Grade 8

For Sunday, June 7, 2020

A Zoom class is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today. Please check your email for the invitation and link to the Zoom call.

For Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Zoom class is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today. Please check your email for the invitation and link to the Zoom call.

For the week of May 24, 2020

Memorial Day weekend. There is no religious education lesson or Sunday Zoom session this week.

For Sunday, May 17, 2020

A Zoom class is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. today. Please check your email for the invitation and link to the Zoom call.

For Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Zoom class is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. today. Please check your email for the invitation and link to the Zoom call.

For the week of May 3, 2020

Dear 8th Grade students, 

I hope this finds you and your families all well.  As the warm and beautiful May weather is clearly upon us, I urge you to Stay the Course!  We must remain vigilant.  Many of us want to rip off our masks or hang out with a group of our friends – as hard as it is, staying cautious and safe is still the way to go!

On an encouraging note, there are at least seventy-three (73) vaccines in development around the globe.  Scientists are working 24/7 – that, and some good, thoughtful prayer, will see us through!  This will INDEED pass.

Study hard, stay good, think good thoughts! 😊

And, as we always say, “Glory be…” 

             Peace, Mr. P


1. Please read Chapter 11 in Faith First – Morality – “The Eighth and Tenth Commandments”.

2. Please view the following two videos. The first is very entertaining in sections.  I think you will all like it a lot.  Please let me know what you think of the final song.  You can put a brief comment after the questions.
   

“Religion Project: 8th Commandment”

“The Tenth Commandment” with Fr. Dan

3. Please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (May 9th).

                 Peace, Mr. P

Chapter 11—The Eighth and Tenth Commandments

1.      _____ is the virtue that lies at the foundation of the Eighth Commandment. 

a. Modesty

b. Generosity

c. Truth

d. Perjury

2.  The Eighth Commandment teaches that we are to be people of our _____.

a. wants

b. word 

c. needs

d. desires

3.  Bearing false witness means _____.

a. lying

b. dishonesty

c. perjury

d. all of the above

4.  Lying is _____ deceiving another person by saying what is false.

a. intentionally

b. unintentionally

c. unknowingly

d. all of the above

5.  Our _____ are all gifts from God.

a. talents

b. abilities 

c. blessings

d. all of the above

6.      _____ is wrongfully desiring another person’s possessions, abilities, talents, and so forth. 

a. Boasting

b. Coveting

c. Detachment

d. Pride

7.      _____ is the excessive passion for wealth and power.

a. Avarice 

b. Greed 

c. Envy

d. Hatred

8.      _____   helps us overcome the temptation to wrongfully want another person’s possessions.

a. Good will

b. Humility

c. Trust in God

d. all of the above

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For the week of April 26, 2020

As we approach the month of May, let us keep in mind our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and the joy and comfort she can bring us, especially in these troubled times.  I hope you are all keeping up with your studies and doing your best to be kind to your families.  Continued best thoughts to you and your families for health and safety. 

BTW, two of the three videos below are in part titled “Grade 6” – they are NOT just for 6thGraders AND Mr. P tries to find videos that are not TOO LONG for you guys!  😊

And, as we always say, “Glory be…” 

                 Peace, Mr. P

1. Please read Chapter 7 in Faith First – Morality – “The First, Second, and Third Commandments”.

2. Please view the following three very short videos:   

“Religious Ed – Grade 6 – Catechism – The First Commandment – Lesson 1”

“Religious Ed – Grade 6 – Catechism – The Second Commandment – Lesson 2”

“Life Teen Review – Episode 5: The Third Commandment”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e35XSmb_69o

3. Please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (May 2nd).


Chapter 7—The First, Second, and Third Commandments

1.      The Ten Commandments _____.

a. summarize the Laws of God

b. state precepts for all people to obey

c. reveal natural law

d. all of the above

2.      The Ten Commandments state precepts that guide the moral life of _____.

a. Israelites

b. Christians

c. Gentiles

d. all of the above

3.      The first _____ commandments guide us in living our relationship with God.

a. two

b. three

c. four

d. seven

4.      The First Commandment calls us to _____ God alone.

a. obey

b. despair

c. worship

d. none of the above

5.      _____ is worshipping anything that takes the place of God in our lives.

