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.
Signs of Grace: You Are Loved includes:
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.
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
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
VIDEO CLIP SAMPLE
Session 5: You Are Loved
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist
You Are Loved Kit: $149.00
This Starter Kit (valued at over $250!) includes everything you need to run your class:
- 1 Teacher Guide280 pages
- You Are Loved DVDVideo for each of 8 sessions;
approximately 35 total minutes of video content.
- 1 Student Guide144 pages
- 1 Student Activity Guide144 pages + sticker pages
- 1 set of Certificates of CompletionPack of 20
- 1 set of Mass Response CardsPack of 20
- 1 pack of Saint Prayer Cards
20 sets of 8
- 1 Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist - Leader Guide
Now Available Online!
- Online Course: Prepared for Grace - You are Loved
$29.95 each - additional discounts for 5 or more students.
$59.95 for group analyst role.
Group purchasing Inquiries
- Teacher Guide: $44.95
Volume Discounts Available
- Student Guide: $14.95 144 pages
- Student Activity Book: $7.95
- 144 pages + sticker pages
- Certificates of Completion $14.95
Packs of 20
- Mass Prayer/Responses Cards for children $14.95Packs of 20
- Saint Prayer Cards $39.9520 packs of 8; 160 total