Illustrated Dictionary

Activity Objective

The young people will make an illustrated dictionary to describe the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to describe how the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.


  • Blank sheets of paper
  • Copies of the alphabetical word sheet
  • Markers or crayons


  • Assign each young person one or more words from the following word list, or let them choose another appropriate word beginning with the same letter of the alphabet:

Apostolic, Bible, Catholic, Death/life, Ecumenical, Faith, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Holy, Infallibility, Justice, Kingdom of God, Loving service, Mystery, Nicene Creed, One, Prayer, Queen of Heaven (Mary), Respect, Sacraments, Teachers (Church), Unity, Virtue, Witness, You (as in ?You are the Church?), Zeal.

  • Distribute sheets of paper and have the young people do the following:
  • Print the first letter of the word as a large capital letter. Print the rest of the word in small letters.
  • Draw pictures to illustrate the word.
  • Define the word.
  • Using the word, write three sentences that tell something about the Church.
  • Assemble the pages into a book. Invite a volunteer to make a cover for it.
  • Display the book in a prominent place.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, Word Smart

Approximate Time

25 minutes


Instead of preparing word sheets, you may assign each young person one or more words.