RCIC went pretty smoothly today. The timing worked out about right and I think I did a better job of keeping order and keeping everybody focused than I have been.
The quiz seems to have taken everybody by surprise which in turn took me by surprise. The quiz the week before was supposed to be the one that shook them up and would make them take the homework seriously. Maybe this week’s quiz will be the one that does the trick. One kid actually knew all the answers, a couple more at least took a stab at all the questions (all 5) and then the other 4 just guessed at the first question or two and left the rest blank.
This week’s lesson was about the Lord’s Supper and Passover. It came out of chapter xx of the 2nd grade edition of Christ Our Life. That’s the main text I’ve been using. It’s targeted at 2nd graders and my kids are 3rd to 6th grade, but that’s the one that covers the year you do first confession and first communion and that’s what we’re doing in RCIC. We’re starting the home stretch to First Communion and I’ll probably have to double up the chapters a couple of weeks since Easter is so early this year. The kids will be doing their first confessions around the end of February and I think they’ll be doing their first communions in early March. Hopefully they’ll stick around for the rest of the year.
Anyway, in case any of my students or their parents are reading this (fat chance, I know) here’s this week’s homework. I took the ‘terms to know’ out of the end of the chapter and found answers/definitions for them out of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the Catechism of St. Pius X or else made answer up myself. The quiz next week will be these questions, so it shouldn’t be a surprise.
What is Passover? A Jewish holiday that commemorates the time when God struck down the firstborn sons of the Egyptians to get the Pharaoh to allow the Jews to leave Egypt. The Jews sacrificed a lamb and used the blood from the lamb to mark their doors as a sign to the angel of death to ‘pass over’ that house. (self-answered)
What was the Last Supper? The Passover meal celebrated by Jesus with his apostles the night before he was crucified at which he instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist. (self-answered)
What is a sacrifice? A sacrifice is the offering of an object by a priest to God alone, and the consuming of it to acknowledge that He is the Creator and Lord of all things. (CSPX)
Who is sacrificed at Mass? At Mass, Jesus gives himself to His Father for us. We unite our lives, our praise, our suffering, our prayers, and our work to Jesus’s sacrifice. (CCCC combined with the answer in Christ Our Life)
Why does Jesus come to us in Holy Communion? Jesus Christ instituted the Most Holy Eucharist for three principal reasons: (1) to be the Sacrifice of the New Law; (2) To be the food of our souls; and (3) To be a perpetual memorial of His passion and death and a precious pledge both of His love for us and of eternal life. (CSPX)