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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sacraments: Christ at Work Among Us

People all over Palestine knew Jesus as a powerful healer and preacher. He eventually empowered his Apostles and their successors to continue his saving work. The Seven Sacraments we celebrate today are, at their core, ways in which Christ continues to heal and save his people.

Roots and Wings: Helping Students Understand and Celebrate the Sacraments

Generations of Catholics grew up learning by rote the Baltimore Catechism definition of a Sacrament: "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."

Advice from Master Catechists—January 2014

Master catechists answer questions from readers.

Leading Us Home: Teaching about God’s Gift of Grace

The theme of CATECHIST's January issue each year is the liturgical life of the Church and the Sacraments--what they mean to us as Catholics and the different ways we can teach about them in our classes. The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults emphasizes that that the Sacraments have a visible and invisible reality (see page 168).

Sacraments and Catechesis: Building-Blocks of Faith

In the fourth century, Augustine declared that Sacraments are sacred signs. Throughout the history of the Church, Sacraments have been connected to Christ as revelations of God and signs of grace. The histories of the various Sacraments are rich. For our purpose, we will reflect and build upon what the Second Vatican Council proclaimed about the Sacraments.

Take Home Sacraments

Sacramental preparation plays a significant role in the life of most Directors of Religious Education.

Understanding Sacraments with Poetry

Some of the most important things in our lives are things that we cannot see. Using poetry can help us grasp the invisible treasures of the Sacraments.

The Legend of Saint Nicholas: A Read-Aloud Story for Young Children

Today we honor St. Nicholas on December 6. We imitate St. Nicholas when we share the gift of love and friendship with everyone we know, and when we help people in need.

Set Apart: Teaching the Sacrament of Holy Orders

There's almost nothing my parish loves more than a seminarian or, better yet, a seminary deacon—a man in the final phase of preparing for ordination. These men, usually young, seem to bring out the best in us.

Sacraments and Strength

In early January we often take the time to consider ways for self-improvement.