a. Idolatry

b. Despair

c. Presumption

d. Sacrilege

6.      The virtue of _____ is at the foundation of the Second Commandment. 

a. obedience

b. worship

c. reverence

d. sacrifice

7.      The Second Commandment commands Christians to honor the name of _____.

a. God

b. Jesus

c. Mary

d. all of the above

8.      _____ is calling on God, who is Truth, to be a witness to a lie.

a. Sacrilege

b. Perjury

c. Blasphemy

d. Presumption

9.      The obligation of Catholics to celebrate the Liturgy on Sunday is based on the _____ Commandment.

a. First

b. Second

c. Third

d. all of the above

10.      The obligation of Catholics to celebrate the Liturgy on holy days of obligation follows the _____ Commandment.

a. First

b. Second

c. Third

d. all of the above

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For the week of April 19, 2020

Dear 8th Graders,

I hope you all had a truly joyous Easter! Christ’s death and resurrection is at the very heart of our Catholic faith and beliefs.  Although these are very difficult times, I am convinced that with patience, reason and a healthy dose of prayer we will all get through them!

Best thoughts to you and your families for health and safety.

For your assignment this week …

1. Please read Chapter 6 in Faith First – Morality – “The Grace of the Holy Spirit”


2. Please view the following two short videos:   

“Who is the Holy Spirit”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quwKsFoXfSE

“What is Sanctifying Grace?”

3. Please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (April 25th).

Chapter 6—The Grace of the Holy Spirit

1.      _____ is our participation in the very life of God.

a. Knowledge

b. Grace

c. Sin

d. Temptation

2.  In Mark’s Gospel, the parable of the _____ helps us to understand the role of grace in our lives.

  1. Sower
  2. Gleaner
  3. Wealthy Man
  4. Mustard Seed


3.  The words of the angel Gabriel to Mary state that Mary is _____.

a. the Holy Trinity

b. full of grace

c. the Messiah

d. all of the above

4.      The parable of the Sower reminds us that we need to _____ the grace that God has planted within us.

a. ignore

b. hoard 

c. nurture

d. all of the above


5.            Through the sacrament of _____ we receive the gift of sanctifying grace.

a. Baptism

b. Confirmation

c. Holy Orders

d. Matrimony

6.  The gift of new life in Christ is described by the word _____.

a. justification

b. confirmation 

c. jubilation

d. incarnation

7.  _____ means “the process of making one just.”

a. Justification

b. Confirmation 

c. Jubilation

 d. Incarnation

8.      The relationship with God in which the first humans were created is known as _____.

a. original sin

b. original grace

c. original justice

d. salvation

9.      The work of the Holy Spirit is called _____. 

a. confirmation

b. sanctification  

c. jubilation

d. none of the above

10.  Our justification and salvation in Christ is the work of God’s _____.

a. wrath

b. glory

c. mercy

d. holiness

11.      By cooperating with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we can merit _____.

a. eternal life

b. help for living as children of God

c. blessings and graces

d. all of the above

12. The parish community _____.

a. shares their faith with all

b. celebrates the liturgy and sacraments

c. works for the coming of the kingdom of God 

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No reading/homework assignment for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

For the week of April 5 – 11, 2020

Catechist: Tony Pupello

Please read Chapter 5 in Faith First – Morality – “The Exercise of Virtue”

Then, view the following short video:  

“7 Deadly Sins | Catholic Central”


Now, please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (April 10th).

Chapter 5—The Exercise of Virtue

1.      Christian living is about living the _____.

a. vices

b. virtues

c. temptations

d. all of the above

2.      Virtues are spiritual powers, or _____ or behaviors, that help us do what is right and avoid what is wrong.

a. graces

b. gifts of the Spirit

c. charisms

d. habits

3.      The theological virtues are gifts from God that link us more closely to God the _____.

a. Father

b. Son

c. Holy Spirit

d. all of the above

4.      The theological virtues are _____.

a. faith, prudence, and love

b. faith, hope, and charity

c. faith, hope, and justice

d. fortitude, hope, and love

5.      The virtue of _____ is the gift of God’s invitation to believe in him and respond to his invitation.

a. faith

b. hope 

c. charity

d. none of the above

6.      The virtue of _____ enables us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

a. faith

b. hope 

c. charity

d. none of the above

7.      _____ enables us to trust in God and keeps us focused on the kingdom of heaven.

a. Faith

b. Hope 

c. Charity

d. none of the above

8.      Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance are called the _____ virtues.

