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Thursday, December 12, 2019

4 tips for communicating with catechists

Reflecting on Jesus' examples of communicating with his disciples, here are four tips for communicating with catechists from parish catechetical leaders' experiences from around...

The Vision of “The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis”

Reimagining Ministry to Youth Denise Utter The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (NFCYM, NCEA, NCCL), in collaboration with pastoral and catechetical leaders from around the country, wrote...

Create a Children’s Journey to the Cross

A meaningful way to involve children and their families in a special Good Friday tradition is to host a Children’s Journey to the Cross. This is a specially adapted Stations of the Cross in which children and their families participate together.

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,...

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.

Catechist: “I’m discouraged. They’re not in church on Sunday.”

Often we might hear our youngsters say, "We don't go to Mass on Sunday." This challenges us to a precarious balance: to not respond...

Advice from a Master Catechist: Friends Are Leaving the Church

Question: I have a growing number of friends who are leaving the Catholic Church for mega churches. I want to share with them how...

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...

Advice from Master Catechists — October 2014

by Dan Thomas, Chris Weber, Janet Schaeffler, and Kate RistowAll Saints Activity Before our parish-wide Mass on the eve of All Saints, parents come...