Following Jesus: Grade 7 Young People's Book

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Finding God for grades 1-8, serves your whole parish by offering innovative, imaginative, and practical approaches to lifelong faith formation.

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Young people in junior high—grades seven and eight—are beginning to sense that they are different. They no longer want to be treated like children. They want to take on more ownership in the process of learning. ...

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Overview

Finding God for grades 1-8, serves your whole parish by offering innovative, imaginative, and practical approaches to lifelong faith formation.

Something Different
Young people in junior high—grades seven and eight—are beginning to sense that they are different. They no longer want to be treated like children. They want to take on more ownership in the process of learning. This also holds true for their faith formation. Finding God for junior high fulfills this need.

Magazine Format
The Finding God books are designed to capture the imagination of adolescents who are tired of ordinary textbooks. The full content of the Catholic faith is presented in an engaging format that carries the appeal of a popular magazine. The Catechist Guide provides parish and Catholic School catechists with directions for bringing this content to life in ways that are creative, imaginative, and effective.  

Working with Adolescents
Young people desire to know God in a personal way in order to find meaning in their lives. The desire to share the faith is written in the heart of the catechist. The aim of catechesis as expressed in the General Directory for Catechesis is “to put people, not only in touch, but also in communion with Jesus Christ” (GDC 80). Loyola Press carefully crafted Finding God for junior high to help catechists as they invite young people and the significant adults in their lives into a deeper relationship with God and the Catholic Church in service to the world.
The National Directory for Catechesis reminds us that “since adolescence is the age of hero worship, it is helpful to present the words and example of Jesus as well as the lives and deeds of the saints in ways that appeal to young people” (NDC 48D). Finding God for junior high appeals to young people by creating opportunities for them to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Maximum Flexibility
Catechists have repeatedly stated the need for flexibility when it comes to faith formation in junior high. The two Finding God books, each with five units, can be used in any sequence—as complete books or as modules. You can use one text to teach both seventh and eighth graders. Or, each unit can function separately for a modular structure. For more suggestions on various ways of using Finding God for junior high, see the Director Guide.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829421620
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Finding God 2005, 2007 Series
  • Edition description: Student Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara is Vice President for Catechesis and Faith Formation for Loyola Press. Her role involves her in the development of faith formation resources and services designed for the benefit of parishes and schools. Prior to accepting her position at Loyola Press, Barbara served as the Associate Executive Director of NCEA's Department of Religious Education, working primarily in service to members of NPCD, NCEA's national membership association serving parish catechetical leaders. Her experience also includes diocesan and parish work in Religious Education and Youth Ministry as well as extensive teaching experience at high school and college levels. She completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.

Jim Campbell is Staff Theologian for Loyola Press. His role includes planning and development of catechetical and faith formation materials to be used in parishes and schools. Jim also reviews material from the text editorial and trade divisions. Jim has been a teacher, writer, and administrator in the field of catechesis for over 30 years. He has served as Consultant for Curriculum Development for the Office for Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was Director of the Orange Catechetical Institute, the adult ministry formation program for the Diocese of Orange, California. Jim has taught religious studies courses at Chapman University, Orange, California and the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa. Jim was the General Editor for Harper’s New American Bible Study Program. He has written Mary and the Saints: Companions on the Journey, Understanding Scripture: The Genesis Creation Story; Stories of the Old Testament: A Catholic’s Guide and Serving the Catechetical Mission of the Church, all for Loyola Press. Jim has a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education and Master of Arts in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He also has a Master of Arts in European History from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

 

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Table of Contents

Contents

Unit 1  John Explores the Mystery of God
    The Gospel of John         9
    Chapter 1  God’s Revelation       11
    Chapter 2  The Gospels: Portraits of Jesus       21
    Chapter 3  God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit       31
    Chapter 4  Faith in Jesus       41
    Chapter 5  New Life in the Spirit       51
    Faith in Action       61

Unit 2  Mark Teaches Us About Jesus
    The Gospel of Mark       63
    Chapter 1  Jesus, Son of God       65
    Chapter 2  Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom       75
    Chapter 3  Jesus’ Forgiveness       85
    Chapter 4  Jesus’ Healing       95
    Chapter 5  Jesus’ Journey Through Death to Resurrection     105
    Faith in Action     115

Unit 3  Matthew Presents the New Moses 
    The Gospel of Matthew     117
    Chapter 1  God with Us     119
    Chapter 2  The Values of the Kingdom     129
    Chapter 3  Life in Jesus     139
    Chapter 4  Leading in Jesus’ Name     149
    Chapter 5  Life Together in Jesus     159
    Faith in Action     169

Unit 4  Luke Celebrates Jesus’ Presence
    The Gospel of Luke and
    Acts of the Apostles     171
    Chapter 1  Celebrating Salvation     173
    Chapter 2  Celebrating the Sacraments     183
    Chapter 3  Celebrating Baptism     193
    Chapter 4  Celebrating Life in the Spirit     203
    Chapter 5  Celebrating the Eucharist     213
    Faith in Action     223

Unit 5  Paul Proclaims Jesus to the World
    Paul the Apostle     225
    Chapter 1  Paul’s New Direction     227
    Chapter 2  Worshipping and Living in Holiness     237
    Chapter 3  Making Christian Choices     247
    Chapter 4  Coworkers with God     257
    Chapter 5  Living in the Truth     267
    Faith in Action     277

    The Year in Our Church
    The Year in Our Church     279
    Advent     281
    Christmas     285
    Lent     289
    Holy Week     293
    Easter     297
    Pentecost     301
    All Saints Day     305

    Prayers and Practices of Our Faith
    Prayers and Practices of Our Faith     309
    The Bible and You     311
    Formulas of Catholic Doctrine     320
    Praying Our Faith     324
    Celebrating and Living Our Faith     336

    Understanding the Words of Our Faith:   
    Glossary     347
    Glosario     371   
    Catholic Resources Online     394
    Index     395

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