THEME: Preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God's mercy and love. Covers Commandments, Creation and Redemption.
SEQUENCE: Ch. 1-16: God teaches us through his law; we obey through love. Ch. 17-23: We find forgiveness of sins through Jesus' sacrifice. Ch. 24-34: We prepare for life in Heaven by reception of Jesus in the Eucharist and our life in the Church.
AIM: To prepare second grade students for Confession and Holy Communion, and to help them appreciate God's love for them shown in these two sacraments. There is an added emphasis on the order of the Mass and on prayer.