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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Education in Community Life: The Fifth Task of Catechesis

By Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND An Excerpt from The Six Tasks of Catechesis A community is a group of people who are united because they...

A Family Together: Words We Know By Heart

Jesus taught us the words of the Our Father and wanted us to remember them. He knew that if we kept the words he taught us in our hearts, we would always know how to pray. There are other words that we know by heart because they are important to our Catholic faith.

The Family that Prays Together Stays Together

SUSIE LLOYD There’s a famous saying, “The family that prays together stays together.” My parents had this quote on a plaque hanging on the wall...

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.

A Catechism Lesson: Discouraged by Evil and Sin? Take heart!

By Pat Gohn Discouraged by evil and sin? Take heart! Our Catholic faith helps us understand the spiritual battle between God and evil. We’ve all...

The Catechist and Scripture — A Parish-Based Retreat

DEANNA G. BARTALINI Praying and reflecting on who we are as catechists This retreat is designed so that a local director of religious education and a...

God’s Sacramental Plan: Why we need the Sacraments and the Church

The big picture on why we need sacraments and the Church BY MARC CARDARONELLA Sacraments form the backbone of our religious formation programs. Parents celebrate them,...

My Neighbor’s Faith

That does not mean we need to live in a world of religious animosity. Part of our catechetical task is to put our lessons on the Catholic faith into a real-world context. A major part of the context is the simple fact that our neighbors may not believe what we believe or understand the world the way we do.

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.

The Beatitudes: An Introduction

Every time I think of the Sermon on the Mount, I am reminded of two quotes.