Foundations of Faith
Part 1: Believing the Faith
1.1 The human longing for God
1.1.1 Recognize that the longing for God is present in each person.
1.1.2 Understand that all human longing is a desire for God.
1.2 Revelation and Faith
1.2.1 Understand that Revelation is composed of two parts: Tradition and Scripture.
1.2.2 Recognize that faith is our response to the gift of Divine Revelation.
1.2.3 Acknowledge that faith involves a relationship with God and His gift of grace.
1.2.4 Understand the essential role of the Catholic Church and the Magisterium in the development of faith.
1.2.5 Understand the Catholic Church's relationship with other faiths and religions.
1.3 The Creed (What We Believe as Catholics)
1.3.1 Recognize that throughout the history of the Church, various creeds or professions of faith have been articulated in response to the needs of the different eras.
1.3.2 Realize that among all the creeds, two occupy a special place in the Church's life: the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed.
1.3.3 Recognize that the Creed is divided into three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
1.3.4 Identify the basic beliefs of our faith as expressed in the Creed.
Part 2: Celebrating the Faith
2.1 The liturgy of the Church
2.1.1 Define liturgy.
2.1.2 Communicate the meaning of the various signs and symbols of Church liturgy.
2.1.3 Identify sacred times and liturgical seasons.
2.1.4 Explain the use and significance of sacramentals.
2.1.5 Identify the various items used in the Church's rites and liturgies.
2.2 The Sacraments
2.2.1 Identify the sacraments of initiation, of healing, and of service.
2.2.2 Describe how each of the sacraments is celebrated.
2.2.3 Explain the efficacy of each of the sacraments.
2.3.1 Demonstrate how prayer is revealed to us through the great figures of the
Hebrew Scripture (Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah/Prophets).
2.3.2 Describe how prayer is perfected in the person of Christ.
2.3.3 Discuss the significance of prayer in the lives of the following saints and what
they teach us about prayer: Mary, St. Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa
of Avila, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis de Sales, St. Therese of Lisieux.
2.3.4 Distinguish among the types of prayer and provide examples of each.
Part 3: Living the Faith
3.1 Christian Morality
3.1.1 Understand that morality involves a positive response to God.
3.1.2 Recognize that the norm of morality is derived from Divine Revelation (the Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, Tradition, the teachings of the Church).
3.1.3 Realize that living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the human person who is made in the image and likeness of God and is created by and for Him.
3.1.4 Recognize that the moral life involves a maturing in human dignity and requires the development of a proper respect for ourselves and others.
3.2.1 Describe the Christian understanding of freedom.
3.2.2 Recognize that true freedom involves our ability to do what we ought, and can
only achieve its perfection when directed toward God.
3.3.1 Define sin.
3.3.2 Distinguish among the various types of sin.
3.4.1 Define conscience.
3.4.2 Explain the proper formation of conscience.
3.4.3 Recognize that as human beings, we are called to lead virtuous lives.
3.4.4 Identify the Theological and Cardinal Virtues.
3.4.5 Recognize that the virtues dispose us to act for the good and, with God's grace,
incline us to be models of Christ, to will service to others, and to lead lives
which evidence the reign of God.