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WHAT IS MY CHILD LEARNING THIS MONTH?
A general understanding of the structure of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) as well as a basic understanding of the key figures found there. 


BRINGING THIS SESSION HOME
This month parents are asked to make sure your child can name and identify the twelve Apostles of Jesus. First, give both yourself and your child a little quiz....Write down the names of as many Apostles that you already know....Go ahead....Now let's see how well you did!

There is a very easy way to remember the names of all twelve Apostles using the word "BAPTISM". However, it needs a bit of explanation prior to getting into it.... During the time of Jesus, the common language spoken and written by everyone was Greek. Greek was the language of merchants and therefore in order for anyone to be involved in business or interested in buying items from these people you needed to know their language. Since it was spoken so often in commerce, everyone, regardless of nationality, began to speak and write Greek all the time. The Greek alphabet is very different than ours, with fewer letters. For example in the Greek alphabet there is no letter "J". Now that we have that out of the way...back to the word, BAPTISM.

If we use the word BAPTISM as an acronym, we can name all twelve Apostles very easily.
Here's how... (Parents, draw this chart on a piece of paper to show them!)

B Bartholomew 
A Andrew
P Philip & Peter
T Thomas
I (remember, the Greek Spelling! here is why!) Jude, Judas, John, James the Greater, James the Lesser
S Simon (the Zealot)
M Matthew  

Now, let's find out something about each of the Apostles...
[Biographical information taken from About.com Christianity page. http://christianity.about.com/od/peopleofthebible/tp/12-Apostles.htm ]

Bartholomew      BARTHOLOMEW   
In some accounts he also goes by the name Nathanael. Bartholomew, experienced a jarring first encounter with Jesus. When the Apostle Philip called him to come and meet the Messiah, Nathanael was skeptical, but he followed along anyway. As Philip introduced him to Jesus, the Lord declared, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." Immediately Nathanael wanted to know, "How do you know me?"
Bartholomew garnered only a few lines in the Gospels, nevertheless, in that instant he became a loyal follower of Jesus Christ.
Video on St. Bartholomew
Andrew   ANDREW   
The Apostle Andrew abandoned John the Baptist to become the first follower of Jesus of Nazareth.
Like many of us, Andrew lived in the shadow of his more famous sibling, Simon Peter. Andrew led Peter to Christ, then stepped into the background as his boisterous brother became a leader among the apostles and in the early church.
Video on St. Andrew
Peter   PETER   
Without question, the Apostle Peter was a disciple most of us can identify with. One minute he was walking on water by faith, and the next he was sinking in doubts. Impulsive and emotional, Peter is best known for denying Jesus when the pressure was on. Even so, as a disciple he was dearly loved by Christ, holding a special place among the twelve.
Video on St. Peter
Philip   PHILIP   
Philip was one of the first followers of Jesus Christ, and he wasted no time calling others, like Bartholomew, to do the same. Although little is known about him after the ascension of Christ, Bible historians believe Philip preached the gospel in Phrygia, in Asia Minor, and died a martyr there.

Thomas   THOMAS   
The Apostle Thomas is often referred to as "Doubting Thomas" because he refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw and touched Christ's physical wounds.
Thomas, like us, was prone to extremes. Earlier he had demonstrated courageous faith, willing to risk his own life to follow Jesus into Judea. There is an important lesson to be gained from studying Thomas: If we're truly seeking to know the truth, and we're honest with ourselves and others about our struggles and doubts, God will faithfully meet us and reveal himself to us, just as he did for Thomas.
Video on St. Thomas
Jude   JUDE (THADEUS)
Listed together with Simon the Zealot and James the Less, the Apostle Jude Thaddeus completes a grouping of the least known disciples. He has become better known today as the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes.
Scholars believe Thaddeus wrote the book of Jude. It's a short epistle (letter), but the closing two verses contain a beautiful doxology, one of the finest expressions of praise to God in the entire New Testament. 
Video on St. Jude Thadeus
Judas   JUDAS   
Judas Iscariot is the apostle who betrayed his Master with a kiss. For this supreme act of treachery, some would say Judas Iscariot made the greatest error in history.
Down through time, people have had strong or mixed feelings about Judas. Some experience a sense of hatred toward him, others feel pity, and some have even considered him a hero. No matter how you react to him, one thing is certain, believers can benefit greatly by taking a serious look at his life.
John   JOHN   
The Apostle John, brother to James, was nicknamed by Jesus one of the "sons of thunder," but he liked to call himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved." With his fiery temperament and special devotion to the Savior, he gained a favored place in Christ's inner circle.
According to tradition, John outlived all of the disciples, dying of old age in Ephesus, where he preached a gospel of love.
Video on St. John the Evangelist
jamesgreater   JAMES (THE GREATER)
James the son of Zebedee, often called James the Greater to distinguish him from the other apostle named James, was a member of Jesus Christ's inner circle, which included his brother, the Apostle John, and Peter. Not only did James and John earn a special nickname from the Lord—"sons of thunder"—they were privileged to be at the front and center of three supernatural events in the life of Christ. In addition to these honors, James was the first of the twelve to be martyred for his faith in A.D. 44.
Video on St. James the Greater
jameslesser   JAMES (THE LESSER)
James the Less is one of the most obscure apostles in the Bible. The only things we know for certain are his name and that he was present in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ ascended to heaven.
Video on St. James the Lesser
simonzealot   SIMON (THE ZEALOT)
Scripture tells us almost nothing about Simon. In the Gospels, he is mentioned in three places, but only to list his name. In Acts 1:13 we learn that he was present with the apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ had ascended to heaven. Beyond those few details, we can only speculate about Simon and his designation as a Zealot.
Video on St. Simon The Zealot
matthew   MATTHEW   
Levi, who became the Apostle Matthew, was a customs official in Capernaum who taxed imports and exports based on his own judgment. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen.
But when Matthew the dishonest tax collector heard two words from Jesus, "Follow me," he left everything and obeyed. Like us, he longed to be accepted and loved.
Video on St. Matthew

