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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Celebrate the Church Seasons

BY SUSIE LLOYD Happy New Year! Yup—in November. Advent is upon us, and with it comes the start of a new liturgical year. The liturgical...

GRANDPARENTS: Mentors, Teachers, and Role Models in the Faith

BY SR. JANET SCHAEFFLER, OP “Grandparents are the living memory of the family. They pass on the faith; they transmitted the faith to us.” —POPE...

Put Some Divine Music on Your Mental Playlist

BY SUSIE LLOYD You hear music everywhere you go — at home, in your car, in the store — whether you want to or not,...

Teaching Students with Special Needs

BY PAM SCHIFFBAUER Pope Francis has called the Catholic Church to be a welcoming Church. As we welcome our students into our religious education classes,...

15 Ways to Teach Children to Pray

BY NANCY FLANDERS The single most powerful thing Catholic parents can do for their children is teach them to pray. As catechists, we can also...

Helping Students and Families Learn About Purgatory 

BY SUSAN TASSONE  Purgatory — a masterpiece of God’s mercy It’s no small wonder that coming up with a lesson plan on purgatory can be challenging....

The Busy Parent’s Guide to Family Faith (Story-telling)

BY SUSIE LLOYD EDITOR'S NOTE: Catechists often wonder, “How much can we accomplish in one class a week?” For faith to take root, it should...

Cultivate Quiet Moments

BY SUSIE LLOYD As a busy mom, my default setting is work; it goes everywhere with me. But last week I blew it. I got...

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue

By Susie Lloyd Catholics are big on Mary. We place her statue in our front yards, hang her rosary from our rearview mirrors, and wear...

Casting Seeds — Ideas to Draw Your Students’ Parents Toward Deeper Faith

By Daria Sockey It’s the great joy of being a catechist, the thing that makes you want to come back each week: proclaiming the Good...