RE10, Term 3, Week 7: The Characteristics of the Church

The characteristics of the Church

By the end of this week, students should:

  • Explain the Catholic understanding of the Church as the body of Christ

  • Explain the qualities of one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church

  • Explain the Catholic understanding of the universal sacrament of salvation

Learning Experience 1


The following prayer has been a part of the life of the Church since the fourteenth century. It is often used as a private prayer after Communion.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, fill me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within your wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from you.
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to you
That I may praise you with your saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever.

The Body of Christ Game 

This game provides a fun way of introducing reflection on the Church's teaching about itself as the Body of Christ.

Basically, we divide into teams of 6 to 8. In each team, one person becomes the eyes of the body, one person becomes the voice of the body, one or two people become the arms and hands of the body. The remainder become the legs of the body. Only the legs can have contact with the floor. Only the arms can pick up the Bible. Bible? That's right, I didn't tell you, did I. The task is to reach the Bible at the other end of the room before any other team and open it at 1 Corinthians 12 and read St Paul's description of the Church as the Body of Christ. There is a bag of chocolates in it for the winning team! 

Only the legs can carry the arms, voice and eyes to the other end of the room ... and the legs are blindfolded! Only the eyes can see. Only the voice can tell the arms/hands where the Bible is because the arms are blindfolded, too. The "eyes" person can communicate with the voice, which is also blind, and can "tell" by taps when the arms/hands are close to the Bible and when arms/hands have opened the Bible at the right page. Only then can the voice remove his/her blindfold and read what St Paul wrote about the Body of Christ. And all this for a bag of chocolates?

Debrief and Discuss

Learning Experience 2


Learning Experience 3


Learning Experience 4