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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Advice from a Master Catechist: Beginning Family-Based Catechesis in a Parish

Question: “I’m trying to help our parish move to family-based catechesis, yet I have no experience with this kind of model. What are the...

Adult Catechesis Can Fill Waiting Time Before Events or Meetings

QUESTION: Our parish traditionally hosts a Nativity play featuring first or second graders playing the parts of the Holy Family, angels, innkeepers, and animals...

Creating Eye-Catching Communications

BY DEANNA BARTALINI Our world has become ever increasingly visual. While the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” has been around a long...

Pastor Transitions: He’s Here!

Part 3 of a 3-part series MARTI JEWELL One day you discover that you are laughing again! That is the wonderful post-grief experience of noticing...

Feeding My Soul with Disappointment, Emergence, and Prayer

Feeding My Soul is designed especially for you—the catechist. It names a catechetical value and gives you the words of prayer for your personal time with the Lord.

“Can I Pray for Narwhals?” – And other favorite survey responses

By the Catechist Staff Top Answers from our Catechist Survey, Spring 2017 Our most recent survey of catechists yielded insightful and entertaining replies. Here are some...

Tips for Starting A New Program Year

LORI DAHLHOFF "In the beginning was the Word." (John 1:1) The start of any new educational program is filled with words: names, room assignments, textbooks, lesson...

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...

Becoming a great catechist!

PEG BOWMAN A parish DRE gave each catechist a mug which read, "World's Greatest Catechist." One person commented, "Mine should only say 'A Good Catechist.'...

Leading DRE: Improving Communication Between Catechists and Leaders

Investing in quality over quantity, and deepening relationships COLLEEN R. VERMEULEN As DREs and faith-formation leaders, we can sometimes feel inundated with communication requests: voicemails, emails,...