A Beatitues Prayer:

Lord, make me poor in spirit, so I can receive the kingdom of heaven.

Lord, when I mourn, help me find comfort.

Lord, make me meek, so that I may inherit the land.

Lord, help me to hunger and thirst for righteousness, so I may be satisfied.

Lord, make me merciful, so I may obtain your mercy.

Lord, make me pure of heart, so I may see you. Lord, help me to make peace, so I may be called your child.

Lord, when I am persecuted for righteousness’ sake, show me your kingdom.

Lord, when we are reviled and persecuted and told all kinds of evil against us falsely on your account, may we rejoice and be glad, for our reward is great in heaven.

AMEN.


 

ONE STEP AHEAD:  PARENT SESSION RESOURCES
Spark Notes - Main Characters of the New Testament
Important People of the New Testament (List/Article) - Another great listing with explanations/identifications of key figures of the New Testatment. Includes a number of "minor" people as well.


RbtBarronGOING OFF THE DEEP END - Taking Your Faith to a Deeper Level.
Fr. Robert Barron is one of the leading biblical scholars within the Catholic Church. His ability to take a biblical concept and bring it to understanding in our life today is truly profound.  Recently, Fr. Barron gave a talk entitled Catholicism in Five Acts. Below, are the video clips of that presentation. Each video being no longer than eight minutes. Over the next four weeks, why not watch this series for a better understanding of the challenges our faith holds for us. It would be helpful to watch the videos in order since later ones will reference back to earlier segments. But do not feel you have to watch the videos all at once. Watch them throughout the month!

ACT 1: CREATION 
ACT 2: THE FALL
ACT 3 (PART 1): ON ISRAEL, THE CHURCH & THE LAW  
ACT 3 (PART 2): ON ISRAEL, THE CHURCH & THE LAW
ACT 4 (PART 1): JESUS THE MESSIAH4 (PART 1): JESUS THE MESSIAH
ACT 4 (PART 2): THE CROSS & THE RESURRECTION4 (PART 2): THE CROSS & THE RESURRECTION
ACT 5: THE CHURCH 


JUMPING AHEAD.... Mary, the Mother of God

In our next session we will be focusing on Mary.

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Discuss these questions with your child:

1. Both you and your child come up with your own THREE words to describe Mary. Once you have your words, share them with each other and explain why you chose those words to describe Mary.

2.The church celebrates many Feast Days in honor of Mary including (but not limited to) the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of the Annunciation and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  With your child, research these three Feast Days mentioned to find out what is celebrated on each of them. 


ADVENT / CHRISTMAS RESOURCES

Great movie to watch:

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Click here for a clip!

Ideas for Advent:

Purple is for Advent (PDF)

el Purpura es para el Adviento (PDF)

Prayers to say as a family:

Blessing the Nativity (PDF) 

Blessing the Christmas Tree (PDF)

Blessing the Home (PDF)

Prayer for the New Year (PDF)


PHOTO OF THE MONTH


Take a moment to look at the picture below. Reflect on how this image puts what you have learned in this session into perspective.


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GLOSSARY
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