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Finding God  Grades 1­–6
It’s prayerful. It’s personal. It’s powerful.
A faith-formation program for children in grades 1–6 and the significant adults in their lives. The program mentors children, parents, and adults in cultivating a special place in their hearts to meet with God. Preview samples online at

Program features
• Empowers catechists and teachers to lead children in prayer
• Offers high-quality sessions with a strong   presentation of Church doctrine
• Connects technology and faith through online activities, planning tools, and assessments
• Integrates multisensory opportunities to experience Scripture, music, and prayer
• Provides an abundance of prayer that allows children to nurture a lifelong conversation with God
• Equips parents and adults with components that correspond to the structure of the children’s program

Children’s Book
• Opens every unit with the story of a saint
• Presents doctrine, Scripture, and Tradition through engaging four- to eight-page sessions
• Connects the lesson with their living faith by offering opportunities for reflective prayer, links to liturgy, reading God’s Word, and much more
• Provides three prayer opportunities in each session as well as additional prayer services
• Encourages knowledge of the faith by providing an extensive supplement, Prayers and Practices of Our Faith

Catechist Guide
• Provides clear, concise preparation for each session
• Addresses various learning styles through variety of lesson options
• Offers extensive online resources and support
• Models different ways of praying with opportunities to put them into practice
• Includes reproducible blackline masters with activities and assessments

In the first year of adoption, a free guide is included with every 25 children’s books purchased.
Online resources for program users
• Family E-Newsletters
• Additional assessments for each session
• Detailed session-planning tool
• Hundreds of additional activities
• Activity Finder searchable by grade level, subject, or learning style
• Sunday Connection linked to readings and activities
• Seasonal resources
• Articles and activities for families
• Additional prayer resources

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829418316
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Series: Finding God 2005, 2007
  • Edition description: First, Student, School Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Age range: 6 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (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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Unit 1
Creator and Father

Saint Augustine
Saint Augustine is the patron saint of theologians—people who study about God. Augustine wrote a book about his personal relationship with God. This book is titled The Confessions.

Saint Augustine
Although Saint Augustine is a well-known Christian saint, he was not always Christian. He spent his youth getting into trouble with his friends. Eventually he became a teacher, but he was not happy with the life he was living. Then he met Ambrose, the bishop of Milan, who led him to study the Bible. While reading the Bible, Augustine realized that he wanted to be close to Jesus Christ.
At the age of 32, Augustine was baptized a Christian. He thought that he would live as a monk. However, the people of the town of Hippo, North Africa (the region where Augustine had been born), wanted him as their leader. So he became bishop of Hippo. As bishop he preached and helped his people. He also wrote about God and religion. He helped Catholics of his time and of every century since then to understand how much God loves them, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Until his death in 430, Augustine encouraged his people, telling them to have courage and hope in God. His feast day is August 28.

Session 1
God Creates Us

Think of all the beautiful things that you enjoy through God’s gift of life. What things are special to you? Make a list. Share your list with others in your group. Use this as a way to introduce yourself to them.

God, source of all that is, let everything around me speak of you. Help me grow in loving you and trusting in your care.

God Created the World
The Bible tells the story of how God created the earth from what was disorder and chaos. This story of creation is found in the first book of the Bible, which is called Genesis.

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2

The beginning of Genesis tells how God created the universe and all the things in it. The story repeatedly uses the phrase “God saw how good it was.”
We, too, experience the wonder and beauty of God’s creation when we take the time to truly look at the world. When we think about the world and its beauty and order, we can come to realize that we are part of an order beyond ourselves.
So we can come to know God in two ways, from outside and from inside. We can see God’s work in the visible world around us. We can look inside ourselves and realize that we are incomplete and are part of a larger plan.
The phrase “God saw how good it was” also shows the value and dignity of work in God’s eyes. Our work and efforts, too, are valuable and important.

