Curriculum Guidelines

The 2021 Revised Curriculum Guidelines for Pre-K to 8th Grade are complete! Please use the following links by Parish and School.

Please review the promulgation letter from Archbishop Thompson:

24 May 2021


The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Archdiocese of Indianapolis

1400 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367

317-236-1403

 

Dear Catholic Educator,

Enclosed please find a recently-revised edition of our Religion Standards (Preschool - gth Grade) for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. These standards supersede the previous version of 2001 and now become the point of reference for content when teaching the Faith in our parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools.

Standards are an important tool, to be used in conjunction with:

  • Print materials that are in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church;
  • An assessment strategy that helps improve catechesis each year; and
  • Multimedia resources chosen with the guidance of parish catechetical leaders, principals, Archdiocesan offices etc.

Of all resources, though, the catechist herself or himself often has the most memorable impact on learners of various ages. God bless you for saying yes to God's call to teach the Faith!

Please know of my prayers for you as you serve in our parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools. I am confident that these standards will be a user-friendly tool for lesson planning and facilitating catechetical experiences of various sorts. With every best wish and prayer, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Charles C. Thompson, DD, JCL

Archbishop of Indianapolis

Enclosure: Religion Standard s for Preschool - 8th Grade

For the Archbishop's promulgation letter in Spanish, click here

Below the links is a copy of the religion standards letter of explanation that will be helpful as you navigate your particular grade level.

Parish Religion - Parish Catechetical Program

Parish Religion Spanish - Programa catequético parroquial en español

School Religion

Religion Standards

for

PreK – 8th Grade

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis

©2021

These standards comprise the content for teaching the Catholic faith in parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Catechists and teachers will find these standards to provide ready-made objectives for lesson plans that guide learning experiences in parish and school settings.

Among the features of this standards resource are the following:

--Due attention has been paid to the process whereby the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops evaluates doctrinal conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).  This helps ensure that our standards are accurate and thorough in a developmentally-appropriate way.

--Special attention has been focused on the Christian view of the human person as well as an accurate understanding of human love as articulated in St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

--While the standards can be taught in any order, they are arranged according to the four pillars of our Faith as seen in the CCC:  Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer.  For context, the three phases of salvation history are noted; namely:

      • The various stages of Revelation in the Old Testament
      • The fulfillment of Revelation in the life and teaching of Jesus
      • The history of the Church whose responsibility it is to transmit Revelation to future generations

Special thanks are owed to the Steering Committee and Revision Team who assisted in the revision of our previous standards, helping to arrive at this current resource:

Steering Committee:

Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis

Mary McCoy, Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Michelle Radomsky, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Jim Wood, Coordinator of Catechetical Resources

Sister Nicolette Etienne, OSB, Theology Teacher, Holy Name Catholic School

Father Kyle Rodden, Pastor, Saint Joseph – Corydon

Maria Cossell, Theology Teacher, Roncalli High School – Indianapolis

Maureen Riley, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Mary – Indianapolis 

Joe Sheehan, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Barnabas – Indianapolis

Amy Wilson, Principal, Saint Roch Catholic School – Indianapolis

Liz Ramos, Principal, Saint Michael-Saint Gabriel School – Indianapolis

Megan Rust, Parish Catechetical Leader, Saint Paul – Tell City

The Revision Team consists of over thirty Catholic educators including teachers, catechists, principals, parish catechetical leaders and priests who assisted our steering committee in drafting revisions to the standards. The team’s work is greatly appreciated. 

Catholic educators, as catechists, are both teachers and witnesses.  These standards provide the core content of our Catholic faith—to be complemented by the life and witness of all who serve with great dedication in our parish catechetical programs and Catholic schools.  May you use this resource faithfully and fruitfully, by God’s grace and mercy, as you strive to make disciples of Jesus—in fulfillment of His command and commission given to all Christians (Matt. 28:18-20)

Note:

Each Standard begins with the words: “Students will…”

Each standard is assigned a number, e.g., PreK.2.3 NT = grade Pre-K, second Pillar-Sacraments, third standard, Jesus & New Testament

Abbreviations and references:

CCC – Catechism of the Catholic Church

CST – Catholic Social Teaching, https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

GS – Gaudium et Spes

LS – Laudato Si

TOB – Theology of the Body

Vocation Lessons – an online curriculum on priesthood, religious life, marriage, and discernment for grades K-12 in a variety of settings: classrooms, religious education, youth ministry, and Confirmation classes. We especially encourage you to use this curriculum during the first week of November which is the National Vocations Awareness Week. It would be appropriate other times during the year as well.  https://www.heargodscall.com/vocation-lessons

 

Estándares de religión

por

PreK - 8vo grado

Arquidiócesis Católica Romana de Indianápolis

© 2021

Estos estándares comprenden el contenido para enseñar la fe católica en programas de catequesis parroquial y escuelas católicas en toda la Arquidiócesis de Indianápolis. Los catequistas y maestros encontrarán estos estándares para proporcionar objetivos listos para los planes de lecciones que guían las experiencias de aprendizaje en entornos parroquiales y escolares.

