?
4. Where was I baptized?
5. Was I baptized by a priest or deacon?
6. Did other members of my family or friends celebrate my baptism with us?
Begin work on your diocesan essay STAND UP FOR LIFE due 10/8/14.
Information and rubrics follows.
The Stand Up For Life Essay and Multimedia contest is a voluntary contest open to all students in grades seven through twelve in public and private schools in the Allentown Diocese, as well as home-schooled students at those grade levels.
For the essay component, four winners will be chosen in each deanery, a first and second place winner in each division. From these deanery winners the top four essays will be chosen and the winners awarded the following prizes:
JUNIOR DIVISION SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 7 and 8) (Grades 9 through 12) 1st prize $125 1st prize $200 2nd prize $75 2nd prize $100
For the multimedia component, two winners will be chosen in each deanery, a first place winner in each division. From these deanery winners the top two essays will be chosen and the winners awarded the following prizes:
JUNIOR DIVISION SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 7 and 8) (Grades 9 through 12) 1st prize $125 1st prize $200
All winners and their parents will be honored at an awards ceremony on Sunday January 18, 2015.
Visit our Contest website at: http://www.allentowndiocese.org/life/essaycontest
SENIOR DIVISION THEME Addressing the Humanitarian Emergency of Unaccompanied Children
In a recent article, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), stated “Our country is witnessing the results of a drug war and intensifying gang control: child refugees. The number of unaccompanied children fleeing their home countries has alarmingly increased - numbers arriving to the U.S. have doubled every year since 2011, creating what Pope Francis has described as a "humanitarian emergency."
Increasing despair has led many families, youth and children to the inevitable conclusion that they have no choice but to flee. They are primarily fleeing violence. They aren’t just coming to the United States; in fact, other Central American countries have experienced a sharp increase in asylum claims in recent years as well.
Discuss what the Church is doing to protect and care for these children before, during and after their journey, and address the root causes of why they are leaving their homes. What can we do as a society to assist these children? How does this issue speak to the defense of human life? What does Jesus call us to do for those who are struggling?
ESSAY RULES FOR THEME DEVELOPMENT
1. Each essay must be the original work of the student and it shall not have been submitted in any other contest for publication.
2. The theme, covering all points, must be developed in no longer than 800 words.
3. The essay must be neatly written or typed on only one side of the paper.
The judges are not to know the names of the writers. Therefore, the name of the student and all other identifying information should not appear on the essay. Instead, the essay should be accompanied by a cover sheet, (sample attached) which includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, school, and grade. The essay and cover sheet shall be secured by a paper clip – please do not use staples to attach the cover sheet.
JUDGING CRITERIA: The judges shall select the winners based on the following: THEME DEVELOPMENT* 40 ORIGINALITY AND IMAGINATION 20 USE AND ACCURACY OF REFERENCES 10 CLARITY OF EXPRESSION 10 GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND NEATNESS 10 CONCLUSION (“I” Statements) 10
*The author developed the essay theme, covering each point, so that the message is communicated to the reader in logical, clear, and concise terms, sentences, and paragraphs.
MULTIMEDIA RULES FOR THEME DEVELOPMENT
1. Each multimedia submission must be the original work of the student and it shall not have been submitted in any other contest for publication.
2. The entry may be any combination of power point slides, video, animation, music and voice over multimedia. It must be 2 – 5 minutes long and be self- running and require no interaction from the user.
3. Audio entries must include a print-out of the lyrics. (If interviewing someone, a signed permission form from the interviewee giving consent of participation must accompany the entry form.)
4. Entries must be submitted on a CD, DVD, or flash drive with a cover.
5. The judges are not to know the names of the student. Therefore, the name of the student and all other identifying information should not appear in the work. Instead, the entry should be accompanied by a cover sheet given to you by your teacher
Homework for the week of 9/28/14
In your bible, read the story of first Pentecost
(Acts of the Apostles)
In your notebooks list the main points of the first Pentecost. How is this event connected to the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Diocesan Essay due 10/8/14
Homework for the week 10/12/14
Work on team presentations for Confirmation and Eucharist
Presentations are to be at least 10 minutes long
Research should include Church Resources, e.g. Vatican Website
Presentations should include key points of your topic, A/V e.g. power point, video, etc.
ALL TEAM MEMBERS NEED TO HAVE A DEFINED PART IN THE PRESENTATION - either in the research, design or presentation to class.