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Sunday, July 5, 2020

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...

Cultivating Artistic Expression

JANET SCHAEFFLER, OP Artistic expression is at the core of who we have been as Church for our entire history: icons, stained-glass windows, poetry, journals,...

Effective Teaching: The Catholic Language of Mystery

By Joe Paprocki How Catholics rely on sacramentality to transcend words What is your native tongue? If you’re Catholic, your true “native tongue” is a language...

Courage International: For men and women who experience same-sex attractions

Courage International is a Catholic pastoral ministry that assists people with same-sex attraction. This video is suitable for parish leaders and interested adults. Note...

Reaching Hearts on the Peripheries

A Look at Evangelization Grounded in Ignatian Spirituality BY FR. WILLIAM M. WATSON, SJ The USCCB’s convocation last July focused on forming “missionary disciples to animate...

“You Are the Light of the World”: Pope Francis’ new mandate on clerical sexual...

BARB SZYSZKIEWICZ Pope Francis has issued a mandate on the reporting and investigation of clerical sexual abuse. The document, titled Vos estis lux mundi (You...

My first year as a catechist

COLLEEN DUGGAN For several weeks last year, my parish announced the need for volunteer catechists and each time I heard the reminder, I felt the...

How to Start a Catechist Book and Media Club

One of the difficult things for volunteer catechists to do is find time to read catechetical or theological material. After all, catechists are busy people. They often have families, jobs, and household responsibilities, and, of course, they generously volunteer their time to be catechists. A book and media club might be one way to help catechists reflect on their experiences of faith. It might also be a way to help them develop a sense of community among themselves.

The Spirit of VBS All Year

As we firm up our ideas for Vacation Bible School, we might look forward to the new year of faith formation that will begin in the fall and ask ourselves how we can continue the summer-time enthusiasm that our parish shares in anticipation of Vacation Bible School, parish festivals, and parish picnics. Can we recreate any of that excitement, anticipation, and sense of community in our parish religious education programs and classrooms?

Prayer to Share with Other Catechists

Lord, we gather with a common heritage—our faith. We gather with a common purpose—to teach that faith. As a small faith community, we pray for our...