Reading God’s Word
By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God.
Hebrews 11:3

God Continues to Care for the World
Julian of Norwich was a holy woman who lived in the 1300s. In a vision God asked her to hold a tiny hazelnut in her hand. She held it tenderly. God asked her to imagine that the hazelnut was the size of the whole universe. He told her that just as tenderly as she was holding the hazelnut, he holds the universe in his hands. This is how much he loves all things and continues to love them.
Just as God cares for us, we have the responsibility to care for the world that God has so lovingly created.

Complete a Circle of Loving and Caring
God is the origin of the circle of loving and caring. Write a few ways in which others show love and care for you. Write a few ways in which you show love and care for others.

God loves and cares for the world.
Others love and care for me.
I love and care for others.

Link to Liturgy
The preface of the Mass, which recalls God’s work in creation, begins the eucharistic prayer.

Reflecting on Creation
A. Use the sentence starters to help you think about God and about the beauty and wonders of God’s creation. What things are special to you? Complete the sentences. Have some colored pencils or markers on hand in case you want to use color to express yourself.

I can see I can hear I can touch I can smell I can taste

B. What do the beauty and order of creation tell you about God?
Possible answer: The beauty and order of creation tell me that God is good and beautiful like the world he created.

C. Write a short prayer to God in thanks and praise of creation.

Creation Is the Work of the Trinity
All that exists is the work of the Trinity: God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
There is only one God, yet there are three distinct persons in God. This is known as the mystery of the Trinity.
Each person of the Trinity has a special mission.

  • The Father created the world. He made us and everything in the universe.
  • As the Father, God sent his Son, Jesus, who became man, to save us.
  • The Holy Spirit gives us grace to believe. The Spirit helps us understand that God is our loving Father and Creator, and that Jesus is the Son of God and our brother.

Prayers Honoring the Trinity
One way we show our belief in the Trinity is by praying the Sign of the Cross.
Another way is to pray the Glory Be to the Father. This prayer gives praise to the three persons of the Trinity.

Did You Know?
The Glory Be to the Father is also known as the Doxology. A doxology is a prayer of praise.

Images of God
People have drawn pictures to express their ideas about God and the Trinity since the early days of Christianity. Many of these pictures illustrate passages from the Bible and show the three persons of the Trinity.

Images of the Father
Some pictures show the work of God the Father as the Creator. They illustrate the opening passages of Genesis. Other images illustrate God the Father as protector, rock, or shelter.

Images of the Son
The earliest images of Jesus date from the beginning days of the Church. In these images Jesus is pictured as a shepherd. The shepherd is a symbol for the peace Jesus brings and the care he shows for his people.
Artists often depict Jesus in a way that reflects their own culture, race, and ethnic origin.

Images of the Holy Spirit
Two images—a dove and flames of fire—are often used to depict the Holy Spirit. These images are based on passages from the Bible.

After Jesus was baptized . . . the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him.
Matthew 3:16

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
Acts of the Apostles 2:2-3

Be an Image Detective
Look for images of the Persons of the Trinity in your church or school. Answer these questions.

  • Do you find any images of God the Father? Describe them.
  • In what ways is Jesus portrayed? Can you make connections between any of the images and passages in the Bible?
  • Do you find any images of the Holy Spirit? Describe them.

Prayer is time we spend with God in our minds and hearts. Often we begin this holy time with the Sign of the Cross.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Imagine yourself in your favorite place. See yourself there. Enjoy being there. What does it look like? What do you hear?
You see Jesus coming to meet you. Greet Jesus. Show him around. Tell him why this place is so special to you.
Walk or sit together. Tell Jesus what’s on your mind. He listens, then says something to you. You listen. How do you respond? Enjoy each other’s company for a while.
Thank Jesus for spending time with you. Thank God for his work of creation. Tell God how glad you are to be able to experience it.
It’s time to say goodbye for now. When you are ready, end this prayer time with the Sign of the Cross.

