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Friday, April 19, 2019

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...

Books for the Littlest Ones – reviews by the Catechist staff

Book reviews compiled by the Catechist staff Little Prayers for Little Ones by Patricia Edward Jablonski, FSP. Illustrated by Becky Fawson (Pauline Media) Introduce the very...

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...

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...

Dealing with Serious Problems within Students’ Families

If you encounter serious problems, don't try to handle them yourself. Alcoholism, child abuse, drug addiction, and other problems may be present in the...

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Evaluating the Year

by Kate Ristow St. Paul prayed that the Philippians would “discern what is of value” (Philippians 1:10) as they continued to learn what it...

Teacher: “I don’t think I’m reaching some of the students.”

Whatever grade you teach, you may have a student that you feel you never quite reach. You notice the child's constant distracted look or...

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...

Parent: “Will they remember everything I taught them?”

Every day after the kids left for school, my mom sat on the edge of her bed and said her prayers using a little...

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,...