Lesson Focus is Faith — The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds express our faith and begin “I believe in…God.” We believe, we give our lives to God, and we actively seek to show our faith in action. We are called to love and serve God, and we can do this by confidently sharing our faith with others.

Before you begin – INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS

  • To complete this lesson, you will need to refer to:
    • pages in the Catholic Youth Bible (CYB) and
    • your Serve with a Heart like Jesus Journal (as indicated)
  • After reviewing the lesson, if you have any questions regarding the content, please contact the FF Office at 716-688-0599 or email familyfaith@stmaryswormville.org if you would like assistance.
  • OR, you may want to consider having your teen attend one of the scheduled Lesson Nights on this topic.

Pray!

Begin your lesson with prayer  –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • As a family read, Hebrews 11:1-3 (CYB)
  • End the prayer with the Sign of the Cross

Discover!

God created us to live in this world. He gave us five senses that we can use. Talk as a family about what these senses are and how we use them.  

Try this activity as a family to have fun with your senses-

  • Pick one of your 5 senses that you’d like to focus on.
  • Give each family member a paper lunch bag .
  • Each person should go and find something to place in their bag for the other family members to guess by using one of your 5 senses that you chose.
    • For example, smell:  choose an item to place in your bag with a scent.  
  • Come back together.  Each family member will take turns trying to guess the item only by using your sense of smell.  

Look at the picture below and talk about how you would use your five senses if you were at this picnic. What would you see? What would you hear? What would you smell? What could you taste? What could you touch? Take turns discussing your responses.

There are some things that we cannot use our five senses to experience, but we know that they exist. For example, we know that there is air surrounding us even though we cannot feel it, smell it, see it, hear it, or touch it. Another example is love, we know what love is without using our five senses. With these five senses the invisible God becomes visible to us.

Family Activity – Check out this video that demonstrates something invisible becoming visible and send each family member an invisible message that they can make visible.

When Jesus gave us the seven sacraments he created them with things that we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Let’s look at three of the sacraments and see how he did this. 

BAPTISM

WHAT IS INVISIBLE WHAT WE CAN SENSE
Souls are cleansed of sins Holy Water poured and white clothing worn
Mark is put on our souls Blessed and Scented Oil is used to make a cross
We are filled with light of God’s saving grace A candle is lit
Baptised in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit The cross and words used in the Baptism by priest, parents, god-parents

 

EUCHARIST

WHAT IS INVISIBLE WHAT WE CAN SENSE
The body of Jesus Christ The bread which becomes the body of Jesus at Mass
The blood of Jesus Christ The wine which becomes the blood of Jesus at Mass
God’s love and care for us Bible Readings, Prayers, Songs, Smiles, Bells, and More

 

CONFIRMATION

WHAT IS INVISIBLE WHAT WE CAN SENSE
The gifts of the Holy Spirit coming upon the person Laying on of hands
A mark on the soul that calls us to a Catholic life as a disciple of Jesus. Anointing with blessed and scented oil
A legal contract, authentic and binding, sealed with the Holy Spirit. The bishop recites the words ‘Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’.
The unity of the Body of Christ Sign of Peace

 

Parents, note that there are  four other Sacraments that Jesus gave us: Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. However, in this lesson we are only focusing on the three shown above.  If you look carefully at each of these Sacraments you will see how Jesus has connected his invisible love and care for us into things that we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste. Our Faith makes these connections.

Live!

  • God created you with love and has been with you every moment of your life. Your faith connects you with God. What can you do to make the invisible God in you visible to the people in your life?
    • Write your response in your Serve with a Heart like Jesus Journal
  • Sign of the Cross: When you make the sign of the cross you make a visible sign of your love for God that all can see. It is a prayer that reveals the invisible God within you and that his love is important to you. Have you ever seen people on TV or the movies making the sign of the cross? What did you learn about their faith when they did this? Start and end your day with this visible sign. Use it when something good happens, when you need help from God, for someone you love, to give thanks to God, or just to let God know you are thinking about him.
  • Grace Before or After Meals: (CYB Page 1730) Make this a habit at home with every meal and your invisible love of God will be known to those eating with you. Take this habit on the road and use it at school, in restaurants, and any time you have a meal. Use this visible sign often and you will be sharing your invisible love for God with people who may not have faith.
  • Displaying your Faith – Make or purchase something that you can wear that displays your faith. For example, make or buy a cross or crucifix necklace, rosary bracelet, a hat or shirt.
    • Word Art – This program creates a word cloud that you can print and even put into a frame to display. Type as many words that come to mind from this lesson into the spaces provided, generate your word cloud and print your design.
    • Decorate a plain T-shirt (or any wearable item) keeping in mind this scripture verse: Hebrews 11:1-3  
    • Make and display this Bead and Clay Cross that uses items you probably already have in your home.

 

Pray!

End your lesson with prayer –
  • Begin prayer with the Sign of the Cross
  • As a family say, once again, the Act of Faith (CYB pg. 1728)
  • End prayer with the Sign of the Cross