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Friday, July 23, 2021

3 Ways Grandparents and Youth Ministry Go Together

BY ERIC GROTH My paternal grandmother — God rest her soul — was really Catholic, the matriarch of faith in our family. Maybe you can...

Using Annual Themes and Class Names

Grow Catholic identity THERESE L. SALAZAR Most of our students come to us after they have been in class all day learning academics. The...

Let Lent Be Your “I Spy” Season

BY ERIC GROTH Have you ever read an I Spy book? Perhaps I Spy Treasure Hunt, I Spy Animals, or for those who like to...

5 Rules for Life: Chris Stefanik from SEEK 2019 on finding and knowing joy

Chris Stefanik on joy and how you know Christian joy. Chris discusses how to kick self-loathing and begin to think with the mind of...

Baptism and Our Belonging to God

Discussion starters for exploring our first sacrament BECKY GROTH Belonging. Everyone, regardless of age, needs it. Hungers for it. Sometimes does ridiculous, dangerous, or unhealthy things...

Snatched from the Dragon, Caught for Christ

The importance of youth ministry PAT GOHN Looking back on my younger years, I’m grateful for the parish-based youth ministry that offered regular retreats and weekly...

Out of the Desert: Through Crises of Faith

Those of us who serve as catechists, parish spiritual leaders, mentors, and guides need to pursue our own spiritual, catechetical, biblical, and theological formation to be able to address the questions, struggles, and ambiguities that our young people bring to us. This is not a time to waffle with weak responses that have not been tested within our own desert experiences. We are called to be salt and light for all those who seek to come out of the desert.

Bible Rookie: “I don’t know where to start!”

Beginning Bible tips for youth. BECKY GROTH If I have heard one comment more than any other from teens (and adults) about the Bible, it’s definitely...

“Bless me, Father, for I have no idea what I am doing…”

Facilitating a positive experience of confession for young people SR. BRITTANY HARRISON, FMA As a convert, my only exposure to the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation...

“Study this Catechism with Passion and Perseverance.” – Benedict XVI

BY PAT GOHN The Youcat, or Youth Catechism, released in 2010 under Benedict XVI's pontificate, contained an emphatic message from the pope in the foreword: "Study this Catechism!...