Choosing catechetical materials need not be an onerous process. It is a process that goes on every year in parishes across the land. In the choice of a new series or new sacramental preparation programs, a lot of the work has been done for you already.
You'll find all the resources you need plus specific, simple criteria that will help you make a wise choice of catechetical material.
Continue reading "The Art of Selecting Catechetical Materials" »
and let the curtains of your habitations
be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
—Isaiah 54:2, NRSV
We catechists are busy people, generous with our time. Still, we want to expand our spiritual horizons, as Isaiah counsels in this Scripture passage. We can always learn more about God and the faith in God that we profess and share with our students. As Jesus’ followers, we must keep growing in our own faith in order to become better disciples and thus better catechists.
Here are some suggestions for faith formation that you may want to explore. These suggestions include opportunities for personal exploration as well as group experiences. Both are necessary if we are to become well formed in our faith.
Continue reading "Faith Formation Opportunities" »
We are fortunate today to have numerous resources to help us to stay informed of Catholic Church current events as well as the issues that are being discussed by Catholics regarding faith and spirituality. You'll find lots of links here!
Here are some links to companies offering online Catholic-centered Mother's Day gifts.
The Catholic Company (http://www.catholiccompany.com/catholic-gifts-for-mom.cfm)
Holy Land Treasures (http://www.holylandtreasuresonline.com/Store/Products/Catalog/-63/1.html)
Get Fed (http://www.getfed.com/discount-catholic/991/Mothers-Day/)
St. Anthony Messenger Press (http://catalog.americancatholic.org/category.aspx?pcat=165)
Saints Market (http://www.saintsmarket.com/page/SM/CTGY/9MD)
To create a liturgically sound children’s Mass, I recommend referencing the following resources. Because you are responsible for catechetical and liturgical leadership, you want to consult these resources regularly. You likely have some of these already. They are tools that every parish religious education program should have available.
Continue reading "Catechetical and Liturgical Resources" »