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Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Sacraments: Things to Get or Encounters to Enter

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

Symbols of the Saints

KATHY HENDRICKS Somewhere among my childhood mementos are a series of booklets entitled Little Lives of the Saints. I inherited them from my older sisters, Jo...

The Importance of Liturgical Orientation in Catechesis

BY TIMOTHY P. O'MALLEY  The second task of catechesis — liturgical education All catechesis should be liturgical. Such a claim may generate immediate (and possibly negative)...

Why Do We Call It “Mass?”

Learn the meaning of the Latin phrase Ite, missa est SUSIE LLOYD Did you ever wonder where the word Mass comes from? The answer has been...

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...

Advice from a Master Catechist: “Why Do I Have to Go to Mass?”

Question: I need help with my youth ministry apologetics. The middle- and high-school students often ask me some version of the following question: “Why...

Living as Missionary Disciples — by Bishop Robert J. McManus

Being Urged on By the Love of Christ Bishop Robert J. McManus “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the...

Advice from a Master Catechist: Learning Benchmarks

Question: Are there standards and benchmarks set for children taking catechism classes throughout the Church (in the United States)? For example, can we say...

Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation: An evangelization opportunity

BY DAVID DZIENA A friend of mine (let’s call her “Jamie”) recently posted this question on Facebook: I am struggling with something. I am not...

Creating a Eucharistic Culture

Keeping the Eucharist central to our catechesis WILLIAM O'LEARY While attending a conference last July, I was reminded of the Gospel account in Mark about the...