These lesson plans are designed to be used in parishreligious education programs and in Catholic elementary schools. We encourage
local educators to adapt them or to create their own resources to share the
message of Faithful Citizenship.
The following four sample sessions correspond to the Adult/Small Faith
Community Sessions and Jr. High/High School Lesson Plans. One option is to make the sessions intergenerational where
families and individuals of all ages gather for prayer and then break out into
age appropriate groups. Or, these sessions can be done independently as part of
a more traditional catechetical setting or in a Catholic school classroom.
Lesson Plan A: The Call to Be Disciples Who Put
Love in Action
Lesson Plan B: Forming
Lesson Plan C: Avoiding Evil and
Lesson Plan D: Living Our Faith
The following two storybooks by
the United States Conference of Bishops, in collaboration with Loyola Press, provide
examples of how young people can faithful disciples who put love into action in
both their local and global communities.
Street Park - This is a story about Philip, who loves his neighborhood. However, the
local park, Green Street Park, is in need of improvement. Philip learns about
how St. Francis of Assisi loved God's world and cared for it. His teacher, Sr.
Mary Clare, challenges Philip and his friends to act as St Francis would. With
help from their parents, the children engage the mayor and the entire community
in fixing their park.
by Drop - Sister
Mary Jerome's nephew Mike works for Catholic Relief Services. He visits Sister's class and tells the story of a village
in the country of Burkina Faso, in Africa. The story is about a girl named
Sylvie, who is unable to attend school because it takes her several hours every
day to collect the water her family needs. Her community becomes involved in a
special Water Project, and the class of students in the U.S. decides to help
other communities like Sylvie's have access to water.