Entre las características de este recurso de estándares se encuentran las siguientes:

- Se ha prestado la debida atención al proceso mediante el cual la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos evalúa la conformidad doctrinal con el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica (CIC). Esto ayuda a garantizar que nuestros estándares sean precisos y completos de una manera apropiada para el desarrollo.

- Se ha prestado especial atención a la visión cristiana de la persona humana, así como a una comprensión precisa del amor humano tal como se articula en la Teología del cuerpo de San Juan Pablo II.

- Si bien los estándares se pueden enseñar en cualquier orden, están organizados de acuerdo con los cuatro pilares de nuestra Fe como se ve en el CIC: Credo, Sacramentos, Moralidad y Oración. Para el contexto, se señalan las tres fases de la historia de la salvación; a saber:

 Las diversas etapas de la Revelación en el Antiguo Testamento

 El cumplimiento de la Revelación en la vida y enseñanza de Jesús.

 La historia de la Iglesia cuya responsabilidad es transmitir la Revelación a las generaciones futuras.

Se debe un agradecimiento especial al Comité Directivo y al Equipo de Revisión que ayudaron en la revisión de nuestros estándares anteriores, ayudando a llegar a este recurso actual:

Comité Directivo:

Ken Ogorek, director de catequesis

Mary McCoy, superintendente de escuelas católicas

Michelle Radomsky, superintendente asistente de escuelas católicas

Jim Wood, coordinador de recursos catequéticos

Hermana Nicolette Etienne, OSB, profesora de teología, Holy Name Catholic School

Padre Kyle Rodden, Pastor, San José - Corydon

Maria Cossell, profesora de teología, Escuela secundaria Roncalli - Indianápolis

Maureen Riley, líder de catequesis parroquial, Saint Mary - Indianápolis

Joe Sheehan, líder catequético parroquial, Saint Barnabas - Indianápolis

Amy Wilson, Directora, Escuela Católica Saint Roch - Indianápolis

Liz Ramos, Directora, Escuela Saint Michael-Saint Gabriel - Indianápolis

Megan Rust, líder catequética parroquial, Saint Paul - Tell City

El Equipo de Revisión consta de más de treinta educadores católicos, incluidos maestros, catequistas, directores, líderes catequéticos parroquiales y sacerdotes que ayudaron a nuestro comité directivo a redactar las revisiones de los estándares. Se agradece enormemente el trabajo del equipo.

Los educadores católicos, como catequistas, son maestros y testigos. Estos estándares proporcionan el contenido central de nuestra fe católica, que se complementará con la vida y el testimonio de todos los que sirven con gran dedicación en nuestros programas de catequesis parroquial y escuelas católicas. Utilice este recurso de manera fiel y fructífera, por la gracia y la misericordia de Dios, mientras se esfuerza por hacer discípulos de Jesús, en cumplimiento de Su mandato y comisión dados a todos los cristianos (Mateo 28: 18-20).

Nota:

Cada estándar comienza con las palabras: "Los estudiantes ..."

A cada estándar se le asigna un número, por ejemplo, PreK.2.3 NT = grado Pre-K, segundo Pilar-Sacramentos, tercer estándar, Jesús y Nuevo Testamento

Abreviaturas y referencias:

CCC - Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica

CST - Enseñanza social católica, https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

GS - Gaudium et Spes

LS - Laudato Si

TOB - Teología del cuerpo

Lecciones vocacionales: un plan de estudios en línea sobre el sacerdocio, la vida religiosa, el matrimonio y el discernimiento para los grados K-12 en una variedad de entornos: aulas, educación religiosa, pastoral juvenil y clases de Confirmación. Le recomendamos especialmente que utilice este plan de estudios durante la primera semana de noviembre, que es la Semana Nacional de Concientización sobre las Vocaciones. También sería apropiado en otras épocas del año. https://www.heargodscall.com/vocation-lessons

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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