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Monday, August 10, 2020

Make Room for Parents

Sadly, parents are often overwhelmed with demands. As a result, many parents rely solely on parish programs for their children's religious education.

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...

10 Ideas for Getting Started

G. JOHNSON I’ve been a catechist for 11 years. I remember how each first session used to bring me a lot of anxiety because I...

May I have your attention please?

LEE DANESCO It happens with frustrating frequency. You come to class packing a solid, well-prepared teaching plan only to be met by disappointing student indifference....

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.

Who Do You Say I Am?

Working with Junior High Students
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...

More Than Math!

How Catechists Teach Differently Than Any Other Kind of Teacher Jared Dees When I first started out as a religious educator, I used to be envious...

It’s OK to Put Down the Phone — honoring silence

Breaking the Addiction to Technology Within Catechesis MICHAEL ST. PIERRE I can still remember the Confirmation class I taught years ago. There I was, with 15...

“Flipped” Catechesis

An app that helps parents and catechists stay in touch SARA JONCKHEERE In 2017 the Archbishop of Detroit, Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, issued his pastoral...