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Introduction: Permeation is as simple as A-B-C-D The purpose of permeation is to make our faith part of every lesson we teach. It is the sharing of our core religious values with our students. We look for authentic ways to share our faith.

  1. A. Amen: Why we pray and the power of prayer
  2. B. Believe: What we believe (statements of our faith, creed)
  3. C. Celebrate: How we celebrate (sacraments, liturgical year events)
  4. D. Do: What we do and how we live (morals and values)

A. Amen: Why We Pray and the Power of Prayer


  • Begin each class/period of the day with prayer!
    • What would I pray for in…
      • History/Social Studies?
      • Pray for specific countries involved in conflicts; pray for politicians, governments, civic leaders; pray for fruitful negotiations to end conflicts, etc.
      • Science? Pray for the discovery of a cure for a specific disease; pray for a vaccine against Ebola; pray for ethical research practices; pray for breakthroughs in scientific research, etc.
      • Math? Pray for those who have limited access to resources (that we might better divide and share what we have); pray for countries or people with unmanageable debt loads (e.g. those parents in Third World Countries forced to sell their children into slavery because of unpaid debts), etc.
      • Phys Ed? Pray for those who have been injured; pray for strength to show good sportsmanship; pray that international sporting events might bring countries and cultures together.
    • Ask for intentions/petitions from the students.
    • Students can compose their own prayers (fits especially well in Language Arts!)
  • Teach traditional catholic prayers
  • Loyola Press’s “Three Minute Retreat” is a great way to start a class. There’s a new one every day, complete with Bible passage and contemplation questions.
  • Create a dedicated prayer corner or sacred space in your room
    • What goes in it? Some suggestions:
      • Prayer cloth in the colour of the liturgical season (Purple for Advent and Lent, Green for Ordinary Time, White for Christmas/Easter)
      • Bible, Rosary, Candles, Crucifix, Icons or pictures of your class’s patron saint, Picture or statue of the Holy Family
  • Share stories about the power of prayer. This could come from many sources.
  • Follow the liturgical seasons.
    • Liturgical Seasons (e.g. indicate Sundays of Advent, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time)
    • Feast days (e.g. The Annunciation, March 25), Holy Days of Obligation
    • Culturally significant feast days – great for Social Studies! (e.g. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17; St. Jean Baptiste Day June 24)
  • Explore the Mass and celebrations ( “Lex orandi, lex credendi” – the Latin term which means what we pray is what we believe).
    • Examine parts of the Mass:
      • Introductory Rites – includes the Opening Prayer, Penitential Rite and the Gloria
      • Liturgy of the Word – includes the Readings, Gospel, Homily and Prayers of the Faithful
      • Liturgy of the Eucharist – includes the Eucharist Prayer, the Our Father and Holy Communion
      • Concluding Rites – includes the Concluding Prayer and Dismissal


  • Create a dedicated spot in your room
  • What goes in it? Some suggestions:
    • Table cover (cloth, dollar store plastic tablecloth, paper, etc.) in the colour of the liturgical season (Purple for Advent and Lent, Green for Ordinary Time, White for Easter, Red for Pentecost, etc.)
    • Rosary, Crucifix
    • Icons or pictures of your class’s patron saint
    • Picture or statue of the Holy Family
    • Bible
    • Candles (including Advent Wreath)

B. Believe: What We Believe


The core beliefs of our faith are found in:

The Apostles Creed

The Nicene Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation,
he came down from heaven:

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.

by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered died and was buried.

On the third day he rose again.

On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead

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 holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one
baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.





The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains a full description of the tenets of Catholicism.

C. Celebrate: How Do We Celebrate?


The sacraments involve faith in big life moments. Celebrations of the sacraments are signs of Jesus’ presence in our lives and a means for receiving His grace.

  • The Church celebrates seven sacraments, which can be divided into three categories.

    • Sacraments of Initiation

      • Baptism
      • Confirmation
      • Eucharist
      • Sacraments of Healing
        • Reconciliation
        • Anointing of the Sick
      • Sacraments at the Service of Communion

        • Matrimony

        • Holy Orders


  • Celebrate the feast day of your class’s patron saint! Have a party! Bring treats! (Why not a parade on the feast of St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians?!)
  • “Bethlehem” means “house of bread” – why not have a bannock/bread day in the school? (Last long 360 of January, just before exams?)
  • We’re really good at celebrating Christmas, but what about Easter? Have a class potluck!


    D. Do: Catholic Morals and Values


    As Catholics we embrace the dignity of the person, from conception to natural death. All people are created in the Image of God.


    More information about Catholic Social Teachings is available at center/CST-101 (information below gleamed from this website).

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person

      • The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.

    • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
      • The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society — in economics and politics, in law and policy — directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened.
    • Rights and Responsibilities
      • The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
      • A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring….remember the needs of the poor and vulnerable.
    • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
      • The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in Gods creation. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected.
    • Solidarity
      • We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace.
    • Care for God’s Creation
      • We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith.

    Ten Commandments tradition/catholic-basics/catholic-beliefs-and-practices/the-ten-commandments/

    The Seven Deadly Sins catholic-church.html

    The Seven Cardinal Virtues catholic-church.html

    Fruits of the Holy Spirit tradition/catholic-basics/catholic-beliefs-and-practices/fruits-of-the-holy-spirit/

    Gifts of the Holy Spirit tradition/catholic-basics/catholic-beliefs-and-practices/gifts-of-the-holy-spirit/

    E. Other General Suggestions for Faith Permeation


    On your classroom wall calendar

    Liturgical Seasons

    (e.g. indicate Sundays of Advent, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time)

    Feast days

    (e.g. The Annunciation, March 25), Holy Days of Obligation

    Saint of the Day

    (e.g. Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29)

    Culturally significant feast days – great for Social Studies!

    (e.g. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17; St. Jean Baptiste Day [called “la fête nationale” in Québec] June 24)


    Post a quote of the day/week:

    • Common English Bible (CEB), Contemporary English Version (CEV), and Good News Translation (GNT) are popular versions with adolescents; the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is the translation officially used by the Catholic Church in Canada

    • (scroll down the page to find the spot to subscribe). Sign up for a bible verse that is sent to your inbox every day, in whatever bible translation you prefer.

    • also has a keyword search feature.

    • has a bible verse and a calendar style picture that can be put up on your smartboard as students enter the room.

    • has a keyword search feature.

    • iHope is a free app for iPhone with daily quotes and inspirational messages.

    • Google “Christian Inspirational Quotes” and search the images that come up – perfect for use on smartboards as students come in for the day (many can also be printed off and used as posters!)