Catholic Educators News - September, 2005
Liturgical Drawings - There are hundreds of beautiful color graphics in this collection organized by liturgical year and for specific Sundays in that year. A wonderful collection made available for free by Claretian Communications, Philippines and the artist, Maria d.c. Zamora.
There are a number of Spanish Language Web sites that offer excellent collection of Christian clipart and art graphics. I have listed a few of these below. In most cases, you do not need to know Spanish to find your way around these web sites:
TimoArt.com - A very large collection of clipart organized under the following headings: Angels | Bells | Bibles | Candles | Christmas | Churches | Communion | Crosses | Doves | Easter | Evangelism | Jesus | Mary | Notices | People | Places | Prayer | Symbols | Thanksgiving | Wedding | Youth | Miscellaneous and more.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has a number of learning objects on the Religious Education section of its Web site (no longer available?) - scroll down the page to see them.
The intro reads as follows:
"These learning objects are designed to provide rich, interactive multimedia learning resources and tools that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to participate within church and community contexts...
Students are encouraged to analyze and synthesize information, think critically, solve problems and make decisions. Emphasis is on the application and integration of new media while recognizing that students have different needs and learn in many different ways."
The learning objects help young students distinguish between wants and needs; learn the story of Zacchaeus (this one is particularly well made!); learn the names of objects in a church, learn ways to care for creation; explore the consequences of loving and unloving choices; etc.
EWTN has a online daily program featuring contemporary Catholic singers and songwriters. Each program usually gives a sampling of songs from 5-7 artists. This program's Web site provides an archive of 10 shows transmitted in May 2005 as well as a Artist Information section that gives either the url of the artists' web site or the email at which one can contact them. The URL of the Catholic Jukebox is http://www.ewtn.com/radio/jukebox.htm and the Artist Information section can be found at: http://www.ewtn.com/radio/profiles.asp
Scripture from Scratch - This is one of the features on americancatholic.org. It is a parish handout series produced with the collaboration of top-notched scholars and theologians. Each handout develops a specific theme. The archive provides access to over 80 of the handouts produced thus far.
Art Index for Sunday School Lessons - This Web page give access to a wealth of resources that can be used with younger children: Bulletin board ideas, art ideas, craft ideas, and even recipes - all presented with specific scripture themes in mind. Well done and well worth exploring even though the content is not specifically Catholic and some resources may have to be adapted somewhat.
Interview With Jesus - Flash movie - A series of short (a few minutes each) Flash slide shows with beautiful photography and gentle instrumental music. Included are the following: Interviews with God; The Lord's Prayer; Love Verses (1 Cor 13); The Beatitudes; Psalm 23 and more - 16 meditations/prayers in all.
Bible study online - interactive commentary for serious Bible study including over 1000 sound & picture files. The Amos commentary is the trial prototype for a series of commentaries covering the whole Bible text. Written by established scholars - a new resource for online biblical studies. Includes an extensive Hypertext Bible Dictionary.
Doing As Jesus Commands (no longer available) - Resources on the
This is an excellent resource. In his introduction to the commentaries Bill Fletcher, the owner of this Web site, writes:
The heading of his home page also gives an idea of the focus of the rich set of resources Bill has put together: "comments, ideas, prayers, analysis, imagery, liturgy resources, reconciliation, theology, justice issues, society & culture, economics, the world, Aotearoa-New Zealand."
Turning the Wheel: Henri Nouwen and Our Search for God
Look for a preliminary list of keynote speakers and a call for symposium proposals—papers (approx. 20-30 minutes), panels and/or workshops exploring the relevance of Nouwen’s spiritual vision in the 21st century—by September 2005.
Please consider joining us as we honour the life
and legacy of one of the great spiritual masters of the 20th century.
Book Review: Recovering a Catholic Philosophy of Elementary Education. Curtis L. Hancock, with a foreword by Peter A. Redpath. Pennsylvania: Newman House Press, 2005. 142 pp. Reviewed by Tim Weldon, , Ph.D.
Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems In Musical Adaptations - 22 of Hopkins' poems in contemporary musical adaptations by singer-songwriter Sean O'Leary available on the 2CD album The Alchemist. Songs include God's Grandeur, Pied Beauty, Spring, Felix Randal and the first complete musical setting of The Wreck Of The Deutschland. The first public performance of the songs was in July 2005 at The Gerard Manley Hopkins Society 18th Annual Festival in Monasterevin, Ireland. A demo page offers generous clips of 5 of the songs on the album. Beautifully done! For more resources see our Gerard Manley Hopkins page.
The Orchards of Perseverance: Conversations With
Trappist Monks About God, Their Lives and the World by David Perata.
This is an oral history of ten monks from the Abbey of Our Lady
of New Clairvaux in Northern California. The book bears the Imprimatur
of the Catholic Church. For more information see www.sainttheresepress.com
Kevin R. Yurkus has recently written an interesting article called The
Other Catholics: A Short Guide to the Eastern Catholic Churches in which he provides a survey of the the 24 churches throughout
the world that are in communion with Rome but are not part of the
Roman Catholic Church.
Purportedly real answers given by children...
Q: Name the four seasons.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe
Q: How is dew formed?
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
Q: What are steroids?
Q: What happens to your body as you age?
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?
Q: What is the fibula?
Q: What does 'varicose' mean?
Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean Section'
Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?
A first grade teacher collected old, well known proverbs. She gave each kid in her class the first half of a proverb, and had them come up with the rest.
As you shall make your bed so shall you... mess it
A Franciscan and Jesuit were debating which order was the greatest. So, they decided to ask for a sign from God. This is what they received falling down from heaven:
The Devil and the Pigs