Basic Curriculum Requirements

Kindergarten through 8th Grade

The Basic Curriculum Requirements for St. John's students through 8th grade are detailed below. For High School information, please contact our Youth Director, Jeremiah Witherow, at stjohnsteens@gmail.com.

St. John's Religious Education Class

Basic Requirements

 

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Instructional Objectives
  • Old and New Testament stories
  • The Life of Christ and the Holy Family
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Original Sin
  • Mary, Mother of God
  • The Church as established by Jesus Christ
  • God's plan of redemption and forgiveness of sin
  • Apostolic succession
  • Detailed study of the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance
Virtues

Prayer, thankfulness, obedience, wonder and reverence for God’s Creation, praising God, respect/courtesy, helpfulness

Faith and trust in God's Providence

Charity, generosity, sincerity

Prayers To Have Memorized
  • + Sign of the Cross
  • + Our Father
  • + Hail Mary
  • + Genuflection
  • + Grace Before Meals
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • + Glory Be
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • + Guardian Angel prayer
    + Act of Contrition
    + Act of Faith (simple form)
    + Act of Hope (simple form)
    + Act of Love (simple form)
    + Morning Offering (any form)
 

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Instructional Objectives
  • Incarnation and Redemption of Jesus
  • Immaculate Conception and Assumption
  • The Church as the Mystical Body of Christ
  • Mary as chosen by God to be the Mother of the Savior
  • Covenant established by God with his Chosen People
  • Mary and the Saints teach us to pray and are our intercessors
  • Details about the Three Persons of the Trinity
  • Mary as a powerful intercessor
  • The Seven Sacraments
Virtues

Justice, fortitude

Hope, simplicity, friendship, patience Cheerfulness, perseverance, industriousness, orderliness
Prayers To Have Memorized
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • + Apostles' Creed
    + Fifteen Mysteries of Rosary
    + Rosary
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • Apostles' Creed
  • Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to pray the Rosary
  • + Act of Faith (standard form)
    + Act of Hope (standard form)
    + Act of Love (standard form)
    + Praying the Rosary
    + Ten Commandments
    + Two Commandments of Love
    + Parts of the Mass
    + Examination of Conscience
    + Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • Apostles' Creed
  • Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to pray the Rosary
  • Act of Faith (standard form)
  • Act of Hope (standard form)
  • Act of Love (standard form)
  • Praying the Rosary
  • Ten Commandments
  • Two Commandments of Love
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • + Divine Praises
    + Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
    + Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
    + Memorare
 
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
Instructional Objectives
  • Mass as the source and summit of Christian life
  • Transubstantiation
  • Devotional life as a way to grow in prayer
  • Detailed understanding of the parts of the Mass
  • Recognize the damages of sin
  • Different types of prayer (contemplative, vocal, liturgical, etc.)
  • Characteristics of the early church
  • The Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell
  • Confirmation preparation
Virtues Sociability, presence of God, understanding, audacity Humility, moderation, modesty, respect for others Prudence, integrity, loyalty, optimism
Prayers To Have Memorized
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • Apostles' Creed
  • Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to pray the Rosary
  • Act of Faith (standard form)
  • Act of Hope (standard form)
  • Act of Love (standard form)
  • Praying the Rosary
  • Ten Commandments
  • Two Commandments of Love
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Divine Praises
  • Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
  • Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
  • Memorare
  • + Planning prayer service
    + Stations of the Cross
    + Idea of Christian service as an act of charity
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • Apostles' Creed
  • Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to pray the Rosary
  • Act of Faith (standard form)
  • Act of Hope (standard form)
  • Act of Love (standard form)
  • Praying the Rosary
  • Ten Commandments
  • Two Commandments of Love
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Divine Praises
  • Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
  • Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
  • Memorare
  • Planning prayer service
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Idea of Christian service as an act of charity
  • + Prayer to the Holy Spirit
    + Angelus
    + Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
    + Regina Coeli
  • Sign of the Cross
  • Our Father
  • Hail Mary
  • Genuflection
  • Grace Before Meals
  • Glory Be
  • Guardian Angel prayer
  • Act of Contrition
  • Act of Faith (simple form)
  • Act of Hope (simple form)
  • Act of Love (simple form)
  • Morning Offering (any form)
  • Apostles' Creed
  • Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary
  • How to pray the Rosary
  • Act of Faith (standard form)
  • Act of Hope (standard form)
  • Act of Love (standard form)
  • Praying the Rosary
  • Ten Commandments
  • Two Commandments of Love
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Divine Praises
  • Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
  • Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
  • Memorare
  • Planning prayer service
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Idea of Christian service as an act of charity
  • Prayer to the Holy Spirit
  • Angelus
  • Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Regina Coeli
  • + Understanding of the Psalms
    + Personal petitions for liturgical use

+ new prayers for this grade year