The Seven Sacraments Teachers' Guide (HS): The Foundation of Christian Living

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Veronica Burchard
Douglas Bushman, S.T.L.
Monsignor John Cihak
Sean Fitzpatrick
Jose Gonzalez
Mark Lajoie
Cindy Kelly
Beth Raymond, M.T.S., M.L.S.
Steve Rummelsburg
Danelle Urban
Michael Verlander
Janet Wigoff

The Sacraments of the Catholic Church provide us with the grace and strength to live a moral and virtuous life. In this teacher-written and classroom-tested guide, you are given all the tools you need to go beyond the textbook and lead your students to encounter Christ in the Sacraments.

The veteran Catholic school teachers who wrote the ten lessons included here know first-hand your needs in the classroom. That is why these lessons can stand alone, are "substitute-proof," and are designed in a flexible, modular format.

Each lesson includes background readings, full-color sacred art, discussion guides, critical thinking questions, warm-ups, and interactive activities such as games, role-plays, and hands-on extension options.

By analyzing primary sources, from the words of Christ to the writings of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Popes St. John Paul II and Francis, your students will come to know:

  • How Jesus established a personal relationship with each of us through the Sacraments of the Church
  • How to live a sacramental life and a life of prayer
  • Why Christ entrusted Scripture and the Sacraments to the Catholic Church for our salvation
  • How regular reception of the Sacraments is essential to becoming what God created us to be — Holy.
  • How Baptism incorporates us into the Church and makes us sharers in the priesthood of Christ
  • Why the Sacraments are effective whether we feel it or not
  • Effective ways to prepare for proper reception of the Sacraments
  • And so much more that will help young people better understand and engage with each of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church


All pre-lesson activities, handouts, readings, and a complete answer key are provided. That way, you can begin using this resource in your classroom today!

Available in both elementary and high school editions. All lessons in the high school edition feature connections to the USCCB framework.

"Engaging activities which I can immediately use in my classroom." 
– Angela R., High School Teacher

"Practical lessons, great resources and ideas. Definitely things that can be used in the classroom."
– Emily D., Elementary School Teacher

"I appreciated the integration of art, pop culture and the Catechism. Very practical information!" 
– Kenneth M., High School Teacher

"These are definitely lessons I can see myself using in my class." 
– Khia B., Elementary School Teacher

"Very well thought out and presented in a manner easy to follow. Colorful and attractive in design with beautiful pictures and art. The Bible Memorizations are just right." 
– Kristen L, Homeschooling Parent

"The scriptural memorizations are a great add-on feature. We do bible memory verses (1 per month) but having them already here and relating to the unit is a bonus. It's very simple and straight forward for 4th graders. The language and the complexity is a good mix for that age level." 
– Trisha D., Elementary School Teacher

"So many lesson plans give you references to look up on your own. Having everything right there in the lesson plan makes for a more complete program which is very desirable."
– Katie H, Middle School Teacher

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