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From Kindergarten through 5th grade all children should know and understand the following for their grade level and the previous grades' material.

KINDERGARTNER Should Know.....


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


We give you thanks, for all your benefits, Almighty God, who like and reign for ever. Amen.

1st Grade Should Know.....


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

** All prayers previously learned

2nd Grade Should Know.....


Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist


The Holy Trinity is the three Persons in one God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

** All prayers previously learned

3rd Grade Should Know.....


You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind. And your neighbor as yourself.


Warn the sinner. Instruct the ignorant. Counsel the doubtful. Comfort the sorrowing. Bear wrongs patiently. Forgive all injuries. Pray for the living and the dead.


Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Give alms to the poor. Clothe the naked. Visit the sick. Shelter the homeless. Visit the imprisoned. Bury the dead.


  1. One
  2. Holy
  3. Catholic
  4. Apostolic

** All prayers previously learned

4th Grade Should Know.....

THE BEATITUDES (Meaning and Actions)

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

6. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


(Meaning and Actions)

1. I am the Lord, your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

4. Honor your father and your mother.

5. You shall not kill.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.


1. Baptism

2. Holy Eucharist

3. Confirmation

4. Reconciliation

5. Anointing of the Sick

6. Holy Orders

7. Matrimony


Oh, My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

** All prayers previously learned

5th Grade Should Know.....


I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


1. Wisdom

2. Knowledge

3. Counsel

4. Fortitude

5. Understanding

6. Piety

7. Fear of the Lord

** All prayers previously learned


Below is a list of the activities parents are asked by the Diocese of Saginaw to participate in with your child(ren). Parents are also asked to provide weekly support for their child's Faith Program.

By grade level, parents are expected to support the parish catechists by assisting your child(ren) in studying the weekly material and to do the following:

Kindergartner - parents are asked to:

  • Celebrate Sundays and special family and church feasts.
  • Read/tell Bible stories to the child.
  • Talk about God as part of their family.

1st Grader - parents are asked to:

  • Witness a Baptism in the parish community with their child.
  • Pray spontaneously as a family at meals and/or bedtime, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Talk about God as part of their daily family life.
  • Celebrate Sundays and special family and Church feasts (Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter) in the home.
  • Read/tell Bible stories and listen to the child tell them.

2nd Grader - parents are asked to:

  • Attend Sunday Mass and participate actively with their child.
  • Review with their child the traditional prayers learned in Grade One.
  • Celebrate family rituals: involve child in the sharing of bread.
  • Participate with the child in some parish "meals"-picnics, festivals, and potluck dinners.
  • Encourage and support their child in their Reconcilation/Eucharist/Confirmation preparation.

3rd Grader - parents are asked to:

  • Attend Sunday Mass and participate actively with their child.
  • Help their child to experience and observe the work of parish lay ministers and community volunteers.
  • Involve the child/family in some form of shared parish community service.
  • Celebrate holy days, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. in their home with special decorations, family traditions and rituals that express their Christian beliefs.
  • Read/tell Bible stories and listen to their child share these stories in their own words.

4th Grader - parents are asked to:

  • Attend Sunday Mass and participate actively with their child.
  • Include praying and reading the Bible, and Bible stories in daily family life.
  • Help their child understand and learn the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes.
  • Involve their child in planning and carrying out a service project.
  • Invite their child to lead family prayer.
  • Celebrate other forms of Church prayer with their child: Advent, Lent, Stations of the Cross, and Rosary.

5th Grader - parents are asked to:

  • Attend Sunday Mass and participate actively with their child in this and other liturgical celebrations of the church year.
  • Help their child to understand and memorize the Nicene Creed.
  • Help their child identify ways they can use personal talents and gifts to help the needy.
  • Discuss issues of justice and peace with their child and do actions that alleviate suffering and poverty.
  • Include praying and reading from the Bible in daily family life.

“You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)