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Middle School Catechism, Part One (Baltimore Catechism)

Your student will be guided through the time-tested Baltimore Catechism Q & A with a practical, clear format, giving your child a solid grounding in (and a deep understanding of) the Catholic faith.

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester of Catechism, Religion, or Theology

Special Notes: This is Part One of a 2-part course. Students are expected to sign up for Part Two in the spring.


The main goal of the course is to gain mastery over the content of the Baltimore Catechism as presented therein that students might KNOW God. Each class will also try to show how the lesson of the week is reasonable and beautiful so that the children will grow in LOVE for God. Finally, I hope to present how this most lovable faith can be lived out in a practical way so the students may begin (or continue) to SERVE God and put into practice what we have learned.

NOTE: The structure that we will follow will be that found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Baltimore Catechism says – Creed, Commandments, Sacraments, Prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church presents it as Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, and Prayer.


Class 1 – Intro to the Catechism

Lesson 1: The Purpose of Man’s Existence

Class 2 – God

Lesson 2: God and His Perfections

Lesson 3: The Unity and Trinity of God

Class 3 – Creation of the Angels

Lesson 4: Creation and the Angels

Class 4 – Creation of Man and the Fall

Lesson 5: The Creation and the Fall of Man

Lesson 6: Actual Sin

Class 5 – The Son’s Redemption

Lesson 7: The Incarnation

Lesson 8: The Redemption

Class 6 – The Holy Spirit

Lesson 9: The Holy Ghost and Grace

Lesson 10: The Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Ghost

Class 7 – The Church on Earth

Lesson 11: The Catholic Church

Lesson 12: The Marks and Attributes of the Church

Class 8 – The Church in Heaven and the End Times

Lesson 13: The Communion of Saints and the Forgiveness of Sins

Lesson 14: The Resurrection and Life Everlasting

Class 9 – Mysteries of the Kingdom – The Sacraments

Lesson 23: The Sacraments

Lesson 24: Baptism

Class 10 – Children of the King

Lesson 25: Confirmation

Class 11 – Soldiers of the King

Lesson 26: The Holy Eucharist

Class 12 – Wedding of the King

Lesson 27: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Class 13 – Mystery and the Mass

Lesson 28: Holy Communion

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No. 2) Paperback – July 1, 1999, ISBN #978-0899422428 (https://amzn.to/3rQxdlJ)

Homework: Homework will include: Daily reading for 10-15 minutes, weekly faith practicum, copying questions from the textbook into a notebook, and online quizzes.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Thursdays, September 5 to December 5, 2024. (No class Nov. 28)

Starting Time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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