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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Family Together: Christmas Presence

The word Christmas often brings to mind the word presents. Of course, Christmas IS a time when we give and receive presents. Christmas presents are one of the symbols of the season, which celebrates a very special presence—Jesus in our midst! Here are some other words we associate with the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Using a green highlighter or crayon, mark each word or words in this grid. When you finish, you will have created a familiar symbol of Christmas. Then add final touches to the symbol, especially one at the top!

The Sunday Gospel for April and May

Catechist readers looking for our downloadable PDF for The Sunday Gospel for April and May 2019 have come to the right place. Click on this...

Keeping Advent in a Digital Age: Apps, websites, and activities

JONATHAN F. SULLIVAN Keeping an Advent season of attentive and joyful anticipation — amidst the secular celebration of Christmas all around us ­— is an...

Celebrating Saint … Émilie de Villeneuve

by Patricia MathsonCLICK HERE for a pdf about St. Émilie de Villeneuve and other feast days in October. Copyright 2015, Bayard, Inc. All rights reserved....

A Jesse Tree Craft Swap

REBECCA RYSKIND TETI One of the nicest traditions to emerge from the quest for appropriate family devotions during Advent is the practice of putting up...

Celebrating Saint Teresa of the Andes

Sister Teresa lived the Gospels each day. She loved God with all her heart. She was a joyful person who tried to show God’s love to others in every situation. She wrote in a letter that God was the joy of her life. We, too, can find joy in being God’s children.

Learning Liturgical Colors and the Ranks of Liturgical Feasts

Many Catholics and catechists may already know this, but it is always helpful to review these concepts and definitions, especially with children. The following...

The Way of the Cross: A Digital Presentation

In today's high-tech world, our students stay connected with their classmates and peers using umpteen gizmos and gadgets: cell phones, smart phones, social networking options, and online applications. Any effort to introduce religious education with this medium has the potential of exciting students and keeping them engaged. In the fifth-grade religious education class of Queen of Peace in Queens, New York, we have successfully used the technology and would like to share this so that any instructor could use this time-tested and successful model.

Celebrating Saint…Anna Schaffer

by Patricia MathsonPerson of Courage Feast Day: October 5 for a Saint Page about St. Anna Schäffer that your learners can take home to...

The Triduum: Encounter Jesus’ Love for You

By Robyn Lee How can we understand and relay to our students what Jesus did for us on this earth? We teach them in class,...