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Monday, December 10, 2018

Advice from Master Catechists—January 2014

Master catechists answer questions from readers.

Activities for Exploring the Mass

The Mass calls us together as a community. We were created to give praise and glory to the God who loves us without end. We remember all that God has done for us.

Parents: The Key to Successful Sacramental Programs

by Kate Ristow   Catechetical leaders whose sacramental preparation programs get rave evaluations each year often attribute this accomplishment to their concerted efforts to...

The Joy of a Clean Heart : A craft about Penance and Reconciliation

SARA JONCKHEERE Sin has a way of weighing us down and hardening our hearts. Children feel this too and need to be taught that the...

Crafts for Catechesis: Seven Sacraments Stained-Glass Window

by Jessica Gordon CLICK HERE to download a pdf of this activity.   Image credit: Courtesy of Jessica Gordon. Copyright 2015, Bayard, Inc. All rights reserved. This...

Baptism: More than Washing Away Original Sin

Many generations of Catholics have thought that washing away Original Sin is the reason for Baptism.

Youth Ministry: The Initiation

by Eric Groth   Do you have or know a story-telling grandpa with an over-active imagination? In Initiation, a film produced for the...

Making a Good Confession (video + suggested resources)

This video will be helpful for teens and adults. Note the suggestions at the end for ways to prepare for confession: 1. Examination of Conscience 2. Litany...

Roots and Wings: Helping Students Understand and Celebrate the Sacraments

Generations of Catholics grew up learning by rote the Baltimore Catechism definition of a Sacrament: "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."

Leading Us Home: Teaching about God’s Gift of Grace

The theme of CATECHIST's January issue each year is the liturgical life of the Church and the Sacraments--what they mean to us as Catholics and the different ways we can teach about them in our classes. The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults emphasizes that that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality (see page 168).