a. moral

b. capital

c. catholic

d. none of the above

9.      The virtue of _____ is the virtue of spiritual common sense.

a. prudence

b. justice

c. fortitude

d. temperance

10.      The virtue of _____ moderates our quest for pleasure.

a. prudence

b. justice

c. fortitude

d. temperance

11.      The virtue of _____ directs us to give to others what is rightfully theirs.

a. prudence

b. justice

c. fortitude

d. temperance

12.      The virtue of _____ is the courage to do or say the right thing.

a. prudence

b. justice

c. fortitude

d. temperance

13.  True authority in a just society _____.

a. maintains good order

b. creates just and moral laws

c. inspires respect for all 

d. all of the above

14.  We take part in social sin when we _____.

a. protect evil-doers

b. approve of another’s wrongdoing

c. participate freely in another’s sin

d. all of the above

For the week of March 29 – April 4, 2020

Catechist: Tony Pupello

1. Please read Chapter 4 in Faith First – Morality – Life in Christ: “Hymn of Love: A Scripture Story”

2. Please view at least two (2) of the following three (3) short videos.   

St. Paul

God’s Story: Paul

St. Paul’s Hymn to Love


3. Please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  

Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.comby the end of the week (April 4th).

Chapter 4—Hymn of Love: A Scripture Story

1.  During his second missionary journey, Paul _____, or proclaimed the Gospel, in Corinth.

a. prophesied

b. evangelized

c. revealed

d. all of the above

2.  After his stay in Corinth, Paul learned about the _____ in the Corinth community.

a. harmony

b. divisions

c. unity

d. all of the above

3.      The New Testament contains _____ letters attributed to Paul.

a. seven

b. ten 

c. thirteen

d. sixteen

4.      New Testament scholars teach that Paul definitely wrote _____ of the letters that bear his name.

a. five

b. six

c. seven

d. eight

5.  The members of the Church in Corinth were forgetting that _____ was the source of their unity.

  1. Paul
  2. Christ
  3. Moses
  4. Timothy

6.      Paul reminded the Corinthians that each member’s gifts were  _____.

a. important

b. to be used with love

c. for the good of the Body of Christ

d. all of the above

7.      Paul wrote _____ letters to the Christian community in Corinth.

a. three 

b. two 

c. four

d. none of the above 

8.  Paul reminded the Corinthians that living a life of _____ is at the heart of living as a disciple of Christ.

a. hope

b. love

c. joy

d. achievement

9.      Corinth was a center of _____ around the Mediterranean Sea during the life of Paul the Apostle.

a. education 

b. politics

c. trade

d. terrorism

10.      The people living in Corinth were evangelized by _____.

a. Paul

b. Cephas

c. Apollos

d. all of the above

11.      The Christian community in Corinth was made up predominantly of _____.

a. Romans 

b. Jews

c. Gentiles

d. Samarians

12.      Paul first arrived in Corinth around the year A.D. _____.

a. 51

b. 510

c. 1951

d. 1510

13.      Paul worked as a _____ while he stayed in Corinth.

a. tax collector

b. shipbuilder

c. tent-maker

d. Pharisee

14.      Paul learned about problems in the Christian community in Corinth while he was in _____.

a. Jerusalem

b. Rome

c. Ephesus

d. Thessalonica

15.      Some of the problems in Corinth were about _____.

a. leadership in the Church

b. the proper celebration of the Eucharist

c. the spiritual gifts given to members 

d. all of the above

16.  Paul describes love as _____.

a. actions toward other people

b. caring for ourselves

c. the divinity of Christ

d. none of the above

17.      Paul reminded the Corinthians that every member of the Body of Christ was important and had _____.

a. functions

b. gifts

c. responsibilities

d. all of the above

18.      The Gospel according to _____ also clearly states Jesus’ new command of love.

a. Matthew

b. Mark

c. Luke

d. John

19.      L’Arche communities were founded by _____.

a. Paul the Apostle

b. Jean Vanier

c. Francis of Assisi

d. Martin de Porres

20.  The L’Arche communities appreciate every person for   _____.

  1. strong intellectual abilities
  2. who they are
  3. what they have
  4. being independent

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For the week of March 22-28, 2020

1. Please read Chapter 3 in Faith First – Morality – Life in Christ: “The Decision to Live Our Life in Christ”

2. Please view the following short video:

“Freedom and Its Consequences”

Father Mike Schmitz

3. Please answer the following questions from Faith First.  Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless).  Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (March 28th).

