Purgatory Acrostic

Activity Objective

To develop an acrostic poem that aids in the understanding of the doctrine regarding purgatory

Lesson Outcome

The young people will express an understanding of the Catholic doctrine regarding purgatory.


  • Paper
  • Pencils, pens


  • Distribute paper and pencils.
  • Review the doctrine of purgatory and instruct the children to look at the following material about purgatory:

During human life we can either accept or reject God's grace. When we die, we will be judged according to our works and faith. As a result of this particular judgement, a person may be united with God in heaven, may undergo a purification in purgatory before being united with God, or, because of his or her choices, may enter hell, which is total separate from God.

Defined as: a state of final cleansing after death of all of our human imperfections to prepare us to enter into the joy of God's presence in heaven.

  • Explain that the?young people?can use this information to help each of them to make an acrostic.
  • Write the word PURGATORY vertically on the board.
  • Explain that each letter in the word PURGATORY becomes the first letter in a short sentence that describes something about purgatory.
  • Invite the?youn people?to share their completed acrostics.

Learning Styles

Word Smart

Approximate Time

15 minutes


This activity would also be effective with other words.


Encourage the children to help each other with their poems.