Signs of Grace: You Are Loved prepares children to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time by revealing the intimate love that God has for us. Parent sessions using Award-winning Augustine Institute Studio’s Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist help meet the crucial need for ongoing formation and catechesis for the entire family.

The curriculum includes eight sessions. Each presents the teachings of the Church on the Sacrament of the Eucharist with a focus on helping the children understand intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally that the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is a real encounter with Jesus Christ who desires to unite himself to us at the deepest levels of our humanity.

Activities, Scripture, videos, and stories are provided to engage both the mind and the heart so that the child can come to fully understand the gift of grace and mercy offered through the Sacrament.

And while the curriculum is focused on the child, it also recognizes that it is in the Christian family that the Faith is first learned and is most effectively understood and lived out. A Family Take Home Page is provided with each session in English and Spanish to engage parents and the entire family in this journey of Faith.

A detailed teacher guide provides instructions for parent sessions using Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist, the acclaimed series about the Sacrament of Holy Communion produced by the award-winning Augustine Institute Studios.

For more information, contact Karen Peterson, our parish programming specialist at karen.peterson@augustineinstitute.org
or by phone at 877-458-1477

Signs of Grace: You Are Loved includes:

Student Guide

Each session includes a story from Scripture as well as a story of a saint relevant to the lesson, key word definitions, a fun activity, a story featuring fictional characters children can relate to, and a session recap.

Student Activity Book

Each session includes sticker pages and engaging, lively activities including family take home pages in English and Spanish, word searches, songs, crossword puzzles, and flash cards.

Teacher Guide

Each session includes a clear overview and outline of the main objectives, as well as discussion questions to prompt engagement with the students and detailed instructions for each activity. Supplemental activities are also provided with a list of necessary materials and instructions. Also included is information for a parish leader on how to implement the program into a parish, specifics on how to hold parent sessions using the Augustine Institute’s Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist, and an attendance poster to help teachers incentivize their students to complete take-home pages.

Engaging Video Segments for each session

Each session includes a short video that is carefully crafted to ease the child into the lesson for the day, helping them become open and excited for what they will learn. Animation, hand-drawn Catholic symbols and graphics, engaging sound, and warm, entertaining presenters meet them at their level and convey the big idea of what is about to be unpacked by their teacher.

Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist

The Augustine Institute DVD Series Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist, along with the Leader Guide, to be used in parent sessions, which explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and its members.

Prayer Cards and Certificates

  • Saint prayer cards that coincide with the saints highlighted throughout the program.
  • Mass prayers and responses card that walks through the whole Mass with all of the responses including gestures.
  • Certificates of Completion to personalize for each participant

For more information, contact Karen Peterson, our parish programming specialist at karen.peterson@augustineinstitute.org
or by phone at 877-458-1477

Lessons in You Are Loved Include:

Session 1: Preparing the Way for Christ

  • Key focus: The Eucharist in Salvation History
  • Scripture Story: Exodus 12: 14 – 28
  • Saint: Saint Catherine of Siena
  • Children’s Story: Buried Treasure

Session 2: The Last Supper

  • Key focus: Jesus institutes the New Passover
  • Scripture Story: Luke 22: 14-20
  • Saint: Saint Clare of Assisi
  • Children’s Story: Boxes

Session 3: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

  • Key focus: Jesus is the Lamb of God—connect to Passover
  • Scripture Story: John 19:28 – 20:10
  • Saint: Venerable Antonietta Meo
  • Children’s Story: Trading Places

Session 4: The Sacrament of the Eucharist

  • Key focus: Emphasize the Real Presence, Eucharist means Thanksgiving
  • Scripture Story: John 6: 35 – 40, 48 – 51
  • Saint: Saint Tarcisius
  • Children’s Story: How Small is God?

Session 5: Receiving Holy Communion

  • Key focus: Emphasize Real Presence
  • Scripture Story: 1 Corinthians 10: 14 – 17
  • Saint: Saint Anthony of Padua
  • Children’s Story: Ducks

Session 6: The Liturgy of the Mass

  • Key focus: The Liturgy makes present the saving work of Christ
  • Scripture Story: 1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 26
  • Saint: Saint Dominic Savio
  • Children’s Story: Once Upon a Time

Session 7: The Liturgy of the Word

  • Key focus: Connection between the altar of the Word and of sacrifice
  • Scripture Story: Luke 24: 13 – 27
  • Saint: Saint Justin Martyr
  • Children’s Story: Love Letters

Session 8: The Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Key focus: Encountering Christ through the Eucharist
  • Scripture Story: Luke: 24: 28 – 35
  • Saint: Saint Pius X
  • Children’s Story: The Big Picture
  • Click here for a sample of the Teacher Guide
    Section on how to implement in a parish
  • Click here for a sample of the Student Guide
  • Click here for a sample of the Activity Guide

FOR CHILDREN

VIDEO CLIP SAMPLE
Session 5: You Are Loved

FOR PARENTS

VIDEO TRAILER
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist

For more information, contact Karen Peterson, our parish programming specialist at karen.peterson@augustineinstitute.org
or by phone at 877-458-1477

You Are Loved Kit: $249.00

This Starter Kit (valued at over $400!) includes everything you need to run your class:

  • 1 Teacher Guide
    280 pages
    ISBN: 978-0-9991778-1-5
  • You Are Loved DVD
    Video for each of 8 sessions;
    approximately 35 total minutes of video content.
  • 1 Student Guide
    144 pages
    ISBN: 978-0-9991778-0-8
  • 1 Student Activity Guide
    144 pages + sticker pages
    ISBN: 978-0-9991778-2-2
  • 1 set of Certificates of Completion
    Pack of 20
  • 1 set of Mass Response Cards
    Pack of 20
  • 1 pack of Saint Prayer Cards
    20 sets of 8
  • 1 copy of DVD series and Leader Guide for
    Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist.

Available Separately

Volume Discounts Available

  • Student Guide: $14.95
    144 pages
    ISBN: 978-0-9991778-0-8
  • Student Activity Book: $7.95
    144 pages + sticker pages
    ISBN: 978-0-9991778-2-2
  • Certificates of Completion $14.95
    Packs of 20
  • Mass Prayer/Responses Cards for children $14.95
    Packs of 20
  • Saint Prayer Cards $39.95
    20 packs of 8; 160 total