Mr. Kiessling

Welcome to Religious Education!

Welcome to the webpage for Mr. Kiessling's religious education classes. In the sixth grade students assiduously study the Old Testament / Hebrew Scriptures, the history and geography of Israel, the way in which Christ is foreshadowed, and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church as they come forth through the biblical passages of the Old Testament. In the eight grade, students study the moral teachings of the Catholic Church in greater depth. They learn the basic moral principles the Church uses in setting forth its teachings on various moral issues that may confront them in the contemporary world. They will also learn how faith in Christ, the sacraments, and the theological teachings of Catholicism bear upon their moral decisions.

Class Expectations

Breakdown of Grades:

Homework and Classwork — 45 %
Testing — 40%
Participation — 15%


All assignments are given in class, and most of the time they will also be posted on the website. Students are expected to write their assignments down during class. If the internet is not accessible, teacher is unable to put the homework on for that night, or some unforeseeable reason, homework will still be counted as a zero.

Testing Procedures for 6th and Eighth Grade Religious Education

Sixth Grade: Students will receive study guides 1 1/2 to 2 weeks prior to any major test. Quizes students may only receive a week to a few days depending upon the size of the quiz. Quizes do not require study guides.

Eighth Grade: Students will receive study guides 1 1/2 week prior to a major test. When quizes are given it may only be a couple of days. Quizes do not require study guides.

When studying for tests with study guides. Only the material on the study guide will be on the test.

Christian Service

Sixth grade is required to do at least eight hours of Christian service during the course of the year.

Seventh grade is required to do at least twelve hours of Christian service during the course of the year.

Eighth grade is required to at least fifteen hours of Christian service during the course of the year.

Mr. Kiessling announces service opportunities in class, but the school is not responsible for providing them. Students will need to exercise initiative in finding service opportunities.

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6th Grade Handouts


All homework is due the next class after it has been assigned unless otherwise noted.

Sixth Grade Study Guides

I.Identify and know these key figures and terms

Abraham / Abram, Sarah / Sarai, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Laban, Rachel, Leah, Hagar, Rebecca, Esau, birth rite, Blessing, concubine, typology, circumcision, stewardship, Keturah, Joseph, Benjamin, Potiphar, Asenath, Ephraim and Manasseh


1.What is the three-pronged blessing of Abraham? (Remember one is subdivided into two.)

2.What is the meaning of God changing one’s name? Give me the two Old Testament examples and the one N.T. Example

3.Give examples of way in which Abraham showed great faith? What ways early on in his life did he not show this faith?

4.The apple does not fall far from the tree. How is this true of Isaac?

5.How did Jacob acquire the birthright, and blessing?

6.What was the content of Jacob famous dream? What did God say to him that would help you know its meaning?

7.How is Abraham generous to Lot and the Kings he conquered?

8.Why is Esau a three time loser?

9.What are the two explanation as to why it is that Jacob went to Laban?

10.How many sons does Jacob have? What do they actually become?

11.What is the meaning of the story of Jacob’s ladder (or stair case)? How does it point to Christ?

12.Where did the Israelites settle in Egypt?

13.How did Jacob get duped by Laban? How did Jacob get revenge?

14.Why was Joseph hated by his brothers? (2 reasons)

15.How did Joseph end up in Egypt?

16.Why did Joseph go to prison? How did Joseph get out of prison?

17.What were the dreams of Pharaoh and what were their meanings?

18.How did Joseph save Israel and his sons?

19.How did Joseph understand the evil done to him?

20.How did Joseph make Pharaoh powerful?

21. What are the two stories of how Joseph got into Egypt?

22. What is the meaning of the God changing someone’s name?

  • You should be familiar with the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob that would include all those parts of the stories we discussed. Look over those stories in the Bible if you are not remembering.

Seventh Grade Handouts


The name Jesus means "Savior." It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. It is given to our Lord because "He saves His people from their sins."

Messiah / Christ

These two titles are equivalent, both meaning "anointed one," from the Hebrew verb MASHAH ("to anoint, smear with oil, pour oil over someone"). Christ is the English equivalent the Greek verb CHRIO. It means "anointed".

Lord / LORD

Originally it was a title of respect used for people superior to yourself, so it simply meant "Sir" or "Master”.It was later use to refer to the God of the Israelites.

OT: The Hebrew title ADONAI simply means "lord" or "master," and is often used for humans and/or for God. Although God's name in Hebrew, Yahweh, is very often written in the Bible, it was rarely pronounced by Jews. Instead, people used the title Adonai.

NT: The Greek word KYRIOS (Lord) is very frequent (80 Mt; 18 Mk; 104 Lk; 52 Jn; 107 Acts; 274 Paul; 717 total), with a variety of meanings. It sometimes refers to God or to humans, but usually to Jesus. Calling Jesus "Lord" is an assertion of his messianic or divine status (Acts 2:34-36; Phil 2:11).

Son of God / God's Son

As Christian theology developed, it took on more exclusively Trinitarian understanding. (God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.)

