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The FIRST Handbook of Faith written to the U.S. Bishops Curriculum Framework!
Catholic Essentials: An Overview of the Faith is a handbook of information, prayer, and practice about Jesus, the Holy Trinity, the Catholic Church, the Sacraments, and ways those who believe in Jesus live out their faith. Organized around the US Bishops' high school curriculum framework, this book is an essential resource to accompany a full study of the Catholic faith.
Catholic Essentials provides an overview and synthesis of the six required courses and the elective options of a high school theology curriculum, making it the perfect companion for the students' four years of high school. It also works as a primary text for an introductory or review course. It is well suited for use as the main catechetical resource in a parish youth ministry or religious education program, as it conforms to the new parish adaptation of the framework.
Features to enhance students' knowledge of Jesus:
- Review Questions to help summarize each main section
- Write or Discuss prompts offer ways to reflect on material and apply it to the students' lives
- Vocabulary terms are defined in the Glossary of Selected Terms
- Jesus: Friend and Savior feature includes practical applications for furthering study, including activities, questions and answers apologetic in nature, and a prayer.
Catholic Essentials comes in three cool and holy colors! Green—the color of creation and the renewal of life, Blue—Mary's color, or Gold—the color of kings, Jesus Christ!
TEACHERS: Request a review copy.
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“Colorful presentation was a hit.”
“The colorful presentation was a hit right away. As a DRE I am excited to find a format that appeals to our high school students while covering the materials recommended by the U.S. Bishops' High School Curriculum Framework.”
Susan Moore, St. Ferdinand Parish, Blanco, TX
“Easy to read, inviting, and usable in the classroom.”
“I love the Student Text and am a fan of the Teacher's Manual! The Teacher's Manual is easy to read, inviting, and is usable in the classroom as it exists today. That same warmth permeates the Student Text. If the goal is to make Jesus approachable so that the students may develop a relationship with him, you have succeeded.”
Maria Steen, Department Chairperson
Archbishop Chapelle High School, Metarie, LA
How to Use Catholic Essentials
What Is the Framework?
Using Catholic Essentials in a Parish (.doc)
Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework
Parish and Youth Ministry Adaptation of the Doctrinal Framework
Using Catholic Essentials in a Parish (PDF)