Chapter 3—The Decision to Live Our Life in Christ

1. _____ is the way of living for those who have been joined to Christ in Baptism.

  1. Original sin
  2. Christian morality
  3. Natural law
  4. all of the above

2.  Jesus taught that “your light must shine before others” which means that we are to _____.

  1. act with generosity and compassion
  2. bring light into the life of others
  3. live as he taught us
  4. all of the above

3.  The Christian moral life is about _____.

  1. memorizing the commandments
  2. following a long list of laws
  3. freely responding to God the Holy Trinity
  4. all of the above

4.      _____ is the term that describes the way we have been created to live.

  1. Family
  2. Church
  3. Morality
  4. Community

5.      The word _____ means “the way of life for a group of people.”

  1. freedom
  2. practice
  3. morals 
  4. worship


6.      Christian morality is based on the _____.

  1. life and teachings of Jesus
  2. Scriptures 
  3. working of the Spirit and Church
  4. all of the above

7.      The Book of _____ is a book of short sayings that give practical advice on how to make sound moral choices. 

  1. Psalms
  2. Prophets
  3. Proverbs
  4. Precepts

8.      _____ makes us responsible for our own actions.

  1. Law
  2. Courage
  3. Free will  
  4. Intellect

9.      _____ is the original sense of right and wrong that is part of every human being.

  1. Conscience 
  2. The supernatural law
  3. The natural law
  4. none of the above

10.      The sources of morality include the _____ of a moral act.

  1. object 
  2. intention
  3. circumstances
  4. all of the above

11.      A good intention can _____ turn a morally evil act into a morally good act.

  1. sometimes
  2. always
  3. never
  4. none of the above

12.      A bad intention can _____ turn a morally good act into a morally evil act.

  1. sometimes
  2. always
  3. never
  4. none of the above

13.      Circumstances surrounding a moral act _____ the goodness or evil of that moral act.

  1. start or stop
  2. create or destroy
  3. lessen or increase
  4. none of the above

14.      Sin is _____ doing something against God’s Law.

  1. unknowingly
  2. not ever
  3. freely and knowingly
  4. none of the above

15.      A mortal sin is so serious that it causes the loss of _____.

  1. our life
  2. sanctifying grace
  3. original sin
  4. none of the above

16.      _____ sins are the foundation, or the major sources, of other sins.

  1. Mortal
  2. Venial
  3. Capital
  4. Cardinal

17.  _____ involves a less serious offense against God.

  1. Temptation
  2. Venial sin
  3. Natural law
  4. All of the above

18.      The gift of conscience  _____.

  1. is a part of every human person
  2. helps us judge right from wrong
  3. guides us to make good choices
  4. all of the above

19. A _____ is one way that Christians spend time in prayerful reflection on their life.

  1. retreat
  2. magisterium

c.   conscience

d.   none of the above

20.  A well-informed moral conscience _____.

  1. guides us in our decisions
  2. can be developed or formed
  3. helps us avoid sin
  4. all of the above

For the week of March 15-21, 2020 (there are two assignments)

Assignment #1. Please review Chapter 1, “Human Dignity and Happiness” and take the following quiz.

Number each question and indicate your answer (for example: Q1 – b. or Q1 – sinless). Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (March 21st).

Chapter 1—Human Dignity and Happiness

1.       Every human being is sacred, or_____, because God shares his life with every person.

a. virtuous

b. sinless

c. holy

d. immaculate

2.       Awe and wonder, which are _____, give us the vision to the beauty and sacredness of human life. 

a. theological virtues

b. moral virtues

c. Gifts of the Holy Spirit

d. cardinal virtues

3.      The Book of _____ in the Old Testament reveals that every human is created in the image and likeness of God.

a. Genesis

b. Exodus

c. Wisdom

d. Prophets

4.       _____ grace is the gift of God sharing his life and love with us.

a. Original 

b. Actual 

c. Sanctifying 

d. Spiritual 

5.       The story of _____ in the Old Testament tells us about the first humans rejecting God’s life and love.

a. Abraham

b. the Fall

c. Isaac 

d. the Exile

Assignment #2. Read Chapter 2, “One Person’s Decision: A Scripture Story” and then take the following quiz:

Number each question and spell out your answer (for example: Q1 – five). Please email the answers to: transfiguration.re.ed@gmail.com by the end of the week (March 21st).

