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The Linked Parishes of  Pope John XXIII  &  Christ The King

2020-21 Faith Formation Program

Grades 6-8

Session 1 - WHAT WE BELIEVE

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OUR Creed

We say it at EVERY Mass...

     Do you know why?

          Or what it means?

INTRODUCTION

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The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life.  It is the mystery of God in himself.

TRINITY refresher video

WORKSHEET 1

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Themes

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WORKSHEET 2

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There Are TWO Creeds????

Before the Council of Nicaea met in 325 CE and created the Nicene Creed (which we still say today), Christians learned what we now call the APOSTLES' CREED.  As discussed in the Introduction the main difference between the two is the paragraph defining the full divinity of Christ as being CONSUBSTANTIAL (of one substance) with the Father.  Remember, Arius taught that Jesus was important, crucial to our faith, but not equal with God. The NICENE CREED corrected that notion and solidified the teaching on that subject.

THE APOSTLES' CREED

is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles' faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is 'the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter, the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith. '

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 194.

The Apostles Creed can be traced back to the proclamations of the Apostles themselves during the earliest times of the Church. It came from the Baptismal ceremony in Rome, which was being formed and guided by Sts. Peter and Paul. Those who were to be baptized, (catechumens) declared their commitment to God and belief in the Trinity, Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. We say this Creed, sometimes at Mass, but primarily privately and at the beginning of the Rosary.

The Creeds DO NOT cancel each other out. In each one there are three main parts that uphold the same truths. The Creeds are a personal proclamation and commitment to the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. .......... That is why the word, “I” is used and not “WE”....... Both Creeds mention the Church, the Sacraments, and eternal life, which are considered the work of the Holy Spirit