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Learning to Forgive

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK and Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades PK-K Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades 1-3 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

“Lord I Lift Your Name On High” 

Sing and Dance activity to get the kids moving.

Singa and the Kindness Cubbies

Story teaching why it is important to ask for forgiveness

Our Father Printable 

Provides graphics for kids explaining each phrase in the prayer.

Our Father Coloring 

Coloring page for kids to reinforce the message.

The Prodigal Son  

Animated version of the story of the Prodigal Son

How To Forgive  

Activity for kids to write or draw a time that they were hurt by someone.

Nylo’s Mom Story 

Story that teaches how our bad choices do not define who we are.

Murray’s Talk with Nylo

Video that where Nylo describes what it is like to be separated from his mom.

Act Out the Our Father

Have kids use this exercise to act out the Our Father

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades 4-6 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Story of the Unmerciful Servant 

Read aloud Matthew 18: 21-34

Video Rendition of the Unmerciful Servant 

A video of the Biblical story told for kids.

Nylo’s Story 

Story of a boy whose mom is in jail.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades 7-9 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Catholics and the Death Penalty

Please note: start video at time frame 1:30.

The infographic on the prison population in the United States.

Prisoner Finds Christ

Story of a man who finds the light of Christ while in prison.

Pope Francis & the Death Penality 

Video of Pope Francis speaking to world leaders about ending the death penalty.

Letter from Pope Francis

Letter to the youth incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter in LA.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades 10-12 – Learning to Forgive.pdf

Resources

The Death Penalty is Always Inadmissible

Archbishop Gomez reminds us that no one ever loses human dignity

The Power of Forgiveness: Restorative Justice

4.5-minute video shares the story of one woman who has found forgiveness.

Homeboy Industries: A Turning Point

25-minute short documentary of the program that assists formerly gang-involved youth.​

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

Current statistics of who is in prison and why

The Norwegian Prison where Inmates are Treated Like People

Bastoy prison island village where inmates learn work and life skills

Article from Angelus News

Bishop O’Connell visits Folsom Prison​ with families of the incarcerated through the Get on the Bus program

Catholic Social Teaching and the Death Penalty

Overview of the teaching on human dignity

Catholic Teaching and Restorative Justice

A guide for living as a people of justice and mercy

Families of Murder Victims Speak Out

Article shares the stories of families who have been victimized and their response to tragedy. Seeking retribution or sowing mercy are often not disconnected and can be difficult.

Death Sentences and Executions 2018

Provides international information from Amnesty International

The Cruel Cost of Solitary Confinement​

Describes the physical and mental toll caused by solitary confinement.

Effects of Solitary Confinement

4-minute video Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison discuss effects of long-term solitary confinement.

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