Chapter 2—One Person’s Decision: A Scripture Story

1.            The Church recognizes _____ accounts of the Gospel as the inspired word of God.

  1. two
  2. three
  3. four
  4. five

2.  The _____ are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

  1. Prophets
  2. Patriarchs
  3. Evangelists
  4. Apostles

3.            The accounts of the Gospel preserve the authentic teachings of the _____ for all ages.

  1. Prophets
  2. Patriarchs
  3. Evangelists
  4. Apostles

4.            The writers of the Gospel are called Evangelists, or _____.

  1. followers of Jesus
  2. tellers of the good news
  3. preachers of Jesus
  4. apostles

5.            The Gospel according to Mark was written after A.D. 64 and before A.D. 70 when ____.

  1. the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed
  2. Jesus was found in the Temple
  3. Jesus ascended to his Father
  4. all of the above

6.            The Gospel according to Mark was written primarily to the _____ , followers of Christ living in Rome.

  1. Pharisees
  2. Jews
  3. Gentiles
  4. all of the above

7.            Mark wrote his account of the Gospel to the Christians is Rome who were _____. 

  1. being persecuted because of their faith
  2. arguing about their beliefs
  3. forgetting to live the Beatitudes
  4. none of the above

8.            Christian artists use the symbol of a _____ for Mark the Evangelist.

  1. soaring eagle with large wings
  2. lion with wings
  3. bull with wings
  4. leopard with wings

9.      The idea for wings on the symbol for Mark the Evangelist come from the vision of a four-winged creature in _____. 

  1. the Book of Proverbs
  2. the Gospels
  3. the Old Testament
  4. the Book of Revelation

10.  In Mark’s Gospel, we read about the wealthy young man who addressed Jesus as _____.

  1. Savior
  2. Lord
  3. Master
  4. Good teacher

11.            The wealthy young man came to Jesus seeking to know what to do to _____. 

  1. become a follower of Jesus
  2. become an apostle
  3. live the commandments
  4. inherit eternal life

12.            Jesus told the wealthy young man to sell all he had and to give the money to the _____. 

  1. Temple
  2. Apostles
  3. tax collector
  4. poor

13.      Jesus taught that it is easier for a camel to _____ than for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God.

  1. pass through the eye of a needle
  2. find water in the desert
  3. carry a thousand pounds
  4. none of the above 

  14.  Saint Martin de Porres worked as a _____.

  1. barber
  2. doctor
  3. surgeon
  4. all of the above

15.            The wealthy young man thought he lived a good life because he _____.

  1. was wealthy
  2. obeyed the commandments
  3. was kind
  4. was talking to Jesus

16.  Mark devotes a _____ of his Gospel describing the cost of being a disciple of Jesus.

  1. verse
  2. sentence
  3. whole section
  4. chapter

17.  Disciples of Jesus measure success here on earth _____ than others do.

  1. differently
  2. less carefully
  3. more often
  4. less often

18.  Mark reminds us that the reward of discipleship is _____.

  1. success
  2. eternal life
  3. good fortune
  4. found here on earth

19.            Saint Martin de Porres lived and took care of poor people who lived in _____.

  1. El Salvador
  2. Peru
  3. Brazil
  4. Cuba

20.  Living a simple life means that worldly possessions _____.

  1. control your life
  2. are not necessary 
  3. do not control your life
  4. are the reward of discipleship

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  1. Dear 8th Grade Students,

    During these trying times, please know that you are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. You will probably be getting a lot of online work from your “regular” schools – but our CCD work is no less important. Please try your best to read, answer questions, etc. 8th Grade CCD Morality is very challenging. We will be looking at some challenging issues indeed. This crisis is a point in fact – are we going to be kind and giving to our neighbors, or selfish and self-serving?

    We should ALL be remembering the “11th Commandment” at this time from Matthew 22:34-40: “Love the Lord with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    Best thoughts as we all say “Glory be…”

    Fondly, Mr. P

  2. Dear 8th Grade Students,

    I hope you and your family are very, very well in these trying times. As we are working on Assignment #3 for the week of 3/29/20 to 4/4/20, let us keep in mind the reflections of St. Paul and St. Theresa of Avila, as below, on love. I am convinced that true love will see us through the bleakest of days.

    “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”
    – St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8)

    “Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”

    “It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”
    – St. Theresa of Avila

    Stay very well. Best thoughts – and as we always say “Glory be…”

    Fondly, Mr. P

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