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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Practical Strategies for Working with “Life in Abundance: Celebrating the Year of Faith”

The University of Dayton Catechist Formation Series in association with CATECHIST magazine titled “Life in Abundance: Celebrating the Year of Faith” was the perfect backdrop for entering into the thirteen-month celebration of the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI (October 2012 to November 2013). The Year of Faith has two major goals: renewing or deepening our faith commitment to Jesus and sharing our faith with others.

Let the Party Continue!

Do the newly initiated deserve an extended period of hand-holding and deeper inquiry? Can the spirit of mystagogy pervade all of catechesis in your parish? Or, where you live, is it true that CCD really means communion, confirmation, done?

I Saw Water!

by Cullen Schippe See the end of this article for Easter Water Activities   I loved to serve the Sunday High Mass. When I was a...

Advice from Master Catechists—April/May 2013

Master catechists respond to questions from readers.

Holy Spirit: Gift and Giver

Sometimes a new thought, face, object, sound, or experience will call those ideas back. But there is one Gift we can always count on to call them back when we really need them—the Gift of the Holy Spirit that descended on the Church at Pentecost.

Advice from Master Catechists—March 2013

Master catechists answer questions from readers.

A Compass: Implementing the Catechism

Two anniversaries of importance to the Catholic Church were marked on October 11, 2012. On that date, the Church celebrated both the fiftieth anniversary of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publication, in French, of the original, provisional edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. To celebrate this anniversary, this article will provide a brief introduction to the Catechism (henceforth CCC), including its history, an overview of the CCC, and finally, suggestions on how it can be used most effectively within ministry.

Igniting the Fire of Faith

This Year of Faith is an invitation, not a command. It is not a time to complain that the Divine should take a more active role in the world, but that we should “make God credible in this world” (Fisichella). It’s more than being nice or doing one’s duty. It’s going to demand sacrifice, courage, and an enormous amount of energy—but probably not more than the original disciples needed in order to follow the Great Commission. They may have been the first to witness like their hair was on fire.

Can We Study That?

DREs are often viewed as “master catechists.” Their role is to oversee the curriculum that is being taught in a parish. Many times they are called upon to “fill in the blanks” when educational needs are presented in the parish. Often they are asked to research projects, give presentations, or teach topics that are varied and often complex. People in the community come to depend on them as excellent resource people for the plethora of interests that evolve in a learning environment. Most DREs love that facet of their jobs!

Heart Activity for St. Valentine’s Day

Many people don't realize how frequently the heart is mentioned in the Bible and the ways in which God teaches us about faith using that human organ. As catechists, we can experience deep and meaningful prayer in many of these references to the heart found in Scripture.