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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Inviting New Disciples

JOE PAPROCKI In his book, Dedication and Leadership, Douglas Hyde (who left the Communist Party in 1948 and became Catholic) explains that young people were attracted...

Immersed in Character: How catechesis equips students for life

JOE PAPROCKI It is said that actor Daniel Day-Lewis, while filming the movie Lincoln, remained in character off-camera throughout the entire project. This acting technique, known...

Rules, Rules, Rules

Making Sense of Church Requirements SUSIE LLOYD Catholicism is hard. At least that’s its reputation. All those rules. ... As if the Ten Commandments weren’t enough,...

Plan a Mini Retreat

Connie Clark When my teenager returned from his confirmation retreat, I wondered if I could create a similar experience for my younger students on a...

Encouraging Young People to Discern God’s Call

Get ready for National Vocation Awareness Week LISANNE V. JENSEN As National Vocation Awareness Week approaches, how can catechists, educators, youth ministers, and faith formation coordinators...

The Relevancy of Saints

CARRIE SALLWASSER “Saints preserve us!” I suppose I’m showing my age when I admit that I’m familiar with the use of that acclamation. I know it...

PAUL VI—Saint for the New Evangelization

CHRISTOPER KLOFFT On Oct. 14, 2018, Pope Paul VI will be canonized by Pope Francis. St. Paul VI will enter the ranks not only of the...

Celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony

JOHN BOSIO When I think of the sacrament of matrimony, the first image that comes to mind is that of a wedding. Weddings are joyous...

Cultivating Artistic Expression

JANET SCHAEFFLER, OP Artistic expression is at the core of who we have been as Church for our entire history: icons, stained-glass windows, poetry, journals,...

Create a Portable Prayer Corner

I first taught religion on Saturday mornings at St. Lucy's, a mission church. My "classroom" was the kitchen. The room was equipped with folding...