Living My Faith

Faith Summary
God created the world and continues to love and care for it and for us. There are three persons in God, but there is only one God. This is the mystery of the Trinity. Each person in the Trinity has a mission. The Father is the creator. The Son continues the Father’s work in the world. The Holy Spirit helps us know the Father and the Son.

Ways of Being Like Jesus
Jesus continues the work of God the Father. When you show respect for the things in creation and show love and care for others, you are acting like Jesus.

With My Family
Do something with your family to show your concern and respect for the environment that God created. Plant some flowers in a pot, clean the yard, or pick up garbage. Use your work to praise God.

Thank you, God, for creating me and caring for me. Thank you for giving me all the people who care for me. Let me show my gratitude by caring for all people and things that you have created.

My Response
What will you do this week to show that you care for God’s creatures and creation? Write one action.


Focus on Faith God Holds Us Tenderly
Julian of Norwich, who died about 1423, was an English woman who lived alone so that she could pray for the world. In her book Showings Julian tells of the vision she received of how much God loves the world. Julian held a tiny hazelnut in her hand, and God asked her to imagine that the tiny hazelnut was the size of the universe. As she held that tiny nut tenderly in her hands, God asked her to imagine how tenderly he holds the whole universe in his. This is the tenderness we experienced holding our children as infants. It is the same tenderness we feel when we see our children’s enthusiasm and joy at discovering something new. Each day we have new opportunities to share in the infinite tenderness of God. What opportunity do we have today?

Dinnertime Conversation Starter
Share the experience you had the first time you held a small animal. What were the experiences of the other family members?

Hints for at Home
Look through family pictures. Find pictures that illustrate one of these themes: The Beauty of God’s Creation or How We Love and Care for One Another. Work with your child to put several of the pictures on a piece of colored paper with the theme labeled on top. Display the resulting art in your home.

Our Catholic Heritage
The book of Genesis in the Bible contains two stories of God’s creation of the universe and all the creatures in it. The Church does not interpret these stories literally, as scientific fact, however. These stories teach the essential truth that God created everything and tell us that it is very good.

Focus on Prayer
Your child is learning about how God cares for the universe and how, as part of God’s creation, we love and care for one another. Take time, perhaps at a meal, to say a special prayer of thanks for the people who care for us. Mark the beginning and ending of the prayer with the Sign of the Cross.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Unit 1    Creator and Father 
    Session 1    God Creates Us    3
    Session 2    God Saves Us    11
    Session 3    God’s Revelation    19
    Session 4    God Directs Our Lives    27
    Session 5    Review    35

Unit 2     Son of God, Son of Mary    41
    Session 6    New Life in?Jesus    43
    Session 7    Meeting Jesus    51
    Session 8    Baptized Into Christ    59
    Session 9    Growing in the Spirit    67
    Session 10    Review    75

Unit 3    Community of Jesus    81
    Session 11    The Church?Is One    83
    Session 12    Called to Holy?Orders    91
    Session 13    The Domestic Church    99
    Session 14    God Calls Us    107
    Session 15    Review    115   

Unit 4    Meeting Jesus    121
    Session 16    The New Passover    123
    Session 17    Celebrating the Eucharist    131
    Session 18    Celebrating Reconciliation    139
    Session 19    Jesus Heals Us    147
    Session 20    Review    155

Unit 5    Living Like Jesus    161
    Session 21    Making Moral Decisions    163
    Session 22    Living a Moral Life    171
    Session 23    Growing in Holiness    179
    Session 24    The Way to Jesus    187
    Session 25    Review    195

The Year in Our Church    201
    Advent        203
    Christmas and Epiphany    207
    Lent        211
    Holy Week        215
    Easter        219
    Pentecost        223
    All Saints Day and All Souls Day    227

Prayers and Practices of Our Faith    231
    Knowing and Praying Our Faith    234
    Celebrating Our Faith    250
    Living Our Faith    258
    Songs of Our Faith    266
    Understanding the Words of Our Faith    281
        English Glossary    281
        Spanish Glossary    305

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