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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A Lenten Mailbox for Catechists

Our hard-working editor at CATECHIST, Kass Dotterweich, takes great care to reply directly to the countless questions we get annually from our readers about teaching and helping students live the Catholic faith.

Souls Reaching for Christ—Anointing of the Sick

A priest shares his experiences from both sides of the sacrament FR. GEORGE “CHIP” HINES When I was asked to write this article, the first thought...

What Are Indulgences?

Question: How can I explain indulgences to my grade-school children? — Newbie Catechist THERESE L. SALAZAR RESPONDS... Dear Newbie: Indulgences can be understood and taught by...

Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Catechesis on the sacrament of Confirmation BISHOP ROBERT J. McMANUS This article explains the nature and purpose of the sacrament of Confirmation. It will be divided...

Preparing Kids for Their First (or 521st) Communion

Focus on the fruits of Holy Communion JARED DEES How do we prepare young people to effectively receive the Eucharist? Whether you are preparing children to...

PRIEST, PROPHET, & KING as a Way of Life

The threefold office of baptized persons JASON GALE In Baptism, the person receives an anointing in which he or she is “incorporated into Christ who is...

The Sacraments: Things to Get or Encounters to Enter

Parents often think that the Sacraments are "things to get" for their children.

We Shall Draw Water Joyfully

Baptism and the catechist JONATHAN F. SULLIVAN The God of power and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin and brought...

Catechetical Aesthetics

Beauty, goodness, and truth as needed foundations to catechesis TIMOTHY P. O’MALLEY Medieval historiography contends that the function of stained glass was to educate the illiterate....

The Fruits and Challenges of Restoring the Order

On the age for Confirmation for children and youth JONATHAN F. SULLIVAN The sacrament of Confirmation poses something of a challenge for catechetical leaders in the...