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WE BELIEVE: Lesson 4. The Church: Age of the Holy Spirit


PART ONE: I Believe

Lesson 4: The CHURCH, Age of the Holy Spirit


Activity: The Holy Spirit guides EVERY member of the Church to continue the work of Christ. Choose THREE terms from this list and write out what the term means in your JOURNALS.

bishops: Jesus left his Apostles to carry on his mission to make God known to all people.

The Apostles passed this mission on to the Pope (the Bishop of Rome) and the

bishops to lead the Church on earth.

priests: men who are chosen and consecrated through the Sacrament of Holy Orders to be

co-workers with bishops.

deacons: men chosen and consecrated in the Sacrament of Holy Orders to assist bishops

and priests, especially in the ministry of mercy and charity.

laity or lay people: all the members of the Church who have not been ordained, who

active help to carry out God’s mission of LOVE on earth.

religious brothers: those who are called to a consecrated life to grow in holiness and

serve the church.

PENTECOST: the fiftieth day after Easter when the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles and

disciples as promised by Jesu Christ; We celebrate Pentecost as the

birthday of the Church.

MARKS of the CHURCH: are the four signs or essential qualities of the Church founded by Jesus: ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC and APOSTOLIC

one: The Church is one Body of Christ (as the Head)

holy : The Church is holy as Christ lives in each believer on the

road to God’s holiness guided by the Holy Spirit

catholic: The Church is catholic meaning universal or spread

throughout the whole world.

apostolic: The Church shares the teaching of the first Apostles to

help everyone know and receive Jesus as Lord and



ACTIVITY: Answer the questions below.

What do you mean when you profess: “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church?

Sample Answer: I believe that God intended for all of us to be ONE, united Body of believers with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our head.

I believe that as baptized followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit in us guiding us toward God’s HOLY life in in His image.

I believe that God intended for God’s WORD to be the catholic or universal foundation of TRUTH and LOVE in all believers throughout the world.

I believe that the Church is called by God to be apostolic to follow the example of His disciples (apostles) in sharing the Good News with others of how Jesus came to save us all and bring us back to a healthy, loving relationship with God.

In what ways do you cooperate with the Holy Spirit to build the Body of Christ especially in your family?

Sample answers:

I surrender my heart and life to God every day.

I ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to help me do what God wants me to do at the beginning of each day.

I spend time meditating on God’s Word and in prayer every day.

I meditate on every part of the Our Father as it applies to my life.

I spend time with Jesus and Holy Mary, Mother of God with the Rosary.

I put aside time to study my catechism assignments throughout the week.

I share how I am learning and growing in my love and worship of God.

I pray for and serve others as the Holy Spirit leads me.

We are disciples of Christ. Read Matthew 28:16-20. Explain how you live Jesus’ message.

16 The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go.

17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, even though some of them doubted.

18 Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.

19 Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

20 and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always to the end of the age.

Sample Answer:

First of all, I ask Jesus to help me learn, obey, and live out what His Word teaches us, especially when we attend Mass each week.

Then I ask Jesus to help me share what He wants me to share with others about who he is and how to live in his Kingdom now and forever.

I trust that he will tell me what to say and show me what to do to help others come to know, love, and serve God with all their hearts.


Read Acts 2: 1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20:19-23

What do these Scripture passages tell you about the power of the Holy Spirit?

ACTS 2:1-11: This passage describes how the Holy Spirit came as Jesus had promised to the Apostles and Mary and all those who believed in the Resurrection of Jesus.. People from all over were there in Jerusalem. By the power of the Holy Spirit, they were able to hear and understand each other and wonderful things God had done.

1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13: This passage tells about how the Holy Spirit gives special gifts to each of us for the good of all as we serve Jesus as our Risen Lord. Some of these special gifts include: messages of Wisdom, faith, and the power to heal. We are baptized into one BODY where Christ is the head. We are all given special gifts to share with others.