OT: In the singular or plural, God's "son" or "sons" can refer to angels (Gen 6:2), kings (Ps 2:7), good people (Wis 2:18), or the people of Israel overall (Exod 4:22).

N.T. The use of this title to refer Jesus divinity is found in Matt 16:13-20

Son of Man

More literally "son of the human" in Aramaic & Greek; originally emphasizing someone's humanity, this title was later also used for a powerful heavenly figure.

OT: Used 93 times in Ezekiel and only 13 times in the rest of the OT (translated "mortal" in NRSV), it usually refers to human beings in contrast to God or angels; but it could also highlight the prophet's role as a special representative of the people. Daniel 7:13 is the only OT text where this phrase describes a heavenly figure nearly equivalent to God in power and authority; in later Jewish apocalyptic literature, the "Son of Man" is a figure of divine judgment.

NT: Used 85 times, mostly in the four Gospels (14 Mk, 30 Mt, 25 Lk, 13 Jn) and almost always by Jesus referring to himself, but with various meanings. Some "Son of Man" sayings refer to the human activity of Jesus (as in Ezekiel), while others refer to his future role in divine judgment (as in Daniel 7:13; cf. Rev 1:13). Brand new is Jesus' use of "Son of Man" when he is telling his disciples about his upcoming suffering and death (esp. Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33).

Rabbi / Rabbouni / Teacher

Hebrew and Aramaic words meaning "my master", or "my teacher" in particular. They were not used as titles in OT times, but were common titles of respect by the time of Jesus, especially but not only for teachers.

A Greek transliteration of the Hebrew "Rabbi" occurs only in the Gospels (3 Mk, 4 Mt, 0 Lk, 8 Jn), while a transliteration of the Aramaic "Rabbouni" occurs only in Mark 10:51 and John 20:16. Both titles are translated in John as meaning "teacher" (1:38; 20:16), and both are almost always applied to Jesus. These titles are used almost exclusively by his own disciples.

Seventh Grade Study Guides

Grade 7 Chapter Three Review

1. Define: mystery, epiphany, midrash, parable

2. What is the purpose of Matthew’s infancy narrative? (p.85)

3. What is the purpose of Luke’s infancy narrative? (p.86-87)

4. What are the two major reasons why Jesus could not sin?

5. Why are parables important? (notes)

6. What was the central theme of Jesus preaching?

7. List the 7 descriptions of the Kingdom of God. (P.95-96)

8. What is the purpose of miracles? (p. 97)

9. List the four different kinds of miracles found in the gospel. (P. 98)

10. Explain why people find miracles something that is difficult to believe today. (P. 98)

11. Explain the three different words used for the concept of miracle. (p. 98)

12. Explain four ways Jesus miracles reveal God’s power (p. 99)

13. List ways in which Jesus miracles are signs (p. 99)

14. How did Jesus represent a threat to many religious and civil leaders? (p. 101-102)

15. Define transfiguration, paschal mystery

16. What is the meaning of the transfiguration and how is the Holy Trinity present in that event.

8th grade handouts

Church uses in making moral pronouncements?

8th grade study guides

Grade 8 test

1.Define freedom according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. (p. 73)

2.What is Thomas Aquinas definition of law? (P. 83)

3.What does Natural Law Serve as a basis of? (p. 85)

4.List the 6 precepts of the Church. (p. 87-88)

5. What is the purpose of the precepts of the Church? (p. 87)

6. Define: imputable, culpable, license, external freedom, internal freedom, passions, civil law, natural law, determinism

7. What are examples of internal and external objects to freedom?(p. 75)

8. How is the Natural law applicable? (p. 85)

9. What are the obstacles to freedom? (p.77-78)

10. What does the abuse of freedom result in? (p. 77)
11. What supports and enriches our freedom? (p.78)

12. What is the function of the passions? (p.80)

13. How are Christians to channel the passions? (p.80)

14. What does the Old law not give? (p. 86-87)

15. What are the sources the Church uses in making moral pronouncements? (p.81)

17. What is the highest norm in human life? (p.87)

18. What are the four purposes of natural law? (p.87)

19. What does N.L. refer to (p.84)?

20. What does Natural Law serve as a foundation of? (p.85)

21. Are passions inherently evil? Why or why not? (p.80)

22. What do good laws do?

23. What does the New Law do? (p.87)

24. Why did God give us the commandments? (p.86)

25. How does the New Law perfect the Old Law? (p.87)

26. What does the New Law do? (p. 87)

27. Why is abortion against the N.L.? (p.89)

Christian Service Opportunities

All MHMS students are required to do Christian Service. Students should maintain a record of their hours throughout the year, as they will be submitted with a parent's signature.

An email was sent to parents letting them know about the opportunity for service at the North Hill retirement center that takes place after school on half days. It will begin on Oct 18. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from North Hill. It is a great opportunity for young people to visit the elderly and experience the importance of reaching out to those who may not have families to see them on any regular basis. The program can accept the up to twenty volunteers.



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