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Sunday, August 18, 2019

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...

How to Organize the Best Vacation Bible School Team…Ever!

Pope Francis: “The Christian life is not limited to prayer, but requires an ongoing dedication and courage born of prayer.”

Notes to a Newbie Catechist

On Surviving — and Thriving — in Catechetical Ministry JOY DAVIS You’ve been asked to volunteer as a catechist. Maybe someone tapped you on the shoulder...

Advice from a Master Catechist: Mid-Year Slump, Faith Crisis, or Both?

It’s midyear, and I’m facing a personal slump. I don’t want to be a quitter and inconvenience the DRE or the children by giving...

ICE: Making Every Minute Count

In 1785, the poet Robert Burns wrote "To a Mouse," a poem that inadvertently tells us something about the reality of being a catechist. Burns said, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." In other words, no matter how well thought-out your lesson plan is, be prepared. Expect the unexpected. Have a Plan B. Make every minute count.

Your Space: You Are the Light of the World

The learning area needs to inspire and engage your students. Here is an idea for how to decorate and arrange your learning space and prayer table using a theme that reflects Jesus’ teaching about our being the light of the world.

Teacher: “I don’t know how to handle student conflicts or fights.”

Sometimes we are at odds with others-and so are our students. As Catholic educators, we might not want to call it "fighting"; that goes...

Your Space: In the Desert with Jesus

The learning area needs to inspire and engage your students. Here is an idea for how to decorate and arrange your learning space and prayer table for Lent.

Two by Two

How to Pair Students Effectively in Religious Education JARED DEES “Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two …” (Mark 6:7) “The Lord...
I can’t carry a Tune — How can I use music to pray with students?

Tips for Adding Music to Prayer

I can’t carry a Tune — How can I use music to pray with students? KATE DANELUK Years ago, music was considered such an important part...