John 20: 19-23: On the evening of Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and showed them his hands and feed. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus blessed them with his PEACE and breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” He told them that the Holy Spirit would give them the power to willingly forgive others who had sinned against them.




Lección 4: La IGLESIA, Era del Espíritu Santo


Actividad: El Espíritu Santo guía a CADA miembro de la Iglesia a continuar la obra de Cristo. Elija TRES términos de esta lista y escriba lo que significa el término en sus DIARIOS.

obispos: Jesús dejó a sus Apóstoles para continuar su misión de dar a conocer a Dios a todos los pueblos. Los Apóstoles pasaron esta misión al Papa (el Obispo de Roma) ya los obispos para dirigir la Iglesia en la tierra.

sacerdotes: hombres que son elegidos y consagrados a través del Sacramento del Orden Sagrado para ser colaboradores de los obispos.

diáconos: hombres elegidos y consagrados en el Sacramento del Orden Sagrado para ayudar a los obispos y sacerdotes, especialmente en el ministerio de la misericordia y la caridad.

laicos o laicos: todos los miembros de la Iglesia que no han sido ordenados, que ayudan activamente a llevar a cabo la misión de AMOR de Dios en la tierra.

hermanos religiosos: los que son llamados a la vida consagrada para crecer en santidad y servir a la iglesia.

PENTECOSTÉS: el quincuagésimo día después de Pascua cuando el Espíritu Santo descendió sobre los Apóstoles y discípulos como lo prometió Jesucristo; Celebramos Pentecostés como el cumpleaños de la Iglesia.

MARCAS de la IGLESIA: son los cuatro signos o cualidades esenciales de la Iglesia fundada por Jesús: UNA, SANTA, CATÓLICA y APOSTÓLICA

uno : La Iglesia es un Cuerpo de Cristo (como la Cabeza)

santo: La Iglesia es santa porque Cristo vive en cada creyente en el

camino a la santidad de Dios guiado por el Espíritu Santo

católica: La Iglesia es católica en el sentido de universal o extendida

por todo el mundo.

apostólica: La Iglesia comparte la enseñanza de los primeros Apóstoles a

ayudar a todos a conocer y recibir a Jesús como Señor y



ACTIVIDAD: Contesta las siguientes preguntas.

¿Qué quieres decir cuando profesas: “Creo en una Iglesia, santa, católica y apostólica?

Ejemplo de respuesta: Creo que Dios quiso que todos fuéramos UNO, Cuerpo unido de creyentes con nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo como nuestra cabeza.

Yo creo que como seguidores bautizados de Cristo, tenemos el Espíritu Santo en nosotros guiándonos hacia la vida SANTA de Dios en Su imagen.

Creo que Dios quiso que la PALABRA de Dios fuera el fundamento católico o universal de la VERDAD y el AMOR en todos los creyentes en todo el mundo.

Creo que la Iglesia está llamada por Dios a ser apostólica para seguir el ejemplo de Sus discípulos (apóstoles) al compartir las Buenas Nuevas con otros de cómo Jesús vino a salvarnos a todos y traernos de vuelta a una relación sana y amorosa con Dios.

¿De qué manera cooperas con el Espíritu Santo para edificar el Cuerpo de Cristo especialmente en tu familia?

Ejemplos de respuestas:

Entrego mi corazón y mi vida a Dios todos los días.

Pido la guía del Espíritu Santo para que me ayude a hacer lo que Dios quiere que haga al comienzo de cada día.

Paso tiempo meditando en la Palabra de Dios y en oración todos los días.

Medito en cada parte del Padre Nuestro según se aplica a mi vida.

Paso tiempo con Jesús y Santa María, Madre de Dios con el Rosario.

Dedico tiempo para estudiar mis asignaciones de catecismo durante toda la semana.

Comparto cómo estoy aprendiendo y creciendo en mi amor y adoración a Dios.