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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pep Talks for Catholic Parents: An Introduction

When my husband heard the title of book he thought it was a great idea, until I mentioned who the author was. He...

“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!...

Catechist: “I don’t know all the answers. Why did I say yes?”

A bishop new to his diocese visited the oldest priest in the the diocese and asked him, "What has helped you to stay faithful...

Vacation Bible School: Keeping it Fun and Keeping it Catholic

by Sarah Reinhard There’s a certain irony to me writing about Vacation Bible School (VBS), because while I grew up at a (non-Catholic) church...

Selecting Your VBS

When you turn your attention to the selection of your parish vacation Bible school, you will find a variety of packaged programs from which to choose.

Teacher: “I don’t know how to handle student conflicts or fights.”

Sometimes we are at odds with others-and so are our students. As Catholic educators, we might not want to call it "fighting"; that goes...

The First Task of Catechesis: Knowledge of God and Our Faith

By Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND Practices for Forming the Faith in Children What can be known about the Catholic faith is as immense as the...

Parent: “I’m anxious and worried. What if I do a terrible job?”

The shaking had started in the delivery room. My baby's heart rate had slowed, and by the time the nurses wheeled me into surgery...

Parish Leader: “I can’t seem to find time for my own spiritual life.”

Hildegard of Bingen wrote that "there is nothing sadder than a drooping soul". What's needed is the "greening power" of prayer. As parish ministers,...

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...