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.
Student Activity Book
Engaging Video Segments for each session
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist
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
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 Guide 280 pagesISBN: 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 pagesISBN: 978-0-9991778-0-8
- 1 Student Activity Guide 144 pages + sticker pagesISBN: 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 Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – Leader Guide
- 1 Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – Participant 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.
- Teacher Guide: $44.95 280 pages 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 $14.95 Packs of 20
- Saint Prayer Cards $39.95 20 packs of 8; 160 total