Posts Tagged ‘pope’

This week’s class worked out well. The material wasn’t fascinating, but the students were engaged, and we had a good discussion.

We started off with a guest speaker, Dick Lee from St. James parish. Dr. Lee works with me at Skidaway Institute. He also runs the Serra Club vocations essay contest for seventh graders. He was at St. Peters to give a check and certificate to Maddie Conn for third place in the diocese-wide CCD division. Since Dr. Lee knew I teach sixth grade, he asked me if he could stop by for a few minutes and promote the essay contest to the students who will be eligible to participate next fall.  Dr. Lee talked about vocations and the essay contest for about ten minutes and then turned the class back over to us.

Our faith assessment quiz this week dealt with the Church’s structure. There were a couple of questions about the pope, and then a match-quiz exercise on the meaning of various church terms, like ecumenism, infallibility, diocese, deanery, etc. The full list can be found on the parish web site.


During the course of our discussion, we spent some time talking about Pope Francis. Most of the class did not know he is a Jesuit, or what a Jesuit is, or even what a religious order is, so we talked about religious orders for a while. I was a little surprised that no one could name the two prominent religious orders in Savannah, even when I hinted there was school named after one of them. They are, of course, the Benedictines (Order of St. Benedict) and the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

When we discussed the match-game (Match the term in one column with the explanation in the other column.), they redeemed themselves. Many were able to match the term with the definition, or at least come close (eg: diocese vs. archdiocese or dogma vs. infallibility).

It doesn’t sound very excited, but the students were engaged and asked a lot of questions.

We finished up with an eight minute video on the life and background of Pope Francis.

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First, let’s get a schedule item out of the way. There is NO class next week as it would conflict with Halloween. We’ll see the children back on November 7.

We had a good class last night. Mrs. Rudolphi and I are now getting to know the students a little better and vice versa. We are starting to be able to adjust our methods slightly to accommodate their differences.

Rather than moving on to the next chapter, we spent the time reviewing and reinforcing the previous chapter, which was an overview of the seven sacraments. We really didn’t spend much time last week on the Sacraments of Service of Communion (Holy Orders and Matrimony). So I passed out a sheet of paper with six questions related to those sacraments. We asked the class to read the section of the text on Holy Orders and Baptism and to answer the questions as they read. We discussed the questions and answers afterwards and spent a fair amount of time talking about deacons, bishops and the pope. There was relatively little interest in Matrimony. We’ll revisit that later in the year.

We followed up on that by asking the students to complete a “word scramble” exercise in the text. The whole idea here was to simply reinforce the names and purposes of the seven sacraments.

We finished up with something we tried last week and it worked very well. We asked each student “What did you learn tonight?” and rewarded their answer with a cookie. The variety of answers is interesting and (to an amateur teacher) rewarding.


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